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#17 Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull


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Nancy Drew®: Legend of the Crystal Skull

The Search is on for an Unearthly Artifact in New Orleans! Bruno Bolet was the proud owner of the “Whisperer,” a crystal skull rumored to protect its holder from almost any cause of death – except murder. When Bruno passed away, his nephew Henry came to wrap up his affairs, but he couldn’t find the skull among the clutter of the creepy Bolet manor. You’ll need to team up with Nancy’s best friend Bess Marvin to find this mystical artifact before it falls into the wrong hands in Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull!

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Game Features

  • Play as Nancy and Bess Marvin
  • Outwit Bruno’s pet iguana, alligator, and spider
  • Navigate the mansion by candlelight
  • Experience New Orleans culture
  • Set a Rube Goldberg trap
  • Identify the names of human teeth to solve a puzzle
  • Choose from junior or senior detective difficulty levels

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


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ESRB Rating:







10 to Adult



Retail Release October 2007


Operating System:

Windows® XP/Vista/7/8/10


Minimum System Requirements:

  • 1 GHz or greater Pentium or equivalent class CPU
  • 128 MB of RAM
  • 1 GB or more of hard drive space
  • 32 MB DirectX 9.0 compatible video card
  • 16 bit DirectX compatible sound card
  • 24X CD-ROM drive, mouse, and speakers





Game Assets

“The graphics and puzzles in particular have been improved significantly… the overall product is wholly satisfying. If you’re looking for light entertainment and solid gameplay, Legend of the Crystal Skull is worth your dollar.” ~Just Adventure

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“This game is quite fun to play. The story is interesting and fairly long, and the puzzles are engaging. Young sleuths will keep playing to the end to find out the culprit.” ~PG GameZone

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“I have no problems in saying this is the best game in the series that I’ve played, and I have played a lot of them. The upgrades to the character models are now a match for the excellent voice work and sharp dialogue that has always characterized the series, and is continued in Legend of Crystal Skull.” ~Adventure Gamers

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 18 reviews
by Cate on Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull
Legend of the crystal skull

beginning was cool. but all i can say about it is Depressing perfect word to describe it. the atmosphere was sad. i heard jokes like Expectations: finding the crystal skull. Realty: find thousands of eyeballs instead, its true. extremely exciting when you are Bess and dress up as one of those skeletons. it wasnt exactly scary as much as depressing. good ending though.

by Sydney Spaulding on Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull
Great Game - Needs More Henry

The puzzles were fun and creative. Loved the story, game play, and aesthetic. Only critique is there wasn't enough of Henry Bolet - didn't get to talk to him nearly enough. Please make a small side game where I can talk to Henry over and over and he gives me the "groovy" response every time

by Mary on Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull
3 out of 5

I recently found an old Nancy Drew game in my brother's stash of games. I got hooked again, so I purchased this one. I loved the music and the characters' accents in this game. It had creepy scenes! Thankfully there were not any jump scares, with the exception of an animal or two. I wanted to be able to explore more. I felt that this game had less locations to see. Some of the puzzles were difficult for me, and I am 21!

by Henry_Luver on Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull

THIS GAME IS SO GOOD!! I mean yeah, its freaky scary, and theres lots of skeletons. or should i say tons? BUT it has HENRY! i call him my gothic-angst son. is he asian? my fan theory is that he is. even if you don't like creep things, play to root for poor henry! *SPOILER ALERT* in the game henry has a jerk girlfriend who doesn't deserve him! her name is summer and i HATE her! i wish i good give the poor son a hug and give him his parents back. they died.

by Anks on Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull
Good, not great

I loved adding Bess as a character in the game and the design was beautiful. But I don't know what it was exactly, but i just couldn't really get into the storyline of the game. Some things were a little to unrealistic or random (like dressing up the iguana). I had to play this in junior mode, cause without a really clear, step-by-step taskbook, i couldn't do it.

by Sanja on Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull
I have a Mac 🙁

I loved playing this game when I had a PC. Now I have a Mac and most ND games aren't available to me. I would buy all of them if they were compatible with my OS!! I really enjoy re-playing the games at least once.

by Miri on Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull
Big Trouble in the Big Easy

Nancy and Bess are in New Orleans! Nancy stops in to visit a classmate of Ned's who's uncle recently died, as soon as she arrives she's attacked by a man in a skeleton costume and Nancy is determined to figure out why.

Play as Bess and visit an old curio shop and try tasty cajun cooking.

Play as Nancy and explore the Bolet Mansion and the spooky cemetery. Discover the legend of the crystal skulls and talk to Professor Hotchkiss as a phone friend!

by Sierra White on Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull
Spooky Fun!

Definitely one of my favs. It's loads of fun with just enough spooks to make you jump every single time you play. If you're into seek and find games then this is definitely for you. Best played in the dark!

by Brittney on Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull
Legend of the Crystal Skull

This is one of my FAVORITE nancy drew games! Its spooky, yet fun! The graphics have really fabulous detailing, and the music throughout the game, really sets the tone just right! This game will definitely provide you hours of fun!

by Makayla on Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull

I really enjoyed this game. It is very spooky and the puzzles are amazing. I recommend this for people who have been sleuthing for a while.

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Henry Bolet Jr.

Henry’s parents passed away while he was young and he was sent to live with his great-uncle Bruno. Bruno never spent much time with Henry, but he left him a sizable portion of his estate. Could emotional and cunning Henry have schemed to control his last living relative’s assets and secrets?



Legend of the Crystal Skull character: Henry Bolet, Jr.



Lamont Warrick

Lamont Warrick is the proud owner of Zeke’s, a colorful curio shop crammed with unusual and eclectic merchandise. He’s always looking for treasure amongst another person’s junk – it’s a great way to make a quick buck. There are a few precious items that are authentic antiques, priceless pieces he likes to procure. A crystal skull would attract a lot of buyers – and a lot of money…



Legend of the Crystal Skull character: Lamont Warrick



Renee Amande

Renee Amande was the housekeeper for Bruno Bolet. Since she spent so much time in his presence, she also knows a lot of his secrets – dark secrets he didn’t want anyone to know, but others would have killed to discover. Would she have resorted to murder just to possess a mystical skull?



Legend of the Crystal Skull character: Renee Armande



Gilbert Buford

Dr. Gilbert Buford found the unconscious body of his friend, Bruno Bolet, and declared that no autopsy was necessary. As Bruno’s confidant, he knew that Bruno owned a mystical artifact believed gave him immortality. In his old age, Gilbert certainly could use a crystal skull to improve his own chances of cheating death…



Legend of the Crystal Skull character: Gilbert Buford





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