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The Nancy Drew PC Adventure Series is the main series of the Nancy Drew computer games. It is the most prominent Nancy Drew game series, being made by Her Interactive for over 20 years.


The series is split into two different parts: Format 1 (Original Series) and Format 2 (Revival Series). This is because of the multiple differences between the Formats, and the four-year hiatus between the release of Sea of Darkness and Midnight in Salem.

Games are discontinued as they become outdated and unable to operate on many people's computers, and physical copies of the more popular games are discontinued when Her Interactive is unable to produce more; however, all of the games (besides the original first) are available for download from Her's website and many other game services.

See Interfaces for the changes in interface.

Original Series (1998 - 2015)[]

The original series began in 1998, and ended in 2015, before Her Interactive took a four-year hiatus with Midnight in Salem.

Games made beginning with Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon until Shadow at the Water's Edge had two discs - one for installation, and one for gameplay. Starting with The White Wolf of Icicle Creek, a disc did not need to be in at all in order to play a game once it was installed. Starting with The Captive Curse, the games went back to one disc.

Although the games were originally produced and released exclusively for PCs, Trail of the Twister and every game beyond that also operate on Mac. Her Interactive also has an article on their website, to help with installing older Nancy Drew games to Mac. Midnight in Salem and every game beyond that have the potential to be made available for tablets, consoles, and virtual reality platforms. Ghost of Thornton Hall is also available on tablets.

The first three games were released one year each. From 2001-2014, two games each were released one the same year. In 2015, only one game was released before the hiatus.

Certain qualities in this series include:

  • Lani Minella voicing Nancy in all thirty-two games.
  • Released mainly to the PC market (later Macs), with a few games being ported to other mediums, such as Game Boys and Wiis.
  • Her Interactive using their own game-building program, created in the late 1990s.
  • Games having a varying length and quality, with a handful of locations and 3-5 suspects.
# Game title Release date
1 Secrets Can Kill November 23, 1998[1]
2 Stay Tuned for Danger November 13, 1999[2]
3 Message in a Haunted Mansion November 23, 2000
4 Treasure in the Royal Tower July 24, 2001
5 The Final Scene November 7, 2001
6 Secret of the Scarlet Hand June 12, 2002
7 Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake November 16, 2002
8 The Haunted Carousel August 22, 2003
9 Danger on Deception Island October 3, 2003
10 The Secret of Shadow Ranch July 20, 2004
11 Curse of Blackmoor Manor October 25, 2004
12 Secret of the Old Clock July 19, 2005
13 Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon September 13, 2005
14 Danger by Design July 24, 2006
15 The Creature of Kapu Cave October 12, 2006
16 The White Wolf of Icicle Creek June 7, 2007
17 Legend of the Crystal Skull October 8, 2007
18 The Phantom of Venice July 11, 2008
19 The Haunting of Castle Malloy October 16, 2008
20 Ransom of the Seven Ships July 14, 2009[3]
21 Warnings at Waverly Academy October 13, 2009
22 Trail of the Twister June 29, 2010
- Secrets Can Kill Remastered August 24, 2010
23 Shadow at the Water's Edge October 19, 2010
24 The Captive Curse June 28, 2011
25 Alibi in Ashes October 18, 2011
26 Tomb of the Lost Queen May 8, 2012
27 The Deadly Device October 23, 2012
28 Ghost of Thornton Hall May 14, 2013
29 The Silent Spy October 22, 2013
30 The Shattered Medallion May 20, 2014
31 Labyrinth of Lies October 14, 2014
32 Sea of Darkness May 19, 2015

Physical copies are still available on Her Interactive's website for the following games:

Revival Series (2019 - present)[]

In 2015, Her Interactive delayed the release of Midnight in Salem indefinitely to revamp the game series. After a four-year delay, the company (with new partners Mi'pu'mi Games and Toy Box Entertainment), Her Interactive launched Midnight in Salem in December 2019. Five years later, Her Interactive released Mystery of the Seven Keys in May 2024, now working with Room 8 Studio, Solid Bash, and Emerald Light Pictures instead.

Qualities noted in these new games include:

  • Her Interactive now producing the series with separate different developers.
  • Brittany Cox voicing Nancy Drew.
  • Being made with the Unity game engine.
  • Having potentially longer gameplay with more locations and suspects.
  • Potentially expanding the games to include mobile devices, consoles, and virtual reality.
# Game title Release Date
33 Midnight in Salem December 3, 2019
34 Mystery of the Seven Keys May 7, 2024

Opening Pictures[]

Official Game Logos[]

Mostly taken directly from Steam's library files. Does not include the original Secrets Can Kill and Stay Tuned For Danger games since they are not available on Steam.

References and Notes[]

  1. Discontinued on August 1, 2010.
  2. Originally discontinued on November 17, 1999. Officially re-released by on August 9, 2016; only available digitally via their official website.
  3. Discontinued in July 2020.