Top Ten Nancy Drew PC Games

My top ten list of HerInteractive's Nancy Drew PC game series. May not be exactly accurate, 'cuz it's really hard to decide on some, lol.

The Top Ten

1 Curse of Blackmoor Manor

I love the setting and the music. It has an intriguing story and some twists to keep you guessing. The characters are full of...well character. There are lots of puzzles that are difficult but rewarding. And it's just the perfect Nancy Drew game for fans of puzzles, creepy stories, and mysteries. If you're a fan of other Nancy Drew games and you haven't tried this one, do yourself a favor and experience The Curse of Blackmoor Manor!

Even though it's not my own personal favorite, I have to admit that it is the best one they ever made. The plot is thorough, the puzzles are challenging, and even though it all takes place in one location, it feels HUGE. Complex, shocking, and long enough to satisfy even the most insatiable sleuths. Never a dull moment in this game!

I literally never get sick of playing this game, it's the best and 11 years old! They should consider remastering it

Blackmoor Manor was the best by far.

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2 Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon

Perfect balance of everything in this game. Multiple mysteries, plenty of charachter interaction, most people were genuinely suspects throughout, inventory puzzle to gameplay puzzle ratio was spot on and just the right amount of challenging. Get to utilize the Hardy Boys. Introduction to a franchise reocurring character, multiple settings, involved mysteries. HER never quite executed another game as well as they did this one.

I love the Hardy Boys and the concept of a mystery on a train is a classic. Love this game.

My daughters and I have done these every summer for years - this is our favorite!

Loved the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew combo. One of my favorites!

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3 Shadow at the Water's Edge

Shadow at the Water's Edge was my first Nancy Drew game I played and it was the best of all I have played. It has good suspension to it. This is one of the scariest games with Nancy Drew so far, going along with "The Curse of Blackmoor Manor". The game is unique, like how they brought the game all the way to Japan. The characters I will say do not like to give information so easily, especially Miwako. If you like suspense, some scary moments, and lots of interesting stories, this is the Nancy Drew game for you. Although I will say almost all the Nancy Drew games are awesome.

I loved this game because it's so different from the other Nancy Drew games. Here, you are well and truly absorbed by the Japanese culture. Plus, the mood of the ryokan is perfectly scary - I had trouble walking through the hallways.
Which is exactly why you can appreciate the Expo. I used to go hide there whenever I could because I was so spooked. The contrast between the ryokan and the Expo is enough to make for an amazing gameplay!

This is definitely the easily Nancy Drew game in the series and you really get the feel for Japanese culture. Her interactive went above and beyond with the characters and each one has a distinct personality. The phone conversations are also really fun with Bess and George and Savanna and Logan and it definitely makes the game way more enjoyable. Also, I'm not much of a puzzle person, but the puzzles in this game are very fun and have to do with Japan for example when you make Bento and solve Sudoku. Also, in this game you get to explore many areas of Kyoto and it's very spread out. The most memorable thing about this game though, is the ghost sightings. H.I. spread out the hauntings very well and they were very scary. The ending with the culprit is also very good and this is just an overall great game. I definitely recommend buying this one and if you do, it's best if you play it in the dark!

This game was so interesting! I love Japan in general and to see it in this game was so fun. The puzzles may have been a tad difficult but the city life was really fun. I especially love making Bento with Yumi.

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4 The Silent Spy

The best game of the series fun yet challenging puzzles and a interesting story with amazing graphics and the games characters are great as well as the tasks are fun and keep you on the edge of your seat. (10/10 would play again)

It was a breathtaking game! The graphics, characters and plot were great and I loved learning about Nancy's past and about what happened to her mom after all these years.

Maybe my all time favorite and game. What fun! And an intimate look into Nancy's family life.


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5 Warnings at Waverly Academy

My favorite game in the series by far: I love the realistic characters, detailed plot, setting (an all girls boarding school! ) and the incredible graphics. 10/10, would highly recommend.

My favourite Nancy Drew game of all of them, even after all these years!

