Your friend Bess Marvin is kidnapped and the only chance you have to save her is by solving a 300-year-old Bahamian mystery! Dangerous waters keep treasure hunters from exploring the reefs around Dread Isle, but this remote island might hide the riches of El Toro’s lost fleet!
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Mixed (13 reviews) - 61% of the 13 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 21, 2009

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Includes 20 items: Nancy Drew ®: Danger on Deception Island, Nancy Drew® Dossier™: Lights, Camera, Curses!, Nancy Drew®: Legend of the Crystal Skull, Nancy Drew®: Ransom of the Seven Ships, Nancy Drew®: The Creature of Kapu Cave, Nancy Drew®: The Haunting of Castle Malloy, Nancy Drew®: The Phantom of Venice, Nancy Drew®: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek, Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister, Nancy Drew® Dossier™: Resorting to Danger!, Nancy Drew®: Secrets Can Kill REMASTERED, Nancy Drew®: Shadow at the Water's Edge, Nancy Drew®: Curse of Blackmoor Manor, Nancy Drew®: Danger by Design, Nancy Drew®: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake, Nancy Drew®: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon, Nancy Drew®: Secret of the Old Clock, Nancy Drew®: Secret of the Scarlet Hand, Nancy Drew®: The Haunted Carousel, Nancy Drew®: Warnings at Waverly Academy

 

About This Game

Your friend Bess Marvin is kidnapped and the only chance you have to save her is by solving a 300-year-old Bahamian mystery! Dangerous waters keep treasure hunters from exploring the reefs around Dread Isle, but this remote island might hide the riches of El Toro’s lost fleet! Can you, as Nancy Drew, track down the treasure before time runs out? Dare to Play.

Nancy Drew®: Ransom of the Seven Ships is a first-person perspective, point-and-click adventure game. The player is Nancy Drew and has to solve a mystery. Explore rich environments for clues, interrogate suspects, and solve puzzles and mini-games.

  • Play as Nancy Drew and George Fayne
  • See Bess and George for the first time
  • Dive, sail, and interact with wildlife
  • Play mini-games with the monkeys
  • Quest for a lost treasure
  • Choose from Junior or Senior Detective difficulty levels

 

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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP/Vista
    • Processor: 1GHz CPU
    • Memory: 256MB RAM
    • Graphics: 32-bit DirectX 9.0 compatible video card
    • DirectX®: 9.0 or Higher
    • Hard Drive: 1GB hard drive space
    • Sound: 16-bit DirectX compatible sound card
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Overall:
Mixed (13 reviews)
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Kailetin
8.7 hrs
Posted: July 14
I love Nancy Drew games, but the driving around and sailing gets old real quick. I love the mini games with the monkies, but they could have made the navigation better. It made me quick to realize why the reviews have been mixed.
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Pinky ☆
8.2 hrs
Posted: June 17
♥ Mixed puzzles.

When I was younger, I was always held back from making further progress in Nancy Drew games by how difficult the puzzles were. It seemed to be that I'd struggle with one, struggle, rage, struggle, finally get it only to stumble upon an even harder puzzle.

Now that I've returned to playing the games, I'm glad to see more diversity with the difficulty of the puzzles. It seems to be more of a mixed bag when it comes to Ransom of the Seven Ships. I was able to solve several puzzles on my own - only two I had to consult walk throughs for.

♥ Driving a golf cart? Scuba Diving?

Sign me up! I found it a lot of fun to be able to zip around the island (though the car goes rather slow) and be able to explore underwater for things. I actually tried three times and was able to find the Easter Egg buried under some coral.

Her Interactive placed focus on having the player explore the environment....and the ways they urged you to do so are fun, if not great.

♥ The monkeys!

I quite enjoyed playing mini games with the monkeys. There are three mini games that you can play and if you win, you may choose a reward such as a quest item, fruit to feed the parrot, or even silly things like eye patches and sea shells.

Since the game can feel taxing with going here and there and everywhere, I appreciated the break that playing with the monkeys provided.

✘ More like a chore than a game.

The main quality that I highly disliked of Ransom of the Seven Ships was how tasks would make you go all over the place. Is it fun to explore? Yes. Would I prefer only being able to investigate one place? Of course not. However it became extremely tedious...go here, do this, only to find out that I needed to go back to the beginning to get what I needed, then back again, etc.

Sure it tacks on to the amount of gameplay. However does it add on to the amount of fun? No.

✘ Flat. Flat. Flat.

