Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Nancy Drew PC Games - Review

According to the Entertainment Software Association, 40% of all game player are women. In fact, women over the age of 18 represent a significant greater portion of the game-playing population (34%) than boys age 17 or younger (18%)

I am not sure why this surprised me. Living in a house with girls and having a 13 year old bonus daughter and loving video games myself I know that games for women are on the rise.

I am sure most of you have heard of Nancy Drew, whether you have read the books, your children have or even if you have played a game. I was given the change to review two Nancy Drew PC games, Trail of the Twister and Secrets Can Kill. We love Nancy Drew in our house, not only have I and my bonus daughter read almost the whole series we already owned 5 games. In honor of Nancy's 80th anniversary (she is shared among generations), Her Interactive reintroduced their first Nancy Drew game, Secrets Can Kill.  They have completely redesigned characters, updated graphics, new puzzles and a new ending.  The game is now also available for the Mac Platform for the first time.

Secrets Can Kill - Jake Rogers was murdered and his killer is on the loose. A secret died with him that night, and you, as Nancy Drew, must read between the lines to expose the culprit.
I love this game and have already beat the game on one level and look forward to making it harder the next time around. We have played Nancy Drew games in the past and Her Interactive did not disappoint. The graphics are great and it still holds the charm of the other games I have played. There is a journal to help you keep track of the information you collected so there is no need to write a lot of information down. (Although there are a few puzzles you need to take some notes for.) Even Big J enjoyed watching me play and since there is nothing graphic or inappropriate I was able to let her.

Trail of the Twister - $100,000,000 is at stake in this competition to discover the formula to predict tornado touchdowns. But when the equipment starts failing and crew members are injured, you as Nancy Drew, must join the team to keep them in the competition. Is it just bad luck that's plaguing the storm chasers or is someone sabotaging their chances of winning?
I just started playing this game but can already tell I am going to love it. I will keep you posted on how well I do!

Also look for  Shadow at the Water's Edge -Out in October 2010 and Collector's Edition Fan Favorites -Out in November 2010.

*Her Interactive is the pioneer in the adventure and mystery gaming categories with 23 awards to its name. The company and games continue to support the fastest growing gaming demographic, females.*  Games are rated E for everyone with mild violance. Available where games are sold.

I am proud to be a female gamer and even more so to pass the love down to Big J and someday Little J too. In moderation of course.

I was provided with a copy of Secrets Can Kill and Trail of the Twister for review purposes. All opinions are 100% mine and 100% honest.

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