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Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion’s amazingly funny characters, fascinating dialog and New Zealand setting are fantastic.
However, there are some unfortunate supernatural elements players should know about (detailed in our Potential Concerns section).
On the popular fictional reality TV show Pacific Run, Nancy Drew comes face to face with one of the most beloved characters in the series–Sonny Joon.
The fact that he has never appeared physically in previous titles where his eccentric personality is featured makes the big reveal pretty exciting.
Nancy soon finds that the beautiful New Zealand countryside and even Sonny himself conceal a darker mystery…
The puzzles are classic Nancy Drew–a good mix of smart item use and brainteasers–but it feels like there are less of them this time around. This is especially noticeable in the first act.
The Shattered Medallion instead chooses to focus on getting to know an odd cast of characters. It features what may be the best dialog of a Nancy Drew game to date–my family was literally laughing out loud.
The characters Bess (longtime friend of Nancy Drew) and Patrick (the former rugby player seen above) are particularly well-written and engaging.
Another component filling the gap is a large number of logic-based minigames (10 in total) found on your mobile phone and in the Puzzle Palace.
The reality TV show format introduces a wide range of challenges, such as panning for gold and hunting objects in an underwater submarine.
Education is mixed with fun since books/environmental displays actually tie into the puzzles. One book even includes a list of simple phrases in the Māori language.
A revamped hint system (introduced in Nancy Drew #26) gives the assistance you need in stages. This allows you to figure things out for yourself instead of immediately resorting to a walkthrough.
So, even with less puzzles, Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion still manages to be both intelligent and fun.
A laser-focus on fascinating dialog and interesting characters make Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion one of the more solid games in the series.
Unfortunately, some unsettling supernatural influences (detailed below) hinder The Shattered Medallion from reaching the heights of titles like Alibi in Ashes and The Silent Spy.
*WARNING–Potential Spoilers Below*
Being set in New Zealand, players will discover aspects of Māori culture, such as their mythology and symbology.
Players must find pieces of the “Hei-Tiki” symbol (seen in the first Māori mythology screenshot above) underwater and assemble them for one of the quests.
Māori totems are also present in the forms of environmental objects and collectible phone charms.
Sonny Joon and the S.P.I.E.D. organization (founded by his grandfather Jin) project a belief in aliens and our need for their involvement in our world.
Sonny also gathers a number of “special” people (including Patrick, who he refers to as “the mystic”) with spiritual names/characteristics together as part of his grandfather Jin’s currently inscrutable plan.
Bess also refers to Patrick as her “spirit animal.”
Unlike other supernaturally-tinged Nancy Drew games (Haunting of Castle Malloy, Shadow at the Waters Edge, etc.), these concepts are not ultimately seen as faulty or somehow delusional–they just suggest a deeper mystery.
However, there is still a possibility that this troubling storyline may be resolved in a future title.
The “Raid” mini-game from the Germany-themed entry Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse features elements of magic and fairytale characters.
Bess has a crush on Sonny and tries to use her “feminine wiles” to get information for Nancy (this does not work due to her nervousness).
The final puzzle involves the Zodiac.
Sonny Joon’s character is a bit confusing. Though he appears normal, at times he also acts effeminate.
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