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Nancy Drew®: The Captive Curse

Escape the Clutches of a Legendary Monster!

Nancy’s off to Germany to investigate mysterious sightings of a creature that’s been terrorizing the community of a remote Bavarian castle. Local legend tells of a creature that marauded the area centuries ago, wreaking havoc and ultimately causing the death of a young woman before disappearing without a trace. Can you, as Nancy Drew, unmask the creature before you suffer the same terrible fate?

Bonus strategy guide for interactive detective game: The Captive Curse

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Game Features

  • Play as Nancy Drew and explore a German castle
  • Plug into castle security cameras
  • Uncover hidden rooms and secret passages
  • Play a German folk tale game
  • Earn and spend Euros on trinkets and souvenirs at the castle store
  • Delve into German culture
  • Discover captivating facts and local lore

Game Characteristics

 

  • Point & Click Gameplay
  • Mystery Adventure Genre
  • Interactive Storyline
  • Strong Female Protagonist
  • Rich and Intriguing Characters
  • Single Player Game
  • First Person POV
  • Subtle Hints System
  • Challenging Puzzles
  • Gorgeous Environments
  • Detective Investigation
  • Immersive Controls
  • Realistic Settings

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ESRB Rating:

esrb_E10_MildViolence

 

Price:

$19.99

 

Ages:

10 to Adult

 

Status:

Retail Release June 28, 2011

 

Operating System:

Windows® XP/Vista/7/8/10

OS X: 10.5.8 Leopard/10.6.6 Snow Leopard/10.7 Lion/10.8 Mountain Lion or higher

 

Windows Minimum System Requirements:

  • 1.5 GHZ or greater Pentium 4 or equivalent class CPU
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 2 GB or more hard drive space
  • 64 MB DirectX 9.0 compatible video card
  • 16 bit DirectX compatible sound card
  • 4x DVD drive
  • mouse and speakers

 

Mac Minimum System Requirements:

  • Intel processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 2.1 GB or more hard drive space
  • Intel GMA 950, ATI X1600, NVIDIA 7300 graphics card or better
  • 4x DVD drive
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Internet connection the first time the game is launched
  • This game will NOT run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems (PowerMac)

 

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Game Assets

“A mysterious monster is terrorizing an isolated community in Bavaria, luckily, Nancy Drew is on the case! Join Nancy Drew as she embarks on her 24th investigation in Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse“ – GameZebo

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“While your upcoming family travel plans might not include a trip to Germany, if you let your kids play the new Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse, they will be able to explore an old German castle while solving a fun mystery about a lurking ‘monster’.“ – USA Today

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“Fun, cute – somewhat predictable (not hard to guess end reveal). Junior version puzzles are easy to moderately difficult but are still necessary to move story along. Zero violence with discussion of three disappearances.“ – Games4Women

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 17 reviews
Amazing!

This is a really great game! Is NOT a let down. Puzzles aren't as boring as some other ND ones. Spooky setting! I love almost everything about it and the accents are pretty good. Creepy! I was not expecting that ending! Plot twist here and there - which just made it more exciting! My only complaint is that the woods are a bit confusing and so is the house you stay in. One of the puzzles took me a while though... But they should! Very nice game!

A bit boring

Overall, this ND wasn't as good as I'd hoped. It was boring (I'm so sorry, I usually love ND). The plot and the secluded setting definitely made me want to stop playing because I was doing the same things again and again. The pace is slow at the beginning and all in all, there isn't much to do.

The gameplay was quite good, and the puzzles were ok, albeit quite easy. The plot was pretty good throughout the game but there were definitely plot holes and the ending was completely unsatisfying. The monster is also the least scary thing in the world. There were too many loose ends at the end of the game, and all the beautiful subplots about the missing girls were just tossed aside at the end. Also, you could tell who the villain was pretty much halfway through the game so that's disappointing.

Also, the setting was so limited, I think. You just wandered around the small castle and there wasn't all that much to do outside or in the secret tunnels. If you like spooky ND games, this one is not for you (apart from the darkness of the secret tunnels setting, it's not spooky at all).

