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
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As a huge ND fan, I downloaded this game when it first became available. What a mistake! The game lags so horribly that I couldn't finish it. (Yes, I followed their instructions on how to mitigate lag time. It was still awful.) One star is generous. Would NOT recommend.
As a long time fan, I awaited this release with much anticipation after long, mysterious, hiatus. With the promised switch to a new graphics engine, and tons of time to develop a great story and puzzles, surely this would be a masterpiece worth the 5 year wait.
The graphics are choppy and the character gestures feel clunky. There are at least 3 dialogue pretty noticeable English grammar errors. There is almost nothing to actually solve! Very few puzzles and clues compared to other games. Overall, blech
Die-Hard Nancy Drew fans love the classics, you don’t need to change much to please us. The new game you brought changed a lot, poor graphics, weird navigation tools, minor puzzle solving.
For future games please revert to the classic style of Nancy Drew Games.
Please read the comments as well. They thoroughly explain our wants/needs. We don’t mind the new voice of Nancy - we will get used to the new voice, but please don’t change our beloved Nancy Drew Games.
Hope we get #34 witching the next year or two.
I am shocked at how terrible the graphics are. And the puzzles are extremely sub-par compared to the past games. Barely even worth $5.
I have been playing the Nancy Drew computer games since Secrets Can Kill. These games are important to me because they were always so fun and full of challenging puzzles. I am so disappointed in the game. I could not believe how easy it was and how there was a lack of completion. There were hardly any puzzles and we truly did not have control over the game in any conversation. The graphics were cool, but the game as a whole focused on the wrong things. I feel as if the highlight of the games has been the puzzles and the time it takes to beat the games.
Midnight in Salem had its ups and downs and here is my list of things I liked/disliked
1.Nancy's new voice actor ... this is mainly due to me being used to the old one im sure i can get used to it eventually ....
2. The new way of moving around the world felt a bit wonky and at times was difficult to get from point A to point B.
3.The graphics weren't to bad at some points but the characters would make odd gestures and i felt that it should have been considering Her interactive had like 4 years or so to work on it.
4.The Story seemed a bit messy in some parts and i felt like some bits of info the characters gave should have been mentioned at a earlier time
5. Overall the storyline itself wasn't too bad.. the main suspect was kinda blah but i enjoyed the Judge and Olivia. they were probably some of my favorite characters. The hardy boys are always great to see. overall I give this game a 3/5 cuz it was just okay it could have been better but it could have also been worse.
I love Nancy Drew games, played all of them and really was looking forward to playing the Midnight in Salem. It's a shame that it's been 4? 5? years... well. That part is upsetting really...
While you guys were creating this game I learned 3d modeling from scratch and I can tell smt about that part in this game.
I really enjoyed the Austrian forest and the cabinet/table (at the beginning) and sculpture in the graveyard. More than three quarters of the items/props in the game were modeled very nicely and I enjoyed interacting with them.
But the animation is simply lame. Lack of shadows in some places and no AO upsets me a lot. The lighting, well there is no proper lighting to call it "Lighting" and because of that and lack of post-processing... people here are so upset. With proper lighting and post-processing, it would be more pleasant to play this game and they would not want to go back to the previous concept of 2D Nancy Drew games.
Also, I played in High settings and that is obviously more pleasing. The people who cannot play with High settings no wonder they'll rate the game with 1 star.
And please! PLEASE more cool puzzles and less talk. Puzzles and mystery! that is why all these people loooove this game. Add more of them please! 🙂
In hope that everything will get better, I'm giving you 4 stars, because there is no other game with that soul and atmosphere.
Please bring back the old games!!!!!!!!!!! The old controls and graphics were so much better I did not even play for an hour before I lost interest
I would just be repeating what I've read in many reviews if I shared my full opinion of this game, but I am so disappointed. Despite meeting the requirements & trying the tips to improve the graphics on my mac, I couldn't functionally maneuver the game. At the second puzzle, I was met with a blank screen, and really disliked the "360" option for items. I recently replayed "Shadow at water's edge" on my mac, and it was great. Visually, it was beautiful & the story/puzzles were amazing. I don't understand why this game, which took so long to create, is so much worse. 🙁
Let me begin with saying that I have always loved the Nancy drew games. I was always excited to see the new games that came out and bond with my family while playing them. But with this new game, none of that was ever going to happen unfortunately. And as a Nancy drew game lover and supporter, I thought i should give a reasons I did not enjoy this one at all (in no particular order):
1)Voice Actress: I miss the old Nancy. No hate against the new voice actress for Nancy, I bet she did her best with the dialogue, but it just doesn’t feel the same without her.
2) PLOT: The plot was kind of boring. I feel that when they first planned the game, they had a better plot in mind. But after years of fans waiting, I feel they just threw something together. I hope that they revert back to their old ways and make a game that has depth
3) DIALOGUE: This one I can’t stress enough. Having long drawn out conversations doesn’t make characters and the story better. Just makes it boring. In the old games, yes they had a lot of conversation topics, but they actually had a purpose. They also didn’t bore me to death
4) CHARACTERS: The character personalities were terrible. They seemed like robots. In the old games, they all had different personalities. Some were funny, some were mysterious, some were serious. In this game, they were all the same.
5) GRAPHICS: All I can say is, it’s 2020. Come one. The first game had better graphics
6) MOVEMENT: What was up with this movement? It made it hard to find things you were looking for. Got me frustrated at times. That’s a lie, pretty much the whole game. If something is broken, don’t try to fix it.
7)PUZZLES/INVESTIGATING: In the old games, I always loved to try and put together clues and puzzles to further the stories. In this game, there seemed like barely any. It made the game boring. Plus, there were a ton of loose ends. Stuff that was hinted at that might be used later, but never was.
Overall, Im just upset. We have waited so long for this game from a series we loved. And what did we get? Disappointment. HER, please go back to the way you used to do 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?