Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships
|Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships|
Ransom of the Seven Ships is the 20th 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 Broken Anchor (1983).  
Bess Marvin won a five-day vacation in the Bahamas and invited Nancy Drew and George Fayne to go with her. Before Nancy arrives at the resort, Bess is kidnapped, and the only way to save her is to solve a 300-year-old Bahamian mystery. Dangerous waters keep treasure hunters from exploring the reefs around Dread Isle, but this remote island might hide the riches of El Toro's lost fleet of seven ships. Can Nancy track down the treasure before time runs out?
- 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.
- George Fayne - George is one of Nancy's best friend and Bess' cousin. She is sensible and matter-of-fact about life. She is the one who remembers the small details and is the best with technology. On Dread Isle, she feels helpless when Bess is kidnapped and tries to fix a satellite phone. George is also a playable character, and the player solves portions of the mystery from her perspective.
- Bess Marvin - Bess is a little boy crazy, but she's great with people and is able to persuade them to do anything! With an awesome fashion sense and a cheery disposition, she can be coaxed into helping Nancy on a case. But when Bess is kidnapped on Dread Isle, she'll need Nancy's help to escape.
- Johnny Rolle - Johnny is stuck on Dread Isle because some monkeys trashed his boat. He can't leave until the repairs are finished. Since he's been on the island longer than Nancy and George, perhaps he can help find Bess, or was he the one who kidnapped her in the first place?
- Coucou - Coucou is a smart-talking Double Yellow-headed Amazon parrot. She hears the secrets people whisper, but won't tell unless you give her a treat!
- The Gibsons - The Gibsons are the owners of the resort where Nancy, George and Bess are staying. George suspects that they are the kidnappers because the map found in the diving supply closet seems to show that they have been tracking Nancy's movements. Are George's suspicions true?
- Johnny Rolle - Jonah von Spreecken
- George Fayne - Chiara Motley
- Bess Marvin - Jennifer Pratt
- Pilot - Keith Dahlgren
- Roy MacGuffin - George Kaplan
- Kidnapper 1 - Bruno Personne
- Kidnapper 2 - Dieter Niemand 
- While sailing, find all of the messages in bottles. Then use the metal detector while diving at the shipwreck to dig for the Easter egg near the sharks.
- While driving, right before getting to Sangre Beach, there’s a little path that isn't paved. Drive over all the little bushes and shrubs until coming to an open area. Collect the egg.
- Click on the monkey with the extra toe (on the right) using the Pirate egg. Win the game and get another Easter egg!
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 Ransom of the Seven Ships include:
- Starting the golf cart after incorrectly fixing the battery.
- Sinking the sailboat.
- Running out of oxygen while diving.
- Ascending too quickly while diving.
- Getting attacked by jellyfish.
- Getting pelted with too many rocks while climbing the monolith.
- Completing the hourglass puzzle incorrectly three times.
- Placing the key in the wrong lock at the end of the game.
An award checklist is displayed at the end of the game. These are all of the possible awards:
- Bat Tracker: For identifying flying friends.
- Chatterbox: For constant communication.
- Down Under Discoverer: For finding the Aussie.
- Easter Egg: CONFIDENTIAL
- Glass Half Full: For looking on the bright side.
- Golden Jackpot: For recovering El Toro's personal loot.
- Guava Gourmand: For your love of fruit.
- Monkey Maniac: For winning all of the prizes.
- Mountain Goat: For climbing up and down and up and down and up...
- Parrot Handler: For seeing all of Coucou's tricks.
- Treasure Hunter: For seeking out the buried metal.
- Trivia Tamer: For correctly answering the question.
References to Previous Games
References to previous games in the series include:
- Nancy's desk features a scrapbook which includes all of the previous games in the series.
- The sheep doll is on Nancy's desk. (Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy)
- The map in the diving supplies closet marks every location Nancy has visited in previous games.
- The batteries in the golf cart, the bat detector, and the underwater glowsticks were manufactured by Krolmeister. (Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand)
- The notebook in the lobby of the resort contains sketches made by Sonny Joon. (Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand)
- Some of the monkeys have Koko Kringle bars as prizes for winning their games. (Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand)
- Loulou is Coucou's grandmother. (Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor)
- There is a "Fighting Manatees" emblem on the counter in the resort. (Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill)
- Johnny found one of the metal keys used to find Dirk Valentine's treasure while walking the beach with a metal detector. (Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow Ranch)
- The newspapers in the lobby of the resort are Nouvelles d'Hier (Nancy Drew: Danger By Design), The Daily Moose (Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek), and The Venitian Daily (Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice).
- The symbol on the button in the bat cave is a Maya glyph. (Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand)
- The remains of Brendan Malloy's rocket are scattered across Dove Isle. (Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy)
- The culprit from Nancy Drew: Stay Tuned for Danger is involved in the kidnapping.
- Mrs. Gibson is pictured inside the sailing manual in front of the Redondo, the setting of Nancy Drew Dossier: Resorting to Danger.
- This is the first game in the series:
- to feature George Fayne as a playable character.
- that features Bess and George as visible characters.
- This game only features one character with whom the player interacts, the fewest of the series (not counting Bess and George, who are on Nancy's side). Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake has three, making it the game with the second fewest.
- Sangre Beach translates as "Blood Beach". This is probably due to the pink color of the sand.
- Coucou sometimes says, "Water, water, everywhere." This is a quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
- "Nancy Drew Ransom of the Seven Ships | Girl Games Online". Herinteractive.com.
- "Nancy Drew Ransom of the Seven Ships IMDb".
Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy
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