History VideoGame / NancyDrew

8th Mar '17 3:36:17 AM urielzet
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A series of DRM-free AdventureGames based on the ''NancyDrew'' novels, released mostly for the PC by [=HerInteractive=] starting in 1998. The company typically releases two new games a year, to much critical acclaim. In 2016, the release of [[spoiler: ''Midnight In Salem'']] has been delayed due to an overhaul of the game engine.

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A series of DRM-free AdventureGames based on the ''NancyDrew'' novels, released mostly for the PC by [=HerInteractive=] starting in 1998. The company typically releases two new games a year, to much critical acclaim. In 2016, As of 2017, the release of [[spoiler: ''Midnight In Salem'']] has been delayed due to an overhaul of the game engine.



# ''[[spoiler:Midnight in Salem]]'' (2016)

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# ''[[spoiler:Midnight in Salem]]'' (2016)(2017)



** Kate Drew, of course.



** While the series itself has no real "Big Bad", every game usually has one (Sometimes two) figure(s) that act as this, called "The Culprit" by the fandom and WordOfGod. The Culprit is the one committing the game's crime, and sometimes makes attempts on Nancy's life, although some of these happen by mistake. However, there is one aversion (see NoAntagonist)

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** While the series itself has no real "Big Bad", every game usually has one (Sometimes two) figure(s) that act as this, called "The Culprit" by the fandom and WordOfGod. The Culprit is the one committing the game's crime, and sometimes makes attempts on Nancy's life, although some of these happen by mistake. However, there is one aversion (see NoAntagonist)NoAntagonist).



** Dagny's heater breaks. Nancy points out that there is in fact a pub right around the corner, but Dagny won't tell Nancy what she needs to do next (and won't budge) until you solve the most blatantly-contrived puzzle in the series. (Hilarious though)

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** In ''Sea of Darkness'', Dagny's heater breaks. Nancy points out that there is in fact a pub right around the corner, but Dagny won't tell Nancy what she needs to do next (and won't budge) until you solve the most blatantly-contrived puzzle in the series. (Hilarious though) though...)



* ChekhovsGunman: Remember Samantha Quick, the spy whose identity you borrow in ''The Phantom of Venice''? [[spoiler:You meet her in ''The Silent Spy''. She's really an American spy named Zoe Wolfe. However, her alias of Samantha Quick is unimportant to the plot of that game, though you will find the false passport in Zoe's hotel room.]]

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* ChekhovsGunman: Remember Samantha Quick, the spy whose identity you borrow in ''The Phantom of Venice''? [[spoiler:You meet her in ''The Silent Spy''. She's really an American spy named Zoe Wolfe. However, her alias of Samantha Quick is unimportant to the plot of that game, though you will find the false passport in Zoe's hotel room.]]room]].



* HiddenInPlainSight: A database in the ''The Secret Spy'' reveals that [[spoiler:Logan (a temperamental, somewhat bumbling one-time assistant to Savannah Woodham)]] is a Cathedral informant. Suffice it to say that they are ''not'' the kind of person you'd expect to be mixed up in espionage -- which is probably why they were chosen in the first place.

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* HiddenInPlainSight: A database in the ''The Secret Silent Spy'' reveals that [[spoiler:Logan (a temperamental, somewhat bumbling one-time assistant to Savannah Woodham)]] is a Cathedral informant. Suffice it to say that they are ''not'' the kind of person you'd expect to be mixed up in espionage -- which is probably why they were chosen in the first place.



** You also refuse to carry Bob's saddle outside the stables in ''Secret of Shadow Ranch''

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** You also refuse to carry Bob's saddle outside the stables in ''Secret of Shadow Ranch''Ranch''.



* NotSoStoic: Normally, Heather is patient and courteous -- the ideal secretary, especially for someone like [[BadBoss Minette]]. Several characters comment on how odd it is that she's put up with Minette for so long...[[spoiler: Then you find out that, before the game started, Heather snapped and sent her an anonymous, threatening letter. She only did this once, and Minette never knew it was her]]. By the time the game begins, she's long since put [[BeneathTheMask the mask]] back up.

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* NotSoStoic: Normally, In ''Danger by Design'', normally, Heather is patient and courteous -- the ideal secretary, especially for someone like [[BadBoss Minette]]. Several characters comment on how odd it is that she's put up with Minette for so long...[[spoiler: Then you find out that, before the game started, Heather snapped and sent her an anonymous, threatening letter. She only did this once, and Minette never knew it was her]]. By the time the game begins, she's long since put [[BeneathTheMask the mask]] back up.
23rd Feb '17 4:32:07 PM Gosicrystal
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* LostForever: Sometimes (thankfully rarely), if you do a particular sequence out of order, you will be unable to solve the rest of the game (creating two back-up save games can come in handy at times like this). One particularly bad example comes from ''Stay Tuned for Danger'': If you don't get two necessary items ''before'' going into Rick's room on the day after viewing the videotape (namely: [[spoiler: the screwdriver and the wire-cutters to defuse the bomb]]) and you've already saved ''after'' going into his room... you're screwed.



