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Nancy Drew®: Sea of Darkness


Set a Course for Danger and Discovery!

The celebrated ship “Heerlijkheid,” is usually the centerpiece of an Icelandic town’s local festival. Now that its captain has disappeared, the renovated vessel has become an eerie distraction. Did Captain Magnus sail away with a legendary treasure, or was he carried off into the night? Take the helm as detective Nancy Drew and set a course for the Sea of Darkness!





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Game Features

  • Solve puzzles and interrogate suspects as you retrace the steps of the missing captain
  • Learn the truth about the Heerlijkheid’s secret past and Iceland’s darkest days
  • Earn money by mastering your knowledge of the Land of Fire and Ice
  • Master maritime knots, terms and seaworthy tasks dating back to the 1700s
  • Sleuth at Amateur or Master level and erase any mistakes without starting over

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:

Rated E10 for ages 10 and up






10 to Adult



Retail Release May 19, 2015


Operating System:

Windows® XP/Vista/7/8/10

OS X: OS X: 10.6.8 Snow Leopard/10.7 Lion/10.8 Mountain Lion/10.9 Mavericks/10.10 Yosemite or higher


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
  • Keyboard, mouse and speakers


Mac Minimum System Requirements:

  • 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, mouse and speakers
  • Internet connection the first time the game is launched
  • This game will NOT run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems (PowerMac)





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“Nancy Drew isn’t new to the mystery-solving business; by her 32nd game, she’s seen just about every type of kooky character, head-scratching puzzle and nefarious deed that the world can throw at an eternally teenaged sleuth. That’s what makes it especially impressive that Her Interactive’s newest installment, Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness manages to feel fresh and lively, throwing new questions and obstacles at the snoop who’s seen it all. Veteran fans will be satiated and newcomers piqued by this chilly, devious case.” — Just Adventure

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Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness presented a well-woven plot to uncover, an interesting back-story of both the characters and the town, and a set of puzzles and circumstances that were challenging, but not frustratingly difficult. If you’re a seasoned player of the Nancy Drew mysteries, I think you’ll be pleased with this entertaining title. If you’re a new player, looking for the perfect game out of the 32 to get started with, I’d highly recommend this one as a prime example of the quality of the series. The price point is well worth the hours of enjoyment you’ll receive from solving a mystery alongside the most famous young female detective of all time. So grab a copy and, as Her Interactive challenges you to do in the opening titles, “Dare to Play.”” — Computer Times

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“Sea of Darkness is highly entertaining and charming to boot. The characters have deep backstories, the puzzles offer a fun a workout for your brain, and the lovable romantic conversations between Ned and Nancy make this game an absolute must for every Nancy Drew collection. It would’ve been great if the story and gameplay were longer, but at least it can be easily replayed. The trophies do give players a reason to go back and try to earn all of them in one playthrough. If you’re looking to jump into Nancy’s shoes and experience an Icelandic mystery, or if you want to add a new game to your Nancy Drew collection, Sea of Darkness will put a smile in your face and add warmth to your heart.” — BAGOGAMES

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“As a newcomer, I was pleasantly surprised with how comfortable it was for me to engage in the 32nd title developed by Her Interactive. Sea of Darkness has definitely made me eager to play the other games.  The formula, while getting on in age, still works so avid fans won’t be disappointed.  My only critique is that they perhaps upgrade their content so it supports widescreen as black bars should be a thing of the past.  Nancy Drew is by far one of the best point and click adventures I have ever played.  Sea of Darkness is filled with complicated puzzles and a captivating cast of suspects.  This mystery will surely test your abilities.” — True PC Gaming

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“Overall, an intriguing mystery, strong acting, and a variety of interesting places to explore overcame the lack of proper puzzle integration for me. Sea of Darknessmay not be the best Nancy Drew adventure in the series, but other than some frustrating progress blocks, I was happy to spend time wandering around a desolate, icy world exploring both the town and its people, uncovering and shedding light on the darkness.” — Adventure Gamers

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“Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness takes you on a journey to the snowy Skipbrot, on a mission to find Magnus. The great graphics and nice background music makes it a joy to play, while the voice overs and the sound effects are the cherry on the pie. The gameplay is the same like the previous games, but you got the possibility to earn money and get souvenirs but don’t forget your main goal though.” — 3rd Strike Games

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“Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this game. The game looks better than I expected, had an interesting story, and difficult puzzles that kept me in to the game. While this style of game may not be everyone’s favorite, for those who do enjoy it this game comes highly recommended. Even those who are not as interested in the genre should check this game out, and will probably enjoy it like I did.” — PoisonKiwi


“Girls and women playing Nancy Drew Sea of Darkness will talk to a variety of characters. This helps unlock new areas, acquire items, and learn the story. Nancy Drew Sea of Darkness looks really nice. I enjoyed seeing the different areas and characters.” — Family Friendly Gaming

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“Overall Sea of Darkness was an enjoyable game, especially if you enjoy “brain teaser” puzzles that are more challenging than what’s found in today’s casual games.” — GameBoomers

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 97 reviews
Ehh.. treasure Hunting?

