Nancy Drew: Secret of Shadow Ranch
How do they do it?
How do HER Interactive manage to keep excelling themselves on the ND games is amazing.
As in all ND games one has to talk, walk and explore (a lot ;-) ) and solve puzzles (I find that the newer the game the more puzzles there are) and sometimes one even has to do chores, which I thoroughly enjoy. This is also the case in SSR, but they are not as repetitive as the ones in The White Wolf of Icicle Creek, for example. The game is very challenging, but not the most difficult ND I played so far. It took me about 3 days to complete and that was mainly common sense and logic, unlike The Curse of Blackmoor Manor or The Ransom of the Seven Ships in which I found myself having to think out of the box a lot. (Both of which I can also highly recommend, btw). In SSR I only had to consult a video walkthrough once and that was for the lasso game, which I found quite frustrating as in my mind my aim was spot on. So without giving too much away here a little tip: "Don't look at your aim with the lasso, but look for a perfect geometrical shape to appear, as this is your moment ;-)".
I can highly recommend this game and would advise, as I would for all ND games, to take some notes and to only consult a walkthrough as the very last option. To solve these wonderful games without or with as little help as possible is always a good boost for the self esteem.
April 14, 2012
One of the better Nancy Drew stories. I played it via the boxed version and loved it. Right up there with the best. Perhaps a bit short, but nonetheless fun and interesting to play.
March 21, 2012
HORSEBACK RIDING! GHOST TOWNS! PETROGLYPHS!
This is my very first Nancy Drew game and I just love it. I've finally graduated from HOG's to large file and will never be able to go back.
Shadow Ranch is a perfect combination of fun, mystery and challenge. Lots of fun mini-games, plenty of people to talk to and a great notebook with task list. (I played as a junior detective). Loved having my own phone (with Web search capability) and getting hints from various characters throughout the game.
There's a nice steady pace to the game, great graphics and interesting characters who add richness and dimension to the storyline.
June 3, 2013
A Must for Nancy Drew Fans
This was the first Nancy Drew game I ever played. Come to think of it, it might also have been the first in-depth computer game I've ever played too! As such, the Secret of Shadow Ranch has always held a special place in my heart. This game offers a beautifully done mystery with lots of tasks of varying difficulties, fantastic graphics, and wonderful voice actors to play these beloved characters. Most of the puzzles can be solved without too much difficulty, but if you get stuck Nancy's friends are always available for help. :)
March 20, 2012
Passed a few hours
Enjoyed this Nancy Drew game a lot. Just the right level of brain teasing for me. One of the better ones!
November 4, 2012
I enjoyed it
I really enjoyed the story line and puzzles. I played this with while my kids were sitting next to me at the computer and we all had fun!
June 24, 2012
Nancy Drew at her best!!!
I'm a die hard Nancy Drew fan and this is one of the best Nancy Drew has to offer.
March 19, 2012
Love nancy Drew
Great game! I love the graphics and challenges!
March 18, 2012
I love Nancy Drew. I have played every game!!!!
March 18, 2012
love this game~so fun!!! i love all the nancy drew games!!
March 18, 2012