Message in a Haunted Mansion
||(Win95/98/ME/XP) (Retail) (NANCYD3PR)
Game (For Adventurous Girls 10 and Up)
A from Just Adventure
Follow Your Hunches as You Explore a
Huge Victorian Mansion
Assume the identity of super-sleuth Nancy Drew to
discover who - or what - is behind the mysterious accidents in a house full of
You, as Nancy Drew, have just crossed the threshold to
danger and intrigue into a fully interactive, three-dimensional mansion riddled
with secrets, shadows and hidden passageways.
Interview fellow guests, poke into dusty nooks and uncover
cryptic messages. Clues, dead-ends and trickery abound ... but success is at
hand with some daring and resourcefulness.
Play the Part of Nancy Drew on the
Trail of a Ghostly Secret
In Message in a Haunted Mansion, Nancy has flown to San
Francisco to help out an old family friend who is turning a beautiful but
dilapidated Victorian house into a bed-and-breakfast establishment. Nancy gets
set to help with the renovation and is told about the strange goings-on and
accidents. Always eager to solve a mystery, Nancy is determined to uncover the
cause of the accidents plaguing the renovation of the old
Some believe that the mansion is
Follow your hunches as you explore the huge mansion
full of secrets to discover who or what is behind the mysterious
occurrences and accidents. Its up to you to find the truth as you speak
with the other characters and explore the many recessed nooks, secret rooms and
darkened hallways searching for vital clues. Are you heading towards the truth
or a trap?
Roll up your sleeves, get out your detectives
notebook, grab your magnifying glass and step into the world of Nancy Drew with
your very own mystery to solve!
- Realistic characters, each with a secret to hide
- Rich, interactive, 360-degree 3D Graphics
- Multi-story mansion with lots of hidden areas to find
- Built-in game hints and a second chance
- Two Spy IQ levels of difficulty
- Hours and hours of game play great for individual
play or for collaborative sleuthing with Mom, Sis or friends!
Windows 95/98/ME/XP: Pentium 166 MHz, 16 MB RAM, 8x
CD-ROM drive, DirectX 7.0 compatible.
by Jenny Guenther
"In direct contrast to Secrets Can Kill, which had some
improbable puzzles and unlikely clues just laying around any old place, Message
in a Haunted Mansion's puzzles are completely organic to the game. There are
clues to every puzzle somewhere in the mansion, although sometimes I found the
clues only after I had solved a puzzle. While this game is not difficult for an
experienced adventure game player, neither are the puzzles in any way dumbed
down for the inexperienced player. This player definitely had to put on her
"Her Interactive has always done a beautiful job
with background graphics, achieving near photorealism. MHM's backgrounds are no
exception; they are lovely. The character animations have improved vastly. In
Secrets Can Kill, they were very cartoony, superimposed on the backgrounds in a
way that was jarring to the eye; but in MHM, the characters are 3D-animated,
fairly smoothly, and fit into the overall look of the game quite nicely. As
with Secrets Can Kill, the characters don't move around within the game at all,
but in MHM, sometimes they're in their fixed locations and sometimes they're
not, which opens up some new avenues for exploration."
Reviews by Rosemary Young
"The wayward cursor, however, doesn't spoil the game, it's
just a mild irritation and only then occasionally. As we have come to expect
from the people at Her Interactive, the graphics are truly amazing, so rich and
detailed and more than capable of showing off the plush Victorian décor.
The house is absolutely fascinating to explore, especially with all the hidden
secrets that reward the diligent detective. Ok so I didn't get my wish for the
Nancy Drew series to adopt a new, more versatile cursor but I did have one very
important wish come true. Nancy Drew now has captions throughout, even
significant sounds are captioned. This means that it is perfectly playable by
hard of hearing players or anyone else who relies on text translations."
"...Although this series is aimed towards pre-teen and
teenage girls it is nevertheless eminently playable by anyone in this age group
who enjoys a good mystery. The complexity of the story and puzzles is just
about right to challenge young players and carry them along on a mysterious
adventure. The Nancy Drew games have also gathered a collection of 'older' fans
who just can't resist their charms so this is surely a game that all the family
can get together and play."
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