Infiltrate a Carnevale of Criminals in Italy! Somewhere beyond the bright piazzas and open markets of the Venice Carnevale lurks a masked thief. Despite months of investigations, the Italian police remain helpless as stolen treasures vanish in the night. That’s why the authorities asked you, as detective Nancy Drew, to join the case to infiltrate a dangerous crime syndicate and catch this phantom thief before he or she destroys the heart of Venice in Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice!
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10 to Adult
Retail Release July 2008
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“Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice is a strong addition to the teenage sleuth’s catalogue of mystery games. If you’re new to the series, you may think it a better choice for your daughter than yourself, but the story is mature enough and the puzzles sufficiently challenging that adult players will find it at least as entertaining as their children. If you’re on the hunt for a fun and stimulating point-and-click adventure, look no further. “ ~Gamezebo
“It’s clear that the people at Her Interactive love making these games – and as a result, it’s hard for the player not to love them, too.” ~Just Adventure
“Her Interactive’s Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice is a wonderful game that is well worth the attention and dollars of anyone even remotely interested in modern point-and-click adventures. As I have said time and time again, do not be confused into thinking this and other Nancy Drew games are only good for children and young teens. They are quality entertainment for anyone who enjoys adventuring and puzzle solving. This latest installment is among the best of the bunch, and anyone who has been missing out on this great series must consider picking it up.” ~Adventure Classic Gaming
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I must say this before I say anything else. Thank goodness we did not have to talk to Prudence more than a few times in the game. She sounded like a cross between Mickey Mouse and Julia Child. Nails on a chalkboard ... it was truly one of the more horrifying Nancy Drew moments. Okay, now I can get on with the review.
Graphics were beautiful. No matter how old or new the ND game is, the graphics always amaze me. The addition of the gondola singers was awesome (as long as you paid for the good one and not the little 1 euro guy...OUCH). It ended up being a very expensive habit, but it was well worth it. Which brings me to the next part. Money, money, money.... we all need it to live, and you definitely need it to do almost anything extra in this game. However, HI knew that shopaholics would be playing this game, and provided many ways for one to earn money to buy everything that had a price tag.
1. Selling flowers: OHEMGEE... if you really love to torture yourself, then this is the perfect game for you. After the second run through to obtain flowers to sell, I reloaded the game, and left the bees to themselves and Mrs. Hoidy Toidy on the roof.
2. Picking up garbage: Well if there wasn't an achievement for this one, I would not have bothered to click on every little piece of trash in every location I visited. Granted, it was a lot easier than battling the resurrecting bees.
3. I guess we will call this dancing: Oh goody! Nancy can try out for this dancing thing! I just have to click on the correct buttons and ... MONEY! Wait.. what is Nancy doing? Is she Catwoman? Punchy? What? Of course, for as weird as the whole thing was, if you got a rave review on the dance, that was some serious money added to that little wallet. Okay, I can overlook the absolute weirdness (maybe it would not have been so weird if I didn't find it until I was supposed to, but I found it really early in the game).
Next up: Thank you for getting me hopelessly addicted to Scopa! So what if I had to talk to some guy in a weird mask and clown suit to play. It was totally worth it. Out of every game I have played in the ND series, this one has taken the #1 spot (sorry Raid). I wish I could be that excited about the puzzles. For the most part, the puzzles were challenging (which is a good thing!!). But some puzzles in there made me wish this game had a 'big red button' so I could just blow through it and be done. However, I know that there is no such thing as 'skip' in this game (no matter how frustrating, I still appreciate the fact that they want you to play the game instead of skip through it). Most frustrating puzzle: getting to the safe house. I am surprised that any of the bad guys could make it there without having a rage meltdown. I know I sure did. I ended up having to consult Youtube to see how to get across the sewers and not go insane. Lock picking wasn't hard or easy.. just tedious.
I can see how some people could get lost in this game. There were some points where I really felt like I was standing there looking like a tourist.... totally lost. Thank goodness for that checklist I like to forget about (that usually put me right back on track).
Overall this game is actually really good. It's not my favorite ND game, but if you love a challenge, and you LOVE puzzles, and games (no matter how weird or not...BEE HATE!), I totally recommend this game. Oh, and don't forget to make phone calls to Ned. He is stuck with Joe Hardy, and needless to say it was hilarious (well probably not to Ned since it was his car Joe was messing with).
Nancy is working undercover in Venice, The Phantom, a thief, has been stealing valuable pieces of art, but the police believe he is part of a ring of criminals, and someone at the Ca where Nancy is staying is involved, it's up to Nancy to discover who.
Explore Venice, eat gelato, buy costumes, dance for spending money, play Scopa with a criminal, spy on suspects, intercept coded messages. The music and graphics are wonderful. You can ride on the gondolas and hear songs sung in Italian. Bonus, Prudence Rutherford returns as a phone friend in this game.
My least favorite ND game by far. I have been playing since a young age. I have seen the best and worst . This is truly the worst i have played. The puzzles are difficult and plenty.The story line has gaps and is very short. The scenery and theme is cool . But overall i was disappointed .
I expected more out of this game. But if you are a true nd fan you probably cant resist trying a new one but i strongly do not recommend it.
The Phantom of Venice is such a fantastic game!
Nancy Drew traveling to Italy, learning some Italian, eating Gelato, and going undercover to solve a mystery - what more could a sleuth want?
-The Plot -
Nancy Drew has to investigate thefts taking place in Venice, Italy, and needs to go undercover to solve the mystery!
The characters have great charisma and great dialogue throughout the game.
The graphics are not the latest, but the characters are lifelike for the most part.
