The Phantom of Venice is the eighteenth game in the Nancy Drew Adventure Series. It shares a title with Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #78: The Phantom of Venice. In the game, Nancy goes undercover in Italy to unmask a thief stealing valuable artifacts.
Infiltrate a carnevale of criminals in Italy!
Somewhere beyond the bright piazzas and open markets of the Venice Carnevale lurks a masked thief. Despite months of investigations, the Italian police remain helpless as treasures vanish in the night. Valuable artifacts are being stolen from all over Venice by the thief known as "Il Fantasma" or "The Phantom." Somehow he is able to steal the artifacts without breaking anything or tripping any alarms whatsoever, always managing to escape in the dead of the night without a trace. That's why the authorities have asked you, as Nancy Drew, to join the case to infiltrate a dangerous crime syndicate and catch this phantom thief before he or she destroys the heart of Venice!
- Master Italian as you dig for clues
- Create a fashion statement or a new disguise
- Deal out the fun in the Italian card game, Scopa
Margherita currently owns the Ca' Nascosta, where Nancy is staying.
Helena is a German journalist staying at the Ca', rooming together with Nancy. She loves Venice, and is currently looking for inspiration for her latest magazine article.
Colin is currently working for Margherita for very little pay, restoring the mosaics in the Ca'. He is extremely passionate about his work.
Known for his love of the card game Scopa, Enrico is a member of a crime ring that Nancy eventually becomes involved with.
Fango is the GDiF's prime suspect. From her vantage point at the Ca', Nancy must spy on him to find out whether or not he has any connection to the Phantom.
The phone is located in Nancy's room, to the right of the balcony door.
Ned is Nancy's boyfriend, and is staying with Joe, a detective friend of Nancy's. They will alternate answering the phone. They can give her advice if she's a Junior Detective.
Prudence is Nancy's socialite friend from Kansas who set her up on this case. Nancy previously helped her recover her stolen fire ruby necklace in Secret of the Scarlet Hand.
Sophia is an agent of the GDiF (the Italian equivalent of a branch of the FBI). Nancy can only speak to her through a special PDA device provided by the GDiF.
- Though it shares a title with a book, the two have nearly nothing in common.
Main/recurring character revelations
- Ned gave Nancy a locket before she left for Venice.
- Joe likes to "tinker", a problem with which the other characters are aware of.