Treasure in the Royal Tower
||(Win95/98/Me/XP) (Retail Box) (NANCYD4PR)
Ages 10 and Up
B from Just Adventure
Children's Software Revue
Step into History as
Nancy Drew on a Hunt for Royal Treasure!
A fierce blizzard cuts a ski vacation short and traps you,
as Nancy Drew, in a castle wrapped in mystery. The castle's tower once
imprisoned Marie Antoinette, and her treasure is rumored to be somewhere on the
grounds. The castle is a riddle, full of dead-ends and detours that hint at
this royal legend. Pick up the thread of a long-forgotten secret in this
intriguing 3D interactive mystery. Solve baffling puzzles, search concealed
rooms, interview evasive suspects, and sidestep snowy danger on the hunt for a
secret that someone else is desperate to discover first, for Nancy's not the
only one looking for riches. In this peculiar place full of secrets and
intrigue, mishaps spell danger, and more than one suspect wants to freeze
Nancy's investigation in its tracks ...
- Two Spy IQ levels of difficulty
- 20+ hours of game play
- Lively, animated 3D characters, each with a secret to
- `Second Chance' option - without starting over
- Rich, interactive, 360-degree, 3D environments
- Huge, realistic castle riddled with secret halls and
- Built-in game hints (but only if you want them)
- Great opportunities for collaborative sleuthing with
family and friends
You'll Need All Your Wits
to Solve this Mystery:
Wander through an immense mansion to find the secrets
of its past. This grand ski resort is rich in history and places to explore
Scrutinize rooms, decipher codes and poke into
furnishings on the hunt for vital clues. The trail may be old, but it's not yet
Don't let suspects snow you with misleading clues.
You'll need keen reasoning and intuition to detect who speaks the truth.
Frosty danger lurks outside as well as in. Be careful
who you cross, or you may be left out in the cold in your search for
In this mysterious castle, nothing is as it seems.
Creepy corridors that lead to nowhere could hold secrets of their own
Windows 95/98/Me/XP: 166 MHz Pentium Processor (200
MHz recommended), 16 MB RAM, 16 bit DirectX compatible color graphics video
card, 16 bit DirectX compatible sound card, 8x CD-ROM drive, mouse and
Review by Steve Ramsey
"Nor have I or they played a Nancy Drew game, although we
have played The Legend of Lotus Spring from Women Wise, another game
specifically designed to appeal to female players. It was an excellent
daddy/daughter experience, so we were more than keen to set off with Nancy.
"In the end, only one daughter set off. The game promotes
itself as being for 10 years and above. Clare, who is 8, lost interest in
playing along pretty quickly. She poked around for a while on her own, but is
secretly more interested in the next installment of Freddi Fish.
"Emily though, who is 12, stayed
with it right to the end. In fact, she was the main player. I played it with
her much of the time, but she was always in control of what to do next, and
there were many occasions on which she played by herself and kept me filled in
on what happened. If her enthusiasm to keep playing is any indication, she
clearly enjoyed it enormously."
"The ski lodge itself is quite splendid, and beautifully
detailed. Sweeping staircases, glorious artwork, and secret towers, turrets and
dungeons to winkle your way into and then explore. Historical fact is woven
through the storyline, and the plot hangs together quite well. The mystery
unravels in a nice measured way, and in the grand tradition of all things
mysterious, everyone is suspect at some stage. Also traditionally, any gaps in
what happened and why are filled in by a talkative baddy just before the
"As a game for my daughter, it was excellent. Once she got
into the hang of how to approach the game (this was one of her first adventure
games), she managed pretty well on her own with only a gentle push here and
there. She played on Junior, and whilst the aim of some puzzles needed
explaining (ie what to do) she ultimately solved all of them herself. I think
too that a bit more familiarity with these types of games would have required
less explaining the mechanics of some of the puzzles will be familiar to
many game players."
Adventure by Ray Ivey
"Poor Nancy. She has more trouble having a normal vacation
than Die Hard's John McClane. This time around, she heads off for a Wisconsin
ski vacation and gets promptly sealed into the ski resort by a vicious
blizzard. What's more, the onset of the blizzard was so sudden that very few of
the guests and staff made it to the inn. Eek! The result is that our intrepid
teen investigator gets snowbound in a ski resort with just two staff members
and two guests."
"I'm impressed with the steady improvement in
several areas. Treasure in the Royal Tower has the best voice work of the four
games. It's still not great, but it's definitely moving in the right direction.
Also, this time around it's nice that you get to see all of the characters in
more than one location, rather than the "bolted to one spot" feeling the
characters had when series began."
"The storyline is greatly enhanced by its historical
elements. Marie "Let Them Eat Cake" Antoinette has always been a controversial
figure, and it's good fun to have a character in the game who's bent on proving
a wildly revisionist picture of the doomed queen. Any good mystery is enhanced
by the promise of a new look at an accepted historical chestnut..."
"I enjoyed myself while spending time with my old pal Nancy
in Treasure in the Royal Tower, and I look forward to her next adventure, Nancy
Drew: The Final Scene."
Children's Software & New Media
Revue, September/October 2001
"Our favorite detective, Nancy Drew, is vacationing at the
famous Wickford Castle. It's not long before Nancy discovers a secret, blocked
tower, a vandalized library, and, to make things interesting, a handsome French
ski instructor. These all lead to an elusive pendant and a mysterious journal
that may have significance regarding the castle owner or even the historic
murder charge of Marie Antoinette. The game play is similar to others in the
series. Kids explore the castle as Nancy, clicking their way through the castle
rooms, hallways, an elevator and secret passages. They collect clues, talk to
the guests and castle workers, and try to get themselves out of unusual
predicaments. Testers struggled a lot with this program. Their biggest
complaint is that the navigation arrows are hard to pinpoint. they wished they
had a map to jump directly to locations, as the castle is large and confusing.
In spite of its weaknesses, though, children felt that this adventure was more
fun than the books."
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