Hello fellow sleuths! I'm super excited to finally do a full breakdown of the 2004 Nancy Drew Media Collateral disc that was kindly sent to me from Nancy Drew fan Daniel!
On the disc, there's a file called "index" which, when opened, brings up this page (click to enlarge).
Pretty retro, hey? That teal, the banner saying "The Secret of Shadow Ranch, Coming Soon!" I mean, how awesome is that? This was created before SHA released!
Anyways, the page has the following six headings to explore: Packaging and Screen Shots, Press Releases, Product Descriptions, Walkthroughs, Awards, and Corporate Backgrounder. There's a legend at the bottom saying that files marked with the * sign are Microsoft Word documents, and the files marked with the ! are PDF files. Here's a quick rundown of each heading.
Packaging and Screen Shots
These folders contain multiple screenshots that HeR had chosen as official images for marketing the game. It also includes a 3D box shot of the game. Take a look at the reference screenshot from below (click to enlarge).
These images can all be downloaded as a .zip file by clicking on the hyperlink to download. Makes it a lot faster to view and access them! That's really about all that these pages look like. The rest of the links on the homepage are direct downloads of the files listed.
The press releases are simply an official statement from HeR Interactive announcing the launch of new titles. As each of these files as the * sign beside them, it means they will download as a Microsoft Word document. Once downloaded, they can be opened in Microsoft Word and edited or printed out as you see fit.
The product descriptions are mostly Word documents that simply contain information on the game such as the premise, storyline, features, platforms, genre, age range, availability, ESRB rating, developer, distributor, price, and press contacts. I only wish that they contained the exact dates on which the games officially released. They give the month and year, but not the actual day. That's where some of the press releases are much more helpful!
This particular section is my personal favorite. All of these walkthroughs are point-form and walk the player through the first nine games correctly every time if the steps are followed very closely. The part that I find the most interesting is that both Secrets Can Kill and Stay Tuned for Danger have walkthroughs, and yet HeR Interactive never officially released PDF walkthroughs for these games, only for Secrets Can Kill REMASTERED. One of the coolest things is the fact that each of these walkthroughs says "confidential" on the bottom, implying they were only meant for internal use. Well, now they aren't so "internal", are they?
This Word document contains a list of each award won by the Nancy Drew games released by HeR Interactive up until this disc had been made (May 4, 2004).
This final PDF contains background information on HeR Interactive as well as product descriptions for the first ten Nancy Drew games.
Now, as I'm sure you've noticed, I haven't included images of each file I've mentioned. I'm also sure that you're wanting to know and see more than what I'm telling you! Well, I'm super excited to announce that you can do all the viewing you please by simply heading to the Downloads page on my website! That's right, I've just uploaded the full .zip file to that page and once downloaded, you'll have full access to everything mentioned in this post! Have fun exploring!
That about wraps up today's post. Until next time, detectives!