After nine very long months of waiting, Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister is finally here!!! I know a lot of our fans preordered the game and received it last week, but there are also quite a few who ordered the digital download or are waiting to pick it up at their local retailer.
If you preordered the game, you can download it here. Please note that there is a page for the Mac version and a page for the PC version. The boxed game only has a single hybrid version, so it's not an issue there, but please be careful which platform you're downloading Trail of the Twister for.
In stores - the game will be at Target and Walmart today. Best Buy will get it, but we're not sure when. It's a good idea to call before you go to Walmart - the game is only available at select stores, so if you call ahead of time, you'll save yourself a possible extra trip. If you don't see it on the shelves, please ask an associate or speak to the manager of the store. Let them know that you're disappointed that they're not carrying the game!
And finally, once you've got Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister in your hands, PLAY IT!!! We've heard of fans that stay up all night playing it (and taking the next day off from work) and others who have tried to savor their time with the next game by only playing an hour or so a day. How do you play your game? In one epic session or in constant increments throughout the week?
Also, Pete's blog is wrapping up today. :( Make sure you read the conclusion of his blog or catch up on entries you might have missed. Check out the comments section too - Pete has had a lot of fun responding to fans and lot of fun writing the blog.
Here is one of the first reviews from messsage board member NancyDetective9.
Although it doesn't seem like a huge plot, it unravels into a great mystery! The plot was well thought out and followed through the whole game. You are playing undercover as an intern. You get all sorts of tasks and puzzles, which are very fun!
The settings are very fun! (I say settings with an "S" because you can go other places in the game besides the farmhouse.) They seem very realistic and also appropriate for the time of year! (: I especially liked Ma and Pa's store!
HeR did an excellent job with graphics. The characters are realistic and have great personalities. You can even relate with the characters, too.
The puzzles were awesome! They were just the right difficulty. They kept you interested while you were solving them, and they were not overly frustrating. None of them were too hard, and none of them were very easy, either; making them just the right complexity! They were fun, too.
The movement was perfect. I never found myself stuck where I couldn't progress to the next part of the game. There was always something for you to do, which was fun!
The characters were very realistic. I liked their personalities!
Scott Varnell: Scott is the leader of the group of tornado chasers. He is a bit touchy, but is a good leader.
Debbie Kircum: Debbie is very dedicated to her work. She does most of the work; you are basically her assistant. She is very nice and always tells you to "have fun!"
Chase Relerford: Chase is the one who is always doing the fixing (besides you, of course.) He is also nice, and you get to do a few fun tasks for him.
Pa: Pa runs the Ma and Pa's store. He is my favorite character. Pa is a friendly man, and always has something to say. Surprisingly enough, he likes the theater.
Frosty Harlow: Frosty is a very kind person. He is the photographer in the group and you can take pictures for him, which turns out to be quite fun!
I loved the game! (: Definetly one of my favorites. It was so fun!! :D I'm not sure what else to say, I just really liked the game! I'm trying not to give too much away, so if I was a little vague...sorry!
Anyway. Here's the rating!!
OVERALL: 9.5/10 !!
Head over to our message board to get hints and tips on the game and see what other fans are saying about Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister: http://community.herintera
TOUCHDOWN!!! Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister will be touching down this week as we move from preorders to shipping games. The last day to preorder and get the Special Edition version of the game is Tuesday 6/15. The Special Edition includes extra Pa Pennies, outtakes, and awards. You won't be able to purchase a boxed copy of the Special Edition once we start shipping.
We will start shipping the games after June 16th, so look for your game to arrive in the following week. Not all of the games will ship on June 16, so please be patient. Remember, Standard Shipping is 5-7 business days, so weekends do not count, neither does the day that the game is sent to UPS for pickup. However, you should receive your game before June 29, the day the game is available at all major retailers. This is also the same day that you'll be able to download the game from the digital store (this includes preorders).
Some fans have asked why do we have this hairbrained method of releasing our games. Well, we try to make sure that the fans who order boxed physical games and pay extra for shipping get it before the ones who download it instantly without paying for shipping. Afterall, if you paid $26 for overnight shipping, we want to make sure that it's worth the extra cost!
So what are you looking forward to the most in Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister now that it's almost here?
With Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister Special Edition currently in preorders through June 16, we wanted to go back and give you a little background on how we named this game.
Here is the overview that design sent over:
A new assignment sends Nancy undercover as part of a Storm Chasers team in Oklahoma to investigate competitive rivalries that may have gone too far in the heart of Tornado Alley. In a hotly contested race to win the $100,000,000 grant at stake, the leading team has only to find one perfect twister to test their new system and win the grand prize, not to mention meteorological renown in the scientific community. But the team’s equipment and findings are turning up in pieces, jeopardizing their safety in the midst of a major tornado outbreak, and Nancy must race against the clock to discover the culprit before it is too late. When Nancy finds herself directly in the tornado's path of a raging storm, can she catch the villain and save the study, and her life, before the tornado blows it all away?
We then had a brain storming session where we made a list of all the words that are related to the game:
Tornado Hunt Tornado Alley Sabotage Cyclone Oklahoma Twister Weather Forecasting Terror Flight Escape Wrath Nature Storm chasers Race Threat Warning Watch Chase Whirlwind Fury Trouble Path Treachery Danger Looming Doom Impending Fields
Skies Cloud Storm Spotting Stormy Darkness
Tempest Prairie Competition Desolation Dust Bowl Destruction Wind Cataclysm Chaos Peril “Okie” Howl Plains Thunder Roar Billowing Funnel Alarms
Siren Wail Rush Traitor Saboteur Imminent Core punch Twisterville Signs
As you can tell, we chose words related to danger, mystery, Oklahoma, weather, and storms. We then took these words and combined them into a bunch of phrases to try to describe the game. Some of them made sense and some of them didn't.
Escape from Twisted Gables Threat of the Tempest
Traitor of the Tornado Escape from Twister Prairie
Trailing the Tornado Tornado Hunters
In Nature’s Wrath Treachery in the Tempest
Terror from the Skies Siren of the Storm
Signs of Sabotage Skies of Destruction
Flight of the Storm chasers Path of Peril
Fraught with Sabotage Twister Sabotage
Tornado Trouble/Treachery/Terror The Trouble with Tornados
Fields/Funnels of Fury Chase the Cyclone
Sabotage of the Storm chasers Whirlwind of Danger/Sabotage
Wrath/Wail of the Whirlwind Eyes on the Tornado
Sabotage in the Sky/Storm Racing the Tornado’s Roar
Funnel of Fear Tornadoing the Competition
Storms/Skies of Sabotage To Watch the Weather’s Wrath
Hunt/Terror of the Wailing Whirlwind
And then marketing narrowed it down to the top 5 titles and everyone voted on which one they liked best and that's how we ended up with Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister.
Are there any titles on this list that you like or word that you would string together to create a title? Leave us a comment and let us know. We'd love to hear your creative ideas!