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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2005
I just finished playing "Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon", and I was literally blown away by the amazing graphics - what an improvement over previous games! These graphics are definitely on par with the likes of "Myst", and other adventure games - although you do have to play for a little while before you get to enjoy them...

This Nancy Drew game is about a young rich girl who had her father restore an old train back to working condition. There are many rumors surrounding this train - especially since the original owner wound up missing in the mid 1800's, and his engineer was found still in the train, in the middle of the desert, dead... On top of this, the owners wife had died on the train at an earlier date, so many people thought it was haunted.

The reason the young girl had wanted the train restored was because story had it that Jack Hurley (the original owner), had found gold in a mine - and that the directions to find this mine were all hidden inside the train. She wanted this treasure, and invited several people (including Nancy and the Hardy boys) to help solve the mysteries, and find the mine.

This is one of those games that ropes you in. In fact, I couldn't stop playing it!!!

I think it's important for you to know that I am 36 years old - a testament to the fact that these games are great for teens and adults alike!!!

Overall, I highly recommend this game to anyone who enjoyed (or is enjoying) the Nancy Drew Mystery series. So far, this is hands down the best ND game I've played to date! Just a note of caution though - I'd suggest you choose the "junior detective" regardless of your age, as there are several areas where it's too easy to become stuck, and if you choose this level, you have the benefit of a few more hints and the task journal - both big helps when you find yourself unable to move on...
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2005
Although the Hardy Boys really didn't do much in this game, it was fun to have them in it. The game had lots of pipe puzzles, some slider puzzles (which I love) and lots more interesting games of chance and puzzles. It was fun to go all over the train and look for pieces to some of the puzzles. I have played all of the Nancy Drew PC games and really love them. I am in the over 65 age group and these never grow old. I am now looking forward to the next one.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2007
I'm writing this review to help others. I purchased a Nancy Drew game, mistakenly assuming Windows Vista would be able to play XP compatible games. After some research I found there are 13 Nancy Drew games that are considered incompatible with Vista. The manufacturer suggested a "work around", which fortunately worked on my particular game, Danger on Deception Island but it may not work for other games. It's definitely worth a try.

This is a statement on HER's website ( [...] ) regarding Windows Vista:

"Unfortunately our first 13 games are not Vista Compatible, we are planning on re-releasing some of the more popular games with Vista compatibility but we don't have any set release dates as of yet. Starting with #14 - Danger By Design, all titles moving forward will be Vista compatible.

There is an unsupported work around that may work, if during installation you set the default path as "My Documents" then the game could possibly run under Vista. Unfortunately, we can't give any more support or help on older games running under the Vista Operating system."

The games that are NOT compatible with VISTA are:
Games » Danger By Design
Games » Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon
Games » Secret of the Old Clock
Games » Curse of Blackmoor Manor
Games » The Secret of Shadow Ranch
Games » Danger on Deception Island
Games » The Haunted Carousel
Games » Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake
Games » Secret of the Scarlet Hand
Games » The Final Scene
Games » Treasure in the Royal Tower
Games » Message in a Haunted Mansion
Games » Stay Tuned for Danger
Games » Secrets Can Kill
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2005
I just finished solving this game, and it's definitely worth your time and money. It's longer than Secret of the Old Clock, though not as long as Curse of Blackmoor Manor. Similar to Secret of Shadow Ranch, I'd say. (These are some other Nancy Drew computer games, for those who may be unfamiliar with the titles.) There are lots of puzzles, but they're not too difficult. The graphics are good, as is the ending sequence. I can't really think of a complaint, except that perhaps it could have been scarier. Looking forward to the next one!
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2005
This game was definitely not what I thought it would be. I was expecting a really easy game, mostly geared toward young kids and something I may be bored with. Not the case...

THE GOOD STUFF

1. The characters - the mannerisms and the personalities of the characters were great. I loved the phone chat with George & Bess.

2. The puzzles - they had just enough challenge to keep you on your toes. It stumped me at one point which actually made me happy. They had just the right amount of serious puzzles and fun ones so you couldn't get completely frustrated.

3. The graphics - A+! I was afraid they wouldn't be as good of quality but I was wrong. The detail was pretty darn good for a game geared towards young kids. The mine ride was the most realistic I have ever seen in a computer game.

THE NOT SO GOOD STUFF

1. The length of the game. I'm sure they know what they are doing when it comes to timing the game to keep kids attention but I thought the plot could have gone on a little more.

