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What 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.
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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?
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.
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- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, reading comprehension, vocabulary
Math: geometry, measurement, numbers, shapes
Science: chemistry, electricity, physics
Social Studies: historical figures
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, investigation, solving puzzles
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
Communication: asking questions, listening
- 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
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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