No One is Immune to Sudden Death on this Reality TV Show! Ever since the Secret of the Scarlet Hand, the eccentric Sonny Joon always seemed a step ahead of Nancy Drew. That changes when Nancy and George travel to New Zealand and compete in the hit reality TV contest, Pacific Run. Sonny runs the show, but it’s spiraling out of control. Are the mishaps the result of cheating competitors or something beyond this world? Win big to uncover the truth!
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10 to Adult
Retail Release May 20, 2014
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“Nancy Drew is one of the longest running gaming franchises with a female protagonist, second only to Barbie. Nancy Drew’s longevity, financial success, and unanticipated breadth of appeal argues that a primary female character is no hindrance to a videogame series and might in fact be an asset. Although some developers would like to convince us that the work needed to provide the option of playing as a woman is too difficult, for 16 years Her Interactive has built a truly singular female lead.” — Kill Screen Daily
“Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion is another solid Nancy Drew title for Her Interactive. This is their thirtieth mainline Personal Computer Nancy Drew video game. Here is to them reaching forty.” — Family Friendly Gaming
“The puzzles are this game’s bread and butter, and they live up to every standard. I quite enjoyed the challenge of some of them, the submarine puzzle being a particular favorite. Also, I cannot remember the last time I had to take out notepaper and write down all of the clues so that I wouldn’t miss an essential bit of information, but I had to do it for this game.” — Killeen Daily Herald
“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.” — Series Books for Girls
“The characters you interact with are an interesting crew. In most of these games, I usually hit up characters for information on whatever case I’m trying to solve and ignore topics that are clearly irrelevant. But I found myself exhausting my conversation options with many of the characters in The Shattered Medallion. You spend a good chunk of the game trying to get a feel for each contestant, and sometimes the best way to do that is to simply talk to them about anything and everything.” — Gaming Discourse
“This game was a special treat for home-school and it took us about 4 nights to beat the entire game. But that’s because once you start playing, you just can’t stop. It really is so addicting that you’ll end up loosing track of time!” — Our Whiskey Lullaby
“All in all, I definitely enjoyed playing Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion. It’s a little different from previous games but I still found it to be fun and challenging to complete. If you’re looking for something fun for tweens/teens (or yourself) to do this summer, I definitely recommend Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion Game.” — In Our Spare Time
“Hooray for thirty games full of mysteries! Nancy Drew still does the trick and combines mindbreaking puzzles with quite nice graphics and music. Although this game might have been more chaotic, it still gives you the pleasure of finding the answer on the smart riddles and hidden clues. The story isn’t that “scary” this time, but you’ll have your “oh damn” moments!” — 3rd Strike
“Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion’s amazingly funny characters, fascinating dialog and New Zealand setting are fantastic.” — Video Games and the Bible
“The ultimate goal is to be the team who gets all those medallion pieces first so the race is on! Oh and you get to finally learn more about the mysterious Sonny Joon! I really enjoyed the variety of race locations and the puzzles. As I said this game has a different vibe than any of the other Nancy Drew games and was really different, but in a good way.” — Check It Out! (Blog)
“All in all, I definitely enjoyed playing Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion. It’s a little different from previous games but I still found it to be fun and challenging to complete. If you’re looking for something fun for tweens/teens (or yourself) to do this summer, I definitely recommend Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion Game.” — In Our Spare Time (Blog)
“For this adventure Nancy is hanging-out in the great outdoors – New Zealand to be specific. It doesn’t start out as a mystery – but you know Nancy – wherever she is, something nefarious will require her attention.” — Games4Women
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This game was very disappointing. The characters were shallow, the story was odd and unsatisfying, and overall I would not suggest purchasing this particular Nancy Drew game.
