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#21 Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy


Game Story

Nancy Drew®: Warnings at Waverly Academy

Enroll in a School Plagued by Suspicions and Lies! You, as Nancy Drew, are undercover at a prestigious girls’ boarding school to discover the culprit behind threatening notes and dangerous accidents aimed at its valedictorian candidates! Is there a secret someone wants to protect or are the girls playing games to scare away the competition – permanently? Solve the mystery before the threats turn deadly and you’re expelled from Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy! Please Note: The physical version of this game is sold out and has been officially retired, however, the digital download version is still available.





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Game Features

  • Play as Nancy Drew and go undercover at a exclusive girls’ academy
  • Immerse yourself in the high school drama by text messages, cramming for projects, and navigating social cliques
  • Run the school snack bar and play air hockey in the student lounge
  • Build a chemical DNA strand
  • Learn about 19th century dinner courses & silverware
  • Assemble orthographic views
  • Assemble the map of the USA
  • Read music to play the piano
  • 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


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ESRB Rating:







10 to Adult



Retail Release October 2009


Operating System:

Windows® XP/Vista/7/8/10


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




Game Assets

“The Her Interactive “Nancy Drew” series has achieved great popularity because all of the games feature two compelling components: a great mystery and fascinating puzzles. “Warnings at Waverly Academy” is no exception.“ ~USAToday

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“Nancy Drew Warnings at Waverly Academy is a great example of what a good adventure game for teens should embody. The setting is current and relevant, while incorporating imaginative details that are fun to experience. The puzzles are engaging without being too taxing, and are mixed into the story nicely. The plot is paced well.“ ~PC GameZone


“Very high production values. Great characters. Creative use of your cellphone. Interesting variety of puzzles. No need to win arcade-style games.“ ~Gamezebo

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Average rating:  
 51 reviews

The array of different female characters, the boarding school setting, cool puzzles, and creepiness factor all made this game a favorite of mine. Helps I'm a Poe fan, too. 🙂


Really enjoyed this game! Loved the air hockey, darts and snack shop.


Please make this game available for mac users! I remember playing this game years ago and I LOVED it! Hopefully you guys will make more older Nancy Drew games work on macs...

Loved It!!

First game I ever brought from the series, combined great characters with an interesting storyline alongside the great puzzles we've all come to love. HerInteractive did a great job with this game!


I love Warning At Waverly Academy!!!!

Very Interactive

My favorite game yet. I wish I went to a boarding school after this!


This was my first Nancy Drew game, I probably got it back in 2010 or 2011, and I still enjoy replaying it. The puzzles are challenging but not too challenging, and the characters were great. I wouldn't recommend this as a first game though, the puzzles can be a bit difficult if you don't really know what you're doing. If you have played a few Nancy Drew games and you're ready for a challenge then this is the game for you, if not then I recommend The Haunted Carousel as a first game.

Great game

Was very happy after finishing this one. I liked the idea and interacting with the people. My only regret is that there weren't many places to explore

A Student of Mystery

Nancy Drew is undercover at an all girls boarding school, looking for the student responsible for dangerous pranks, discover how this is connected to a long dead teacher and her black cat.

Nancy, calling herself Becca Sawyer gets to work at the snack shop filling food orders, play air hockey and scram with Leela the jock. Beware of Izzy the queen bee, buddy up with your roommate Corine and Mel the goth next door. Help Rachel, an outcast student, with her class project, outwit a tricky squirrel and sneak around the halls at night, but don't get caught or you'll get demerits.

I love this game, it's one of my favorites.

Not a school for chumps

I really was not sure what to expect from this game. Reading the customer reviews is what made me give this one a try. Even though I pretty much pegged the bad girl early on, I still enjoyed a lot of the game. The mini games were a fun distraction, and I managed to not discover Paige at all (with the way they warn you about her, you'd think she was some 6'2" amazon with a personality like Ms. Trunchbull from the movie "Matilda"). I was a little disappointed with the cast of supporting characters. There was just something missing from them. They were the cliche all girl's school stereotype (with the exception of Rachel). Maybe I got spoiled with my first ND games being "The Deadly Device" and "The Tomb of the Lost Queen", as the cast of characters in there were so full of history, life, unique quirks and so on. Regardless, this game was worth the play through, and I would still recommend it to others who are looking for another ND game to play.

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Izzy Romero

The Queen Bee herself, Izzy is at the top of the social ladder. She’s the student body president and the life of the party. Keeping her crown as the queen of the school is no easy feat though. Is she resorting to scare tactics to keep everyone else from threatening her position at the top?


Nancy Drew Character: Izzy


Mel Corbalis

A self-professed outcast and a recluse, Mel spends most of her time disliking the social cliques in school and practicing her cello. She was automatically accepted because she comes from a long line of alumnae, but she doesn’t really want to attend Waverly. Would she send threats to the other girls to bring down the social ladder?


Nancy Drew Character: Mel


Leela Yadav

Leela is the all-star athlete, who is as fierce at competing academically as she is on the soccer field. With the race for valedictorian heating up and the contenders so close in rank, would Leela’s need to win at all costs drive her to make drastic plans to gain the competitive edge?


Nancy Drew Character: Leela


Corine Myers

Although Corine may be the smartest of the valedictorian candidates, she doesn’t really fit in with the group. The other girls think she tries too hard to be popular and don’t include her in their parties. If Corine can’t join the ‘in-crowd’, then maybe she can get their attention in other ways…


Nancy Drew Character: Corine


Rachel Hubbard

Three weeks ago, Rachel nearly had the title for valedictorian in the bag, but then she failed a test! In order for her to regain the lead, all of the other girls would also need to fail a test or paper. Scaring the other girls with threatening notes from the Black Cat would certainly distract them from their studies…


Nancy Drew Character: Rachel




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