A local contest turns into an arson scene and now deceit smolders among the charred ruins of the River Heights Town Hall. Police have several suspects, but well-placed incriminating evidence and poisonous local gossip compelled authorities to make only one arrest: Nancy Drew.
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Mostly Positive (21 reviews) - 76% of the 21 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 2, 2011

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A local contest turns into an arson scene and now deceit smolders among the charred ruins of the River Heights Town Hall. Police have several suspects, but well-placed incriminating evidence and poisonous local gossip compelled authorities to make only one arrest: Nancy Drew. Can you, as the teenage detective and her closest friends, catch the real arsonist and extinguish the accusations among the embers?


Key features:

  • Play as Nancy Drew and explore her hometown of River Heights
  • Assume the roles of Nancy and her friends Bess, George, and Ned
  • Identify fingerprints at the local police lab
  • Ask tough questions. The answers vary depending on which character asks.
  • Collect evidence and pin it on the suspects
  • Visit the Drew home and explore Nancy’s room
  • Order different flavors of ice cream at the parlor
  • Hunt for clues to the real arsonist
  • Save your reputation before it goes up in smoke
  • Choose from Junior or Senior Detective difficulty levels

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows® XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1.5 GHZ or greater Pentium 4 or equivalent class CPU
    • Memory: 512MB of RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB DirectX 9.0 compatible video card
    • DirectX®: 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB or more hard drive space
    • Sound: 16 bit DirectX compatible sound card
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel processor
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: Intel GMA 950, ATI X160, NVIDIA 7300 graphics card or better
    • Hard Drive: 2.1 GB
    • Other: Internet connection The game will not work on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems (PowerMac)
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (21 reviews)
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sethrew
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
Not a bad game. Honestly, it got a little irritating having to go through Nancy to switch between characters. The mechanics are okay (a bit touchy at times). There were a number of times during the game that travelling between the same places over and over got a bit monotonous. In general the puzzles were challenging, but some didn't seem to make much sense.

Overall it was an enjoyable experience (but only because I'm a Nancy Drew fan).
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rjazz2
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
One of the best Drew games out. It's just like high school. But with less murder.
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leanne7frisby
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
love nancy drew
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Samm
( 24.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 1
One of my favorite Nancy Drew games!
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wndergrrrl
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 1, 2015
Great ND game. If you've ever wanted to play as George or Bess or Ned, get this game! It was super fun and there were a lot of mini-games that I loved. The characters are perfect and the story is on-point. This is definitely my favorite ND game.
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ivanovienne
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: August 12, 2015
We get to see more of Nancy's friends and her home town, which is a plus. All while being arrested. Also a plus.
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stereoparade
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: August 9, 2015
Really fun and unique Nancy Drew game that gets you up and running not only as Nancy, but as her friends, too! Game looks great and handles well. Puzzles are never too tricky. Plus there is plenty of NED!
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SASH3695
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24, 2015
I love nancy drew, but this game has a few glitches, mild story, fun atmosphere
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opsyris
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12, 2015
4/10
This ND game takes place in River Heights, Nancy's hometown. The setting seems pretty cool at first but gets repetitive traveling by car from location to location. The locations you do go to are fairly small with not a lot to do, most of the game is running between 3 different locations, retreiving one item, going back to the police station to drop off the item for Nancy, have Nancy analyze it, then trade off to another character... You are Nancy's errand boy in this game. The running back and forth (you use multiple characters outside the jail, and one can be more capable than another at certain tasks) makes the environment less immersive than past games. I prefer the more exotic locations, not boring suburbia.
While at first the ability to play multiple characters outside of Nancy (Ned, Bess, George) sounds new and different, I agree with a previous review that it gets very tedious very quickly. You have to go through Nancy everytime to make a switch, you can't switch freely between characters.
This game had less puzzles than previous games, and was furthered more by conversation/dialogue prompts. Add that into the fact that you have to leave each location, get in a car, watch the car travel to a new location, and then talk to the character at the location...it becomes boring.
Overall I'd say the plot and environment of this game is weaker than others. This is probably my least favorite ND game that I've played, and was shorter than some of the others.
$6.99 is not a terrible price for the game however, and if you're a fan of ND and want to try it out anyway, you should.

