In The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft, the vault of the Spencer Mansion is robbed, and the Bayport Police call on the Hardy Boys to help tie up some loose ends, but they soon find themselves in the middle of a major criminal investigation that takes them … see full wiki
Why does everyone hate this game? When I got this game and saw that it was a third person point-and-click game as opposed to the Nancy Drew first person games, I was rather skeptical. However, I was proven wrong as this game was great fun and much more challenging than the Nancy Drew games.
Story-Frank and Joe Hardy work for an undercover teen crime fighting organization ATAC (American Teens Against Crime), and this organization sends them their next case which is to find out who robbed the safe at the Spencer Mansion and how they got through the unbreakable safe. I saw some reviewers were not happy that they are part of ATAC in this game. I understand that some fans liked the older books better, but I think the producers were basing Frank and Joe after the newer books since those are the ones in stores right now. I'm sorry for those who didn't like this part of the game, but please try to be open minded and enjoy it. It's not even a big part of the game!
Graphics-The backgrounds were okay, but what turned me off was that all of the characters have wedgies. I'm sorry, I just found that a bit distracting. But the characters are 3D, and I liked them.
Sound-The sound didn't stand out to me that much, but it was good enough that I didn't get sick of it. The voice acting was pretty good. There was room for improvement, however.
Gameplay-Like I said, this is a 3rd person point-and-click game. Some of the locations at the beginning (at Spencer Mansion) are a little hard to figure out, but maybe I was just blind to those places. The puzzles are fun and hard. Most require you to put 2 objects together, but some required you to use your brain. Maybe some people didn't like that about the game. The reason I took off 1 star is because right when I was about to finish the game, an important item disappeared from my inventory. I had to start the game over, but I loved the game so it wasn't that bad.
Fun-This game is really fun! Challenging and long, it has the things that the Nancy Drew games lack-and most other adventure games for that matter.
Length-This game probably took me about 3 weeks to finish the first time. I love replaying it, but now it only takes me about 12-15 hours. I think that is long, though.
Overall, I think the reason people don't like this game is because it is based on the newer books. I loved that, and I think some newer fans will, too. One glitch makes it not perfect, but otherwise, it is an awesome game!
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