Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Enigmatic puzzles and scary storms highlight this mystery.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

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Positive Messages

The game encourages players to use deductive reasoning, think analytically, and try out multiple possible solutions to a problem. When Nancy eats too much candy, she also gets ill -- so there's a little mini-message in that, too.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nancy is a smart, resourceful female role model. She's polite, helpful, earnest, and yet strong and independent at the same time. She admits to a bit of a sweet tooth, though.

Ease of Play

Players can choose to play as either a Junior or Senior Detective, the latter being quite a bit more difficult. Either way, though, the puzzles you'll find here are real brainteasers, all requiring a lot of trial and error. Don't expect to breeze through any part of this game.


In one scene, you experience -- from a first-person perspective -- Nancy getting knocked to the ground and blacking out. There are some scary storm moments, too, in which dark clouds and whipping winds make for an ominous atmosphere. You see a tornado destroy an abandoned house.


"Gosh," is about as rough as the language gets here.


From the opening screen, set in Nancy's home office, you can look at her "scrapbook" of previous adventures, which is essentially a catalog of the 21 previous Nancy Drew games by Her Interactive.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister is a mystery experience from the first-person perspective of the world-famous teen sleuth. As Nancy, players will experience some scary moments -- most involving the weather, but a few that feature genuine bad guys. The story features a large number of pretty challenging puzzles, too -- kids will need a good deal of patience to work their way through. This is a good game for a mother and daughter or two friends to play together.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byyung l August 9, 2010
Teen, 15 years old Written byEmi_Reviews December 29, 2014

A bit scary for younger kids.

It's really fun, It's a bit scary for me and I'm 15, I got really creeped out when
the weather got really bad and (Spoiler Alert) Scott was out... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old October 21, 2014

Fun but scary

It is a fun puzzle game but scary in some scenes. If you are afraid of Tornadoes this might not be the game for you. There is no blood but one character has a s... Continue reading

What's it about?

In NANCY DREW: TRAIL OF THE TWISTER, the 22nd entry in Her Interactive's series of games about the famous girl detective, Nancy goes undercover as an intern with a group of storm chasers -- people who hunt down and study tornadoes. Her goal is to figure out who has been sabotaging their missions and destroying their equipment. Playing as Nancy, you'll need to piece together the clues to find the culprit, and on way, you'll interview all sorts of interesting characters, explore the old farmhouse where the storm chasers are headquartered, and wrack your brain on a series of enigmatic puzzle challenges.

Is it any good?

If you've played any of the previous Nancy Drew games, you may feel like the puzzles in Nancy Drew: Trail fo the Twister have ramped up the challenge factor a bit. You'll also be impressed by the graphics and animation as well, because they are stunning. While you are basically free to roam around as you please, the story has a very linear arc to it, which is good in that it prevents you from possibly missing out on any important information. The puzzles, when they come along, are very nicely integrated into the story, even when they don't provide any clues to the mystery at hand. Early in the game, for example, you need to file away a bunch of folders -- sounds boring, but it ends up being a rather fun logic puzzle. One aspect that could use a little work is the driving -- Nancy can hop in a car to drive from place to place around the Oklahoma town she's in, but navigating the maze-like roads with a computer mouse can be sloppy. All in all, though, this is another wonderful addition to an already great series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the storm chasers featured in the story. Is that a job you would ever want to do? Or does it seem too scary or dangerous for you to be a part of in real life? Do you think any of the information you learned from the game can be helpful in real life?

  • Families can also discuss Nancy Drew as a role model. Brave, smart, resourceful -- she puts forth a good example for anyone. Yet she is still widely considered a character for girls. Could boys enjoy this game just as much? What could boys in particular learn from Nancy?

Game details

  • Platforms: Mac, Windows
  • Price: $19.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Her Interactive
  • Release date: June 29, 2010
  • Genre: Girl
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief, Mild Violence
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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