Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! We have a fantastic sale going on for our scary games! But it ends in a few hours, midnight! Which scary game are you missing? Shop here!

I dressed up today, but forgot to have my picture taken. I did manage to get several other team member's pictures, so I *might* post some tomorrow.

Also, the team voted on their favorite pumpkin from our Twitter contest!

You can view all of the entries on our Facebook page, in a photo album, if you'd like. Several team members had such a hard time deciding, too.

Hope you have a great night, and don't forget to play a scary Nancy Drew game this week!


~Little Jackalope!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Nancy in New York

These last few days our CEO and Marketing Director went to visit Simon & Schuster. I'm always excited when they get to visit, because they are the ones who own Nancy Drew. Their headquarters are in New York, and our CEO and Marketing Director took a few snapshots for the blog!

Fancy signs welcome their visitors in.

In case you didn't know, Simon & Schuster publishes the Nancy Drew books, like the Nancy Drew Diaries series that we offer on our own site. Check out this new book series here!

Tomorrow is the big day! Also, tonight is the last chance to submit your pictures of your pumpkin carvings to our Twitter page!

~Little Jackalope~

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

In the Mood to Scare...?

It's hard for me to get into the "scare" mood these days, since here in Washington we've had beautiful bright, sunny blue sky and vibrant-colored trees. It's so pretty and cheerful! However, there have been excellent cold mornings this fall where it has been foggy. Not foggy in a scary way, but a romantic kind of way. This season reminds me of Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake.

From one of our office windows, shown above is a morning scene, and from the same spot, I took another picture of the setting sun on the gloriously-colored trees:

Anyways, I need to start thinking "scary". To get into the mood, I gathered up a few videos from our YouTube Channel. Perhaps these, too, will help you to get into the spirit!

We have a special birthday today!

~Little Jackalope~

Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday Alerts: Halloween

Halloween is only a few days away, so I must alert you to a few things before then. (Many of you are already aware of these.)

The last day we accept entries for the Pumpkin Carving Contest is Wednesday. If you still want to carve one, hurry before time runs out! Learn more about the contest here or submit to Twitter with the description and #NancyDrewPumpkin hashtag.

Also, if you are dressing up as a Nancy Drew character, we want to see it! (Because we are Nancy Drew nerds like that and love seeing all our other ND nerds, too.) XD

And for the weekend puzzle, it looks like some of you have solved the weekend puzzle. Props to you for researching these Celtic/Ancient Runes (as seen in Curse of Blackmoor Manor and also posted to the blog here for reference).

The answer is [Nekst Fridae] which pretty much means [Next Friday] since the runes don't have an X or Y available. This Friday coming up is when we will officially mention... something. For you fans who are hard-core, it will be nothing new. :-/ I just thought I'd tease you a bit. XD

We have some birthdays!

~Little Jackalope~

Friday, October 25, 2013

Blog Video! (And Weekend Puzzle #217)

I've been up to some mischief lately...making a silly video of sorts. For your entertainment:

Ah yes, remembering all those good times. The times when you first played a scary Nancy Drew game and experienced near-fake-heart-attacks, screaming, startling reactions, gasping, and flailing arms. Ah yes. I've personally played all of the games several times. So many times that I've gotten used to each scare element.

Although, the instances that are randomized still startle me from time to time. Which of these games below do you still need to play?

#3 - Message in a Haunted Mansion
#7 - Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake
#11 - Curse of Blackmoor Manor
#17 - Legend of the Crystal Skull
#19 - The Haunting of Castle Malloy
#23 - Shadow at the Water's Edge
#24 - The Captive Curse
#28 - Ghost of Thornton Hall 

Puzzle time! Let's see if you can understand my ancient language here...
Need help? Travel to April 26th, the year of The Captive Curse.

We have a couple birthdays, too!

~Little Jackalope~

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Scary Love

So... we got a little sassy and posted this today:

Ah yeah! If you have played Nancy's 23rd mystery, Shadow at the Water's Edge, you will totally understand the "humor" of this image. I won't spoil what happens at this part of the game, but if you haven't played this, may highly recommend it! This is the best season of the year to play this game for the first time! Here's our trailer for SAW:

Play it in the dark! And if you are on a laptop, be sure it is safely on a table, desk, or someplace where you cannot flip it, kick it, or throw it. Why? Because startling moments are bound to happen!

