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Treasure in the Royal Tower Spoilers

Welcome to the new Computer Game Spoilers section of my gaming website. I added this section because I recently received questions about the plots of two different games which, to my surprise and embarrassment, I had totally forgotten the answers to. Then, to my further surprise, I was unable to find any existing website that would refresh my memory about the plots of computer games... lots of puzzle solutions, but no basic plot summaries.

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So I figured I'd better write some of them down while they're still fresh in my mind, just in case I or anybody else wants to refer to them at some point in the future (or in case anybody suffers a major game glitch and just wants to know what was supposed to happen in the end-- I get letters like this from time to time.) If you haven't finished Treasure in the Royal Tower yet and you don't want the plot of this game to be revealed to you, then you don't want to read this page. Please go back to my main Treasure in the Royal Tower page, where I give tips and reviews without giving away any of its plot.

But if you are looking for plot spoilers, just scroll further down the page to find them!













Plot Summary

The setup and basic plot of this game is based on the 1995 Nancy Drew novel Treasure in the Royal Tower. As in the book, Nancy arrives at a ski resort in Wisconsin for a holiday. She is soon snowed in, and ends up using her vacation time uncovering the truth about the castle the resort is sited in instead-- apparently the eccentric owner of the castle, Ezra Wickford, had it built out of pieces of real French castles, and one of the towers was the last refuge of Marie Antoinette, the doomed queen of Louis XVI. Her last treasure is still hidden in the tower, and Nancy eventually unearths it-- an enormous diamond and, even more valuable, Marie Antoinette's own diary. But she has been manipulated by a jewel thief, who grabs the diamond and tries to flee with it. Nancy foils her escape, and the diamond and journal are placed into a French museum where they belong.

Character Subplots and Secrets

Dexter Egan: Caretaker of the castle. He is in fact the adopted son of the original owner, Ezra Wickford, and knows the castle like the back of his hand. Unfortunately, he was disowned by his father after a rocky youth that culminated in Dexter doing jail time. He has been living an honest life since then, but sadly, never was able to reconcile with his father before he died. Nancy discovers Ezra's secret study, where even Dexter has never been, and finds a poem written by Ezra in which he forgives Dexter and affirms his love for him. In the epilogue, Nancy gives this poem to Dexter, who is grateful for the closure. Also in the epilogue, Christi asks him to be her business partner and help her run the castle.

Professor Hotchkiss: A historian researching Marie Antoinette. She is convinced that Marie Antoinette was a victim of slander and was actually a good woman living in difficult times. She is ecstatic about finding Marie's journal because it supports her theories. In the epilogue, she writes a book about Marie and her journal for the American audience.

Jacques Brunais: A French skiier working as a ski instructor at the castle. Nancy discovers Jacques trying to break into the Royal Tower with a hacksaw at night. He explains that he feels ashamed over choking at the Winter Olympics and not winning any medals, so now he is desperate to do something to prove himself to his family, his fiancee, and his country. His great-grandfather discovered Marie Antoinette's journal in the Royal Tower many years ago but was not able to recover it, and Jacques has set his mind on finding it. In the epilogue, Jacques feels redeemed by helping to find the journal and gets married to his girlfriend.

Lisa Ostrum: A photojournalist writing an article about the castle. In reality, she is a thief intent on finding the hidden diamond. Nancy discovers that Lisa has several fake ID's, suggesting her criminal background, and catches Lisa in a few lies. However, she does not find any proof of Lisa's malfeasance until the endgame when Lisa sprays Nancy with mace and steals the diamond. Lisa is one of the most annoying villains in the Nancy Drew series, partially because she seems to enjoy tormenting Nancy even when it doesn't really serve any purpose, and partially just because her voice sounds like a child actor playing a mean 6th-grade cheerleader, which is a very irritating demeanor for an adult jewel thief to have!

Minor Characters

Christi Lane: Owner of the Wickford Castle and the one who invited Nancy for a ski vacation. She is never seen in the game.

Bess, George, and Ned: As usual in Nancy Drew games, these characters have no subplots and exist only to chat with Nancy on the telephone and deliver hints if the player needs them.

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