Nancy Drew: The Model Mysteries

Mysteries combined with easy puzzles, but with tween themes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game sends the message that reality TV producers and actors sometimes do outrageous things just to get ratings. They can also be rude and insincere. Since Nancy has to solve three different intertwined mysteries, she discovers that things aren't always as they appear, and that innocent people can get set up.

Positive role models

Nancy Drew is the primary role model and she is brainy, thoughtful, and tenacious. There are a few bad role models in the game, but they are usually the bad guys (or gals).

Ease of play

The game is relatively easy to play. With a heavy emphasis on hidden object puzzles, players must find 10 objects in 3 minutes or else start the puzzle again with a different list of 10. Hints are available and if you have to replay, none of the objects move. The interrogation is limited to 3 questions at every interview, so you may not get enough information to solve the mystery and end up choosing the wrong suspect. If so, you will have to play through the act again.


Scary things happen to both the bride and groom. Threatening text messages refer to murder, a stalker leaves disturbing notes, a TV set light falls barely missing people, and a body (which turns out to be a mannequin) is found floating face down in a pool filled with poisonous lionfish.


At one point in the mystery, a groomsman is suspected of causing life-threatening accident and Nancy asks to search his room. She gets the key to his room from one of the bridesmaids, which may raise the question of why that bridesmaid had the groomsman's key. Nothing more is discussed and the game shows no sexual relationship between the two.

Not applicable

This game is based on the trilogy of Nancy Drew books, and may interest kids in buying/reading the source books.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There is one reference to a food establishment serving good "Mead."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Nancy Drew: The Model Mysteries is a mystery about sabotaging the upcoming marriage between a supermodel and a reality TV star. All of the activities leading up to and even after the marriage are being filmed for reality TV. Ex girlfriends behave badly and scary things happen including the groom drinking from a punch bowl spiked with poisonous gasoline. While most of the gameplay involves solving hidden object puzzles, the game skews older because some of the themes include scary stalkers, harassment, and relationships between young adults.

What's it about?

NANCY DREW: THE MODEL MYSTERIES is a game that is based on a trilogy of Nancy Drew books: Model Crime, Model Menace, and Model Suspect. This game plays out in three acts which follow the wedding plans of Nancy's superNamodel friend Sydney and her fiancée Vic, a reality TV star. The couple's wedding plans are plagued with by a series of pranks and some life-threatening accidents. The wedding dress is shredded before last fitting, Vic is served a piece of cake laced with glass shards, and Syd gets a series of ominous text messages threatening her death. Players help solve these mysteries by interviewing characters and playing casual games, predominantly hidden object puzzles. There are also games about unscrambling words and memorizing the order of things.

Is it any good?


Nancy Drew: The Model Mysteries is a lighter version of the Nancy Drew mystery games developed by Her Interactive. The puzzles are typical of casual games including timed hidden objects puzzle where you must find a list of 10 objects in 3 minutes. There are also puzzles about finding the differences between two pictures, and locating specific details in a larger picture.

To solve the three mysteries, you must periodically interrogate suspects. You are limited to asking three questions at a time, so you may not get enough information. If you finger the wrong suspect, you have to go back and replay the act again, this time asking different questions. The replaying of the puzzles is actually fun because, while the placement of objects in the scenes doesn’t change, the list of what you must find does.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how books become video games. Can you think of any other games you have played that started as a book?

  • Which part of this game did you like best? The mysteries or the casual games?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Available online?Not available online
Release date:February 16, 2010
ESRB rating:E10+ for Alcohol Reference, Violent Reference (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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Kid, 10 years old May 17, 2010
age 9+

Perfect and can be scary

I would let kids play it but just to warn you it can get a little scary for some kids.
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Adult Written byJinny Gudmundsen March 9, 2010
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