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  • Publisher: Her Interactive
  • Genre: Family
  • Device: iPhone
  • Size: 183.2 MB
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Price: $0.99
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App description: 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, Id 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, youll 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, its 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 Georges 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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Scrooge's comments:

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02-22-2011, 11:56 PM
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 163
This is a choose-your-own-adventure type with minigames. Available for the iPod Touch, iPhone, and technically the iPad at 2.99. (Not a universal app. There is a separate iPad HD version for 9.99)

Last edited by Scrooge; 02-23-2011 at 12:24 AM.
02-23-2011, 12:06 AM
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 163
Have purchased and downloaded. Will give impressions soon.
02-23-2011, 12:29 AM
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Wow, I remember watching my nephew and niece play the Nancy Drew series a while back on the computer. Seemed like a fun game series. And I think this one was their favorite.

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02-23-2011, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by ManofAegis View Post
Wow, I remember watching my nephew and niece play the Nancy Drew series a while back on the computer. Seemed like a fun game series. And I think this one was their favorite.

This is very different from the normal Nancy Drew PC/Mac games. It is not a point-and-click adventure game. It's more like a CYOA book with minigames (of the word and hidden object variety) attached. Will have to play it a bit more before deciding what I think of it.

Last edited by Scrooge; 02-23-2011 at 07:19 AM.