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Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is an E-rated mystery game with no offensive material or media issues. It can be challenging to solve and thus we've set the age appropriateness at age 10. This is a game that cross-generations can play together, particularly mother and daughters or grandmothers and granddaughters.
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What's it about?
NANCY DREW: THE PHANTOM OF VENICE is a PC mystery game in which you take on the role of Nancy Drew to solve a series of Italian robberies. Nancy flies to Venice to help the Italian police infiltrate a Venetian crime ring that has been stealing valuable artifacts.
Since you become Nancy Drew, you see the city of Venice as if you are looking through her eyes. You move through scenes by pointing and clicking. At times, your cursor will turn into a magnifying glass which allows you to sleuth up close. By talking to people and snooping, you will unravel the mystery. Since Nancy is undercover with the blessing of the Italian police, you get to do some cool spy things like planting tracking devices.
Is it any good?
What make this mystery game so good is that it's complicated, has fascinating characters to meet, and it's set in beautiful Venice, which is depicted in near photo-realistic graphics. The game play includes solving challenging puzzles and even playing arcade games.
As in previous Nancy Drew games from Her Interactive, you will never die or fail because if you make a fatal mistake, the game brings you back to the moment before the error, to let you try again. This unique feature lets you be scared, but never too scared.
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