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10 to Adult
Retail Release October 23, 2012

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Nancy Drew®: The Deadly Device

Discover true facts about Nikola Tesla, an eccentric physicist and inventor.

Danger and Suspicion in a High-Tech Lab! Fear lingers in a remote laboratory after a physicist’s suspicious demise. A police investigation resulted in nothing except a case as cold as the secretive personalities and steel walls that enshroud a top-secret Tesla-inspired facility. That’s why the lab owner asked you, as detective Nancy Drew, to expose the terrifying truth about The Deadly Device!

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“Looking for video games with positive role models for girl gamers? Developer Her Interactive sets that bar high in its series of Nancy Drew games. The latest, Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device, is the 27th installment in this award-winning series of games playable on computers. And this time detective Nancy Drew uses science to help her to solve a mysterious death... The developer does a great job of combining real science with a compelling mystery.” -- USA TODAY

“NANCY DREW: THE DEADLY DEVICE is a fantastic adventure game with interesting characters and an intriguing mystery to solve. Kids can learn a great deal about electricity, and in particular the life and work of Nikola Tesla. The storyline also raises thought-provoking issues about scientific research, such as the potentially disastrous consequences of certain discoveries falling into the "wrong" hands. With two difficulty levels to choose from, The Deadly Device will appeal to amateur sleuths young and old -- including parents. This is a great game for daughters to play with a mom or grandmother.”-- Common Sense Media

“The Nancy Drew series has matured with each new release and we can see why it has come so far. In the 27th outing, you get to play the role of the famous female sleuth Nancy Drew once again, meet and interview colorful characters, switch between night and day in an innovative way, explore a cool looking high tech laboratory, read up on Tesla and electronics, play with interesting equipment, try out new mini-games in your cell phone, call the Hardy Boys and Deirdre for advice, recover yourself with Second Chances, and solve challenging puzzles.” -- GamesWarp

“Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device is the 27th game in the venerable Nancy Drew series from Her Interactive, and it is the best game in the series yet. With a great story, inspired puzzles, and equally good artwork and sound, it is difficult to find fault with this gem. While some critics unfamiliar with the series may regard the Nancy Drew games as mostly "games for girls", the developer's claim that they are for "mystery fans 10 to adult" is more accurate. I have not played an adventure game that has engrossed me this much for quite some time.” -- Adventure Classic Gaming

“Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device sees players investigating every nook and cranny of a high-tech research facility, with a small cast of interesting characters to play off of throughout... Immediately, you'll notice that the game's many conversations allow the story to progress evenly and organically. Meanwhile, with so many theories as to "whodunit," Nancy's collapsible task list will help you keep things straight. This task list is once again a great inclusion here, as it offers the ability to ask for hints on particular tasks. At the same time, these hints won't blatantly spoil the whole experience... The storyline is easily the best thing Nancy Drew: Deadly Device has going for it. With so many instalments under its proverbial belt, Her Interactive clearly knows how to develop an intriguing tale, and that's no exception here.” -- Gamezebo

“Nancy Drew The Deadly Device is the 27th edition of the Nancy Drew series on the PC/MAC from Her Interactive. They continue to churn out quality puzzle games that revolve around a mystery... I have said it before and I will say it again. I am very pleased Her Interactive continues to publish Nancy Drew games. They improve some aspect of the franchise in each and every game. The mysteries can keep family members engaged for weeks at a time.” -- Family Friendly Gaming

“Given that this is the 27th title in the Nancy Drew video game franchise, it was easy to see why these games keep getting made. While I believe that the next incarnations should take some hints from some of the new school, the old school feel of The Deadly Device was refreshing.” -- Dark Station

“I have had the chance to try quite a view of the most recent Nancy Drew games by Her Interactive, and to me it seems that each is getting better and better than the past versions that have been released. This game was no exception! The story was strong, the animation top-notch, and the overall gameplay was superb... This is the type of game that I like my daughter to play because it is not simply one where you sit and brainlessly play, but instead, you truly have to think to be able to move further in the game itself. All in all this is a great game that I would highly recommend to all, not just Nancy Drew fans, but all gamers young and old alike.” -- Dad of Divas

“And what an adventure it is. One that is both engaging and educational. Those who take the time to delve into the various books scattered around will learn a lot about Nikola Tesla, his inventions, and maybe a bit about patent injustice as well. The writing and production values are all top-notch, as you would expect from an experienced developer like Her Interactive.” -- True PC Gaming

“Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device is a recommended addition for anyone who enjoys a little exploring with their brainteasers and puzzles. There is no one set path through the environment, so you are often free to complete your objectives in any order.” --AllGame

“There are lots of puzzles in Nancy Drew and you can play the game on either Amateur Sleuth or Master Sleuth depending on how hard you want the game. To keep track of what you are doing you have a tasklist on screen and you can tick off anything you have done or ask for a hint if you are stuck... If you are after a more sedate game with nice voice work and story and some great puzzles Nancy Drew may be that game. ”-- InternetFreaks

“What I have in my hands is The Deadly Device, which I feel I must award the gold medal for Most Fiendishly Difficult & Unapologetically Tricksy... Yes, I do believe that this might well be the most challenging Nancy Drew adventure released to date. ” -- GameBoomers

“Her Interactive has juiced up its newest installment, and veteran fans and new players alike will find the abundance of well-integrated puzzles to be both challenging and fun, and will welcome the continuing, steady improvement in the series' interface.” -- Adventure Gamers

“Nancy Drew and the Deadly Device is a solid entry into the Nancy Drew series of games. If you, like me, have played multiple games in the series, this one is definitely worth checking out... The game speaks to both young and old alike, so much so that kids might find themselves nudged out of the way by parents wanting to have a go at it.” -- IGN

“The game is a geek girls delight. Her Interactive has finally plunked Nancy Drew down into the middle of STEM. You might recognize this as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and do they make up for lost time... In true Nancy Drew fashion there are puzzles every step of the way.” -- Games4Women

“If you are looking for a fun and challenging mystery based adventure game, you will definitely enjoy this Nancy Drew game. It is well designed, challenging, and a lot of fun. Heck, you might even learn a few things about electricity as well!” -- Inside Mac Games

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Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device
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 28 reviews
 by Victoria Thompson
Engaging - tricky - FUN!

I loved this game - the graphics were fun, the puzzles and clues were varied and engaging, the story was splendid. I recommend it!

 by Victoria
This is perfect!

I really enjoyed playing this game. I love the storyline, the characters, the setting, music, and puzzles. Some puzzles were a bit challenging but that it what makes the game fun. I like seeing interesting cut scenes which helps you move along in the game. Moreover, the graphics in this game are perfect for a ND game unlike Midnight in Salem....*cough*

Overall, I recommend this game!

 by Chunkycheese

I love this game the settings are awesome the people in the game are great i love the theme and the mystery is awesome to solve. Her interactive keep making more games like this!!!!!!!!

 by Jen
So fun!!

Lifelong ND fan, started replaying some old ones this summer and needed to buy some new ones! This worked perfectly on my Mac.
Murder mystery: amazing. Not scary, just fun. Puzzles were not too hard but not that easy! Lots of area to explore, good character development. Anticlimactic ending in my opinion, but the rest of the game was so good. Loved Ryan and that Deirdre was Nancy's bff for this game! Such a fun twist.
Nice job her interactive!
I just solved it yesterday and I already want to play it again - but on master this time!

 by Kristina
Ugh. Save your money.

I'm a pretty hardcore Nancy Drew fan, but it's becoming less about sleuthing as the games progress and more about good graphics. Don't get me wrong, it's great that the games are evolving and shaping, but so often it's at the expense of a good storyline, a PROGRESSIVE mystery, and lots of sleuthing and sneaking around! Plus a lot of the talking in this game is useless. In earlier games, the interrogation actually has a point.

In this game mostly I just found myself wandering around unsure what to do next, or racking my brain to try and understand how to make all these super high tech machines work properly. It's just too much of an electrical engineering lesson and too LITTLE of actual detective work. I can't stand how most things don't actually progress and trigger the next thing, you pretty much just have to guess what needs to be done next. If I were you, I'd save your money. The old games are total winners, so if you're a Nancy Drew newbie I definitely suggest trying those out first! The only reason I forced myself to finish this one is because I'm a big fan of the games. But this one? Blah.

 by Sarah

I had actually skipped over this game a few times because I thought it would be similar to the trail of the twister game but was pleasantly surprised how much fun this one was!! I highly recommend it.

 by Sherinne

The game was great and I enjoyed the graphics. While the puzzles were fun, the game was a bit boring. It doesn't have that adventure feel like all the other Nancy Drew games because I'm stuck in one place. I was happy to talk with the Hardy Boys and wished there is more of them in the coming games.

 by Quequegs
Sciency Fun

Very well written game and fun but a little predictable. Or is that just my awesome sleuthing skills? I wonder.

