DarkDragon | Added on: April 22, 2011
In this game, Nancy corporates with GdIF (Italian-version FBI) to finds a mysterious art thief. Actually, she is pushed on them by Prudence Rutherford (Nancy helped retrieved her necklace in the Scarlet Hand). Wow, talk about connections. Anyway, the storyline is excellent with many twists that will keep you guessing. I also love the extra activities you can do. You can purchase costumes to wear, and you can earn money by selling flowers or dancing in a club in a cat costume (somehow this sounds so weird in words). To collect flowers, you have to fight the bees, though I won't tell you how. In dancing, you will receive sound cue as to what to dance. The hardest to listen to is the bell and the harmonica, because they tend to blend into the music. However, if you get the crowd excited to certain levels, you will receive certain amount of tips, and to me it's easier and more fun than fighting bees. Notice that each song has a particular pattern. There is a card game called Scopa introduced later in the game. I find it pretty hard but interesting. Italy has 3 types of transportation: by foot, by train, or by the famous canals. All are free except for the canals. If you choose free canal service (Luigi), there's nothing interesting. But, if you choose others, it will cost various prices but give different songs (though I think the scenery is kinda repeated). To move around, you have to click on the next location connected to where you are standing. You can't click straight to the destination you want. It may seems annoying but it plays a role in the end. The puzzles are not very hard, just that they need some patience to look around. If you do something fatally wrong, there's second chance or just save the game before attempting something. Most of the time, you can get hints by calling Ned. Oh, and do call Prudence again, her accent and silliness are unrivaled. I laugh when she comments about the Caller ID. Near the end, I pretty much figured out who is the prime suspect, but still it is pleasant to know how that one does it. Just one thing that puzzles me, that thief is loaded with several valuable arts, but still decide to steal Nancy's locket (just ordinary gift from Ned). I wonder why, out of jealousy? In summary, this game is fascinating. It makes me unable to move away from my chair. I think it worths buying for fan of Nancy Drew games as well as mystery lovers.