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10 to Adult
Retail Release July 2006

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Nancy Drew®: Danger by Design

Go Undercover in Paris and Unravel a Case in Style!

You, as Nancy Drew, intern undercover in a prestigious fashion design studio in Paris. The lead designer, Minette, hasn’t quite been herself lately. She hides behind a white mask and often throws tantrums, even firing several employees. Mysterious threats arrive at the old windmill studio and other troubles lurk in the underbelly of the City of Lights. Can you help Minette release her latest clothing line on time? Or will your sleuthing abroad meet an unfashionable end in Nancy Drew: Danger by Design?

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“The graphics in Danger by Design is well done for an adventure game of this nature and year (2006); you will find a unique blend of real life photos mixed in together with detailed game artwork.” -- Daily PC Game Reviews

“Danger by Design is just as fascinating as Minette, and far less frustrating. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes Nancy Drew, and many who like adventure games.” -- Adventure Gamers

“Nancy Drew: Danger By Design is an entertaining and challenging game that should be a refreshing change for casual game players. If you don't mind the huge download and some tricky puzzles, you're in for a fun adventure with well-written dialogue, many locations and a clever mystery to solve - if you're smart enough, that is.” -- Gamezebo

“As proof, I enjoyed the game the whole way through, and I'm a young adult male who usually plays M-rated action games. For those holding out hope that Sierra or LucasArts will eventually come to their senses, or anyone who wants to give their brain a workout, Her Interactive's Nancy Drew: Danger by Design is a fair amount of fun for a low price.” -- File Factory Games

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 17 reviews
 by Yasmin
Danger by design

I write these reviews for new players and give my honest opinion. That start of the game I found was a little boarding and I got confused what I needed to do at some point so I had to find a cheat sheet. But later on in the game I really start to enjoy it. The puzzles are fun and the story in interesting.

 by Haley
Love it

One of my favorite Nancy Drew games in the series. The end challenge is alittle silly but I love all the puzzles and the characters are all very interesting and fun!

 by H.L
Australians deserve better.

Hey, I'm Australian and lemme me tell you...we are not all like J.J Ling. What a prat. Ugh, also...I'm not fat, but if I was..I'd also be offended at that. I'm not even that easily offended I was just annoyed that the one Australian character is a royal pain in the butt. But hey, pretty good game.

 by Cate
Danger By Design

this one was just ok. the ending was weird but it was funny when you find out why minette was wearing the mask. the story was good the music was ok. i had to look on walkthrough for the tea puzzle (and just most of the puzzles in general) i like minettes personality.

 by Anks
Not my favorite

I liked the plot, at least how it was presented. But the overall story was kind of empty. The ending was a bit disappointing as well. I had fun though, just not as much as with the other games.

 by Elizabeth
Designer Drew is a Sucess!

This game was medium, I had to go on the website for some of the harder codes and there were a few times Nancy had to look at something before knowing what to do next. I loved all the locations and I actually learned a lot of French by the end! It was a good balance between talking to people and puzzles, and I loved the days! The ending has an awesome, weird, and funny twist! One of my all time favorites!

 by Gia
Perfectly Parisian

This game really brought out a sense of the beauty and fun that is Paris. A really fun and at times hilarious game. The ending was actually very funny but also made you think about actions and the consequences they have.

Really great to play even if you have no interest in fashion. Great characters and scenery. Fun mini-games. Fun plot. Overall a great game.

 by Miri
Perfect Play in Paris

Nancy's in Paris working as an assistant to the "rude" fashion designer Minette, but she's really there to investigate Minette's erratic behavior.

Delve into the fashion world, put together designs, run errands around Paris. Eat at a cafe, make parfait, explore in the park and haggle with vendors. Sneak into the catacombs beneath the city and explore the waterlogged tunnels.

There are so many little fun things to do in this game, making cookies, painting pictures. Plus an appearance by Prudence Rutherford as a phone friend. Danger by Design is a lot of fun, a great choice if you're new to Nancy Drew.

 by Shelby
Très Bien!

This game never gets old. Though the "mystery" itself is, in my opinion, a bit dull compared to other games, the sub-plot and culture-based puzzles of the game make up for it. I love that Parisian food, fashion design, language, and history were incorporated into this game. The cultural elements were seamlessly blended into the plot and the puzzles, making for fun yet interesting gameplay. The characters weren't my favorite of all time, and it's a bit of a bummer that you can never have a conversation with Hugo Butterly, seeing as the characters lead you to believe that he's important to the plot. But overall, I have enjoyed playing this game again and again. It's just awesome!

 by Kristina Hagen
Parisian Puzzles and Excitement

HER Interactive has done it again in this wonderful game. Stepping into Paris, France, the characters have charming accents, the map takes one to different areas of the city, and one is even given the opportunity to buy items from Parisian vendors. The game is thrilling and provides the perfect amount of puzzles for a master--or junior--sleuther. This game has it all and leaves the sleuth wanting more when the game has finally ended.

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ESRB Rating:





10 to Adult


Retail Release July 2006

Operating System:

Windows® XP/Vista/7/8/10

Minimum System Requirements:

  • 1 GHz or greater Pentium or equivalent class CPU
  • 128 MB of RAM
  • 650 MB or more of hard drive space
  • 32 MB DirectX compatible video card
  • 16 bit DirectX compatible sound card
  • 24X CD-ROM drive, mouse, and speakers
  • Experience Parisian life–dining at a café, translating French, and riding the Metro
  • Skin dive and snoop around the creepy catacombs
  • Solve puzzles based on concocting parfaits, developing photos, and completing circuit boards
  • Choose from junior or senior detective difficulty levels
  • Learn about WWII
  • Experience mixing ingredients for tea
  • Practice your flea market haggling
  • Decode the Enigma
  • Convert measurements to make cookies

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


Why is this famous couture designer acting strangely and wearing a mask? Unwelcome surprises and looming deadlines cause Minette to throw tantrums and fire employees. She’s your boss, so watch out, or else you’ll blow your cover!

Minette, famous couture fashion designer

Jing-Jing Ling

A perfect size 12 with a taste for mint chocolate chip cookies, JJ was tricked into signing an exclusive fitting model contract for Minette. A little revenge could go a long way to satisfy someone who deserves her just desserts.

Jing Jing Ling, fitting model

Dieter Von Schwesterkrank

As a famed photographer, Dieter dated Minette, but the romance fizzled. He also obsessively searches for his great uncle’s lost treasure. Is he trying to get revenge for his broken heart or does he know the secrets of the moulin?

Dieter Von Schwesterkrank, famed photographer

Jean-Michel Traquenard

THE critical voice when it comes to fashion. A writer of nasty reviews for Glam Glam magazine, this author is unpopular and scorned as a “conceited Nichtsnutz” by some. Having the power to shape the fashion industry can corrupt and lead to some reckless behavior!

Jean Michel Traquenard, fashion critic

Heather McKay

She endures the nightmare that is Minette to gain a foothold in the fashion industry. After all, the quickest way to the top is to steal trade secrets, dethrone the reigning queen, and appoint yourself as the successor.

Heather McKay, Minette’s assistant

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