Thursday, September 23, 2010

Question

Recently, I've seen several comments about Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge that look like this:

"Awesome! I hope it's longer than Trail of the Twister!  That game was SOOOO short!"

I don't remember Trail of the Twister being short, but after reading six or so complaints about it, I decided to double-check how long it is.  My video walkthrough for that game is three and a half hours, so it's probably about four hours long on the first playthrough.  That's not short...right?

So here's my question: How long should a game be?

20 comments:

Katia said...

I think it depends on the game. For example Phoenix Wright should be long and Nancy Drew should be at least two hours.

Anonymous said...

well you can't make an estimated amount of time because someone might get stuck on a puzzle for a very long time. but I like games that are long because it's a long time between Nancy drew games now 6-7 months. So I would like if they made a game 6-7 hours long and that's just if you get every puzzle right the first time. I know a lot of people are going "wow 6 hours". But once you finish the game now what? that's why I like the long Nancy drew games. Just my point of view-Ethan

Anonymous said...

The games should take me a couple of days at least to complete them, IMO.

Sofia said...

Well, the first time I played Trail Of The Twister, it took me a few days, because, well, we all get stuck on some things. But the second time I played it, it probably took around three to three and a half hours. I think that's long enough for a Nancy Drew game because for me, I like playing it for the first time. I like how it takes me longer to figure out things, and how I get stuck on some puzzles, and it's challenging. So to me, it doesn't matter how long the overall game us if you play it straight through, I think it matters when you get a Nancy Drew game for the first time, and you need to figure out how to solve puzzles, and what to do next, because that gives you the real "detective" feeling. Although it's still fun to re-play games, I think it's more of the experiance that you get from the game that matters, not how long it takes you. So, if the characters are nice and developed, there's enough puzzles, there's a ton of fun elements, then it's a perfectly fine game for me. Even if it only takes three hours to beat.

Anonymous said...

I think that what matters most is once you've completed it to the point of where you can go through it without ever being stuck, it should be around 3 hours. I.e. White Wolf of Icicle creek took me about 1-2 weeks, but now it takes me around4-5 days. Another example is Secrets can Kill (original) took a couple years to finish, but now I can finish it in30min. Also if it's long but un-enjoyable people will complain it's too long. The length doesn't matter as much as what happens in that time. Just because a game is long doesn't mean it will be the best ever, as well as just because a game is short doesn't make it boring ect. My 2 cents :)

Anonymous said...

It took me ONE day to finish Trail of The Twister! But that was cause I was playing it non stop! ;D

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Michael, could u do Phoenix Wright Trials and Tribulations? And Ace Apollo? When I watched a walkthrough for the first case I was like "WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?!" If anyone is wondering why I said that I would suggest watching Ace Apollo case one on youtube. ;D I know this is out of topic, but I don't have a youtube account so I couldn't ask you on there! ;)

Anonymous said...

I would want a game to have longer story plot than puzzles if you ask me. I like to see the drama and such. ;)

Kates said...

I agree with Anonymous. The drama and plot in the game is what interests me. I hate doing puzzles if they don't further the plot at all and are simply busy work. That's why I think TOT felt so short. Most of the puzzles were really just busy work that didn't have any affect on the plot. So considering just the actual action that happens in the game... really, nothing much happens until the very end. The game also seemed to be geared more to a younger audience. I hated being told by every single character what it was I had to do and even when I had to go to bed! Though it did cut out time that I would've wasted snooping around, I actually enjoy snooping and finding little things! The snooping adds length to the game, which is why, again, the length of the game felt short.

Anonymous said...

SAW is pretty long. It took me quite a while during beta testing.

CreateForLife said...

It depends on the way people solve the puzzles.

Anonymous said...

ummm.... I don't like to pry but how did you get the game already. Is it because you test games? because that's what I have been thinking.This is to anonymous 2:41.-Ethan

Anonymous said...

whoops sorry my bad didn't see the last part of your comment.-Ethan

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Sofia said...

Anon 2:41-
I know I say this every time a game comes out, but, you're SO lucky you get to beta test! I live no where near Washington, so I can't do any testing, but, again, you're SO lucky!

Anonymous said...

i think they are confusing it with secrets can kill maybe.

-Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

Michael, are you going to preorder Shadow at Water's Edge? Umm, do they already have a demo for the game?

Anonymous said...

Well, if you get rid of the annoying, tedious puzzles, it is rather short... I think that's what most people are talking about.

Alie-oop said...

It all depends really. I honestly think Danger by Design is by far THE longest game of all Nancy Drew games... or Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon. The shortest would be Secrets Can Kill or Kapu Cave. For me, Secrets Can Kill is a semi-long, semi-short, you see. Between all the disc-switching, it would take me less than two hours; but if I get stuck, it takes two to two and a half hours.
So an average for me... would be two and a half hours. If not, three hours.