Lastly, the puzzle in Alexei's shop murdered my eyeballs. Thankfully after enough tries it just stops timing you. How you could possibly complete that by the top time I have no idea...
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Maliceff
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4, 2015
Least favorite ND game so far. I hate the fact that to change characters you have to call Nancy every damn time. It got to the point I had to mute my game because their voices started to make me grind my teeth. I got stuck halfway through and have no idea what to do now. Every time I call someone (as each person) or talk to a suspect (as each person), I just get the "Hi"... "Bye". I've gotten all the items, the only thing I can think of is I went out of order or something, and if thats the case, thats ridiculous seeing as you can be 4 different damn people, there should be no way to go out of order. I've gone to every location as every playable character and... nothing... so **** it, I dont even care. The plot was boring anyway.
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MidnightReicheru
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 8, 2015
Ever since I was little I've read the Nancy Drew books and played the games. Alibi in Ashes took me back to the books I read as a chld. Being able to not only interact with Bess, George, and Ned but being able to play as them was a wonderul feature. I spent si straight hours playing this game and I regret nothing, it was wonderful. If you're going to get a Nancy Drew game, get this one. You won't be disappointed.
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Lemurs
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: August 7, 2014
Honestly might be my least favourite nancy drew game, and I've been playing them since the start. While the idea behind playing multiple characters is nice, it doesn't really feel nessicary, and the fact taht you have to go through Nancy for every switch is tedious.
The game is majorly lacking in any sense of adventure or even mystery. There's nothing really at risk, and that plus the very VERY dull setting makes me actually regret the buy.
There is also no awesome food-related minigame that i've found.
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Flamedrake
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4, 2014
Having played a couple earlier Nancy Drew games years ago and hating them, I spotted this on the sale and decided to give the series another shot. Turns out it's honestly much better than I'd expected.

Nancy Drew has been framed for arson and, stuck in jail, it's up to her friends to go harrass the people hanging around the fire and clear her name. The mystery is actually pretty solid and most of the cast is entertainingly written with solid voice acting (Nancy still sounds like a robot, but what can you do). The game's at its best when you're just walking around talking to people.

Unfortunately, as is too common with these things, it tends to fall apart when it tries to be an actual game. The interface is dreadful, particularly for the inventory, a collection of tiny indistinguishable icons with no labels or tooltips or anything. Puzzles tend to be poorly placed and are tedious and overcomplicated. The idea of multiple characters is interesting, but ends up being more of a hassle than anything, with each character locked out of certain tasks and a need to call Nancy between each and have her call the next person to take the case.

Still, for all its problems, it's rarely a hassle for long and drops entertaining new conversations on you often enough to keep you going. There's a lot to like here, it just sometimes takes a little while to get to it.
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inezbluebutterfly
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29, 2014
I can't make it out of the burning room and when I do it doesn't even give you any hints to get out, On EASY
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Ki Swan
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20, 2014
I thought that this was one of the more compelling Nancy Drew games, dealing with Nancy as the main suspect, which gave the plot a bit more of a twist because it is unique among the many Nancy Drew games that I have played. The town layout and the stories behind the characters added to the game and I think that it was fast paced and interesting. I would recommend this game and I think it was one of the stronger games of the Nancy Drew series.
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xoxstarlesseyes
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 13, 2014
One of the best Nancy Drew games I've ever played, and I've been playing them for many years. It was awesome being able to switch between Nancy, Bess, George, and Ned while solving the case, and there was a nice twist in the plot compared to the usual games. The puzzles were fairly simple, but still gave a challenge. There were a lot of places to explore, and many different people to talk to. I played it straight through and it took me about 7 hours, but I'm sure based on experience with the games that would vary. I would definitely recommend this game to a first time player, or someone looking to play a different Nancy Drew game. 10/10.
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Muss
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 30, 2013
Great game, one of the best Nancy Drew mysteries that I have played, it's pretty tough, but well worth it.
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crowe
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 1, 2013
nancy drew goes to god damn prison
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ladderchair98
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 29, 2011
Love the Nancy Drew series!!!! This was a great game with a twist on the detective work, because you get to play as Ned, Bess, and George.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
44 of 56 people (79%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
nancy drew goes to god damn prison
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
I thought that this was one of the more compelling Nancy Drew games, dealing with Nancy as the main suspect, which gave the plot a bit more of a twist because it is unique among the many Nancy Drew games that I have played. The town layout and the stories behind the characters added to the game and I think that it was fast paced and interesting. I would recommend this game and I think it was one of the stronger games of the Nancy Drew series.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2014
One of the best Nancy Drew games I've ever played, and I've been playing them for many years. It was awesome being able to switch between Nancy, Bess, George, and Ned while solving the case, and there was a nice twist in the plot compared to the usual games. The puzzles were fairly simple, but still gave a challenge. There were a lot of places to explore, and many different people to talk to. I played it straight through and it took me about 7 hours, but I'm sure based on experience with the games that would vary. I would definitely recommend this game to a first time player, or someone looking to play a different Nancy Drew game. 10/10.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2014
Having played a couple earlier Nancy Drew games years ago and hating them, I spotted this on the sale and decided to give the series another shot. Turns out it's honestly much better than I'd expected.

Nancy Drew has been framed for arson and, stuck in jail, it's up to her friends to go harrass the people hanging around the fire and clear her name. The mystery is actually pretty solid and most of the cast is entertainingly written with solid voice acting (Nancy still sounds like a robot, but what can you do). The game's at its best when you're just walking around talking to people.

