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Well, I've made my inspiring speech and set up my index, it's time to roll with Nancy Drew on yet another outing. This time we're going to...

...no, we're not going to Prisoner Island.
...no, we're not going to Crocodile Island (although I think I've actually READ this one, years back).
...and no, it's not Lego Island, Isla Nublar, or the Island of the Blue Dolphins either.

We're going to DECEPTION ISLAND (a fictionalized version of this place), where I have never been in either reality OR this game. Aside from a couple of in-jokes the fandom tosses around I'm going in largely blind, as usual for one of these writeups. Expect uneven pacing! Also, because this is one of the older Drew games, expect some smallish screenshots.


Nancy sounds SUPER CHEERFUL as she welcomes us to her latest case, and in a letter explains the premise of this particular game to... well, us, but mostly to Ned Nickerson her absent boyfriend.

[ACTUAL IN-GAME TEXT/VOICEOVER]



"Dear Ned,
Here I am on a ferry bound for Deception Island, one of the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State. George's friend Katie Firestone is expecting me. Katie's a marine biologist who's doing research into deep-water parasitic growth.



She also owns a whale watching boat, and takes tours out practically every day.

I should be excited, but for some reason I feel on edge, like something's out of whack.



Maybe it's because George and Bess arranged this little vacation for me, and sometimes their plans don't work out so well. Or maybe it's because we're about to dock at a place called Snake Horse Harbor.



Kind of a creepy name for a town, don't you think?

Or maybe it's because I haven't been on vacation for so long that I've forgotten how to relax! Anyway, we're here. It's not raining, but it's not sunny either. It's just kind of gray. Maybe that's why I feel so strange.

Ever yours,
Nancy."
[END IN-GAME TEXT/VO]

Okay, lot to unpack there. For one, geez Nancy, Bess and George do their best. Remember that time you and Bess went to New Orleans and you forced Bess into being a superspy? Okay you don't, that happens in your future. BUT YOU WILL REMEMBER IT once it happens.

For two, "just kind of gray" is the Washington State National Weather Forecast as far as I can tell.

What amuses me most though is that Nancy looks at "Snake Horse Harbor" and thinks "Oof, that's a creepy name" and DECEPTION ISLAND doesn't even register on this girl's RADAR. "Yeah I know we're going to Betrayal Mountain, but doesn't Snow Slide Rock just SOUND creepier? You could slide AND DIE."

I dunno. Maybe one of you Seattle residents can eyeball that map and find something to snicker at.

IN CONCLUSION I have drawn fanart of a snakehorse. His name is Crispin Forky.


Snake Horse Harbor, meanwhile, looks like this.



I feel like this is probably a real place doubling. We're quickly back into CGI mode however to meet KATIE FIRESTONE who by the way has a name that could carry its own series of marine biology adventures.



She's delighted to walk us down to the boat, having just finished a grocery run. As we hike down to the dock she explains that Nancy couldn't have picked a better time to arrive, since an orca just showed up in the channel and -- Katie stops in shock as she turns a corner and sees the boat. It's been trashed, including the engine. Parts missing, others damaged...



"Are you gonna be able to fix it?" Nancy worries.
"I better be able to. I can't afford to pay someone else to do it, and if I have to replace a lot of parts... I don't know what I'm gonna do." Katie replies, staring off into the middle distance.

Nancy instantly offers to help, but Katie waves it off. What could Nancy possibly do?

I pause here a moment to convey irony.

Anyway, Nancy's on vacation! She should have fun! Take a bike out to town... oh, but don't ride the bike without a helmet, and don't take the kayak out without a lifejacket, and remember to stay inside the channel markers. Oh, if the fog starts rolling in, get back to shore FAST because the fog's too thick to see through. And never go out without a GPS! Katie's personal GPS unit is around ... somewhere. Nancy can go unpack below deck. It'll be a fun vacation!

Yes. Fun. I don't know what you guys heard but I just heard a litany of things that'll get me killed later in this adventure. We gain control of Nancy in her bedroom aboard Katie's whale-watching boat. First off -- unpack.



