Thursday, May 22, 2014
Nancy Drew Game: The Shattered Medallion
As with most other recent Nancy Drew games, The Shattered Medallion is not based on any Nancy Drew book. This game is different from the other games because it is an adventure rather than a mystery. The game has a very scripted feel to it, although this is logical since the game follows the stages of a reality show.
I enjoyed playing this game just like I have all the others, although the game is not particularly special or outstanding. Meeting Sonny Joon is pretty neat, however. In fact, the main point of the game is getting to know Sonny Joon and discovering why he always draws pictures of aliens. While the game lacks suspense, it flows nicely. All of the puzzles are meaningful to the story. Since Nancy is competing as a reality show contestant, she has to complete tasks as part of the competition.
Since the game lacks the mystery and suspense of most of the other games, it falls into the lower half of the games as to how much I enjoyed it. Three other games that I finished with similar feelings are #8 The Haunted Carousel, #22 Trail of the Twister, and #26 Tomb of the Lost Queen.
It's hard to gauge how the average person feels about the game. I have seen both positive and negative reviews. The people who post on Interactive's message boards are very devoted Her Interactive fans. Many of them absolutely hate or strongly dislike this game. They don't like the direction that the games have taken and don't like how Nancy is portrayed. This is very interesting to me.
Nancy Drew book collectors and fans fall into two groups: those who like only the original 56 books and those who like the later books as well as the original 56. The fans who like only the original 56 books usually greatly dislike all of the later books.
Now the same is happening with fans of the Nancy Drew games. Some people who played the early Nancy Drew games are unhappy that the new games are not exactly like those games. They played the "original" Nancy Drew games and don't like the newer Nancy Drew games nearly as much.
I see this as evidence of Her Interactive's success. The company has now been around long enough and released enough games that they have longtime fans who recall the early games with fondness, just like longtime Nancy Drew readers do with the books.
Look at this impressive list of games going back to 1998.
1. Secrets Can Kill, 1998
2. Stay Tuned for Danger, 1999
3. Message in a Haunted Mansion, 2000
4. Treasure in the Royal Tower, 2001
5. The Final Scene, 2001
6. Secret of the Scarlet Hand, 2002
7. Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake, 2002
8. The Haunted Carousel, 2003
9. Danger on Deception Island, 2003
10. The Secret of Shadow Ranch, 2004
11. Curse of Blackmoor Manor, 2004
12. Secret of the Old Clock, 2005
13. Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon, 2005
14. Danger By Design, 2006
15. The Creature of Kapu Cave, 2006
16. The White Wolf of Icicle Creek, 2007
17. Legend of the Crystal Skull, 2007
18. The Phantom of Venice, 2008
19. The Haunting of Castle Malloy, 2008
20. Ransom of the Seven Ships, 2009
21. Warnings at Waverly Academy, 2009
22. Trail of the Twister, 2010
23. Shadow at the Water's Edge, 2010
24. The Captive Curse, 2011
25. Alibi in Ashes, 2011
26. Tomb of the Lost Queen, 2012
27. The Deadly Device, 2012
28. Ghost of Thornton Hall, 2013
29. The Silent Spy, 2013
30. The Shattered Medallion, 2014
I have been purchasing the games since December 2000, when I purchased the first three games in an order from Amazon. I was hooked as soon as I began playing the very first game. I have bought every game from #4 through #30 as soon as it was released.
I am a Nancy Drew game fan who sees The Shattered Medallion as not that much different than any of the others, with the exception of it being an adventure instead of a mystery. I continue to greatly anticipate playing the Nancy Drew games twice a year, and I continue to enjoy them. I do enjoy some games more than others, but I still like all of them. I look forward to the next game as soon as I finish one.
I have mentioned before that I consider Her Interactive to be the strongest licensee of Nancy Drew. In recent years, Her Interactive has done more than anyone else in keeping Nancy Drew relevant and interesting to today's young people. I hope that Her Interactive continues creating new Nancy Drew games for many years to come.