A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is a game about using brains rather than brawn. Rather than getting into fights and making enemies, the brothers talk to people, look for clues pertinent to their case, and solve puzzles.
Positive Role Models
Joe and Frank Hardy are good boys, clever puzzle solvers, and smart investigators. They sometimes snoop where they probably shouldn’t and get into dangerous situations, as when they’re forced to try to diffuse a bomb, but only out of a desire to crack the case.
Ease of Play
A quick and simple tutorial broken into five categories explains the game’s basic mechanics. It provides a good introduction to world exploration and interacting with objects, but it can be difficult to figure out what to do and where to go next once inside the game proper.
Violence & Scariness
In one puzzle, if players fail to diffuse a bomb properly they’ll hear a boom sound and see a picture of flames.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The boys talk about having the opportunity to meet girls and lightly flirt with some of those they encounter by complimenting their appearance.
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Products & Purchases
This game is part of the long-lived Hardy Boys literary license, but it doesn't advertise any other Hardy Boys products.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this adventure game is completely innocuous. There is no sexuality, no profanity, and, aside from one somewhat tense scene in which a bomb may or may not explode (if it does, players will hear a boom sound and see a picture of flames filling the screen), no violence. What’s more, heroes Frank and Joe are smart, likeable, and driven to unravel mysteries -- fine role models for kids, who will learn about historical places and figures as they travel with the Hardy brothers as they travel about Europe. That said, it’s best suited for slightly older children, if only because it can be difficult to figure out what to do and where to go next. A level of patience and tenacity is required, as well as good reading skills.
Is It Any Good?
With its good-natured heroes, educational slant, and almost complete lack of any sort of content that could be deemed offensive, Treasure on the Tracks is the sort of game most parents will be able to get behind. What’s more, plenty of kids will be drawn to its intriguing mystery and challenging puzzles. Beware, however, that progress can be slow and frustrating. Despite a PDA that keeps track of items and tasks, we found that from the outset there were instances in which we simply didn’t know how to move the game forward. We were forced to revisit areas and carefully drag the stylus across everything on screen to try to reveal more items and clues. This style of play is common in PC-based point-and-click adventures, but may come off as plodding and frustrating to players used to the sort of fast-paced, instant gratification action found in most DS games. For the patient player, it’s good fun.
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