Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Best Nancy Drew PC and Mac Games - Part 1 (Released 2000 to 2003)

Adventure and Mystery Detective Games with Nancy Drew
Of the many famous mystery and detective books that have been made into PC games, the Nancy Drew PC detective games series is by far the most popular and also has the most titles. From simple hidden object games to more challenging strategy and point-and-click adventure games, there is plenty to satisfy any fan of the girl detective. The game titles listed in this post are of those that were released from 2000 to 2003.
For more top Nancy Drew games, see my other post included below.

The games in this post are listed in chronological order, and include details of the plot, a quick review and rating from me and a link to where you can get the free or full downloadable versions for PC (and Mac if available).

Nancy Drew 3 Message in a Haunted Mansion

Nancy Drew PC detective games
You, as Nancy Drew, are invited to assist in the renovation of a Victorian mansion in Nancy Drew®: Message in a Haunted Mansion! According to legend, a fortune in long-lost gold is hidden somewhere on the property and someone is determined to find it. In a house full of trap doors and secret tunnels, breaking glass and suspicious fires, one misstep means Nancy won't stand a ghost of a chance! Find the treasure using your Hidden Object skills!
* Game genre: puzzle, adventure mystery game
* Downloads available online: Full version PC
* Released 2000 by Her Interactive, Inc.
* My review: As one of the earliest Nancy Drew PC games, this is not upto the same quality as later games in this series by HerInteractive - both visually and in its gameplay. My rating:


Get Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion

Nancy Drew 3 is available on:

Nancy Drew 4: Treasure in the Royal Tower

Join legendary detective, Nancy Drew, as she follows ancient clues to find the mysterious Wickford Castle's legendary secret in this Large File Adventure game! The castle is a riddle, full of dead-ends and detours that hint at a legend left behind by Marie Antoinette! Solve baffling puzzles, search concealed rooms, interview evasive suspects, and sidestep danger on the hunt for a secret that the doomed Queen was desperate to hide, in Nancy Drew: Treasure in a Royal Tower!
* Game genre: puzzle, HOG, adventure mystery game
* Downloads available online: Full version PC
* Released 2001 by Her Interactive, Inc.
* My review: Better than the previous ND game, visually. However the gameplay is clunky and still a way off from the standard of the top detective games that HI will eventually produce in the later Nancy Drew PC game series. My rating:


Get Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower

Nancy Drew 4 is available on:
  • Big Fish for: PC Download.
  • US Amazon: PC Download.
  • UK/EU Amazon: 3 in 1 PC Bundle. This cool Nancy Drew bundle includes Treasure In The Royal Tower, The Final Scene and Secret Of The Scarlet Hand.

Nancy Drew 5: The Final Scene

Nancy Drew PC games
When a high school friend gets kidnapped in a historic theater, you, as Nancy Drew, are plunged into a desperate race against the clock! With the theater being torn down in just three days, can Nancy outwit the kidnapper and rescue her friend before the wrecking ball flies? Or will this be Maya's Final Scene? Use your Adventure Game skills to explore the majestic theater, and solve perplexing puzzles!
* Game genre: puzzle, adventure, hidden object mystery game
* Downloads available online: Free demo/Full version PC
* Released 2001 by Her Interactive, Inc.
* My review: Now the girl detective games start to really improve, from the depth of the story and its characters to the challenging puzzles. Could have been a bit longer game though! But definitely better than the early PC games. My rating: ★ ★


Get Nancy Drew: The Final Scene

Nancy Drew 5 is available on:
  • Big Fish for: PC Download.
  • US Amazon: PC Download.
  • UK/EU Amazon: 3 in 1 PC Bundle. This cool Nancy Drew bundle includes Treasure In The Royal Tower, The Final Scene and Secret Of The Scarlet Hand.

Nancy Drew 6: Secret of the Scarlet Hand

Nancy Drew games for girls
Catch a museum thief red-handed in Nancy Drew – Secret of the Scarlet Hand, a brand new mystery adventure for all ages! Dare to play the full version of Nancy Drew – Secret of the Scarlet Hand and solve this mystery before the answer is entombed forever!
* Game genre: puzzle, adventure, strategy, hidden object mystery game
* Downloads available online: Full version PC
* Released 2002 by Her Interactive, Inc.
* My review: A confusing detective game, interesting story, but quite a lot of dialogue and gameplay not clear or straight forward. My rating: ★ ★


Get Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand

Nancy Drew 6 is available on:
  • Big Fish for: PC Download.
  • US Amazon: PC Download.
  • UK/EU Amazon: 3 in 1 PC Bundle. This cool Nancy Drew bundle includes Treasure In The Royal Tower, The Final Scene and Secret Of The Scarlet Hand.