And the game was so short! I'm just disappointed the entire game seemed to happen over the course of one evening and in one setting. That's it. The one redeeming quality of this game was that the voice acting was great, as usual. Also, the history lessons are quite cool. It's unfortunate it all seemed to be tossed aside at the end for a predictable ending.

This was definitely not my favorite ND game, for sure. Oh well.

Castles and Monsters and Legends Oh My!

I LOVE this game. This is one of my favorite games. Nancy is in Germany at Castle Finster, there's a monster on the loose and Nancy's on the case!

A castle, in Germany....need I say more?

A nice spooky atmosphere, all the characters are great, play Raid with Karl, explore the dungeon and the tunnels. Get lost in the woods and go down the wishing well. There's nothing I dislike about this game...no wait...I wish it were longer, but other than that, perfect!

So Refreshing-Great Game!

This was totally a throwback to old ND games! I recently rediscovered the games and have been playing the newer ones but had skipped over this one. This is by far one of the best ND games I have ever played (new and old). The graphics are gorgeous and the plot is amazing! The puzzles were just the right amount of difficulty and the ending was so unexpected! I honestly had NO idea who it could be on this one-everyone was equally as likely. All in al great game.

Hope you like to read

I really do enjoy this game. One of the things I have always liked about Nancy solving mysteries in different countries, is the fact that us players get a good history lesson. However, we also know that you pretty much have to read through the dialogue so clues are not missed. That one detail makes for a very slow start to the game. Even though the dialogue is pretty useful in solving the mystery, I also think that they did not have to try to cram all that history into our brain at the start of the game. That being said, once you are able to investigate without interruption, the game picks up the pace (so don't lose hope :D).

Refreshing

I had skipped this one for a while, and had played all of the newest games and my last two that i hadn't played yet were captive curse and deadly device. The shattered medallion was not one of the best *cough cough* but this game was a revival of my never ending love for these games! Absolutely fantastic. It kept my hypothesizing through out the whole game and I thoroughly enjoyed it all 🙂

by Ally O'Connell on Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse
Best Game of All!

I can't believe how awesome this game was! It is my favorite game of all 31 games. I love Germany, it was a great idea to place it there. If you haven't played it yet, you should!

One of the best

This is one of my favorite Nancy Drew games and one that I could play over and over. One of the best things I love about Nancy Drew games is the plot. The plot is very engaging, it keeps you guessing and on your toes on who the monster is.
There is also lots of places to explore, I was confused at first but once you get the hang of it, it's a lot of fun.
The characters are also fun and each have fun personalities.

Overall the puzzles are not to hard and the plot, places and characters are fun. If you're a first time Nancy Drew player, I would start with this!

My Favourite Nancy Drew Game.

Of all the Nancy Drew games released to date, The Captive Curse is the one I play the most! The characters are very entertaining and have some pretty great lines.The back story is a little spooky and fits the theme of the castle nicely. This is by far my favourite game.

This game held me captive . . .

Everything in this game had me entranced, from the hilarious characters, to the spooky cool music! You don't want to miss this game.

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Karl Weschler

Karl is the Burgermeister (mayor) of the castle community. He is against the Bavarianization of the castle and dislikes the tourists. How far is he willing to go to keep them away?

 

Karl Weschler, Mayor of the castle community

 

 

Anja Mittelmeier

Anja is the castle castellan, in charge of the household and second in command to Karl. She’s one strong lady who’s not happy with the castle’s current leadership. Is her friendly manner hiding darker intentions?

 

Anja Mittelmeier, second in command

 

 

Lukas Mittelmeier

Lukas has earned the title of castle troublemaker who knows all of the castle’s hidden areas. Are his antics harmless fun, or does he have something more dangerous in mind?

 

Lukas Mittelmeier, castle troublemaker

 

 

Renate Stoller

Renate is an old fashioned storyteller who travels around the local countryside practicing her craft. Well-versed in the monster legend and the castle’s dark history, is she bringing her own tale of terror to life?

 

Renate Stroller, storyteller of the monster legend

 

 

The Legend

What sort of creature lurks in the woods waiting for the chance to wreak havoc? Is there more to the legend than the locals are letting on?

 

The Legend, infamous and mysterious creature

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