The ending wasn't the best but it is defiantly one of the best Nancy Drew games I've ever played.

This was absolutely amazing. The characters were so dynamic and the puzzles were mostly fun. I loved the setting and the mystery. Also, Her Interactive does a great job making it feel like you are a teenage girl at boarding school when u get to recieve texts messages and listen to all of the gossip. The thing I loved most about the game was all of the side plots like when one student plagerizes and another student "steals" her roommates boyfriend. Plus the plot twist at the end was amazing.

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6 Treasure in the Royal Tower

I love how this game dedicates to Marie Antoinette and they even explain that she wasn't a bad person. I love how beautiful this game is made, the scenery is amazing and the characters are enjoyable as well.

This was the first and one of the best Nancy Drew games I've ever played. For young mystery fans who love Nancy Drew, but get scared to easily Play this game! Absolutely love it!

Loved the history and the setting of this game! The characters were very interesting as well!

This was one of the first games I ever played. The characters still make me laugh, they're so funny, but the first time I played it the coolest part was actually when I got to see Prof Hotchkiss for the first time. In the beginning you only see her through a crack in the door, which makes it more mysterious. Plus anyone who orders fifty drumsticks is okay by me. And let's not forget Jaques Brunais, our resident Frenchman, or Lisa Ostrum, who was BFF for a while... But besides the great setting, and the history, and the fun puzzles (no giant nonograms here! )... Two words. Dexter. Egan.

I hope they remaster this one! I got a new computer and it doesn't work anymore!

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7 The Secret of Shadow Ranch

This is my most favorite Nancy Drew game. Not only is the setting nice and homy, the characters lovable (Dave especially), and the music beautiful - on top of all this, you find out through letters and journal entries, an amazing old love story between an outlaw and the sheriff's daughter. It just doesn't get better than this!

After playing all of the games, I thought that this one was the most young-user-friendly. I wish there was more history background involved- as many of the Nancy Drew games are-but I enjoyed the scenes as well as the minor daily routines to keep you on track.

It was the first of the Nancy Drew games I've played and definitely the best out of the games I have. I love how you can explore far out into the area- the ending definitely got my heart racing.

What I do done I need find rope for cimble in up mountain safe for The Who is Rob in the take showdown horse find out who thief

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8 Danger on Deception Island

The fear factor is a bit lacking but when you start learning more about whales and starting to care.. Things become more tense. This game played a big part in my lifelong obsession with whales.

Its awesome and I love the cute whale and the end has a coll twist that no one would ever really expect. Also the puzzles to solve are really cool and pretty easy so you don't spend your whole life trying to figure them out.

I thought the whale was really cute! I had lots of fun playing this game, solving puzzles, finding clues, and building sand castles!

This game was great! I loved the setting and all the tasks that you needed to complete

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9 Alibi in Ashes

This is one of the most unique Nancy Drew games ever. The main character is the prime suspect and has to prove herself innocent (with the help of her friends that you can play as) while trying to catch the real criminal. 10/10

Was good game with the way you could play as other characters. Nancy being allowed to wander the precinct was a little unrealistic but fun.

It is interesting to play the Nancy Drew Characters in their point of view. Its has a different feel to it and the characters were represented in the best way.

I loved getting to change characters and I defiantly enjoyed this one the most!

10 Ghost of Thornton Hall

This one was awesome how everything revealed itself! Like the spider that was in the friends hair you saw it when you opened that thing in the floor! Awesome.

This game is the best one because the story is engaging, the characters are all deep, the villain is one THE best and most importantly of all, the horror is real because it revolves around sadness.

One of the most intense/scariest games I've ever played! Absolutely loved the characters and story.

How is this not further up on the list?! THIS GAME HAD EVERYTHING.

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The Contenders

11 The Phantom of Venice

Amazing game, I wish it was available on Mac! Interesting characters and unique settings. Authentic-sounding music, great details, interesting plot. After playing this game and then actually going to Venice, I felt like I had already been there! Also, Scopa, the mini-game, was so much fun I would play it over and over on its own.

