Nancy Drew is a great franchise with a long history of games. I can affirm that every hidden objects fan played at least one Nancy Drew game.
This new adventure for Nancy Drew starts with an invitation from her friend Bess that invited both Nancy Drew and George to join her in a vacation on Dread Island in Caribbean. Nancy had some problems to solve first so she got there one day after George. At her arrival on Dread Island she finds out that her friend Bess was kidnapped. Dread Island is a small and isolated island and the kidnappers sabotaged all the communications from the island. Here is where this new Nancy Drew adventure starts.
As we got used from Her Interactive, this new Nancy Drew game is a third person-person point and click adventure. The main purpose is to find hidden ob
jects in order to solve various puzzles and advance toward solving the main kidnapping mystery. Beside the hidden objects, the user can find some mini-games and educational trivia in form of some research that Nancy Drew must conduct in order to solve the mystery.
What is new here is that George is a playable character. However, because Dread Island is not a populated island, in this game Nancy does a lot less interrogation of people than in previous games.
All the puzzles from Ransom of the Seven Ships are of an excellent quality and some will really represent a challenge even for "older" players. However, you can adjust the difficulty level and for new comers it is recommended the "Mr. Detective" level. At this level, fewer steps are needed in solving a puzzle and more hints are available. If you are getting tired of doing puzzles and mini games you can always take a trip around the island, do some diving or play the monkey game which is extremely fun and involves only blind luck.
From graphical point of view, Ransom of the Seven Ships looks good but not amazing. The music is quite pleasant and the sounds effects are also decent.
Overall, Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships is a good game and a must for Nancy Drew series fans. It can provide many hours of entertainment for both dedicated players and new comers which is a great thing.