Nancy Drew unexpectedly finds herself in Salem, Massachusetts investigating an arson on the Hathorne estate. The Hathorne House was originally constructed by Judge John Hathorne, inquisitor of the infamous Salem witch trials and the final home to 102-year-old Frances Tuttle, his last direct descendant. When Tuttle passed away, the estate became city property and while the mayor was seeking a manager to oversee the estate the home burst into flames. The ongoing investigation has turned up little evidence but concerned citizens have accused Mei Parry of arson and are pressuring the police to arrest the secretive teenager. As Nancy races to uncover the truth behind the arson, she discovers connections to the house’s past with the Salem trials and finds herself drawn into a struggle with supernatural events that she simply can’t explain. Nancy’s convictions are put to the test. Are the ghosts real? Has Salem’s dark history come to life, or is there someone else to blame? Time is short, and Nancy must find the answers before the clock strikes midnight.
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10 to Adult
Released Dec. 3rd, 2019
Windows® 7 64-bit or later
OS X: 10.11 El Capitan or higher – Metal 1.1 capable
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“For Nancy Drew fans, the game has plenty to offer, like the Hardy boys making an appearance and even letting you play as them on two occasions. I really liked the grounded grasp of the mystery instead of unreal, almost Myst-like settings of the many previous entries in the series. I also appreciated that there’s no sense of dread or urgency hanging over things (until very late into the game). Nancy Drew games are often considered as “girls’ games” but I think that conception is ancient and belongs to the past. Anyone who likes a good, relaxed crime story without excess violence is allowed to enjoy Nancy Drew: Midnight in Salem.” – Jukka Piira, Dark Station
“The scaled-back gameplay may disappoint longtime series fans, and the change of voice actress for the main character may take getting used to no matter how good she is, but for those looking for a light entry into the world of the Nancy Drew games, Midnight in Salem should be just what the witch doctor ordered.” – Richard Hoover, Adventure Gamers
“Midnight in Salem feels slightly rushed but it is still very enjoyable for both new and old players of the series. The story and characters are just as engaging as they’ve always been, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat from the beginning to the end. Hopefully we won’t have to wait nearly as long for the next installment in Nancy’s adventures, but who am I kidding? We’ll all probably still play it anyway.” – Emily Byrnes, GameSpace.com
“Nancy Drew: Midnight in Salem has so much to offer over and above the main task of solving the arson. It is filled with complicated puzzles and a captivating cast of suspects. This mystery will surely test your abilities. Any of the Nancy Drew games from HeR Interactive will provide many, many hours (15+ for me) of critical thinking fun. They are well worth the price. This is fun for the whole family.” – Marcel Dufresne, Mause Reviews
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Ok, first let me start off saying that I’ve been playing Nancy Drew games since I was 14,I am now 30! So I’ve been a fan for many years! I have enjoyed every Nancy Drew game up until now! The graphics were terrible, barely any puzzles to solve and the story line was terrible in my opinion. And to add insult to injury, they switch the actress of the voice of Nancy Drew! Why?!?!
Herinteractive really dropped the ball with this one. Not only did the game seemed unfinished and rushed but it took forever to be released!
I will say I appreciated Herinteractive trying a new platform, even though there was nothing wrong with the old platform.
I hope Herinteractive gets it together for their next project because I’m sure many many fans including myself were disappointed and hurt by this game.
HERINTERACTIVE GET IT TOGETHER!!!
I have been a long time fan of HerInteractive but this game is almost unplayable. The lag time on voice to screen is very bad.
I feel as if I am in a History 101 class, which is fine, not in an exciting game of Nancy Drew.
Perhaps going back to a previous version would be better.
Change for change sake just did not work.
Very Disappointed !
I have been a fan of these Nancy Drew games since I was a child, and I have loved each one--except the most recent release of Midnight in Salem. After years of waiting, I was very disappointed. The new game system had issues on my personal computer, so I had to use my work laptop, even then it was lagging and the art wasn't as detailed as previous games. The story was not as intriguing and the game had too much dialogue--there were not as many puzzles and clues that piqued my deductive skills. I commend the bravery of the creators who tried to go in a new direction; however, bravery did not produce an enjoyable game.
I have played all the Her Interactive Nancy Drew games and the new style/gameplay has me very dissapointed. Its hard to play and very laggy. Wish it would go back to the previous style!
Though Midnight in Salem intrigues with an intricate plot and complex cast of characters, its appalling graphic design and frustrating lack of challenge make the game come across as underdeveloped and cheap. Never has Nancy Drew been so passive — and never has HerInteractive been in such dire straits.
I'm going to echo what others have said before: this is a poor quality game that hardly even resembles the Nancy Drew from HeR that I know. As a long time Nancy Drew fan, I was beyond disappointed with the graphics, navigation, and glitches. I also had a hard time with the new voice actor after so many years with the old one. I read the bad reviews and took a leap of faith because of the quality of HeR's games in the past, but it was not worth it. The gameplay was so bad it was unplayable.
Underdeveloped and cheap. Not worth buying at all and is a far cry from what the games used to be.
