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Nancy Drew: Shadow Ranch

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Nancy Drew Mobile Mysteries®: Shadow Ranch

Introducing a Story-based Gamebook Series for the iPad™/iPhone®/iPod Touch®!


Rated 3.5 out of 4 by USA TODAY! "Let's hope more Nancy Drew mobile mysteries are on the way, as they deliver a fun take on the teen detective story by folding in interactive and multimedia elements." - Marc Saltzman

“Her Interactive focuses on high quality games with humor, stories, and a modern interpretation of Nancy Drew as a character. Overall, I’d say the game book is very well done and is worthy of being labeled a pioneering work.” – Dean Takahashi, VentureBeat

“Shadow Ranch...appears to be the first app that blends a robust young adult book with interactive elements, as well as a variety of story-related mini games.” – Winda Benedetti, MSNBC

Rated a perfect 5 stars ***** by Common Sense Media. "It's all brilliantly put together; a true blending of book and game."

Bring the Nancy Drew experience to life in this first installment of the story-based gamebook series for your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. As you navigate the mysterious events at Shadow Ranch, you’ll soon find yourself in a world of long lost treasure, phantom horses, rough and tumble cowboys and fearsome creatures of the wild desert. Shadow Ranch is an interactive adventure where you choose your own path and solve mysteries and puzzles both big and small. As you navigate the cryptic events at Shadow Ranch, it’s up to you to solve the case before its owners are forced to ride off into the sunset.

In Shadow Ranch, Nancy is off to Arizona and the rustic homestead run by Bess and George’s Aunt and Uncle. But when she arrives, she quickly discovers that Shadow Ranch hides a darker past. Legend has it that notorious outlaw Dirk Valentine's faithful ghost horse has been haunting Shadow Ranch, forever cursing all those unlucky enough to witness its eerie presence. A recent rash of ghost sightings and a series of accidents have been driving customers away from Shadow Ranch in droves. With business at a standstill, it's only a matter of time before the ranch closes its doors for good. As Nancy, George and Bess piece together the mysterious events at Shadow Ranch, they have one shot to discover the secret of Dirk Valentine's ghost before it's too late. Play the Story!™

•Choose your own path and explore each mystery the way you want
•Solve puzzles and word scrambles to earn collectibles and unlock mini-mysteries
•Find all the clues in fun hidden object games
•Navigate challenging mazes and play horse racing games
•Track your progress and revisit past cases

“Nancy Drew Mobile Mysteries: Shadow Ranch represents a new type of app that could be a big part of the future of leisure books for kids. Shadow Ranch is not quite like other interactive books out today, as it is more like a hybrid between a book and a full-fledged video game.” – Adam Balkin, NY1

“The game is a hybrid storybook and adventure game, incorporating plain text with mini games, some of which flow directly and logically from the story and others which seek to relieve the boredom younger users might feel when confronted with prose.” – Christina Nutt, Gamasutra

“Using text inspired by the original books, the app creates an interactive story for readers. You don't have to imagine you're on the case with Nancy Drew, now you can be part of it as well.” – Michelle Castillo, TIME

COMING SOON! Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall

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What's New in Version 1.0.1

** Visuals updated for 1.0.1
** Fixed minor text issues
** Bug fixes
** Other minor tweaks

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Customer Reviews

Her Interactive....terrific 1st. app !

Format is inventive...sound effects, plot choice deviations, and mini games (pic hunts). I find it a very good first attempt at a touch screen app for the Nancy Drew franchise. This is NOT a game. It is an interactive novella gleaned from a classic title from the Nancy Drew pc game series. My only suggestion is to venture into new material and very the mini games. Pic searches are fine occasionally but can become tiresome. Her Interactive has proven their creativity chops. I have no doubt they are capable of developing other types of mini games to interject into future novellas. They are always improving and refining. I found this app worth the price of admission. I am anxious to see what Her Interactive does with this particular venue in the future!

Secret of Shadow Ranch

This was amazing and so much fun!!!!! No, it wasn't at all like the pc game, but that's what's great about it! It would be really boring if it was the same as the computer game. They really expanded on the characters in this game/book, and I was happy that Bess and George were there the whole time. And Dave was great! The horse races were fun and I liked that you got to chose your own horse! Sorry, Bob (the horse), but I got tired of you in the pc game. The hidden item puzzles were difficult at times, which is a good thing. And the mini mysteries were really cool, too. Definitely worth 99¢ or whatever it was worth. Can't wait for the next ones!!

Lots of fun!

I love that it is a story with fun puzzles throughout. I really like the extra short stories that you can unlock. I really do not understand the negative reviews. I guess if you buy it without reading the description or looking at the screen shots, you probably will not enjoy reading a Nancy Drew adventure story. If you enjoy reading a story you can totally get immersed inside of, you will love this. If you are looking for a $10-20 video game for less that $3, you will be disappointed. I hope more of these are released soon. I really love this!

Nancy Drew: Shadow Ranch
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  • $0.99
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2011
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 192 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Her Interactive

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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