Spot 18 goes to a really lighthearted game: case 13, “Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon.”
Frank and Joe Hardy invite Nancy to join them on a semi-star-studded ride aboard a centuries-year-old train, which belonged to Jake Hurley (a random person who was somewhat significant).
A snobby rich guy’s daughter, Lori Girard, had the train repurposed and back in running condition so that she can find Jake Hurley’s treasure. However, she needs help. So, she rounded up a super team of semi-famous stars:
-Charleena Purcell (who has helped Nancy in the past) because of her knack for research and knowledge of the old west.
-John Grey, a tv star-ghost hunter because Jake Hurley’s wife, Camille, is said to haunt the train.
-Tino Balducci, a famous (yet bumbling) police detective because, well, he’s a detective.
Add them plus the Hardy Boys, Nancy, and a cranky conductor, and you have yourself a train full of people in search for some treasure.
So, in the opening sequence, Lori goes missing when the train goes under a tunnel, so the first priority is to find her. Once that’s done, she trusts Nancy with the task of finding the treasure, or at least its location.
The rest of the game, like most of it, just feels like a really fun game. Unlike basically every other title in the Nancy Drew series, “Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon” has no serious or even slightly-serious situation that needs solving or uncovered. There’s nothing dramatic whatsoever about it. Perhaps that’s why it’s below a lot of other ones.
Other than that, it’s actually a really great game. The puzzles are great, not to easy yet not too hard. The characters are all fun and incredibly different from each other. Bess and George are fun phone contacts.
There’s really not much at all to complain about.
Just thought of something. I’m guessing that a lot of the game can feel boring because of the lack of drama. Aside from the treasure, there’s really no reason that we need to find it. There’s no threats, no hauntings, no crime, just fun.
For that reason, a lot of it just feels bland and without much motivation. Maybe that’s a stretch, but it’s not like it isn’t true.
That’s about all I can say. The entire game is fun, with a few really challenging puzzles, and it goes by rather nicely.
I do think that it gets more boring after we reach Copper Gorge and the train stops. It’s less movement and just kind of stale. It’s not a terrible place though. The cemetery is kind of creepy, and Buell’s is pretty fun. It has some mini games, but they’re almost entirely based on chance, which takes forever.
Overall, “Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon” is great. Not the best, but really fun.
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