Sunday, October 30, 2011

Nancy Drew: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake

One of my friends is playing Nancy Drew: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake for the first time.  She got it as a joke, and now she's really engrossed in the plot.

I don't really like Ghost Dogs, mainly because it's not character-driven.  Of all the games in the series, Ghost Dogs has the fewest amount of characters.  Also, I don't think the characters really reach their potential; they're just kind of boring and they don't do much, as opposed to being interesting and driving the plot forward.

But the plot of Ghost Dogs is pretty exciting.  The attack of the ghost dogs at the beginning is a real thriller.  Also, halfway through the game, the culprit knocks Nancy unconscious, then ties her up inside a shed.  The culprit then sets the shed on fire, in a blazen, er, brazen attempt to kill Nancy.  That's a pretty exciting way to set up an extended puzzle sequence of getting untied from the ropes, getting out of the shed and stopping the fire.

And this got me thinking.  The culprit in Ghost Dogs attacks Nancy and ties her up inside a burning building.  That's attempted murder.  In other games, the culprit usually just sends Nancy a semi-threatening message like "Stop investigating this case, or else!".  Attempted murder usually doesn't happen, outside of the "bad ending" to the games.

I never thought of the Ghost Dogs culprit as being particularly dangerous before.  Which culprit in the series do you guys think is the most dangerous?

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

*SPOILER ALERT*





Yanni(:

Anonymous said...

Ghost Dogs is one of my favorite ND games. I think the most dangerous bad guy is Scott Varnell from Trail of the Twister, since y'know he left nancy in the path of a tornado.


~Kay

Miriam said...

Here are my thoughts:
~The culprit(s) in SCK are already killers and in both versions of the game guns are involved.. >_>
~The culprits from Scarlet Hand and Crystal Skull tried to seal you in a monolith/crypt that nobody else knew how to open
~In Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon, you almost get stuck in a mine with a skeleton because of a cave-in caused by the culprit

Anonymous said...

Dwayne Powers was the culprit twice and in one game he killed you with his bare hands.
he also managed to escape in the second game

Kira said...

Rentaro!!!!

Just kidding, he's really a harmless guy. XD

I think all the ND culprits are dangerous on a number of different levels. Some try to strangle you (Haunted Carousel and Deception Island), while others lock you in a crypt (Scarlet Hand). Then you get the ones that are wimpy and run away ... like Lisa in Treasure in the Royal Tower. Dwayne Powers is the one that will always scare me the most.

MystaFyre said...

Well there's the culprit in SCK, who is in possession of a gun and is not afraid of major blackmail AND murder.

There's the culprit in STFD who's not afraid to attempt on someone's life and then directly kill Nan.

There's the culprit in FIN who, alright, isn't totally dangerous, but is off his/her rocker and is willing to risk the lives of him/her-self and another completely innocent person.

There's the culprit in DOG, as you described, who is willing to let Nan die in a burning building.

There's the culprit in TRN, who isn't afraid to let Nancy die and then take false credit for trying to save her (if I remember it correctly - it's been awhile for me)

In CRY and SSH, as people have said, the culprits are willing to let Nan suffocate and rot in structures that would be almost impossible for anyone else to open.

... that's all I can recall at the moment. So yeah, some of these villains are way creepy when you think about it ...

Diana said...

Culprit of STfD. They did send that bomb after all...
Also TotT and SCK.

Invisible said...

I would say the most dangerous villian is Treasure in the Royal Tower's culprit because they trap Nancy in the elevator, lock her outside, and spray her with pepper spray.

Abbey said...

Big Bunny!!!! You know..... Taylor from Scarlet Hand. He locked Nancy in a tomb!!!!! And he has a weird mustache..... Hehehe ;)

H@nn@h said...

You forgot about being super excited about seeing Nancy's hands and feet. Ha ha ha!

Anonymous said...

The culprit from StFD for sure. All other arguments are invalid. That culprit freaks me out so much. I couldn't sleep.

Anonymous said...

I never really played that Nancy Drew game before, but that was pretty harsh to knock Nancy unconcious don't you think? I can't wait for you to do that new Nancy Drew game walkthrough! That's all I can say.

Sammy said...

Oooh, Dwayne Powers, Elliot Chen and Shorty Thurmond are the most scariest to me.
Least acariest are Lisa whats-her-name, Jane Willoughby/Marian, and Fiona Malloy(If you can call her the villain)

Anonymous said...

I personally got pretty scared of the culprit in SSR because he just sounded so creepy and I panicked, BUT I think the most dangerous is the culprit from Ghost Dogs. I still can't play that end bit without getting shivers...

Anonymous said...

Dwane Powers *laughs evily*

Philip said...

I agree with almost all the people here (especially the Dwayne people, wink), but I think Anja was one of the truly scarier people.

What kind of person are you, if you drag your little nephew off, throw him in an unused dungeon cell underground, and leave him??

Balin said...

Culprits from Stay Tuned for Danger, The Haunted Carousel, and Danger on Deception Island = most dangerous.

Culprits from Curse of Blackmoor Manor, The Haunting of Castle Malloy, and Shadow at the Water's Edge = least dangerous.

Anonymous said...

DWANYE POWERS!!! says in creepy voice....