Dad of Divas' Reviews: Game Review - Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thronton Hall

Friday, June 7, 2013

Game Review - Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thronton Hall

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About the Game
Leading video game publisher and developer Her Interactive today announced the launch of the 28th edition of the award-winning series with Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall for PC and Mac. In this all-new Nancy Drew adventure, Jessalyn Thornton's fateful sleepover at the abandoned Thornton estate was supposed to be a pre-wedding celebration, but the fun ended when she disappeared. While her family searches for clues, others refuse to speak about the estate's dark past. Game players must discover whether something supernatural happened to Jessalyn, or if someone in Thornton Hall is hiding more than family secrets. Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall is available now at all major retail stores and at for $19.99.

"Our team put a tremendous amount of time and effort into creating an epic Nancy Drew experience for PC/MAC mystery adventure gamers,” stated Stuart Moulder, CEO, Her Interactive. “From the ghostly twists and turns to the underlying supernatural theme, our early beta testers could not get enough of this game. Now, we can't wait to get this game into the hands of Nancy Drew fans everywhere.”

Key features include:

  • Solve Two Mysteries: Expose the fate of Jessalyn Thornton and unveil the truth about a family ghost
  • Take on the Scariest Nancy Drew Case Ever: Explore crypts and graveyards and uncover moving statues, sliding panels and secret passages
  • Examine Multiple Motives Under a Full Moon: Uncover old secrets and divulge new motives among the Thornton friends and family
  • Unravel Perplexing and Spooky Puzzles: Reveal shocking evidence and critical clues buried beneath the spooky ruins
  • Track Your Trophies: Verify your unlocked achievements on the new trophy menu display Fast Forward Conversations: The all new Fast Convo feature allows the player to accelerate through all character conversations
  • Choose Difficulty Levels: Play at Amateur or Master Sleuth level and erase mistakes without starting over

"The Nancy Drew Adventure Series is one of the most highly regarded franchises of all time. As such, we have very high expectations for Ghost of Thornton Hall," said Megan Gaiser, chief creative strategy officer (CCSO), Her Interactive. “Not only does Ghost of Thornton Hall look amazing but it will draw players into a world filled with mystery and intrigue where you, as Nancy Drew, must find out what happened to Jessalyn Thornton.”

Pricing and availability:
Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall is available now for $19.99 at:
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My Take on the Game
I wanted to take the time to really play this before reviewing and I did. I have to say after playing this that the game was amazing! As I have said in the past, my eldest daughter loves Nancy Drew and these games and this was was not any different. I will say at the forefront that this was the darkest of the games that I have played and I have played a number of them. This did not phase my daughter though as she loves reading about monsters and the like, so this was right up her alley. 
One of the great things about this game is that it gives you two mysteries to solve as you are going through the game, so you really have to have your thinking cap on from beginning to end. The makers of the game have done not only a good job at the graphics, but also the story and all of the time and effort that goes into the research to make this game as authentic as it is.

One drawback that this game had was that you stay among three main rooms. I would have enjoyed a few more rooms, but alas it was not to be.

I continue to appreciate the fact that the game makers allow for two levels of gameplay. My daughter is not ready for the hardest level, so the amateur level is perfect, and having the hint features definitely came in handy a time or two.

All-in-all, this was another great game from HER Interactive and I for one continue to look forward to more in the future!

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