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Nancy Drew PC Games - From BEST to "meh"

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The list author says: "I have played all 28 in the series and believe none of the Nancy Drew games are "bad" - some are just better than others when you weigh all of the elements that make a great mystery. The graphics, with the exception of the first 2, are beautiful, and there are fun elements in each game. I really love the fact they are not violent and suitable for tweens, teens, and adults. Replay value is an important gauge in my list."
Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow Ranch - PC
Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow Ranch - PC
"Best ND game, hands down.  The tasks and puzzles are very fun, the characters are colorful and interesting, and it has a good ending.  There are several locations to visit and walk around in and this made it even better.  It's my favorite because it has the best combined balance of elements that make mystery games exciting."
Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon - PC
Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon - PC
"One of the best ND games ever released.  I really like how the detective work starts on the train and continues after the train stops.  Great characters and fun ending.  Having the Hardy Boys on the train with Nancy is nice...and they look much better in this game than in Kapu Cave (what happened?).  Nice touch with the switch to Frank Hardy at the burger joint."
Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice - PC
Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice - PC
"This is one of my top 3 favorites based on replay value.  The storyline is very interesting and the puzzles are challenging and fun. I must admit the cat costume/dance game is a bit odd, but the characters are great.  I love when the setting is in Europe because ND games have wonderful graphics.  I really enjoyed Nancy's role as a spy and the variety of locations she is able to visit."
Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy - PC
Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy - PC
"I really I enjoyed the games/puzzles and character interactions in WA.  Some people may not like the fact the entire setting takes place at the school, but there are enough places to explore and things to do to keep the game exciting.  I especially like the demerit system and preparing snacks for students and teachers."
Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge - PC/Mac
Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge - PC/Mac
"Being half Japanese, I can appreciate some of the clever cultural elements inserted in this mystery.  Simply put, this game is fun, even with the bad accents.  It can be a little unsettling playing in the dark late at night. ;) It is one of the better releases, and I highly recommend it."
Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall - PC/Mac
Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall - PC/Mac
"This is a great game!  It didn't break into my top 5, but it came close.  The games were a combination of hard & easy, fun & okay; but the plot is excellent.  I am ranking this among the better games because of the interesting storyline and the wealth of things to explore."
Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse - PC/Mac
Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse - PC/Mac
"I really enjoyed this game based in a Bavarian castle in Germany.  The characters are great and at times, you are at the edge of your seat preparing for a confrontation with the monster.  :)"
Nancy Drew: Stay Tuned for Danger - PC
Nancy Drew: Stay Tuned for Danger - PC
"This is a great mystery with a nice ending.  It is surprisingly good being only the second in the series.  The graphics are not as nice as the newer mysteries, but all of the right elements are in this game."
Nancy Drew: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake
Nancy Drew: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake
"This is a good mystery--the gangster storyline is interesting, but get ready to do quite a bit of reading at the Park Ranger headquarters.  Lots of places to explore!"
Nancy Drew: The Final Scene - PC
Nancy Drew: The Final Scene - PC
"You have 3 days, like Shadow Ranch, to accomplish a certain amount of tasks before the day ends.  The plot is pretty interesting and it has a short but cool ending."
Nancy Drew: Danger on Deception Island - PC
Nancy Drew: Danger on Deception Island - PC
"This had a neat storyline and incorporates a couple of different ways to get around (bike/kayak).  The characters are pretty engaging and the tasks are interesting."
Nancy Drew: Treasure In The Royal Tower - PC
Nancy Drew: Treasure In The Royal Tower - PC
"This is a very interesting game. The setting is in a castle-like resort, and the game has fabulous graphics for an older release.  It has an excellent storyline that will keep you intrigued as you uncover the truth."
Nancy Drew: Danger by Design - PC
Nancy Drew: Danger by Design - PC
"This has a weird ending, but the tasks and games are so fun, it became one of my favorites to replay.  The France experience/setting is wonderful."
Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device
Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device
"The puzzles are great, the plot is interesting, but I found some elements to be a bit lackluster.  I guess there weren't enough areas to explore to satisfy my curiosity but it is still a fun, challenging game."
Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel - PC
Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel - PC
"I liked the ease of going from place to place, but I missed having more places to explore.  The characters are okay and the mystery itself is pretty good. How can a mystery in a theme park not be fun?"
Nancy Drew: Secret Of the Old Clock - PC
Nancy Drew: Secret Of the Old Clock - PC
"I like the change of pace in this game.  It takes place in a different era and though it was a bit easy, it was still pretty fun.  It can get a bit redundant at times (delivering telegrams), but it is still a quality game."
Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand - PC
Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand - PC
"This was the hardest of all of the games for me. I had to get a lot of hints/spoilers, yet I think it was because I was a bit bored with the whole Mayan storyline. The second time I played a year or so later, it was not that difficult. The history is very interesting, but it requires a lot of reading which seems to take precedence over the action.  Overall, a solid game."
Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy - PC
Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy - PC
"I can see how this could have been great (some may love it) because of the interesting storyline and twist, but I favor colorful, bright graphics over dark and dreary. The puzzles are engaging though."
Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor - PC
Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor - PC
"One of the spookiest (IMO) of the series, this was the first Nancy Drew game I played.  I would play late at night after the kids were asleep and it definitely startled me a couple of times.  It is interesting to the very end and the puzzles are very creative and even mind-boggling at times."
Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion - PC
Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion - PC
"This is a bit too easy IMO, so it doesn't last very long. It is definitely worth playing, but simply not the best of the series.  Similar to but not as complex and spooky as Blackmoor Manor."
Nancy Drew: The Legend of the Crystal Skull - PC
Nancy Drew: The Legend of the Crystal Skull - PC
"This game was challenging because there are so many elements involved with each task. I really liked how they incorporated Bess into the story. The only thing I didn't like was how dark everything is, but it is appropriate to the storyline. Overall, it is a good game."
Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen
Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen
"Though Egyptian tombs and archaeology make for fun and informative play time, I was tired of going back-and-forth into the tombs searching for things.  I just prefer games that have more areas to explore.  It's an okay game."
Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek - PC
Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek - PC
"*Note: From #16 on you will need a newer video card to run the games or graphics will be blurry or incomplete.* I liked this game, but at times it is downright confusing (especially when working with the wolf). I like preparing the meals and cleaning the rooms, but doing it every day might irritate some. You have to make a lot of phone calls to get clues."
Nancy Drew: Alibi In Ashes - PC/Mac
Nancy Drew: Alibi In Ashes - PC/Mac
"The whole game takes place in Nancy's hometown of River Heights, and though the characters are pretty cool, I couldn't get into the plot as much as other ND games.  It is worth playing, but it isn't high on my replay list."
Nancy Drew: The Creature of Kapu Cave - PC
Nancy Drew: The Creature of Kapu Cave - PC
"This has probably one of the worst endings - I didn't even realize it was over until Nancy started reading her letter.  Yet it was a neat idea to switch back and forth between the Hardy Boys and Nancy and I enjoyed the different tasks. Those factors keep me from placing this at the bottom of the list."
Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister - Mac
Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister - Mac
"Incorporating tornadoes into the storyline may seem like a great idea, but it isn't enough to make this a really solid game. While some of the puzzles are fun, I didn't really care for the characters and the most interesting place is the store. It is a bit too predictable..."
Nancy Drew:  Secrets Can Kill REMASTERED [Download]
Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill REMASTERED [Download]
"The remastered version is definitely better than the original, but it still suffers from a lack of a developed plot and characters.  The other games have so much more depth and better graphics.  It's worth playing if you are a diehard ND fan."
Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships - PC
Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships - PC
"Another plot twist that is creative but the excessive third person mode of play is a bit redundant and boring. The debuts of Bess and George's characters are not very exciting either.  They hardly look like teenagers and neither played much of a role in this game."