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July 2004

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Jul

The tenth installment of the venerable Nancy Drew series, Secret of Shadow Ranch, has been very well-received by the buying public in its first week on shelves. As of today, it is the #1 selling PC game on Amazon.com's daily shelves. Not the #1 adventure game, but the #1 PC game overall, jumping ahead of Doom 3 pre-orders. This is certainly a huge achievement for Her Interactive. (see the full Amazon.com PC charts here.

But that's not where the acclaim for Nancy Drew ends. A recent article on GameDaily.com profiled Her Interactive CEO Megan Gaiser and features a wonderful history of the Nancy Drew series.

And that's not all; the #2 most-read newspaper in the United States, the Washington Post, featured an article on the increasing role of females in the gaming landscape on the front page of the Sunday, July 25th edition, with a mention of Gaiser and the Nancy Drew series. The full article can be read here (free registration is required).

We spoke with Gaiser today and she is extremely excited about the future of the series. The eleventh in the series is in development now and big plans are being made for the twelfth game, to be released in 2005 (which is also the 75th anniversary of the Nancy Drew character). Gaiser told us that she feels that they've only just begun to tap the potential of the Nancy Drew market, which now extends from age 10 all the way to age 80. We certainly hope that she's right!

Stay tuned for our review of Nancy Drew: Secret of Shadow Ranch in early August!



23

Jul

Digital Jesters have aquired the UK publishing rights to House of Tales' Moment of Silence.

Digital Jesters recently snatched the publishing deal for Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring, and seem keen on publishing fresh independant developers.

The Moment of Silence as a high-tech political thriller set in a futuristic New York, where nothing is as it seems. Read more about it in our E3 preview.

The Moment of Silence is set for a UK release in October this year, and will come at a price of £29.99.



23

Jul

ActionTrip has got their review of Missing: Since January up and give it a score of 72/100:

 

Missing: Since January is something completely different; it is an original, innovative, interesting and witty game with a bunch of highly intelligent puzzles. The gaming market today is definitely not crowded with titles like this (the only exception that comes to mind is Majestic). However, Missing is also an example of how you can ruin a fantastic idea by throwing in tones of irrational and pointless mini-games and occult mumbo-jumbo. This game has a few flaws, but those flaws manage to affect the fabulous atmosphere of ritual murders and ancient cults and scripts. I still recommend it, but only to people with extreme amounts of patience, and the desire to undergo certain amounts of mental suffering. There it goes: a good game, but recommended for masochists only.

 

Check out the full review here



23

Jul

The latest game in the Nancy Drew series, Nancy Drew: Secret of Shadow Ranch is finally available for purchase at online retailers and will be arriving at US retailers this week.

In Secret of Shadow Ranch the player guides Nancy Drew as she solves the mystery of a ghostly horse who's just ruined all her chances of enjoying a relaxing ranch vacation.

Read up on Secret of Shadow Ranch in our E3 preview and be sure to catch our review which will be up early next month.



22

Jul

Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, creator of the Rob Blanc series of AGS games, among others, has released a sequel to 5 Days a Stranger (reviewed by Dave Gilbert here.), called 7 Days a Skeptic. The game is set in space, over 400 years after the incidents depicted in 5 Days a Stranger, and ties in with the original. You can find it here.



22

Jul

Sherlock fans better get their purses up as the UK publisher of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring, Digital Jesters, have announced their plans to bundle the game with a copy of Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon on DVD.

For those unfamiliar with the film it follows Sherlock and Dr. Watson as they rescue the inventor of a secret weapon that the Nazis are after while Holmes' nemesis, the evil Professor Moriarty, tries to foil them at every step.

The bundle will go on sale in the UK on August 27th retailing at £29.99. It will be released in the US, Australia and New Zealand on September 21st.



22

Jul

GamersHell has got their review of Missing: Since January up and they give it an overall score of 8.2/10.

 

No matter what angle I come at Missing: Since January, I always come back impressed. It could be that it’s found a way to involve me in what’s transpiring, while eschewing the obvious elements that would remind me I’m just playing a game. Digging through the fake web sites in order to find clues I can use on real web sites takes a gentle charm, especially for someone who bludgeons their way through most real-life and game-related problems, like I do.

 

Read the full review.



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