Nancy Drew 7: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake

Sniff out clues on the trail of phantom hounds in Nancy Drews Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake, a spooky new adventure in the fantastic junior detective series! Solve this mystery before the hounds chase you away forever!
* Game genre: hidden object, puzzle, adventure, kids
* Downloads available online: Full version PC
* Released 2002 by Her Interactive, Inc.
* My review: Good graphics and nice adventure story idea, but a little short and the games were a bit simple.
My rating: ★ ★ ★


Get Nancy Drew: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake

Nancy Drew 7 is available on:
  • Big Fish for: PC Download.
  • US Amazon: PC Download.
  • UK/EU Amazon: 3 in 1 PC Bundle. This cool Nancy Drew bundle includes Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake, The Haunted Carousel and Danger on Deception Island.

Nancy Drew 8: The Haunted Carousel

Step into the shoes of Nancy Drew and investigate a series of mishaps at the Jersey Shore in Captain's Cove Amusement Park. First, the lead horse was stolen from the carousel. Then the roller coaster suddenly lost power, resulting in a serious accident. Put on your detective hat and interview park employees to solve a series of challenging puzzles. Avoid deadly traps to discover the real truth in Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel.
* Game genre: puzzle, adventure, strategy, hidden object mystery game, top detective game for girls
* Downloads available online: Full version PC
* Released 2003 by Her Interactive, Inc.
* My review: Of the Nancy Drew games in this post, this is the best, and a great example of what you'd want in a top PC detective game - Great story, cool graphics, puzzles that make you think and unique games! Just a little of the short side. My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


Get Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel

Nancy Drew 8 is available on:
  • Big Fish for: PC Download.
  • US Amazon: PC Download.
  • UK/EU Amazon: 3 in 1 PC Bundle. This cool Nancy Drew bundle includes Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake, The Haunted Carousel and Danger on Deception Island.

Nancy Drew 9 Danger on Deception Island

A well-deserved vacation to a remote island in the Pacific Northwest abruptly runs aground when Nancy Drew discovers a new mystery in this adventurous brain-bender. After being invited on a whale-watching excursion, our sleuth arrives to find her hosts tour boat heavily vandalized. And that's just the first in a string of nasty "accidents". Is the trouble in Snake Horse Harbor related to the orphaned orca whale roaming the nearby channel, or is there a deeper threat shrouded in the approaching fog? Plunge into danger and bring this mysterious island's secrets to the surface!
* Game genre: puzzle, adventure, strategy, hidden object mystery game
* Downloads available online: Full version PC
* Released 2003 by Her Interactive, Inc.
* My review: Quite good, nice story and puzzles, but not as good as the previous Nancy Drew game. My rating: ★ ★ ★


Get Nancy Drew: Danger on Deception Island

Nancy Drew 9 is available on:
  • Big Fish for: PC Download.
  • US Amazon: PC Download.
  • UK/EU Amazon: 3 in 1 PC Bundle. This cool Nancy Drew bundle includes Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake, The Haunted Carousel and Danger on Deception Island.

More Top Mystery Detective Games for PC & Mac
For more top mystery detective games online. Including games for PC and Mac download. See also:
* Best Downloadable Nancy Drew Games for PC.
* Agatha Christie PC Games List.
* 12 Free Online Hidden Object Mystery Games no Download Required.
* James Patterson Womens Murder Club Games.
* Mystery PI Games List.

For more top Nancy Drew games, check out my post: Best Nancy Drew PC Games - Part 3.

And also Nancy Drew Games List in Order. With all of the Nancy Drew games for PC and Mac download. Listed in order of release.

3 comments:

  1. I can't name just one LOL! I have every ND game EXCEPT....Stay Tuned For Danger....any idea where I can get it for free (or atleast the trial) online?

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  2. I love these games so much. They are fun and interactive. I enjoy then and have beat many of them..

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  3. I've enjoyed playing Nancy Drew games every since I was little. They're frustrating sometimes, yet I can never get enough. I've only been lucky enough to play Ghost Dogs, Last Train, Royal Tower, Castle Malloy, and Haunted Carousel, but they've all been fantastic, and I can't wait until I can get my hands on the others! I even learned roman numerals from these games! =]

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