When I first played this, I was so excited for George to appear. I love when Nancy Drew games branch out to involve other characters such as Bess, George, the Hardy Boys, etc. In this game you can interact with George or the beach bum.

Okay? Cool! ...Not so.

The characters just felt so FLAT. I thought the history behind the treasure was interesting and enjoyed the puzzles, as challenging as they were, yet there seemed to be no connection between what happened and how the characters responded, aside from Nancy. Dialogue with George was more like a chore than a conversation...and the beach bum? Yawn.

The man's journal you find has a more interesting voice & detailed personality than the living AI do.

✘ The twist is eh....?

When it comes to the ending of the game, I felt it was quite flat compared to others in the series. The "twist" is only shocking if you have played the previous title that the antagonist was featured in. It didn't have quite the same effect on me, nor will it to others I imagine, who haven't played the game connected to this one.

Overall I would only suggest playing Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Seas if you are trying to play through the entire series. While it has some solid virtues, I feel like it fails to entertain, and finishing the main story feels more like a chore than anything else.
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WMR
39.2 hrs
Posted: April 17
5/10
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paintsunlight
2.0 hrs
Posted: February 21
I could not finish this one. Really boring.
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chrissy_17_sorensen
8.3 hrs
Posted: November 6, 2015
The most annoying of Nancy Drew games.

I love Nancy Drew games, but this one was just painful. There are only two people on this island to talk to. I communicated most with an obnoxius parrot. No wonder why it's called Dread Island. The background music haunted my mind long after gameplay. I had to turn it off. And, with very little human communication in this game, I played in silence. The plot was as flat as you can get. The ending was predictable. I only wanted to finish this game to get my money's worth. It still wasn't.

I recommed recommend Alibi in Ashes if you're looking for a light-hearted game and especially if you're interested in switching roles in the game.
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emilyadams9
12.8 hrs
Posted: June 7, 2015
Ransom of the Seven Ships brought not just one but two different ways to travel around the island, which was entertaining. The monkeys could be incredibly tedious, but it was possible to beat them and get all of their "prizes". As someone who has played the games from the beginning, I appreciated who the culprit turned out to be.
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Shimmer'sTheBomb.com
17.6 hrs
Posted: January 29, 2015
Interesting story and working with George to find Bess. Pretty long in terms of a Nancy Drew game. Lots of puzzles and games.
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Ginkgo
9.0 hrs
Posted: November 24, 2014
If you haven't played any Nancy Drew games do not play this one.I normally love all the Nancy Drew game but this one was terrible. I bought this game because I haven't played any of the recent Nancy Drew game in a while. Normally I can solve puzzles without the help of a walkthrough eventually, not in this game. Do not waste your money on this. I would highly suggust another Nancy Drew games such as Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon, Curse of the Blackmoor Manor, Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake.

PRO:
You get to see Bess and George (Nancy Drew's Best Friends)

CONS:
Way too complicated puzzles (ex. finish a colored Sodoku in 75 sec) that you need to have the walkthrough printed and next to you at all times.
It's way to easy to figure out who the Kidnapper is
Drive a golf cart that 5mph around routes that are curvey and long
Story its self not interesting
Have to use a walkthrough to understand the plot.

0/10: I really wish I could just get my money back on this one.
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CoolAidGamer239
3.2 hrs
Posted: September 13, 2014
I think this game is pretty cool, I have been always been into mystery games.
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kbulth
10.2 hrs
Posted: June 25, 2014
I love all the Nancy games, but this one is middle of the road for me. It has the full range of puzzles and tasks, but falls short on the story. The graphics were great as always, and seeing Bess and George was great. The ending has a great twist for those of us who have played all the other Nancy games. On the hole this game is great for players both young and old. Those of us familiar with the Nancy Drew series will be well satisfied.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
I think this game was a little bit slower of a pace compared to the many Nancy Drew games I have played. I did like that it took longer to complete as a result with more complex puzzles and with the sailing feature. It was fun to explore the island and the surrounding ocean, but I think that the quality of the controls could be improved for an overall better navigating experience. There was also less interaction with other characters, so be prepared for a lot of independent tasks and puzzles that don't involve interviewing the suspects. Overall, I enjoyed this game, but if you want a Nancy Drew game that is a little bit more fast paced I would recommend checking out some of the others in the series.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
I love all the Nancy games, but this one is middle of the road for me. It has the full range of puzzles and tasks, but falls short on the story. The graphics were great as always, and seeing Bess and George was great. The ending has a great twist for those of us who have played all the other Nancy games. On the hole this game is great for players both young and old. Those of us familiar with the Nancy Drew series will be well satisfied.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
♥ Mixed puzzles.

