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10 to Adult
Retail Release October 18, 2011

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Nancy Drew®: Alibi in Ashes

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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“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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Nancy Drew: Alibi in Ashes
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 37 reviews
 by Yasmin
Alibi in Ashes

Im not a Professional but I leave my honest review for new players. Your first mini game starts very fast when having to escape a burning building. then getting arrested. You get to play as Bess, Gorge, Nancy, and Ned in this game and each one has their own personal skill. I did need to search some stuff up about how to play I won't lie but still very fun and I recommend for new players.

 by Emily
My favorite in awhile

I had played every other Nancy game except this one. I have to say it's definitely on my list of favorites! It was so personal to Nancy and I think that's what I liked so much about it. It was fun, challenging, and I loved getting to play as Bess, and Ned! The only downfall was that it was a little short. But otherwise, amazing!!! 🙂

 by monique guevara
another favorite!

This game is different from the other Nancy drew games when it comes to story lines, YOU are the suspect and instead of trying to find clues to prove some one else's guilt, you are trying to find evidence to prove yourself innocent. the game was super fun and would def recommend to any Nancy fans out there! if you haven't played yet, it is DEF worth it!!

 by Cate
Alibi in ashes

I think this one is pretty good. I like how you can finally see what Nancys house look like. i like talking to Bess and George in person since you cant do that alot in Nancy Drew games. Toni is annoying though, i like Deirdre much better. im just wondering why Nancy was able to walk around the outside of the jail. 1 star was taken away because it just wasnt very exciting not alot of stuff happend in there and the ending was impossible alot of nancy drew endings are mazes and i dont like them cuz i always have to go on walkthrough

 by Jillian Mathews
Awesome Game!

I love this game! Love playing as Bess, George and Ned! I'm always determined to allow Nancy not be in a bad reputation for being locked up in jail. Love Drinking all the milkshakes and ice cream, so delicious makes me want to have them and I love on they're phones how you can select all of the past games as phone backgrounds! I love this series and will love them and play them forever and ever!

 by Sherinne

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.

 by Miri
Small Town Big Secrets

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!

 by Katie

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!

 by Jasmine
A Little Disappointed

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.

 by Angela
I've already played this twice

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.

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ESRB Rating:





10 to Adult


Retail Release October 18, 2011

Operating System:

Windows® XP/Vista/7/8/10/11

Mac OS X: 10.5.8 Leopard/10.6.8 Snow Leopard/10.7 Lion/10.8 Mountain Lion/10.9 Mavericks/10.10 Yosemite/10.11 El Capitan/10.12 Sierra/High Sierra.

NOTE: Will NOT run on Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey, Ventura, or higher Mac operating systems

Windows Minimum System Requirements:

  • 1.5 GHz or greater Pentium 4 or equivalent class CPU
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 2 GB or more hard drive space
  • 64 MB DirectX 9.0 compatible video card
  • 16 bit DirectX compatible sound card
  • 4x DVD drive
  • Mouse and speakers

Mac Minimum System Requirements:

  • 1.5 GHz or greater Intel processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 2.1 GB or more hard drive space
  • Intel GMA 950, ATI X1600, NVIDIA 7300 graphics card or better
  • 4x DVD drive
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Internet connection the first time the game is launched
  • This game will NOT run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems (PowerMac)
  • macOS Operating System 10.13 High Sierra or prior
  • Explore River Heights! Search for clues in Nancy’s hometown
  • Play as four characters! Assume the roles of Ned, Bess, George and Nancy Drew
  • What’s next for Ned & Nancy? Will their relationship finally blossom?
  • Ask tough questions! The answers vary depending on the character asking questions
  • Use police forensics! Identify fingerprints at the local police lab

Game Characteristics

  • Point & Click Gameplay
  • Mystery Adventure Genre
  • Interactive Storyline
  • Strong Female Protagonist
  • Rich and Intriguing Characters
  • Single Player Game
  • First Person POV
  • Subtle Hints System
  • Challenging Puzzles
  • Gorgeous Environments
  • Detective Investigation
  • Immersive Controls
  • Realistic Settings

Brenda Carlton

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?

Brenda Carlton, crime reporter for the local news team

Deirdre Shannon

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?

Deirdre Shannon, Nancy’s old classmate and potential nemesis

Alexei Markovic

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?

Alexei Markovic, antique shop owner

Toni Scallari

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?

Toni Scallari, elected official on the City Council

Ned Nickerson

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.

Ned Nickerson, Nancy’s boyfriend

Bess Marvin

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.

Bess Marvin, Nancy’s best friend

George Fayne

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.

George Fayne, Nancy’s other best friend

Chief McGinnis

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.

Chief McGinnis, Head of the Police Department

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