Nancy Drew®: Secrets Can Kill REMASTERED 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. Key features: Play as Nancy Drew and investigate a murder at a local school.
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Release Date: Aug 24, 2010

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About This Game

Nancy Drew®: Secrets Can Kill REMASTERED 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.

Key features:

  • Play as Nancy Drew and investigate a murder at a local school.
  • 3D animated characters, each with a secret to protect.
  • New puzzles and storyline twists await you in the high school halls.
  • Vintage Nancy Drew references celebrating the brand’s 80th anniversary.
  • Take risks without starting over – the game will automatically return the player to the point before the fatal mistake.
  • Choose from Junior or Senior Detective difficulty levels

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows® XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1GHz CPU
    • Memory: 256MB RAM
    • Graphics: 32-bit DirectX 9.0 compatible video card
    • DirectX®: 9.0 or Higher
    • Hard Drive: 1GB 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: 600 MB
    • Other: Internet connection
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Pinky ☆
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
♥ They tried.

Just...soo many flaws with this one, I had to really think about the positives of the game, however I never regret spending time playing a Nancy Drew game. While I can't rec this for other people to play, they still kept true to the spirit of Nancy Drew games.

♥ The dialogue was on point.

I always enjoy the little jokes and quirks that come with the dialogue in Nancy Drew games. I appreciate the fact that I can play the games with my parents and pets in the same room, without seeing my mom flinch, or my dad wince at a curse word or innuendo.

♥ The ending surprised me.

It was a change from how the Nancy Drew games usually end, though of course it comes with a positive, keep Nancy safe ending. It actually kept me guessing until the end of who killed Jake...!

✘ The puzzles.

There weren't many in this game and the one that runs throughout the course of the game failed to impress. It wasn't very hard and was so boring having to keep track of letters...they could have taken it a lot further. The most exciting the puzzles became was the one featured when Nancy has a timed, survival event. Bleh.

✘ It didn't take long to play.

Compared to other Nancy Drew games, especially the newer titles, this game took hardly any time at all to play. I disliked how they didn't make the world as full as they usually do...you can go to the diner, school, and aunt's house. There isn't a sense of time passing, no sleeping, no changing of day/night even. It feels very boring.

✘ The graphics made me laugh.

They're just so bad, even compared to other older Nancy Drew games. Along with this are the stereotypes - the asian wanting to be a doctor, the jock popping pills, etc. The music that was never in sync and would blare suspense music while simply talking to someone, etc, etc, etc.

Overall I would only suggest buying this if you, like me, want to play every Nancy Drew game. Otherwise save your pennies and go buy a different Nancy Drew title!
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Geekula
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
I'm a long time Nancy Drew fan, games and books and despite seeing the negative reviews of this game I bought it anyway. This is the most unhappy I've ever been with a Nancy Drew game.
The entire game pretty much rests on you spending hours being a code cracker and figuring out an absurd amount of codes left around a school. I can enjoy a good code in a ND game but code breaking is the entire game, save for 3 for 4 miminal item puzzles.
Not only does the game revolve around decoding messages, the areas are small and unpopulated, the characters are bland, and it is the shortest Nancy Drew game I've ever come across. I was honestly shocked when the game just ended.
The most disappointing Nancy Drew game I've ever played.
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ElizaJane
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
This game for sure run nicer than the two disc disaster we remember as kids. The story is close to the original with a lot of identical or formilar dialog, but there are new twists and a different feel to the game compared t the original (cell phone, different item locations/types, SMALL differences in the map set up, ect). Also there are some cute easter eggs for players who attempt to cut ahead in the game before Nancy has been given the chance to truly know the answers to certain puzzles. I would suggest buying this game on sale since compared to other Nancy Drew games the play time is rather short and the remastered version is not quite like owning an original copy from your childhood. It is entertaining and cool how the remastered it so even old 90s kid fans can enjoy the sence of mystery instead of playing an identical game merely patched up. For any die heart Nancy Drew fans Id say go for it, BUT you will get the highest value waiting for the winter or summer sales so you dont need to fork up a whole $7 on a shorter game. If you just really want a Nancy game without waiting, Id suggest one of the other games they have on steam for now ;)
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Faudraline
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 7
"Do act mysterious. It always keeps them coming back for more." - Carolyn Keene

I remember reading Nancy Drew books starting with age 10, alongside classical juvenile mystery series like The Hardy Boys which will later encourage me to read The Knickerbocker Gang by Thomas Brezina, and eventually actual mystery classics like Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Gaston Leroux, Maurice Leblanc and countless others. But Nancy Drew will always hold a special place for me as the one cheesy, meticulous, smart alec; the lady sleuth who introduced me to the world of detective fictions as a childhood memory that I'm very fond of.

