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What 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.
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- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding, historical figures
Language & Reading: reading comprehension, using supporting evidence
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, solving puzzles
Communication: asking questions, listening
Self-Direction: achieving goals, goal-setting, time management
- Price: $19.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Her Interactive
- Release date: May 8, 2012
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, Book Characters, Great Girl Role Models, History
- ESRB rating: E
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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