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USA Today (May 11, 2012)
Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen is one of the best ever of the Nancy Drew mysteries. It's a compact, tightly-crafted whodunit that drips with history and intrigue. With cunning deceptions, cave-ins and cobras aplenty, the game's got the right balance of scary but not too scary. And if you make a wrong decision that results in a fatal, game-ending mistake, the game offers you a do-over. The stunning graphics also contribute to this game's appeal, from the brightly colored paintings on columns in the tomb to facial details presented when talking to a character. Plus these characters are brilliantly voiced and superbly animated to make them appear to be alive. Their well-written dialogue makes you want to pursue conversations. For mystery lovers and families looking for great adventure games, Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen is a don't-miss winner.
100
Common Sense Media (May, 2012)
NANCY DREW: TOMB OF THE LOST QUEEN is an engaging adventure story with a strong female lead. It also features challenging but interesting puzzles and a fun premise. As in with other games in this series, you spend your time interviewing other characters and solving complex puzzles. The voice acting here is outstanding, as you hear as well as see the text written. Since this is a click-and-move adventure, moving around can be slow, especially as the game progresses and you just want to go from point A to B. But with this compelling and realistic mystery, kids won't mind the pace as they piece together this intricate story. Solving the game is somewhat like traversing an interactive book. This title would even be fun for parents to play together with slightly younger kids.
100
All in all, I really enjoy playing Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen. I highly recommend it to any adventure game fan. The puzzles, characters, storyline, and setting are perfect for a brief getaway in amateur sleuthing.
91
Just Adventure (May 15, 2012)
All the other usual elements of a Nancy Drew mystery are here: a quirky roster of suspects who aren’t what they seem; wonderful voice acting; exceptionally witty dialogue; funny phone-a-friend conversations; engaging history lessons; outstanding soundtrack; and ‘second chances’ for game-ending mistakes. This is not the most challenging game of the series, but I think it is one of the most exciting, and after 25 games, it is quite an achievement to keep things interesting. “Tomb” is definitely worth checking out for something fun to do on your summer vacation.
90
GameCola.net (May 31, 2012)
All in all, Tomb of the Lost Queen is a perfect example of why the Nancy Drew series is so great. The puzzle/mystery/adventure series keeps delivering one solid game after another. They’re not afraid to try new things, and all the various little improvements spread throughout the game come together to form a superior gaming experience. I know I say this every time, but I can’t wait to see what Nancy’s next adventure will be like.
88
Nancy Drew Tomb of the Lost Queen deals with a curse and finding an ancient queen from the past. It is interesting to hear the different characters discuss the topic, and their beliefs. I like how Nancy Drew is trying to get to the truth, and find out what happened. It can take some work and time, but eventually you will figure out the mystery.
83
GameBoomers (Jul, 2012)
A tasty variety of puzzles, including decoding and hieroglyph challenges, interpreting patterns, solving complicated locks, and a handful of inventory puzzles. No sliders, no sound-matching puzzles, no timed puzzles. A few of the conundrums require distinguishing colors. No mazes, though by the end of the game there are enough tunnels to make navigation a bit confusing. You can make "fatal" mistakes, but are returned immediately to the moment before the mistake to try again. The most difficult puzzles involve tricky pattern interpretation. A rock fall challenge requires repetitive trial and error. No glitches, no problems with installation. Plenty of save slots. About twelve hours of gameplay. Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen is aimed at Nancy Drew fans and adventurers who enjoy digging deep into the mysteries of Ancient Egypt.
80
I didn’t grow up a Nancy Drew fan. I still don’t read the books, but the game series is well done and I look forward to seeing where the series goes in the future. I’d recommend Tomb of the Lost Queen to anyone who enjoys a good mystery or a good puzzle game — or both.
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GameZebo (May 08, 2012)
If you like smart puzzle-adventure games, I’m sure you’ll be alien—er— all in. Her Interactive operates in a niche market—adventure games targeted at female gamers but playable by anyone. I know I’m not alone when I say that I look forward to the next one (even if the Nancy Drew brand is getting a bit tired) and to the day the studio creates an original intellectual property. Tomb of the Lost Queen is a testament that they have the talent to.
70
All Game Guide (May, 2012)
Despite a few faults, Tomb of the Lost Queen is nonetheless an enjoyable adventure game that offers plenty of engaging puzzles and an interesting theme. In addition to the main adventure, players can spend time playing the rather addictive mini-games on Nancy Drew's phone, which include variants on classic board, card, and strategy games. Tomb of the Lost Queen also offers more educational value than previous Nancy Drew titles, but you don't have to be an archaeologist-in-training to "dig" this mystery.
60
Adventure Gamers (May 28, 2012)
Mystery fans will enjoy unraveling Tomb of the Lost Queen‘s puzzle-filled expedition in the desert, though the lack of dynamism and interaction cause the atmosphere to noticeably atrophy.
60
Darkstation (May 21, 2012)
If you’re still hankering for some old school adventure game action, then you could do worse than Tomb Of The Lost Queen. It’s hardly the most polished, most attractive title out there but it doesn’t make any grave missteps and just about kept me engaged enough to see it through to its conclusion. I’m not sure exactly who has bought twenty-five of these games before this one, and I certainly wouldn’t hold it in high enough regard to recommend you delve into the clearly humongous backlog, but for a cheap and cheerful point-and-clicker it does just about enough to stay on my good side.


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