Gamemaker Her Interactive needs players’ help to bring its flagship Nancy Drew franchise to smartphones and tablets. Yesterday the Bellevue, WA company launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $250,000.
The Nancy Drew games feature the “original girl detective,” created by children’s author Edward Stratemeyer back in 1930. Nancy Drew appeared in a number of book series throughout history all the way up until 2004 when the original character was retired and updated to a more modern character. Her Interactive brought Nancy to life in video game form in 1998 and has been publishing the mystery adventure titles ever since.
Following the point-and-click model made famous in many early LucasArts titles, the Nancy Drew games charge the player with talking to suspects, picking up clues and tackling puzzles to solve each case.
Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen, Her Interactive’s newest entry in the point-and-click adventure franchise was released last May. In the company’s campaign video, Megan Gaiser, the chief strategy and creative officer explained that successfully porting Tomb of the Lost Queen to mobile will allow them to easily transition to porting the rest of their games to the platform.
“Taking Nancy Drew mobile is a tremendous opportunity and a great way for us to reach more fans,” said Stuart Moulder, CEO of Her Interactive. “Her Interactive has always been blessed with a loyal and passionate fan base, and Kickstarter gives us another way to connect with our fans and opens the door for their support of this key initiative.”
The Nancy Drew games are typically rated E for Everyone and tend to attract a younger audience. If you are a parent of a child interested in these games, you might want to visit the Kickstarter page and pledge your support.