Thursday, June 27, 2013

Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill (4 of 4)

Today is the final day of my notes on Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill.

1. The game makes it clear that Daryl Gray is Nancy's police contact.  At the end of the game, when you learn who the murderer is, neither Daryl nor Nancy contacts the police.  Instead, our teenagers decide to single-handedly fight a drug-dealing murderer who already tried to blow up the school.  Dumb move, guys.

2. If you listen to the voice clips when Daryl confronts the culprit, you'll notice that they're mixed up.  Daryl talks with Nancy's voice.  It's hard to notice, though, since the audio is quiet.

3. The final puzzle of the game is using the gun on the culprit.  If you're too slow, the culprit knocks Connie out from behind, then kills Nancy.  When you solve the puzzle successfully, Connie is still lying on the ground unconscious, as if she's been knocked out.

4. Nancy should not be able to steal the gun from the culprit, seeing as she is many feet away and standing in the wrong location.

5. The game's ending is sort of unrealistic.  Hulk should be kicked off the team for abusing steroids, Hal should be kicked out of school for plagiarism, and Daryl should be in jail from working as a drug runner.

6. Many of the problems with this game are fixed in the next game.  Phone calls become more useful and the plot/pacing is seriously improved.  The improvement I like the most, though, is Nancy's character.  In this game, Nancy seems a bit too removed from what's going on.  Half of her dialogue options are short sentences like "out of control?" and "college football?".  In the sequel, Nancy's personality is more fleshed out, and she starts to have actual conversations.  Here, she's more like the invisible girl that everyone talks at.

5 comments:

Breanna(; said...

This is the critic side of me and this is what I rate what you have written about the 1998 version of secrets can kill. I give you five gold stars and two thumbs up for brilliant and outstanding observations and a perfect and well-written review!!!(:

William D said...

I'd have to agree with Breanna(; again because you have noticed a ton of stuff I would never have noticed. Also you pointed out serious flaws in the plot. I have to give you a full 5 stars and a full 5 thumbs up. For observation and corectness XD

Justin said...

I agree with both Breanna and William they're both absolutely right. Great job Michael!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed this series, Michael. Thank you very much for your hard work and effort. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, and here's a link to a blog post by Robert Riedl, the voice of Aunt Eloise, and one of the original creators of SCK. It's really fascinating. Be sure to check out his blog posts on STFD, MHM, and TRT as well. :)

http://www.electricrest.com/wordpress/?tag=nancy-drew&paged=2