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Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice
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In the most exciting adventure yet, players will work to uncover the mastermind behind a series of unsolved thefts that have taken place in Venice -- one of the world's most unique cities known for its interlocking canals and sleek gondolas. In the 18th installment of the award-winning adventure series, the Italian police have asked Nancy Drew for help in unraveling a crime ring that is threatening to steal all of Venice's priceless artifacts. Assuming the role of Nancy, players arrive in Venice during Carnival and begin taking on a series of challenges, including an undercover spy mission for the Italian police. Along the way, players must take advantage of the unique Venetian culture such as learning the language and navigating the transportation system (gondola or walking) to accomplish the mission at hand. As the game progresses, the masked thief becomes bolder and players will need to correctly identify the phantom before he or she goes too far.

Features:
  • Master Italian as you dig for clues
  • Create a fashion statement or a new disguise
  • Travel the canals and listen to singing gondoliers
  • Deal out the fun in the Italian card game Scopa
  • Cover costs with creative ways to earn Euros

Customer Reviews:

  • Excellent ND game!
    I have played almost all of the Nancy Drew games released to date, and this is definitely one of the top games on my list! The graphics were fantastic, the story line was different, new and fun, and the characters were really well developed throughout the course of the game. I thought that the length was perfect; any longer or any shorter would have been a little annoying and boring.

    The only two flaws in my opinion in this game are the two extremely annoying puzzles (the one where you have to steal a jewel and the final maze in the underground headquarters thing). I didn't exactly find the jewel stealing puzzle difficult, but it is ridiculously long and repetitive! As for the underground maze, I thought that was very hard! I had to look that part up on a walkthrough; i was lost in a second, and i didn't understand how to control the water with the wheels and such.

    Overall, one of the best they have come out with, and the next one after Phantom of Venice (Haunting of Castle Malloy) is great too! They just keep getting better! :)...more info
  • Singing gondoliers, gelato, nightclubs and sleuthing, oh my!
    In Nancy's eighteenth adventure from HerInteractive, Nancy makes good use of her passport in her second international outing, this time to Venice, Italy during Carnevale. Her old friend Prudence Rutherford (first heard from in Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand) has enlists her to discover the identity of the Phantom, a masked robber who's been making off with priceless antiques. The mysterious Phantom escapes detection, having knowledge of the security systems for each site.

    Nancy's home base is Prudence's old palazzo, the Ca' Nascosta, now in a sad state of disrepair after Prudence sold it to a penny-pinching, ladder-climbing socialite. Nancy shares a room with Helena Berg, a young German journalist who is in love with Venice and hopes to move there. A British art restorer, Colin Baxter, develops a huge crush on Nancy while working on the Ca' and tries in vain to win her affection.

    Italian culture is everywhere, and Nancy must even learn some basic Italian in order to participate in an important stakeout. You carry an Italian dictionary, which comes in useful for translating signs and documents. The background audio includes several conversations in Italian, but if you don't speak Italian, these aren't crucial to the game. Many times, characters are simply commenting on the Phantom and his adventures, or about personal events. Also included are several flavors of Italian gelato, the Italian card game Scopa, the various Carnevale masks, and Venetian architecture.

    Nancy is working with the Guardia di Finanza, Italy's version of the FBI, to track the Phantom. Because it's Carnevale season, there aren't enough officers to tail him, so Nancy is given a PDA with tracking capabilities. There are several possible suspects, including Antonio Fango, the shady IT dealer who works across from Nancy's temporary residence, Enrico Tazza , a member of the Machiano Crime Syndicate and a fence for stolen goods , Colin, who has past secrets to hide, and the mysterious (and ungracious) hostess La Contessa Margherita Fauberg. Nancy has three modes of transportation: on foot (free), via vaporetto (water taxi, free), or by singing gondolier (between five and fifteen euros per trip). The main map is clearly laid out and is easy to navigate.

