Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon

[Image features a video game cover. It says "Nancy Drew Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon" In between Nancy and Drew is a black figure of a young woman holding a magnifying glass. In the background is a steam train"

It’s been a little bit since I wrote a Nancy Drew PC game review. I had a few of the Nancy Drew games in my Steam library, but I wasn’t in the mood to play them. The Nancy Drew games are fun to play, but can sometimes be a bit cumbersome with all the puzzles and mental brain power it takes to finish the game. I took a break and now that 2023 has started, I found myself going back to them. The latest Nancy Drew game I played was Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon

For those who are unfamiliar, in 2020 I set a goal to play every single Nancy Drew PC game. The Nancy Drew PC games are some of the most challenging games I have played. My husband jokes that he can tell that I’m playing them when he sees me near my laptop with a notepad in my hand. With the Nancy Drew puzzles, they are often so intricate that I have to write things down that might come up in the game later. While the Nancy Drew games might be aimed at a younger audience, I think they can be enjoyed by anyone at any age because of the difficult nature of the games.

Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon begins in a train car where Nancy is invited by The Hardy Boys to unravel the mystery of Jake Hurley, who stepped off the train and was never seen again. When Nancy is introduced to the other guests on the train, one of them disappears! Nancy must find the missing guest along with collecting clues into Jake Hurley’s life and disappearance.

The setting in the Nancy Drew games is pretty important because I think it serves as a gauge of how much I will like this particular game versus the other games I played. I liked how this game took place on the train. There was a lot to explore and several hidden items to collect. The train car felt antique, so in a lot of ways it felt like Nancy was back in the early 1900s. Another component of the Nancy Drew games is the characters or in most cases the suspects. Sometimes it feels pretty clear who the culprit is while other times it comes across as a surprise. There seemed to be something about each character that created a motive as to who would want to figure out what happened to Jake Hurley and what that notoriety would do for them. It helps create more suspense while playing the game.

The gameplay for the Nancy Drew games varies slightly. In some games, Nancy has a journal, and every time she encounters a puzzle, barrier, or other obstacles, she logs it in her journal as a task. Once the task is completed, the player can check off the task. Some Nancy Drew games have the journal while others don’t. I love that Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon had Nancy’s journal. It’s so much easier to track what I have left to do along with how much of the game I have left. I wish every Nancy Drew game had a journal because it makes the game much more enjoyable.

Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon was definitely one of the more fun Nancy Drew games I have played thus far. If you’re interested in playing the Nancy Drew games, you can find most if not all of them on Steam.

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