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#20 Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships

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10 to Adult
Retail Release July 2009

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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?

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“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

“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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Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships
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 14 reviews
 by cate
Ransom of the seven ships

this one is just meh. what weirded me out is that there is only one person who could possibly be the kidnapper cuz everyone knows george wouldnt. i think herinteractive should have made coucou the kidnapper XD to me this seemed different from all the other nancy drew games mostly the way you look when you go rock climbing wasnt as good as the other nancy drew games.

 by Jillian Mathews
Ransom of The Seven Ships

I know that not many ND game fans like this game but I personally love it, the scenery is breath taking and I love how you get to play as George sometimes and I get goosebumps looking for Bess knowing that she isn't in not a pleasant situation but hey it's A MYSTERY, there's supposed to be suspense that's how your supposed to feel!

 by Erika
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.

 by Elizabeth
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.

 by Nancydrewfann1001
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!

 by Miri
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....

 by Angela
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++++

 by Makayla
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)!

 by Ashley
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!

 by ED
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!

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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
  • 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

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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