Parents' Guide to

Shadow Ranch HD

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Interactive Nancy Drew novel + mini-games = GameBook.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Great for tweens

I saw this on Common Sense Media and downloaded it for our 10 yr old. She loved it and couldn't put it down for days. She wants the next one already. Only caution is that it emits random sounds, when the horse neighed in the car we thought we ran over a cat!

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SHADOW RANCH HD takes the interactive book genre to new places. As you read through this full-length Nancy Drew novel, it's fun to activate little animations and sound effects. But it's far cooler to be able to make decisions as to what Nancy will do at different points -- and steer the story to completely different scenes when you do. Plus, some choices lead you to hidden object puzzles; and though they're sometimes tough puzzles, they all fit very neatly and coherently into the story -- Nancy will actually be looking for the things you need to find as part of the plot. And then there are also hidden, highlighted words in each chapter to find (some of which will only be found by making the right story choices); find them all and you can unlock anagram word games and new mini-mysteries. It's all brilliantly put together; a true blending of book and game.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Release date: February 23, 2011
  • Category: Books
  • Publisher: Her Interactive
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
  • Last updated: January 31, 2020

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