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] Expand
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  1. The Wii version is a faithful port of the original PC game. The graphics are not as good, but everything else works pretty much the same. The only real difference is the price, which is around $10 more for the Wii version than the PC version.
  2. The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft tries hard to recreate the golden days of point-and-click adventure gaming. While its intentions are good, the exploration and puzzle-solving suffer from poor planning and execution.
  3. It's okay, as long as things are moving right along -- but when you're stuck or don't know where to go, the game's problems come to the surface and your patience will be tried.
  4. Adventure games are about three things: exploration, dialog and puzzle-solving. The Hidden Theft only manages to successfully hit one of these points, and doesn't even soften the blow by giving us pretty things to look at.
  5. The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft is a boring, poorly executed and mostly thoughtless game, and our whole industry is worse off for being made to suffer through it.