2. The HARDYS. Ok, they're cute and all but seriously I got a little miffed that they got to sit around while I (as Nancy) did all the work.

3. Locations. I thought that they could have expanded on the areas a little more. I would have liked to travel to a few more places before ending the game. Also I think the train should have had more rooms to explore. A lot of time was wasted trying to see if the doors in the sleeper car opened.

This was the first Nancy Drew game I have ever played and after this, it's definitely NOT the last.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2005
Your children are going to end up being very upset.....when you take over the computer and won't let them have their game back LOL! This game was totally addicting (and I'm 36). I couldn't go to bed last night until I had finished it. So, ummmm, I'm operating on about 3 1/2 hours sleep today. :-D

My daughter got this for her birthday on Saturday. It's the first Nancy Drew game we own. My daughter just turned 9. I think this game is going to end up being a little too hard for her to do by herself, but now that I've played it, I'll be able to give her a few extra hints that you don't get even as a "Junior Detective." And there's a couple of things I'm going to have to outright guide her through, because even I had to take some serious notes beyond what's recorded in Nancy's notebook to solve a couple of the puzzles.

I'm looking forward to picking up a few more Nancy Drew games for Christmas -- for my daughter, uh, yeah, for my daughter <huge grin>.

If you enjoy adventure games that make you think, this one is great for ANY age.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2005
This game begins with you, as Nancy Drew, invited by the Hardy Boys to solve a strange 100 year old mystery: What happened to Jake Hurley? Lori Girard, a wannabe actress who will do anything for attention, invited a world-known detective, a television star, a romance novelist, and the Hardy Boys to help discover anything that will lead to Jake Hurley's mine, which no one ever found. But when Lori mysteriously disappears, the real personalities of these people come out. Nancy Drew, with the help of the Hardy Boys, discovers the real reason why one passenger wanted to find Jake Hurley's abandoned mine.

Overall, it was fun to play, but hard to follow the story, which surprised me because usually HerInteractive does a very nice job with the story. The game was not overly easy, but not overly difficult either. I found my self going online only twice for help. And, as always, the graphics and the music is amazing! Another great job HerInteractive! 5 Stars!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2005
I have played almost all of the nancy drew games and in my opinion this is one of the best additions to the series. The addition of the Hardy Boys added a lot to the game and I have to admit that as the game kept going I had a bit of a crush on them... to bad they are fictional characters. The puzzles were not as hard as I would have liked them to be, but they still provided a hint of a challenge. And there were a few classic puzzles in there like the one on the box with the duck tape (the farmer, duck, dog, and boat). I found that intriguing. The music was fantastic and the lines were wittier and funnier which added humor to the game that a bunch of the other games are missing. Over all I had a bunch of fun with this game and was greatly surprised at the end. It had one of the best endings since Final Scene. The only thing I would say they could fix is that it could have been much longer. But otherwise I have no complaints!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2005
Nancy sets off from the station to solve a new and original mystery, what really happened to the owner of the train a hundred years ago when he allegedly vanished soon after the death of his wife aboard his train. What she will discover is beyond her imagination. On the train are famous people who could help in some crucial way to the solving of the mystery. There's Nancy, of course. Then there are the Hardy Boys, Frank and Joe, who Nancy can trust. There are more characters with eccentric personalities; one character we've met before on a previus mystery of Nancy's! The puzzles are puzzling. I got stumped many times. Easy ones tied in though. The whole plot was really involved, probably one of the best I've seen so far. During the game there are thinking parts, logic parts, clue detecting parts, and exciting parts. My personal favorite was the mine ride...I wont say more... My sibilings (13, 11, 9, and 7) and all of their friends always beg me to play Nancy Drew games for them, and they very much enjoyed this game. Some even had to run away from the room for some scenes...be warned. I jumped a few times... Overall I enjoyed this game so much and could play it again. The ending is a suprise and has a twist but I have to say ends pretty abruptly. Maybe they were trying to meet a deadline? The mine ride makes up for that though and also the suprising twist that the story recieves. Nancy has some new gadgets too...including a CAMERA phone! Good luck and have fun!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2010
I enjoyed this game a lot, especially since I don't enjoy the usual egoshooter fare. This one is fun to play with clues to find, puzzles to solve and interesting interactions and locations. I played it in about 3 evenings, so it's quite short, but excellent value for money.

My only complaint is that it didn't run in Windows 7 64-bit. Here is the manufacturer's support site: [...] I couldn't test it on a PC with Windows 7 32-bit and so had to use my old Windows XP instead.
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