Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen
By Christy Matte,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fab mystery lets you explore ancient Egyptian ruins.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn about ancient Egypt, hieroglyphics, famous pharaohs, and archaeology. Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen can also help kids understand how to collect, analyze, and apply data. While sleuthing, kids practice solving logic puzzles and ciphers. By becoming Nancy Drew, kids use sleuthing skills at a realistic archaeological dig site in Egypt.
The storyline has an overall positive theme about helping each other while exploring the archaeological site with care. There is a thread of greed and mistrust that is present, as well.
Positive Role Models
Nancy Drew is a positive role model in terms of acting and speaking with kindness and integrity. However, in her capacity as a detective, she does some snooping through other people's belongings. Other characters have a habit of gossiping and saying unkind things about each other. In addition, one of the characters hurts another out of greed.
Ease of Play
Navigation is intuitive and an easy-access help menu can clarify how to get around. The game has two difficulty modes. The easier level has simpler puzzles and an extensive hint system, as well as additional goals to help lead the player through the game. The harder level is more challenging. If you make a game-ending decision, you are always given a "second chance."
Violence & Scariness
One of the characters is injured by another early on in the story (we don't see it happen onscreen) and there are some other suspicious accidents that occur. At one point, someone destroys the water supply for the entire camp. And, although they are fairly mild, there are also threats of a "curse" in the writings in the tomb.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen, is a computer mystery game set in Egypt. Similar to other titles in the series, kids act as Nancy as they seek out clues, talk with other characters, and solve puzzles. The game can be played on two difficulty levels. Some of the puzzles are challenging and cannot be bypassed. The game's subject matter includes Egyptian gods and goddesses, curses, aliens, amulets, and similar content.
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What’s It About?
Nancy Drew finds herself in Egypt on an archaeological expedition. Unfortunately, her trip leader is injured during a sandstorm and there is speculation that he has been attacked. As other accidents and acts of vandalism take place, Nancy must discover the culprit by talking to all of the people involved and collecting clues. In the meantime, she must also explore the site for a hidden tomb and find out who is buried within. In order to solve all of the mysteries, she'll have quite a few puzzles to tackle.
Is It Any Good?
NANCY DREW: TOMB OF THE LOST QUEEN is an engaging adventure story with a strong female lead. It also features challenging but interesting puzzles and a fun premise. As in with other games in this series, you spend your time interviewing other characters and solving complex puzzles. The voice acting here is outstanding, as you hear as well as see the text written. Since this is a click-and-move adventure, moving around can be slow, especially as the game progresses and you just want to go from point A to B. But with this compelling and realistic mystery, kids won't mind the pace as they piece together this intricate story. Solving the game is somewhat like traversing an interactive book. This title would even be fun for parents to play together with slightly younger kids.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about mystery games. What makes them so much fun?
Families can talk about hieroglyphics. Can you write coded messages to each other using the chart in the game?
- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, historical figures, Language & Reading: reading comprehension, using supporting evidence, Math: patterns
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, solving puzzles, Communication: asking questions, listening, Self-Direction: achieving goals, goal-setting, time management
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Her Interactive
- Release date: May 8, 2012
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, Book Characters, Great Girl Role Models, History
- ESRB rating: E
- Last updated: August 29, 2016
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