An Elusive Killer Shocks 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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Ages: 10 to Adult
Retail Release October 23, 2012
Mac OS X: 10.5.8 Leopard/10.6.6 Snow Leopard/10.7 Lion/10.8 Mountain Lion/10.9 Mavericks/10.10 Yosemite or higher. Will not run on Mojave or Catalina. NOTE: Will not run on Mojave or Catalina.
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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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
this game was easy and the chemistry was fun also
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.
This has made it's way into my favorites list! (which is not an easy task these days).
Graphics 8/10- Beautiful! There were a few areas that were kind of blah but they were few and far between.
Music and Setting 10/10: There were so many places to explore and having different areas and people around at different times of day was awesome! I never got bored of the setting! The music was great! It didn't distract from the game but added the perfect tenseness to the game.
Characters 10/10: I LOVED the character in this game! Ryan was hilarious and having Diedre (sorry if i misspelled) in it was amazing. Mason has to be one of the best characters I have encountered. I loved messing up his desk and his sarcasm was perfect.
Plot 9/10: Although Im not a science whiz this game was incredibly fun and I actually learned a lot! I had a theory about everyone and they all seemed equally as likely up until the end. I was kept guessing the whole game! The storyline is interesting and they plot is challenging without making you want to bang your head against the wall.
Puzzles 9/10: There weren't puzzles placed in illogical places for no reason (as seems to be the new ND trend and the ones there were were challenging but relevant to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed them!
Conclusion 7/10: It was fairly predictable what would happen to Nancy regardless of who did it and there were no time constraints to finish the puzzle so it was less nerve-wracking than usual but not bad!
I shied away from this game for awhile because I thought it might be boring but I was so wrong! I highly recommend it to all ND fans!
I bought this and the Lost Queen as a random buy, looking for something to fill in a little free time. I'm going to have to argue with the Hardy Boys about who is the bigger Tesla fan. I loved all the information on Tesla, and the phone conversations were hilarious! What a great cast of characters, with superb voice acting! Since that random buy, I have purchased several more ND games, and Deadly Device remains one of my absolute favorites!!
This is by far one of the most solid, riveting, and fun games of series. It seemed as I dug deeper into this case the suspense built and the joy of discovery grew. The ending was in my opinion, the best out of any game in the series and the characters, setting, and puzzles made the game. Overall it is one of the best games in the series. Five stars!
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?