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Ransom of the Seven Ships
RAN

Game #

20

Written by

Story by: Robert Riedl
Cathy Roiter
Script by: Anne Collins-Ludwick

Directed by

Tim Burke

Guest Cast

Jonah von Spreecken

Released

July 14, 2009

Location

Dread Isle, Bahamas

Previous Game

The Haunting of Castle Malloy

Next Game

Warnings at Waverly Academy

Ransom of the Seven Ships is the twentieth game in the Nancy Drew adventure series. It is based on Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #70: The Broken Anchor. It was promoted with a microsite.

This game is well known for its dynamic plot, developed character storylines, puzzles that are captivating and add to the plot, and a user-controlled navigation of sailing and driving that is highly superior.

Players can play as Nancy and George Fayne throughout the game, and can also see George and Bess' appearances for the first time.

PlotEdit

Bess wins a vacation for three online in the Bahamas, so she naturally takes Nancy and George with her! Nancy has an appointment with her dad, so she arrives one day after Bess and George, only to find George telling her that Bess has been kidnapped, the island is deserted (the resort's owners have "gone fishing") and their mobile phone is broken! Eventually she finds a ransom note telling her that she must find an ancient treasure in order to get Bess back safely, and sets off on the quest.

CharactersEdit

Johnny RolleEdit

Johnny is a Jamaican man going from island to island to fish and be alone. At the moment, he is stuck on Dread Isle because monkeys tore up his motorboat.

Phone FriendsEdit

Nancy finds walkie-talkies in a cabinet at a certain point in the game and gives one to George, which they can then access through an icon at the bottom of the screen. She can get advice from the resort's parrot, Coucou, if she's a Junior Detective.

George FayneEdit

Nancy can talk to George through the walkie-talkie to play as her, and George can then talk to Nancy through it to play as her again.

Microsite Edit

The Ransom of the Seven Ships microsite was designed to be an advertisement for Dread Isle. The home page says:

"Don’t let the name fool you—with its pristine beaches, lush vegetation, teeming reefs, and gentle, gem-colored surf, there is nothing dreadful about this place!

The name ‘Dread Isle’ is an unfortunate remnant of the time when 17th century Spanish galleons regularly sailed through the and were lost after colliding with nearby reefs during foul weather. But now Dread Isle is a veritable paradise for those wishing to enjoy some sunshine while they explore the abundance of natural wonders on and around the island. In short, once you visit our island, the only thing you’ll dread is having to leave!"

The site had testimonials from people who visited Dread Isle, most of which are from other Nancy Drew games.

Tex Britten, Arizona- “The resort should get some horses. I felt kinda dumb driving around in that dinky little golf cart. But the grub was good.”

Gilbert Buford, Louisiana- “It was so sunny all the time I found myself wishing it would rain. Just a little shower, not like it rains back home.”

Soony Joon, Ganymede- “I really liked hanging with the monkeys. They’re so smart, I’m thinking maybe they’re aliens, and that whole Primate Research thing was really them studying us. I’m hoping next time I come they’ll beam me up to the mother ship and give me a tour.”

Minette, Paris, France- "Just the vacation I needed. The azure sea juxtaposed with that pink sand beach gave me a perfectly rude idea for my next collection!”

Red Knott, Pennsylvania- “The bird-watching was darn good. I spotted a Yellow-rumped Warbler and almost dropped my bait bucket.”

Guadalupe Comillo, Washington, D.C.- “How wonderful to see land and sea creatures running and swmming free in all their wild and often dangerous glory! I have come to love sharks almost as much as I love wolves.” (the official site misspelled 'swimming')

Dewey Finklestine, Ohio- “This place ROCKS!! I saw an octopus, three sharks, two barracudas, and a jellyfish! The jellyfish even stung my sister and made her arm swell up so bad it looked like an Italian sausage! It was AWESOME!!”

On the site, people could play a minigame with a monkey and win a wallpaper. There were also two other wallpapers available for download and two postcards.

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Logo - Trailer

The original logo in the game's trailer.

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