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#09 Nancy Drew: Danger on Deception Island

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10 to Adult
Retail Release October 2003

Game Story

Nancy Drew®: Danger on Deception Island

Plunge into Danger to Bring a Mysterious Island’s Secrets to the Surface!

George’s friend, Katie Firestone, invites you, as Nancy Drew, to Deception Island for a whale-watching excursion, the sleuth arrives to find Katie’s tour boat heavily vandalized. A threatening note warns Katie to “stop meddling.” Apparently, Snake Horse Harbor is divided over an orphaned orca whale that recently appeared in the channel and has apparently decided to stay. What was a simple vandalism case begins to unfold into something more mysterious and sinister. Can Nancy find the culprit, or will she be too late to “Save the Whales?”

Free Strategy Guide with Game

You’ll get this free strategy guide walkthrough with your purchase of the game from Her Interactive.

Already own the game? You can purchase the Official Digital Strategy guide here!


Deception Island is truly the game that Nancy Drew and mystery fans have been waiting for. The puzzles are better, the concept is better, and the historical piece of the puzzle is intriguing, as well. ~Just Adventure

“Deception Island to me has it all: a wide range of game environments, a host of credible characters, well-crafted graphics and ambiance, and a great plot that weaves the curiosities of the past with the present day mysteries into one entertaining package. Then they threw in some diverting side events just for fun. Toss it all together and you have one charming game, sure to give adventure players their money's worth and more. So without any reservations, I highly recommend this game.” ~GameBoomers

“In short, there is much to recommend Nancy Drew: Danger on Deception Island. Unless you're already something of a nautical buff, you'll learn a lot about sailing and whales. It's a very creative game, and I can't imagine a better title for your child to enjoy.” ~Armchair Arcade

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 20 reviews
 by Natalie M.
My favorite

This is my all time favorite Nancy Drew game. I love pretty much everything about it - the setting, the characters, the plot, the puzzles.

 by monique g
one of the good ones

WOW was not what I expected but in an amazing way! def a great game and would recommend as one of the "better" ND games.

 by Mary Wanjiru
All time favorite!

This game is one of the very best ND games, I’ve played it so many times and it never gets old. LOVE IT!

 by Alissa
Wonderful Game

Wonderful! I’ve played almost all of the ND games and this is one of my all time favorites. I’ve played it multiple times throughout the years and it never gets old! I revisit it about every other year and I’m always having fun. I just love the atmosphere, the story, and the puzzles. The music is beautiful also.

 by Finley Witter
Danger on deception island

Loved it! this is truly a great game. it helped me a lot because i have a hard time doing stuff like going to school because i'm very anxious and i have a hard time seeing stuff. but i love the hot kettle cafe its so relaxing and peaceful and jenna dublin i love her! she is probably my most favorite character in the whole game! but over all it was a great game the puzzles are great there not to hard nor easy there just right so i highly recommend this game its such a great game that i'm listening to the soundtrack right now! buy this game you will not be sorry! Finley witter.

 by love it

i live at deception pass

 by Tali
My Favourite ND Game

Echoing many others, this is my all-time favourite Nancy Drew Game. The setting and music is amazing, and I can never think of clams or the lochness monster without thinking of this game. Fun puzzles, a universe that feels, for whatever reason, more expansive than some of the other games (maybe it's all the kayaking), and THE best conclusion of any of the games. Highly recommend.

 by Elizabeth
Delightful Dolphin Deception

This one was pretty easy, I only went on the website once. There were only a few puzzles, it was a lot of doing tasks for people. I loved the mysterious characters, kayaking, and especially learning about dolphins! There's an awesome twist at the end and it gets pretty suspenseful! Has been one of my favorites for a long time!

 by C
The cover is my phone case

This game is perfect. It is easily the best ND game out there (still). The location is haunting, yet beautiful and the plot is interesting yet easy to follow. The music is once again superb. My favorite ND game (and my phone case). A must buy.

 by Gia
Calm and Entertaining

Great game. Great plot. This game really captured the goal of giving the player a view of a realistic scenery. The music was really calming and the ocean theme was great.

More character interaction would have been nice though. The baddie at the end was a plot twist for me and really added a special touch to the game. Not my favorite ND game but overall worth the money.

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ESRB Rating:





10 to Adult


Retail Release October 2003

Operating System:

Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10

Additional installation instructions may be required for Windows Vista/7. Click here for more information.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • 200Mhz Pentium
  • 16MB RAM
  • 160 MB hard drive space
  • 16-bit color graphics video card
  • 16-bit Window-compatible stereo sound card
  • 8X CD ROM
  • Mouse and Speakers





  • Kayak in clear coastal waters and shadowy sea caves
  • Solve puzzles using Morse Code and the Anagram Buster
  • Build sandcastles, dig for clams, and play chess
  • Choose from junior or senior detective difficulty levels
  • Solve a Morse code puzzle
  • Learn and use Maritime flags
  • Decode the Maritime alphabet
  • Learn nautical terms
  • Enter GPS Coordinates to find new places

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

Andy Jason

A rival whale watching tour owner, Andy obviously would like to keep the orca near to bring more business. However, when Katie’s boat is damaged, it’s curious that he should be the only tour operator left in the area…

Andy Jason, rival whale watching tour owner

Holt Scotto

Holt is an influential veteran fisherman who would like nothing more than to get rid of the orca that is eating the fish in his waters and causing the fishing ships to detour around the harbor. Could he be the one sabotaging Snake Horse Harbor to intimidate the orca supporters?

Holt Scotto, veteran fisherman

Jenna Deblin

The owner of the local coffee shop, Jenna, is a very adamant conversationalist who believes the orca should be rejoined with its pod immediately and by any means possible. Does any means possible include damaging boats and leaving threats?

Jenna Deblin, local coffee shop owner

Katie Firestone

Katie is a marine biologist who owns a whale watching tour and is able to take scientists and tourists up close to the orca with her permit. Her studies theorize that the whale is sick, and she thinks it should go to the aquarium for further research. Did her unpopular opinions land her in hot water?

Katie Firestone, marine biologist





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