As a long time and childhood fan of Nancy Drew I was really excited to do this Nancy Drew Sea of Darkness review. This PC game, by Her Interactive, is actually the 32nd game in the series. Despite the large number of releases under the Nancy Drew title, Her Interactive manages to keep coming up with exciting and thrilling new adventures for our favorite mystery sleuth. In Sea of Darkness Nancy Drew is summoned to a small fishing town in Iceland by a treasure hunter names Dagny to investigate a missing man, Captain Magnus, and his possible link to a missing treasure.
We found the game play immersive. There is lots to do an explore and the village of Skipbrot has a very authentic feel and as you play you do learn a lot of real facts about Iceland. This was a huge plus for the game that my 8 year old really enjoyed. Villagers are suspicious of outsiders and Nancy Drew is no exception, dealing with an icy welcome. As the game progresses, however, we discover quite a bit of backstory to the characters which gives the game welcome depth. As we learned more about the characters we definitely began to understand the reason for their cold demeanor and in many cases we began to feel sympathetic to the characters and their own struggles. I enjoyed this aspect of the game a lot, as it seems Her Interactive put a good deal of thought into the characters that allowed us to be really drawn into the story.
Of course the villagers are not the only characeters Nancy Drew connects with. By using her mobile phone you can interact with her friend, Alex and boyfriend, Ned. The mobile phone also gives you access to mini games which provide a bit of relief when you need a break from the more mysterious gameplay in Skipbrot. I enjoy the banter and conversations Nancy Drew has with Ned and Alex and I definitely think it provides more dimension in the game.
My favorite part of the game is the puzzles and Her Interactive does not disappoint in Seas of Darkness. We found the puzzles to be entertaining and fun. When playing in Amateur mode they are challenging enough to keep our interest and manage to avoid being too difficult or frustrating. My 8 year old found the Master puzzle mode to be too difficult, as he is not accustomed to playing puzzle games. I look forward to replaying the puzzles in master mode myself and I think any child who is more accustomed to puzzle style games or who desires more of a challenge would enjoy the option as well. I did really like the ability to choose our difficulty as it made the game more enjoyable.
One last thing to mention is the soundtrack. The choice of music was excellent in my opinon and really lent to an immersive feeling. The soundtrack throughout the game is not overwheming, but and enjoyable addition. Overall, we found Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness to be another hit for Her Interactive and a definite must have for any child who loves Nancy Drew or mystery/puzzle games!