I have been a long time HER Interactive and Nancy Drew game player. I've owned every single game and was devastated to hear Midnight In Salem's release was going to be pushed back so far but was excited for the potential updates to the gameplay. I have to say, I'm extremely disappointed in the game, the "updated" gameplay, and the overall quality of the game. Storyline wise, sure it's fine. But the gameplay itself is abhorrent. The quality of the graphics is absolutely terrible and if you try to use higher graphics, the game is essentially unplayable. The new navigation is terrible to use, especially for someone using a laptop (like myself). You can't read half the text in the game, and unlike previous games, when playing on amateur you aren't able to call anyone to get clues when you are stuck (which happens often because how you are meant to play the game doesn't give you any indication of your next step). I'm incredibly disappointed in HER for letting their incredible games fall to such a devastatingly awful level. If Mipumi Games in involved in any future Nancy Drew games, I won't be buying them... they have left a sour taste in my mouth and I won't waste my money.
This game is, essentially, unplayable. The graphics are awful, the dialogue doesn't match up with the captions nor characters, and the lag throughout everything makes gameplay really difficult. It's difficult to navigate screens and click on anything- which is all you do to play the game. I got through about 15 minutes and have given up because I simply cannot play with these glitches. I'm disappointed in HeR Interactive for allowing this to be released given its undeniably poor quality. This is a huge disappointment to the fans who have gotten accustomed to quality games from HeR. I've proudly played these games since 2002 and this is the most disappointing one by far.
Not a classic but SOOOO fun!!! I actually finished this without cheating! story is really well thought out. Loved the characters too. don't listen to the negative reviews and play it!!
Returning to help Nancy on another case, the Hardy Boys hone in on unexplained occurrences and aid in the hunt for the arsonist of the Hathorne House. With Frank’s practical sensibilities and Joe’s unbridled enthusiasm, they make an excellent team in search of the truth. The Hardy Boys will provide great insights and vital information regarding the investigation. You, as Nancy Drew, can depend on Frank and Joe’s assistance to shed light on the motivations of suspects and those that might be influenced by Salem’s dark past.
High-maintenance Deirdre Shannon has spent her life hovering in Nancy’s shadow, and lives with the knowledge that she is the “girl who would have become Nancy Drew” had circumstances turned out better for her. Deirdre is concerned for her cousins Mei and Teegan and begins her own investigation to clear Mei’s name. When Deirdre discovers that there is more to the Hathorne Estate case than an arson, she reluctantly calls Nancy to come and help solve the mystery. Will Deirdre’s tense relationship with the famous teen sleuth hinder the case? Or is she hiding something about her cousin’s true motivations?
Mei Parry has spent her young life pulled between two extremes – the near-crushing protective attention by her parents and sister Teegan, and the cruel gazes and whispers by the local townsfolk. Mei’s mysterious past haunts her when she is accused and placed under questioning by the Salem police for the recent fire at the Hathorne Estate. Few of the townspeople are surprised and offer little support. Unfortunately for Mei, multiple scars publicly mark her mistakes of the past and results in a constant reminder that she often seeks to hide. Only those closest to Mei understand that her deepest pain can also be her greatest strength. Can Nancy Drew help Mei or has she gone too far this time?
Teegan Parry is Mei’s older sister and cares for her and the house while their parents are away. A warm, hospitable person, she runs the local museum and is passionate about Salem’s history. As an advocate for past accused witches, will Teegan take drastic measures to right the wrongs of history and protect her sister?
Constantly commanding the spotlight, Olivia Ravencroft runs a witch tour and novelty magic shop. It’s well-known locally that her smoke and mirrors entertainment is not always accurate, but it’s always very theatrical! Her self-guided tours depict Salem’s haunted past while ensuring to capitalize on the tourist trade. While Olivia uses her elaborate performances to ‘enhance’ the tourism experience, would she set fire to the Hathorne House to profit from the additional attention to her business?
As the last living person residing on the Hathorne property, Lauren claims to be the heir of the historic Hathorne House. Lauren owns an apothecary and tea shop in Salem and mixes natural remedies in the traditional methods. She has great respect for the town’s history, but would she use her expertise to unethically get what she wants?
Jason Danforth is the son of Judge Danforth. As a child, Jason loved to play in and around the infamous Hathorne House. Even though the people of Salem speculated the estate was haunted, Jason continued to visit until one day, when he was ten, he witnessed an unexplained sighting, one that haunts him to this day. As years passed, Jason enjoyed being the “it” guy in town and being both wealthy and handsome. Some say that Jason is his own biggest fan. For Jason, position has its privileges, but does his status mask the curse of his past?
Alicia Cole is a highly qualified attorney who left the big city to work with the soon-to-be-retired Judge Danforth. She loves the area and finds the smaller town environment more to her liking. However, in Salem, she must learn to deal with the occasional ‘she put a spell on me!’ case, especially behind the backdrop of a community that hasn’t come to terms with its dark and haunting past. Have the residents’ superstitions influenced Alicia’s judgment or do her ambitions run deeper than she lets on?
The well-established, yet somewhat scatterbrained, Judge Danforth is at the center of pressing legal battles in the town of Salem. The arson of the famed historic Hathorne Estate is under investigation and citizens want justice. But could Judge Danforth be harboring a hidden agenda to disrupt the investigation?