The characters were fun and nice an geeky as all science types should be. I enjoyed the interaction between Nancy and her phone a friends in the episode, the choices of friends were very appropriate. One gripe I'd have is as with most ND games is limited interactivity with the surroundings. Other than that, very fun.

 by Natalie
Best Game Ever

this game was easy and the chemistry was fun also

 by Miri
Watt a Shocker!

Nancy is on the trail of a high-tech killer. Who murdered the brilliant scientist Niko Jovic and why?

Delve into technology and science, learn about Nikola Tesla. Build a robot cat, explore the lab. The characters are fun, you get to talk to Deirdre Shannon and the Hardy Boys on the phone, Ryan is a great character, I love her! This is a great game, but it misses out on getting 5 stars because I feel cheated by the ending.

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ESRB Rating:





10 to Adult


Retail Release October 23, 2012

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 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
  • Mouse and speakers

Mac Minimum System Requirements:

  • 1.5 GHz or greater 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 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





  • Uncover obscure Tesla insights! Discover true facts about this unsung and eccentric physicist and inventor
  • Unlock corporate secrets! Interrogate coworkers as you examine multiple motives
  • Solve ingenious puzzles! Tinker with strange mechanical wonders created by Tesla
  • Play addicting arcade games! Get a charge out of the new aggregation puzzle game
  • Sneak into off-limits areas! Talk, walk and unlock your way into secret places
  • Sleuth in the day and at night! Snoop or get the scoop from employees on day and night shifts
  • Mix Dangerous Chemicals
  • Use a 3D Printer to make Keys
  • Build a Circuit Board from a Schematic
  • Use Binary Code
  • Choose difficulty levels! Play at amateur or master sleuth level and erase 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

Ellie York

Ellie York works the night shift in the research department. She is a little evasive and does not get along well with Mason, which drove her to work opposite shifts. While appearing genuinely shaken, her actions after Niko’s death seem to indicate that she could be hiding something.

Ellie York, night shift

Gray Cortright

Gray Cortright is the head of security and knows the security system well. Not the friendly type, he comes across as a little intimidating and is not forthcoming while being questioned. His knowledge and unrestricted access to all areas provide plenty of opportunity for sneaking around unnoticed.

Gray Cortright, head of security

Mason Quinto

Mason Quinto is the smart, driven and arrogant senior lab assistant. He likes structure and perfection, and values his work. Unlike Niko, Mason believes in proprietary rights. How far will he go to get the credit for his work that he thinks he deserves?

Mason Quinto, lab assistant

Ryan Kilpatrick

Ryan Kilpatrick is the tech geek girl and has built and modified several parts of the lab. Her knowledge of the Tesla coil makes her a prime suspect. Is her nice girl image genuine or an act?

Ryan Kilpatrick, tech geek

Victor Lossett

Victor Lossett is the co-owner of the lab and has hired you to solve the cold case murder. Eager for the case to be solved, he pushes Nancy to find the culprit. Niko’s work and name appear to be very important to him, but there could be more to this mystery than meets the eye.

Victor Lossett, lab co-owner

Deirdre Shannon

Deirdre Shannon returns as a phone friend to assist Nancy in her investigation. Though the girls grew up together, she’s never really been a fan of Nancy’s, but helping her out could mean a better grade in her criminology class back in the girls’ hometown of River Heights.

Deirdre Shannon, phone friend

Frank and Joe Hardy

Frank and Joe Hardy are available by phone to once again assist Nancy in her investigation. As big fans of Nikola Tesla, they are eager to hear about the case and to help in any way they can.

Frank and Joe Hardy, trusty detective brothers

Niko Jovic

Rumor in the scientific community was that leading physicist Niko Jovic had discovered the secret to wireless energy transfer. But before he could release his findings to the world, he was found murdered. Like Tesla, Niko was clever yet secretive. Could someone be looking for what he left behind?

Niko Jovic, physicist





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