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10 to Adult
Retail Release June 28, 2011

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Nancy Drew®: The Captive Curse

Escape the Clutches of a Legendary Monster!

Nancy’s off to Germany to investigate mysterious sightings of a creature that’s been terrorizing the community of a remote Bavarian castle. Local legend tells of a creature that marauded the area centuries ago, wreaking havoc and ultimately causing the death of a young woman before disappearing without a trace. Can you, as Nancy Drew, unmask the creature before you suffer the same terrible fate?

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“A mysterious monster is terrorizing an isolated community in Bavaria, luckily, Nancy Drew is on the case! Join Nancy Drew as she embarks on her 24th investigation in Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse“ - GameZebo

“While your upcoming family travel plans might not include a trip to Germany, if you let your kids play the new Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse, they will be able to explore an old German castle while solving a fun mystery about a lurking 'monster'.“ - USA Today

“Fun, cute - somewhat predictable (not hard to guess end reveal). Junior version puzzles are easy to moderately difficult but are still necessary to move story along. Zero violence with discussion of three disappearances.“ - Games4Women

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Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse
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 21 reviews
 by avery g
captives curse

This game made me scream so hard i was out of breath and out of the house 😆 i love this game. Keep making games like this one. Love this game😍

 by Lauren

I am a late Nancy Drew-er but I played a couple when I was younger. I have played around five of them so far and this one is definitely my favorite! I thought the puzzles were challenging but not extremely hard and lots of fun hidden passages!

 by Finley Witter
Captive Curse

I just recently finished Captive Curse (which means last night) and I loved it! Lukas was my favorite character in the whole game! (Well besides the monster!) I highly recommended it! Me and my sister are scaredy-cats! And we have a problem with our computer and the windows so we cover our computer and us! then when the monster jumped out from the game we screamed our heads off! We loved it so much! And we are hoping that her interactive will make another just like it after midnight in Salem! Plus me and my sister are going to dress up as anja and Lukas! we loved it so much and anybody who reads this must play this game. It’s worth the 20 dollars that you pay! Thanks her interactive for making these games! Keep making more games! Love your biggest Nancy drew fan Finley Witter.

 by cate
the captive curse

**SPOILERS** so i thought the story was pretty good seen the monster is exciting. the characters are likable too. When you see the monster in the castle you start to freak out and when it jumps out at you then when you realize Lukas was in the monster costume you think you just finished the game and caught the monster but then you see the real monster right after that so you know hes not. i dont like the ending cuz its just guessing who the monster is. but i like the castle and the pranks Lukas would do. the puzzles are hard in this one though.

 by Mylinh

This is a really great game! Is NOT a let down. Puzzles aren't as boring as some other ND ones. Spooky setting! I love almost everything about it and the accents are pretty good. Creepy! I was not expecting that ending! Plot twist here and there - which just made it more exciting! My only complaint is that the woods are a bit confusing and so is the house you stay in. One of the puzzles took me a while though... But they should! Very nice game!

 by Christine
A bit boring

Overall, this ND wasn't as good as I'd hoped. It was boring (I'm so sorry, I usually love ND). The plot and the secluded setting definitely made me want to stop playing because I was doing the same things again and again. The pace is slow at the beginning and all in all, there isn't much to do.

The gameplay was quite good, and the puzzles were ok, albeit quite easy. The plot was pretty good throughout the game but there were definitely plot holes and the ending was completely unsatisfying. The monster is also the least scary thing in the world. There were too many loose ends at the end of the game, and all the beautiful subplots about the missing girls were just tossed aside at the end. Also, you could tell who the villain was pretty much halfway through the game so that's disappointing.

Also, the setting was so limited, I think. You just wandered around the small castle and there wasn't all that much to do outside or in the secret tunnels. If you like spooky ND games, this one is not for you (apart from the darkness of the secret tunnels setting, it's not spooky at all).

And the game was so short! I'm just disappointed the entire game seemed to happen over the course of one evening and in one setting. That's it. The one redeeming quality of this game was that the voice acting was great, as usual. Also, the history lessons are quite cool. It's unfortunate it all seemed to be tossed aside at the end for a predictable ending.

This was definitely not my favorite ND game, for sure. Oh well.

 by Miri
Castles and Monsters and Legends Oh My!

I LOVE this game. This is one of my favorite games. Nancy is in Germany at Castle Finster, there's a monster on the loose and Nancy's on the case!

A castle, in Germany....need I say more?

A nice spooky atmosphere, all the characters are great, play Raid with Karl, explore the dungeon and the tunnels. Get lost in the woods and go down the wishing well. There's nothing I dislike about this wait...I wish it were longer, but other than that, perfect!

 by Katie
So Refreshing-Great Game!

This was totally a throwback to old ND games! I recently rediscovered the games and have been playing the newer ones but had skipped over this one. This is by far one of the best ND games I have ever played (new and old). The graphics are gorgeous and the plot is amazing! The puzzles were just the right amount of difficulty and the ending was so unexpected! I honestly had NO idea who it could be on this one-everyone was equally as likely. All in al great game.

 by Angela
Hope you like to read

I really do enjoy this game. One of the things I have always liked about Nancy solving mysteries in different countries, is the fact that us players get a good history lesson. However, we also know that you pretty much have to read through the dialogue so clues are not missed. That one detail makes for a very slow start to the game. Even though the dialogue is pretty useful in solving the mystery, I also think that they did not have to try to cram all that history into our brain at the start of the game. That being said, once you are able to investigate without interruption, the game picks up the pace (so don't lose hope :D).

 by AylaDrew

I had skipped this one for a while, and had played all of the newest games and my last two that i hadn't played yet were captive curse and deadly device. The shattered medallion was not one of the best *cough cough* but this game was a revival of my never ending love for these games! Absolutely fantastic. It kept my hypothesizing through out the whole game and I thoroughly enjoyed it all 🙂

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ESRB Rating:





10 to Adult


Retail Release June 28, 2011

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:

  • 1.5 GHz or greater Pentium 4 or equivalent class CPU
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 2 GB or more hard drive space
  • 64 MB DirectX 9.0 compatible video card
  • 16 bit DirectX compatible sound card
  • 4x DVD drive
  • mouse and speakers

Mac Minimum System Requirements:

  • 1.5 GHz or greater Intel processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 2.1 GB or more hard drive space
  • Intel GMA 950, ATI X1600, NVIDIA 7300 graphics card or better
  • 4x DVD drive
  • 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
  • Play as Nancy Drew and explore a German castle
  • Plug into castle security cameras
  • Uncover hidden rooms and secret passages
  • Play a German folk tale game
  • Earn and spend Euros on trinkets and souvenirs at the castle store
  • Delve into German culture
  • Play music on a glockenspiel
  • Read about the Grimm fairy tales
  • Decode enigma
  • Discover captivating facts and local lore

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

Karl Weschler

Karl is the Burgermeister (mayor) of the castle community. He is against the Bavarianization of the castle and dislikes the tourists. How far is he willing to go to keep them away?

Karl Weschler, Mayor of the castle community

Anja Mittelmeier

Anja is the castle castellan, in charge of the household and second in command to Karl. She’s one strong lady who’s not happy with the castle’s current leadership. Is her friendly manner hiding darker intentions?

Anja Mittelmeier, second in command

Lukas Mittelmeier

Lukas has earned the title of castle troublemaker who knows all of the castle’s hidden areas. Are his antics harmless fun, or does he have something more dangerous in mind?

Lukas Mittelmeier, castle troublemaker

Renate Stoller

Renate is an old fashioned storyteller who travels around the local countryside practicing her craft. Well-versed in the monster legend and the castle’s dark history, is she bringing her own tale of terror to life?

Renate Stroller, storyteller of the monster legend

The Legend

What sort of creature lurks in the woods waiting for the chance to wreak havoc? Is there more to the legend than the locals are letting on?

The Legend, infamous and mysterious creature

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