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Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge
8.4 out of 10

Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge

Traditional Japanese family ryokans (inns) are charming places, Read more

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Nancy Drew - Shadow at the Water's Edge

Just Adventure
26 July 2012
  • Excerpt: What I most admired about Nancy Drew after reading The Whispering Statue, my first foray into the teen sleuth’s escapades, was that for a young woman, she was especially crafty and resourceful. She donned disguises, devised clever ruses, engineered daring escapes from villains, and assembled clues with ease.
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Overall 9
Gameplay 9
Graphics 8
Sound 9
Replay value 8

Nancy Drew Shadow at the Water's Edge

Family Friendly Gaming
8 January 2011
  • Excerpt: Nancy Drew Shadow at the Water's Edge is the twenty-third game in the series from Her Interactive. Nancy has to solve a mystery in a traditional family ryokan. What is a ryokan you ask? It is essentially an inn. Nancy has to solve the mystery of what is driving away business. Is it a vengeful ghost or something far worse? Mystery fans will enjoy this PC/MAC game.
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Learn about Japan while solving a puzzling mystery.

Common Sense Media
31 December 2010
  • Summary: Parents need to know that Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge is an adventure mystery starring teenage sleuth Nancy Drew that is set in Japan. The game offers two modes of difficulty, but even the lesser one contains some pretty challenging brainteasers that can't be skipped. The story revolves around a haunted Japanese Inn and contains some scary moments, but it also exposes players to various facets of Japanese culture, including calligraphy, rock gardens, and...
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Overall 6

Expert Review

Adventure Gamers
13 December 2010
  • Conclusion: While the storyline never really delivers on its suspenseful potential and we are still waiting for a new game engine that allows for expanded exploration, Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water’s Edge does have a lot of good things going for it. The locale is exotic and the cultural education exercises are a clever touch. There is a great deal of character interaction to enjoy, and most of the characters are quite entertaining.
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Overall 8

Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge

Adventure Classic Gaming
15 November 2010
  • Excerpt: Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge is the 23rd game in the long-running Nancy Drew series from Her Interactive. This time, the game takes the famous sassy detective to the bustling country of Japan. Naturally, this peaceful vacation is quickly interrupted when Nancy finds herself in yet another mystery. Someone—or something—is haunting the Ryokan Hiei, the charming Japanese inn where she is staying.
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Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge by Rushes

1 November 2010
  • Excerpt: In Shadow at the Water’s Edge we find Nancy Drew in residence at the Ryokan Hiei, Kyoto. Teaching English to Japanese students by day, at night Nancy is free to explore the city and the mystery which surrounds the Ryokan itself. The eerie goings-on, the spectral visitations and noises are driving away all of the paying guests. Is there really a spook at play here, or does a more sinister earthly motive lie behind the Ryokan’s unrest?
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Overall 8

Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge

26 October 2010
  • Summary: Solve the mystery of a haunted Japanese inn in the 23rd Nancy Drew game.
  • Pros: Interesting Japanese theme. Opportunities to learn about aspects of Japanese culture including origami, calligraphy, rock gardens and Sudoku.
  • Cons: Can't manually skip ahead in dialogue. Alarm feature seems a bit pointless.
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Nancy Drew: The Secret at Shadow Ranch by gatorlaw

1 March 2010
  • Excerpt: The Secret of Shadow Ranch It has been quite a while since the first Nancy Drew mystery raised it’s interactive head and peeked out from the store shelves. Well actually it wasn’t on any store shelf,  for it was available only through the Her Interactive online store. Been following their progress ever since. Now here we are with what is one of the great success stories in adventure gaming and game development itself.
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Overall 8

Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge

25 November 2010
  • Conclusion: Невероятно, но факт: игры, посвященные приключениям Нэнси Дрю, до сих пор очень популярны, несмотря на то, что компания уже раз десять дискредитировала серию полусырыми поделками. Во славу вечно юной сыщицы создаются фан-сайты, за ее похождениями активно следят поклонники и поклонницы. А критики между тем пожимают плечами: как может нравиться адвенчура, столь безнадежно застрявшая в прошлом? Именно так обстояло дело до недавних пор.
  • Pros: увлекательный сценарий; убедительные хоррор-элементы; «живые» персонажи; забавные диалоги; приятный ритм развертывания событий; прекрасная мимика; характерная атмосфера.
  • Cons: вторичность сюжетной основы; пара неудачных головоломок; не слишком «свежая» графика.
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