Here is my pick for slot #26 in my ranking of the Nancy Drew games: the 30th game, “The Shattered Medallion.”
This is either going to be a short review or a long one because this game is weird.
Bess enters Nancy and George into a contest to compete in a New Zealand-based reality game show, “Pacific Run.” Of course, they win, and it’s away we go.
All of a sudden, after a very, very weird opening, we’re thrown into a puzzle (one of the game show’s challenges). Then, with no direction, help, or any clues, we stumble around trying to get acquainted with the place and figure out what the heck we’re supposed to be doing.
And the best part is, the game is being produced by none other than…wait for it…the infamous Sonny Joon! We’ve seen traces of him all over the world spanning over 20 games, and now we get to see what he looks like.
He, along with the contestants, are cryptic, standoffish, and annoying. It’s hard to talk to any of them as all they care about is themselves. And none of them are any help, nor do they really care when something happens to George (I’m trying not to spoil anything, but this is another game that involves Bess AND George).
Bess is about the only component of this game that works. She’s her quirky self that we all love, and she provides so much comic relief (and it’s well needed).
So, what’s the mystery that needs solving? I still don’t know. There’s tons of talk of aliens, Sonny has weird things going on, we’re sheering sheep, diving submarines, collecting leaves, and plunging under the ocean in search of who knows what.
There’s no direction, clear or unclear, on anything that needs done in the game. Nothing makes sense: no one will offer a coherent sentence; none of the puzzles have anything to do with the “real” quest; and the real quest makes no sense either. NOTHING MAKES SENSE. There’s arguably not even a mystery since it’s so buried in nonsense. Or is it? I still don’t know.
How did this game make it this far in my list, you ask? Well, some of the challenges in the in-game game show were really fun. I liked the canoeing, submarine-ing, etc.
Also, there is this home base place with a cool earthquake simulator and some blast from the past mini games. It’s a well-needed distraction from the actual game.
Something about the game makes it fun to try again, so I’ll give it that. It is most definitely intriguing, and there is charm deep within the confusion.
Sonny Joon is a real let down though. He does not meet the expectations I had for him. I figured he’d be funny, quirky, and distracted, but he was just cryptic and weird like all the other characters.
Come back tomorrow to see which game takes spot 25!