I loved the music in this game, and the tasks were really fun! It really made me feel like I was in Italy!

I absolutely love this one. The plot is so fun and exciting, awesome setting, awesome puzzles, awesome mini-games, interesting characters, this will always be my favorite.

First Nancy Drew game I ever play, fun but not the best

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12 Message in a Haunted Mansion

There's little to no silliness in this one, which makes it even creepier! The realistic detail makes it very chilling. It's puzzles are also at just the right skill level: not absurdly difficult but genuinely challenging.

Classic and! Spooky seances and you get to sneak around - A LOT! Code cracking and actually useful inventory items make this one of the best and games there is.

The creep factor in this one is excellent! The first one I ever owned and was super pleased with it!

13 Tomb of the Lost Queen

This is the best game. It has so much puzzles and cheracters I really didn't expect that kind of end. Misterys, puzzles, story. I really liked mummie!

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14 The Shattered Medallion

Seeing sonny joon is the only reason to play this game. now I said play do not buy

This game is TOTALLY AWESOME! You get to see Sonny Joon. THE SONNY JOON!

15 Danger by Design

This is the best nancy drew game ever in my opinion. The setting was gorgeous, the music was great and it had lots of interesting and fun suspects. Overall it was an amazing game.

This game had a unique story and beautiful setting with interesting characters and a surprising ending. A great game all around!

16 The Deadly Device

By far, this one's my favorite. The characters are a lot of fun, and the puzzles not too bad. Plus, even though I know that a lot of people like being scared out of their wits in and games, this was a nice change from ghosts and monsters.

I absolutely adore this one! Ryan is super funny, Mason is so fun to annoy, Ellie's fun to plan with, Victor's all mysterious, and Gray really just wants to watch the walls in peace. Plus, you get to talk to the Hardy Boys! The puzzles weren't too hard, the music, though short, was perfect, dialogue was entertaining, mystery was compelling. And of course, you get to play Aggragation. (Or as I love/hate to call it, Aggravation.)

17 The Haunted Carousel

One of my favorite and games. If you like finding lots of objects this is a good game to play.

My first ever nancy drew game, perhaps one of the easiest to complete.

This was my first, and favorite Nancy Drew game hands down! LOVE IT!

18 Secret of the Scarlet Hand

This is one of the best games I have ever experienced. The history is interesting and extremely accurate, the characters, while a touch on the cheesy side, provide great depth and several intentional and unintentional laughs, and the backdrop of a museum is gorgeous to look at. The puzzles are fair and range from easy to punch-a-wall tough, and it feels like you are Nancy Drew. This is the best one of the series, and I could play it time and time again.

I loved the attention to detail in this game. I've been to the anthropological museum in Mexico City, and this game really does justice to Mexican artifacts and lore. Plus, you get the first inkling of Sonny Joon!

19 The Captive Curse

This game has a very exciting plot and interesting charactors. It is a little bit scary at times but not too scary:) It takes place in Germany in a castle that is said to have a monster terrorizing it. You really get to walk around a lot. You can go in the woods, castle, courtyard, and rooms in the castle to explore! Even better, there are secret passage ways! I definitely recomend this and game to anyone who wants to solve a mystery that is different from all of the others!

This game was amazing. It has a great plot and the characters have really engaging dialogue and are super fun to talk to. The mystery itself is actually a pretty great mystery and the games and challenges that it has a re challenging, but also super fun. Would definitely recomend this game


20 White Wolf of Icicle Creek

My favorite part was the cooking. My only problem was the stupid Fox and Geese game! It took me about a month to win what I needed!

It was fun enough but one annoying thing about it was the chores Nancy had to do, as a maid. And the Fox and Geese game!

I really loved how the game was simple and, if you payed attention in the beggining, you could figure out who did it.

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1. Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon
2. The Silent Spy
3. Shadow at the Water's Edge
1. Alibi in Ashes
2. The Shattered Medallion
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