Nancy Drew®: Warnings at Waverly Academy 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 (22 reviews) - 86% of the 22 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: 13 Jan, 2010

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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


About This Game

Nancy Drew®: Warnings at Waverly Academy 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.

You, as Nancy Drew, are undercover at a prestigious girls’ boarding school to discover the culprit behind threatening notes and dangerous accidents aimed at its valedictorian candidates! Is there a secret someone wants to protect or are the malicious pranks intended to scare away the competition—permanently? Solve the mystery before the threats turn deadly and you’re expelled from the case! Dare to Play

  • Play as Nancy Drew and go undercover at an exclusive girls’ academy
  • Immerse yourself in high school life by texting, cramming for projects, and navigating social cliques
  • Play air hockey and darts in the student lounge or run the snack bar for credits
  • Stay up past curfew to explore in the night and snoop through dorm rooms
  • Use your phone to take pictures of evidence or to call for hints
  • Choose from Junior or Senior Detective difficulty levels


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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista
    • Processor: 1GHz CPU
    • Memory: 256MB RAM
    • Graphics: 32-bit DirectX 9.0 compatible video card
    • DirectX®: 9.0 or Higher
    • Hard Drive: 1GB of free space
    • Sound: 16-bit DirectX compatible sound card
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12.6 hrs
Posted: 3 September
I was really looking forward to a Nancy Drew game set in a school ever since Secrets Can Kill, but this really didn't work for me.

There really is no mystery to this game, just a checklist of things to do. You end up being the gofer for different girls. You never do any real problem solving. The most lividly frustrating part of this game was taking pictures for Rachael. You have to make them perfect. You listen to each of these girls gossip about each other. The end of the mystery kind of appears out of nowhere. You're doing all of these errands and then you remember you have a mystery to solve that's already complete.

I was really dissapointed in this one. There was so much potential to it too. I would recommend Secrets Can Kill, which is hard to recommend because it's the first game, but there was some sort of mystery in that one at least, and it's set in a school. Treasure in the Royal Tower is a fantastic game with the same sort of setting and feeling of Waverly Academy.
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5.9 hrs
Posted: 24 July
The puzzles weren't frustratingly hard and for the most part, easier than in other games. A good story/plot but not one of their strongest, and maybe wouldn't appeal to the widest audience: all-girls boarding school with some mean girl/cliquey drama. I play on Senior Detective (no hints) and I never felt completely stumped on what to do next aside from once (hint: turn on light switches whenever possible). The game was a bit short and I felt there were some loose ends or ideas that were introduced and then never followed up on. The ending seemed a bit abrupt and anticlimactic. I enjoyed playing the game though, and this one is an overall good representation of the series so if you're a first time ND player I definitely recommend this one as a good starter! 6.5/10
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21.8 hrs
Posted: 23 July
Every single one of these games are both challenging and fun. "Warnings at Waverly Academy" is no exception to that. Not for the "casual" gamer.
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7.2 hrs
Posted: 12 July
Nancy Drew will always be my favorite series of games. I grew up playing them and don't plan on stopping. I have played more of the games than I haven't. I wouldn't call this one my favorite (Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon takes the cake for that), but I did enjoy it more than some other's (such as Danger in Design). I loved the mini games available: air hockey and scram. Both had me distracted from gameplay because of how much I enjoyed them. For this price, I'd say it's definietly worth the purchase.
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6.8 hrs
Posted: 14 March
I think Nancy has been almost murdered in every country. Congratulations!
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5.9 hrs
Posted: 6 March
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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: 20 December, 2014
nancy drew visits the set of mean girls and says that the limit to her crime-solving powers does not exist
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: 12 June, 2015
This is one of my favorite Nancy Drew games. It has a nice balance between sleuthing and puzzle solving, which is something that many of the newer games in this series are lacking. The plot isn't very complex, but it is interesting and had some unexpected twists. If you enjoy point and click mysteries, I think you will like this game a lot.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: 27 May
♥ Who doesn't love Nancy Drew?

The dialogue, the graphics, and the events stay very true to the Nancy Drew series. There are puzzles, there's mystery, and there's bits and pieces of easter eggs spread through out the game.

I appreciate how they stay true to the spirit of Nancy Drew - there's never a vulgar word, graphic content, and it never forgets who she is.

♥ The graphics are better than the older titles.

There are some Nancy Drew games that feature more dated, clumsy graphics and a clunky inventory/clicking system. However Warnings at Waverly Academy is one of the updated games, thankfully without the awkward, clay like people animations and overly sized arrows.

♥ I enjoyed the mini games.

Usually when I play Nancy Drew games, I don't pay too much attention to the mini games, seeing as I'm more focused on solving a mystery or two. With Warnings at Waverly Academy, I actually enjoyed playing them, something I was pleased with! If you want to expand your play time, this is a great way to do so.

✘ The puzzles.

If I have to do that science puzzle again, I will quit. Uninstall steam, done...

If you want challenging puzzles, this one has it, in full! They just weren't quite to my taste, blarg because the rewards for solving the puzzles weren't there.

✘ The characters were blah.

I don't think this is a failure as a Nancy Drew title, however I don't think it's the best it could be, not even close. In the The White Wolf of Icicle Creek all the AI drew me in - they were interesting, unique, and I still remember them years later. However with Waverly, they just didn't feel "real" to me, nor did I feel like their personalities showed through as best as they could with their dialogue and the ways she would interact with them.

✘ The ending felt

One thing I appreciate about Nancy Drew games is the fact that the endings tie the game together, pulling in the obvious with the small, hidden hints that you may have missed story wise. There's usually a twist and a turn with a nice seasoning on top. This I found utterly lacking with Warnings at Waverly Academy.

Overall if you're intent on playing every Nancy Drew game, this is worth playing. However if you are new to Nancy Drew games or only wish to play the best ones, avoid Waverly Academy.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: 16 January, 2011
This story is way better than Ransom of the Seven Ships (which is the only other Nancy Drew game I've played), imo. The puzzles are more logic, and the story is better (I actually found it a bit exciting, and the bad person makes way more sense in this game.). The pacing is also a lot better - you don't drive or sail around in large areas, but just click around in the academy; you can get everywhere pretty fast.

The achievements are also guesswork here (they'll popup at the end screen), so just make sure do to the requirements plenty of times if you're going for them.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: 4 April
A wonderful Nancy Drew. Pretty much a twist on Mean Girls. 10/10 will play again.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: 28 December, 2014
Overall, this was a fun game with a good atmosphere. The puzzles were decent, and I actually wasn't expecting some of the twists. This is one of the shorter Nancy Drew games.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: 17 August, 2015
Game was broken, could not finish even when restarting. We looked up a walkthrough and everything. if you do buy dont be dissapointed when you get halfway through then cant do anything...
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6 of 13 people (46%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
40.0 hrs on record
Posted: 25 June, 2014
This game is amazing, as are all the Nancy Drew games!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: 21 December, 2015
I've loved the Nancy Drew game series ever since I was a child. Warnings at Waverly Academy does not disappoint in either nostalgia or gameplay.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: 22 June
It was such a fun game to play!!
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