Unfortunately, as is too common with these things, it tends to fall apart when it tries to be an actual game. The interface is dreadful, particularly for the inventory, a collection of tiny indistinguishable icons with no labels or tooltips or anything. Puzzles tend to be poorly placed and are tedious and overcomplicated. The idea of multiple characters is interesting, but ends up being more of a hassle than anything, with each character locked out of certain tasks and a need to call Nancy between each and have her call the next person to take the case.

Still, for all its problems, it's rarely a hassle for long and drops entertaining new conversations on you often enough to keep you going. There's a lot to like here, it just sometimes takes a little while to get to it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2013
Great game, one of the best Nancy Drew mysteries that I have played, it's pretty tough, but well worth it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 8, 2015
Ever since I was little I've read the Nancy Drew books and played the games. Alibi in Ashes took me back to the books I read as a chld. Being able to not only interact with Bess, George, and Ned but being able to play as them was a wonderul feature. I spent si straight hours playing this game and I regret nothing, it was wonderful. If you're going to get a Nancy Drew game, get this one. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2011
Love the Nancy Drew series!!!! This was a great game with a twist on the detective work, because you get to play as Ned, Bess, and George.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2015
4/10
This ND game takes place in River Heights, Nancy's hometown. The setting seems pretty cool at first but gets repetitive traveling by car from location to location. The locations you do go to are fairly small with not a lot to do, most of the game is running between 3 different locations, retreiving one item, going back to the police station to drop off the item for Nancy, have Nancy analyze it, then trade off to another character... You are Nancy's errand boy in this game. The running back and forth (you use multiple characters outside the jail, and one can be more capable than another at certain tasks) makes the environment less immersive than past games. I prefer the more exotic locations, not boring suburbia.
While at first the ability to play multiple characters outside of Nancy (Ned, Bess, George) sounds new and different, I agree with a previous review that it gets very tedious very quickly. You have to go through Nancy everytime to make a switch, you can't switch freely between characters.
This game had less puzzles than previous games, and was furthered more by conversation/dialogue prompts. Add that into the fact that you have to leave each location, get in a car, watch the car travel to a new location, and then talk to the character at the location...it becomes boring.
Overall I'd say the plot and environment of this game is weaker than others. This is probably my least favorite ND game that I've played, and was shorter than some of the others.
$6.99 is not a terrible price for the game however, and if you're a fan of ND and want to try it out anyway, you should.

Lastly, the puzzle in Alexei's shop murdered my eyeballs. Thankfully after enough tries it just stops timing you. How you could possibly complete that by the top time I have no idea...
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2014
Honestly might be my least favourite nancy drew game, and I've been playing them since the start. While the idea behind playing multiple characters is nice, it doesn't really feel nessicary, and the fact taht you have to go through Nancy for every switch is tedious.
The game is majorly lacking in any sense of adventure or even mystery. There's nothing really at risk, and that plus the very VERY dull setting makes me actually regret the buy.
There is also no awesome food-related minigame that i've found.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2015
I love nancy drew, but this game has a few glitches, mild story, fun atmosphere
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2015
Least favorite ND game so far. I hate the fact that to change characters you have to call Nancy every damn time. It got to the point I had to mute my game because their voices started to make me grind my teeth. I got stuck halfway through and have no idea what to do now. Every time I call someone (as each person) or talk to a suspect (as each person), I just get the "Hi"... "Bye". I've gotten all the items, the only thing I can think of is I went out of order or something, and if thats the case, thats ridiculous seeing as you can be 4 different damn people, there should be no way to go out of order. I've gone to every location as every playable character and... nothing... so **** it, I dont even care. The plot was boring anyway.
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0 of 17 people (0%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
I can't make it out of the burning room and when I do it doesn't even give you any hints to get out, On EASY
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Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
Great ND game. If you've ever wanted to play as George or Bess or Ned, get this game! It was super fun and there were a lot of mini-games that I loved. The characters are perfect and the story is on-point. This is definitely my favorite ND game.
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Recommended
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
One of my favorite Nancy Drew games!
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Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2015
We get to see more of Nancy's friends and her home town, which is a plus. All while being arrested. Also a plus.
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Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2015
Really fun and unique Nancy Drew game that gets you up and running not only as Nancy, but as her friends, too! Game looks great and handles well. Puzzles are never too tricky. Plus there is plenty of NED!
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Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
One of the best Drew games out. It's just like high school. But with less murder.
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Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Not a bad game. Honestly, it got a little irritating having to go through Nancy to switch between characters. The mechanics are okay (a bit touchy at times). There were a number of times during the game that travelling between the same places over and over got a bit monotonous. In general the puzzles were challenging, but some didn't seem to make much sense.

Overall it was an enjoyable experience (but only because I'm a Nancy Drew fan).
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