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This new ‘role-playing’ game for girls is structured much like Her Interactive’s earlier effort, Vampire Diaries. In this case, however, the game is infinitely more accessible and appealing. It places the user in the role of the infamous Nancy Drew, teen investigator extraordinaire, and challenges her to stretch her exploration and observation skills in an effort to find a dastardly killer. Secrets Can Kill combines just the right level of difficulty with an intriguing storyline and an amusing mix of clues and red herrings, resulting in a game that girls want to play to its conclusion and beyond.
Nancy is staying in Paseo Del Mar, Florida with her aunt Eloise when a murder is committed at the local high school. Aware of her reputation as a crime solver, the school principal asks Nancy if she will attempt to uncover the murderer. This prompts Nancy to go undercover at the school where other students soon observe that she “asks a lot of questions.”
The story continues to unfold through a series of cryptic messages hidden throughout town, conversations with schoolmates who double as prime suspects, and miscellaneous clues revealed only through persistent investigation. Although the storyline is ultimately predetermined, users shape the gameplay as they go, choosing specific topics to discuss with animated characters, compiling evidence and collecting tools to help in the quest, and eventually bringing the story to its culmination.
Program navigation is relatively simple. The magnifying glass cursor changes to blue when movement is available, and red when an item can be looked at more closely or kept for future use, and an interactive map of the school allows for quicker access to its various rooms.
PC: Windows 95 and up, 166 MHz or faster cpu (200 MHz recommended), 42 MB hard drive space (220 MB recommended), 16 MB RAM, 16-bit color graphics video card, 12X or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit Windows-compatible stereo sound card.return to top of page
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