I'm currently playing this game...and I'm trying hard not to complete all of Rentaro's puzzles. They take up a lot of time, and I'm really not progressing as fast as I'd like.

Will you be playing a scary Nancy Drew game this next week? There is also time to carve a Nancy Drew Pumpkin for our contest!

~Little Jackalope~

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Kate Drew's Spy Starter Kit -- Winner!

We have tallied up everyone who pre-ordered The Silent Spy during the pre-order period and randomly selected one lucky winner! Congrats to Mallory M. of PA who wins the Official Kate Drew Spy Starter Kit! A big thanks to everyone who pre-ordered from!

Today is a great day to highlight several of our fans! Here is a video Rachel put together reacting to The Silent Spy:

Another fan, Natalie, painted her nails with elements from SPY!

Fan collections updated! Will shared with us his picture of his complete Nancy Drew game collection, which now includes #29! Is your Nancy Drew collection complete?

We have fans inside our office, too. Besides crazy-nerdy me, artist Jami is proud to show off her well-kept, completed collection of Nancy Drew games! She keeps them in an easy-to-access binder.

I've been meaning to add to my own personal Nancy Drew collection...but I'm holding off on purchasing more Nancy Drew Merchandise until I can work on getting more SPY art up. I've already seen requests for Cathedral and *other* logos...

~Little Jackalope~

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy

Today is the big day!! Nancy Drew's 29th mystery is now officially released! You can find The Silent Spy in all major retail stores, and of course, our web site. However, our web site is the only place you will receive a free digital strategy guide when you order the game.

So who's going to the store today to bring home a Scotland adventure? I've personally decided that SPY is now in my top 5 favorites (now I need to re-order my favorites lists). This is because I believe SPY has an overall excellent balance of all the elements I love about a Nancy Drew game: great story, characters with secrets, a secret room or hidden compartment in the game, new location/environment access half-way through the game play, great puzzle variation and difficulty, sleuthing and snooping in places and people's stuff.

by Her Interactive, Inc

How do you rate games? Be sure to post your review of the game to our Message Board! We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Tomorrow I have a lot of fan art and fan love to share with you, so stay tuned!

~Little Jackalope~

Monday, October 21, 2013

Interview with SPY Composer, Thomas Regin!

Today we posted this video interview of The Silent Spy's music composer, Thomas Regin! Check it out!

Have you played The Silent Spy? Or are you waiting for it arrive on the store shelves? Whether you are waiting to play the game or already have and enjoyed it, might I suggest the soundtrack available for download!

In case you weren't aware, when you purchase the digital soundtrack for SPY, you get a free pdf download of the sheet music for Kate's Theme, which is what you see and hear Nancy and Kate play on the piano together in the game. This is so you, too, can play along to Kate's music.

One of our fans awhile back posted a video of herself playing the music!

Looks like a few of you have successfully cracked the cipher! Simply shifting the alphabet 5 letters and replacing the letters I gave you will reveal the phrase ["Check the lockers."] This refers to SPY. (~.^)
We have some birthdays to celebrate!

~Little Jackalope~

Friday, October 18, 2013

Weekend Puzzle #216 + Charlotte

Hey all! It's Friday! I've got some fun things to share with you...

First, I just wanted to share this picture taken by Twitter Fan, Kim. She has the magic mug featuring the Her Interactive logo on it from the Merchandise Store. I think it's awesome! But then again, I AM partial to all Nancy Drew Merchandise... Kim puts soup in her mug, yum!

Also, I'm working on a small project that will be posted next week. In the meantime, I'll share with you some pictures of it:

Yep, I dressed up as ghost Charlotte from Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall. Remember! If you dressed up as a game character, share it with us on our social media pages (list to the right). We'd love to see your creative costumes!

Also, don't forget about the Pumpkin Carving Contest! This weekend would be an excellent time to get out those tools and carve some creative Nancy Drew pictures!

Here's your puzzle!

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~Little Jackalope~

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Be Careful Who You Trust!

