I was around 10 and was given two of the games as a gifts, probably because I had a few ND books I read and loved. I fell in love and remember being so excited when I realized there was a whole series of games to play! 13 years later and I shamelessly buy every one within a few weeks of them being released :) I can’t wait til I have kids so I can introduce them to the books and computer games!
I was introduced to Nancy Drew when I was seven years old and my mom handed me The Hidden Staircase. A year later, the host of a party I’d been dragged to asked if I’d ever played the computer games. I spent the rest of the party in their computer room playing Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake and not letting any of the other kids take a turn.
My 5th grade GLO (some kind of gifted and talented class. I don’t know how to explain it!) teacher would have us play the ND games on the 3 computers in the room when we had free time. Now keep in mind, this was back in 2001-2002, so there were only the 5 classic ND games at the time! She printed out walkthroughs and highlighted the important stuff for us. Since it was during freetime, we never played all 5 games all the way through, just little bits of each game that was on the computer at the time.
After 5th grade, I kind of forgot about the games, but I would always read the ND books! I fell in love with them. Then in high school, I thought back to that GLO class and started searching for the games. ND games quickly became a regular birthday, Christmas, and for whatever reason present from my parents because they knew how much I loved them!
I am now 22 and in my 5th year of college and still love the games. I haven’t stopped since I refound the love for them in high school! I own and have played all the games! I now have a routine! Play the game on junior detective (yes, I still call it that even though they changed it), watch Arglefumph’s blind playthrough, watch Arglefumph’s walkthrough, then replay on Senior detective!
That awkward moment when you realize you’re nearly done with your undergraduate career, yet your go-to interesting fact about yourself is that your picture is in an ND game…
I was 9 and got my very first Nancy Drew game for Christmas! I still have them all!
The girls I was friends with we’re obsessed and they talked about it all the time but I didn’t pay much attention. Then one night I went over to one of their houses, she was playing Stay Tuned for Danger and was like “just let me finish putting this note back together and lll be done for the night.” I didn’t have a problem with it and sat down with her to watch and see what all the commotion was about. By the end of the night, I’d helped her finish the game and was begging her to let me borrow her others. I am now 19 almost 20, having a whole drawer dedicated to notebooks and disc holders, and dutifully purchase each new game the day of release. I’m sad to say the girls that originally got me hooked don’t even remember the games, but I ain’t even mad cause they don’t know what they’re missing out on! ND family for life! <3
My grandma and I would always watch / read / play all sorts of mystery things, so anything that involved detectives or solving something really interested me. Also, I played most of my games on the computer. Anyways, one day my mom and I were at the store where I ran off to the electronics section. I was looking at the games and I noticed a few Nancy Drew games. I knew the name because I have read a few of the books, so I picked up one of the games to see what it was about. It was The Haunted Carousel and it looked absolutely fantastic. My mom let me get it and later that day, my friend and I started it. It seemed reaaaally hard, I didn’t think I’d ever figure anything out. But when I started to complete the puzzles, it made me feel so incredibly clever; I felt like a real detective. Heheh. Ever since then, every time a new ND comes out, I buy it immediately. I feel really lucky to have found the games. Mysteries have been able to maintain an active interest if mine because of them.
My name IS Nancy and I always ask millions of questions so as a joke gift when I was about 7 I got Shadow Ranch from my Dad and wasn’t really old enough to play it so I set it aside. When I met my boyfriend back in 2010, he told me about Steam and how they have Nancy Drew games and I re-found them, and was just shocked on how many there where! Now I’ve played almost them all 2, 4, and 5!
The old ones with the matte yellow-and-blue binding and ’60s covers. I still think there are some he never gave me, somewhere, but whenever I would do something good or just randomly, my parents would give me one. I was a huge reader, still am, and I was obsessed with the books. So I looked upon them as a treat.
I got “Treasure in the Royal Tower” when I was little, but the CD was bad and it wouldn’t work. I always wanted to play but with bad computers and then getting only Macs after a certain point, it never worked out. In college I was getting over severe food poisoning alone in my dorm for a few days, and suddenly remembered the games again. I needed something to occupy my mind, so I downloaded the Haunted Carousel. I’ve been a huge fan ever since.
Nancy Drew is something that ties together my young self and older self, now. It doesn’t matter to me that the games are 10 and up, that many people might think of it as kid stuff- it brings out my childhood, and not only that, keeps my brain sharp with the puzzles and predicaments. The books are now stored away for my future children, boys or girls, to read- because nothing is better than a strong, intelligent female heroine! And, of course, a good mystery.
I loved reading everything, and I loved mysteries, so when I saw my sister had Nancy Drew’s entire collection, I snagged all of them and read them in my spare time. The reading level was a little advanced for me at the time, so I put those on hold and read the younger Nancy Drew series. It was amazing to be able to follow Nancy, Bess, and George on their adventures and mysteries and figure things out with them. Nancy was around my age, a girl, and wasn’t gifted with a grand intellect or inheritance or anything besides her knack for sleuthing and curiosity. Nancy was intelligent and intuitive, of course, but instead of being a character that I could never fathom being because they were too far above me, she was an inspiration.
So one day my mom bought my sister and me “Message in a Haunted Mansion,” and we could hardly stop playing. My sister and I would play for hours, hunched in front of the house computer, switching spots every now and then. We could never play it alone because the music scared me too much. We had our share of screams and jumps while playing- it was a haunted house, it was scary! After that, the rest was history, because we always craved a new mystery to solve with Nancy. To this day, a good decade later, my sister and I still get together and play our Nancy Drew games together. And we STILL get scared. Have you played
"Shadow at the Water’s Edge??" It’s TERRIFYING. But enjoyable, as always.
..about Treasure in the Royal Tower and how amazing it was, so she decided to try out a game. She got Secret of the Scarlet Hand. My other sister and I watched her play, played it for ourselves, and it was fun. Then we all started getting hooked on the books as well. It just didn’t stop :)
It started when my cousins, who were about five years older than me, started coming with us to vacations. They were twins, a boy and a girl. She’d bring a Nancy Drew game, and my mom would bring a laptop. We’d play non-stop on car rides to where ever we’d go. She and I would always do the easy part and make her brother do the complicated puzzles, because he was smart. Up until about a year ago, it was tradition to do that. That was how I started on Nancy Drew games(:
When I was about 8? 9? years old my grandmother bought the Nancy Drew game Stay Tuned For Danger, the second one in the series. We would play together and pretty soon my cousin, Chrysten started playing with us then three more of my cousins, and before we knew it all six of us would be huddled around my grandmother’s computer taking turns playing the game xD I fell in love them, and I am now trying to get every game in the series, but my discs keep getting lost or broken. I have played every single game, and I’m psyched for the new one to come out! I’m 19 years old and a sophmore in college. My friends won’t take a gander into it, I’m the only person I know in real life who plays these!
and found TRT in the Scholastic Book things. You know, where you order books and they give them to your school? It was awesome, and I still compare every game I play to it. Several years later, my mother got a few more in the same way (she was a teacher’s aide) and we’ve been hooked since.