A real puzzle of a game!
There are 2 options for playing this game, Junior & Senior. The main difference is in the Senior, you don't get a task list, and the puzzles are more difficult. We played the Junior version. Be aware that if you ask the wrong question, use up all your time, or do the wrong thing, you can end the game. But you are always given a another chance.
We are not real Nancy Drew fans, but the pickings are thin for true adventure games. This game is surposed to be non-linear, but it is somewhat linear, as if you don't do one thing, another thing will not happen, even though it has nothing to do with the thing you're trying to do and there is nothing stopping you from doing that one thing. (Got that???) This leads to endless walking around, talking to everyone, over and over. It's as if the programmers didn't consider the many different ways a player could play. There are also a few pixel hunting areas, that could have been programmed better.
There are a lot of puzzles to solve - Sudoku, Renograms, and Nonograms, but it is not clear exactly how many you need to do, to fulfill the task. They progressively get harder and can get complicated and mind boggling. I love Sudoku, so I had no problem with these. The instructions on some of the puzzles were lacking. There is one timed puzzle that was hard to figure out what to do. We don't like timed puzzles because there isn't time to think it through! The large Nonogram near the end of the game is extremely frustrating and hurts your eyes! So, if you don't like these kinds of puzzles, don't play this game!
All in all, it was a fun game with an interesting story, nice graphics, & characters, but it did become tedious at times.