* TheMafia: ''The Phantom of Venice.'' Well, duh.
** The Greek mafia, Kronos, also plays a part in ''Labyrinth of Lies''.

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* TheMafia: TheMafia:
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''The Phantom of Venice.'' Well, duh.
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** The Greek mafia, Kronos, also plays a part in ''Labyrinth of Lies''.



* [[spoiler:TheMole]]: [[spoiler:Ewan [=MacLeod=]]] in ''The Silent Spy''.

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* [[spoiler:TheMole]]: TheMole: [[spoiler:Ewan [=MacLeod=]]] in ''The Silent Spy''.



* UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla: [[SoCoolItsAwesome Featured in ''The Deadly Device'']].



* NonHumanSidekick: Suki, a robot cat owned by Miwako Shimizu, in ''Shadow At the Water's Edge.'' Her boyfriend is trying to craft a robotic dog counterpart.
** Also, [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Miles the Magnificent Memory Machine]] is this for Joy in ''The Haunted Carousel''.

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* NonHumanSidekick: NonHumanSidekick:
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Suki, a robot cat owned by Miwako Shimizu, in ''Shadow At the Water's Edge.'' Her boyfriend is trying to craft a robotic dog counterpart.
** Also, [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Miles the Magnificent Memory Machine]] is this for Joy in ''The Haunted Carousel''.



* OptionalTrafficLaws: ''Trail of the Twister'', wherein you can cause ten-car pile-ups without any penalty. Until your health meter runs out, and you get a GoodNewsBadNews screen.

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* OptionalTrafficLaws: OptionalTrafficLaws:
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''Trail of the Twister'', wherein you can cause ten-car pile-ups without any penalty. Until your health meter runs out, and you get a GoodNewsBadNews screen.



* OverprotectiveDad: If Carson had his way, you would never leave the house ''period''.
** In ''The Silent Spy'', after finding out you have sneaked off to Scotland, Carson has a meltdown.

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* OverprotectiveDad: If Carson had his way, you would never leave the house ''period''.
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''period''. In ''The Silent Spy'', after finding out you have sneaked off to Scotland, Carson has a meltdown.



* PlotLock: Try replaying one of the games and trying to do something before you have acknowledged (or written in your journal) how to do it -- never works.
** This can be very frustrating as some Plot Locks can only be unlocked through extremely obscure triggers. {This is what makes it difficult to use walkthroughs, even Arglefumph's, as you'll probably need to read through the whole guide before finding that little thing that triggers the next sequence.)

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* PermanentlyMissableContent: Sometimes (thankfully rarely), if you do a particular sequence out of order, you will be unable to solve the rest of the game (creating two back-up save games can come in handy at times like this). One particularly bad example comes from ''Stay Tuned for Danger'': If you don't get two necessary items ''before'' going into Rick's room on the day after viewing the videotape (namely: [[spoiler:the screwdriver and the wire-cutters to defuse the bomb]]) and you've already saved ''after'' going into his room... you're screwed.
* PlotLock: Try replaying one of the games and trying to do something before you have acknowledged (or written in your journal) how to do it -- never works.
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works. This can be very frustrating as some Plot Locks can only be unlocked through extremely obscure triggers. {This is what makes it difficult to use walkthroughs, even Arglefumph's, as you'll probably need to read through the whole guide before finding that little thing that triggers the next sequence.)



* RedHerring: Since everyone is a suspect until proven innocent, you may encounter one or two until TheReveal.
** One notable example is that in ''Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon'', the person who pulled the brakes isn't the culprit.

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* RedHerring: Since everyone is a suspect until proven innocent, you may encounter one or two until TheReveal.
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TheReveal. One notable example is that in ''Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon'', the person who pulled the brakes isn't the culprit.



** ''Kapu Cave''. See RousseauWasRight.

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** ''Kapu Cave''. See RousseauWasRight.
13th Feb '17 7:31:54 AM Larkmarn
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* CoolOldLady: [[TheChessmaster Hilda Swenson]] in ''Danger on Deception Island.'' Vivian from ''Ghost Dogs''. Loulou from ''Curse of Blackmoor Manor''.

