Nancy Drew: Danger by Design



It's no mystery -- this Nancy Drew is a winner!

What parents need to know

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

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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

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Developer:Her Interactive
Release date:August 25, 2006
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:E for (Windows)

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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* in the end when you have to fight Minett her moves can be a bit violent and you can lose if you meter goes down too low and when you win Minett falls to the ground and is on her hands and knees before she passes out. But other that that, there isn't much concern except for the fact that the puzzles can get tough and some kids may find the story between Minett and Dieter a little intense (like me). An example of a hard puzzle is the one where you have to make tea for Minett, which is probably the worst. Anyway, the instructions don't make much sense and aren't very clear. Another puzzle that is a little tricky is where you're baking cookies, some people have had some trouble getting the teaspoon of vanilla because you have to click at the right time.One violent puzzle is when you're making prints (i'm surprised this game is rated E) when you turn out the lights and if you click one a chemical bottle, it causes an explosion so if your struggling flush the toilet in their 10 times and than you'll get an easter egg and the puzzle wiil be done. But, one puzzle that's slightly easier is when you creating outfits for the summer, cruise, and fall lines. Another violence issue is that Nancy can drown or get caught in the fan when scuba diving. Also when you get into the Dodo box you see some of the threatening letters for Minett and they can get a bit creepy. But one thing I like is how you can have two endings. If you get Hether McKay (Minett's other assistant) fired than let's just say it's a bad ending. But if you don't get her fired than it's a good ending. One last thing, the bomb you have to diffuse is only a paint bomb so it isn't too disturbing.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
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. There is some violence, since Nancy must disarm a bomb (a paint bomb, but still) and she can die by mixing up chemicals wrongly and causing an explosion and by dying in the final fight in the end game. There is some physical fighting, thought of course there is no blood or gore, etc. Great role models, and fun play!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent of a 5 year old Written byashleylynnkds@a... 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 that it is messed up well its not.
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