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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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?"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"*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."
"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."
"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."
"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..."
"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."
"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."