Back to Store|#28 Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall

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10 to Adult
Retail Release May 14, 2013
iPad HD Release March 4, 2014
Kindle HD Release April 11, 2014
Android Release May 6, 2014

Game Story

Nancy Drew®: Ghost of Thornton Hall

Some Families Keep Deadly Secrets!

Jessalyn Thornton’s fateful sleepover at the abandoned Thornton estate was supposed to be a pre-wedding celebration, but the fun ended when she disappeared. While her family searches for clues, others refuse to speak about the estate’s dark past. Did something supernatural happen to Jessalyn, or is someone in Thornton Hall holding something besides family secrets?

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“Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall continues to provide some of the best storytelling around, and the game’s ample dialog means even the most diehard player will take a few hours to unravel all of its secrets. While navigation may be cumbersome, it’s definitely not a deal breaker, and it’s far too easy to get sucked into the game and never want to stop until you reach the conclusion.” Rated 4/5 Stars — Gamezebo

“The mystery for Nancy to solve is as intriguing as ever, the writing and voice-acting is solid (though a bit cheesy in places), puzzles are challenging, and the atmosphere is suitably creepy. Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall debuts two wonderful gameplay additions: an expanded hints system and the ability to fast-forward through dialog.” — Common Sense Media

“It’s yet another solid adventure game in a series that has always been among the best the genre has to offer. I have no idea how Her Interactive manages to keep their level of quality so high in such a consistent manner, but whatever they’re doing, it works.” — True PC Gaming

“One of the initial goals of Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall is to discern whether a ghost is real or not. There are creepy things that happen in Nancy Drew Ghost of Thornton Hall. Not just what you hear from characters in the game, but things you will also see while playing this Personal Computer game.” — Family Friendly Gaming

“This is by far the scariest game of all in the entire series of Nancy Drew games. Tread carefully when you play the Ghost of Thornton Hall, or you will get scared out of your wits when you meet some rather spooky apparitions… We here at GamesWarp have thoroughly enjoyed this game and know that this series of adventure games deserves much more attention than it is currently getting.” — GamesWarp

“The game starts with Nancy being awakened by her cell phone. The caller is Savannah Woodham, a ghost-hunter/paranormal expert who assisted Nancy in her previous adventure, Shadow at the Water’s Edge. She needs Nancy’s help. A young woman (Jessalyn Thornton) has disappeared during a scavenger hunt at a run-down, supposedly haunted mansion belonging to the Thornton family…” — GameBoomers

“All-in-all, we are definitely not through the game as of yet, but can say that we are very impressed with the quality of graphics, and the overall story of the game, and if you are a Nancy Drew fan, you will be too!” — Dad of Divas

“I have to say it was amazing! It took me three days to play it but that’s because I played it for hours on end and even had to get help at the amazing Nancy Drew Message Boards when I got stuck! The game is exciting and even a bit scary at times! And since I’ve been playing them for years, I saw some changes that I loved…” — Our Whiskey Lullaby

“A few times a year, there’s an excitement building among the girls/ladies in our family. It starts a few weeks before the release date of the newest Nancy Drew PC game, and by the time we actually have it in hand and installed, we’re all super ready!” — Hope’s Cafe

“I was really surprised at the level of scares in GTH. After SAW, I thought that HeR was starting to turn down the scares, but they proved me wrong. This game is definitely the scariest to date, not to mention a obvious effort the artists put into Charlotte. GTH will without a doubt be going up on my list of favorites.”
“The Sleuth” Blogger

As an official AmbassadHER for Her Interactive, Michael Gray (also known as arglefumph), reviews Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall in his series of play-through videos. As an avid Nancy Drew game-player, Michael comments on the game as he plays it, referencing past game features and comparing the story, puzzles, challenges and characters in the moment. Watch the first video and stay tuned for additional videos as he continues to play Ghost of Thornton Hall. — Michael Gray, Arglefumph

While it does have a couple of minor issues, overall Ghost of Thornton Hall is a thoroughly satisfying experience that you can get at a bargain price. While the book series might be geared towards a younger audience, the games seem to be more of a fun-for-all-ages endeavor, meaning anyone that isn’t a grumpy curmudgeon should be able to enjoy this. If Ghost of Thornton Hall is any indication, Nancy Drew is a strong adventure series and worth checking out regardless of your age. — Gamecola

