Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Shadow at the Water’s Edge - Nancy Drew Review

I was selected by Her Interactive to be an AmbassadHer and received the game – Shadow at the Water’s Edge, part of the Nancy Drew series. This game works with both PC and MAC. I love Nancy Drew and have played a number of games and read many of the books. I have also been able to share this love with my bonus daughter and cannot wait to share them with Big J & Little J when they are bigger of course. Big J will watch me play now, but sometimes it can be a little scary so I do not let her watch that often.

In the 23rd game of the series Nancy Drew heads to Japan to where she is staying at a traditional ryokan (inn) for a little R&R with Bess & George. (For anyone new to Nancy Drew, Bess & George are Nancy’s best girlfriends.) When reports of a vengeful ghost start scaring away guests, Nancy’s vacation takes a turn into terror!

Playing as Nancy Drew you will immerse yourself in Japanese culture by learning about origami, tea ceremonies and calligraphy. (So far I have tried my hand at calligraphy, it is tough!) I actually love the little side games that you can play in the Nancy Drew games; it keeps things interesting and adds a little change to the game.

(This is the calligraphy mini game)

One of the best features, I think, in Nancy Drew games is the ability to automatically try again if you make a fatal mistake. This allows players to take certain risks and try different things in the game without worrying that they will have to start from the beginning again. You also have the ability to choose from two different difficulty levels, Senior or Junior. I usually play the junior level because you get a check list of things that need to be done, this way you do not have to take notes while playing. This is especially good for me because many times I am interrupted while playing or sometimes unable to play for a few days. The checklist ensures that I can catch up easier. Nancy also has a journal where you can read about suspects, places, events, etc.

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Do you have an iPad, iPhone or iPad Touch and love Nancy Drew? Her Interactive just announced that they will be releasing Nancy Drew Mobile Mysteries: Shadow Ranch. Part book part game, this Nancy Drew novel comes to life, branching in different directions with every choice you make. Inspired by the best selling Nancy Drew PC game this mystery is scheduled to be released on December 1, 2010.


• Seven different stores with multiple endings

• Reader interacts with the story by making decisions for Nancy

• Different mini games to play and enjoy

• Find collectible items throughout the game to keep in your souvenir case

• Share your adventure online with friend via Facebook

Stay tuned for more information on Nancy Drew and Her Interactive

Megan Gaiser President and CEO

Her Interactive

As president and CEO of Her Interactive, the pioneer in popular mystery gaming, designed for girls and women, Megan Gaiser sets corporate and product strategy and ensures smooth company operations. Under her stewardship, Her Interactive (HI) has grown from a boutique company to an emerging competitor with the globally-loved Nancy Drew franchise games sales topping seven million units world wide. The Nancy Drew PC franchise has been #1 in the U.S. five years running. Her Interactive has garnered 20 consecutive Parents' Choice Awards. Megan has been named one of the "Game Industry's 100 Most Influential Women" by Next Generation and "Top 10 Most Influential Women of the Decade" by Gaming Angels. She also received the 2010 Microsoft Women in Games award.

Prior to Her Interactive in 1997, Ms. Gaiser spent 11 years producing award-winning film documentaries, winning many awards, including 15 Cine Golden Eagle awards, three New York festival awards, and the International Documentary Milano Award. She also spent time on the Microsoft team as a Producer.

I received Nancy Drew Shadow at Water's Edge for review purposes as part of the Her Interactive AmbassadHer (and Him) program. All opinions expressed are my own and 100% honest.

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