Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy is the 29th mystery title in the Nancy Drew point-and-click adventure series from Her Interactive. There are two levels of difficulty, and younger kids might need a parent's help to solve some of the puzzles, which can't be skipped. There's a lot of reading required. The subject matter -- terrorists, biological weapons, threats to Nancy's life, and the events surrounding Nancy's mother's death -- is heavy for a Nancy Drew game and might upset younger players.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- cultural understanding
- historical figures
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- collecting data
- work to achieve goals
- asking questions
Engagement, Approach, Support
A suspenseful mystery, a visually appealing setting, and an exciting spy-themed story line help keep kids engaged and wanting to play to the end.
Puzzles are logically integrated into the game environment and story line. Players can explore at their own pace, although there's typically only one way to solve a puzzle.
The game has a checklist to keep track of tasks and progress, and players can receive additional hints if they need more direction about what to do next.
What's it about?
In NANCY DREW: THE SILENT SPY, Nancy travels to Glasgow, Scotland, after receiving a letter containing new information about the death of her mother, Kate Drew, a former spy. Nancy gets caught up in a new intrigue involving the same terrorist group that her mother was investigating shortly before her death. Nancy interviews her mother’s former associates -- none of whom can be entirely trusted -- and searches various destinations around Glasgow for clues. Players also decipher coded messages and open sophisticated locks.
Is it any good?
The Silent Spy is a full-on spy thriller complete with secret hideouts, daring infiltrations, coded messages, and high-tech spy gadgets. Ruggedly scenic, history-rich Scotland is a fantastic setting, and kids will learn a lot about Scottish culture along the way. The puzzles are as challenging as ever, and the storytelling is mature and compelling. Like its predecessors, the game lets players fast-forward through the dialogue if they choose. The Silent Spy is a high point in a series that's already full of fantastic titles.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about spies. Do you think a real spy's life is as glamorous and exciting as it's usually portrayed in media?
Talk about family relationships. How do your own caregivers balance work with family time?
What draws you to mystery games? Do you like all mysteries or only Nancy Drew mysteries?