Escape the Smoky Intrigue of a Hometown Inferno!
A local contest turns into an arson scene and now deceit smolders among the charred ruins of the River Heights Town Hall. Police have several suspects, but well-placed incriminating evidence and poisonous local gossip compelled authorities to make only one arrest: Nancy Drew. Can you, as the teenage detective and her closest friends, catch the real arsonist and extinguish the accusations among the embers?
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10 to Adult
Retail Release October 18, 2011
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“The audiovisuals in this game are up to the series’ usual standards, with excellent character animations and superb voice acting. A nice feature is a colorful map that displays the city of River Heights and shows the characters’ vehicles traveling to and from the various locations…” – Adventure Classic Gaming
“It’s an impressive milestone to reach, especially considering that the quality of games in the series has remained fairly consistent throughout. Alibi in Ashes shakes up the usual formula, not just by sending Nancy to a different location, but by actually placing her in jail for most of the game while her long-time friends – Bess, Ned, and George – do most of the sleuthing on her behalf.” – Gamezebo
“Nancy Drew: Alibi in Ashes starts with Nancy Drew following a mysterious note that leads her into the Town Hall of her home town River Heights. The public building erupts in flames while Nancy is inside. As Nancy Drew, players hear the explosion and witness firsthand the smoke filling up the room…” – USA TODAY
“The positive message of the game is that it’s important to uncover the truth, despite how unpopular the truth might be to certain people.” – Common Sense Media
“Nancy Drew is almost certainly one of the best series ever created. The proof is in the pudding with the 25th installment of the Nancy Drew series ‘Alibi in Ashes’, which is a blazing illustration of great gamesmanship – this time solving the mystery of an anonymous fire outbreak in the River Heights Town Hall.” – NoobFeed
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The game was great. I enjoyed the graphics and the story line but the game was a bit too easy and short. There weren't a lot of puzzles and clues but overall, I still enjoyed it.
Nancy, Bess, George and Ned are participating in the clues challenge, right at home in River Heights, but Nancy is accused of burning the old town hall to the ground!
We know Nancy is being framed for arson, but we have to prove it! We get to play as Ned, George and Bess and drive around and explore River Heights while Nancy is in jail. Try a million ice cream flavors at scoop, meet Nancy's best enemy Deirdre, explore Nancy's bedroom and see mementos from past cases. Discover who has it out for Nancy.
This game is so much fun, getting to play as all the different characters and seeing Nancy's house. This is a wonderful game!
This was my first ND game that I played after a very long hiatus (a 5 year hiatus to be exact). I was hesitant to purchase after reading reviews on the Shattered Medallion and a few other recent games but I went for it and am Im so glad I did!
Graphics 7/10- They weren't stunning but they were good and got the job done!
Setting and Music 8/10-I loved that it was set in River Heights! My only complaint would be that I wish we could explore more of the town but the little snippet we get to see is awesome! The music fit the mood of the game perfectly.
Characters 10/10- The option of playing as George, Bess, Nancy, and Ned was so much fun! I felt like I got to know them so much better and seeing them "in person" was so cool! Deirdre was hilarious and the rest of the characters were engaging and had depth.
Plot 9/10- This game put a twist on most games because of the fact that Nancy is in jail. I loved how that changed this up and the plot itself was fast paced and very interesting. I never got while playing bored like I have at times in some of the more recent ND games. Playing as the different characters really make things fun because all the characters reacted differently to the character you were playing with and you got to see the case from 4 different points of view. All in all I loved the plot! I'm an extreme wuss when it comes to ghosts so I also liked the fact that this game didn't have any dead people in it (but thats just me personally 😉 )
Puzzles 6/10- This was really my only con about the game. There were quite a few puzzles that I had to consult a walkthrough for because they were so tedious. I like the puzzles to be challenging but so much that it either takes me an out to figure out or I can't figure it out at all! They were also really oddly placed and some honestly didn't need to be there.
Conclusion 10/10- Great conclusion! Very exciting.
Took me around a 8-9 hours to complete.
I loved this game and might even replay it soon because it was just so good! It got me addicted all over again and now I have almost run out of games before I have to wait for the new one in May!
