Nancy Drew: Secret of the Old Clock

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
Nancy Drew: Secret of the Old Clock Game Poster Image
Drive Nancy Drew's car to solve a mystery!

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game contains no objectionable material, and presents players with a strong heroine and challenging puzzles.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byleftylenn April 9, 2008

Nancy Drew PC games rock!

My daughter (and I) LOVE these Nancy Drew computer games. She has them all. They are challenging and entertaining. The graphics are great (except for one of the... Continue reading
Adult Written byHeroneSilverton April 9, 2008

The worst in the series

Nancy Drew games are very good games, but in my opinion, this was by far the worst one. It was charming and all, but it seemed very short, very easy, and I felt... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
Kid, 11 years old January 7, 2010

What's it about?

The year is 1930, and you are behind the wheel of a classic blue roadster, driving to meet your friend, 17-year-old Emily Crandall, who has recently inherited the Lilac Inn in the sleepy town of Titusville. While visiting, inexplicable happenings motivate you to start investigating your surroundings and the people of the town. The next thing you know, you have solved a mystery, helped your friend, and launched a career as a detective. That's because you've been playing NANCY DREW: SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK.

New to this mystery is the player's ability to drive Nancy's car. When you're driving, a small car appears on a map of the town; you direct the vehicle by using the arrow keys or the mouse. The software incorporates your driving into many aspects of solving the mystery.

Is it any good?

This 12th interactive mystery by Her Interactive offers a compelling storyline kids will want to solve. It has all the Her Interactive trademarks: first-person play as Nancy Drew, intriguing characters, a rich storyline that is constantly branching, fabulous graphics, a "second chance" button so Nancy never dies, and challenging puzzles. Compared with others in this series, Secret of the Old Clock is easier and less scary, making it a good entry for kids as young as age 10.

Cyber-sleuths will enjoy the period music, a playable mini-golf course, research in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and a nice variety of classic and novel puzzles. Testers particularly enjoyed a Rube-Goldberg type sequence when they solve a puzzle to focus light from a window to hit a radiometer. Playing this software with another person can be a terrific bonding experience for parents and kids -- especially mothers and daughters.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the world of the 1930s depicted in this game is different from the world today. Since one of the characters claims to be an expert in extrasensory perception, families may want to explore whether the accomplishments of this character are real. The mystery is based on the very first Nancy Drew book, so if your child is new to the series, this is an easy one to start with.

Game details

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate