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Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill REMASTERED

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Play the Game that Started the Award-Winning Series! As a tribute to Nancy Drew's 80th Anniversary, Her Interactive is remastering the first game that launched the award-winning adventure series. With completely updated graphics and new puzzles, … see full wiki

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A much improved version of an older game

  • Sep 16, 2010
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"Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill Remastered" is the re-release of the first game in the Nancy Drew adventure game series which was just simply titled "Secrets Can Kill." Having played both versions, I can say that this game is much better than the original having not only improved many aspects of the game but also having added several new features. Here is the breakdown of what to expect in the game:

Story - You have been called to Paseo Dal Mar High School to solve the murder of a teen guy who was pushed down a flight of stairs after being beat up. A policeman has requested your help, and you are staying at your Aunt Eloise's while going undercover as a new student at school.

Graphics - This was definitely one of the many improvements on the game. The 3D backgrounds have been redone to look even more realistic with more detail in them than before. The 3D characters, while, surprisingly a bit worse than Herinteractive's usual characters, are still very much better than the cartoon characters the first game had.

Sound - The music is pretty much the same although a few new songs have been added. This is actually not bad at all, as the music was pretty good in the original game to begin with. The background sounds are good, and whether it's the sound of a drawer being opened or the static on the tv, it is well done. The voice acting is definitely better for the most part, although for one of the characters it sounds as if the same exact lines were recycled from the first game, and this was slightly disappointing.

Gameplay - Although the first-person point and click interface is the same, there are a LOT of differences with the gameplay. First of all, the arrows that allowed you to look up and down in the original are gone, making this a much smoother play through. Also, in addition to your inventory, you are also provided with a journal for writing down clues, codes, and thoughts; a checklist for telling you what things you need to get done; and a cell phone for calling people anywhere you need to. You are only able to call Ned in the game, and he really only gives hints, which made me wanting more of a conversation with him as in previous games. The puzzles are mostly the same, although a large slightly cumulative puzzle has been added in, making you search for some new things in the game. However, this doesn't add too much of a challenge to the gameplay, and the older puzzles are just as easy as before, although they are slightly harder on Senior Detective Level (this is basically the "hard" level as opposed to the "easy" Junior Detective Level). One location has been taken out of the game (the drugstore, for those of you who have played the older version), and no new locations have been added. There is a new character introduced into the game, however, the Detective Beech who invited you over. There is also a brand new ending to the game with a new culprit. This along with a slightly changed script definitely moved away from following the book, which the game is based on, too closely. As a last change, this game does NOT require the constant changing of the CDs as the first game did, which was definitely a huge improvement.

Length - This newer version of the game has pretty much stayed around the same length of the original game which is about 3-4 hours. It's pretty easy to be able to tell what to do next, and you shouldn't get confused or stuck too often in the game.

Overall, this will probably interest fans of the series who have never played the first game. It may be a bit shorter than the regular games, but it will still be a fun play. As for veterans of the series who have experienced the game already, this is pretty much a very similar yet improved experience. I'll leave it up to you whether you like the game enough to buy this version, but know that not much has been changed in the game to make it a new experience.

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