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November 2008

The Message Board

We know everyone has been worrying about the message board redesign for weeks now and we wanted to start showing you more of what we have planned as we get closer to the launch of the new site. As I've mentioned before, all the basic functions will still be the same, but everything will look a little different. We might be putting up the new site as early as next week, but we're not quite sure on the timing yet.

So, you want to know what the message board will look like in burgundy?

Here's the main page for the Message board.

But that's not what you'll be posting on. You'll be posting on colors similar to our new Community page with a sample piece of the message board in it. We're looking forward to integrating the message board better with the rest of our site, especially since it's where everyone hangs out! So what do you think? We've been able to prove to you that can update our homepage with this new look and we're just carrying over some of the colors to the message board so it matches. After all, it would clash horribly if the message board was teal and the rest of the website was burgundy...

And for all of you siggie makers out there - the new background color will be:
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And we'll also need your help deciding some of the final touches on the message boards, so keep checking back. We're looking forward to all of the creative new signatures to match the dark burgundy color.

Lights, Camera, Curses - the first reviews

The first reviews of Lights, Camera, Curses from our fans are out! You can read very well-written reviews on our message board from Lomelindi and and nancy27c to see what they think of the new great girl games. They both do a great job describing the game - I couldn't have said it better myself.

We have a hard time describing the game because the idea behind it is so simple - find hidden objects and match them together in a way that makes sense so you can solve the mystery while playing a few mini-game along the way. But that doesn't sound very interesting on paper... It's actually quite fun to scour the screen for tiny objects and then try to piece the clues together. What things do you need to do fix a generator? How can you make a red lightbulb from objects in a room? Who wrote the threatening letter that I saw earlier? Those are all tasks you need to accomplish, but the answers are never straightforward. You'll have to put your sleuthing skills to work to solve Lights, Camera, Curses.

Feature Highlight: Conversation with Characters
In Lights, Camera, Curses, the conversations are a little different from the Adventure series. You must pay attention to the story and choose the right questions to ask the characters or else they'll think you're crazy. While you aren't penalized for asking the wrong questions, you'll earn fewer points, which will make it less likely that you'll be able to unlock the alternate ending. So pay attention what you see and what you read!

Riddle Me This

We’ve been making games now for over 10 years and one of our favorite tasks is coming up with the various puzzles for each game. We have certainly put out some “brain-busters,” as well as a few “simple-simons.” So in honor of our penchant for perplexing puzzles we’ve decided to hold a contest to find a delightfully difficult riddle.

Create a riddle that contains or involves Nancy Drew in some way. Perhaps she’s the answer, or maybe someone from her adventures is part of the clue. The creative process is entirely up to you!

We’ll pick two winner and they will have their pictures placed in the next Nancy Drew game! The judges will be looking for riddles that are original, difficult, and fun to solve. So put on your thinking caps, sleuths, and send us those quizzical quandaries!

To enter, just email your riddle (and answer) along with your name/screename to webmaster@herinteractive.com with the subject line “Nancy Riddle”. Please also let us know if you we have your permission to post your riddle. All entries must be received by December 1, 2008. Each participant may only submit one entry. Contest winners will be chosen and contacted by December 5, 2008. In addition we will be selecting a few runners up to post on our website upon completion of the contest.

Lights, Camera, Curses is NOW AVAILABLE!

It's finally live! Her Interactive is excited to present the first game in a new series Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses!
Download it now for $19.99 and tell us what you think of our new series! Email your comments to us at feedback@herinteractive.com.

Lights, Camera, Curses lauches Monday 11/17/08

After a long week of waiting, we have good news! We have fixed some issues and are ready to launch on Monday 11/17! You'll be able to download it from our website and see how the Dossier series is an innovative twist on our original PC games.

In the meantime, we've also been working on a web demo of the game. You'll be able to play the first 3 chapters of the game to get a taste of what it's like. Some fans will love it and think that it's a great game that allows you to relax and enjoy a good story. Other fans will prefer the more mind bending puzzles that the original series provides. Either way, I hope you give it a try and pass it on to your friends for a new way to experience Nancy Drew!

Lights, Camera, Curses launch update

What a crazy few days it has been behind the scenes of the launch! As you can tell, we weren't able to get the game up yesterday, and we're working on fixing a few issues that will make installing the game easier. We would have liked to launch on Tuesday as planned, but we wanted everything to be perfect before we went live with the game. Just a few more days... Keep checking back for updates and we'll send out a newsletter as soon as the game is available for download.

The Nancy Drew Dossier series is only available for download currently. Why are we doing this you ask? Well, we wanted more people to experience Nancy Drew, and the best way to do that is through the Internet. There are already millions of people online looking for games to play, so we're offering something that they can easily access right from their computer. There's less need for us to sell them in stores. The Nancy Drew Adventure series is offered both online and in retail stores because the file size is so huge! It is necessary for us to offer an alternative. It takes nearly 3 hours to download our original PC series, but it should only take an hour for the Dossier series since it's only 300MB.

I can't wait for our fans to play this game! I'll keep you posted as new information about the launch as soon as I find out something new... Stay tuned!

Lights, Camera, Curses launch delayed

"The best laid plans of mice and men 'oft go awry."

Today was one of those days, and unfortunately, we have to delay the launch of Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses. Check back tomorrow for an update on the launch status!

In the meantime, here's more information with new screenshots.
 

Nancy Drew Dossier launches tomorrow 11/11!

I can't believe it - we are finally launching a new series that has been so many years in the making! While our main focus is on the two Nancy Drew Adventure games that we release each year at retail and on our website, we've added some new members to our team to create a casual series that's a perfect compliment to our original games.

While this is a casual series, we made sure that the story was a very important part of the game. Some of the hidden object games don't require you to keep track of the plot, but you'll want to read everything in Lights, Camera, Curses for clues and backstory/

We're sending a newsletter with more details about the game tomorrow, but here are the trailers for the game to get you salivating.

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

(please be patient - these trailers are 10MB each)

Whee - I can't wait share the game with our fans and see what you think of the new series!

Peek at the Website

So now that we've revealed what the Her Interactive logo looks like, it's time show you what we did with it.

As you all have heard, we're coming out with a new series and new platform, so it's gets kind of confusing. You don't always know if you're buying a PC game or Wii game. We also don't know where to put our new Dossier and Hardy Boys series on the current website. Everything is just so crowded already and we want to make it easier for fans to find what they're looking for. So, this is our solution:

There are a few things about our new website that I'd like to point out to you:
- Notice the burgundy (not pink!!!) and the curved banner from the logo is echoed throughout the design. The gold from our old logo is still here. :)
- The section at the top is going to be a rotating image, so it will scroll through our featured titles instead of the static boxes that we have currently saving us space.
- New "Play Now" navigation button - you'll be able to access all of the demos, mini-games, and trailers in one convenient place
- New expanded "Community" section - we're hoping to interact more with our fans in the coming year, so we'll post a lot more cool contests and fun things for you there!
- "Tech Support" is now "Help" in the top navigation.

This is a much cleaner and simpler design that doesn't have chunky boxes everywhere. There's also a lot of cool pictures and a lot less boring text. I know a lot of fans are a little shocked by the burgundy (and lack of teal), but I hope you now have a better understanding of where we're trying to head and what we're trying to do. Let us know what you think!

Next time, we'll tackle what this means for the message boards!

Lights, Camera, Curses goes GOLD!

Wow, it's been a long time in the making, but our new game has finally gone gold! What started out as a bunch of mini-games wrapped in a story has become an awesome mystery hidden object puzzle game. It's a game that you've never seen before but you should be able to pick up and play in less than 5 minutes.
 
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