Nancy Drew Dossier: Resorting to Danger

Common Sense Media says

Gumshoe game for girls overflows with clever conundrums.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players have to discover who is setting off annoying prank bombs at a local spa in order to ensure the safety of its guests. It teaches players to use logic and their memories to solve problems.

Positive role models

Our hero is a plucky young gumshoe who isn’t afraid of confronting troublemakers and uses her wits to solve problems. She can be a bit snoopy at times (she’s always on the lookout for an opportunity to inspect suites and offices when their occupants aren’t around), but everything she does is for the good of the case.

Ease of play

Onscreen instructions lead players through the game’s controls and various activities, and plenty of hints are available for when players become stumped.

Violence

The game features several prank bombs, but they pose no physical threat. When they explode -- with a mild boom -- they release things like bugs and green goo. When players encounter these bombs they try to disarm them. If they fail to succeed, the screen turns white and the activity starts again. Near the end of the game one character threatens that there may be a bomb that could cause real damage.

Sex

Not an issue.

Language

Not an issue.

Consumerism

This game exploits the popular Nancy Drew license. It is the latest in a long line of games to use the famed heroine's name from Her Interactive.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Not an issue.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this puzzle game geared for girls features a smart, affable heroine who relies on her intelligence to unravel mysteries. Consequently, the player must also put on her thinking cap and employ logic and memory to solve the game’s conundrums, which include dynamic hidden object puzzles and text-based riddles. There is no sexuality or offensive language, and very little in the way of any real violence (the prank bombs she investigates release things like goo and bugs, and aren’t really dangerous).

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

NANCY DREW DOSSIER: RESORTING TO DANGER, the latest downloadable PC game to bear the name of the classic youth sleuth, is the second entry in Her Interactive’s new Nancy Drew Dossier series. The first one mashed together a variety of casual game types, including hidden object puzzles and matching games, and this one follows the same formula. Nancy Drew has been called to a celebrity spa to investigate a series of prank bombings that are wreaking havoc among the guests. She searches rooms in the building, looking for objects such as scraps of paper and switches, then either combines or interacts with them to reveal yet more clues. Between these puzzles are games in which players must match up halved letters to spell out words of warning left by the troublemaker, make molecules by matching like-colored spheres to create chemical formulas, and answer and route phone calls to learn more about the spa and its workers and guests. Your detective rank gradually increases as you earn points for solving smaller mysteries and identify potential suspects and victims.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Her Interactive’s Nancy Drew games have a reputation for quality, and Resorting to Danger lives up to the franchise’s high standards. The narrative is engaging and features a cast of colorful characters such as a dour janitor, a moody mogul, and a pompous manager, all of whom are voiced enthusiastically by a talented cast of actors.

The activities are, by and large, a lot of fun -- especially the hidden object games. Finding a metal ingot, a key mold, a towel, a bucket of water, and smelting iron, then combining them in order to create a functional key that opens a hidden lock, for example, is a nice change of pace from traditional hidden object games that don’t offer players anything to do with the items they search for after they’re found. And while the matching games aren’t as habit forming as a blockbuster like Bejeweled, they’re engaging enough for the few times we have to play them. Nothing in the Resorting to Danger is particularly innovative, but everything has been polished to a fine shine.

Online interaction: Not an issue.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lasting appeal of Nancy Drew, a character that has charmed girls for nearly 80 years. Have you read her books? Watched the recent movie? Played other games in which she has appeared? Does her character remain constant throughout? Do you think she’s best suited to one particular medium?

  • Families can also discuss under what circumstances -- if any -- it is okay to snoop. Nancy Drew does it quite a bit, and she always seems to have good reason, but could she get away with this sort of behavior in real life? What would the repercussions be like?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Her Interactive
Release date:August 25, 2009
Genre:Girl
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild Violence (Windows)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byshayshay96 March 21, 2011
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7
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perfect for anyone who wants a quick game

This is one of my favorite games, as there is multiple different ways to play it. Although, you always knew who the culprit was, as you got to choose who you thought it was in the beginning. Nomadder who you choose, it always ended up the person that you choose.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written bybooty October 6, 2009
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