I have greatly enjoyed playing Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall. I highly recommend it to all fans of the series and gamers who enjoy first-person adventures. The story, characters, setting, and puzzles are more than enough to satiate any adventurer and inspired sleuth, young or old. — Adventure Classic Gaming

Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall became a great game. The spooky atmosphere, great story and genius puzzles, will suck you right into the game and you’ll never want to stop playing. — 3rd Strike

Nancy Drew is part of a popular genre that has players searching scenes for clues to solve crimes. While Her Interactive has long made those titles for PC, it is growing into a big business on mobile devices. –VentureBeat

I thoroughly enjoyed the hour I spent with Nancy Drew: Ghost Of Thornton Hall. It’s directional tap-driven navigation may take some getting used to at first, especially given that swipe gestures don’t work here, but after one has spent a few minutes with it the control system just feels natural. — 148Apps

“The game will have you hunting the world looking for clues as you find yourself engulfed in the storyline. It was great on the Mac and PC and continues to be a great game on Android.” — Tapscape

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Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall
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 106 reviews
 by Emma
One of the best

As for the newer Nancy Drew games, this one and Sea of Darkness are truly the best. This one has a great story, is super spooky, and really fun to play. It's a long game with lots of good puzzles and great story twists. I recommend it to all ND fans!

 by Finley Witter
The ghost of Thornton hall

Loved it! Me and my oldest sister Bethany got together to play this game and it scared us both! (but i wouldn't admit it) my sister kept looking behind us every other minuet! and then when Charlotte jumped at us we screamed so loud you could here us from miles away! We really loved it it was very scary but we played it anyway! Play this game i'm sure you'll love it or my name isn't Finley Witter!

 by Catherine
Ghost of Thornton Hall

Both me and my friend played this and didnt know what we got into seriously there was like 650380975 jump scares!!!! i mean almost every time you open a new door or go to a new place either Charlotte or some other ghost thingy pops up out of nowhere. So my computer is a little buggy but it still ran fast when i played it but for some reason the cursor pauses a bit before something is about to happen (usually when Charlotte pops up) so me and my friend sit there is suspense every time it freezes so its not as scary because we are suspecting something to happen. The puzzles were easy and i like how you can get solutions in the checklist even tho its kind of cheating XD The story was awesome you can explore a lot of places the characters were so cool too bad i already knew who the villian was. just not a fan of the ending thats it. overall this was an awesome game. keep it up herinteractive. Charlotte would be an awesome cosplay!

 by Bella
Ghost of Thornton Hall

I loved this game!! Great plot and timeline of events, but I do wish you saw the ghost more. I thought the ending was interesting in the way that you got to choose what Nancy did, I even went back and tried all the options. The graphics were great and give you a good scare. Keep up the good work!!

 by Susan
one of the best games

I played this game and loved it....a few times it made me scared "a ghost or two" LOL! it is rare to scare me.... heh...
Best storyline and family tree with secrets.
Keep it up!!

 by Jillian Mathews
Ghost of Thornton Hall

Dare to Play if your brave enough and if you like really scary ghosts you must play this game!

 by Geavonna
One of the GREATS

Definitely the scariest ND game I've ever played- even beating out Blackmoor Manor. Good Lord, the soundtrack is so spooky. Pretty good storyline too. Graphics are haunting. I played on the iPad after years of the PC and was impressed by how the gameplay wasn't altered a bit. I would love to see more on mobile devices.

 by Sherinne

Seriously, this game is so awesome! And here I thought Shadow at Water's Edge was scary. This is much scarier and much more fun!

 by Shirletta
Ghost of Thornton Hall

MY VERY VERY ALL TIME FAVORITE GAME IN THE ND SERIES !!! I can't say enough about this game. LOVED all the supernatural elements: Charlotte's ghost, shadows, handprint on the window, moving swing on the front porch !!! LOVED roaming the tunnels and passages !!! The setting for the mystery was perfect: beautiful southern plantation !! I have now played ALL 32 ND PC mystery games !!! Hope to see a 100 someday. NANCY DREW IS MY HERO !!!!!!!!!!!

 by Bree
First game and I was impressed

The puzzles are hard but that's what you tube is for!

