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For all the technical improvements, though, the selling point here is still the really, really great story. There are tons of coded messages to find and decipher in this mystery, which makes playing a blast for fans of brainy puzzle games. Plus, for anyone who did play the original, there's whole new killer this time around, which is as good a reason as any to play it again.
All in all, Secrets Can Kill is a very good game with an interesting storyline that requires a lot of thinking. Still, it’s only likely to be picked up by those who are already fans of Nancy Drew, and that’s a shame. A lot of folks will be missing out on an enjoyable adventure game.
So if you're a newcomer to the Nancy Drew games, I wouldn't recommend starting with this one. Since the plot in each game is self-contained, you should pick a game that has a theme or a location that happens to intrigue you, and start with that one. If you want lots of puzzles, start with a game like Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon. If you'd like to see backstabbing intrigue among students in fancy academic surroundings, try Warnings at Waverly Academy. If you'd like exotic environments, try The Phantom of Venice, or if you'd like to be horrified while snooping around, give Legend of the Crystal Skull a try. Once you've played other Nancy Drew games and would enjoy all the references and allusions in this one, Secrets Can Kill Remastered is worth your while.
Considering how old the original game is, it’s pretty remarkable just how modern the remastered version of Secrets Can Kill feels. It may be smaller and shorter, but other than that there’s little to differentiate the game from more modern Nancy Drew games like Trail of the Twister. And the new features, especially the new ending, make it worthwhile for fans who already played the original. It won’t win over anyone who hasn’t liked the past 22 games, but Secrets Can Kill is classic Nancy Drew.
If you are not a Nancy Drew fan, and don't like a little retro in your remastered gaming then you probably won't be interested in this title. I can, however, see fans picking up this 80th Anniversary copy to commemorate Nancy Drew and their love of women in murder mystery.