In one of the best scary games of 2020, 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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I bought a new computer and looked forward to playing the newest game of the series that enthralled my childhood (every game repeatedly and hours on HERinteractive's message boards!). I didn't even make it out of the first room before having to call it quits because I wanted my memory of ND games to be positive, not this. Best of wishes to everyone and I hope you've enjoyed Nancy as much as I did.
This is the worst nancy drew game I have played in my life. I've been playing these games since I was a kid and I couldn't even get past the first 10 minutes of this. Please fix this format for the next game or you're going to lose a lot of customers.
My sister and I have grown up playing these games together. It was one of our best bonding experiences. We are both in our 20’s now and were ecstatic when this new game finally came out. We read all of the updates, watched all of the trailers, sent each other the pictures when they came out, and downloaded it the day it was released. I have to say this was the worst game we have ever played and that is including the original version of secret’s can kill! The instructions made no sense and there was very little guidance, the controls were confusing and very hard to navigate, the cutscenes were laggy and the dialogue was out of sync. The opening puzzle took us over 2 hours because they introduced new vision mechanics and gave us an entire room to explore, but then expected us to know to click on a tiny square in the corner of the desk. By the time we made it to the first conversation with Olivia we had lost all interest in continuing and stopped playing until we were stuck inside for quarantine with nothing else to do.
The story was slow and honestly very boring. Multiple items, hallways, and rooms were given to us and then never used in the story. The dialogue was cheesy, badly acted, and way over written. There was honestly less than a handful of lines you needed to actually progress the story.
We waited over 3 years, with push back after push back, because we were promised the developers were doing everything they could to make this game the best one they ever put out. What we ended up being given was horrible and heartbreaking to say the least. This game was is waste of time, money, and energy.
After 6 years of waiting...you could have done so much better! My download is way off: sluggish, voices not matching characters, slow motion (even tried getting tech support). I couldn't win the game in graveyard after trying and trying, so I gave up. I came here today to buy the physical copy thinking it might be better (and pay twice), but after reading these awful reviews, I decided not to. You get an F for fail!
I really loved Nancy Drew and have played it since I was 8. This game was a real serious let down, I get Her Interactive are going for a new style much more similar to Telltale Games. I can't recommend this game because I think it misses too many marks mechanically. The game is jank and I ran into many bugs that made it impossible to progress without restarting the game.
That being said I think Her Interactive can make a good Nancy Drew game in this style they just need to spend some more time working on a title and not release it half baked. It doesn't have to be cutting edge graphics just something better than what we have here.
The Good News: You finally pushed out a game after YEARS of waiting.
The Bad News: It's a complete flop and you may have lost your fan base.
This game feels like when a company gets bought out, fires everyone, and brings in new people who have no clue what they're doing. Is that what happened? Or did you outsource the whole thing? I don't know the history of what's happened recently with the company, but it's clear that the people who knew what they were doing are out the door. PLEASE bring them back. It's like watching Gordon Ramsay walk into those horrifying fridges on Kitchen Nightmares. I wish we could get the game version of him to come in and impress upon the designers how disappointing this game is.
It's so poor and slow that it barely plays, even though my computer exceeds the minimum requirements. Sure, 3D would have been a cool modernization, but that's the least of what we care about. The animation of the previous several games was beautiful, artistic! I don't need to reiterate 300 other reviews, so I copy them on the technical flaws and ridiculous dialogue.
Dear new designers, have you played any of the previous games? it doesn't feel like it. Have you read the original books? (They are yellow, ask your librarian.) Your fan base right now is largely young women, I'd estimate 25-35, and their family members and S.O.s whom they've converted. We read the books by flashlight under the covers and got lost in mystery. We started these games as children and draped blankets over huge desk monitors like a fort, and HER transported us to a different world. I grew up envisioning myself a brave heroine because of these games. And the kicker is that the games evolved in both graphics/animation and challenging puzzles. It's almost like they grew with their initial fan base in mind. You've lost your way, HER. Here's some characteristics of proper ND games (like, every one except this one).
1. Brilliant puzzles - I was continually impressed by the unique puzzles in each game. After about 15 games I thought that surely the types of puzzles would start being recycled frequently. But they just kept coming up with new ones! And they just kept getting harder! We want difficult, vexing, creative puzzles. Lots of them. Also, there is no point in puzzles which are not at some point required to progress in the game. They need to serve a function at least once.