Very easy to maneuver from place to place. I had no issues with the gameplay. This was the first Nancy Drew game I have ever played, so it was a new experience for me but I caught on quickly. The tasklist and Nancy's comments are most helpful when stuck on a puzzle.
The Phantom of Venice was a great game and I enjoyed every moment of it!
The Phantom of Venice is definitely my favorite Nancy Drew game so far. The ability to move around significantly and the various characters in the game make it one of the most involving mysteries. They activities were challenging but always manageable and the plot was incredibly exciting.
Undoubtedly a must play Nancy Drew game.
This game is one of the best. The plot is fantastic, it continues to build up until the final scene. The culprit isn't obvious until the end and the puzzles are great. They range from classic Nancy Drew puzzles to parts of the game that do not even feel like puzzles. The dancing, scopa and the sneaking around in this game are the highlights! And I can replay this one time and time again.
Of all of the Nancy Drew games my daughter and I have played, this is one of our favorites. I love the sense of atmosphere of street life in Venice. It's fun to collect coins along the way and the option to change clothes adds a great dimension. I also loved how it incorporated Italian vocabulary in the challenges. Scopa remains one of my favorite mini games!
In the Phantom of Venice, Nancy is asked to come help solve a mystery that is still baffling the Italian police, who is this “phantom” that steals under the cover of darkness? Throughout the game you learn many things about the beautiful city of Venice and truly feel as if you’re walking through the city yourself.
Characters: (10/10) one of the things that made this game great were the unique characters. They each have their own distinctive personality, which makes the game even more interesting. Every character has a suspicious thing about them which then Nancy must find out more about through twists and turns in the game.
Plot: (10/10) this game has one of the most interesting plots of all. You must search for this “phantom” with special tasks that will be given to you by the Italian police. The plot is very clear, and is carried out incredibly in this game.
Atmosphere: (10/10) the atmosphere is absolutely amazing. You truly feel as if you’re walking down the sidewalks of Venice and exploring the city. From the background sounds of a gondolier singing in background and the cooing of the pigeons that fly throughout the city to the exceptional architecture of Venice, everything is put together nicely to give you an amazing atmosphere.
Music: (10/10) the music is beautiful. There are many different tracks that play at different areas and those songs perfectly fit their atmosphere.
Tasks: (8/10) you have many tasks throughout this game, and some of them are just a little tedious. However, many of them allow you to fully immerse yourself into the fascinating Italian culture.
Graphics: (7/10) the graphics aren’t bad, but they aren’t great like the some of the newer one, since this is an older game.
Overall: (9/10) this is an amazing game to play. If you’re looking for a very interesting plot and a cool way to immerse yourself into Italian culture, then this is definitely the game for you.
The phantom of Venice is by far one of my favorite games. You get to see Nancy undercover in Italy. This game has fun games and puzzles as well as interesting characters I would highly suggest this game to anyone who is new to the Nancy Drew games
Out of all the incredible mysteries HeR has produced, this one ranks at the top, closely followed by about ten other mysteries. The main reason why this game trumps all others is the beauty of the environment and the way an intricate plot is delicately woven throughout this story.
Typically, I can sense when climaxes in these games will come. I can also sense when the end is coming. This one left me hanging. Multiple times I felt like I was reaching the end, but then something else was discovered which completely warped what you thought was going on. All of the suspects had secrets, and it was a very pleasing twist having certain suspects known for villainous crimes or sketchy efforts. I cannot think of any suspect that may have been shallow (besides Luigi).
The soundtrack was absolutely gorgeous. Definitely spine-tingling and thrilling when it needed to be, and beautifully calming while you strolled through plazas and explored buildings. The graphics of this game increased tremendously from the previous titles, but with HeR's most recent adventure, this does seem to pale in comparison.
The amount of environment seemed lacking at first, but as the game continues, Nancy finds deep and dark corners of multiple places.
The strongest asset to this adventure mystery is definitely the plot. Even though the fact that Italians called for a young American adult to solve a mystery, everything else seemed to flow perfectly. The puzzles and activities made sense and were not overwhelmingly hard (unless you were playing Scopa in Senior Detective version). And as stated before, the plot really never reached a stale end. It always kept developing.
If this is your first time playing Nancy Drew, I would save this one for later. 😉
Other mysteries I have highly recommend:
#4) Treasure in the Royal Tower (historical, a bit spooky, and thrilling all wrapped up in a wintery castle, what more could Nancy want?)
#13) Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon (fun themes and definitely a unique story line!
#24) The Captive Curse (Spooky and thrilling, this was probably the only game I actually jumped!)
#28) The Ghost of Thornton Hall (Very spooky, but has an enchantingly beautiful story)
#29) The Silent Spy (Like Phantom of Venice, this is a spy game, but it does have a very personal story line)
Colin is restoring the Ca’Nascosta for very little money, even though he’s one of the best in his field. He claims to love art and works for near nothing because it is his passion. His job allows him to gain access to valuable artifacts – would he steal the treasures and sell them on the black market?
Recently widowed, Margherita purchased the Ca’Nascosta to cement her status as a Venetian socialite. Her spending habits may have caused her to fall upon hard times. Would she do anything to stay in her circle of wealthy friends – including the theft and sale of priceless artifacts?
Helena specializes in reporting high profile crimes. Ambitious and calculating, Helena is extremely knowledgeable about the failures and successes of crime rings, but is she telling everything she knows, or does she have her own agenda?
Originally a guard for stolen goods, Enrico runs a private club called the Casa dei Giochi, but is it just a front for another crime ring? After all, he has the connections and the knowledge to steal the artifacts, so what’s stopping him?
The prime suspect in the case, Mr. Fango installed modern conveniences for the houses where priceless artifacts were stolen. Unfortunately, authorities have no evidence against him. Is he committing crimes so perfectly that no clues are left behind?