    Like Nancy Drew: Secret Of the Old Clock, Nancy must earn money in order to purchase items needed in her investigation, including books and costume accessories. You begin the game with 200 Euros, and if you budget very wisely, you won't need extra money (those fashionable shopping trips, gelato cones and singing gondoliers really add up!). If you find yourself running short, there are several ways to earn extra income, including dancing in a nightclub dressed as a slinky black cat (!).I loved the variety of the nightclub dancing, although the character animation was jerky and I would have liked to see Nancy move more than just rotating her wrist in-between moves. From my own experience, you can earn between two to over thirty euros per dance depending on how well you nail the cues (for the hearing-impaired: the dance cues are auditory, but flashing colored lights also tell you which colored button to press).

    I played the game on the Senior Detective level, which offers fewer step-by-step hints (there's no to-do list, for one) and more difficult puzzles, and the majority of the puzzles were sufficiently intuitive, but still challenging. The graphics are gorgeous as always; in scenes of the canals, visible from your bedroom balcony, the water ripples in real time. If you choose to ride a gondola (the amount varies depending on the gondolier), you're treated to a combination of still photos of Venice and rendered scenery which proves quite effective (along with the various Italian-language serenades taken from Italian opera and popular songs). Unlike some prior greats such as Nancy Drew: The Legend of the Crystal Skull and Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor, the actual story in "Phantom of Venice" is spread a bit thin; the game could have benefitted from one or two additional suspects. But the variety of puzzles, some of which are new to the series (stakeouts, tracking, jewel heists), and the inclusion of Italian culture make up for these shortcomings.
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  • Nancy Drew does it again!
    If you are a Nancy Drew fan this is a great game to add to your collection. Again you play as Nancy Drew to help solve a mystery. Although this isn't my favorite Nancy Drew game, it comes a close 3rd best in my opinion. The only thing different about this game is you can't call home for clues like all the previous games....more info
  • Fun game!!
    My sister owns mostly all the nancy drew games!! They are really fun to play! They can be comfuseing to play but there fun!!...more info
  • Never had to cheat!!
    I know that a good number of adults and older teens play these games, but it was great to have one my 11 and 14 year olds could play without cheating. I mean, the games say ages 10 and up, after all.

    I had stopped playing them myself, because they were too busy and boring, but this one was really fun, even for me. The dancing was hilarious. I liked the clues. The dress-up was especially fun for my girls to play.

    For us, this game was really fun. Like the haunted carousel. Silly and fun. Not some big drawn-out drama....more info
  • Best Nancy Yet
    This is definately the best Nancy Drew yet. This game is TWICE as long as the other games. This has to do with some puzzles that are very long to get through. (such as a card game that you have to win twice). Very fun puzzles, many surprises throughout the game. The animations are more detailed, just a great game!...more info
  • Nancy's Most Exciting Mystery Yet!
    Nancy Drew 18: The Phantom Of Venice

    -Before I Begin...
    My review will be spilt up into sections and have a in-depth look at that topic. If you hate reading medium/long reviews or just don't have the patience I would not continue reading, but if you want to learn the most about the product before you buy it you'll continue.

    -Interface
    The game uses a point-and-click interface (meaning you click in a direction to move from environment to environment), which is easy to use and has been the preferred way for all eighteen games. On the bottom of the screen are the inventory, checklist, notebook, PDA (new icon for this game), save, load, settings, and exit icons. On the top of the screen there is Nancy's purse and her fashion icons. The fashion icon shows an outline of Nancy and what she is currently wearing. The PDA icon opens Nancy's PDA which has three features which come in handy with her undercover mission. I like this interface and I find it easy to use and the "Second Chance" option is great because you don't have to restart the whole game if you don't want to.
    *****


    -Plot
    Nancy is off to Venice, Italy, where she has been hired by the Gdif (Italian Police) to stop Il Fantasma (Phantom) dead in its tracks. This game has by far the most detailed plot in the series. The story has many twists and turns and leaves you guessing until the very end. It is so detailed and intriguing that you never want to stop playing the game. The plot flows along nicely and you don't come to an unexpected abrupt end like some past games (Usually leaving you with many questions instead of answers). Kudos to the writers at Her Interactive because the story is so great!
    *****

