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10 to Adult
Retail Release Nov. 23, 1998

Game Story

Nancy Drew®: Secrets Can Kill

Read Between the Lines to Expose a Killer! A family visit throws you, as Nancy Drew, into the scene of a crime that happened only last night! Jake Rogers is dead, and a secret died with him–or did it? Roll up your sleeves and dig into an engrossing mystery that is full of places to explore, puzzles to solve, suspects to question, danger to evade and evidence to evaluate. A wily killer may still be on the loose…so keep your wits about you in Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill! Please Note: The original version (1998) is no longer available, however, you are able to purchase the REMASTERED version of this mystery PC/Mac game with a new ending and updated graphics.

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“...I did enjoy playing Secrets Can Kill. If you've never played it yourself or are looking for a gift for a special child in your life (I do want to emphasize that this game is suitable for male players as well as female ones), Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill makes for an affordable and fun gaming experience.” ~Just Adventure   “Overall, this is a sweet little game by a female-run company. Also, although it's pretty easy, it contains classic adventure game elements and a story strong enough to hold the player's interest, and so it would be a good introduction to adventure games for either boys or girls. Drugs, blackmail, murder ... what more could any adventurer ask for?” ~FourFatChicks

“This program challenges the user to become an investigator, to look carefully in every nook and cranny, and then return later to look again. It illustrates the need to carefully consider what is presented and sometimes reject the obvious. To question everything and to accept nothing without due consideration. It strengthens problem solving and critical thinking skills--skills that promote creativity, innovation and independence. This program is, furthermore, one of the few aimed at adolescent girls that encourages them to be clever and not frivolous.” ~SuperKids

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Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill
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 6 reviews
 by Veronica
Worth Checking Out

This isn't a strong ND game; the series has come a long way since this release. However, it's worth checking out for anyone who's yet to play. Disk-switching can be a pain, but the game has a pretty good cast of characters and building layouts. I recently tried "deciphering" all the hidden messages in the game, which isn't required but does make it more fun. There's a charm to Secrets Can Kill that keeps me coming back to replay.

 by will massey

well for me i would have to say that the old version was a bit better than the newer one because well in the book daryl grey was one the people being blackmailed on jake`s video tape and in the remastered version they added a new bad guy and a addentional puzzle and another video tape and they also added another hour to the game in saying that there was military opreation going on and so.I am saying that is not the way that book was ether because in the book it had a tie in with the mafia and in the show boy meets world it had to deal with drugs along with the idea of the mafia in the 90s and so i am saying that the old version of the game is better

 by Kellie
Secrets Can Kill Remastered

Secrets Can Kill (Remastered) is a really great game but even though the characters are the same as in the original the ending is totally different than the beginning you might as well have made a whole different game inspired by Secrets Can Kill. Otherwise, the game is amazing and I really love all the things that y'all do it is so much fun! I enjoyed the game and can't wait to play more games like it. My favorite game so far is The Silent Spy. Please hurry with the next game, Midnight In The Salem!!! It's going to be so much fun!!!!!

 by C
A little short

It seemed to go a little bit faster than the original/other ND games and became a little bit confusing with the detective who was trying to help. But all in all worth buying you can't get your hands on a copy of the original.

 by Miri
The One That Started It All

Jake Rodgers has been murdered, Nancy Drew must discover who is responsible, and everyone seems to have a motive.

The first Nancy Drew game, the one that spawned a series that is still going strong. You can't give this less than 5 stars. Thank you HER for creating this game!

 by Chris
Classic Game, Endless Fun!

This is a game that I can play over and over. It's such a classic and the remastered version stays very close to the original(the ending sequence and an added character being the only changes). The characters story lines are well done, and it stays very close to the high school esque of things. By far one of the best classic Nancy Drew games!

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ESRB Rating:



10 to Adult


Retail Release Nov. 23, 1998

Operating System:

Windows® 98/ME/2000/XP

Minimum System Requirements:

  • 166 Mhz or greater Pentium or equivalent class CPU
  • 16 MB of RAM
  •  42MB or more of hard drive space
  • 16-Bit color graphics video card
  • 16-Bit Windows-compatible sound card
  • 8X CD-ROM drive, mouse and speakers
  • Dust for fingerprints and inspect everything with your magnifying glass
  • Explore a high school and snoop through confidential files on the suspects
  • Discover the first Nancy Drew PC game that started the #1 selling adventure series
  • Choose from junior or senior detective difficulty levels
  • Learn about Braille
  • Discover American Sign Language

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

Connie Watson

Connie is a tough girl who is into judo. She spends most of her time hanging out in the student lounge. Connie is a pretty normal girl, with a dark secret.

Is Connie Watson hiding a dark secret?

Daryl Gray

Working at Maxine’s Diner, Daryl is the rich, pretty-boy of the school who drives a Porsche. But if his family is so wealthy, why does he need to work at the diner?

Daryl Grey, rich pretty-boy

Hal Tanaka

Hal is a foreign exchange student from Japan. He is trying to get a scholarship so he can go to college. He admits to making mistakes, but he won’t talk about them.

Hal Tanaka, foreign exchange student

Hector Sanchez

“Hulk” is a stereotypical jock who may even play professional sports one day. Hector does pretty well in school, the girls all love him, and he SEEMS to have a great life.

Hector Sanchez, stereotypical jock

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