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Nancy Drew®: The Secret of Shadow Ranch

Take a Wild Ride into Terror and Trickery to Rein in a Ghostly Secret!

Ropin’, ridin’ and revenge. A ranch vacation takes a terrifying turn when a ghostly horse appears in this mystery game. Is it driven by the vengeful commands of its long-dead master, Dirk Valentine? Or is a living villain behind the ranch’s string of bad luck? It’s up to you, as Nancy Drew, to figure out who’s wearing the black hat before your investigation is ambushed in Nancy Drew: Secret of Shadow Ranch!

Bonus strategy guide for mystery adventure game: The Secret of Shadow Ranch

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PLEASE NOTE: At HeR Interactive, we are committed to sustainability practices focused on building a better world for future generations. Thus, we only offer digital versions of our strategy guides.

 

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Game Features

  • Care for and ride a horse to visit other locations such as the store
  • Work on a dude ranch harvesting vegetables, feeding livestock, and baking cakes
  • Try your hand at barrel racing and lasso practice
  • Choose from junior or senior detective difficulty levels in this mystery game

Game Characteristics

 

  • Point & Click Gameplay
  • Mystery Adventure Genre
  • Interactive Storyline
  • Strong Female Protagonist
  • Rich and Intriguing Characters
  • Single Player Game
  • First Person POV
  • Subtle Hints System
  • Challenging Puzzles
  • Gorgeous Environments
  • Detective Investigation
  • Immersive Controls
  • Realistic Settings

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ESRB Rating:

esrb_E_mildviolence

 

Price:

$9.99

 

Ages:

10 to Adult

 

Status:

Retail Release June 2004

 

Operating System:

Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10

 

Additional installation instructions may be required for Windows Vista/7. Click here for more information.

 

Minimum System Requirements:

  • 400MHz Pentium
  • 64MB RAM
  • 300 MB hard drive space
  • 16-bit color graphics video card with at least 16MB of VRAM
  • 16-bit Windows-compatible stereo sound card
  • 12X CD ROM
  • Mouse and Speakers

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Game Assets

“A wonderful mystery for the whole family! The best in children’s games always tries to meld education with fun, and this game does that superbly, with a smooth integration of factoids about various things coupled with critical thinking activities and a fun adventure. Male or female, Nancy Drew fan or no, get this game!” ~PC GameZone

 

“Her Interactive has set itself the goal of providing well rounded, well crafted family fun — with an eye for a solid story and familiar gameplay coupled with a versatile challenge mix. Here they have scored a success on all points. Now the only sad part is I have to wait til October for the next Nancy Drew game to come out. Happy sleuthing.” ~GameBoomers

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“In fact, as mysteries go, this case is one of the best. It’s got plenty of puzzles, suspicious activity, sidetrails to investigate and interesting characters, both current and past.” ~GamersInfo

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 42 reviews
My Absolute Favorite!

This is Herinteractive at its finest. This game has some of the best puzzles, characters, and settings; as well as a fun soundtrack. The story-line is just a whole lot of fun, and it's the most enjoyable game I've played in the entire Nancy Drew series (and I've played them all!). The western theme is really fun but not over-done, and I honestly wish I had the recipe for Frances' cake. It looks so tasty in the game!

So Fun!

This game has everything you would want: daily tasks, funny characters, beautiful setting, a ghost town, and HORSES! Learning to ride and care for the horses was a neat addition to this game. I really enjoyed following the love story between Dirk and Frances while solving the present-day mystery. I totally wish I could shop in Mary Yazzi's shop for real! RIP Charlie the mule.

Love this game but Please make it for Mac OS!

I love this game and it is the most played game of all the Nancy Drew games that I have played.
Only downside is that it is not available for Mac OS.
Please make it for Mac OS!

Amazing!

This has been one of my favorite Nancy Drew games to date! Great puzzles, interesting characters, and lots of cool places to visit!
I would highly recommend this game, as well as all the others!
Only downside: I'm not able to play this particular game on my MacBook.

Hooked!

This was my very first Nancy Drew game, and I became hooked! I loved every second of it! The graphics and details of the landscape were amazing, I loved the music in the background, and the storyline was very entertaining. Deserves every single star 🙂

GIDDYAP!

