Her Interactive is the company that makes the award-winning Nancy Drew games.
In 1995, Her Interactive broke off of American Laser Games, determined to make games that catered to girls, as there were not enough (and, arguably, are still not) sophisticated girl games. The first two games they made were McKenzie & Co. (1995) and The Vampire Diaries (1996); the latter of these was based on a popular book series.
In 1998, the first Nancy Drew game, Secrets Can Kill, was released, with DreamCatcher distributing the games. The company was originally contracted for up to twelve games, but this was later extended indefinitely. In 2002, Her Interactive became an independent distributor, thus breaking with DreamCatcher.
For many years, Her Interactive have attempted to break into the mobile game market. A Gameboy Advance series was launched with Message in a Haunted Mansion in 2001. However, no further games were made. Attempts to launch both Wii and DVD game series were also short-lived.
In August 2012, Her Interactive put up a Kickstarter to import their latest game, Tomb of the Lost Queen, to mobile devices. However, the Kickstarter was cancelled, due to it not collecting enough money in time. Ghost of Thornton Hall ended up being the inaugural game for tablets in 2014. The Silent Spy was the next mobile project, but it was again cancelled in 2015.
In May 2015, Her Interactive laid off just about every single employee other than the marketers and put their products on an indefinite hiatus, save for the children's app Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues in May 2016. In January 2017, Little Jackalope confirmed that Codes & Clues as well as any future products would be outsourced. They also became a distributor for other products, such as The Young Socratics' Odyssey.
In December 2017, Her Interactive released a statement saying that the next Nancy Drew adventure game is scheduled to be released in Spring 2019, and that it would have the potential to be released on consoles, VR, and tablets alongside the regular PC/Mac release.
Her Interactive mainly produced point and click adventure games starring Nancy Drew. They make use of many interfaces.
In 2015, Her Interactive founded a subdivision called Her Interactive Kids to release mobile games aimed for children.
List of Games Edit
- Secrets Can Kill (1998 - Remastered 2010)
- Stay Tuned for Danger (1999)
- Message in a Haunted Mansion (PC 2000, Gameboy Advance 2001)
- Treasure in the Royal Tower (2001)
- The Final Scene (2001)
- Secret of the Scarlet Hand (2002)
- Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake (2002)
- The Haunted Carousel (2003)
- Danger on Deception Island (2003)
- The Secret of Shadow Ranch (2004)
- Curse of Blackmoor Manor (PC 2004, DVD 2007)
- Secret of the Old Clock (2005)
- Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon (2005)
- Danger by Design (2006)
- The Creature of Kapu Cave (2006)
- The White Wolf of Icicle Creek (PC 2007, Wii 2008)
- Legend of the Crystal Skull (2007)
- The Phantom of Venice (2008)
- The Haunting of Castle Malloy (2008)
- Ransom of the Seven Ships (2009)
- Warnings at Waverly Academy (2009)
- Trail of the Twister (2010 - This game and beyond are also available for Mac)
- Shadow at the Water's Edge (2010)
- The Captive Curse (2011)
- Alibi in Ashes (2011)
- Tomb of the Lost Queen (2012)
- The Deadly Device (2012)
- Ghost of Thornton Hall (PC/Mac 2013, Tablets 2014)
- The Silent Spy (2013)
- The Shattered Medallion (2014)
- Labyrinth of Lies (2014)
- Sea of Darkness (2015)
- Midnight in Salem (2019 - This game and beyond have the potential to be made available for tablets and virtual reality)
The original Secrets Can Kill has two discs that the player switches between throughout the game with different areas on each disc. Secrets Can Kill and Stay Tuned for Danger were eventually discontinued, as they stopped working on most peoples' computers in the late 2000s.
Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon and the games after it up to Shadow at the Water's Edge had two discs - one for installation and one for gameplay; however, starting with The White Wolf of Icicle Creek, a disc did not need to be in at all in order to play a game once it was installed. Starting with The Captive Curse, the games just came on one DVD. Her Interactive started offering downloadable versions of their games around Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon's release, and eventually had all of them up on their website starting with Message in a Haunted Mansion. Now, the series has spread to other venues like Big Fish Games and Steam.
Some games got so popular that Her Interactive stopped making copies once they ran out as they could no longer afford to, but downloads were still offered. Her Interactive started making their games Mac compatible with Trail of the Twister. The White Wolf of Icicle Creek and every game past it up to The Captive Curse came with a Nancy Drew Central application, which contained buttons that would allow any of the first 24 games (and Secrets Can Kill Remastered) to be played if they were installed, or had the disc in if it was one of the first 15. It also contained links to the Her Interactive website and message boards. Alibi in Ashes and every game past it came with links within the game to the Her Interactive website, Facebook, twitter and YouTube (and The Deadly Device started including the Pinterest link). The Deadly Device started including a desktop icon that led to the Her Interactive website as well, and a QR code on the back of the box that led to a mobile site with information for the game.
The Nancy Drew games are switching to a Unity-based engine as of Midnight in Salem.
Nancy Drew Dossier:
This is a series of casual hidden object games, for players who want less of a challenge or have less time. It was originally download only, but Lights, Camera, Curses! was eventually released in retail in 2009.
Nancy Drew Mobile Mysteries:
This is a series of games available for the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad starring a Nancy Drew in an alternate universe. They are "game books" - the player reads it like an eBook, but at some points will play it like a game and go along different paths, creating the story that they want. It was promoted with a video webseries and an extra video case.
- Shadow Ranch (2011)
- Castle Finster (Cancelled- Shelved)
Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues:
In 2015, HI Kids was founded in order to release the Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues series for iOS, Android, Kindle and tablet devices, starring an 8 year old Nancy Drew who uses coding to help solve mysteries. The games introduce players to coding and programming skills.
- Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues (2016)
The Hardy Boys:
- Treasure on the Tracks (2009)
Her Interactive in Nancy's WorldEdit
Her Interactive has quite a presence in Nancy's world, as well:
- Copies of The Vampire Diaries appear in the library in Secrets Can Kill and in Lillian Weiss' office in Stay Tuned for Danger. There is an ad for it in the rec room in Warnings at Waverly Academy and an ad for a spin off of it in Secrets Can Kill Remastered called The Campfire Diaries.
- In the library in Secrets Can Kill is a book about Her Interactive and the Making of Nancy Drew, being the first indication that it is an actual company.
- In Stay Tuned for Danger, Lillian Weiss has a mug with the HeR logo on it, as well as a rolodex with the name "Ms. Teri Gaime" on it with the Her Interactive logo. Dwayne Powers also has one of their business cards in his wallet, and the logo is present on a skateboard in the prop room.
- In Message in a Haunted Mansion, Rose Green also has a Her Interactive mug, and Abby's book on Fortune Telling was produced by Her Interactive publishing.
- A Her Interactive mug once again appears in the women's dressing room in The Final Scene.
- In Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake, Nancy mentions on her PDA that she should check out herinteractive.com since it is a keen website for detectives.
- In Alibi in Ashes, Nancy's cake scrapbook has quite a few references to Her Interactive, and one girl is even shown holding up a copy of The Haunted Carousel, meaning that Her Interactive has turned Nancy's cases into games just as in our world. Books based on her cases are shown in the book as well.
- At the beginning of Treasure on the Tracks, Joe mentions that some of Nancy's cases (at least Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon and The Haunting of Castle Malloy) have even been adapted into movies.
- All of the cases have artwork representing them, as the characters have them as their cell phone backgrounds in Alibi in Ashes.
- In The Shattered Medallion, Her Interactive is sponsoring Pacific Run, and their logo is on a curtain in the Puzzle Palace.