Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel

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Loads of fun to play.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this tween software is void of violence and sexual overtones, and yet is challenging, exciting, and compelling to play for both boys and girls

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What's it about?

In NANCY DREW: THE HAUNTED CAROUSEL, the eighth in the Nancy Drew CD-ROM series, Nancy is investigating mysterious happenings at a Jersey Shore amusement park. The theft of a historic carousel horse, followed by the loss of power during a roller coaster ride, has forced the closing of the amusement park until the insurance company can investigate. But the carousel ride has mysteriously started operating on its own, leading people to speculate that the park is \"haunted.\" Nancy has been hired by the owner of the park to help resolve these baffling happenings.

As Nancy, players interview suspects; explore the layout of a haunted house attraction; learn how to change the tracks for the rollercoaster ride; and fix an old carousel band organ. The game offers over 20 hours of play on two difficulty levels. Embedded in the mystery are several real-life puzzles, including one in which players use a virtual lathe.

Is it any good?

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This game is more accessible than the previous Nancy Drew interactive games. Enhancements in this game include the addition of Nancy's laptop and her cell phone. With the laptop, she can get e-mail help from friends, keep a journal of her discoveries (so the player doesn't have to take notes), and list things that still need to be done (a way to keep the player on task.) With a cell phone, players can call Nancy's friends for help.

Compared with previous titles in this series, this game is easier to navigate; the puzzles combine real-life problems with fun arcade games; and the story is complicated and never too scary. The "Junior Detective" level is a little easier to play than in the previous titles so it will appeal to kids as young as age 10; the "Senior Detective" level offers plenty of challenge for teens. And parents, this software has no violence or sexual overtones.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the long-term popularity of Nancy Drew. Why is she still a recognizable name?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$20
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Her Interactive
Release date:April 1, 2004
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:E for (Windows)

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Kid, 11 years old September 10, 2013
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13
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from an eleven year old

this game is pretty scary and im very sensitive first its very scary when you enter the roller coaster room and nancy almost gets ran over by it if you dont get her foot unlocked she could die but there are second chances and SPOLIER ALEART at the end of the game this guy named elliot comes close to you like hes going to strangle you and when you go down the stairs and enter the closet he just pops up thats the kind of stuff that scares me but if you love scary challgeing games like theese you would love this game and sorry if you did not want to hear this but on one of the other games like the blackmoor manner thats just plain CREEPY well it is to me but i cried after both games i was nine when i played this game but was ten when i playeed the other now i wanna sleep in my grandparents room just for reading the reviews but conclution know your kid if he or she is like me witch is shy and you know PLEASE dont let them play theese games just let their freind come over the house or buy them a phone bu please please please listin to me thanks
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written bysupersluth March 22, 2012
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10
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wrong rating

Nancy can die in this game. She can get killed by a villan and get crushed by a pole. This game is a little chalinging.
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Educational value
Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old February 24, 2012
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9
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Fun, exciting, and easy

I found this Nancy drew game to be one of the "easier" games. I think it's fun that you can order food and ride the carousel ect. There were a couple scary moments **spoiler alert** like when Nancy almost gets her foot run over by a roller coaster or when she falls down some stairs and of course when you find out who the culprit is. I think nancy is a really great role model and shows perciverence, courage and intelligence. I think she is a great role model for kids!
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Great role models
Too much violence

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