The Deadly Secret of Olde World Park (Nintendo DS)

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 October, 2007, 12:00am

You'll need your wits about you as you help everyone's favourite female teenage sleuth Nancy Drew solve the many mysteries in the new Nintendo DS game Nancy Drew: The Deadly Secret of Olde World Park.

Miss Drew has been an iconic literary heroine for some 80 years. In her NDS debut, she has been given a modern day makeover to help her appeal to today's young girls.

The game is set up as a linear adventure game with an engaging storyline, which is the game's main strength. As Nancy Drew, you start by looking for your friend Bess's stolen dress, a search which leads you to the gala opening of River Heights' new amusement park, Olde World.

But you soon find out that there is more afoot than a stolen dress: Thaddeus Belmont, the billionaire owner of the park, has been missing for days. And this is just the beginning of your quest.

The game is presented in a comic book style with a touch of anime style. Each panel is very colourful, with pop-up speech bubbles conveying dialogue between characters.

The visuals switch to 3D when Nancy is searching for clues and items of interest. It's clear what to approach, as clues are labelled with a magnifying glass icon and suspects have an exclamation mark above their head, identifying who you need to interrogate.

The stylus comes into play when Nancy has to pick locks, solve puzzles or interrogate people.

They game is aimed at younger female players. Older gamers will enjoy the story. But the linear story and single ending makes the game's non re-playability aspect a major disadvantage.