Summary: I picked up this game with a gift card, as there was almost nothing else in the store that caught my eye, and I was already a fan of the Her Interactive PC titles. Initially I was hoping it would be more of the same but on a handheld console, but I quickly discovered that DS is apparently code for "dumbed-down stuff," and why I had barely heard of it before seeing it at the store.
Summary: I think a lot of the negative comments about this game can be categorized as "failed to meet expectations". A lot of folks have played the Her Interactive Nancy Drew adventure games for PC and expected this game to be similar. That complaint doesn't apply to me, since I haven't played any of the PC games, so had no preconceived idea of how the game should progress/be played going in. So....I enjoyed it. Yes, it's very linear and very simple to get through.
Summary: We bought this game for my daughter for Christmas. We gave it to her about 1 o'clock and she was done with it before dinner. That's too short a game for the money. She didn't even play it for that whole time, either.
Summary: I thought this game was cute and entertaining, but it's best for kids, and probably just ones 13 and under. I mean, it only lasted 2 hours for me, max. And the mini-games get a bit boring because there are only a handful and you have to repeat them each time you reach a lock or something of that nature.