Friday, May 7, 2010

Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake review

So for those of you that don't know me very well, you probably don't know that I'm really into Nancy Drew games. I've played (almost) all of them, only one more left and then I can say I have. I've never done a game review before, so I'm going to take the format of an HER forum's review and put my own words into it. Here we go.

Summary: 8/10
So pretty much you get a call from a chick named Sally and she's like 'OMG THERE ARE FREAKISH DOGS OUTSIDE AND I'M REALLY AFRAID! COME FIGURE OUT WHAT'S WRONG!' Then you get there, you're stuck there because a huge tree falls in the driveway, and she's not even there. That's the only thing I don't like. The person that actually NEEDS you isn't there the entire time. You just get to talk to her on the phone. Anyway, these dogs belonged to the famous gangster Mickey Malone (who the house she's staying in also belonged to) and they hate it when people try to live there, so they pretty much beat the crap out of the house until the new owner leaves. You have to figure out what's up with these weird dogs and what exactly happened to Mickey and stuff like that.

Characters: 7/10
Sally MacDonald: Okay, I'm going to admit that I didn't really like her that much. She just kind of whined about these scary dogs over the phone. Although she was helpful at some points, all you really did was tell her what went wrong.
Red Knott: This man is the definition of creeper. Seriously, you meet him for the first time when he's prowling around your house making owl noises. Really? Ugh. Anyway, he's a weird old man who stays up all night watching birds. You can't get any creepier than that.
Park Ranger Akers: So I actually liked him. He was really helpful and kind of nice, even though he takes his job WAY too seriously. And he gave me a neat pin :D
Emily Griffen: She's very helpful, but kind of creepy. She also likes bait and fish. Weird.

Setting: 7/10
For the whole game, you're basically in the woods. Whether you're literally in the forest or surrounded by trees, you're in the woods. All the time. This makes for a bit of creepiness since you're very secluded and it's suspiciously quiet, but otherwise it's peaceful and nothing really jumps out at you. :) UGH. The forest was so easy to get lost in though.

Graphics: 9/10 (Because it's an earlier one. Come on, it's better than the others. :))
For an early game, I'd say this has very very good graphics. There was one part with Red where he looked very lifelike, which was different from the five previous games. The characters before this game just looked kind of... blocky. Animations were awesome too. :)

Snooping: 3/10
Well, you don't really do much snooping in this one. Besides going into the basement (and some other places that I won't spoil) there's not much snooping to do.

Spookiness: 9/10
I have to admit, this one really freaked me out at the beginning. Only because Sally was pretty much panicking over the phone when she told me to get the heck out of the house, then there were the dogs using themselves as battering rams, then going outside into the spooky woods in the dark... etc. It just goes on. At least it wasn't boring though. :P

Conclusion: 8.5/10
I really enjoyed this game! Even though it may not seem like it based on my previous statements. I'm just tired, it's almost midnight. I'll sound cranky if it's past 11:00 and I'm typing. This game was very different in the fact that it was more original than the first six. I mean, haunted houses, murders, and burglaries? Come on, ghost dogs belonging to a gangster from the 20's can't be beat. Bravo, HER, you've done it again :)


thatonegirl5305 on May 8, 2010 at 9:25 PM said...


Megs on May 8, 2010 at 9:28 PM said...

I enjoy your review very much. You should keep doing them. So there. Also,tell Shelby I say hi. :D

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