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#20 Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships


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Nancy Drew®: Ransom of the Seven Ships

Dive into Danger to Rescue Bess from Kidnappers! Your friend Bess Marvin is kidnapped and the only chance you have to save her is by solving a 300-year-old Bahamian mystery! Dangerous waters keep treasure hunters from exploring the reefs around Dread Isle, but this remote island might hide the riches of El Toro’s lost fleet! Can you, as Nancy Drew, track down the treasure before time runs out?

Bonus strategy guide for interactive detective game: Ransom of the Seven Ships





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Game Features

  • Play as Nancy Drew and George – see her best friends, George Fayne and Bess Marvin, for the first time
  • Immerse yourself in the Bahamas diving, sailing, and interacting with island wildlife
  • Play mini-games with the monkeys at the research center to earn fun prizes
  • Learn about nautical flags
  • Decode ancient ruin symbols
  • Identify bat frequencies
  • Use ropes & pulleys
  • Program GPS coordinates
  • 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 July 2009


Operating System:

Windows® XP/Vista/7/8/10


Minimum System Requirements:

  • 1 GHz or greater Pentium or equivalent class CPU
  • 256 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

“As the franchise continues to grow and improve, with a casual game series, Nancy Drew Dossiers, also gaining popularity, now is the time to get on board with the ubiquitous teen detective and her international crime solving. The little touches that the developers and artists include make the series stand out all the more, and after twenty (yes, twenty!) PC adventures, it is clear that Nancy Drew is still going strong.“~Just Adventure   “The bottom line is that this is an entertaining mystery for fans and newbies to this series. It is the kind of game that parents and kids can play together. And its seaside vistas will make you feel like you are on vacation. Not bad for $20.“ ~USAToday

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“With hours and hours of casual gameplay, a solid plot, tons of educational content, gorgeous graphics, and a bevy of challenging puzzles, Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships is no mere child’s game.“ ~Casual Gameplay

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 12 reviews
Ransom by puzzles

1st game I have played in almost 10 years! Forgot how much I love these games. Loved the setting. My only complaint was this game was a lot less sleuthing and a lot more puzzle solving. I enjoy questioning suspects and this game did not satisfy. Played on Senior Detective and found some of the puzzles really frustrating. Had to look at the strategy guide a couple times. Graphics were good except for Bess - found her face a little more "computerized" than the rest. In more recent games she has been improved.

Hardest one I've played

This one is hard, I had to go on the website a lot and in the game your only source of hints is from a parrot who requires a hard to find price (and his hints weren't very good anyway). It's a lot of exploring (It took a while to memorize the map of the island while driving, and even then ain got lost) and puzzles. I did love playing as George and the ending was cool though. This one took me the longest to finish, but it was still good.

Not as fun as the others

This game was not one of my favorites. First off there was one other person I met besides George (until the end of the game), so it was quite desolated for as big as the island was. There were also way to many puzzles to get any action. I loved the previous game "The haunting of castle Malloy" and I've always enjoyed most of the games throughly but this one I couldn't even finish!

Buried Secrets in the Sand

Nancy is on a leisurely vacation with Bess and George on a gorgeous tropical island. Yeah right.

Bess has been kidnapped! George and Nancy are stranded alone on an island with no way to call for help and Nancy is roped into finding a long lost treasure for the kidnappers or she may never see Bess again!

The island is beautiful, we get to sail, dive, climb mountains, play with monkeys...who make me feel really dumb when they beat me at the games. Explore the island while hunting for a buried treasure, play with Coucou a very annoying parrot, but most importantly we see Bess and George for the first time! (Now when will we get to see Ned? Hmm?)

This game is great, but they could have made the sailing a little easier to maneuver and Coucou really is annoying after the first five minutes. Also...the ending...come on this is so unfair to people who haven't played the original games....

Crikey... I was stumped!

This game gets 5 stars just for the fact that I had no idea who was behind any of this until the game unveiled the culprit. Well, it also gets 5 stars because Coucou was a million times better than their grandma from a few games back. I loved the fact that you got to rotate between Nancy and George, although I would have loved to have been able to use George for more stuff considering there is an achievement for talking to her a lot while ND is out and about. It's hard to be mad at the monkeys, but I sure do love it when I beat them at their own game. All in all, this was a wonderful game!! A++++

Love this game

I really like this game because of the suspense, the scenery, the music, the monkeys, Coucou, the puzzles and activities, and everything else. It makes me feel like I'm on vacation (and one of my best friends has been kidnapped, of course)!

Bess, George, and Nancy? How could you not love it!

I absolutely loved this game! I loved being able to play with the wild life and hunt for treasure! I did not think the culprit was who it was! It was everything I love in a Nancy Drew Game! Mystery, driving, clue searching and tons of places to explore. Very good job on this one!

Great game

This was my first Nancy Drew game and therefore is very special to me. Here are the things I love about this game. The music for this game is just so uplifting and happy sounding! The plot was very creative and neat: being stuck on an island with one person you can trust, while your friend is being held hostage somewhere! The tasks and puzzles were my favorite part- diving, sailing, and following treasure maps- it was just so fun! The second chances, sometimes I would "die" on purpose just to see what the message would say! I play this game over and over and have the answers to all the puzzles memorized, but I have lots of fun every time! I is a great game and I would recommend it to anyone!

Wonderfully Lighthearted!

I really enjoy this game each time I play it. I love the scenery and the music most of all. The plot is good and unique, and despite the fact that Bess has been kidnapped, there's such a light, carefree feel throughout the game.
Graphics are wonderful, and to me, George looks best here than in any other game. She looks like the George I've always pictured!
The activities are good, such as rock climbing, diving, sailing and digging. (although it would have been nice if these had been first person instead of third person.)
The only thing that I have against RAN is that there are too many puzzles, all of which are incredibly hard. HOWEVER: For this game (every time I play it) I use hints. Most games I try not to use hints the first time, but this one I did and still do. But in RAN's defense, the plot requires these puzzles, so I understand why they're there.
Oh, and the games you can play with the friendly monkeys are SO much fun!
Ransom of the Seven Ships is a magnificent game that no one should pass up!

Vacation Paradise

When I need a mental vacation I go to Dread Isle. What a place! Beautiful beaches, lots of sunshine, scuba diving, cave diving, and sailing. Then to top it off buried treasure and kidnappers...an adventure in paradise. I got a big laugh from the bird. I enjoyed waiting in the lobby just to listen to its hilarious remarks. Thank you.

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George Fayne

George is one of Nancy’s best friends and is sensible and matter-of-fact about life. She is the one who remembers the small details and is the best with technology. On Dread Isle, she feels helpless when Bess is kidnapped and is trying to fix a satellite phone.



George Fayne, Nancy’s sensible best friend



Bess Marvin

Bess is a little boy crazy, but she’s great with people and is able to persuade them to do anything! With an awesome fashion sense and a cheery disposition, she can be coaxed into helping Nancy on a case. But when Bess is kidnapped on Dread Isle, she’ll need Nancy’s help to escape…



Bess Marvin, Nancy’s kidnapped friend



Johnny Rolle

Johnny is stuck on Dread Isle and can’t leave until he repairs his boat that the monkeys trashed. Since he’s been on the island longer than Nancy and George, perhaps he can help find Bess, or was he the one who kidnapped her in the first place?



Johnny Rolle, stranded on Dread Isle




Coucou is a smart-talking double yellow headed Amazon parrot. She hears the secrets people whisper, but won’t tell unless you give her a treat!

Coucou, smart-talking Amazon parrot





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