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Just Adventure (Jul 30, 2008)
What really makes this game great, though, are the little touches. There are minor blemishes here and there, but they are overshadowed by the time and effort that shine through in the graphical details, the optional puzzles, the Easter Eggs, and the funny "outtakes" that are a must-see after the closing credits! 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.
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.
Common Sense Media (Jul, 2008)
What make this mystery game so good is that it's complicated, has fascinating characters to meet, and it's set in beautiful Venice, which is depicted in near photo-realistic graphics. The game play includes solving challenging puzzles and even playing arcade games.
GameBoomers (Aug, 2008)
In fact, this is the first adventure game I’ve played in which I found myself actually enjoying some of the time sensitive challenges. I didn’t mind trying the dance sequence again and again, for instance, because I was enjoying the process itself. Perhaps the frustration with timed challenges is not just that the gamer has to move quickly, but that the activity itself is often so tedious. Still, this game would have been even better if it had provided an option for bypassing the timed sequences after a certain number of failures.
Nancy Drew The Phantom of Venice takes a long time to solve. If you want your money to last on a video game then this is one to look into. There are a few extras included, and those that can beat the game are given quite a few ending rewards. Only one player can play Nancy Drew The Phantom of Venice at a time, so it may be a great time to work on that sharing lesson with your children.
GameZebo (Jul 29, 2008)
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.
GameZone (Jul 25, 2008)
This Nancy Drew game ranks among the better games in the series. An engrossing story, mixed with a good variety of puzzles and mini-games, makes for a good game. There could be more mini-games and better directions during the course of the game, but on the whole, this is a great game for older children.
Impulse Gamer (Mar, 2009)
Compared to the other games in the series, Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice is a step in the right direction with the mini-games and disguises that are available. The unfortunate aspect of the game is that the graphics have not really progressed since its predecessors which is a shame, however with a plethora of games in the series, it's obvious that this game is hitting someone's target. Consider it a true adventure game for kids without the violence or adult content.
Adventure Gamers (Sep 06, 2008)
And while the overall house construction is solid, with a storyline as interesting as always and a generally good mix of puzzles, some details managed to slip through the cracks this time around. Specifically, the usually reliable voice work that’s a little shaky in some areas here, as well as a repetitive mini-game and additional fillers that try to conceal its very brief play time. Overall, then, the 18th Nancy Drew adventure is yet another solid addition to the series, but not one of the longer or stronger games.
Game Vortex (Aug, 2008)
While The Phantom of Venice won't win over any new audiences, the existing fan base (those people who have bought the previous Her Interactive games), will definitely find this latest installment enjoyable as well.
IGN (Jul 29, 2008)
While Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice oscillates quite a bit more on the fun meter than the last installment, it does have the exact same graphic and audio quality -- you might even say, “run of the mill,” considering we’re on #18. If you’re up for more mysteries, though, this should do you pretty well. As for me, the biggest take away was that Scopa goes very well with computers. Somebody should get on that.
60 (Jun 12, 2009)
Depuis le début de ses aventures sur PC, Nancy Drew a connu des hauts et des bas. Après un épisode décevant, cette nouvelle enquête se situe plutôt dans une bonne moyenne. Loin d'être parfaite, elle constitue néanmoins un divertissement correct. En attendant la prochaine affaire, qui devrait amener Nancy dans les ruines d'un château hanté irlandais...