A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game encourages players to use deductive reasoning, think analytically, and try out multiple possible solutions to a problem. When Nancy eats too much candy, she also gets ill -- so there's a little mini-message in that, too.
Positive Role Models
Nancy is a smart, resourceful female role model. She's polite, helpful, earnest, and yet strong and independent at the same time. She admits to a bit of a sweet tooth, though.
Ease of Play
Players can choose to play as either a Junior or Senior Detective, the latter being quite a bit more difficult. Either way, though, the puzzles you'll find here are real brainteasers, all requiring a lot of trial and error. Don't expect to breeze through any part of this game.
Violence & Scariness
In one scene, you experience -- from a first-person perspective -- Nancy getting knocked to the ground and blacking out. There are some scary storm moments, too, in which dark clouds and whipping winds make for an ominous atmosphere. You see a tornado destroy an abandoned house.
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"Gosh," is about as rough as the language gets here.
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Products & Purchases
From the opening screen, set in Nancy's home office, you can look at her "scrapbook" of previous adventures, which is essentially a catalog of the 21 previous Nancy Drew games by Her Interactive.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister is a mystery experience from the first-person perspective of the world-famous teen sleuth. As Nancy, players will experience some scary moments -- most involving the weather, but a few that feature genuine bad guys. The story features a large number of pretty challenging puzzles, too -- kids will need a good deal of patience to work their way through. This is a good game for a mother and daughter or two friends to play together.
Is It Any Good?
If you've played any of the previous Nancy Drew games, you may feel like the puzzles in Nancy Drew: Trail fo the Twister have ramped up the challenge factor a bit. You'll also be impressed by the graphics and animation as well, because they are stunning. While you are basically free to roam around as you please, the story has a very linear arc to it, which is good in that it prevents you from possibly missing out on any important information. The puzzles, when they come along, are very nicely integrated into the story, even when they don't provide any clues to the mystery at hand. Early in the game, for example, you need to file away a bunch of folders -- sounds boring, but it ends up being a rather fun logic puzzle. One aspect that could use a little work is the driving -- Nancy can hop in a car to drive from place to place around the Oklahoma town she's in, but navigating the maze-like roads with a computer mouse can be sloppy. All in all, though, this is another wonderful addition to an already great series.
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