Sounds like several of you have already received and played The Silent Spy! If you'd like to share your thoughts (we will be sure to read them) post them to the message boards! Also, if you are still in the middle of solving the mystery, don't forget about the strategy guide that was included in your order (you download it as a pdf).

Today we posted this image:

So who did you trust? Or if you haven't played the game, yet, who do you think you can trust? Characters specifically each have secrets hidden from you, and it's up to you to decide if they are trustworthy, if they are the good guys or the bad guys.

Without spoiling it for others, did you guess the culprit early? Were you surprised at any of the characters' secrets?

~Little Jackalope~

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Spy Has Arrived

Today the Her Interactive office team received their copies of The Silent Spy. Now we get to take these home and play them there!

If you had ordered the physical copy, have you received yours yet? If not, check your order status when you log in to your account.

Check it out! One of our fans, Rozanna, posed just like The Silent Spy cover art!

Twitter Quote Contest is today! Head over for a chance to win a digital guide!
~Little Jackalope~

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Download The Silent Spy!

Today's the day! If you pre-ordered the digital Bonus Edition of The Silent Spy, you may have received your email allowing you to download already. If you pre-ordered the physical version, just know that all orders have been processed, and the game should be on its way to your home right now!

Once you finish playing the game, share with us your thoughts and opinions by posting to the Message Boards! (If the strategy guide does not help, then the Message Boards are a great place to seek assistance.)

Now get back to your spy work! (~.^)

~Little Jackalope~

Monday, October 14, 2013

Playing SPY Tomorrow?

Tomorrow's the big day we have all been waiting for! Tomorrow you get to download and play the BONUS EDITION of Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy! Everyone who pre-ordered the digital copy will get to play Nancy's latest mystery very soon. Are you ready to learn the truth about Kate Drew? Sign up for our newsletter here to stay updated on all of our important news coming up, in case you haven't subscribed, yet. ;)

We have already seen a few entries to the Twitter Pumpkin Carving Contest (learn more here). They are looking sharp! Anyone have ideas for a carving? (You don't have to share it now, you can save it as a surprise when you post your picture.)

Sounds like several of you recognized the Pigpen (or Masonic) cipher from the weekend puzzle. Here's the solution:

Tomorrow, you may learn exactly what this means...

~Little Jackalope~

Friday, October 11, 2013

Weekend Puzzle #215

Hooray for Friday! For those of you who pre-ordered, the physical copies should be arriving next week, and those who are getting digital...there are only four days left until you get to download your copy! Oh boy, this means my SPY secrets are going to be revealed soon! Well, I might as well make the most of what time I have left to tease you about it...

Here's your weekend brain-bender! Should be easy enough... XD

In the meantime, you could purchase the digital music of SPY here and listen to the game calling your name as you eagerly await its arrival... Ah, the sounds of spies and Scotland!

Also, if you have a question about the Nancy Drew Pumpkin Carving Contest, please read the details found on the Dare to Play Blog here.

We have birthdays!

~Little Jackalope~

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Nancy Drew Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Look at this! Starting today, you can post your best Nancy Drew-themed carved pumpkins to Twitter (with hash tag #NancyDrewPumpkin) for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Read the complete instructions and prize details here on the Dare to Play Blog! Last year we had some great entries, if you'd like to see how awesome they were, check them out here on our Facebook page (last year was via Facebook, this year we are sharing the pumpkins via Twitter).

I was rather inspired by last year's entries. Even though I'm not eligible to win, I just may carve my own pumpkin to share with you. Hmm...what shall I carve.? I want it to be original...and creative, and recognizable -- because that's important, haha -- and something totally Nancy Drew-nerdy.

~Little Jackalope~

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Costume Inspirations and Sold Out BONUS EDITIONS!

Aaaaaaand here's the big news for today:

Yep. We have now sold out of the BONUS EDITION physical copies for The Silent Spy.

Also, many of you have received emails about your pre-order status. If you are confused what this means, please read this note from our Administrator on the Message Boards.

Check these out! We had a little fun and put together some outfits inspired by Charlotte in Nancy Drew Ghost of Thornton Hall. Great sample pieces to put together a Halloween costume!

For those fashion-savvy social-sharing fans out there, we just started a Polyvore account! In case you wanted to check out our sets. ;)

Twitter Quote Contest is today!
~Little Jackalope~