Overall, Ransom of the Seven Ships is a solid adventure, clever and entertaining. The main criticisms are that the graphics and sound are fairly ho-hum and there's little sense of urgency in regard to saving Bess. The historically wholesome Nancy Drew series gets a bad rap as being too casual or for "girls only", but that characterization is undeserved. The series offers good narratives, varied gameplay and the high level of challenge demanded by fans of the classic point-and-click adventures. Ransom of the Seven Ships is well worth its $19.99 price tag and a worthy addition to the Nancy Drew series.