Just Adventure just put up their review and gave the game an A-.
This is a VERY puzzle-intensive game, with some of the puzzles being timed. I think Doffy has very well expressed all of the reasons that some will be disappointed with this latest offering in the Nancy Drew series.
On the other hand, I also believe that for some percentage of players, this game will rank amongst their favorites, and I don't believe there will be much middle ground in the love-it-or-hate-it groups. I believe that some of the puzzles in this game were very clever and that this game will please all of those who were looking for a more challenging game. It will also please those who did not find the chit-chat between characters to be one of the best parts of the ND games. And, it will also please those who wished to dispense with cooking and sewing chores, and so forth.
Speaking for myself, I am glad that I played the game. It won't go on to my list of favorite Nancy Drew games, but I still found many things to enjoy. And I didn't have any problem with the graphics per se, or with the way that George and Bess looked, but then again maybe I'm just not all that observant.