When I was younger, I was always held back from making further progress in Nancy Drew games by how difficult the puzzles were. It seemed to be that I'd struggle with one, struggle, rage, struggle, finally get it only to stumble upon an even harder puzzle.

Now that I've returned to playing the games, I'm glad to see more diversity with the difficulty of the puzzles. It seems to be more of a mixed bag when it comes to Ransom of the Seven Ships. I was able to solve several puzzles on my own - only two I had to consult walk throughs for.

♥ Driving a golf cart? Scuba Diving?

Sign me up! I found it a lot of fun to be able to zip around the island (though the car goes rather slow) and be able to explore underwater for things. I actually tried three times and was able to find the Easter Egg buried under some coral.

Her Interactive placed focus on having the player explore the environment....and the ways they urged you to do so are fun, if not great.

♥ The monkeys!

I quite enjoyed playing mini games with the monkeys. There are three mini games that you can play and if you win, you may choose a reward such as a quest item, fruit to feed the parrot, or even silly things like eye patches and sea shells.

Since the game can feel taxing with going here and there and everywhere, I appreciated the break that playing with the monkeys provided.

✘ More like a chore than a game.

The main quality that I highly disliked of Ransom of the Seven Ships was how tasks would make you go all over the place. Is it fun to explore? Yes. Would I prefer only being able to investigate one place? Of course not. However it became extremely tedious...go here, do this, only to find out that I needed to go back to the beginning to get what I needed, then back again, etc.

Sure it tacks on to the amount of gameplay. However does it add on to the amount of fun? No.

✘ Flat. Flat. Flat.

When I first played this, I was so excited for George to appear. I love when Nancy Drew games branch out to involve other characters such as Bess, George, the Hardy Boys, etc. In this game you can interact with George or the beach bum.

Okay? Cool! ...Not so.

The characters just felt so FLAT. I thought the history behind the treasure was interesting and enjoyed the puzzles, as challenging as they were, yet there seemed to be no connection between what happened and how the characters responded, aside from Nancy. Dialogue with George was more like a chore than a conversation...and the beach bum? Yawn.

The man's journal you find has a more interesting voice & detailed personality than the living AI do.

✘ The twist is eh....?

When it comes to the ending of the game, I felt it was quite flat compared to others in the series. The "twist" is only shocking if you have played the previous title that the antagonist was featured in. It didn't have quite the same effect on me, nor will it to others I imagine, who haven't played the game connected to this one.

Overall I would only suggest playing Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Seas if you are trying to play through the entire series. While it has some solid virtues, I feel like it fails to entertain, and finishing the main story feels more like a chore than anything else.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2015
The most annoying of Nancy Drew games.

I love Nancy Drew games, but this one was just painful. There are only two people on this island to talk to. I communicated most with an obnoxius parrot. No wonder why it's called Dread Island. The background music haunted my mind long after gameplay. I had to turn it off. And, with very little human communication in this game, I played in silence. The plot was as flat as you can get. The ending was predictable. I only wanted to finish this game to get my money's worth. It still wasn't.

I recommed recommend Alibi in Ashes if you're looking for a light-hearted game and especially if you're interested in switching roles in the game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
I could not finish this one. Really boring.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2015
Interesting story and working with George to find Bess. Pretty long in terms of a Nancy Drew game. Lots of puzzles and games.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2015
Ransom of the Seven Ships brought not just one but two different ways to travel around the island, which was entertaining. The monkeys could be incredibly tedious, but it was possible to beat them and get all of their "prizes". As someone who has played the games from the beginning, I appreciated who the culprit turned out to be.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2014
I think this game is pretty cool, I have been always been into mystery games.
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6 of 14 people (43%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
If you haven't played any Nancy Drew games do not play this one.I normally love all the Nancy Drew game but this one was terrible. I bought this game because I haven't played any of the recent Nancy Drew game in a while. Normally I can solve puzzles without the help of a walkthrough eventually, not in this game. Do not waste your money on this. I would highly suggust another Nancy Drew games such as Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon, Curse of the Blackmoor Manor, Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake.

PRO:
You get to see Bess and George (Nancy Drew's Best Friends)

CONS:
Way too complicated puzzles (ex. finish a colored Sodoku in 75 sec) that you need to have the walkthrough printed and next to you at all times.
It's way to easy to figure out who the Kidnapper is
Drive a golf cart that 5mph around routes that are curvey and long
Story its self not interesting
Have to use a walkthrough to understand the plot.

0/10: I really wish I could just get my money back on this one.
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