게시 일시: 2015년 5월 21일
Secrets Can Kill (Remastered) is the 1st of 32 (as of May 2015) installments within the Nancy Drew point and click adventure game series. It is important to note that this version (the version available on Steam) is a remade and revised version of the original game that was released in December 1998. The game was updated with refined graphics, puzzles, and user interface changes and was released in 2010 to match many of the more modern Nancy Drew adventures available at that time. Within this game you assume the role of amaranthine sleuth Nancy Drew and investigate the recent murder of high school student Jake Rogers at Paseo Del Mar High School. Eloise, who is a faculty member of the high school and is Nancy Drew’s aunt, is beside herself and called upon Nancy Drew to stay at her house while the local authorities have Nancy investigate the troubling events transpiring at Paseo Del Mar. It’s up to Nancy to go undercover as a new student while questioning others to find out why someone would want to murder Jake Rogers.
Nancy Drew adventure games are not your typical triple “A” open world RPG or FPS. As the genre mentions it is a “point and click adventure game” where one searches for clues, solves puzzles, questions suspects, and unravels a larger mystery through deductive reasoning. The game is not designed to be an engrossing universe or narrative. Rather, for me, is designed as a light-hearted story for anyone of all ages. It serves as a nice break from larger games and is easy to simply kick back to, relax, and enjoy. The plot-line of these games typically takes about 7-12 hours to unravel depending on your sleuthing skills.
This game in particular has a more realistic atmosphere that is a bit more intense compared to other Nancy Drew titles. You need to quickly comb the entire high school finding hidden messages and snooping into others’ lives before a murderer catches on to your cover and ends your investigative career for good. The dialogue, story, and game mechanics are well done and have enabled this original classic of the Nancy Drew series to age well. For those wondering if they should buy the original 1998 game versus this 2010 remake: I personally enjoyed the “antique” feel of the original classic made in 1998 and did not like all of the story changes that they made in this 2010 revision. However, if you don’t feel like constantly swapping out 2 discs (the joys of older games!) the 2010 version is still an enjoyable and an above average Nancy Drew title. If this is your first time looking at the Nancy Drew game series, I tend to recommend some of the more classic titles, which are in my opinion, of higher quality and contain some of the best narratives in the series (keep in mind though that the graphics and game engines of these games may be a bit more dated, being from the earlier 2000s). To understand if you might like these games I recommend checking out some of the more iconic titles: The Curse of Blackmoor Manor, Danger on Deception Island, Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake, or Treasure in the Royal Tower (the latter of which is not available on Steam). During the summer or holiday sales many of the Nancy Drew games are easily $2-$5 on Steam so just wait until then and you can check out these games as a nice cheap break from the usual FPS or RPG. Happy sleuthing!