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Parents' Guide to

Nancy Drew: Midnight in Salem

By Claire Crossman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Slow-burn mystery is clunky, but educational.

Game Windows , Mac 2019
Cover of Midnight in Salem game. A silhouette of a woman is placed in front of a dark forest, with the face of a ghostly woman placed in front.

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Despite the updates meant for a newer audience, issues with controls and ease-of-play keep it from being an adventurous game for all. Multiple changes have been made to Nancy Drew: Midnight in Salem to make it feel consistent with previous games, but some of these changes (Nancy's voice actress, checklist and notebook usage, user interface, etc.) may frustrate some players. The classic click-and-point navigational system is "updated" to adjust to modern demands in PC gaming, but the result is clunky and frustrating to utilize. While environmental graphics are significantly improved, character graphics feel outdated, and the timing in the voice acting is awkwardly paced. Due to the upgrade in graphics, players may need an entirely different platform to successfully run the game, or may need to run it on the lowest-quality graphic setting. At times, the plot is slow and difficult to follow. This latest installment in one of the first computer game series geared toward young girls is a disappointment for many.

Despite these setbacks, Midnight in Salem succeeds in its detailed historical accuracy, paying respect to the many men, women, and children who were wrongfully accused and executed during the Salem Witch Trials. The Hardy Boys are prominently featured in the game – a frequently-requested addition by fans. Dialogue, technology, and lingo are updated to fit a modern generation of players. The music, environment, and sound effects help create a haunting atmosphere that brings Salem directly to the player's world. While tech issues are present, the game's dedication to seeking historical justice and educating young players on an important event in American history helps the mystery thrive.

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