The older Nancy Drew games had mysteries heavily based on exploration. There weren’t very many puzzles and activities, but there were large environments to explore and new rooms and locked areas to discover. In those games (like Treasure in the Royal Tower) Nancy didn’t really need a task list or notebook. Perhaps she remembered the few things needed, but there wasn’t much of a “to-do” list to refer to for help when she got stuck or needed a nudge in the right direction of knowing what to do next.
In the later games, especially the newer titles, Nancy greatly benefits from a journal, notebook, or task list. Some players (like me) need to keep a task list on hand to take down notes or reminders. So I have plenty of loose papers and journals for these games.
When the mystery is over, it’s fun to see that Nancy has kept a scrapbook and various souvenirs from her adventures. Do you keep a journal or fun scrapbook for Nancy Drew games? Check out Larry’s own scrapbook below!