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Nancy Drew®: Secret of the Old Clock

Venture into the Past and Outwit a Criminal Before Time Runs Out!

It’s 1930 and Nancy Drew is asked to visit Emily Crandall, in Titusville, a girl whom Nancy knows only through a mutual friend. She and her mother had been counting on the generosity of their kindly but strange neighbor, Josiah Crowley, to leave them part of his estate to support the inn they own. But in his will, everything was left to Richard Topham, his ESP teacher. A contested will, a suffering girl, suspicious psychics — can Nancy solve the mystery before time runs out in Nancy Drew: Secret of the Old Clock?

Bonus strategy guide for interactive detective game: Secret of the Old Clock

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PLEASE NOTE: At HeR Interactive, we are committed to sustainability practices focused on building a better world for future generations. Thus, we only offer digital versions of our strategy guides.

 

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Game Features

  • Step back in time to 1930 with a game based on the very first Nancy Drew book
  • Drive Nancy’s classic blue roadster and explore Titusville
  • Play miniature golf and deliver telegrams to earn money
  • 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:

esrb_E_mildviolence

 

Price:

$9.99

 

Ages:

10 to Adult

 

Status:

Retail Release July 2005

 

Operating System:

Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10

 

Additional installation instructions may be required for Windows Vista/7. Click here for more information.

 

Minimum System Requirements:

  • 400MHz Pentium
  • 64MB RAM
  • 300 MB Hard Drive space
  • 16-bit color graphics video card with at least 16MB of VRAM
  • 16-bit Window-compatible stereo sound card
  • 12X CD ROM
  • Mouse and Speakers

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“The good news is that the mini-games are designed well and offer engaging play (I really enjoyed MasterMind!), and the atmosphere of the 1930’s is also fun.” ~PC GameZone

 

“The Secret of the Old Clock brings the number of games in the Nancy Drew series to an even dozen. While this is an impressive accomplishment for any series, that’s not Clock’s only distinction. The game is based on the first book in the Nancy Drew canon, the game’s release date is the 75th anniversary of that book’s publication, and the game is done in period, right down to Nancy’s more-or-less Model A roadster. Clock carries all this baggage effortlessly, providing players with one of the most sprightly entries in the series.” ~FourFatChicks

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“Like a cake, Her Interactive has all the ingredients – dialogue, voice work, and story – to cook up a confection that will be enjoyed by both Junior and Senior detectives. They even add a few new things such as an in-game map and a roadster (cool!) to get around in.” ~Adventure Gamers

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 24 reviews
So short!

I loved the setting, the plot, the music, the time, everything! It was quite easy, which was fun for once. But it was over so soon! That was a shame...

Travel Back in Time

Set in the 30's play the story that started it all, Nancy Drew visits the Lilac Inn to see Helen Corning whose mother has recently died, strange things are happening at the Inn, jewelry disappears, the stove explodes and Helen seems to be losing it.

Use a coin phone on the porch, play mini golf, learn about hobo signs, drive Nancy's blue roadster, deliver telegrams, sort pies. This game is so great, I love that it is set in the 30's and has all these old things and references to old things everywhere, it's so much fun. Definitely a great choice to play.

Favorite

this was my favorite one. PLEASE make more like this one! i like the fact that it's in an old town looking scene 🙂 thanks

Loved it!

Every part of this was awesome. It was quite an easy ND, which is one of the reasons I liked it so much. It does require a lot of thinking, but in such a way that it's still relaxing. This whole experience was beautiful. You didn't really need to talk to characters a lot, which means you don't spend a lot of time just talking and talking and talking, but just clicking and solving the mystery. You are very well guided throughout the story with a good task list that gives you a nice overview of what you've done and what you've still got to do.
This game is definitely one of my faves, because it's so relaxing and yet brain-cracking.

Merveilleux!

J'ai eu le jeu en anglais mais j'ai voulu le jouer en français. C'est très amusant dans chaque langue. Ils ont traduit le jeu bien. L'argot de 1930 est intéressant. Les graphiques, le mystère, et les personnes sont bien. C'est un peu facile mais ça c'est bien pour les débutants.

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A good look into the past. I liked this period piece because it jumped out of the morn of ND games and took us back to Nancy's roots in the 60's.

This one had some unexpected places that I really quite liked. I also enjoyed how spaced out everything was and that you could go around town looking for clues. That was cool.

The characters in this game aren't too bad. Some are pretty bland to talk to, and the girl you've gone to help is kind of helpless in a sense. Once you've played the game you understand why that is, but I feel she could have done something for herself.

The criminal is pretty straightforward if you ask me. As the mystery unfolds it becomes obvious and then you're just looking for proof.

The puzzles in this game are pretty simple, and some don't really take much thought at all. It's a laid back game- I beat it in less than a day.

One of my favorite Nancy drews!

I've played a good amount of Nancy drew, and this one is definitely one of my favorites!

The puzzles are all well designed and thought out, the plot is interesting and detailed, the music is flat out gorgeous, and the characters are all likeable and well written. Plus, the game really gives off a perfect representation of the 30's, which gives it great atmosphere.

Overall I would surely recommend this to all fans of anything Drew!

old timey fun

This Nancy drew really speaks to the fans of the original book series. It's very fun to explore the world of a different time and handle the challenges with it. It has many areas to explore since it is one of the Nancy drew games that allows you to drive places. It's one of my favorites and one I like to play again and again.

Classic Game at its Finest!

This game has been an absolute thrill to play, whether you are alone, or with friends and family. The storyline and visual aesthetics are breathtaking and give you the feeling of actually riding on an 18th century train. Hold on to your hats, folks! 🙂

Great game!

The game was so good! The setting in the 1930s was interesting, and I loved all the old sounding songs and Nancy's old car. The mini games were a nice touch, such as playing golf and delivering telegrams!

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Jim Archer

A good-natured but secretly desperate businessman is trying to make it through the end of the Depression. The bank he owns is teetering on the brink of failure. Jim has been helpful to Emily and her mom, but he’s desperate for money. How far would he go to save his bank?

 

Jim Archer, Businessman

 

 

Richard Topham

A self-proclaimed expert on ESP, Richard Topham lives near the Lilac Inn in the house that once belonged to Josiah Crowley. How did he inherit Josiah’s estate and money? Richard runs the School for the Study and Development of Paranormal Powers, but is his act just a hoax?

 

Richard Topham, self-proclaimed expert on ESP

 

 

Emily Crandall

Seventeen year-old Emily runs the Lilac Inn. She is plagued by strange occurrences – objects on the wall move, whispers call from the shadows, things mysteriously disappear and then reappear… Is Emily just stressed out or are things really amiss?

 

Emily Crandall, runs the Lilac Inn

 

 

Jane Willoughby

Gloria Crandall, Emily’s mother, asked Jane to look after her daughter in case anything happened to her. She’s doing her best to help Emily, but doesn’t know much about raising kids or running an inn. Could Jane have a hidden agenda?

 

Jane Willoughby, watches over Emily

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