Nancy Drew®: Secret of Scarlet Hand 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 (8 reviews) - 87% of the 8 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 4, 2002

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Includes 20 items: Nancy Drew ®: Danger on Deception Island, Nancy Drew® Dossier™: Lights, Camera, Curses!, Nancy Drew®: Legend of the Crystal Skull, Nancy Drew®: Ransom of the Seven Ships, Nancy Drew®: The Creature of Kapu Cave, Nancy Drew®: The Haunting of Castle Malloy, Nancy Drew®: The Phantom of Venice, Nancy Drew®: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek, Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister, Nancy Drew® Dossier™: Resorting to Danger!, Nancy Drew®: Secrets Can Kill REMASTERED, Nancy Drew®: Shadow at the Water's Edge, Nancy Drew®: Curse of Blackmoor Manor, Nancy Drew®: Danger by Design, Nancy Drew®: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake, Nancy Drew®: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon, Nancy Drew®: Secret of the Old Clock, Nancy Drew®: Secret of the Scarlet Hand, Nancy Drew®: The Haunted Carousel, Nancy Drew®: Warnings at Waverly Academy

 

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Nancy Drew®: Secret of Scarlet Hand 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.

Between cases, Nancy Drew has taken an internship as Deputy Curator at the Beech Hill Museum in Washington, D.C. Nancy soon discovers she will be doing more than learning about ancient Maya artifacts–there have been a series of thefts and the only clue left behind in a mysterious scarlet handprint! Will Nancy be able to put the pieces of this ancient puzzle together? Or will the mystery remain entombed forever? Dare to Play™

  • Learn about the Mayan civilization and its culture
  • Take on the role of a deputy curator for a prestigious museum.
  • Ride the subway and visit sites around Washington D.C.
  • Choose from Junior or Senior Detective difficulty levels.

 

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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: 200 MHz or greater Pentium or equivalent class CPU
    • Memory: 16 MB of RAM
    • Graphics: 16 MB DirectX 7.0 compatible video card
    • DirectX®: 7.0 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 160 MB of free space
    • Sound: 16 bit DirectX compatible sound card
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Positive (8 reviews)
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Kailetin
7.1 hrs
Posted: July 12
I enjoyed it, but not as much as the others. There was something lacking about it. All the historic information was interesting to read, but the story itself was not as great as it could have been. Would still recommend though, because all Nancy Drew games are worth the time and money.
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9haley9
4.5 hrs
Posted: July 6
As a long time Nancy Drew fan, I can say Secret of the Scarlet Hand is a classic! It has a great plot, good amount of puzzles, and leaves no questions unanswered. It's also super informative about the Mayan culture!
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WoodrowShigeru
12.1 hrs
Posted: May 29
I find the topic of Maya lore super boring, so I had a hard time enjoying this game for a large portion. It starts off with "not so much detective puzzles" but rather "work puzzles", but that's alright. It didn't take me long to get pen +paper out. As soon as the proper crime happened, though, it got gradually more interesting.

What was bugging me the most, from a practical point of view, were the long documents on Nancy's laptop because of the lack of scrollbar handles and hinderingly slow scrolling arrows. That and the fact that your savegames say nothing useful at all, not even a timestamp. Just "Something is saved here" – literally!

6.0 / 10.0
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Usagi
8.0 hrs
Posted: June 23, 2015
If it's on sale or you got it in the Nancy Drew bundle then go for it but if you're looking for a fun adventure game there are better ND titles to play.

Welcome to tedious city! You're helping out at a musuem at first, which means a lot of boring tasks you have to do before the case even starts. And even once things pick up you STILL have to finish all your meaningless tasks to progress through the game. Solving the mystery in this game always feels like a second thought since Nancy is stuck having to do everything else. And even when you DO solve it the story isn't very memoriable.

Wasn't bad, had it's fun moments but not the best ND title.
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simdel
11.3 hrs
Posted: January 13, 2015
I wasn't sure what to expect with this game as I know it's marketed for teenage girls and I am nit in that category at all, but I found I was drawn into the mystery and enjoyed it.

It's not too tough and not so easy but there is always a clear direction and a phone hint system if needed. I also learnt a bit about the Mayans.

There aren't many locations, but enough to keep up the interest. I'll give another one of these titles a go in a couple of months as if they are similar to this one, they provise decent entertainment for a few evenings.
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namelessgalfriend
6.5 hrs
Posted: January 4, 2015
Okay. So I've played a lot of Nancy Drew games. This is not one of my favorites. I actually don't care for it that much. The fact that the game doesn't even start off a mystery is a little, well, droll. Essentially, you start off wih tasks to do (which I found rather boring) and after doing some you get thrown into a case. I could just be picky, but I'm almost done with the game and I just don't care for it.
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whereangelsfly
9.2 hrs
Posted: November 8, 2014
I loved this game. It is filled with information about the Mayan people and the end is unpredictable. Don't skip it!
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Annacrusis
0.9 hrs
Posted: June 7, 2014
Mayan history with a sprinkling of spooky! Perfect for a stormy night.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
I loved this game. It is filled with information about the Mayan people and the end is unpredictable. Don't skip it!
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2015
Okay. So I've played a lot of Nancy Drew games. This is not one of my favorites. I actually don't care for it that much. The fact that the game doesn't even start off a mystery is a little, well, droll. Essentially, you start off wih tasks to do (which I found rather boring) and after doing some you get thrown into a case. I could just be picky, but I'm almost done with the game and I just don't care for it.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2014
Mayan history with a sprinkling of spooky! Perfect for a stormy night.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2015
I wasn't sure what to expect with this game as I know it's marketed for teenage girls and I am nit in that category at all, but I found I was drawn into the mystery and enjoyed it.

It's not too tough and not so easy but there is always a clear direction and a phone hint system if needed. I also learnt a bit about the Mayans.

There aren't many locations, but enough to keep up the interest. I'll give another one of these titles a go in a couple of months as if they are similar to this one, they provise decent entertainment for a few evenings.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
I find the topic of Maya lore super boring, so I had a hard time enjoying this game for a large portion. It starts off with "not so much detective puzzles" but rather "work puzzles", but that's alright. It didn't take me long to get pen +paper out. As soon as the proper crime happened, though, it got gradually more interesting.

What was bugging me the most, from a practical point of view, were the long documents on Nancy's laptop because of the lack of scrollbar handles and hinderingly slow scrolling arrows. That and the fact that your savegames say nothing useful at all, not even a timestamp. Just "Something is saved here" – literally!

6.0 / 10.0
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2015
If it's on sale or you got it in the Nancy Drew bundle then go for it but if you're looking for a fun adventure game there are better ND titles to play.

Welcome to tedious city! You're helping out at a musuem at first, which means a lot of boring tasks you have to do before the case even starts. And even once things pick up you STILL have to finish all your meaningless tasks to progress through the game. Solving the mystery in this game always feels like a second thought since Nancy is stuck having to do everything else. And even when you DO solve it the story isn't very memoriable.

Wasn't bad, had it's fun moments but not the best ND title.
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Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
As a long time Nancy Drew fan, I can say Secret of the Scarlet Hand is a classic! It has a great plot, good amount of puzzles, and leaves no questions unanswered. It's also super informative about the Mayan culture!
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Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
I enjoyed it, but not as much as the others. There was something lacking about it. All the historic information was interesting to read, but the story itself was not as great as it could have been. Would still recommend though, because all Nancy Drew games are worth the time and money.
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