Nancy Drew: Danger by Design

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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It's no mystery -- this Nancy Drew is a winner!

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 9 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Nancy Drew can die. In one scene, she must disarm a bomb.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nancy Drew can mess up and either die or be fired from her job. However, the game has a second-chance button that allows players to reenter the game just before the decision that caused them to lose.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5-year-old Written by[email protected] August 17, 2010

danger by designs is the best!!!! :)

it is the best game you could ever play i never played a game like this in my whole life! :) i dont think there is a problem with it like other people think tha... Continue reading
Adult Written bymoviemadness April 9, 2008

Great Game for all kids 10+

The Nancy Drew games are fun, educational, and totally appropriate. They have interesting challenges, great graphics, and cool plot twists that make them hard... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byflutterbyflowers October 31, 2011

Fun game!

This was a very fun Nancy Drew game. It was relatively easy to play, even if the new interface might be a little challenging for those used to the old one. Ther... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDangerRanger101 July 26, 2011

Some questionable areas, but still a fine game

Minett's tantrums can get a bit scary and intese, upon entering the game you hear her screaming and you see a potted plant being thrown.Also *spoiler alert... Continue reading

What's it about?

In DANGER BY DESIGN, the 14th Nancy Drew software mystery, Nancy jets off to Paris to investigate the erratic and bizarre behavior of Minette, an American designer who's been rising quickly in the fashion world. When Nancy arrives, under the cover of being Minette's new assistant, she discovers that Minette has taken to wearing a white mask and never shows her face. Minette has fired numerous assistants, and she's behind schedule on her upcoming spring collection. Nancy also discovers that Minette is receiving threats and there are rumors of historic art treasures hidden in the windmill where Minette works.

Players interview Minette's contacts, run errands for her, explore the parks and underground catacombs of Paris, ride the Metro, and visit cafes. In the process, they encounter many puzzles that need to be solved to move the story forward.

Is it any good?

As with all the previous Nancy Drew software mysteries, these visual environments are stunning. But while Her Interactive continues to refine how to create photorealistic environments and characters, they haven't advanced the technology of their gameplay. To move, players click and wait for the computer to advance the scene. This low-tech method of exploration works well in this setting because it allows players the time to determine which objects they want to explore more closely.

Danger by Design is great fun for families, and especially girls, to play together. Younger children can play on the Junior Detective level, with easier puzzles and more hints. Another kid-friendly feature is the "Second Chance" option, which allows you to restart from wherever you fail.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the long-term popularity of Nancy Drew. Why has she stayed so popular? How does she compare with other fictional female heroes -- past or present? Parents may take this opportunity to introduce the original book series to their kids. Families might also want to talk about how many great works of art were hidden during World War II.

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $20
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Her Interactive
  • Release date: August 25, 2006
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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