History YMMV / NancyDrew

4th Feb '17 11:36:49 AM legoking831
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** ''Stay Tuned for Danger'' had one of the most infamous final puzzles in the whole series.You have a panel with eight buttons, and you must figure out which sequence of buttons is the right one. Only it's a trial-and-error puzzle, so you don't know what the combination is. If you hit a wrong button, you have to start over. Sounds straightforward, right? ...Except it's a ''time-limited puzzle!'' If you don't solve it in time, you have to face a rather NightmareFuel inducing death scene as the culprit slowly approaches you with an agonizingly devilish look. Okay, just use Second Chance and start the combination where you left off, right? ...The puzzle is '''[[UpToEleven RANDOMLY GENERATED.]]''' The entire thing almost completely boils down to if you're lucky enough to hit the right combination with only one or two mistakes, and if you mess up on the seventh button, just forget it. What's worse is that each difficulty decreases the amount of time you have to solve this puzzle. If you went on Master Detective, ''good luck.'' This puzzle frustrated so many players that Her Interactive actually released a patch that increased the amount of time you had to solve the puzzle.
10th Dec '16 7:34:03 PM Nicoaln
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** While the game is seen as the weak point of the series, "Ransom of the Seven Ships" is when the animation started to become ''notably'' more thorough, although it became much more notable around "Warnings at Waverly Academy" when speaking to the eager Leela, who moves around a bit while talking to you about her games. Just compare the most recent pre-Unity (Sea of Darkness) to even Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon (which still features somewhat plastic looking people)
10th Dec '16 7:21:48 PM Nicoaln
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** ''Treasure in the Royal Tower'' was where the series first found its groove, with the great setting, excellent puzzles, and some of the most memorable characters in the series. (Hotchkiss, of course!)

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** ''Treasure in the Royal Tower'' was where the series first found its groove, with the great setting, excellent puzzles, and some of the most memorable characters in the series. (Hotchkiss, of course!)course!) Additionally, the voice acting started adding some more emotion, compare them to Nancy's deadpan [[https://youtu.be/8lCd1nZW-Pk?t=2m39s "Fire!"]] in Message in a Haunted Mansion.


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** [[https://youtu.be/8lCd1nZW-Pk?t=2m39s "Fire"]].


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* NarmCharm: "It's ''locked''."
7th Dec '16 10:14:34 PM Nicoaln
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* {{Squick}}: The sandwich puzzle. Make Nancy (or Katie) eat a sandwich with 9 year old Mayonnaise, bad bread, jellyfish, baking soda, and the edible ingredients.
28th Nov '16 9:40:42 PM Nicoaln
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* AssPull: In the original ''Secrets Can Kill'', [[spoiler:the culprit is precisely mentioned in exactly one location before he's even introduced to the plot at all, and it's only in the form of one of the game's many decipherable messages rather than through conversation. And he doesn't get introduced until about five minutes before the game ends, leaving an endgame that feels rather forced and only done for the sake of pulling the "surprise, it wasn't any of the people you thought" twist. The Remastered version fixes this by introducing him at a much earlier point in the game.]]

