The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft Image

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  • Summary: The vault at the Spencer Mansion is robbed, and the Bayport Police call on the Hardy Boys to help tie up some loose ends – but they soon find themselves in the middle of a major criminal investigation that takes them on an adventure all over Bayport, and even into New York City. But the pieces don’t add up, and Frank and Joe find themselves embroiled in a drama of sinister proportions. Is the recent theft linked to something from the past? Can Frank and Joe find and decipher the clues in time to prevent another crime from happening? [Dreamcatcher Interactive] Collapse
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  1. Though not long, I thought the game was of a satisfying length. The same is true of the difficulty. Not hard, but no walk in the park either.
  2. There are clearly some areas that needed more polish in this first effort, but it’s a solid debut that the developers can surely build on.
  3. A nice enough teen adventure that doesn’t have any inappropriate content, but one that could have been better. More things to do, more puzzles. The story is interesting, though, and the teen characterization of the Hardy boys is well-done.
  4. The story itself is at least well implemented and there is some enjoyment to be had, if you can persevere through the unwieldy control system, reams of irrelevant dialogue and woefully dated graphics.
  5. An 80-year-old mystery wearing the skin of a teenage boy. Ew. [Feb 2009, p.71]
  6. There is no connection between the actual investigation and actions of our zit-faced detectives. Horrendous dialogue, complete with the “American dream” philosophy, syrupy jokes about prepubescent love, and tear-jerking lectures of the characters, only widens this gap.
  7. Aaaaaaagh! [Oct 2009, p.72]

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