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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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

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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35 of 41 people (85%) found this review helpful
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.

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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
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
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
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
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."

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

-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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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
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
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
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2014
If you enjoy the Nancy Drew series, then don't hesitate to pick up Secrets Can Kill: Remastered. The size and scope of the game maintain an old-school Nancy Drew feel -- transporting me back to the days when I could beat one of the games in a weekend easily. However, unlike the older games (such as Ghost Dogs and Royal Tower) Secrets Can Kill has all the advancements in gameplay design that make the newer games so much more enjoyable to navigate. Namely, the side-screen scroll feature.

The game is small, but packed with fun references to other games and the books, and well worth spending a couple of hours on. The only thing I didn't like much was the fact that it focuses on one long, invovled puzzle througout the game, rather than the multitude of smaller puzzles common in newer Nancy Drews. Still, that did help with the old-school feel of things.
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5.2 hrs
Posted: October 9
For the Nancy Drew fanatics who have been loyal detectives for the last eighteen years, this game will be great for you if you started with the orginial SCK and have continued onward. As many of you remember, the original SCK seemed like a glitchy cartoon with a specific game killing glitch that if activated, kept you from being able to continue the game. The good thing about this game is that the glitch doesn't seem to be there. The flow of this game was very nice. There is a new character that was not involved in the original SCK, and a brand new ending so players don't think it is just the same game only with much better graphics. The downside to this game, however, is that the storyline is shorter than its predecessors. You will not get 20+ hours of gameplay out of this, since my steam account says I have only played for 2.2 hours. THAT IS ON SENIOR DETECTIVE MODE btw! It is not like games such as Treasure in the Royal Tower or Shadows At The Waters Edge (which are two fantastic ND games if you have not played them yet) where it is easy to spend a few days trying to solve. I am glad the game was only $6.99 in this instance because if I had paid $20 for this game, it would have been a rip off, solely because the storyline is so short.
Final Verdict: If you want to play the updated version of the original SCK, then I reccommend this game. If you are looking for a game that will last more than two hours to solve, I reccommend the following Nancy Drew Games instead:
1. Treasure in a Royal Tower
2. Stay Tuned for Danger
3. Shadow At The Water's Edge
4. Ghost of Thorton Hall
5. Curse of Blackmoore Manor
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5.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
I absolutely love this game!! Every Nancy Drew game is amazing!
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Big Fir
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 21
everyone must buy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 10/5 stars. graphics great, so real life the way people glide around and movements so real it is almost robotic. w0w!
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3.0 hrs
Posted: July 31
Unimaginative. Thought I would play the first one since I'm such a fan of the series but I wouldn't recommend this one to anyone who likes the Nancy Drew games. First of all, someone is straight up murdered in this one which is a little dark. Not only is he murdered, his head spins all the way around and he's pushed down the stairs and he's just a kid so that's a little upsetting. Obviously it's not shown in the game but that's what you're investigating so it's discussed at length. Not to mention the barely touched on drug addiction of one of the kid's classmates which is only mentioned but never resolved--there could have been a better way to do that in a game like this. Maybe an anti-drug message or SOMETHING but they just prove that he's all into steroids (and he's a minor by the by) and then say at the end that he got scholarships so he's REWARDED FOR HIS DRUG USE AS A MINOR. This game is just a little dark and unimpressive. Dark in the sense that it's inappropriate--though I wish it was better executed/more stylized. Generally dissappoiting because I beat the game in only 3 hours of game play.
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4.8 hrs
Posted: July 8
My first foray into the Nancy Drew game series, and I'm impressed so far. The puzzles were interesting without being frustrating. Their solution led to advancements in the mystery in a natural way, promoting a feeling of cleverness.

The voice acting was more than adequate, and the interface was well designed for the simplicity behind the point and click game mechancis.
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2.5 hrs
Posted: July 1
First time playing a Nancy Drew game, and I have to admit, it wasn't too bad! It wasn't great either, but was interesting enough for me to consider playing the next game in the series! It had decent and challenging puzzle. In fact, I found myself stuck on one particular section for quite awhile. There didn't seem to be anything pointing me in the right direction, and I kept wandering until I read or did something that I thought I already had done...but apparently didn't since a way to advance opened up.

Other than the area I was stuck in though(Which was boring and frustrating since there wasn't any puzzle solving..just apparently walking around or reading a book or something) the game was VERY short...While it took me close to 3 hours to finish it, I imagine someone who was REALLY good at these types of games could fly past it in less than an hour.

The graphics/animations were pretty cheesy, even by 2010 standards, and the voice acting was pretty bad. I especially didn't like the woman playing Nancy Drew, who sounds like a 40 or 50 year old woman...but voicing a high school student.

All that aside though I would recomend this games to fans of point and click adventure games due to the puzzles. Despite it's campy plot and "Twists".
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Pinky ☆
1.7 hrs
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 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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3.5 hrs
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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2.4 hrs
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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