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* CoolOldLady: [[TheChessmaster Hilda Swenson]] in ''Danger on Deception Island.'' Vivian from ''Ghost Dogs''. Loulou from ''Curse of Blackmoor Manor''.
13th Feb '17 7:12:26 AM Larkmarn
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* TruthInTelevision: Like a real Double Yellow-Head Amazon, Loulou and Coucou are elderly.
9th Feb '17 11:27:00 AM dotheroar
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* TruthInTelevision: Like a real Double Yellow-Head Amazon, Loulou and Coucou are elderly.
29th Jan '17 4:50:57 PM dotheroar
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: In ''Stay Tuned for Danger'', [[CloudCuckooLander Millie]] sometimes says "Don't take any wooden ''nickels'', young ''lady''!" This may seem like a NonSequitur, but it actually ''isn't''.[[https://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/tradeshow-promotions/woodennickel-extralarge-12306.jpg]]

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: AluminumChristmasTrees:
** Believe it or not, people have hidden treasures and written cryptic riddles as to how to find it. [[http://altereddimensions.net/2015/forrest-fenn-hidden-treasure-millions-dollars-hidden-gold-jewels-clues-treasure]]
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In ''Stay Tuned for Danger'', [[CloudCuckooLander Millie]] sometimes says "Don't take any wooden ''nickels'', young ''lady''!" This may seem like a NonSequitur, but it actually ''isn't''.[[https://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/tradeshow-promotions/woodennickel-extralarge-12306.jpg]]
17th Jan '17 7:08:33 PM Argon2
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* AsYouKnow: ''Alibi in Ashes'' has to rely on this a lot, as the game takes place in River Heights, where Nancy and her friends have always lived. ''They'' have a lot of information about the people in town, but the ''player'' doesn't, so Nancy, Bess, George, and Ned end up making comments such as "Remember--Deirdre's always had it in for you!" or "Remember all of those times that Brenda did something crazy to get a story?" throughout a lot of the game.

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* AsYouKnow: ''Alibi in Ashes'' has to rely on this a lot, as the game takes place in River Heights, where Nancy and her friends have always lived. ''They'' have a lot of information about the people in town, but the ''player'' doesn't, so Nancy, Bess, George, and Ned end up making comments such as "Remember--Deirdre's "Remember-- Deirdre's always had it in for you!" or "Remember all of those times that Brenda did something crazy to get a story?" throughout a lot of the game.



** ''Stay Tuned'' was especially guilty of this trope. At the end, Lillian calls you and asks you to met her at the TV studio. At night. With no one else around. And right after that, you receive a note threatening to murder her if she doesn't go back to River Heights ''now.'' And you have to go.

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** ''Stay Tuned'' was especially guilty of this trope. At the end, Lillian calls you and asks you to met her at the TV studio. At night. With no one else around. And right after that, you receive a note threatening to murder her Nancy if she doesn't go back to River Heights ''now.'' And you have to go.
30th Dec '16 9:12:22 PM dotheroar
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* CoolOldLady: [[TheChessmaster Hilda Swenson]] in ''Danger on Deception Island.'' Vivian from ''Ghost Dogs''.

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* CoolOldLady: [[TheChessmaster Hilda Swenson]] in ''Danger on Deception Island.'' Vivian from ''Ghost Dogs''. Loulou from ''Curse of Blackmoor Manor''.



** ''Curse of Blackmoor Manor'' has a few with the variety of deaths for Loulou the talking parrot. These can turn into BlackComedy since, you know, these lines are his FamousLastWords.

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** ''Curse of Blackmoor Manor'' has a few with the variety of deaths for Loulou the talking parrot. These can turn into BlackComedy since, you know, these lines are his her FamousLastWords.
29th Dec '16 9:13:16 PM Nicoaln
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* BigBad: While the series itself has no real "Big Bad", every game usually has one (Sometimes two) figure(s) that act as this, called "The Culprit" by the fandom and WordOfGod. The Culprit is the one committing the game's crime, and sometimes makes attempts on Nancy's life, although some of these happen by mistake. However, there is one aversion (see NoAntagonist)

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* BigBad: BigBad:
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While the series itself has no real "Big Bad", every game usually has one (Sometimes two) figure(s) that act as this, called "The Culprit" by the fandom and WordOfGod. The Culprit is the one committing the game's crime, and sometimes makes attempts on Nancy's life, although some of these happen by mistake. However, there is one aversion (see NoAntagonist)
23rd Dec '16 11:52:18 PM Nicoaln
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* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: If the suspects were actually honest with you, the games would be far, far shorter. Justified for the culprit, of course, and the few suspects who are innocent of the main crime but doing something else illegal.

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* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: If the suspects were actually honest with you, the games would be far, far shorter. Justified for the culprit, of course, and the few suspects who are innocent of the main crime but doing something else illegal.illegal and/or against the rules of where they are employed.


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** In ''Phantom of Venice'', Nancy uses a fake identity from a spy. In ''The Silent Spy'', that person then returns and tells Nancy it's impolite to use other peoples' identities.
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