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This fourth installment in Her Interactive's popular point-and-click Nancy Drew series finds the resourceful young sleuth on a skiing holiday at Wickford Castle, an old resort built in the 1920s. When a blizzard hits and Nancy and her companions become snowed in, there's not much to do but explore the big old building. Soon Nancy uncovers clue to a mysterious plot devised by Ezra Wickford, the castle's original architect, who had also been snowed in there, many years ago.

It seems that Wickford may have hidden a secret treasure somewhere in the castle, and the hint of mystery is all it takes to spark Nancy's healthy sense of curiosity. As in the other popular Nancy Drew games, players use the mouse to navigate their way through detailed environments, solving puzzles and uncovering clues that tell a story which turns out to be much more than it initially seemed.

Remember the mini cliffhangers at the end of each and every chapter of Nancy Drew books? They ensured young readers would keep turning the pages. This software title has a similar effect, except with this fourth mystery adventure in the Nancy Drew CD-ROM series, you won't want to stop clicking.

Players take on the role of Nancy Drew, a teen detective determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious happenings in an old castle in Wisconsin. She found herself in the elegant castle with a ski vacation in mind, but a blizzard has left her snowbound. The unusual occupants all seem to be hiding something, but what? Time for some detective work!

This title is appropriate for kids (girls and boys) ages 12 and up. There's nothing gory or explicitly violent about the game. Instead, there's plenty of atmosphere. As well, there are puzzles to solve and thinking exercises. It's addictive and fun, and highly recommended. Be prepared to spend plenty of time (the publisher predicts 20 hours) scouring the castle and grounds for clues. In the end, you'll catch the culprit and solve the case.

Nancy Drew is looking forward to a well earned skiing holiday at the Wisconsin Wickford Castle resort. The resort is owned by Christi Lane, a good friend of Nancy's father. It is the perfect choice for a relaxing break. What could possibly go wrong?

When you get to Wickford Castle, you find yourself quickly snowed in at the ski resort with time on your hands and a nose for a story. You are soon called upon to expose the legendary secret of the Castle resort. Just like Jessica Fletcher, wherever Nancy goes, mystery isn't far behind.

As you wander around the place you will stumble upon detours, dead-ended corridors, concealed rooms, and an odd bunch of characters, all of which add to the mystery and danger that hint at the castle's secret history. Whilst poking around and asking questions, it doesn't take long for you to realize that someone else is hot on the trail too and is desperate to beat you to the secrets of the castle.

We talk to Dexter Egan, who seems to manage the hotel reception and fix up any items in need of repair, unless he can get you to do it for him! He has an unusual air about him and your suspicions are aired further into the game. Then there is Jaques, the ski instructor, who is occupied with his own issues. We find that he is not quite who he is cracked up to be. Could the suspicious and nosey Lisa, a co-guest and reporter, be seen as a threat to the case? Is she behind the mysterious occurrences? Does she know more than she has let on and is she really who she claims to be? Professor Hotchkiss is all too strange to be completely innocent, could she have knowledge worth imparting? Her timekeeping is certainly bizarre enough to raise at least some curiosity. The game presents many motives and paths to follow, but which is the correct one to choose?

Take in the scenery and enjoy the set up of the castle resort and its grounds, since there is so much to see and discover. Question your suspects carefully and bear in mind that they can mislead you intentionally. Stay focused and take notes as you immerse yourself in another great mystery brought to you by Her Interactive.

This is a really enjoyable mystery that has you working machinery, learning history, and solving baffling puzzles, not to mention having a good old rummage through everyone's belongings in the search for pointers and clues. Your life will be in danger several times over while having to trek through snow in sub-zero temperatures. You will also have a chance to meet an interesting acquaintance who keeps rather unusual hours.

Treasure in the Royal tower is a point-and-click style adventure that has many attractions for the fans of no-pressure, no-fight mystery adventure games. It can be played at your own set pace and has over 30 save game slots available for use. There's the characteristic second chance option in case you make a wrong decision, which enables you to start again at the beginning of that segment without having to start again from your last save game. This can prevent some severe frustration as well as saving valuable time.

The puzzles consist of a variety of simple match-up games, logic maneuver puzzles, and research via books around the resort to connect clues and decipher the whereabouts of the hidden tower and the secrets held within. Glean hints from your suspects and follow up every clue, for everyone seems to have a motive and holds a secret in their past or present.

If I were you, I'd grab my thermos and make haste to play as Nancy Drew in this fab adventure from the award winning series. You can't go wrong with a game that features a diverse set of characters, great graphics, over twenty hours of interactive game play, and event great attention to details like lip synching.


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