Look, This game was not the worse I've played but it was definitely not the best. My favorite games tend to be the games with unique plotlines, like busting an art crime theft ring or catching a bomber, but finding a treasure at the end of the game? I'm so over that plotline. I loved the characters and the graphics were beautiful, the puzzles were challenging, but I just seriously felt like finding a treasure was the last thing I wanted to do in the newest game. Finding a missing person, well that part of the plot was ok, not quite over that one yet, but it IS getting to that overused status. I loved 'The haunting of Castle Malloy" and "Ghost of Thornton" Hall" which are both amazing games. Just felt like there was much to be desired, I loved the NED and Nancy relationship plotline. I like puzzles, but I felt like this game had so much potential with deeper character stories and finding clues that led to richer gameplay.

by Emma & Lara on Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness
Back To Sleuthing

What a relief this was! We remember about this time two years ago, we were lamenting the lackluster game that was Labyrinth of Lies (We'd rather not linger on that disaster). So we were cautiously optimistic that this would be an improvement. AND WAS IT EVER! This was a total throwback to simpler times, with a great plot, fabulous graphics and many different locations to explore. We even had to bust out a good old notebook and pencil a few times along the way. Nothing better.On the con side, it was a little comically heavy on the puzzles. One after another after another... Lots of stressful discourse between us over them for sure. Unlike many of our fellow sleuths, we found the Ned plot line a little tiresome and downright laughable at times. He was sort of a man-child about the whole thing. They've only been dating for 70+ years. Also, Burt should mind his own business.Enough of that though! All in all, we were pleasantly surprised and found ourselves singing along by the credits, taken aback by the beauty and intrigue of the lovely story. A pat on the back to everyone involved. Thanks for taking us back to our childhood. We're anxiously awaiting Midnight In Salem!

by Patti Schulz on Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness
So many games and puzzles!

The setting, characters, and story line are excellent. There are a ton of puzzles and games to play. The only thing that bothered me was that I kept finding things/getting rewarded things and I wasn't sure what they were. In other games, Nancy knows ahead of time what she is looking for and when she finds it she knows what to do with it...kind of that AHA moment. In this game, you will find a lot of things and you will have no idea what they are for until later in the game. It kind of steals Nancy being excited for the find. Other than that, the game is really, really good! Can't wait for the next one.

Excellent Plot and Graphics: Way too many puzzles

The graphics were amazing, the characetrs were wonderful and the plot was one of the best they've ever come up with. Unfortunately, it seemed like they just put puzzles in as often as possible. I feel like these games are becoming less and less about getting clues and solving mysteries and more and more about puzzles. I did like that they added an LGBT+ character this time.


This game is amazing! The Nancy Drew games went through a kind of decline but they have come back with a BANG! This story is rich in culture, romance, they really outdid themselves with the design and music and the puzzles were compelling you actually wanted to try! Plus you didn't aimlessly wander around with nothing to do you always were figuring out what's next. I believe the most amazing thing to me was Ned's character growth like relationship was always there don't get me wrong but they really got to real life relationship problems where you can relate, well almost I think Iceland is on the bottom of my list... But in the end literally the end the "Love Song" is beautiful so anywho HERINTERACTIVE you nailed it! Can not wait for "Midnight in Salem" for it will be up to me as NANCY DREW!

Fun and visually compelling

This was the first ND game I've played since I was a kid, and I found out I still love them! The puzzles were creative, the story was compelling, and the graphics were beautiful. I liked that there was a lot of variety in scenery.
Since playing this one I've also tried Silent Spy, and this one was leagues better (especially the puzzles).

Favorite ND Game So Far!

I didn't think I could love a Nancy Drew game as much as I loved The Silent Spy, but this has definitely become my new favorite. I'm so glad I picked it up. The storyline and characters are great, and I thought the game had plenty of places to explore, but not so much that it got confusing or easy to get lost. I was so sad when it was over, and can't wait to play it again! The trailer for the new game at the end had me drooling. The challenge is on, HER Interactive. This one will be hard to beat, but I'm excited to see what's next! 🙂

Amazing in Every Way!

