I just saw on Facebook that Her Interactive is launching a Kickstarter. Why, you ask? Isn't that company raking it in already? Well, they're doing great on PC and MAC, but looking to port their full-fledged adventure games to iOS and Android. I say "full fledged," because they're already done some stripped down "casual" versions of some games for iOS, but this is the real deal.
Everybody here knows how much I love Her Interactive's Nancy Drew series. These are great adventure games with fun characters and charming atmosphere. Her Interactive has recently expanded its offerings to Apple's mobile line, starting with a game called Shadow Ranch, currently $2 for iPhone/iPod and $5 for iPad, which is in HD (holy cow, I'm jealous). I recently completed the game on my iPhone 4, and am pleased to say it's a fun game that's quite distinctive from its desktop predecessor. I don't think Her Interactive (HI) has really tapped the full potential of the platform, but it's definitely a step in the right direction.
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.
Here's this week's Matt Chat featuring Jessica Chiang of Her Interactive. I talk to her about the history of the company, Nancy Drew, and what kind of games appeal to women. Enjoy!
Well, this is pretty fascinating. Check out these Twitter Accounts from characters in Her Interactive's latest game, Warnings at Waverly Academy. The team has gone all out to make some pretty realistic looking websites and Tweets to help promote their new game. I just finished it a week ago, and it's really great. Although I'll have a more detailed review soon on Adventure Classic Gaming, Her did a great job this time bringing in lots of interesting characters and some terrific puzzles and activities. If you're into this series (and if not, WHY not?), you'll love it. It's a wonderful game.
Boy, do I have a scoop for you! One of the best interviews we conducted at GDC was with Phil Campbell, creative consultant and the genius behind Lights, Camera, Action!, the first "casual" Nancy Drew adventure game. I played through this game recently and was very impressed. What Phil has managed to do here is make a full-length Nancy Drew adventure game without any of the tedium associated with the genre--this one is pure fun, all the way through. I think Phil is one of the best brains out there when it comes to game design, so I got in touch with him after we got back and sent him some questions. He was kind enough to respond with some really incredible stuff. What follows is an illustrated essay he wrote about his work that gives you a behind-the-scenes-look at one of the best adventure games in recent years. Enjoy!
Her Interactive's Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy, is the 19th game in what is undoubtedly the longest-running adventure game series in history. The games have all been outstanding, and even the weakest were better than many a competitor. The Haunting of Castle Malloy is probably the most challenging of the entire series, with about three times as many puzzles as the previous games. Although my wife and I were able to complete the game without consulting outside hints, it took us several days and a few late-nights to get through it. Overall, I give this game a hearty recommendation, and if you haven't played any of the past games, this might be the one that gets you hooked.
I thought AAer's might like to know that ACG has recently published my review of the latest Nancy Drew installment. This one was particularly good, and Her Interactive has certainly redeemed themselves after the so-so 17th game. Phantom has a number of nice innovations and fun minigames, such as a DDR-inspired dancing sequence and singing gondoliers. All in all, it's a great game and well worth checking out if you're into adventure games. Like most other ND games, you'll actual learn something, too--this time a lot about Venetian culture and the Italian language.
ACG has just published my review of the the latest Nancy Drew game, so go check it out if you're a fan of graphical adventure games. I think you'll be quite surprised at how difficult and challenging this new game is compared to most of their older games; one puzzles is almost as hard as the infamous slime puzzle in The 7th Guest!
Of course, there's always a "Junior Detective" mode for inexperienced gamers, but the Senior Mode is sure to give your brain a workout. I also loved the story and the characters. Indeed, the only problem I had with the game was the relative lack of music. The earlier Nancy Drew game Danger on Deception Island had amazing, amazing music, and I keep hoping that each new game will match it.
At any rate, I highly recommend this game--it's one of the best Nancy Drew games so far, and definitely not "dumbed down" in the least. If nothing else, you'll enjoy getting to know Isis the wolf, who is one of the coolest critters I've yet encountered in a GAG.