This was a fun game! While I did find the cook absolutely annoying, I loved the video game version of 'Clint Eastwood' in the stables. Although I did fail the first time when I forgot to take the stuff off my horse (and forgot to ask him to take the horse out), he grew on me and quite the unexpected story with him and his lady friend. Nancy gets a little crush on the young man out in the chicken coop (which explains why he is a wallpaper on Nancy's cellphone in a later game... poor Ned). There was definitely no lack of things to do in this game. Harvesting a garden (watch out for the snakes and scorpions), baking a cake, breaking out of jail, secret passages, treasure... no dull moment! Good thing Bess and George got held up and detoured to some other place, otherwise they would be hogging up Nancy's fun! Great game guys!

Wild Wild West

Nancy is visiting Shadow Ranch, but as soon as her plane lands there is already trouble. Uncle Ed has been bitten by a rattle snake, a phantom horse is appearing in the night and accidents always follow it. Nancy is sure someone is trying to run Uncle Ed and Aunt Bet off of Shadow Ranch, but why? Could it have anything to do with the treasure supposedly hidden by the outlaw Dirk Valentine?

This game is may be my most favorite ever. We get to go on a wild west treasure hunt...what is not awesome about that!?

Pick vegetables, ride horses, hunt arrowheads, visit a ghost town, bake a cake. There are so many fun things to do in this game. If you're trying to decide what game to play, pick this one!

The Best

Compelling storyline, catchy soundtrack, likeable characters, fun minigames, this game has it all. I remember those times when I'd feed the horses wrong and hear them collapse to their death, pick every single vegetable that was available in the garden, do some headbanging with the chicken, cause the oven to explode, and leave the saddle on Bob, only to come face to face with a VERY angry Tex. Good times.

Game Review

If you're a die-hard romantic or you love westerns, then this is a game for you. Set in the west it's a game capturing the broken love story of a couple and the mystery left behind by them. The plot is very intriguing, and a different take on a sappy love story.

I give high praise to the characters in this one. They are well written and each strikingly different from the next. So well written actually that I did not at all guess who was going to be the criminal at the end! It slipped right under my nose.

Some of the tasks can get a bit repetitive or annoying in the game. Picking veggies was my least favorite thing about this one. But baking the stupid cake came in a close second. Aside from those two tasks, the rest of the game was very fun and inviting. It drew you in.

You get to explore a lot of varying locations here, something that is pretty cool as you follow the love story. There are also some interesting phone contacts who pop up later on in the series (hint hint).

Overall this is a very well done game. The plot is good and keeps you guessing, but you aren't weighed down by tasks or stuck in dead zones with nothing to do. It's always moving and progressing and that's super.

One of the Best!

This was my very first Nancy Drew to actually finish. I absolutely love this one. I have played it many times. My favorite part is trapping the baddie at the end. That's always fun. If you are in the market for a new one and you haven't played this one. I highly recommend it!

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Dave Gregory

Dave is the ranch foreman. Always polite, somewhat shy, Dave is a man of business and frustratingly few words. He is truly a “modern” cowboy, into sports, music, and the outdoors. He is not above trying to use his looks to charm his way out of awkward situations.

 

Dave Gregory, ranch foreman

 

 

Tex Britten

Tex is an old-fashioned cowpoke. His cynical attitude reflects the fact that he feels much more at home with horses and cattle than with humans. He’s a terrible conversationalist (his favorite word is “nope”), and he not-so-secretly enjoys putting Nancy in situations that he thinks she can’t handle.

 

Tex Britten, old-fashioned cowpoke

 

 

Shorty Thurmond

The ranch cook, Shorty, is more talkative than the other two ranch hands combined. He also loves to cook, and takes great pride in the food he serves. So criticizing his meals is a recipe for disaster.

 

Shorty Thurmond, the ranch cook

 

 

Mary Yazzi

This single woman is part Native American and runs a store on land that is adjacent to Shadow Ranch. Mary knows all about the history of the area and she is interested in purchasing the Ranch for herself. Is she trying to scare away the ranch owners so they’ll agree to sell it to her?

 

Mary Yazzi, woman interested in buying the ranch

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