Jessalyn Thornton’s fateful sleepover at the abandoned Thornton estate was supposed to be a pre-wedding celebration, but the fun ended when she disappeared. While her family searches for clues, others refuse to speak about the estate’s dark past.
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Positive (34 reviews) - 91% of the 34 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 14, 2013

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Jessalyn Thornton’s fateful sleepover at the abandoned Thornton estate was supposed to be a pre-wedding celebration, but the fun ended when she disappeared. While her family searches for clues, others refuse to speak about the estate’s dark past. Did something supernatural happen to Jessalyn, or is someone in Thornton Hall holding something besides family secrets?

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor:1.5 GHZ or greater Pentium 4 CPU or equivalent class
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:128 MB DirectX 9.0 compatible video card
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:9.0

    Minimum:

    • OS:OS X: 10.5.8 Leopard/10.6.6 Snow Leopard/10.7 Lion/10.8 Mountain Lion or higher
    • Processor:Intel processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Intel GMA X3100, ATI X1600, NVIDIA 7300 graphics card or better
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:9.0
    • Additional:This game will NOT run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems (PowerMac)

    Recommended:

    • Additional:This game will NOT run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems (PowerMac)
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Positive (34 reviews)
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Jejja
14.4 hrs
Posted: August 2
I love this games. Its not to hard and not to easy. Perfect game if you just want to enjoy and have a good time whitout to hard puzzels. Played the Nancy Drew games since I was a child. Its sad that steam don't release the latest one. I hope they do soon.
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memerick
7.1 hrs
Posted: June 25
"Nancy Drew: the Ghst of Thornton Hall" ranks in my top five favourite Nancy Drew games produced by Herinteractive. This game is by far the spookiest though, from the random shadows that fleet across the screen to other strange happenings. If you're faint-of-heart, you might like another one of the Nancy Drew games better, or at the very least, don't play this one at night! :-P All in all though, the graphics, storyline, and characters are really engaging. Herinteractive really strived to make this game one of their best yet. I have few qualms with the game itself--some of the puzzles were a little too challenging for me, but it's definitely a good brain tease at the very least! Many of the Nancy Drew games recently have really focused on visiting a variety of countries to welcome new cultures to the game. While I fully approve of this notion, some of the games come off as a wee bit stereotyped. This particular game, however, is not one of them. This game has a true sense of place because it's not just aiming to put another Herinteractive flag on the map. The location itself doesn't really pertain much to the game (though it is stated), which in my opinion, makes the gameplay so much more realistic. :-)
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velarax
9.4 hrs
Posted: May 30
Great game, good puzzles, intriguing mystery. Good voice acting, nice graphics. Spooky story, some good "shudder" moments. A strong entry in the Nancy Drew series.
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WMR
12.4 hrs
Posted: April 17
6/10
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leanne7frisby
7.6 hrs
Posted: March 6
jumpy but still a good game got to love nancy drew games
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OfOneSoul
10.4 hrs
Posted: February 20
I've played Nancy Drew games for as long as I can remember. I still have my original copy of "Secrets Can Kill". (Not the remastered one. That original, old as ♥♥♥♥ one, ya'll.)

The newer games in recent years have really advanced, in my opinion. In a good way. This game, among the newer releases I mentioned, takes the top thus far. Although there are some classic oldies for me that could never be replaced (Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake, The Final Scene, Curse of Blackmoor Manor, etc.) Ghost of Thornton Hall took the best qualities of past games and added a few new concepts that improved the overall story-telling.

This game's story in particular was beautifully detailed and dark. I adored the character development as well as the plethora of interesting but disturbed personalities. For God's sake, HARPER. I love you, you batty, un-bathed, fume-inhaling woman!

The history that drove this game is unmatched, in my opinion. Although I'm sure other games provide more "reading", the quality and context of the reading in this one didn't JUST help with solving puzzles, but added to the atmosphere and overall enjoyment of the play through.

I loved the ghostly encounters and [SPOILER ALERT] being able to choose how the game ends (to a certain degree). It was a clever installment and an irresistible plot. I look forward to more NDs like this in the future.
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magcat13
3.4 hrs
Posted: January 20
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Fiona the Red
7.1 hrs
Posted: December 26, 2015
When I bought this game for my brother and I to play over the holiday for old time's sake, I wasn't expecting for us (both adults) to scream multiple times while playing. But we did. Maybe that just means we're big weenies, though I'd like to think that just means HER Interactive made a solidly creepy game. I loved the atmosphere of this game, as well as the backstory. While I had hoped for more oomph in the resolution, I - we - enjoyed our time at Thornton Hall.
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Adelahn
10.4 hrs
Posted: December 19, 2015
I absolutely loved this game. I have played quite a few of the Nancy Drew games, and this was definitely one of the best as far as storyline and the puzzles are concerned. It might have been the scariest as well, although that really depends on what makes you scared. If you are a serious gamer, you can't expect these games to have the kinds of graphics and interaction that other games have (i.e. Portal), but for what they are, they are very well done and fairly entertaining. If you are looking for a nice and relaxing challenge, play it on senior detective. Junior is pretty easy and is better done for simple storyline purposes. If there are puzzles you have a hard time with, HerInteractive has a forum board set up with hints for the puzzles and sections where it might not be clear what you should do, but I didn't have to make use of that as this game was pretty well streamlined. I recommend it as a good puzzle game.
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Bermasa
17.1 hrs
Posted: August 22, 2015
I am a huge fan of Nancy Drew Games, having played them for almost 16 years. I've played almost all of them. (haven't played 7 Ships, Trail/Twister, Deadly Device)
Right from the original Secrets Can Kill with its original 2 CDs (yup 2 of them were needed to hold a whopping 16 mb of RAM :D ) up to Thornton Hall. I am a huge fan of the earlier ND games so I wasn't sure if I'd like the newest ones