For the unfamiliar, Nancy Drew is a girl sleuth of age 18 who likes to poke her nose in mysteries all around. Here in this particular adventure, she is called in to solve a murder that occurred in a high school. A local detective contacted her to offer an undercover position as a student to gather information within the high school and solve the murder if possible. Already experienced in mysteries of the world, Nancy accepts. She is to snoop around the local high school, interrogate other students and collect clues to shed some light into the brutal affair.

Secrets Can Kill is the first instalment of Nancy Drew game series developed by Her Interactive in 1998, which is remastered in 2010. Here, we have the remastered version of the original with its ups and downs. The graphics are definitely better - with a heavy uplift on character animation especially - and countless references to other games scattered around. Voice acting in these series has never been great, but considering this is actually the first in the series one should expect the cheesiest possible. My main complaint is that an already short yet enjoyable game has been cut shorter with some dialogues omitted and puzzles skipped as a tradition of "remastering" old games here too. Still, this wasn't enough to crumble the game down. In its essence, as any and all Nancy Drew games, this one is fun.

This is an old school adventuring game which sincerely doesn't hold hands with the player even with the easier mode. There are clues and references scattered all around, and if you plan to actually solve this thing yourself, - without a walkthrough - you'd better keep a pen and some paper around to do old school detective work yourself. You'll need your notes to solve puzzles and get a meaning out of scattered riddles. None of the puzzles or clues are actually hard, but it takes attention and some memory. On that manner, this game is an enjoyable brain scratcher.

Sadly, 2nd to 6th in the game series have never been remastered, and are quite old to be digitalized, thus they cannot be found in the Steam Store. If you are curious about these earlier games, your best chance of acquiring them seems like being lucky enough to stumble on a retail copy. I'll go fetch myself a decent youtube playthrough to watch them as a worst case scenario, 'cause this underappreciated, charming adventure series do deserve your time. Nothing magnificent or majestic - even a bit lame on the Scooby Doo caliber - but Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill is an enjoyable pass time for an evening for the mystery lovers who'd appreciate some basic old school challenge.

Please also check out Lady Storyteller's Curator page here - follow for regular updates on reviews for other games!
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kayleekinz
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 29, 2015
I suppose this could work to introduce someone to the Nancy Drew saga if they want a "tutorial level", but honestly it doesn't leave a good impression in terms of its characters, story, difficulty, and in-depth puzzle solving. The answer to every puzzle falls into your lap, and there were so few puzzles anyway that it made me feel like I was just going through the motions. Plus Ned gives you the exact solution whenever you just ask for a hint, and that really bugs me because I love little hints, but I hate having my hand held. I finished the game without even having to confront most of the clues I found throughout it, and it felt weird that these "clues" are actually disconnected from the case your trying to solve. I beat this game in like two hours, the other two hours you see here are from leaving the game on to watch a movie.

So eh. I wouldn't bother with it. If you bought it with the collector's pack like I did, that's fine, give it a shot. But don't expect very much.
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Em-Grey
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 5, 2015
That was.....a game....I think?
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Bobomb
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 21, 2015
Personally, I think that this is going to be difficult for anyone to get through without any assistance. You collect clues quickly, but then you hit a wall towards the end. I played through it with my six year old, and she was over it by the time we solved the mystery. Still worth the money if you get it in a bundle with the other ND's.
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Ravyn Karasu
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29, 2015
Remarstered version of the first ND game. It was...surprisingly...short. It was interesting, It's not my favorite game in the series, but for someone just starting out with ND games, it's a nice introduction to the series. It only took me 3 1/2 hours to beat this one, so as I said, short. Aside from that though, there's nothing particularly wrong with the game. Just expect others in the series to be longer and a little more complicated.
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missafterspace
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26, 2015
Having struggled through the original Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill and it's frustrating disc-swapping, I was keen to see what the Remastered edition was like. I think the team did a great job at bringing this story into the present level of difficulty and intrigue as the series' newest releases. One of the hit and miss aspects of the original Secrets Can Kill game is the culprit, and I think the remastered edition did this justice by turning it on its head and making it relevant, exciting and, most importantly, logical. It makes sense, which is something the ending in the original game lacked.

My only qualm with this game is that it was very short, shorter than most games in the ND series. It didn't stop me from enjoying it, not at all, but I finished it in one sitting, which is unusual for these types of games. Usually I stumble upon a puzzle I can't solve, get stuck and, like a champ, rage-quit for a while. (But I always come back).

If you want an easier to play, updated version of the Secrets Can Kill game, snatch this bad boy up. If you're new to these games and want to experience Nancy Drew at it's finest, I'd rate this one at about mid-level, just because of its length.