Horse shirt, mom jeans, reference to past cases...



...Yeah, we already handled enough Mayan artifacts, thanks. Just off Nancy's bedroom is a closet with nothing in it but a mini-freezer packed full of ice. Nancy wonders what's IN all that ice, but isn't willing to jam her hands in there and root around to find out. Smart girl. Let's look around below decks.



We discover a map of Deception Island (not really labeled with anything, looks nautical) and we also discover that Katie takes her whale-watching very seriously. Nice photos. Over in THIS corner...



The kitchen. Nancy ponders, then starts making a sandwich. So I add some things. Let's just save the game real quicksie and hmm.

Some "Lip Smackers" grape jelly. That sounds good. And the matching Lip Smackers peanut butter to go with it. Smear some of that on there.
Koko Kringles chocola-- excuse me, "Koko" sauce. Yeah that's good.
Fist & Anvil baking soda! Yeah, big handful. Bellywell's Tomato Ketchup.
Slice of cheese. Jar of "Hoof-Da Creamed Anchovies", must be Minnesota cuisine, let's slather that on there.
Koko Kringle Koffie Ice Cream. Two scoops. Specimen Jar: Jellyfish (Various)? Don't see why not... Hot sauce? LAYER that on.
BOLD FOODS Mayonaise, expired ... 09/25/1994? Ewwww. That's just not SAFE. Put it back.



Itadakimasu! Bottoms up! Why's the screen shaking like that...?

[ACTUAL IN GAME TEXT]

George Fayne: "You gave yourself FOOD POISONING?"
Nancy: "All I know is, I made a sandwich and it didn't agree with me."
Bess Marvin, calm and lecturing: "The IDEAL sandwich is a visually pleasing combination of high-quality carbohydrates and protein. Just keep it simple and you can't go wrong. Chef Sherwood says..."
Nancy, gagging: "S-sorry guys, GOTTA GO--"

This, naturally... is a game over.


NEXT TIME: With the introduction and this game's best-known meme out of the way, we finish exploring the boat and head out by bicycle to check out the town. Please look forward to it!

Date: 2017-05-26 02:15 pm (UTC)
swordianmaster: beyond description. hurrrrr (HURRRRRRRRR)
From: [personal profile] swordianmaster
Nancy Drew: Not brave enough to stick her hand in a cooler that might have body parts in it, but absolutely willing to put some assumedly pickled, possibly dead, absolutely poisonous sea fauna on a sandwich and chow down.

Date: 2017-05-27 12:24 am (UTC)
kjorteo: Sprite of the dead "boss" and "Sorry, I'm Dead" speech balloon from Monster Party. (Sorry - I'm dead.)
From: [personal profile] kjorteo
Me: "Why did you save before messing with the ingredients? Is there a chance to devour a vital item you will need later or something? I mean it's not going to game over you if you fuck up a Dagwood sandwich, this isn't Sierra."

Me, a few paragraphs later: "Oh."

Also, you can tell Katie Firestone knows she has a badass secret agent name because she uses it in its entirety even in casual conversation.

"Hi, I'm Katie Firestone. You can call me Katie Firestone."
"Please to meet you, Katie, I'm--"
"Katie Firestone."

Date: 2017-05-27 01:23 am (UTC)
tuftears: WTF (WTF)
From: [personal profile] tuftears
Egads. That sandwich. x_x

Date: 2017-05-31 06:29 pm (UTC)
davidn: (skull)
From: [personal profile] davidn
Every American thinks I'm strange for this, but just the thought of eating peanut butter makes me queasy - to me it's such an unpleasant smell, texture, everything. And imagining it being mixed in with jam... it sounds hideous. But you've shown me it could be a lot worse.

Date: 2017-06-07 02:53 pm (UTC)
rowyn: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rowyn
Peanut butter & bread made with yeast are apparently our version of durian fruit and maggot cheese. They're the things we eat and think are normal that cultures who don't grow up with think are gross. :D

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