A blog dedicated to all of the educational things to be found in the Nancy Drew PC games.
Subject: The Dust Bowl
Appeared In: Trail of the Twister
Since we’re in the grip of summer, let’s talk dust and sand storms.
Appeared In: The Haunted Carousel
It would be a poor game indeed to not talk about the thing that’s in the title. Luckily for us, HER Interactive doesn’t make poor games, so we got a nice chunk of information about carousels throughout the game. This isn’t even everything you can read about it, but the band organ will get its own post some other day.
Subject: The Brothers Grimm
Appeared In: The Captive Curse
Much like other Nancy Drew games featuring the supernatural, CAP plays around with the distortion of legend and the way human psychology can bring many of these monsters alive. It’s almost impossible to talk folklore, especially in Germany, without at least mentioning the Brothers Grimm. Did you know that…
Subject: The guillotine
Appeared In: Treasure in the Royal Tower
The guillotine itself doesn’t play a role in the game like Marie Antoinette does, but it has an interesting history nonetheless. I also have a weakness for old torture/execution devices, so let’s talk head chopping!
So. Um. Hello! I’m still here. The blog is still here. What hiatus? I don’t know what you’re talking about.
In all seriousness, I am deeply sorry for dropping off the map without warning. The reasons are ones you’ve all heard and experienced before: school, moving, health, etc. To everyone who stuck around, you deserve medals.
I have no medals, sadly. But I do bring good news! Every ND game is back on my laptop, and I’ve got posts in the queue. There will be a new post every Monday. The first of these posts will go up later in the day.
Thank you, I love you, and don’t take any wooden nickels!
Appeared In: Tomb of the Lost Queen
Whether you believe in curses or not, I think we can all agree that they make for some interesting reading. And there’s plenty of them to go around, like…
Subject: Investigating Arson
Appeared In: Alibi in Ashes
Subject: Zodiac Astronomy/Astrology
Appeared In: The Haunting of Castle Malloy
Superstition, history, and the blurred lines between the two are the main themes of the game. Astrology makes another appearance in Curse of Blackmoor Manor, but that is another post entirely. Until then, here are some interesting tidbits about the Zodiac, both the astrological belief and the astronomical importance.
Subject: Nikola Tesla
Appeared In: The Deadly Device
Tesla, Tesla, Tesla. Like Marie Antoinette and Harry Houdini, Tesla dominates his game, his life and work crucial to discovering who is behind Niko’s death. Hearing Frank and Joe fanboy over him was adorable. The book here provides a good overview, but since you can never get enough Tesla, here’s a few more fun tidbits.