[30 November 2008]
Until recently, the PopMatters Multimedia staff consisted entirely of male writers. As such, it was almost a matter of drawing straws to see who would get “stuck” with covering the various Nancy Drew titles pushed out by Her Interactive every nine months or so. From these assignments came an interesting trend, however—to a man, every single person assigned to write about a Nancy Drew game ended up enjoying it, citing it as one of the better adventure games currently being produced for the PC. The latest in the series is no different. In fact, it’s an example of just how Her is putting the increasing budget they’re getting for these games to good use; it’s the best-looking Nancy Drew adventure to date, and yet it retains the unexpectedly complex puzzling of the previous games. Its target audience may be one made up of tween and young teen girls, but Her has proven over and over again that you don’t need to be a member of that group to enjoy this game. The Haunting of Castle Malloy is as good a place in the series as any to begin discovering that for yourself.