    -Characters
    There are five characters, each with different personalities, in this game. There are three main characters who preside at the Ca' Nascosta: Colin Baxter, Margherita Fauberg, and Helena Berg. Colin is an art restorer (with a rather noticeable crush on Nancy) who is working for Margherita. Margherita is a snooty Venetian socialite wannabe who owns the Ca'. Other characters include Enrico Tazza, the owner of Casa Di Giochi (House Of Game), and Antonio Fango, the electronics engineer and possible criminal Nancy is sent to spy on. Phone characters include Ned, and Prudence Rutherford, from Secret Of The Scarlet Hand (her voice can get very annoying after a while though!) All in all these characters were great. However one of the characters you do not even talk to at all in the game, but still a very important character. There was more character interaction than previous games but still not as much as I would have liked.
    ****

    -Setting & Graphics
    The setting was absolutely beautiful! It was so incredibly lifelike, from the glittering water to the old architecture in the squares and palazzos. It really was top notch. There were people talking in the background in Italian and although you couldn't see them it made the environment come to life with the rich Italian culture. There is even an activity in which you must know basic Italian to complete a mission. The graphics were also very beautiful and detailed. Each game progresses more and more with the graphics. Overall the Setting & Graphics were one of the best features of the game and really boosted the experience.
    *****

    -Puzzles/Activities
    There was a good mix of puzzles and activities in this game, and there were no filler puzzles. Also a good thing is absolutely NO chores unlike ICE, which included constant cooking & cleaning. There were a lot of new puzzles, plenty of codes and numbers and a lot of snooping & spying. The "Nancy Undercover" idea is really stressed in this game. You have to wear disguises, you have to plant bugs in people's everyday items, spy on someone and eavesdrop a couple times. Nancy was definitely on a mission in this game! On a difficulty level there is a good mix of easy, medium, and a couple of hard puzzles. None of the puzzles were overly frustrating.
    *****

    -Ending
    Sensibly the ending is the hardest part of the game. You have to navigate your way through a very different take on a maze. I don't want to spoil the ending, but I definitely found the ending pretty tough because it also includes a timed puzzle. Anyways, the ending made sense and everything clicked without a hitch, so you won't be like "What the heck?" when you get to the end. Also all your questions are answered at the very end, so no worries.
    *****

    -Overall
    I can honestly say this is the most exciting Nancy Drew game to date. The setting was magnificent, the puzzles weren't overly challenging but some were, and the plot was simply outstanding. You will not be disappointed with this game at all, it really is a incomparable to previous games like ICE, DAN or CRE. Her Interactive did a fantastic job on this game, I can't wait for the next one! The Haunting Of Castle Malloy

    Add all these up and divide by 6...
    5 *'s (Interface)
    5 *'s (Plot)
    4 *'s (Characters)
    5 *'s (Setting & Graphics)
    5 *'s (Puzzles/Activites)
    5 *'s (Ending)
    = 29 Stars Divide By 6 (Categories) = 4.8 = Rounded to 5 Stars

    -Recommended Games
    Danger On Deception Island
    Last Train To Blue Moon Canyon
    The Secret Of Shadow Ranch
    The Haunted Carousel

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  • hmmm
    I tried this game thinking it would finally bring back the good ol' Nancy Drew AMATUER slueth thaught provoking games. I was very VERY ticked off when they had nancy dress like she was a stripper or something and then be called on a mission for the italian gov. What happened to the amatuer? that's what i'd like to know...more info
  • Nancy Drew PC Game - The Phantom of Venice
    Another great PC game from "Her Interactive". Parents and grandparents can
    feel safe when their children are playing these games -- they provide fun
    and skill to PC game players of all ages....more info
  • Another great Nancy Drew game
    I've played most of the Nancy Drew games by Her Interactive, and this is a winner. Things I like about these games in general, and this game specifically are:

    1. Interacting with other characters -- it's not just puzzle solving, you get to interact with characters to find clues and to move the game forward. I really enjoyed the voice acting, especially Nancy.

    2. Puzzles are pretty well integrated into the story -- they make sense. Breaking into the bank, getting into the card club, etc.

    3. The atmosphere. Loved the Venice setting, traveling by canal, the snooty lady who owns the place where Nancy is staying, and the charming villian at the card club.

    4. The look -- I like the artwork in the scenes.

    Best of the series for me was the Curse of Blackmoor Manor -- it was probably the longest of the games and some of the puzzles were pretty tough. Had to use a walkthrough, but absolutely loved the story. Phantom of Venice was still great fun.

