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Message in a Haunted Mansion is one of a handful of adventure titles that have either just been released or are about to be released for the GBA. In fact, one of the greatest things about the title is the fact that the increased graphics horsepower in the GBA really enables developers to start taking advantage of the platform as they never have before.
The whole idea behind the HER Interactive series of games was to provide a format for girls to experience the joys of Nancy Drew while developing problem-solving abilities. What has since happened is that the games have a broad appeal to any fan of mysteries. This game is no exception. With solid graphical elements and a first-rate exploration mystery game, this title is perfect for GBA fans that want to exercise mental muscles.
On the whole there's a lot more game here. The package says about 20 hours of gameplay, which feels about right. I thought the previous two adventures (especially Secrets Can Kill) were a little too light on things to do. The story resolution also works better than the last two, with Nancy taking more direct action to unravel the mysteries of the mansion, and trapping the villain. The resolution isn't pulled out of the air, either. In fact, you'll see it's present right from the beginning of the game, if you're sharp enough to notice.
Message in a Haunted Mansion may belong to a very exclusive club of adventures on the Game Boy Advance, but it still comes very difficult to recommend to anyone other than completionists and the most obsessive Nancy Drew fan. The game may be short, but such a poor conversion leaves a bitter taste in the mouth rather than the sweet flavour of victory. While an interesting story and decent puzzles form the basis of what could have been an enjoyable game, anyone interested should seek out its PC predecessor, which is simply bigger and better in every way.