(As an aside, my ultimate ND recommendation is Treasure in the Royal Tower. Brilliant storyline, gameplay and characters.)
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eisenbuns
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13, 2015
This is a great revival of the original Nancy Drew game. It's short and pretty straightforward, and to be honest there were a lot of glitches when I played, but the glitches were not enough to make me dislike the game.

I would recommend this to any ND fan, but especially to someone who is new to the series. It would be a fantastic introduction, and a gateway to playing the other 32 amazing games.
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Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
♥ They tried.

Just...soo many flaws with this one, I had to really think about the positives of the game, however I never regret spending time playing a Nancy Drew game. While I can't rec this for other people to play, they still kept true to the spirit of Nancy Drew games.

♥ The dialogue was on point.

I always enjoy the little jokes and quirks that come with the dialogue in Nancy Drew games. I appreciate the fact that I can play the games with my parents and pets in the same room, without seeing my mom flinch, or my dad wince at a curse word or innuendo.

♥ The ending surprised me.

It was a change from how the Nancy Drew games usually end, though of course it comes with a positive, keep Nancy safe ending. It actually kept me guessing until the end of who killed Jake...!

✘ The puzzles.

There weren't many in this game and the one that runs throughout the course of the game failed to impress. It wasn't very hard and was so boring having to keep track of letters...they could have taken it a lot further. The most exciting the puzzles became was the one featured when Nancy has a timed, survival event. Bleh.

✘ It didn't take long to play.

Compared to other Nancy Drew games, especially the newer titles, this game took hardly any time at all to play. I disliked how they didn't make the world as full as they usually do...you can go to the diner, school, and aunt's house. There isn't a sense of time passing, no sleeping, no changing of day/night even. It feels very boring.

✘ The graphics made me laugh.

They're just so bad, even compared to other older Nancy Drew games. Along with this are the stereotypes - the asian wanting to be a doctor, the jock popping pills, etc. The music that was never in sync and would blare suspense music while simply talking to someone, etc, etc, etc.

Overall I would only suggest buying this if you, like me, want to play every Nancy Drew game. Otherwise save your pennies and go buy a different Nancy Drew title!
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
"Do act mysterious. It always keeps them coming back for more." - Carolyn Keene

I remember reading Nancy Drew books starting with age 10, alongside classical juvenile mystery series like The Hardy Boys which will later encourage me to read The Knickerbocker Gang by Thomas Brezina, and eventually actual mystery classics like Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Gaston Leroux, Maurice Leblanc and countless others. But Nancy Drew will always hold a special place for me as the one cheesy, meticulous, smart alec; the lady sleuth who introduced me to the world of detective fictions as a childhood memory that I'm very fond of.

For the unfamiliar, Nancy Drew is a girl sleuth of age 18 who likes to poke her nose in mysteries all around. Here in this particular adventure, she is called in to solve a murder that occurred in a high school. A local detective contacted her to offer an undercover position as a student to gather information within the high school and solve the murder if possible. Already experienced in mysteries of the world, Nancy accepts. She is to snoop around the local high school, interrogate other students and collect clues to shed some light into the brutal affair.

Secrets Can Kill is the first instalment of Nancy Drew game series developed by Her Interactive in 1998, which is remastered in 2010. Here, we have the remastered version of the original with its ups and downs. The graphics are definitely better - with a heavy uplift on character animation especially - and countless references to other games scattered around. Voice acting in these series has never been great, but considering this is actually the first in the series one should expect the cheesiest possible. My main complaint is that an already short yet enjoyable game has been cut shorter with some dialogues omitted and puzzles skipped as a tradition of "remastering" old games here too. Still, this wasn't enough to crumble the game down. In its essence, as any and all Nancy Drew games, this one is fun.

This is an old school adventuring game which sincerely doesn't hold hands with the player even with the easier mode. There are clues and references scattered all around, and if you plan to actually solve this thing yourself, - without a walkthrough - you'd better keep a pen and some paper around to do old school detective work yourself. You'll need your notes to solve puzzles and get a meaning out of scattered riddles. None of the puzzles or clues are actually hard, but it takes attention and some memory. On that manner, this game is an enjoyable brain scratcher.

Sadly, 2nd to 6th in the game series have never been remastered, and are quite old to be digitalized, thus they cannot be found in the Steam Store. If you are curious about these earlier games, your best chance of acquiring them seems like being lucky enough to stumble on a retail copy. I'll go fetch myself a decent youtube playthrough to watch them as a worst case scenario, 'cause this underappreciated, charming adventure series do deserve your time. Nothing magnificent or majestic - even a bit lame on the Scooby Doo caliber - but Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill is an enjoyable pass time for an evening for the mystery lovers who'd appreciate some basic old school challenge.

