Parents' Guide to

Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Loads of fun to play.

Game Windows 2004
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This game is more accessible than the previous Nancy Drew interactive games. Enhancements in this game include the addition of Nancy's laptop and her cell phone. With the laptop, she can get e-mail help from friends, keep a journal of her discoveries (so the player doesn't have to take notes), and list things that still need to be done (a way to keep the player on task.) With a cell phone, players can call Nancy's friends for help.

Compared with previous titles in this series, this game is easier to navigate; the puzzles combine real-life problems with fun arcade games; and the story is complicated and never too scary. The "Junior Detective" level is a little easier to play than in the previous titles so it will appeal to kids as young as age 10; the "Senior Detective" level offers plenty of challenge for teens. And parents, this software has no violence or sexual overtones.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Her Interactive
  • Release date: April 1, 2004
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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