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10 to Adult
Retail Release October 19, 2010

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Nancy Drew®: Shadow at the Water’s Edge

Confront Terrifying Secrets in a Haunted Japanese Inn!

Traditional Japanese family ryokans (inns) are charming places, but a vengeful ghost is terrifying you and other unsuspecting guests. Is there a shadowy specter haunting the placid inn or is something far more sinister driving away business?

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“Overall, though, Shadow at Water's Edge has all the ingredients of another worthy entry to the well-respected series. “ ~Common Sense Media

“This is probably one of the best Nancy Drew mysteries - and I have reviewed them all.“ ~Games 4 Women

“Interesting Japanese theme. Opportunities to learn about aspects of Japanese culture including origami, calligraphy, rock gardens and Sudoku.“ ~Gamezebo

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Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge
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 67 reviews
 by Yasmin
shadow at the waters edge

Im not a Professional but I like to give my honest review for new players. This is a game based off Japanese horror but this is from someone who docent get scared easily. I found the charters fun and exciting and it's one of my favourite games I've played. I did find some mini games hard I don't recommend for starting players. I have always wanted to visited Japan. The plot is Very well done and finding the culprit.

 by Victoria

I really enjoyed this game because I have actually traveled to Japan several times over the years. When I heard about this game I knew I had to buy it! The characters in the game were great, although I wish they added maybe two or three more because it was a little obvious who the culprit would be. The puzzles in this game were good with the exception of the writing one in the beginning of the game. Working on a laptop and doing the writing was difficult! If you did not get it perfect, forget it! I liked the music in this game two and it definitely has a few scares. I wish Her Interactive would do more travel ones such has one in Kenya, Botswana, Chile, Argentina, Russa, South Korea, China...just some future ideas....Also, forget the MID graphics...

 by Storm

By far the creepiest of all ND games! The puzzles are great, and the Japanese setting is beautiful. Lots to explore and learn. Overall a great mystery with an unexpected ending.

 by Savannah

This game is by far one of the best ND games I've ever played! I love the whole environment of the game and the all the characters! There are so many fun puzzles/games to do! Some puzzles are time consuming and take way too long to solve... but, it expands game time unlike other ND games where you can solve the mystery in an hour. I highly suggest this game because it has the right amount of mystery, humor, excitement, and terror.

 by Sara
One of the best ND games!

This is one of my top three favorite Nancy Drew games with the other two being Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake and The Haunted Carousel. Even though I was scared half to death at certain times, I still enjoy playing this game. My favorite part was definitely making bento because it was soooo much fun!

 by Sydney

Life has taken me away from the things I enjoyed as a kid. I'm home for the summer and haven't had much to do, so I installed this game and played it all week! As a kid I honestly could never solve these games but, now I'm older and I can finally solve them lol. I'd be surprised if an eleven-year-old could play these games without help from the internet. Anyway, this game was thought provoking, creepy, and addictive. It makes you think creatively and critically. The ending was a little anticlimactic, but I'm too satisfied to let that affect the rating. I'm on to the next game! I still love Nancy Drew and hope more games are to come in the future!

 by Rachel Gerardino
Shadow at the Water's Edge

This is my favorite ND so far and I enjoyed all the puzzles, especially the bento boxes. Also very scary, nearly jumped out of my seat!

 by Sherinne
The greatest so far

My friend bough this game for me as a gift and this is by far the top in my favorite list in the Nancy Drew game series. Love the puzzles, love the graphics and the story line. This game is the reason why I was encourage to try out the other Nancy Drew games. It is a fun kind of scary and thank you Her Interactive for this awesome game.

 by Tammy
Love this game!

This is the best game ever! Perfect for Halloween! Check out the Twitch streams from Little Jackalope and Tess on this game as well. Go Team Her Interactive!

 by Andrew

I just beat this game and loved it no matter how scary it was. I played it with the lights off and a few times I fell out of my chair. It was worth falling out of my chair. No matter how many times I play it I still get scared. In other words, BUY THIS GAME!!!

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ESRB Rating:





10 to Adult


Retail Release October 19, 2010

Operating System:

Windows® XP/Vista/7/8/10/11

Mac OS X: 10.5.8 Leopard/10.6.8 Snow Leopard/10.7 Lion/10.8 Mountain Lion/10.9 Mavericks/10.10 Yosemite/10.11 El Capitan/10.12 Sierra/High Sierra.

NOTE: Will NOT run on Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey, Ventura, or higher Mac operating systems

Windows 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

Mac Minimum System Requirements:

  • 1 GHz or greater Intel processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1.1 GB or more hard drive space
  • Intel GMA 950, ATI X1600, NVIDIA 7300 graphics card or better
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Internet connection the first time the game is launched
  • This game will NOT run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems (PowerMac)
  • macOS Operating System 10.13 High Sierra or prior
  • Immerse yourself in Japanese culture by learning about origami, tea ceremonies, and calligraphy
  • Create custom anime-style characters for your in-game phone
  • Play fun mini-games such as pachinko and Sudoku
  • Navigate subway routes
  • Sort Bento arrangements
  • 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


Miwako Shimizu

Miwako takes the ryokan very seriously and helps out by running the front desk and virtually everything else. But as the youngest daughter, she, according to tradition, can’t inherit the inn. Is the ghost just a ploy she’s using to help subvert an ancestral custom?

Miwako Shimizu, front desk associate

Yumi Shimizu

As the first daughter, Yumi is the rightful heir to the ryokan. She’s chosen to forego this responsibility for a fast-paced city life, much to the disapproval of her family. Are the hauntings merely a scheme to close down the ryokan and prevent her from having to leave her urban lifestyle?

Yumi Shumizu, rightful heir to the ryokan

Rentaro Aihara

As a loveable goofball, Rentaro spends most of his time in his shed building or tinkering with the latest technology. That is, when he’s not doting on his girlfriend, Miwako. He dreams of moving with Miwako to the city. A few staged scares could help convince her, but would this quirky technophile destroy a family and their business in the name of love?

Rentaro Aihara, Miwako’s boyfriend

Takae Nagai

Having grown up and lived in the ryokan her whole life, Takae has seen many things happen there, including the accidental death of her daughter. Still, she insists on following tradition, even if it’s against both of her granddaughter’s wishes. As an expert on Japanese culture, is she using the Yurei legend to help get her way?

Takae Nagai, ryokan local

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