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Edutaining Kids (Aug, 2004)
We found the game's atmosphere different than previous installments in the series. Other titles sometimes left players on the edges of their seats, but this title was considerably less moody. The new larger windows are easier to see, but we weren't sure whether it hinders or improves gameplay because there are extra steps involved when moving inventory items onto the screen. Also, the chores that Nancy needed to do on the farm were felt to be somewhat monotonous. Nevertheless, the game is satisfying and commendable. All Nancy Drew software games are challenging but ultimately "doable". Shadow Ranch is no exception. Recommended for children ages 10-11 or older (girls and boys).
GameZone (Aug 14, 2004)
A wonderful mystery for the whole family! 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. Male or female, Nancy Drew fan or no, get this game!
GameZebo (Nov 26, 2009)
You’ll find yourself taking some serious notes just to keep everything straight. While it is important for a detective to keep good lists, not all players will be willing to keep the information straight all the time, especially when there’s a lot of it. While the game gives you a task list on the Junior difficulty level, and Nancy’s diary can often be helpful, keep a pad and pencil handy. But that’s the point: Nancy Drew should be, first and foremost, a detective. The Secret of Shadow Ranch gives Nancy a chance to really shine as a youthful gumshoe. If you’re looking for a fun, rich adventure, download the Secret of Shadow Ranch and hit that dusty trail.
Quandary (Sep, 2004)
Made for players 10 and up, in Shadow Ranch Nancy is set to solve another mystery. Though these games follow a familiar formula this latest effort is the biggest and, arguably, one of the best yet (everyone has their favourite). And not only is Shadow Ranch more substantial, the challenges are also a notch or two tougher. There have been some improvements as well, so that the game window is much larger and the cursor more versatile. Perhaps the graphics haven't yet graduated to full 3D splendour, but they are vibrant and clear and make Shadow Ranch a fun and interesting game to play.
GamerDad (Oct 29, 2004)
The newest installment in the Nancy Drew series, The Secret of Shadow Ranch, is a great family game that will challenge all ages. With point-and-click adventure-style gameplay this game offers varying takes on a classic theme. Nancy Drew has been modernized, but she's still as smart and talented as ever.
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks (Aug, 2004)
This my fifth Drew game and, although not my personal favorite (Danger on Deception Island has that honor), is the title in the series I would select unreservedly as a gift for a new and/or younger adventure gamer. For that person, it gets a Gold Star rating; for all others, a Thumb Up.
Adventurearchiv (Oct 07, 2004)
"Secret of Shadow Ranch" ist nicht das spannendste Nancy-Drew-Spiel, aber es hat eine solide, durchaus verzwickte Story die nicht nur die Zielgruppe, sondern genauso gut erwachsene Adventurefans unterhalten wird. Die sehr gut integrierten Rätsel rangieren von leicht bis schwer und steigern sich im Verlauf des Spiels. Man sollte sich von der englischen Sprachausgabe nicht abschrecken lassen, es wird deutlich gesprochen und alles ist per Untertitel nachvollziehbar.
Puntaeclicca.it (Aug, 2004)
In conclusione, un'avventura classica, intrigante, ben fatta, adatta per ragazzi e per adulti tranquilli che vogliono immedesimarsi nel ruolo della famosa investigatrice dilettante.
Well the mystery is solved, bad guys revealed and Nancy Drew has solved yet another case. Bottom line time is here. Get the game? Well sure, why wouldn’t you? It’s not a puzzle fest or even perhaps the riveting game of your dreams. But Nancy Drew was never intended to be thought provoking in game or book form. Any game ideally should be judged according to the standards and measures set forth by the developers themselves. Her Interactive has set itself the goal of providing well rounded, well crafted family fun – with an eye for a solid story and familiar gameplay coupled with a versatile challenge mix. Here they have scored a success on all points. Now the only sad part is I have to wait til October for the next Nancy Drew game to come out. Happy sleuthing.
Adventure Gamers (Aug 09, 2004)
While Shadow Ranch is better than the lesser games in the series like Secrets Can Kill and The Scarlet Hand, it fails to reach the levels of the games that have become the benchmarks in the series where I’m concerned—Danger on Deception Island and Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake. It lacks a certain surprise factor that those games 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. Still, here’s hoping that Nancy’s next adventure The Curse of Blackmoor Manor turns out to be as promising as the preview at the end of Shadow Ranch suggests!
Just Adventure (Jul 22, 2004)
And this is a shame, because as I mentioned before, every other dependable element that has made the Nancy Drew series so successful and enjoyable is here in the game. Someone just fell asleep at the wheel in the puzzle design department. I never thought I’d say this, but I can’t recommend this particular Nancy Drew game.