I’ve been playing the Nancy Drew mystery games for a long time now (I started back in 2010 with ‘Shadow at the waters’ edge’) and I figured with the changes going on in Her Interactive right now It would fun to do a list of my favorite Nancy Drew games (and why they’re my favorite).
1. The Ghost of Thornton Hall
I love this game so much I can play through senior detective mode by memory. I was Charlotte Thornton for Halloween (and might be again this year). Charlotte haunts my nightmares more than anyone else.
In this Installment Nancy Drew is called to Blackrock Island to investigate the disappearance of Jessalyn Thornton. Some people think Jessalyn ran away, others believe she was kidnapped by the island’s resident ghost; Charlotte Ann Thornton.
Seems cheesy? Nope. Charlotte was alive in the 1980’s and burned alive during her 21st birthday ball. The story is phenomenal and the characters seem real. There isn’t any gore, but there are a couple of jump scares. I also recommend not playing this with the lights off.
2. Sea of Darkness
I love history, tragic back stories , and the ocean. This game combined all of those things. Taking Nancy Drew to Iceland, Nancy was called to investigate a strange ship in a small town. A man disappeared after leaving the ship, the Heerlijkheid, and no one has seen him. There are rumors of a treasure surrounding the ship and some people think that the man ran off with the treasure, leaving his partner behind.
This one isn’t scary, so much as sort of sad. The history behind the boat itself is bittersweet, but also packing an awesome dose of Icelandic culture with it. (two words, VIKING SWORDS) There are awesome areas to explore and some sweet language games to play!
3. Tomb of the Lost Queen
This one is probably one of the most educational of all the Nancy Drew games. Nancy is called out on an expedition with a group of archaeologists who may have found the tomb of Nefertari. After the leader of the expedition gets clobbered on the back of the head, and a substitute steps in, things go from good to really, really bad.
My only problem with this one was part of the ‘curse’ Nancy experiences. (SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT) toward the end of the game a mummy goes missing from the burial chamber. No one knows where it went, but after you find the culprit if you look into the chamber again, the coffin once again contains the mummy. How did it get back in there? (Nancy actually questions this during game play)
4. Legend of the Crystal Skull
This game has a pretty sweet jump scare at the start of the game, but other than that it’s pretty mellow. Nancy is visiting New Orleans with her friend, Bess Marvin, and they find that the Uncle of the friend they are visiting may have not died ‘accidentally’.
All in all a pretty good game, once you get past the maze-like graveyard you can pretty much get around anywhere.
And for a bonus… my least favorite Nancy Drew game!
Trail of the Twister!
This made it to my least favorite game position due to its complete lack of story line and obnoxious driving mechanics. While the weather effects themselves are dangerous, the characters in this game seem flat and stereotypical. Like grandfatherly “Pa” from the general store to the edgy, young group of storm chasers.
Now, what’s your favorite Nancy Drew game?