After two hours of non-stop playing, I ask my twin sister, “Do you think we should take a break?” Not even looking up from the computer, she mutters, “No.” So, we play for another half hour and I ask, “Do you think we should take a break now?” She responds, quite annoyed, “No!”
It’s fun. It’s addicting. It’s engrossing. It’s the newest Nancy Drew computer game, Lights, Camera, Curses! The story follows Nancy Drew investigating a crime in Hollywood. Seventy-five years ago, a woman was bitten by a poisonous snake. Now, they are making a remake of the movie and “accidents” start happening around the set. As Nancy, you have to stop the madness.
There are four suspects, and the criminal was not who I expected. Is it Molly McKenna, the controlling producer who asked you to come investigate? Maybe it's Arthur Hitchens, the guy financing the movie? Perhaps it’s the shady director, Jorge Jackson, who doesn’t get along with anyone; or is it the diva starlet, Eda Brooks?
The most important and appealing aspect about this game is the mystery. I'm not much of a mystery person; they don't really entertain me. I get bored. This one hooked me. Very fun.
This game is mostly billed as a hidden puzzles game, but it's much more. There's a lot of hidden puzzles like connecting glow in the dark paint to a light switch. But this game is much more than a hidden puzzles game. However, if you don't like hidden pictures, don't buy this game.
Besides the hidden picture aspect, there are other games like Tetris, patterns and decoding. My favorite was one where you had to decode hieroglyphics. I thought some puzzles were challenging (mainly that one), but I’ve never really been good at games like these. They weren’t like as hard as AP Calculus, but they weren’t as easy as first grade math.
The game would be enjoyed by kids and adults. My sister, who has played most of the other Nancy Drew games, says that this game is a lot easier than the others since it’s a lot more straightforward and somewhat repetitive. She said it could be a training game for kids who wanted to play the other Nancy Drew games. She added sometimes she’d have to ask for help with the other games, but this one was easy compared to the others. But then again, I couldn’t get her to take a five minute break. Perhaps they should have made easy and hard paths, so make it harder for the big kids. They did this in other Nancy Drew games.
I mostly watched my sister (commenting about what to do, not sitting there aimlessly), which I found enjoyable. I think it’s something parents and kids can do together. The kids can play the game whereas the parents can try to solve the mystery.
So, my sister (The Nancy Drew Pioneer) and I (The Newbie) had fun. I think this would be a great present for kids. It should be a safe bet.
Nancy Drew: Lights, Camera, Curses is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB for Mild Violence, Tobacco Reference.