I just finished playing Sea of Darkness and had to gush about it to someone. I've been playing Nancy Drew games since my friend bought me The Haunted Carousel for my 8th birthday, which was 13 years ago Sunday. It took me a few years to get to the point where I could solve them myself (and find UHS hints), but they have by far been my favorite past-time since I started playing! Nancy Drew games are my favorite gift to get—both from others and myself! It's a bit harder to find time to play now that I'm in college, but it's always a nice escape from the pressures of being a student. I've loved just about every game I've played, but lately I have just been beyond words with how great they are! The graphics and music especially have come incredibly far; the people have begun to look so believable and detailed, and the backgrounds are so gorgeous that it's started taking me longer to finish the games because of how much time I spend admiring them! Also, the music is great on pretty much all the games, but it's been especially impressive on the last few I've played! I'll even find a Youtube channel with music from the games and play it in the background while I do homework sometimes! When I reached the end credits of Sea of Darkness the other night and heard "The Word I Couldn't Keep," it just really hit me how much I loved the game and all the others, and how much talent, work, and detail go into each one. The song was beautiful, and it was amazing to me that it was sung by the woman who voiced Elisabet because it just tied into the game so perfectly! I just really felt that this game hit every mark: everything was beautiful (visually and musically); the story was interesting and emotional; the characters were well-developed and detailed; the puzzles were challenging but not irritatingly so; I love when Ned's involved, especially when there's extra drama there between him and Nancy!... and I could go on in a lot more detail, but I'll leave it at that. All in all, I just want to say how impressed I am by all the talent and thought that goes into these games and express how much I appreciate the quality and detail of each one. I am anxiously awaiting the next game!


The graphics were stunning, the conversations and characters were realistic and captivating, and the overall game itself was great! You're able to explore a LOT of new areas too, which is a major plus. I'd rate this game 10/10 for sure!
If this is how all the new ND games are going to be, I am beyond thrilled to see what they have in store next!

by Rebekah Carr on Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness

I am always amazed with Nancy Drew games. I've been playing them since I was a little girl and now that I am in college they are an amazing stress reliever.
This game has definitely stepped up the graphics and interaction. I would 100% recommend this game and all other Nancy Drew games.

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Soren Bergursson

Although Soren grew up ten miles from Skipbrot, he is considered an outsider and isn’t treated very well by his fellow residents. His vast education and knowledge of all things Icelandic aid in his running of the Culture Center and drive his fascination with local artifacts. He claims to be tired of hearing everyone talk about the treasure, but perhaps he’s secretly plotting to find the treasure himself?


Is Soren Bergursson a suspect?

Elísabet Grimursdóttir

A born and bred local, Elisabet helps Soren run the Ancestors’ Festival and controls access to the Heerlijkheid. Could her recent breakup with Magnus have inspired her to take revenge?


Does Elisabet Grimursdottir have a motive for revenge?

Magnus Kiljansson

Magnus is the captain working on the Heerlijkheid’s restoration. He was supposed to safely steer the ship into the town’s port to kick-off the Ancestors’ Festival, but when the ship arrived, it crashed into the harbor unmanned, with Magnus nowhere to be found. Is it possible Magnus located the treasure and abandoned ship? Or did something much more sinister cause his mysterious disappearance?


Why did Magnus Kiljansson mysteriously disappear?


Dagny Silva

As the manager of the ship’s restoration and a renowned treasure hunter, Dagny is furious with her business partner Magnus for disappearing. She suspects he went looking for the gold, found it, and took off, leaving her behind to clean up the mess. Dagny hires Nancy to track Magnus down and bring him to justice. But could Dagny know something she’s not letting on?


Is Dagny Silva hiding something?

Gunnar Tonnisson

A grumpy old sailor who yearns for the “olden days,” Gunnar is not shy about voicing his concerns regarding the way the festival is being managed. He doesn’t care about treasure hunting, and claims the town’s traditions and history are what really matter. Could Gunnar be harboring a hidden agenda to disrupt the festival?


Does Gunnar Tonnisson have a sinister motive?

Phone Contacts:


Ned Nickerson

Returning as a phone contact, Ned is always available to provide Nancy with any support or help she might need. Call him often and keep him up to speed on your adventures so that he can provide additional tips.


Ned Nickerson, who offers helpful sleuthing tips

Alex Trang

Alex is a contact at the Rekyjavik Harbormaster’s control tower. She and Magnus communicate by radio whenever he is on board the Heerlijkheid. Could she have any insights to Magnus’ disappearance the day the ship crashed?


Can Alex Trang provide a clue to the puzzle?




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