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The Hardy Boys Treasure on the Tracks
Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: Mystery Games have become all the rage lately, especially on the Nintendo DS. So what can a developer do to distinguish themselves in a crowded field? Having The Hardy Boys headline caught my eye. I read their mystery novels as a kid, and always wanted to solve some mysteries myself. The Hardy Boys Treasure on the Tracks is the next best thing, and much safer. The line between novel, and video game gets blurred by Her Interactive.
Excerpt: I remember my grandmother purchase me Hardy Boys books when I was growing up. It's a franchise that has been around seemingly forever. Actually, it dates back to 1927, believe it or not. The same stories that teenage boys find themselves enthralled with reading at night are the same target audience for the video game version of the books. For those of us that have moved onto more mature reading, you might find this game to be a bit nostalgic.
Summary: You’re better off spending your $20 on an old Shaun Cassidy record or one of the two DVD box sets of the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys mysteries. At least there you’ll find something to enjoy and possibly even challenge “the little grey cells”, to quote Hercule Poirot. There just isn’t much mystery here, even taking the intended age demographic into account.
Pros: It’s set on a train.
Cons: Not many people to interact with., Skips over the long history of the Hardy Boys (in print since 1927!) in favor of the recent, vastly inferior and rather stupid Papercutz take (“A.T.A.C.”, anyone??? ‘Nuff said!!!), Extremely short game. Five stops don’t make a train trip, or a mystery. Much like Lobdell’s sub-paramilitary/spy takes on the classic boy sleuths, the boys’ exploits here have very little in common with a mystery. In fact, the only mystery is, why Paper...
Detective game is fun and educational but a bit convoluted.
Common Sense Media
30 November 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this adventure game is completely innocuous. There is no sexuality, no profanity, and, aside from one somewhat tense scene in which a bomb may or may not explode (if it does, players will hear a boom sound and see a picture of flames filling the screen), no violence.
The Hardy Boys: Treasure on the Tracks review (DS)
1 November 2009
Excerpt: Don't think the Hardy Boys are completely left out, though. They get to play the toe-tapping sequence later. Repetition is a theme of this entire graphic adventure; the same puzzles keep popping up over and over. What's clever the first time becomes busywork every time thereafter.
NDS Review - 'The Hardy Boys: Treasure on the Tracks'
18 September 2009
Summary: In The Hardy Boys: Treasure on the Tracks, players assume the role of Frank and Joe Hardy who have been invited onboard the Royal Express, an extravagant rail line traveling from Paris to St. Petersburg.