I must say that HI has outdone itself with this game.
This was one of the best ND games I've played in quite awhile. I wasn't sure if HI was able to pull it off after Waverly Academy (seriously had my doubts about that one too but HI proved me wrong there as well!) but they did it again!

Talk about atmosphere! It had the type of scares that actually made my stomach churn.. and that's not an easy task. It had the old fashioned, creepy scares of Haunted Mansion (with WAY better voice acting) , a variety of interesting puzzles that ranged from easy to hard (and with helpful hints for those of us that are puzzle challenged, bless you HI!). There were plenty of places to explore for those of us who are rather nosy.O and the story?? I loved it! You actually felt for the folks in the story and really wanted to help them all out. Good job HI

It's a point-and-click game with easy and hard detective settings. If I am correct, I believe there are 3 endings.
I played on a Windows 7. 3gb RAM. Intel core 2 Duo PC @ 2.33 GHz and it didn't feel 'heavy ' on my PC
I finished it in about 15 hours but I played the easy setting with loads of hints.



4 1/2 out of 5 stars


PS I have Amnesia but I hate it and would trade Amneisa for a Nancy Drew Game in a heartbeat
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
I've been playing Nancy Drew games since about 2001, and I've played almost all of them. This one looked particularly good to me from the trailer, and it did not disappoint. It wasn't as challenging as some others (Crystal Skull comes to mind) but it was not overly easy either. I also enjoyed the plot, and the ability to choose how it ended (to a degree) was quite interesting. Overall, I'd probably put it in my top 5 ND games.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
Love all of HerInteractive's ND games. They're all done beautifully. This game is no exception, however it is one of the more frightening ones for wusses like me. Still beat it all the same lol. Great game.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
71.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2014
Super fun, a little bit hard. But, I like that! Tia, 10 yrs old
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
I am fond of the Nancy Drew games, and I enjoyed playing this one. The story was intriguing, and I loved the supernatural elements in this game. The puzzles were challenging, and the characters were interesting. If you are a fan of the Nancy Drew games I would highly recommend this game.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
Hands down, favorite Nancy Drew game to date. What sealed it for me was the ambiance. The random movements while playing made it very immersive.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
Awesome ND game!! By far the scariest, jumpiest one so far. Loads of puzzles which range in difficulty and such interesting characters! Highly recommend!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
awesome nd game, the scariest for me yet! Loved the setting in georgia with the spanish moss trees surrounding the house made it so creepy. Def worth it especially now that steams having their sale (got it for $10)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2015
Provides a pretty good scare. A little easy.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
I've played Nancy Drew games for as long as I can remember. I still have my original copy of "Secrets Can Kill". (Not the remastered one. That original, old as ♥♥♥♥ one, ya'll.)

The newer games in recent years have really advanced, in my opinion. In a good way. This game, among the newer releases I mentioned, takes the top thus far. Although there are some classic oldies for me that could never be replaced (Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake, The Final Scene, Curse of Blackmoor Manor, etc.) Ghost of Thornton Hall took the best qualities of past games and added a few new concepts that improved the overall story-telling.

This game's story in particular was beautifully detailed and dark. I adored the character development as well as the plethora of interesting but disturbed personalities. For God's sake, HARPER. I love you, you batty, un-bathed, fume-inhaling woman!

The history that drove this game is unmatched, in my opinion. Although I'm sure other games provide more "reading", the quality and context of the reading in this one didn't JUST help with solving puzzles, but added to the atmosphere and overall enjoyment of the play through.

I loved the ghostly encounters and [SPOILER ALERT] being able to choose how the game ends (to a certain degree). It was a clever installment and an irresistible plot. I look forward to more NDs like this in the future.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
"Nancy Drew: the Ghst of Thornton Hall" ranks in my top five favourite Nancy Drew games produced by Herinteractive. This game is by far the spookiest though, from the random shadows that fleet across the screen to other strange happenings. If you're faint-of-heart, you might like another one of the Nancy Drew games better, or at the very least, don't play this one at night! :-P All in all though, the graphics, storyline, and characters are really engaging. Herinteractive really strived to make this game one of their best yet. I have few qualms with the game itself--some of the puzzles were a little too challenging for me, but it's definitely a good brain tease at the very least! Many of the Nancy Drew games recently have really focused on visiting a variety of countries to welcome new cultures to the game. While I fully approve of this notion, some of the games come off as a wee bit stereotyped. This particular game, however, is not one of them. This game has a true sense of place because it's not just aiming to put another Herinteractive flag on the map. The location itself doesn't really pertain much to the game (though it is stated), which in my opinion, makes the gameplay so much more realistic. :-)
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