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10 to Adult
Retail Release June 2010

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Nancy Drew®: Trail of the Twister

Apprehend a Saboteur Stirring up Turbulent Trouble! $100,000,000 is at stake in this competition to discover a formula to predict tornado touchdowns. But when equipment starts failing and crew members are injured, you as Nancy Drew, must join the team to keep them in the competition. Is it just bad luck that’s plaguing the storm chasers or is someone sabotaging their chances of winning in the action adventure Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister?

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“This puzzle adventure game would be great fun for a mother and daughter to play together. While it has fewer plot twists than some of the others in the series, it is still an excellent mystery to solve.“ ~USAToday

“Trail of the Twister is still a solid addition to the Nancy Drew series. The game features all of the interesting characters, great production values, and challenging puzzles that fans have grown to love, and wraps it up in a fresh new setting.“ ~Gamezebo

“In short, Trail of the Twister is a worthy successor to the previous twenty-one adventures which have sold a total of more than eight million copies. “ ~TechTalk for Families

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Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister
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 13 reviews
 by J.
Not Very Mysterious

I want to start off by saying that I love that HeR Interactive has such creative games! Throughout the ND series, we have gotten to work at museums, work with an entomologist, work in a Tesla laboratory, be a fashion designer's assistant. They do a great job thinking of creative ideas. It's so cool that you get to be a storm chaser in this game!

Unfortunately, that was about the coolest part of the game for me. Most of the game is you running errands for the storm chaser team. You're checking in with people, doing tasks on the farm, buying stuff, catching a LOT of mice, and occasionally you find a clue, and you're like, "Oh snap, yeah, I forgot I'm supposed to be solving a mystery." The mystery didn't seem that pressing in the game, and I didn't really love the characters. Except for P.G. Krolmeister. He was kooky, and I enjoyed that. I also really liked that this game leads into the next one (no spoilers!). Krolmeister hires you to investigate the team in this game, and at the end, he tells you that he wants to reward you with a trip, which ends up being the trip to Japan in Shadow at the Water's Edge. I really liked the continuity of that.

This isn't a bad game: it just wasn't like the other ND games.

 by monique g
ehh not my fav

some of the puzzles are pretty fun, but not all of them. didn't have much of a story line either. I've played almost all of the Nancy drew games and this one was def my least favorite so far.

 by avery g

Me and my sister love this game. I love pa and chase. Please keep making games like this one i love making the car crash and making a big hold up when i played this game i had a cold🤧 a when the car crashed i felt better😁

 by cate
trail of the twister

very fun and lovable characters. i didnt like the ending but the rest were fine. i love going shopping and buying a load of stuff i dont need but in every nancy drew game you NEED koko kringles its not a nancy drew game without them. lol i love driving and making a huge car crash. the atmosphere i liked and seen the tornado at the beginning. i highly recommend this one. music is also great.

 by Geavonna
Good for Beginners

If you're looking for an easy, more lackadaisical title to play with minimal online help, this is the one. I've played it through multiple times and the TV puzzle was the only one that proved challenging for me at all. Not much of a storyline, but don't let that dissuade you. Character development was pretty good and I loved the setting and change of pace.

 by Sunny
Trail of the Twister

Another good game! I really enjoyed the characters and the whole story line. As usual, you always learn something from ND games. Driving the vehicles was fun, but my driving skills left a lot to be desired. It is amazing that there is so much diversity from game to game, yet each one captures and holds my attention. I highly recommend the Trail of the Twister.

 by Miri
On The Trail of a Traitor

Nancy is in Oklahoma working with a storm chaser team who is plagued by sabotage that could get someone killed!

I live in tornado alley so this game is interesting to me anyway. There are a lot of fun little things in this game. Pa's store is great, all the new candy is the best! The mini game in Pa's store is fun too.

One thing though, I'm grateful mousetraps don't take so long to set up in real life.

 by Lindsay
Awesome game

This game is awesome! All of the characters and graphics are really good. And you can buy candy 🙂

 by Angela
Well, at least I don't drive this way in real life

I was not expecting that I would have to actually control the vehicles in this game. Thankfully, you get to drive the car for the majority and that one is not so bad. It is when you have to drive that battleship.... well let's just say that if my driving performance in that truck happened in real life, I would probably be locked in a closet, never to touch a set of keys to anything ever again. While I did not go Pa Penny farming, it was a fun break when you were recovering from the path of destruction that you left while on the road (the tornadoes could learn a thing or two from my computer driving skills). Out of all the characters, I just love Pa! He was so easy going, which was a refreshing break from Mr. Negativity Team Leader that was more like a brick in quicksand than a stick in the mud. Way to go HI! It is very rare that I will actually develop hatred towards characters, whether it is in games or movies. The only thing I can think of is that the game started off on a very high adrenaline note. However, it took a bit for it to get rolling again, and I can understand how some people might have lost a bit of interest in the beginning. Don't give up on this game. Go there, help the team, chat with Pa, and try to drive better than I did. 😛

 by rachel
Still Truckin' Through It

This one really didn't hold my interest, although since I haven't finished it, maybe it just starts slow? This game was the first time I ever heard of Jack-a-lopes though, so that is pretty cool.

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ESRB Rating:





10 to Adult


Retail Release June 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
  • Play as Nancy Drew and go undercover as a storm chaser
  • Immerse yourself in meteorology by studying clouds, reading Doppler data, and surviving tornadoes
  • Collect pennies by playing arcade games to purchase candy from the store
  • Use logical thinking to arrange files
  • Learn what to pack in an emergency bag
  • Learn to budget
  • Learn how to identify the Fujita Scale
  • 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

Scott Varnell

Leader of the Canute Storm Chasers and professor at the University. Although he might be in charge of the team, he’s quick to blame others for all of the troubles they’re having instead of taking responsibility. Is he trying to divert attention from something he has done?

Scott Varnell, lead storm chaser

Debbie Kircum

Debbie is eager, passionate, and dedicated to her work. As Scott’s right hand, she handles the majority of the day to day operations of the team. At times it seems like she does most of the work but receives the least amount of credit, could she be sabotaging the team to show them just how important she really is?

Debbie Kircum, storm chaser and Scott’s right hand

Chase Relerford

As a meteorology undergrad student, spending his first season out in the field, Chase is a remarkably good mechanic. He is capable of fixing everything from computers to cars, and as far as he’s concerned, “there’s no saboteur, things just get broke and have to be fixed.” If he’s so good with machines, why doesn’t he notice the sabotage, or is he just covering for his own crimes?

Chase Relerford, undergrad student and mechanic expert

Frosty Harlow

Toby “Frosty” Harlow is the team’s media expert who earned his nickname from a close encounter with a large and dangerous storm. The nickname unfortunately went to his head and continues to whet his appetite for fame and fortune. Would he go so far as to sellout his own team just to make his financial dreams come true?

Frosty Harlow, media expert


Pa runs the Ma and Pa Convenience Store and local oddity museum (donations welcome). He’s got a lot of experience with Oklahoma weather and seems to think of the researchers as naive city-folk. But out here in ‘the sticks’, Ma and Pa’s is the only place for a team to get supplies and gas. Would Pa stoop to sabotage to keep the storm-chasing clientele coming back for more?

Pa, local convenience store owner

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