Nancy Drew®: Curse of Blackmoor Manor
Nancy Drew®: Curse of Blackmoor Manor is a first-person perspective, point-and-click adventure game. The player is Nancy Drew and has to solve a mystery. Explore rich environments for clues, interrogate suspects, and solve puzzles and mini-games.
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Positive (31 reviews) - 96% of the 31 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 25, 2004

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Nancy Drew®: Curse of Blackmoor Manor is a first-person perspective, point-and-click adventure game. The player is Nancy Drew and has to solve a mystery. Explore rich environments for clues, interrogate suspects, and solve puzzles and mini-games.

All is not well in Blackmoor Manor, a Fourteenth Century English mansion haunted by a tragic past. You, as Nancy Drew, embark on your first international adventure to visit Linda Penvellyn, your neighbor's daughter and newlywed wife of a British diplomat. A mysterious malady keeps Linda hidden behind thick bed curtains. Is she hiding from something or someone, or is a more menacing threat stalking her? Face your fears to find the truth! Dare to Play.™

  • Travel to England and solve challenging puzzles to break the manor’s evil curse.
  • Snoop and sleuth through gorgeously detailed rooms for clues.
  • Meet intriguing suspects, including a sardonic talking parrot.
  • Erase mistakes by using the ‘Second Chance’ feature.
  • Play at your own pace with Junior and Senior detective levels.


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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® 98/ME/2000/XP
    • Processor: 400 MHz CPU
    • Memory: 64MB RAM
    • Graphics: 16-bit DirectX compatible video card
    • DirectX®: 8.0 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 300MB of free space
    • Sound: 16-bit DirectX compatible sound card
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
My god. If you are looking for a good mystery game, this is it. I seriously have no idea how they expect little girls to play this and know what they are doing. You must do a great deal of in-game research, and talk to everyone in order to understand how to solve the insane ammount of puzzles. I learned every symbol for the Zodiak, the Planets, and I even memorized RUNES for goodness sake! Not only that, but you can actually die in this game, multiple gruesome ways! The lack of blood was the only thing that probably kept this at the rating it is now.

If you put the hardmode on (senior detective), all that changed as far as I can see if that you don't have a checklist to help you along. That said, I inform you to do two things: 1) Write stuff down in your own physical notebook. I had every bit of information at my fingertips, and I could put down what I thought would happen, and possible solutions and translations. 2) For the love of god, and all that is holy, finish the game without taking multiple days off fromt he game. There is no way you will remember all the things you were supposed to do after a few days of not playing.

There was absolutly nothing in this game that wasn't incredibly satisfying to solve. I loved this game, it's setting (very dark and spooky), and all the puzzles and the big mystery itself! The only sad thing is that it's pretty much one playthrough. Regardless, if you love mystery games, this is the game to get. I will be buying the other Nancy Drew games eventually to enjoy just as much as I did this one.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 3, 2014
Adventure games are not for me...

But, this one has got some good qualities. Most noticeably, at least to me, this particular Nancy Drew game features a lot of traditional occult symbolism and you have to familiarize yourself with it to pass some of these puzzles. You get to learn runic, alchemical symbols and astrology symbols as well. So that's cool. The puzzles are also quite satisfying to solve, once you get it. Admittedly, I did have to consult a FAQ on a few occasions.

The interface of the game is pretty traditional for first-person adventure games. You have to click left or right or up or down in order to get anywhere, otherwise there's a scrolling screen where you get a 360 view. The thing is that navigating through the manor can get really tiresome. You sometimes have to solve a puzzle over again in order to get where you've already been. At that point, it's just annoying.

And speaking of annoying, there was one particular puzzle where you had to get an answer from a character, navigate to the point of the puzzle, plug in your answer and then run back... four times. And did I mention that you have to do one of those puzzles to open a passageway to get to the place where the puzzle is?

Well, I give this one a passing grade, but you feel more like a puzzler than a detective. THOUGH, there is a plot point that was never resolved that is driving me crazy.

TL;DR - It's a puzzle game, not a mystery solving game.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This is one of the first point and click adventure games that I played. I picked this up during a large sale as a way to introduce myself into the genre. And I'm glad that I did. It isn't the perfect game, but it is good. Some of the puzzles weren't exactly logical and you might need to guess until you get it right or look at a guide to figure it out. I'm sure some people will scoff at the idea of playing a Nancy Drew game, but I'd say you should look past that.

I haven't played any of the other Nancy Drew games, but I'd consider picking more of them up at the right price. I'd recommend picking it up at 75% off or maybe in a bundle that would offer the games at less than a dollar each.

I will update this review to be more in-depth at a later time.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2013
From all the Nancy Drew games I have played (about 10), this is by far the hardest, and by a big margin. Many of the puzzles are extremely obscure and hard to figure out without a guide. If you like easy casual games and do not like hard puzzles that you have to figure out via vague hints given in the game, then you will get stuck and you will not like this game. Getting through this game without reading an online guide even once is a real challenge, and probably unsurmountable for most casual players.

That being said, you might notice that I'm actually giving this a positive review. That's because personally I just loved this game. When I started to play this game and noticed how amazingly hard and obscure the puzzles are, I decided that come hell or high water, I will complete this game without looking at an online guide even once. And I did.

And the thing is: When I finally succeeded, it was amazingly rewarding. I don't mean that the game rewards you with something special; I just mean that being able to figure out all the puzzles without any external help feels really rewarding all in itself.

