Her Interactive's Nancy Drew Coming to iPad

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I've been mostly ambivalent about the iPad so far, but I have to admit, Her Interactive's new iPad Shadow Ranch game looks very intriguing. While the hype is perhaps a bit over the top (it's not like nobody has ever thought about combining games and books), it is nice to see a company so well-poised to deliver. Obviously, anyone who loves Nancy Drew probably fell in love first and foremost with the books, so a product like this makes a great deal of sense.

I'm a bit curious how far they've taken the original PC game, which is one of my favorites in the series. It sounds like they've turned it into a hidden object-style game, which is where they were going with their Dossier series. As games of that ilk go, they were very well done and more entertaining than most. Still, I'd never prefer one of those to the main series.

In any case, I'm sure wishing I had an iPad so I could try this out! It's available for iPod and iPhone as well, though it looks to me like the bigger screen is pretty much a requisite.

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Chris Kennedy
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Thoughts on iPad, tablets

Hey Matt -

You know, I feel like I could really get behind tablet-based gaming if the interface is comfortable. I don't have a tablet yet. I would say that it is between the iPad 2 (which Apple is announcing next week) and the HP TouchPad. One of the items dividing this is the app library for the iPad - It is already quite large thanks to the iPhone/iPod's app store's existence, and there are several native programs for it that sound appealing -

For Example - The Secret of Monkey Island.

I play most of my portable games while in bed just before I go to sleep. If I can literally curl up with an adventure game on a tablet - Wow. Sounds like a fun and relaxing evening.

I wonder what Nancy Drew game's ratio of Game to Book is?

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Mark Vergeer
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iPhone -> no iPad

As an iPhone4 32Gb owner for me there really is no need to go iPad as most games run well if not better on the more advanced iPhone4 hardware. Okay so the screen is smaller, the resolution is very similar.
I've borrowed an iPad for a week and I must say I was picking up my iPhone far more than the iPad.

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Chris Kennedy
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Hmm

That's interesting, Mark. I have an iPhone and want almost nothing to do with it for gaming save the twitch-based games. A larger screen is a must for me.

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Bill Loguidice
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Chris Kennedy wrote:

That's interesting, Mark. I have an iPhone and want almost nothing to do with it for gaming save the twitch-based games. A larger screen is a must for me.

I agree. I think a tablet-sized screen will make all the difference for certain games, particularly since your hands (fingers) will take up much less of the visible screen. Outside of external factors that may make up my mind for me, I'll likely end up with an iPad 2 barring some particularly intriguing Honeycomb tablet (the Xoom is pretty neat, but the whole launch was botched by Motorola). I really do love the connected infrastructure of webOS devices, but they're pretty far off and it will surely take a long time for reasonable app support to fall into place, if ever. So to my mind it's an iOS or Honeycomb tablet or nothing. I also don't think the Playbook will do much, but that's certainly interesting. Pity it has a corporate focus to start (though I was just given a work BlackBerry Bold, so I could technically go that route if I were particularly impressed). Windows 7 tablets probably won't have the interface or the battery life necessary to make it. Honestly, the iPad clearly defines and dominates the category, so it would take something special to pull someone away from that...

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Matt Barton
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Yes, it looks like Apple is

Yes, it looks like Apple is dominating the tablet market much like they did with mp3 players. Sure, they always had competition, but anybody remember Zune? That company must have some of the most brilliant marketing minds in the world at their disposal, to say nothing for their designers. I think with Apple it's much, much less about the actual tech and much more about the style--the social and cultural value of it.

Anyway, the "sticker shock" I have over the iPad isn't going away anytime soon. I wouldn't dream of paying more than $200 for that or any tablet, unless it had a helluva lot better specs and more things I could do with it. That said, if I won it or got one as a gift, I'm sure I could find a million uses for it.

Chris and I are on the same page when it comes to wanting to relaxing with such a device. I can imagine settling back on the couch with an iPad and reading or, hopefully, playing some good adventure games. Nothing INTENSE; just some light-hearted adventures or perhaps something like The Dig or Myst. I could actually imagine some cool puzzles that would rely on the multi-touch for solutions. Imagine a safe cracking puzzle, for instance, where you had to move your fingers a certain way to crack the lock, guided by sound effects. COOL!

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