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Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon

Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon

Spring 2006 Software
Ages: 10 & Up
Price: $19.99
Platform: windows 98/ME/2000/XP
Well, finally Nancy Drew gets to party Hardy! In the latest of this long and high-quality series of Nancy Drew mysteries, the teenage detective goes on a troubling train trip with her old pals, Frank and Joe Hardy (this is the first time the boys actually appear as animated characters). But, as is always the case, you—playing as Nancy Drew—find trouble.

The plot is straightforward as a train track out West, where this case takes place. Wealthy socialite Lori Gerard has invited some of the great investigative minds to solve a century-old mystery of what happened to the disappeared 19th-century miner/train owner Jake Hurley, find out who killed Jake's wife, and uncover why Jake's train found years later abandoned in Blue Moon Canyon with the engineer dead?

The series' trademark strong features show up even stronger in this title. The realistic graphics on the train are dazzling and detailed, the sound effects prove to be more than just an audio background, the characters are more personable than ever, the plot is compelling, and the mystery is challenging—though not so hard that you'll give up (two difficulty levels!). And there are some new gadgets, such as Nancy's cell-phone camera, and puzzles from sorting old porcelain dolls to playing pachinko to cooking. And that surprise ending!

Her Interactive has produced another great little mystery that plays so well it'll seem too short for series devotees. And don't overlook the importance of adding the Hardy Boys to the mix. That goes along way toward fueling male interest in games that heretofore had a girly-game imprint.

Don Oldenburg   ©2006 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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