Since 1998, Her Interactive has been producing Nancy Drew point-and-click adventure games that allow users to play as Nancy and solve mysteries by interviewing suspects, exploring for clues, and solving puzzles. Below are casual mini reviews of some of the games. If you’ve played any, tell us in the comments which ones you like the most!
Stay Tuned for Danger
In this game, Nancy travels to NYC to investigate the threats a soap opera star has received. I remember it fondly as having a somewhat simpler game play. Solving the mystery rested mostly on interviewing suspects and snooping around the TV studio for clues. Riddles and puzzles were not very complicated to solve.
Curse of Blackmoor Manor
Nancy travels to England in this game to figure out why the new bride of a British diplomat won’t leave her room. The puzzles are harder to solve but not impossible. However, I was put off by the emphasis on the occult and how scary the game is, seeing as it’s supposed to be for children.
The Secret of Shadow Ranch
This is one of the finer Nancy Drew games in my opinion as it features various locations to explore, puzzles that require thought to solve but not necessarily a walk-through, and more interactivity as it requires Nancy to perform chores around the ranch.
Secret of the Old Clock
Nancy arrives at an inn to investigate a missing will. I loved this game because it is period 1930s Nancy and not a modern one, and players can even go around town in her blue roadster. However, I was disappointed that Nancy cannot enter the various buildings in town and is forced to explore the same area for most of the game. I did like that she has to perform jobs to earn money, though.
Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon
Nancy boards a train to figure out what happened to its last owner, but then one of the passengers disappears. Notable for featuring the Hardy Boys as characters, but being stuck on a train makes the game a little boring, as does having to walk continuously through all the cars to get anywhere.