I was actually really scared when I saw Charlotte when my best friend came over she was impressed with the game

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$19.99 for PC/Mac

$5.99 for App [Unavailable]


10 to Adult


Retail Release May 14, 2013
iPad HD Release March 4, 2014 [Unavailable]
Kindle HD Release April 11, 2014 [Unavailable]
Android Release May 6, 2014 [Unavailable]

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 CPU or equivalent class
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 3GB or more hard drive space
  • 128 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
  • 3 GB or more hard drive space
  • Intel GMA X3100, 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
  • Solve two mysteries! Expose the fate of Jessalyn Thornton and unveil the truth about a family ghost
  • Take on the scariest Nancy Drew Case Ever! Explore crypts and graveyards and uncover moving statues, sliding panels and secret passages
  • Examine multiple motives under a full moon! Uncover old secrets and divulge new motives among the Thornton friends and family
  • Unravel perplexing and spooky puzzles! Reveal shocking evidence and critical clues buried beneath the spooky ruins
  • Track your trophies! Verify your unlocked achievements on the new trophy menu display
  • Learn about female spies in the Civil War in this ghost game
  • Create a battery from oranges
  • Fast forward conversations! The all new fast convo feature allows the player to accelerate through all character conversations

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 Ghost Game Puzzles
  • Gorgeous Environments
  • Detective Investigation
  • Immersive Controls
  • Realistic Settings


Clara Thornton

Clara is the CEO of the family business and Thornton family matriarch. She grew up in this house which holds many memories. How much is she willing to share with you? Although clearly distraught over her missing daughter, is Clara hiding valuable information about Jessalyn’s disappearance? Find out in one of the best ghost games.

Is Clara Thornton hiding valuable information?

Wade Thornton

Having a shady past makes Wade an embarrassment to Clara but with a strong sense of duty he has returned to Thornton Hall to help track down Jessalyn. Wade reached out to Savannah for help since he believes in the supernatural. Could his knowledge and skills prove he has another motive for being here?

Is Wade Thornton a suspect?

Harper Thornton

Harper is known for being the crazy black sheep of the family and is kept a secret from outsiders for the sake of the untarnished family name. She believes that her older sister, Charlotte, was murdered long ago. Could her theory be true or is she simply a dangerous distraction to your investigation?

Could Harper Thornton be right?

Colton Birchfield

Colton is Jessalyn’s fiancé and comes across as charming and suave, and seems genuinely concerned for her. Although the marriage appears to have Clara’s blessing, there seems to be some behind-the-scenes tension with his own family. Can Colton be trusted? Or is he as adept as Clara at creating a perfect façade?

Can Jessalyn's fiance be trusted?

Jessalyn Thornton

Jessalyn and her best friend, Addison, visited Thornton Hall for a pre-wedding celebration and sleepover when Jessalyn suddenly went missing. Was she kidnapped or has something terrible happened to her in the haunted hall?

Was Jessalyn Thornton kidnapped or worse?

Savannah Woodham

Your ghost hunter and phone friend, Savannah Woodham, calls you in to investigate Jessalyn’s disappearance at the haunted Thornton Hall. She needs your help and believes that a logical-thinking investigator would survive long enough to track down Clara’s daughter.

Savannah Woodham asked Nancy Drew to investigate the mystery

Addison Hammond

Addison Hammond (phone friend) is Jessalyn’s best friend who spent the night with her at Thornton Hall. Not nearly as brave as Jessalyn, Addison has been really shaken up over the fun-turned-traumatizing night and might not be comfortable discussing the strange happenings with just anybody.

Does Addison Hammond have information about the mystery?

Bess and Ned

Your friends Bess Marvin and Ned Nickerson return as your helpful phone friends and voice of reason for this odd and creepy case. Give them a call for a tip when you get stuck or don’t know where to turn!

Bess Marvin and Ned Nickerson help Nancy Drew investigate

Charlotte Thornton

Charlotte died the night of her 21st birthday in a suspicious fire. Although it appeared to be an accident, her haunting may indicate that there is more to the story. Could her ghost be back for revenge? Did she kidnap Jessalyn? How real is Charlotte to the visitors who meet her?

Ghostly Charlotte Thornton

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