Monday, August 1, 2011

Nancy Drew: Alibi in Ashes

So, how do people feel about the next Nancy Drew game?



This game takes place in Nancy's hometown.  Who do you want to see in this game?  Here's a list of all the possible characters I can think of:
  • Bess and George: Nancy's friends.  They're in the preview, after all.  It's probably a good bet they'll be there.
  • Ned Nickerson: Nancy's boyfriend, who is also mentioned in the preview.  The conversations between Nancy and Ned in the previous game make it seem like he's going to be there, for certain.
  • Carson Drew: Nancy's Dad, who has been absent from the series since Nancy Drew: Secret of the Old Clock (2005).  You could call him in that game.
  • Hannah Gruen: The Drew family housekeeper, who has been absent from the series since Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion (2000).  You could call her in that game, and in subsequent games, when you call the Drew house, it's her voice on the answering machine.
  • Togo: The Drew family dog.
Nancy's dad and Hannah haven't appeared for a while, but they get mentioned every now and then in later games.  Usually, Nancy's start-of-game and end-of-game letters are addressed to one of them.  They'll probably at least get mentioned in the next game.
As for the other residents of River Heights, it seems that who lives in the town changes, depending on which Nancy Drew book series you're reading.  Probably the closest there is to a cross-series regular is Chief Police McGinnis.  His personality changes depending on who's writing him, though; I've seen him appear as "the nice guy", "the bumbler" and "the person who's not-so-secretly jealous of Nancy because she solves every mystery in town without even trying".

So who will appear in the game?  Will they be characters you can actually see?  Or will they just be characters you can call?  Will you get to play as one of them, like you've done in other games?  No matter who's in the game, though, I have a feeling it's going to be exciting.

29 comments:

Zlandael said...

I think HER might reuse some places in Secrets can Kill.

Diana said...

I'm really excited for this game. Playing as Ned would be an experience and I can't wait for the return of Bess and George!

Anonymous said...

you know who i want in the game?
a guy with flippy hair

Cat said...

@Zlandael, SCK took place in Paseo del Mar, not River Heights.

I want to play as Ned, maybe even see what he looks like. I'd love to have the Hardy Boys in this game, too. Hopefully they'll be phone friends. HI never has enough characters. I hope there are lots of characters AND phone friends in the new game.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Phoenix Wright should be her lawyer.

Kira said...

I really hope that HERinteractive won't cheat us in this one. I hope they're not just taunting us with pictures of Bess and George, and only when we play the game, we see that Bess and George are not present, and are only reachable by a phone call. The same thing could be considered with Ned, if they decide to be cheap. But, I am confident that HERinteractive will come through this game, and we will be able to actually SEE Bess and George and Ned. That's my hope, anyway. :-)

Anonymous said...

I hope they make Ned Nickerson beautiful in this game! And I'm so
excited for this game to come out! And I hope they make the other characters good also, I hope Frank & Joe Hardy are in this game they're so awesome!

Anonymous said...

I'm excited to see Ned and Bess and George again as well Togo, Hannah, and Carson Drew. Part of me has a theory that a bad guy or several from previous Nancy Drew games organized the plot to frame her but then again, it might be a little too soon to tell and probably too soon in the overall story arc as well. We;ll see.

Sammy said...

Am I the only one who doesn't want bess and george to be in the game? They were both in ransom and so left us with only one suspect the entire game. If they aren't in the game, HER will be able to design new characters that could actually be counted as suspects. And more suspects=more suspense=better game.

Violet said...

I agree with Sammy, as I don't care if Bess and George are in it. I mean, we saw them in Seven Ships, so why can't we have some NEW characters? But I still wouldn't mind wasting one character on Ned.

Shelia said...

What if this is like Shadow at the Water's Edge? Remember, Nancy was supposed to be with Bess and George, but HER gave an excuse as to why they weren't there. They'll probably do the same thing with Bess, George, and Ned.

*Sidethought* Whoa, what if Ned was actually visual in the game, and he tries to hug us? *thinks about creepy closeup of Ned hugging us and kissing us*

Anonymous said...

I want HER to bring Henry Bolet from Legend of the Crystal Skull back in a game!



~Kay

Katie said...

I really hope we get to see Ned in this game! I have been waiting too long!

Anonymous said...

I think it's going to be one of those games where you can switch from person to person. Nancy will probably call Ned from the police station and it will switch to him and he will solve most of the mystery

Anonymous said...

cant wait

Anonymous said...

Ned sounds cute over the phone calls and I know that Hannah Gruens gonna b awesome bcause my first name is Hannah so that foreshadows awesomness. Oh, and I can't wait 2 c Ned!

Anonymous said...

Of course we're going to see bess. George an Ned, but I domt think we'll see Hannah, Carson, and Togo. HeR usually does 6 characters max so they couldn't do all of them.

leggycal said...

Togo wouldn't be a real character anyway so they could easily include them all, but most of the people I would want to see in the game wouldn't really be suspects (Carson, Hannah, Bess, Ned, etc). I just hope they don't do the whole game without seeing the culprit until the end like in the original secrets can kill or castle malloy. I hate that!!

Writer4Christ said...

I think the reason why CAP was shorter than normal games is because HER is working hard on game 25, which is going to be pretty special. I hope. I hope that we can play as Ned(although I hope he doesn't look too weird like Joe turned out in Creature of Capu Cave), and actually be able to talk in person to Nancy's dad and Hannah. And see Nancy's dog, of course.

Karen said...

I can't remember her name but there is a girl who is really snotty towards Nancy. She can be found in some of the Nancy Drew Case Files and in one of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mysteries. She is a paper reporter, mostly because her dad owns the paper.

Meli said...

One character you didn't mention there that I'd really love to see is Sonny June, he's referenced to in almost all Nancy Drew games at least once but you've never actually seen him. It's almost like nancy is fallowing him wherever he goes, which now that I think about it is kinda creepy.

Isis4ever said...

I hope we're able to see Bess, George, and Ned in this game at least :)

Anonymous said...

Nancy drew rocks!! I really like your videos! They are very helpful. I cannot even wait for alibi in ashes!!!!!!

Rebekah said...

I cannot even wait until alibi in ashes comes out! I am going to get it on wednesday if i can! Your videos help a ton.
~I love nancy drew!!~

Anonymous said...

i wonder if ned IS present in this game if in any of the future games ned and nancy could go on a date it seems to me having such a task built into the game would be very entertaining and it seems since ned rarely gets any time with nancy because of the mysteries that such an event is deserved and overdue.

NancyRokz said...

I just want the game Alibi In Ashes to come out quick so I could play it.

Rose said...

Okay, I won't say any spoilers but I have the game and yes you can play as Bess, George, and Ned as well as Nancy! I think Bess looks a lot better from how she looked previously in the pics I've seen. Nancy's dad is in Australia and Hannah left to Aunt Eloise's.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate all your helpful walthroughs for Nancy Drew games. You really have done amazing job!

I just finished playing Alibi in Ashes and frankly I was very disappointed. I do understand that maybe this game was ment to be more of an introduction to ND games for younger market and wider population. But for us fans the game was just too easy and short.

Yes it was a team effort to help solve the game, the gang was there. But overall the game seemed rushed and just too straight forward, there really wasn't much to do figure out what to do. Graphics were well done but overall the whole game was one big let down and a snooze fest.

Dilara said...

You can only see Bess, Dierde (the girl who likes Ned), and some other suspects.Oh and George too towards the end of the game. But you can only play as Nancy or Ned. However if you want a picture of Ned there is one in Nancy's room. This game was short but it felt really nice to play as Ned, George and Bess. Can't wait for the next game!