    Worth mentioning: the newest game in this series "Lights, Camera, Curses" really deviates from the format of all the other games. You should read a detailed description of gameplay before you buy it -- many of the things I love about these games are missing (for instance, you cannot move around inside a room and you cannot walk from room to room on your own.)







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  • Great game!
    This is another great Nancy Drew game and if you are a fan you will not be disappointed. My daughters and I play them together and love them. This one was a little shorter, but still fun with great clues, puzzles, graphics and effects....more info
  • Another clever game
    Don't worry, no major spoilers!

    I have played every ND game except for the first one, the Final Scene, The Creature of Kapu Cave, and the latest one, the Haunting of Castle Malloy. Needless to say, I can compare this one to all of the other ND games, which have been consistently phenomenal. Even the older ones are quite good, so the newer ones have a lot to live up to.

    Pros

    -The Phantom of Venice has incredible scenery (of course, it's in Venice) but it was even better than Danger by Design, which was set in France.

    -The story was pretty good, and the plot introduced something new... Nancy actually being "officially" on a mission to catch a thief. For other games, it was more of "Nancy is here to kind of investigate" or "Something terrible happened, so vacation is canceled and time to sleuth." Also, the beginning of the game is thrilling (though a bit scary).

    -There are a lot of extra things to do if you want, and fun ways to make euros (more than one, unlike in Old Clock or Danger by Design)

    -Many characters, keeps you guessing who actually is behind it all

    -Challenging but not impossible puzzles

    -Ability to change clothes (a first!)

    -At the end (NOT A SPOILER) it tells you what "extra things" you did, and gives you stars for it (other games just gave you a name)

    -In other games, you may have thought that your alarm clock is your trusty friend (like in Icicle Creek, it really helped to skip to chores and stuff.) But in this game, you don't even have to worry about time! The only time change you need is with your bed, when you choose to sleep (kind of like in Danger by Design or Stay tuned for Danger.) Though unlike Danger by Design, Nancy doesn't complain about "Oh, it's late. I better go home." and skip to the next day. In this game, I think I slept a total of one night, and that was necessary. Besides this, you were free to go about your tasks.

    -You still have your notebook to remind you of things.

    -They recreated the opening song, and made it a lot cooler with graphics, etc. to set the game up.

    Cons

    -There is a new addition to the "interface." Instead of just a normal arrow, if you are "supposed to find something" your arrow is green. However, once you find it, it stays green. The green arrow is more irrelevant than it is useful.

    -Again, it's one of those games that doesn't have Nancy's cellphone. You always have to use the phone in your room. However, the good thing is, you aren't required to call many people. In fact, you could probably get away without calling someone at all, because all the "necessary" phone calls will eventually just call you when you are in your room. Plus, you have your pager, which you can use to call the police (the people you're working for.)

    -Some parts seem somewhat boring (one major part that I will not discuss because of spoilers.)

    -You get a map, but you can't "visit" all the cool places in Venice. Only the places you really need.

    -The gondoliers are terrible singers. You have been warned.

    -Your game saves at every "second chance" thing, and it fills up all of your slots, and can get quite confusing at times.

    -Instead of the actual thief, the character behind it all is just kind of someone in the crime ring. Too bad... this also got somewhat confusing.

    -It might take a while to figure out the pager. The only feature on it that you regularly use is the "call" button, and the others, you start to wonder what they are for.

    -The final chase is a bit confusing.

    -The real real beginning starts with that stupid sequence of Nancy running up to her room and talking nonsense.

    -Some of the earlier games had a LOT of really interesting history behind the games (like the secret of the scarlet hand) but this one was kind of modernized, and in fact, didn't really explain anything of history or Venice at all.

    -Didn't have any of those cool cooking things (like in Shadow Ranch)

    Conclusion
    Another great game from the ND series and HerInteractive. Though it may seem as though there are a lot of cons, they are easy to deal with and nothing is too terrible. (I'm playing it for the second time!) It was a great improvement from the other Europe game, Danger by Design. It was also better than some of the other older ones, and overall was pretty amazing. Can't wait to get Haunting of Castle Malloy!

    Thanks for reading!

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