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It’s not hard to see why Her Interactive debuted the Nancy Drew series on Wii with The White Wolf of Icicle Creek, as it already had several mini-games built-in that translate well to the platform, especially the revamped cooking section. With Junior and Senior difficulty levels (and the latter actually providing a good challenge) and smart Wii-specific additions, Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek is an excellent addition to the Wii’s burgeoning adventure game lineup and caters to a slightly different audience than titles like Sam & Max: Season One do. Now if they can just do something about those pesky load times for the next release…
The White Wolf of Icicle Creek gives us another engaging Nancy Drew mystery full of colorful characters. Along the way it provides a wide range of game play activities and keeps things interesting with some of the most creative puzzles I've seen in an adventure game. While the Wii controls might have been integrated better into the game play and the loading times are bothersome, The White Wolf of Icicle Creek is still a fun and worthwhile Wii title.
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Nancy Drew’s console debut doesn’t make a huge splash, but it’s solid enough for fans that aren’t into PC gaming to take the series for a spin. The new Wii elements are nominal, and this mostly straight port seems like it belongs better on the PC. Still, the story is strong, a scalable level of challenge works well for younger or older players, and anyone who’s followed the digital adventures of Nancy Drew yet hasn’t played White Wolf will derive some enjoyment from the console version.
Despite the flaws, I enjoyed a lot of Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek, and I think it's worth a rental for people who enjoy point-and-click adventure titles. It's not going to be a favorite for most folks, but it's definitely playable, and while I'm not sure I'd suggest that you run out and buy it, it's definitely something to check out if you get the chance. The beginning will probably put you off a bit, but if you're able to make it past that, there's some genuinely fun gameplay here that's worth checking out
Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek is a slightly above average adventure game for teens and is pretty fun to play. However, this Wii version isn’t quite as good a platform as the PC. Adventure games play better on the PC. Unless the player just has to have a Wii version of Nancy Drew, I would recommend getting the PC version, as it is cheaper.
Even with its flaws, Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek is an acceptable first effort on the Wii for this long-running series. There's enough charm, great attention to detail, and realistic investigation to minimize the irritation caused by the unneeded Wii Remote jobs. More development will be needed with the next port, however, because not enough has been done to ensure that The White Wolf of Icicle Creek takes advantage of what the Wii has to offer.