Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device

Common Sense Media says

Exciting mystery teaches about physics and electricity.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The story has a positive message in that Nancy is trying to bring a killer to justice. The game also explores themes of the morality of science, and the dangers of scientific research being used to create weapons.

Positive role models

Smart, kind, and honest, Nancy Drew is a positive role model. She is forced to lie and snoop while acting undercover, but it is in the interest of solving the case. Other characters exhibit negative traits including greed, envy, and ego. The game portrays females as scientists and engineers, which could inspire young girls interested in careers in science or technology.

Ease of play

The game offers two difficulty levels: Amateur Sleuth and Master Sleuth. Master Sleuth offers more challenging puzzles, no hints, and a less detailed checklist to keep track of goals.

Violence

A victim is electrocuted. The death takes place off-screen, but is described. Nancy is knocked unconscious.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

The phrase “screwing around” is used.

Consumerism

Clicking on the “More ND” link from the main menu takes players to a page where they can browse other games in the series and visit the publisher’s Website, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest pages.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device is the 27th title in the Nancy Drew series of point-and-click mystery adventure games from Her Interactive. The game offers two levels of difficulty. Younger players might need an adult’s help to solve some of the puzzles (which can be quite challenging, and can’t be skipped). There’s also a lot of reading. There’s some mild violence, including electrocutions and assaults. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • vocabulary

Math

  • numbers
  • shapes
  • geometry
  • measurement

Science

  • chemistry
  • electricity
  • physics

Social Studies

  • historical figures

Arts

  • music

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • collecting data
  • investigation
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Communication

  • listening
  • asking questions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

A fantastic adventure game with interesting characters and an intriguing mystery to solve. The storyline also raises thought-provoking issues about scientific research. This is a great game for children to play with their parents or grandparents, working as a team to solve the mystery.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn about the sciences of electricity, chemistry, and physics as they explore the research facility. Kids will build a vocabulary of scientific terms such as photolithography and biometrics. Some minigame puzzles involve math.

Support

The game offers two difficulty levels: Amateur Sleuth and Master Sleuth. Master Sleuth offers more challenging puzzles, no hints, and a less detailed checklist to keep track of goals.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • vocabulary

Math

  • numbers
  • shapes
  • geometry
  • measurement

Science

  • chemistry
  • electricity
  • physics

Social Studies

  • historical figures

Arts

  • music

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • collecting data
  • investigation
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Communication

  • listening
  • asking questions

Kids can learn about the sciences of electricity, chemistry, and physics as they explore the research facility. Kids will build a vocabulary of scientific terms such as photolithography (printing 3D objects) and biometrics (fingerprint-activated locks). Some minigame puzzles involve math concepts like measuring fluids, numbers, and manipulating shapes; music notation; and memory. Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device challenges kids to use deductive reasoning to solve a mystery and science to solve puzzles.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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What's it about?

Nancy travels to a scientific research facility to investigate the death of Niko Jovic, a brilliant physicist who was electrocuted in his own lab. Kids control Nancy as she interviews suspects, searches the building for clues, and gathers evidence. Players solve numerous puzzles along the way that involve learning about physics, chemistry, electricity, and other scientific subjects.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

NANCY DREW: THE DEADLY DEVICE is a fantastic adventure game with interesting characters and an intriguing mystery to solve. Kids can learn a great deal about electricity, and in particular the life and work of Nikola Tesla. The storyline also raises thought-provoking issues about scientific research, such as the potentially disastrous consequences of certain discoveries falling into the “wrong” hands. With two difficulty levels to choose from, The Deadly Device will appeal to amateur sleuths young and old –- including parents. This is a great game for daughters to play with a mom or grandmother.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about careers in science. Would you want to do what the characters in the game do for a living? Why or why not?

  • Families can also discuss the power and danger of electricity. Why is it important to take safety precautions when around electricity?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Her Interactive
Release date:October 23, 2012
Genre:Adventure
Topics:Book characters, Great girl role models, Science and nature
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild Violence (Mac, Windows)

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Parent Written byTheMegaDad November 2, 2012
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QUALITY
 

Worth Checking Out - Especially for younger Girls That Want A Mystery

My daughter loved it and I think she may have actually developed some more critical thinking skills.
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