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* AssPull: In the original ''Secrets Can Kill'', [[spoiler:the culprit is precisely mentioned in exactly one location before he's even introduced to the plot at all, and it's only in the form of one of the game's many decipherable messages rather than through conversation. And he doesn't get introduced until about five minutes before the game ends, leaving an endgame that feels rather forced and only done for the sake of pulling the "surprise, it wasn't any of the people you thought" twist. The Remastered version fixes this by introducing him at a much earlier point in the game.game, ''and'' demoting him into a pawn, the ''true'' culprit is someone you've spoken to before.]]
26th Nov '16 5:45:16 PM kataangluvr
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* TheWoobie: [[spoiler:Alexei from ''Alibi in Ashes''. He used to be a well-known young detective like Nancy. His career put him in a lot of dangerous situations, which Nancy can relate to. When he entered his twenties, he was framed for a theft that he didn't commit. He was convicted for the theft and he lost his credibility as a detective. To make things worse, the girl he was dating left him for someone else while his trial was going on. It's no wonder why he seems so bitter as an adult.]]
25th Nov '16 5:16:50 PM Nicoaln
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** Some of the game-overs in Danger by Design are funny just to hear Minette freak out.
23rd Nov '16 7:12:38 PM Nicoaln
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* UnintentionallySympathetic: The culprit in ''Sea of Darkness'' [[spoiler: is a JerkassWoobie who was treated as an outsider because he was born outside of town... not more than ''a mile''. That alone resulted in a lot of the locals treating him like he was an outsider. This is sadly TruthInTelevision for small towns, and can make his desire to try and get ''out'' of the town seem kind of excusable. That said, it doesn't justify how he went into traditional "Culprit" territory when he [[AxCrazy threatened Nancy with an axe]] and left her and Magnus behind to freeze in an ice cave]].
12th Nov '16 11:11:20 PM dmcreif
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* WhatAnIdiot: For a few deaths, Nancy can choose to look at the rubble or stand in place rather than step back or look at the object that's about to hit her.
** ''Danger on Deception Island'' has a few moments. Nancy can choose to prepare a sandwich with spoiled mayonnaise, jellyfish pieces or raw meat and either eat it herself or give it to Katie. Nancy can choose to look at a pile of rubble at the lighthouse, which leads to Nancy getting hit so hard that her speech is incoherent. [[spoiler:Then there's the climax where Katie loudly talks to Nancy, knowing that the culprit may be nearby. She doesn't consider the possibility that she could be dooming both of them by yelling rather than loudly whispering to her.]]

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* WhatAnIdiot: For a few deaths, Nancy you can choose to look at the rubble or stand in place rather than step back or look at the object that's about to hit her.
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** ''Danger on Deception Island'' has a few moments. Nancy You can choose to prepare a sandwich with spoiled expired mayonnaise, jellyfish pieces ''jellyfish'', or raw meat and either eat it herself yourself or give it to Katie. Nancy You can choose to look at a pile of rubble at the lighthouse, which leads to Nancy you getting hit so hard that her your speech is incoherent. [[spoiler:Then there's the climax where Katie loudly talks to Nancy, you, knowing that the culprit may be nearby. She doesn't consider the possibility that she could be dooming both of them you by yelling rather than loudly whispering to her.]]
12th Nov '16 11:07:05 PM dmcreif
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* DesignatedVictim: Paula Santos from ''The Haunted Carousel'' is going through tough times with strange incidences in her park, which led to a lawsuit against the park. Nancy is more than willing to help solve the mystery and get her park back to normal. Unfortunately, anytime Nancy gets hurt in any of the various game over sequences, she gets unreasonably upset with Nancy and fires her. She doesn't express any sympathy for Nancy's injuries or considers the fact that someone is doing this on purpose. Instead, she [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming blames Nancy]] and tells her that she's off the case.
** Admittedly, some are Nancy's fault (trying to reach for the brass ring, turning the power on and getting electrocuted, leaving the iron on burning the hotel down, and not wearing safety goggles). Anything outside of that, though, is ''not'' Nancy's fault.

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* DesignatedVictim: Paula Santos from ''The Haunted Carousel'' is going through tough times with strange incidences in her park, which led to a lawsuit against the park. Nancy is You are more than willing to help solve the mystery and get her park back to normal. Unfortunately, anytime Nancy gets you get hurt in any of the various game over sequences, she gets unreasonably upset with Nancy you and fires her. you. She doesn't express any sympathy for Nancy's your injuries or considers the fact that someone is doing this on purpose. Instead, she [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming blames Nancy]] you]] and tells her you that she's you're off the case.
** Admittedly, some are Nancy's your fault (trying to reach for the brass ring, turning the power on and getting electrocuted, leaving the iron on burning the hotel down, and not wearing safety goggles). Anything outside of that, though, is ''not'' Nancy's your fault.
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