Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister

Common Sense Media says

Enigmatic puzzles and scary storms highlight this mystery.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

"Gosh," is about as rough as the language gets here.

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

In NANCY DREW: TRAIL OF THE TWISTER, the 22nd entry in Her Interactive's series of games about the famous girl detective, Nancy goes undercover as an intern with a group of storm chasers -- people who hunt down and study tornadoes. Her goal is to figure out who has been sabotaging their missions and destroying their equipment. Playing as Nancy, you'll need to piece together the clues to find the culprit, and on way, you'll interview all sorts of interesting characters, explore the old farmhouse where the storm chasers are headquartered, and wrack your brain on a series of enigmatic puzzle challenges.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the storm chasers featured in the story. Is that a job you would ever want to do? Or does it seem too scary or dangerous for you to be a part of in real life? Do you think any of the information you learned from the game can be helpful in real life?

  • Families can also discuss Nancy Drew as a role model. Brave, smart, resourceful -- she puts forth a good example for anyone. Yet she is still widely considered a character for girls. Could boys enjoy this game just as much? What could boys in particular learn from Nancy?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Her Interactive
Release date:June 29, 2010
Genre:Girl
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief, Mild Violence (Mac, Windows)

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Teen, 15 years old Written byEmi_Reviews December 29, 2014
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A bit scary for younger kids.

It's really fun, It's a bit scary for me and I'm 15, I got really creeped out when the weather got really bad and (Spoiler Alert) Scott was out in the living room when the weather got bad and he was picking things up from the coffee table, I got freaked out when the lightning flashed and boom he was gone, Goodness Gracious. I can't seem to bring myself to finish it..I'm trying really hard, I'm a huge scaredy cat. Another Spoiler Alert, When the GPS goes Haywire I got creeped out badly...So If you don't like an uneasy enviornment or bad weather...Do.Not.Play.This. Game. (Unless you are okay with bad weather..)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Kid, 10 years old October 21, 2014
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10
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Fun but scary

It is a fun puzzle game but scary in some scenes. If you are afraid of Tornadoes this might not be the game for you. There is no blood but one character has a scar or scrape (I cant remember) and you get knocked out in one scene but that is the worst it gets.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Kid, 12 years old November 17, 2011
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6
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Awesome for little kids!

I thought this game was really good! It was easier than most and had good messages and little fun things to do when you want to take a break from mystery solving! I started playing ND games when I was 8 and my older sister played them to. (YAY IM A BIG GIRL ^.^) *sigh* If only they had this game when I was younger! This game is quit easy for young childerine and teh scariness depends. WARNING: This game has storm scenes so if your child doesnt like stuff like that! DONT PLAY IT!
What other families should know
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