Don't get me wrong the game was fun, and getting to play as Bess, George, Nancy, AND Ned was awesome! I also loved how Nancy's dad got to be a helpful character and not just constantly worried for her safety. That said, a few of the puzzles in this game made me cringe. They weren't necessarily hard to figure out, they were just SO tedious. One puzzle in particular I looked up on the wiki because making the right decisions took so long. Also, I finished this game in just under 5 hours. I've never finished a Nancy Drew game quite so quickly. I would recommend this game for the fun mechanics and great plot. I would not recommend it if you're looking for a game you can get stuck in for a while. It's definitely one of the shorter contributions to the series.
I didn't think there was a game in this series that would take over first place. I was pretty convinced that The Deadly Device was going to keep that #1 spot...and then I played this one. I absolutely LOVE THIS GAME! I really like the fact that you get to switch back and forth between Nancy, Ned, George, and Bess. While most of the conversations stay relatively the same no matter who talks to who, there are some moments where one character will get a little further than the other members of Team Danger. I would love to see a future ND game employ this tactic again and let Nancy's friends help her solve a case! This game is a must play.
I have been playing Nancy Drew games for years and I loved this game so much. The plot was really cool, how Nancy had to get out of jail. It was also pretty kid friendly, I was able to play it with my seven year old cousin, who found the puzzles fun and the characters relatable. Nice work!
This is my FAVORITE Nancy Drew game! The puzzles are fun and it keeps u guessing who the culprit is. If u haven't played it, U GOTTA!!! :3
While I am a huge sucker for the more 'creepy' Nancy Drew games, like the ones with graveyards and spooky music, I still would say this one is the best. Only complaint is I ended up doing a few things out of order and sometimes I would say or hear things in dialog that were not yet relevant to what I knew in the game yet. Also I had so many hours of gameplay done before I found that news van! But this game is excellent.
I have always been a fan of nancy drew and I have always played these games since they first came out.
I love this one because it includes great game play, but I think what mostly entertained me what that it was Nancy's hometown. I LOVED experiencing where she lives and grew up. All of the GREAT character development really pulled me into her life.
Thank you for this insight on Nancy's home life and a great gaming experience!
I love all the Nancy Drew games, but this by far is one of my favorites. You get to meet so many characters from Nancy's home town and solve a unique mystery. It isn't scary like some of the others, so it is great if you are new to the Nancy Drew series. I have played this one multiple times in a row and it is still fun! Great Job Her Interactive! 🙂
Brenda Carlton considers herself an ace-crime reporter for the Heights Nine News Team. Her impulsive style tends to put sensationalism over accuracy, regardless of the cost to others. Could she have a deeper story hiding behind her microphone?
An old classmate of Nancy’s, Deirdre Shannon is a spoiled rich girl whose family is constantly being bested by the Drews, and the Clues Challenge is proving to be no different. Competitive, haughty and arrogant, she’s tired of placing second. How far will she go to top Nancy in this competition?
Alexei Markovic is River Heights’ eccentric quasi-recluse who owns the antique shop. He used to be an amateur detective until a case went awry that ruined his reputation. With his knowledge of the town and its history, how far would Alexei go to try to clear his name?
Antonia Scallari stays busy as an elected official on the River Heights City Council, but keeps in touch with her voters by running the local ice cream parlor, Scoop. Toni holds great sway in the community, and appears to be approachable and pleasant. Is this practiced politician’s friendly façade covering up darker secrets?
Nancy’s longtime and loyal boyfriend, Ned arranged for the team to participate in the River Heights Clues Challenge. When Nancy is arrested, he is ready to help her clear her name in any way he can, even if it means using his charm and handsome features to learn more information and distract suspects.
One of Nancy’s best friends, Bess is a sweet, positive, but sometimes high-strung girl who is worried about Nancy. She is willing to set aside her anxiety in order to help get Nancy out of jail and prove her innocence. Her skill in gossiping could lure the right information out of a suspect, so long as her brain doesn’t freeze from eating too much ice cream.
George, Nancy’s other best friend, tends to be more sensible and down to earth than her cousin, Bess. Though her less optimistic outlook can make conversing with suspects difficult, when given the opportunity, George knows just what questions to ask. Her energy and love for high tech gadgetry will come in handy to Nancy and the case.
Head of the River Heights Police Department, Chief McGinnis has had a long working relationship with Nancy and her amateur detective skills. The evidence does not look good, and there is pressure to act quickly, leaving him no choice but to arrest her for arson. Willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, the Chief turns a somewhat blind eye while letting her work on the case from inside the station.