I thought this game was really fun! very light. It's definitely different from most in that it's less of a mystery. I thought the puzzles were a lot of fun and I liked the story overall. There are a couple mysterious plots but mostly it's kind of just competing on the game show and along the way you discover some stuff that could be suspicious. Not so much solving a mystery but you're still solving puzzles and looking for clues like every game. I thought it was very entertaining and interesting. If you like every other Nancy Drew game like me you will like it, if you only like the "scary" ones you probably won't like it. I'd take this over horrifying mirror ghost girl from Shadow at Water's Edge any day 🙂
This was one of the most disappointing ND games Ive ever played. Ive been playing since the first one came out. This ending was so stupid. I dont even wanna give it one star!!! Dont waste your money and pick another game
This game was so disappointing! So boring. The ending didn't even make sense... I don't know. NOT worth it.
The new games have been extremely disappointing 🙁 This one was the worst one yet
Okay, first off, this is not the normal Nancy Drew mystrey games that has been done in the past. This game is more adventurous as you play the role of Nancy Drew on a reality show game based in New Zealand. Overall the puzzels were good and challenging as you complete each level of the game.
The only con was the "villian" how he/she was treated. And some of the characters were also a little flat, like Patrick. However I absolutely love Sonny and his story. Some people do not like how this game is all about him, but come on. We have followed for how many years and we finally get to meet him in person! I wish the introduction would have been more...exciting, but overall it is great. Her Interactive has obviously put in a great amount of time and detail to Sonny's story and it is sad to see fellow Nancy Drew players bash it.
Also, a special person from a previous game makes a phone call apperance and I loved talking to him/her again!
Great game, Her Interactive!
I'll be honest, this game wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. It wasn't even good. I guess it was... okay? I felt this game could have been way better in so many ways. For starters, that was not how I imagined meeting Sonny Joon. I figured we'd meet him and he'd be like, "Nancy Drew, we meet at last." That was a huge let down for me. Another reason, it felt rushed and really... it didn't make a lot of sense. Like the villain, what was their motive? Why did they do what they did? C'mon HerInteractive! I've seen and bought your work in the past but this game, sorry to say, was your worst. 1 Star from me.
This game was so confusing, the first time you play it you're left wondering what just happened and when you play it again you feel the exact same way, the conversations that come out of the characters mouths make zero sense, who wrote this?
The villain is too obvious, the puzzles are okay, but this games really could have taken place anywhere I don't know what's so very "New Zealand" about it.
Do not pick this as your first Nancy Drew game, I'd hate for this to be anyone's impression of the entire series of games, which is really great...aside from this little boo-boo of a game.
I know that it says 3 stars above, but really I would give 3 and 1/2 if I could. I agree that this wasn't the best Nancy Drew game, especially concerning the mystery aspect, but I still think it was pretty fun. You get to compete on a reality show, go to all of these cool and beautiful locations, and meet Sonny Joon! The hoarder of Koko Kringles himself!
The Shattered Medallion has gained a lot of negative feedback. And rightly so, there are a few glaring negatives that should be addressed. But the majority of the game wasn't as bad as people say.
In terms of negatives, there are a few obvious ones.
-Characters: The Characters in this game were quite frankly really boring and shallow. Thinking back to old games we have really great backstories for characters such as Dexter from Treasure in the Royal Tower, Joy from the Haunted Carousel, Charlie from Message in a Haunted Mansion, etc. Even in recent games, characters like Harper in Ghost of Thornton Hall, Gray from The Deadly Device, and Alexei from Alibi in Ashes really have backstories and depth and meaning that make you want to talk to them and learn more about them and what secrets they hold. But you don't really get that from MED's characters. Patrick was definitely the worst, and one of my least favorite characters to date just because his character was pathetic and added a totally unrealistic and meaningless point to the story. George was severely underutilized while Bess felt a little over the top. And of course, there's Sonny Joon who we've been waiting to meet for so long, but it just fell flat. I think a big issue with these characters is the dialogue though. There were too many times where what the characters and even Nancy said didn't make sense or flow together well, and it takes someone like me who will play an ND game over and over and over no matter how good it is to actually begin to understand what the characters are getting at, and what the plot is focusing on. But more on plot later... What has happened to dialogues that allow me as Nancy to feel like I'm directing the conversation and choosing what I want to say? Which also adds replay value. I feel like you're just crushed by the amount of boring talk that each character throws at you. It's like "click" "listen for 5 minutes" "click" "listen for 5 mintues" "repeat" and by the end, you're totally confused and don't feel like there was any point to it. Not to mention that when you click on a character right after finishing talking, they start up again into something new. It's unnatural.
