Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull

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Legend of the Crystal Skull
Legend of the Crystal Skull Coverart.png
Developer(s) Her Interactive
Publisher(s) Her Interactive
Engine Her Interactive
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
  • NA October 8, 2007
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single player

Legend of the Crystal Skull is the 17th installment in the Nancy Drew point-and-click adventure game series by Her Interactive. The game is available for play on Microsoft Windows platforms. It has an ESRB rating of E for moments of mild violence and peril. Players take on the first-person view of fictional amateur sleuth Nancy Drew and must solve the mystery through interrogation of suspects, solving puzzles, and discovering clues. There are two levels of gameplay, Junior and Senior detective modes, each offering a different difficulty level of puzzles and hints, however neither of these changes affect the actual plot of the game. The game is loosely based on a book entitled The Mardi Gras Mystery (1988).[1][2]

Plot[edit]

Nancy Drew goes on vacation to New Orleans with her best friend Bess Marvin. As a favor, Nancy stops to check in on Ned Nickerson's friend, Henry Bolet. Henry's last living family member, his great-uncle Bruno, recently died and left him responsible for settling the estate. As soon as Nancy arrives, she is knocked out by someone wearing a skeleton costume, and she soon discovers that Bruno Bolet was the proud owner of the "Whisperer", a crystal skull rumored to protect its holder from almost any cause of death except murder. When Bruno died, the skull was not found among the clutter of the Bolet manor. Nancy teamed up with Bess to find the mystical artifact before it could fall into the wrong hands.

Development[edit]

Characters[edit]

  • Nancy Drew - Nancy is an eighteen-year old amateur detective from the fictional town of River Heights in the United States. She is the main playable character in the game, and the player solves portions of the mystery from her perspective.
  • Bess Marvin – Bess is one of Nancy's best friends, fun-loving Bess has always been helping Nancy solve mysteries. However, Bess's intentions for the trip were to relax in the sun. Instead, she winds up working with Nancy. Bess is also a playable character, and the player solves portions of the mystery from her perspective.
  • Henry Bolet, Jr. – Henry's parents died while he was young, and he was sent to live with his great-uncle Bruno. Bruno never spent much time with Henry but left him a sizable portion of his estate. Emotional and cunning, he might have schemed to control his last living relative's assets and secrets.
  • Renée Amande/Armande – Renée was Bruno Bolet's housekeeper. Since she spent so much time in his presence, she knows a lot of his secrets - dark secrets that he did not want anyone to know, but others would have killed to discover. She might have resorted to murder to possess the mystical skull.
  • Lamont Warrick – Lamont is the proud owner of ZeKe's, a colorful curio shop full of unusual and eclectic merchandise. He is always looking for treasure among other people's junk. He likes to procure precious items, authentic antiques, and priceless pieces. The crystal skull would be very attractive to him.
  • Dr. Gilbert Buford – Dr. Buford found the unconscious body of his friend Bruno Bolet, and declared that no autopsy was necessary. As Bruno's confidant, he knew that Bruno owned a mystical artifact that he believed gave him immortality. The elderly Dr. Buford might have wanted the crystal skull to escape his own death.

Phone Contacts[edit]

  • Ned Nickerson - Nancy's boyfriend. He can be called for hints and tips.
  • Chas Milo - Mr. Milo ran tests on Bruno Bolet's crystal skull in order to determine whether or not it was authentic. Nancy must call him to find out more information about the skull.

Cast[edit]

  • Lamont Warrick - Jason Sharp
  • Gilbert Buford - Keith Dahlgren
  • Renée Amande - Walayn Sharples
  • Henry Bolet Jr. - Brian Neel
  • Authenticator / Additional Voices - Scot Kirk
  • Additional Voices - Leslie Wadsworth[3]

Gameplay[edit]

Easter Eggs[edit]

  • In Bruno's secret study, play the pinball machine and turn each square to a chicken. There will be a clucking noise. Next turn all of the squares back to eyes. An Easter egg will roll out of the chute. Repeat two more times for three eggs total.
  • With A being the circle directly north and the rest of the alphabet progressing clockwise, press the following on Renee's chest.
    • C, L, M, Q
    • A, B, F, I
    • C, D, K, N
  • Head to Zeke's, and look a bit to the left of the mummy but still inside its coffin. There will be a piece of paper with a story on it. Figure out which words rhyme with numbers and which words indicate numbers: Midday - 12, Heaven - 7, Great - 8, Fine - 9, Score - 4, and Fun - 1. Put these numbers into the clock in the hall in Bolet's mansion to get an egg.

Fatal Errors[edit]

In each of the games, there are different points where Nancy can make "fatal errors." These points are usually when she blows her cover as a detective or gets seriously injured. At such points, the game will stop and give the player the option to try again before the fatal error occurred. If the player doesn't wish to retry, then the game is over. The fatal errors in Legend of the Crystal Skull include:

  • Getting stung by wasps too many times.
  • Getting bitten by the spider too many times.
  • Getting eaten by the alligator.
  • Going out the emergency exit at ZeKe’s the first time (playing as Bess).
  • Allowing the culprit to escape.

Gameplay Awards[edit]

An award checklist is displayed at the end of the game. These are all of the possible awards:

  • No Clue Left Behind: For discovering the truth behind Bruno’s purloined letter.
  • Sweet Tooth: For your obvious enthusiasm for Koko Kringle bars.
  • Cajun Cookin’ Connoisseur: For trying that spicy gumbo.
  • Gumball Geek: For never meeting a gumball you didn’t like.
  • Wasp Whipper: For showing those pesky hymenoptera who’s boss.
  • Chit Chat Champ: For never missing an opportunity to chat someone up.
  • Dummy Dearest: For spending way too much time with that creepy dummy.
  • Marble Marvel: For solving the square and marble puzzle in record time.
  • Powder Puff: For nosing around in all those powders at ZeKe’s.
  • Egg Head: For finding an Easter Egg.
  • Basket Case: For finding all 3 Easter Eggs.
  • Trivia Tamer: For guessing the correct answer to your trivia question.

References to Previous Games[edit]

References to previous games in the series include:

Trivia[edit]

  • This is the first game in the series:
    • to have an awards checklist rather than one individual award.
    • to feature Bess Marvin as a playable character.
  • If Nancy eats six or more Koko Kringle bars, she gets sick.
  • Bess will breathe fire if she eats one of each type of food sold at the gumbo stand with hot sauce.

Critical reception[edit]

IGN awarded 7.5 out of 10, highlighting the detailed environments, well-modeled characters and good voice acting, with interesting but hard puzzles. However, the movement system (clicking on arrows) and jerky turning animation was criticized, and it was not rated highly for lasting appeal.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], Legend of the Crystal Skull Teaser Trailer
  2. ^ "Nancy Drew Legend of the Crystal Skull | Girl Games Online". Herinteractive.com. 
  3. ^ "Nancy Drew Legend of the Crystal Skull IMDb". 
  4. ^ Emily Balistrieri. "Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull Review". IGN. Retrieved 2009-01-16. 


Preceded by
Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek
Nancy Drew Computer Games Succeeded by
Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice