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Nancy Drew PC Games--Best to Worst

Candy Corn "CC"
The list author says: "I have played all 31 of the amazing Nancy Drew Games! I have listed them from best to worst. The first 9 or 10 are pretty equal, and from there they tend to taper off, but almost all of the games are must-buys!"
Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon - PC
Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon - PC
"If you want to buy a game purely to have fun, THIS is the title. Along with the Hardy Boys, Nancy takes a train with other detectives from around the country to find centuries-old treasure. Not everyone's motives are pure, as is evident by the characters. The puzzles are challenging but not boring, the plot is always interesting, and this game is purely unique from the rest. The favorite."
Nancy Drew: Danger on Deception Island - PC
Nancy Drew: Danger on Deception Island - PC
"THE model ND game, Danger on Deception Island has everything-deep characters with obvious motives, secret passageways, sabotage, kidnap, danger, vandalism, and many puzzles. This game alone will get a player hooked on the series. A classic, great game."
Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge - PC/Mac
Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge - PC/Mac
"This game was the best game since my favorite, Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon. Set in a traditional Japanese ryokan, Nancy tries to solve the terrifying hauntings by a girl that looks like something out of The Ring. With great characters and an excellent plot, Her Interactive doesn't disappoint. This game has THE SCARIEST moment in the entire series.  Nancy actually SLEUTHS again in this game."
Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek - PC
Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek - PC
"This game was a relief for many-after the horror that was Kapu Cave, HER released this gem of a mystery. The snowy setting is an awesome backdrop to a complex mystery, and the plethora of characters compliment the plot nicely. The White Wolf herself is the best part of the game!"
Nancy Drew: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake
Nancy Drew: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake
"Love gangsters, speakeasys, and everything else from the roaring 20's? Then play this game and discover who is behind the terrorization of Moon Lake by a pack of ghost dogs, formerly owned by a gangster. An instant classic, this game has great characters and plot and one of the scariest pure moments of any game."
Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice - PC
Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice - PC
"Nancy goes undercover as part of the Italian police as she tries to unmask a master thief. Dazzling and intruiging, this game always has something exciting happening, and the characters never have a dull moment. This also includes the best in-game game of the series: Scopa!"
Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor - PC
Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor - PC
"The hardest and most frightening ND game, Blackmoor Manor is best taken on if one is an ND expert. If you are a fan of being constantly spooked, inricate puzzles, and some seriously cool passageways, this title is for you. Characters are solid and the graphics are excellent."
Nancy Drew: Treasure In The Royal Tower - PC
Nancy Drew: Treasure In The Royal Tower - PC
"The first ND game I ever played, this title remains a favorite not because of flashy graphics or easy gameplay but because it has the most solid plot and characters of any mystery. Finding the treasure is a truly fun experience, and many twists and turns always keep you guessing."
Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow Ranch - PC
Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow Ranch - PC
"Romance, cowboys, and mystery-this is truly an all-out fun game to play. While sometimes slightly tedious, Shadow Ranch is a quintessential Nancy Drew game that involves all the combination of lots of sleuthing, many puzzles, and a bit of scariness. A great game."
Nancy Drew: The Legend of the Crystal Skull - PC
Nancy Drew: The Legend of the Crystal Skull - PC
"Scary, dark, and exciting, this mystery is set in the interesting backdrop of New Orleans as Nancy probes through a dark house's secrets, discovers a secret society, and searches for a legendary skull. Character development and gameplay are very strong, and some truly chilling moments."
Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall - PC/Mac
Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall - PC/Mac
"Ghost of Thorton Hall is one of the top 5 scariest Drew games set on a creepy southern-Gothic Georgia island. Nancy is trying to find the missing bride of the Thorton family while simultaneously unraveling the family's secrets. The characters in this game were very strong, though I do wish Nancy had more places to explore. A very strong game."
Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse - PC/Mac
Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse - PC/Mac
"This game was vintage Nancy Drew, right from the very beginning. It takes place in an old German castle, which is said to be haunted by a strange beast. The characters were all believable, the setting stunning to look at, and there was a LOT of snooping  to be done. It was a fairly long game as well. It's good to see Her Interactive put out two dynamite games in a row."
Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy
Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy
"A fun and intriguing premise, Nancy Drew tries to solve an international terrorism case in Scotland while simultaneously piecing together clues about her mother's death in the country many years prior. This game is fun and surprisingly emotional, and very much keeps a sense of danger throughout."
Nancy Drew: The Final Scene - PC
Nancy Drew: The Final Scene - PC
"This game, while short, is very thrilling and emotionally charged as Nancy is forced to find her kidnapped friend before the demolition of an old theatre. Plot, characters, and conclusion are all exciting. The only thing keeping this out of the top ten is limited areas to explore as the game takes place only in the theatre."
Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies
Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies
"Set in Greece, Nancy must help a museum uncover valuable artifacts that have gone missing. While the lack of locations wasn't great, the outstanding, well-developed characters made up for it. As interesting as the amphitheater, sets, and Greek mythology were, I wish that there had been a smaller emphasis on tasks and puzzles. Still, a good game."
Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand - PC
Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand - PC
"The Scarlet Hand is another game with a fantastic finish and strong plot. The beginning is tedious, but once into the mystery the player is submerged in Mayan culture and looming danger. The ending is also completely terrifying! This is a classic, strong addition."
Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy - PC
Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy - PC
"This game was a huge breath of fresh air. This is not only because of the original, beliveable characters, the stunning graphics, or the air of suspense, but because the creators of the game finally returned to their old formula. This game was extremely reminiscent of some of the classic Nancy Drew games.  This is definetly one of the better "new" games."
Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device
Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device
"At first I wasn't sure if I would like this game--science isn't really my favorite subject. But this mystery had more snooping in a game than I can remember in a long time, and all the characters were engaging and suspicious in Nancy's first murder case since mystery #1. I wasn't crazy about how many puzzles and science-y stuff were cluttered in the ending, but overall it was a good game!"
Nancy Drew: Stay Tuned for Danger - PC
Nancy Drew: Stay Tuned for Danger - PC
"The plot and characters of this game are awesome as Nancy is asked to uncover death threats to a soap opera star. The graphics are poor and some tasks are tedious, but this is an all-around fun game and has a great ending."
Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel - PC
Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel - PC
"Short and easy, this game is great if you don't have a lot of time on your hands. The plot is simple enough, and the characters are suprisingly well-developed. Unfortunately, this game is too plain to be ranked higher."
Nancy Drew: Alibi In Ashes - PC/Mac
Nancy Drew: Alibi In Ashes - PC/Mac
"T The plot is that Nancy is accused of burning down River Heights' Town Hall, and it's up to her and her friends to find the true culprit. While it's a very fun concept, and the graphics and plot are solid, it can be a little annoying switching from character to character, and the game is far too short. Still, a solid entry to the series!"
Nancy Drew: Danger by Design - PC
Nancy Drew: Danger by Design - PC
"A solid addition to the ND franchise, this game is heavy with plot and puzzles but very weak with character development. It is easy to forget most of the suspects and the ending is strange, but there are some very very fun and unique plot twists in the game."
Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy - PC
Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy - PC
"This game was something of a disappointment in my eyes as it's three predecesors were very strong. The plot and characters start out solid as Nancy is asked to find a missing groom, but both rapidly deteriorate as the game goes on. Luckily, this game is one of the more creepy titles in the series, but has a very strange and abrupt ending."
Nancy Drew: Secret Of the Old Clock - PC
Nancy Drew: Secret Of the Old Clock - PC
"This game is fun, but not too challenging and not at all memorable. If you're a fan of Depression-era America, however, this could be quite an interesting game. It has many puzzles which can be both tricky and fun, but the characters suffer from the boring plot."
Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion - PC
Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion - PC
"This is one of the easier ND games, but still very fun. The plot is a little flaky, however. This is a great starter game for anyone who hasn't played the series before. The strength of this mystery is the characters, who all have legitimate motives."
Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships - PC
Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships - PC
"While not in the traditional mold of ND games, Ransom of the Seven Ships has many fun and challenging puzzles, many locations to explore, stunning graphics, and the best and most shocking ending to any mystery. Nancy searches for Bess after she is kidnapped, and the only other people on the island are George and a beach bum, so character development is not very strong. Still, a good game."
Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen
Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen
"This game, while sometimes beautiful to look at and amusing with its characters, fell short of the expectations I had for it. The space was too limited and the game too short, making for a somewhat boring experience. However, there were some good moments of sleuthing and some fun puzzles."
Nancy Drew Secrets Can Kill - PC
Nancy Drew Secrets Can Kill - PC
"The graphics were poor and the disc-changing tedious, but this game had a dramatic murder to solve and lots of exciting moments. The characters were also strong, and Nancy even gets a gun!"
Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister - Mac
Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister - Mac
"This game was an odd and disappointing one for HerInteractive. While it had all the potential to be good, with believable characters and decent phot, it was much to straightforward and almost boring. Too many puzzles, too little snooping. It was almost reminescent of the very first Nancy Drew game, where all the clues fell into your lap. It was good mindless fun, but too short."
Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion - Multiple (Windows and Mac): select platform(s)
Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion - Multiple (Windows and Mac): select platform(s)
"Are you kidding me, Her? After the great year that included Ghost of Thorton Hall and Silent Spy, this game was a huge, misguided step back. The reality TV premise doesn't work at all, the plot is incredibly weak, and there's barely a mystery. Not good."
Nancy Drew: The Creature of Kapu Cave - PC
Nancy Drew: The Creature of Kapu Cave - PC
"This was by far the worst ND game. The plot, characters, and ending were laughable at best. The only redeeming quality of this game is the graphics. Don't buy this game unless you absolutely must."