Please also check out Lady Storyteller's Curator page here - follow for regular updates on reviews for other games!
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2014
This is an old school Myst style sort of game, the kind where you click to the right to turn right. This game is for veteran mystery gamers as some of the puzzles while not daunting can be a bit tricky up to the last puzzle which has 19 steps. This game is best played with a pen and paper just like a real detective. The game itself is short but solving the puzzles doing them yourself will take ALOT of time. There are many fun details in the world, from a jukebox that plays songs to a video game in the diner called Barnacle Blaster that is like Breakout only with barnacles. This game can be short if online walkthroughs are used, or long if you want to gumshoe it yourself which is alot of fun.

Tips: You get a cellphone that you can use to take pictures of anything in the game, see a clue but unsure if its useful, just take a picture so you can take the clue with you!
If you get stuck open up your cell phone and call Ned Nickerson for help.

Rating: 8/10 Value: $4.99
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2014
I'm a huge fan of the Nancy Drew games and I've been playing them since I was 6, so getting a remastered version of Secrets Can Kill was beyond wonderful. I remember needing to switch between to CDs because only half of the locations fit on one disc. It was such a pain, but it was the very first Nancy Drew, and it was fantastic. Without the lag time of needing to switch discs every two seconds, the game is easier and faster to complete. It certainly helps that the graphics got a much needed face-lift. The game is the same as it was, just better looking.

Yes, it's a pretty short game. Yes, it's pretty easy. Yes, it's the first of the series. Yes, they get more difficult further along the line. Yes, they're kind of cheesy and a little dorky. But, that's what makes these games so much fun. Here's a helpful tip I learned along the way: take notes and/or screen shots. They're immensely helpful with some of the puzzles.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2014
I played these games a lot growing up - Her Interactive was making the only "girl" games that weren't about dress up or associated with rainbows or ponies in some way. I bought this game for the nostalgia really, and I wasn't disappointed. A lot has changed since the 2-D characters meet 3-D background style of the original Secrets Can Kill, but this game is riddled with tons of coded messages, easter eggs, and the like. I've grown out of the series, but it was nice for the little 'throwback."

PROS:
-Great (and very well executed) story.
-Beautiful graphics, at least for the bakcgrounds.

CONS:
-VERY short, I finished it in a go of about 4 or 5 hours I believe.
-Sometimes it felt too simple
- Not a whole lot of replay value.

All in all, I'd probably recommend this game only to young girls and those who grew up with or enjoyed the franchise.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
Her Interactive's Nancy Drew games have been great for me.
With a mixture of puzzles, academic skills (ex. Morse Code, Shorthand) and adventure, these point and click mystery games are increadibly engaging to play with a small group of people, or perhaps just yourself.

I've been slowly purchasing all of HI's Nancy Drew games and playing each of them with my younger sisters, and with each game having it's own enviromental setting, puzzles, skills, easter eggs, game mechanics, jokes and characters, it has been a very enjoyable series that I will continue to endulge in.

It is worth noting that, in my opinion, the series has gotten stronger as Her Interactive have continued to get better.
If you plan to only get a single game in the series for now, try starting with a later game. The puzzles in Secrets Can Kill are not as refined as those in the other games in the series I've played, but it isn't to say I didn't enjoy the game.

I strongly recommend the series.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Probably only worth getting if you're nostalgic for the old Nancy Drew games, or you want to experience it again. It's really lacking compared to the more recent games, so if you were only going to get one game, I wouldn't choose this one.

That said, I love the Nancy Drew series, and it was pretty cool to see the origin of the series and how far it has come!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2013
good story line
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
Compared to the original, this totally blew my socks off! Even though there are few things that are very similar to the original, the fact they made small tweeks to the game really made a difference. Not to mention the colors are a lot more vibrant compared with the first Secrets Can Kill. This is truly a game to replay especially if you're a Nancy Drew fan. Happy sleuthing!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2014
Well... The game itself I kinda liked (meh, definately a weaker game). Hardly any puzzles, not much to snoop in.....However I can not empahsize how SHORT it is. Usually these games take me 7-10 hours WITHOUT hints or a walkthrough so I can play here and there through a week or so. This game took me barely over 3 hours!!! The entire game was centralized around one main idea that kept giving you "direction"... I could not believe how fast it went even on Senior level. When it got to the end I was thinking, "you are kidding me right?? It cannot be over this fast!? I haven't even done much of anything!?" Really glad I got it for a discounted price for the amount of game play I got from it. Overall I give the game idea/itself a 6/10. The length of it definately a 3/10.

Of course though if you are one of those people (like me) who just has to play ALL of them, then do what you have to. If you are more of a first timer or are just going to play a few, do not pick this one.
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