Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon

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Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon
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Developer(s) Her Interactive
Publisher(s) DreamCatcher
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
  • NA September 15, 2005
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single player

Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon is the 13th installment in the Nancy Drew point-and-click adventure game series by Her Interactive. The game is available for play on Microsoft Windows platforms. It has an ESRB rating of E for moments of mild violence and peril. Players take on the first-person view of fictional amateur sleuth Nancy Drew and must solve the mystery through interrogation of suspects, solving puzzles, and discovering clues. There are two levels of gameplay, Junior and Senior detective modes, each offering a different difficulty level of puzzles and hints, however neither of these changes affect the actual plot of the game. The game is loosely based on a book entitled Mystery Train. [1] [2]

Plot[edit]

The Hardy Boys have invited Nancy Drew to join them on a train trip hosted by Lori Girard, a wealthy, young socialite. Lori has gathered the best detectives, researchers, and investigators in the country to help her solve the mystery of what happened to Jake Hurley, the man who originally owned the train. One day in 1903, the train was found in Blue Moon Canyon, Nevada with only the dead engineer on board. Jake Hurley was never seen again.

As soon as the train takes off, Lori Girard mysteriously vanishes from the train. Nancy needs to find Lori and solve the mystery of Jake Hurley's disappearance.

Development[edit]

Characters[edit]

  • Nancy Drew - Nancy is an eighteen-year old amateur detective from the fictional town of River Heights in the United States. She is the main playable character in the game, and the player must solve the mystery from her perspective.
  • Frank Hardy and Joe Hardy - These brothers are not strangers to mysteries. They conduct investigations and go undercover for ATAC (American Teens Against Crime). Frank and Joe are old friends of Nancy and invited her to join them on the train trip. They assist Nancy with the case and can provide her with helpful information. Frank is a brief playable character.
  • Lori Girard - Beautiful, rich Lori loves parties, especially a party on a haunted train with world-famous detectives bound for an unknown destination to discover a century-old secret. Lori disappears soon after the train takes off. What could have happened to her?
  • Tino Balducci - Tino is a hot-shot detective who recently solved a big case in Chicago. Some people say it was just luck, but Tino's out to show them that he is the best detective. How far would he be willing to go to prove it?
  • Charleena Purcell - Charleena's romance novels have sold millions of copies and won awards for historical excellence, but she's not interested in parties. She's done her homework about Jake Hurley though. Does she know more about the treasure than she's letting on?
  • John Grey - The host of TV's Ghost Chasers, John analyzes electromagnetic fields to determine if there are any ghosts in the area. He thinks that the ghost of Jake Hurley's wife may know something about Lori's disappearance. Does he know more than he's saying?
  • Fatima - Fatima works at the Copper Gorge Museum and Taffy Shop and wears a cartoon miner costume. She is a huge fan of Charleena Purcell. Fatima can go from nice to mean in a split second if you touch any of the artifacts in the museum without her permission.

Phone Contacts[edit]

Cast[edit]

  • Lori Girard - Sarah Papineau
  • Charleena Purcell - Julia Francis
  • John Grey - Lowell Deo
  • Tino Balducci - Jeff Minnerly
  • Fatima / Waitress - Amy Broomhall
  • Engineer / Oldtimer / Additional Voices - Jason Sharp [3]

Gameplay[edit]

Fatal Errors[edit]

In each of the games, there are different points where Nancy can make "fatal errors." These points are usually when she blows her cover as a detective or gets seriously injured. At such points, the game will stop and give the player the option to try again before the fatal error occurred. If the player doesn't wish to retry, then the game is over. The fatal errors in Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon include:

  • Pulling the emergency brake.
  • Turning the steam wheel before connecting the pipes.
  • Incorrectly removing wood planks in the mine.
  • Taking too long to get out of the mine.
  • Taking the wrong tracks while in the mine cart.

Gameplay Awards[edit]

An award is given at the end of the game based on your sleuthing style. These are all of the possible awards:

  • Clickety Clack Yakety Yak Award: For calling Bess and George. A lot.
  • Full Throttle Award: For going full bore on all the puzzles and solving them fast.
  • Gandy Dancer Award: For being such a whiz when it comes to dancing.
  • Hangin' with the Hardys Award: For spending maybe a little too much time with Frank and Joe.
  • Happy Wanderer Award: For going everywhere there was to go and seeing everything there was to see.
  • Hello Dolly Award: For rearranging the dolls in no time flat.
  • Iron Horse Chef Award: For sandwich-making creativity.
  • Light at the End of the Tunnel Award: For finding your way through Jake's mine in record time.
  • Phoenix Award: For knowing that the best thing to do after a disaster is get up and try again.
  • Pinkerton Award: For going after suspects and questioning them relentlessly.
  • Riffs on Rails Award: For never missing an opportunity to play Camille's piano.
  • Silver Spike Award: For all-around sleuthing excellence.
  • Steamed Sleuth Award: For making things go boom a few too many times.
  • Wins on Wheels Award: For playing games over and over and over and over...

References to Previous Games[edit]

References to previous games in the series include:

Trivia[edit]

  • This is the first game in the series:
    • that features the Hardy Boys as visible characters.
    • where the player is able to play as someone other than Nancy Drew. There is a brief mini game in which the player becomes Frank Hardy.
  • The picture shown in the game's opening is of Union Station, located in Chicago, Illinois.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon Teaser Trailer
  2. ^ "Nancy Drew Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon | Girl Games Online". Herinteractive.com. 
  3. ^ "Nancy Drew Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon IMDb". 


Preceded by
Nancy Drew: Secret of the Old Clock
Nancy Drew Computer Games Succeeded by
Nancy Drew: Danger By Design