A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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'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.
Talk to your kids 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?
- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, historical figures, history
Language & Reading: reading, reading comprehension
Math: patterns, shapes
- Skills: Communication: asking questions, listening
Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, investigation, solving puzzles
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
- Price: $19.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Her Interactive
- Release date: October 22, 2013
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Book Characters
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Violence
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