All puzzles are solvable with logic, either using what the puzzle itself presents, or information gotten elsewhere (and most often both.) No puzzle requires blind guessing or trying all possible combinations. You will most probably require making notes or take screenshots to remember some of the info, but that's just part of the charm.

If you like hard logic puzzles and want to challenge yourself, I recommend this game. It's technically speaking very old (even for the year it was published), but that's not a big deal. However, if you don't have the patience, you will most probably not like this game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2015
This is one of my favorites in the series. Challenging puzzles and interesting story, but also one of the games with the old set-up if you don't mind that. There is also not as much space to travel around as ther is in other games, but still manages to create an atmosphere with a few lighthearted jump scares.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
54.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2014
I've played this game twice now, once on junior detective and most recently on senior detective. It was my first Nancy Drew adventure game and it's my favorite so far. It is very challenging to discover all of the secrets of the old mansion where Nancy is staying as she tries to find out what's wrong with a friend's newlywed daughter who married into a mysterious family with a very long ancestry. Is there really an ancient curse, and is the beast of Blackwood Manor real? This game is packed full of such features as alchemy, heraldry, runes, gargoyles, secret passageways, and numerous puzzles. Do not be fooled by this being a "Nancy Drew" game. It is quite difficult with very little (if any) handholding. I can easily imagine myself playing this game again a few months from now when it has become less fresh in my mind. If you decide to give it a try, I hope you enjoy it too!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
I played these games with my mom when I was a kid and has a blast. I play them now mostly for the nostalgia. The graphics aren't amazing and the games are a bit old. But the puzzles in this one take no prisoners and some of the areas are pretty creepy. It incorporated a lot of anchient European history/folklore and astronomy which I enjoyed a lot as a kid and still do now. If you like a relaxed, point-and-click mystery puzzle game, this is the one for you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Atmospheric, bordering on creepy sometimes, this game has everything you could wish for in the genre. Lights, sounds, nightmares and interesting imagery. It is a game (like all nancy drew games) for very patient people, who like to follow through with a story and discover its techniques of creating suspense. I especially loved the dialogues and the night-vision concept. The game has no daylight, which contributes to the ghost-like trend in the game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
The Nancy Drew series has been a part of my childhood for the longest, I had all the books and played most of the games and I was happy to find a few like this one that I missed! I will say out of the lot, this one has an insane amount of puzzles - some running from easily solvable from Nancy's phone, some from guess work and experience, and others from pure luck (one which annoyed me for a time because it's based PURELY on luck). For puzzle lovers, it's a must get (:
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 27, 2011
No one seems to be interested in these games because they have Nancy Drew in the title...
If you're a fan of point-and-clicks, like I am, you know that less and less of them are coming out each year. This series of games completely fills my addiction to P-n-C games, and as long as you can get over Nancy's voice they'll fill yours too! The games are mediocer-to-great in my opinion, but I've been playing them since I was 8 or so. I'd totally reccomend trying one out while they are on sale :)
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21.3 hrs
Posted: July 1
This game has wicked intense puzzles. I had a lot of fun especially because I started and ended it with the help of some of my friends. We were true sleuths! IF YOU LOVE PUZZLES THIS GAME IS FOR YOU.

I think the only time I was stumped was when I really had no lead as to what to do next and I would spend a lot of time trying to figure out what I was missing. The voice acting in the game and graphics can seem a little funny at times, but it's nothing a little funding can't help fix. A lot of people say the Nancy Drew in the games sounds much older than the age she is supposed to be, like a 30-year old woman, but I get it's supposed to match the older games.
Anyways I love the Nancy Drew games!
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25.8 hrs
Posted: June 27
Hands down the best Nancy Drew game.
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7.9 hrs
Posted: June 23
Classic Nancy Drew game, and one of my personal favorites!! The graphics are a bit better than earlier games. I honestly loved the characters, but I almost wished I could've had more details about them. Engaging plot and fun puzzles. The ending is a bit abrupt in my opinion, but overall a great game. I would definitely recommend it.
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8.0 hrs
Posted: June 21
The real mystery of Blackmoor Manor is figuring out where the bathroom is. Seriously, do the characters go in the hole in the center of the great hall? Where is the laundry room? Why does Jane only have two player games when theres practically no one in the house? So many questions unanswered. Oh yeah it was a good game too I guess...
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llama lord
7.3 hrs
Posted: June 2
Curse of Blackmoor Manor is considered by many fans of the series to be the standard that the newer Nancy Drew games need to live up to. While not my absolute favorite, I still really enjoy this game. The plot is fantastic (definitely one of my favorite plots in the series), the music is beautiful, the characters are interesting and engaging, there are plenty of areas to explore, plus it has a spooky atmosphere which is a lot of fun. My only real complaint would be the puzzles. This game is puzzle heavy and personally I felt like the puzzles were so numerous and drawn out that it was daunting having to complete them. Luckily I had a walkthrough handy.

I very strongly reccomend this game to those who are new to the series as well those who have played newer ND titles but haven't tried the classic games.
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Kanye West
26.8 hrs
Posted: April 4
Special guest: Minerva Mcgonagall as Mrs. Drake.
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The Watchful One
4.6 hrs
Posted: January 30
A childhood favorite of mine. The curse of blackmoor manor is well done, and when you wander it's halls your given a sense of dread but curiosity pulls you on. The puzzles are pleasurably challenging, and I recommend this to anyone up for the challenge.
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meme queen
7.8 hrs
Posted: January 8
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0.2 hrs
Posted: December 3, 2015
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