Royal Tower – Behind the Scenes

In my spare time, I work on the strategy guide for Treasure in the Royal Tower. (It’s one of the few games that does not have a guide written for it.) Anyways, while collecting some screenshots for the guide, I came across a few interesting shots!

This picture is a game placeholder for where a character is supposed to be positioned, so that the character artist knows how to frame the scene. Artist Tim, from way back in time while the game was being made, was the stand in.

Nancy Drew Mystery Adventure games

This is a most fascinating scene – can you recognize it without ever seeing it before? In Professor Hotchkiss’s room, you are unable to look at the phone. And this is ok because there are no necessary clues or things to look at in this scene. “Hot spots” as we like to call them were many in the older games, but not all hot spots were programmed into the playable build, for whatever reason – like time. Lots of changes can happen over the course of making a game! Anyways, I thought it wouldn’t be too much of a tease to share that this scene was actually camera captured, just not added to the game play.

Nancy Drew Mystery Adventure games

-Little Jackalope



27 responses to “Royal Tower – Behind the Scenes”

  1. Valerie says:

    Hey LJ! Just a heads up, the sentence in the parentheses, “It’s one of the few games that don’t have a guide written for it.” should have “doesn’t” instead of “don’t”. It’s totally fine though because I understood what you meant! I don’t mean this to sound rude at all, but is English not your first language? I am just curious because of your writing style. Thanks! XD

    • Little Jackalope says:

      Haha, no, English is indeed my first language. I sometimes forget the rules of referring to plurals in past tense. My mind was focused on the “few games that do not” rather than the focus on the “guide(s) written.”

    • Amelia Williams says:

      Just FYI – correcting someone’s grammar in a public forum is rude enough, but asking if English is their first language? Extremely rude.

  2. Isaac Tamez says:

    Hey LJ lol this is a random question but, will you guys at her interactive ever make more ND games for phones/tablets? I would love to see like Shadow at the Waters Edge on iPad or Curse of Blackmoor Manor but mostly Shadow at the Waters Edge and Message in a Haunted Mansion just like how you guys did woth Ghost of Thornton Hall.

    • Little Jackalope says:

      Hi Isaac! I think it would be cool to have more of our games on mobile devices – even on console platforms! However, we don’t have any immediate plans for this at this time. Perhaps in the future? We shall see.

  3. Amy Christine says:

    This is so cool! I love behind the scenes! I hope you find some more older photos and unused scenes in the games! Thank you so much for sharing this!

    • Little Jackalope says:

      Glad you enjoy these, Amy! I will be on the lookout for more behind-the-scenes facts and pictures. 😉

  4. Paula says:

    Hey LJ, I love the behind the scenes info! 🙂 Really cool to see how the games were made. Especially the older games – I can only imagine how much the technology has improved since Secrets can Kill!

    • Little Jackalope says:

      Hi Paula! I know, it’s fascinating to see how old the graphics were and how the games were set up differently compared to today’s games!

  5. Sarah says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these behind the scenes shots, LJ! Would love to see more in the future if you have time to dig more up.

    Question! Which game’s soundtrack would you say is your favorite?

    • Little Jackalope says:

      Hi Sarah! Of course I will be on the lookout for more fun behind-the-scenes history bits to share. 😉 My favorite soundtrack is probably Curse of Blackmoor Manor. I love the cello sounds!

  6. Noemie says:

    Love the phone! I remember that in a lot of the games. Quick question, does the C&C show that was suppose to be on the Kid Genius channel still exist? Thanks!

  7. Mandy says:

    Hi LJ,
    Is some of the HeR team on hiatus?

  8. Teresa says:

    I know you can’t give us any info on MID but can you say 3 words to Describe it what’s its going to be like

    • Little Jackalope says:

      Hi Teresa, I can’t say since I haven’t played the finished game yet. 🙁

      • Sydney says:

        Okay this comment got me excited for MID again. “Finished game yet” gives me so much hope. Because it means there is at least some of the game done.

  9. Tiffany says:

    Out of all the games I have played this is my favorite! Excellent fun!! Thanks for making something fun that requires a bit of thinking and time to play. Great mama and kids activity for our family.

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