2. Atmospheric - Getting lost in the world as if you are actually there walking around is a major aspect to these games. It is so clear that people researched the scene locations. The amount of detail in the scenery is amazing. The accents and attitudes of characters are always a nice touch. Go play Sea of Darkness, that game is a work of art unto itself. I started traveling the world because of what I saw through the eyes of Nancy Drew. Scotland, Ireland, France (next is Iceland and New Zealand)...I played ND and thought "I've got to go there in person!" It doesn't need to be in 3D. It needs to be beautiful, detailed, and we have to, you know, be able to easily navigate without getting frustrated and wanting to throw the mouse across the room.
3. Autonomy - on that note, it's key that we can wander around ourselves, not be led from place to place like a movie. Some of my greatest satisfactions came from being stuck, scrutinizing every inch of the world, and finally finding that one thing I had overlooked. The dialogue should only exist where it needs to in order for US to figure out what to do next. It doesn't need to ramble on and on forever.
4. Education - Part of getting immersed in the atmosphere comes from learning things about the setting - runes and alchemy in old England, the zodiac, the Catacombs in Paris, herbs and lore and different runes in Ireland, Greek Mythology, the French Revolution, Icelanic vocabulary, the entire Tesla game...what a great opportunity you had with SALEM! Squandered.
In conclusion, just go back to the old format. Ideally, bring back the team from Sea of Darkness, The Deadly Device, and The Silent Spy. Or honestly these games are going to die right here. I bet that most of your fan base would be willing to give HER one more chance. But not if takes another five years, and only if it's stunning. Like the transformations on Kitchen Nightmares.
ND was the reigning female heroine game before this debacle, and I have converted every male friend who thought a girl's game would be stupid. Please do better!
Worst Nancy Drew game ever, don't bother buying it.
I have been playing ND games for almost 20 yrs, got my first game at 10 and ill be 29 in June. Its been a long time since i played Nancy drew games so when we got a gaming comp i was very excited to get back to my hobby of sleuthing with Nancy drew. This game has TOO MUCH OF A CHANGE. the graphics look fine on my gaming computer cool but im personally not happy with Nancys change of voice. She is a 50s to 60s based character based in todays modern time. it just doesn't fit! I have read in some reviews that the game crashes but i thought with my 1200 gaming computer it shouldn't be an issue. no i was wrong. its crashed so far twice and i am not even remotely close to the middle of the game. Back to the change issue, since when does ND believe in ghosts? she always trys to figure out a logical explanation before implying she believes in the paranormal.
I plan to continue playing this game especially after spending 20 bucks on it but please next game do us all a favor and change back some of the major changes.the big changes herinteractive did is taking away ND character shes had for 20+ yrs. if y'all wanted to try something different with the character y'all should have done that a few decades ago so it wasn't a big deal.
HERINTERACTIVE dont let MI PU MI SCREW UP YALLS PRODUCTION. Yall have made it over 20 yrs without added features and changes and still maintained a popular fan-based among kids to middle aged adults. Dont let this new production take over what you've done so good with.
I've been playing these games for 20 years. I can honestly say I've enjoyed every single one of them--until now. This has to be the worst PC game I've ever played. The graphics were terrible, the controls were clunky, navigation was a nightmare and the dialogue was not only corny but often totally inaccurate. It felt like a complete waste of money. After years of waiting I expected something exceptional and what I got was an exceptional waste of time. So heartbroken. Do not bother with this.
Yo, you botched it. We have played Nancy Drew games for years and this is by far the worst game we have played. It was a huge let down and a waste of a 23rd birthday present. I've seen better animation from freshman animation majors. We haven't even finished the game and we do not want to. I don't know who got fired or who got hired but please go back to the old formula. From the beginning of the game it felt very off; the people, the settings, the navigation, and the dialogue are all extremely difficult to get through. Also, we don't know what the hell is up with all the long-ass monologues but stop. ALSO, part of what is making it so hard to finish this game is Deirdre being such a b****h. Worst Nancy Drew game ever purchased which is so sad because we love these games. What happened? Do better. Sorry say but you've been scorched, it's the only way you'll learn.
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 in this scary game.
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?