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#08 Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel

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10 to Adult
Retail Release July 2003

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Nancy Drew®: The Haunted Carousel

Take a Spin with Danger to Unravel the Mystery of a Ghostly Merry-go-Round!

You, as Nancy Drew, are invited to the Jersey shore to investigate a series of mishaps at the Captain’s Cove Amusement Park. First, the lead horse was stolen from the carousel. Then the roller coaster suddenly lost power, resulting in a serious accident. Now the merry-go-round is mysteriously starting up in the middle of the night. Will you be able to unravel the mysterious happenings surrounding this beautiful antique carousel in Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel?

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“Modesty becomes Nancy Drew. Indeed, the compactness of the game even adds a welcome sense of urgency and immediacy. You really feel like you're Nancy, rolling up your sleeves and getting to the bottom of things without any nonsense.” ~Just Adventure

“So how did they do? In short, they did well. The graphics, characters, game play, innovations and ambiance all added up to a captivating time with my favorite girl sleuth.” ~Game Boomers

“Parents of teens know how hard it is to find games for their kids which don't have graphic violence and sexual content. Her Interactive has done an excellent job with this series in providing challenging adventures which are fun and engaging, and which are culturally relevant to today's teen, without resorting to the programming laziness of cheap sex and extreme violence. The Haunted Carousel is a great game to get for kids ages 12-16 (and older and younger, too).” ~PC GameZone

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Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel
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 18 reviews
 by Finley Witter
the Haunted carousel

This was my first nancy drew game so it was kinda confusing at first then understood the point of the game i loved how it was at a theme park and the music was great but i didn't like the game itself because i like scary stuff and this wasn't very scary but it's still a good game

 by Courtney
The game that stared my love of ND

This is the very first game I ever played of Nancy Drew and now at 21, I have played every single one! This game has a great atmosphere an interesting story and good puzzles! I will always love this game and I go back to play it all the time I never get tired of nancy drew games I will play them until they stop making them!

 by Julia
The haunted carousel

This is a really good game and its super short! I really liked riding the carousel and playing the arcade games even though they were somewhat hard. i really like the hotel room and how you could order food.overall this is one of the best Nancy Drew games

 by Elizabeth
My First Nancy Drew Game

This was my first ever Nancy Drew game when I was around 10 years old. It made me fall in love with Nancy Drew. It was a little scary for me back then. It has some creepy parts! Overall I loved this game. It brings back memories.

 by Sarah
Haunted Carousel

The game was good. But I hate, hate, hate, the barnacle game. 2 levels is ridiculous for one token. If you can get past this game(and believe me it takes hours if not longer), the rest of the game is good.

But never again put a game like the barnacle game in Nancy Drew. It is so frustrating.

 by c
One of my top 5!

Haunted Carousel is easily on my list of top five Nancy Drew games. The characters are so interesting: Joy has a mysterious past, Elliott is super funny, Ingrid has lots of weird info on natural medicine, and Harlan has a dark secret. The horses are beautiful! I still replay all the time and love barnacle blast. There really should be an app game of that...

 by Skyy
Creepy And Amazing, Rank Age Appropriation Higher

Hi! So first off, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this game. I've been searching for it for the past 3-5 years because I played this when I was around 7-9. I loved it because I was so into Nancy Drew, so my dad bought the game. We ended up going through a walk through because I was stuck in the first half and I didn't know how to get through. I enjoyed it completely, except for one thing

It did give me nightmares.


Not bad ones, no. Not those 'wake up in cold sweat' ones either. Just simple nightmares about me dying on the carousel.

Yeah. Well, I was young, so...

But on the other hand, I am now within the age range of this game- and I still say rank it higher, maybe to about 14-15, at the minimum. I love this game, I really do, but it might just be me when I say it gives me the creeps. It gave me a literal chill down my spine when I saw the trailer. But, all in all, I definitely recommend it to the little detectives out there. I love the graphics(because they're just so old. I love cheesy things) and I love the plot. It's so amazing at how the characters were formed.

So, to wrap things up-

Lift the age rang a little higher(because it still might just be me, but I think it's a little scary for kids) and this game is just as amazing as it was just a few years ago.

 by Elizabeth
Creepy Carousel, surprisingly my favorite

This one was easy, I only used the website once! There was a perfect balance between talking and puzzles/riddles, the flow was great! It was creepy and sometimes suspenseful, and the theme park games were fun! I especially loved the characters, they had super cool back stories and it had me believing it could be any of them at one point! The only thing I didn't really like was the carnival/carousel music, it was cool at first, but it got kind of old fast. Anyway, this was probably my favorite, I was sad I finished it so fast!

 by Miri
A Very Amusing Game

A carousel that may be haunted, accidents on rides? What has been going on at Captain's Cove Amusement Park hasn't been amusing to the owner, so Nancy Drew is on the case!

I mystery at an amusement park, yay! We get to ride the carousel, play games at the midway, solve riddles, eat delicious sundaes, explore hidden rooms and workshops. This is a great game, a perfect choice for people new to Nancy Drew.

 by Wizzy
Great Game

This game is really a fun game. The mystery is interesting and full of excitement. The only thing that I wanted was to have more games to play and more rides to ride. This was the first game that I ever played from this series. I was played it when i was young and was scared because I got skewered by the carousel and I did not want to go in certain areas in the game. I am not giving any spoilers though.

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ESRB Rating:





10 to Adult


Retail Release July 2003

Operating System:

Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10

Additional installation instructions may be required for Windows Vista/7. Click here for more information.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • 200Mhz Pentium
  • 16MB RAM
  • 160 MB hard drive space
  • 16-bit color graphics video card
  • 16-bit Window-compatible stereo sound card
  • 8X CD ROM
  • Mouse and Speakers.
  • Explore an amusement park and play arcade games
  • Reconstruct a historical carousel
  • Use your laptop to get clues
  • Choose from junior or senior detective difficulty levels
  • Program code into an arcade game
  • Solder a circuit board
  • Solve shorthand Stenography puzzles
  • Play music notes from a band organ
  • Use a lathe to make a dowel

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

Elliot Chen

Responsible for all of the visual art components at the park, Elliot is a bit of a procrastinator. His latest projects seem to be impacting the park, so maybe he created a little diversion so the park managers would fixate on the current crisis instead of his work ethics?

Elliot Chen, creates the visual art components of the park

Harlan Bishop

The newly hired security guard, Harlan, has done quite a bit of job hopping in the past. He’s eager to prove to his bosses that they should keep him permanently. Setting up a few ‘accidents’ and then solving the mystery would make him look like a hero…

Harlan Bishop, new park security guard

Ingrid Corey

Smart and beautiful Ingrid maintains all of the rides in the park, even the ones that have malfunctioned. She believes the park operators have disturbed a cursed spirit. Is this just a good excuse or does she have other motives for revenge?

Ingrid Corey, maintains all park rides

Joy Trent

Joy’s father used to own the park with Paula Santos, but Santos bought him out. She’s bitter that she’s just the bookkeeper of the park instead of its rightful owner. Could Joy have summoned spirits and caused accidents to help her claim her stake?

Joy Trent, park Bookkeeper

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