Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device
What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- historical figures
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- collecting data
- work to achieve goals
- asking questions
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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.
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?