Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow Ranch Image
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  • Summary: Ropin?, ridin? and revenge. A ranch vacation takes a terrifying turn when a ghostly horse appears. Is it driven by the vengeful commands of its long-dead master, Dirk Valentine? Or is a living villain behind the ranch?s string of bad luck? It?s up to you, as Nancy Drew, to figure out who?sRopin?, ridin? and revenge. A ranch vacation takes a terrifying turn when a ghostly horse appears. Is it driven by the vengeful commands of its long-dead master, Dirk Valentine? Or is a living villain behind the ranch?s string of bad luck? It?s up to you, as Nancy Drew, to figure out who?s wearing the black hat before your investigation is ambushed! [Her Interactive] Collapse
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  1. The best in children's games always tries to meld education with fun, and this game does that superbly, with a smooth integration of factoids about various things coupled with critical thinking activities and a fun adventure.
  2. It's hard to envision a better first adventure game for a preteen person—girl or boy. The story is "safe," interesting, and in a wide-open western setting replete with legends, romance and novel characters.
  3. It's a game that's particularly good for pre-teen adventurers as the story is simple but entertaining, and the dialogue is well written, very clear and easy to follow.
  4. It lacks a certain surprise factor that [the best games in the series] have pulled off so well and despite having an interesting premise for a plot, at times it comes off as flat and doesn’t live up to the potential that such an intriguing plot could have had.
  5. This time around, however, the puzzles are a little too organic. Or, rather, a little too literal. Mostly based on farm chores, they quickly become ... well, chores for the player as well.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. AllisonT.
    Aug 14, 2004
    10
    it was great!!
  2. Maryanns.
    Aug 1, 2004
    10
    I love all the Nancy Drew games and this one is very good, just as I thought it would be. I have beaten all of the Nancy Drew Games besides I love all the Nancy Drew games and this one is very good, just as I thought it would be. I have beaten all of the Nancy Drew Games besides this one (I am stuck looking for arrowheads:( ) Expand
  3. Apr 15, 2017
    4
    One of the worst games of the Nancy Drew series,it has an absurd (in the bad way) story,and it's also downgraded in graphics comparing to mostOne of the worst games of the Nancy Drew series,it has an absurd (in the bad way) story,and it's also downgraded in graphics comparing to most of previous entries. Expand