Nancy Drew: Shadow Ranch HD
By Her Interactive
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Nancy Drew Mobile Mysteries®: Shadow Ranch
Introducing a Story-based Gamebook Series for the iPad™/iPhone®/iPod Touch®!
PLAY THE STORY!™
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
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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
Not too bad
This is indeed an interactive book; however, it's not bad for an interactive book. Could have better puzzles, especially for a Nancy Drew game. I don't like the way it's worded so it sounds as if it's happening as you read. But the fun sounds and pieces of information, along with the hidden puzzle mini games give it replay value, although you'd want to give it time before you'd want to read the whole thing again. As for getting the sound to work, the ringer and the volume must be on for it to work, and the lower you have the volume set the better the chance is that you'll miss some of the sound effects.
Her Interactive is very disappointing as a company. They make a new type of game but when it's not a big huge success they scrap it before giving it a chance to take off. They even have a teaser for the next one of these at the end of this one even though they put this one out years ago and don't intend to do another. That's a very bad way to do business in my opinion.
I know it was in the book section, so I don't know what I was expecting. While I would prefer a real mystery game, this is fun and interesting. I own and have played all of the computer games as well as owning the first 60 of the yellow nancy drew hard backs. I encourage HerInteractive to make more games similar to the computer games or make the minicamps more complex. For users, this game is very simplistic but still fun. I purchased this app for 2.99 and will always support Nancy Drew, I think it was a fair price. I would be interested in knowing the differences in the Lite and HD versions and having them listed. For other user's perspective on this review, I am 19.
I really like this game and I hope they make more for iPad. Keep in my though that this is not like the pc games that herinteractive makes. It is more of an interactive book. Still fun though, especially if you enjoy reading. I do however hope that in the future they create actual nancy drew games for iPad. That would be great!!!!