-Plot: There is plot and mystery in The Shattered Medallion, despite what a lot of fans say. It's just that it takes a couple times of playing through it to fully understand it, something many players don't like to do. This shouldn't be the case. You should be able to clearly see why Nancy has to solve the mystery. In this game, I was at first unsure whether to focus on the challenges in the show or to try and investigate what happened to George. It ended up being the first one because there really was no opportunity for sleuthing. It was a very linear gameplay that directed you from one thing to the next until a culprit shows up at the end, bitter because they didn't win, and had cut the bridge to cheat. It was quite predictable but also very confusing. The culprit's motives weren't explained well and you have to play the game a few times to understand the motivations behind cheating. Which shouldn't be the case. The mystery is there, it just wasn't shown in an obvious way. Also, this could be do to the fact that they tried to have a "one size fits all" plot by having a fan choose one location from a list during the Deadly Device preorder period. The location should conform to the mystery, not vice versa.
-Snooping: There were only a few times to snoop, and even then, I didn't feel in danger of being caught-- because you can't be. Sonny stressed so much that you will be disqualified if you go in the producer's area, yet he doesn't care if you stand in there for hours on end. Same thing with other competitor's tents. There was no threat of being caught where you shouldn't be like there was in previous games.
In all, these negatives are very big, and NEED to be addressed. I think they definitely did better in LIE, and SEA seems to be heading in a good direction too. But this game still leaves a stain on the image of Nancy as someone who you get to control and who is there to solve a mystery. It's hard to really grasp that in this game. However, there are some positives.
-Graphics: Obviously the graphics were phenomenal. I've heard people say that they were too pixelated, but personally I don't see it. I think only TMB beats MED in my opinion in terms of graphics. The mountains and the lake were beautiful as well as the waterfall. I think they really captured some of the beauty of New Zealand.
-Sonny's Mystery: Even though Sonny wasn't shown as perfectly as I would've liked or expected from previous games, there still was some humor and intrigue about him, and at the very end, there is a little depth to his character. He ends up realizing that he's too focused on stories and let that get in the way of sense. I kind of empathized with his feelings of wanting something to be true so desperately and realizing that's not what's important... (sorry if this is a little vague... I don't want to spoil too much) I would like to see him come back to round of the "Annunaki story" that was started in Tomb of the Lost Queen, as long as the negatives that were in this game are addressed. This plot is intriguing, even if it wasn't represented clearly in this game.
Challenges: I thought it was so fun that Nancy was competing on a reality game show. I love shows like that, so that captured my attention immediately. It wasn't exactly done as it would have been realistically, but that was ok. The challenges were interesting and I felt that it gave you a little bit of insight into New Zealand culture, though it's not a ton. I do wish they hadn't recycled Monster and Raid, and that the displays in the Puzzle Palace could have actually been used, but oh well.
All in all, this game isn't as bad as people say. It has big negatives, but if you're looking for a game as a new ND player, or if you want a game that is light and fun, this is the game for you. Sorry this was so long.
Although she is not officially on Team Tui as a contestant, best friend Bess Marvin has come along to support and encourage you and George on this adventure.
Your good friend George Fayne is your teammate on Pacific Run. She is sporty and competitive and is excited to share upcoming challenges as a member of Team Tui.
This former rugby star player has the athletic ability to bring his team to an easy victory, but his head just isn’t in the game. Has something else brought him to compete in Pacific Run?
After years of following his trail, you finally get to meet Sonny Joon! As part of Pacific Run’s production team, he can influence the show results. Could his quirky personality be hiding mischievous goals?
Team Tawaki’s Kiri Nind is a fierce competitor on this reality TV show. Off camera she seems nice and may be willing to forge an alliance with you. Can you trust her friendly side, or should you be wary of her fierce façade?
Leena Patel, the other member of Team Kea, is a bossy overachiever. She is smart and skilled in solving puzzles, and is a stickler for the rules. If tough challenges arise, would you turn to her for extra assistance?