Hardy Boys sleuthing on PC

Classic children's adventure novels to be remade into a series of adventure games; first to be released this autumn.

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With the original Hardy Boys book released in 1927, the adventures of teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy stand as the longest-running children's book series. Now JoWood Productions and The Adventure Company want to turn the duo into a similarly enduring series of adventure games.

The games will all be released on the PC during the next five years, beginning with Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft (originally called The Tower Treasure) in autumn. Jesse McCartney (Alvin and the Chipmunks, Summerland) and Cody Linley (Hannah Montana, Cheaper by the Dozen) will provide the voices of the two brothers.

The story starts with a robbery at the vault of the Spencer Mansion, with the police calling on the crime-solving duo to help them out. From there, Frank and Joe travel all over their home city of Bayport, as well as the big smoke in New York City.

The Hardys aren't gaming's first adolescent detectives. The Nancy Drew series of novels about the girl detective have also been adapted to adventure games and released by Her Interactive. These include Secrets Can Kill, Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake, and Legend of the Crystal Skull. The Hardy Boys have also shown up in some of her adventures, including on The Creature of Kapu Cave and Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon.

Discussion

80 comments
JollyJake
JollyJake

Wow, I totally forgot about the Hardy Boys. Cool books! I wonder how the game wll be.

sieg6529
sieg6529

I'll preserve my fond childhood memories of the Hardy Boys by not playing this game.

jknight5422
jknight5422

Somebody clue me in on the details of these games.

zeus_gb
zeus_gb

I remember reading loads of Hardy Boys book when I was young, oh the memories. I might get it for a little nostalgia.

aaron123
aaron123

God, you guys are clueless.

iwilson1296
iwilson1296

i'm getting such a raging clue right now...

Neoyamaneko
Neoyamaneko

SWANTON! SWANTON! TWIST OF FATE! BAH GAWD, KING! Ohhh.....you weren't talking about the Hardy BoyZ. My bad.

juju187
juju187

I got a RAGING CLUE for this game

diped
diped

most anticipated PC game for every pc gamer worldwide. graphics garunteed to surpass crysis.

srl2cool
srl2cool

I spilled clue juice all over myself!

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

THIS IS WHAT PC GAMING NEEDS!!!!!!! MY estimation of PC gaming surviving the next two years is now at an all time high of 41%!!!!!!! It has gone up from 32% this time last year due to games like The Withcer and Two Worlds and STALKER coming out of Eastern Euriope, the rise in indie developers like Stardock and the move to open-world gaming and better story-telling and AI promises! All of this is good news for PC gaming - and licenses like this, if done properly, can only add to it!!!!

MjolnirMaster51
MjolnirMaster51

If I remember correctly, those books had pretty dangerous antagonists and parts where the brothers sneak around a lot. I wonder if the games will have stealth-action segments mixed in with the clue-finding and puzzle-solving. And yeah, Jesse McCartney? Come on.....

Sinotek
Sinotek

Yeah, I'll point a clue to you... a pretty huge clue!

ODDFLAME
ODDFLAME

Oh, my clue's pointing that way! >>>>

is0lati0n
is0lati0n

Wait... I hope I didn't read that right... Jesse McCartney? That's the biggest 'wtf' in the world.

WarGameJunkie
WarGameJunkie

I read and loved every single one of these books when I was younger. I might give this one a try just for ol times sake if it's cheap.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

I used to read those books a lot.

Mr_Zach
Mr_Zach

OMG JESSE MCCARTNEY NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

phalluman
phalluman

oh my god i have a raging clue!

DrKill09
DrKill09

This is reminding me of that South Park episode, lol.

TheCritic9393
TheCritic9393

B4mB00 that is genius lol. Seriously though, why the f-ck is this news????

GoldenSilence87
GoldenSilence87

I can only hope a Hardly Boys game is in the mix, as well

warbmxjohn
warbmxjohn

aww I have got a total clue right now.. yeah my clue is pointing that way.. oh now i have a raging clue

Jebbers
Jebbers

i dont get it, what kind of demographic would buy this game? and to release it only on the pc, no one plays games on the pc unless its a RTS an MMORPG FPS or solitare, adventure game exclusive for the pc....i'd be suprised if this sells enough to pay for publishing costs.

StaticPlayer
StaticPlayer

Spoiler Alert: it's an old man in a mask\ end spoiler alert

staring_death
staring_death

awsome. just awsome. i read those books to the death when i was like 10 or 11 years old and i still have them.

staring_death
staring_death

awsome. just awsome. i read those books to the death when i was like 10 or 11 years old and i still have them.

osxgp
osxgp

yeah, i got a raging clue

ramok2k
ramok2k

it thought it was gonna be about wrestling =\

Erebus
Erebus

I almost shot clue-goo all over this article. Thankfully, I resisted temptation.

mashom
mashom

guys i am on tension..

xchiefmegadethx
xchiefmegadethx

Its thos guys from south park ain't IT? Mr Mackie! "oh not the goddamn hardy boys" i love southpark i love lamp!

B4mB00
B4mB00

I'm only gonna play this if Frank is on roids and if Joe if every second word out of Joe's mouth is vulgar. Another thing that would be cool would if they'd have some kind of giant clue finding... gun... type thing, and they have to outclue a horde of enemies, who have their own clue guns. And also the Hardy boys wear giant armor kegs (minus helmets) to avoid getting clued. Oh yeah, and Joe has a skully. Damn this is starting to sound a lot like GoW. No but honestly folks, those stories were brutally stale many years ago and still are today. If you want good memories just drink some milk and masturbate with your left hand so it feels like you're learning to do it all over again.

moonsailor
moonsailor

I remember when the boys were batling crocks in a swamp and jumping out of planes. I guess the game will have poor old Chet just for comic relief.

maverick_76
maverick_76

I used to read these books when I was younger, hopefully this will be a good game.

DaemonBlack
DaemonBlack

ive got such a raging clue right now

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

Its hard to believe after the books have been out for over 80 years it is still in business. that is amazing.

McnabbsPHIeagle
McnabbsPHIeagle

matt and jeff kicking ass and solving cases would be awesome. and btw i known what the hardy boys books are.

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

Sweet add some TLC matches and you've got a good Hardy Boyz game >.> o Boys ok solving crimes but i can still hope for a cage match fight to the death vs the Venture brothers right?

Ranteal
Ranteal

Sweet.Matt and Jeff are dicks! Who knew?

Trindris
Trindris

Oh I just got such a huge clue, I almost shot clue goo all over myself.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

This is funny. I remember reading these books.