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This adventure game takes place in Kyoto, Japan, at the site of a beautiful Japanese inn, the Ryokan Hiei. Nancy teaches English to young students while friends Bess and George attend a convention. When an encounter with an angry ghost startles Nancy and scares other guests away, she begins investigating a mysterious death which occurred at the inn five years ago.

Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge has a colorful 3D atmosphere and characters. Some parts of the game are intended to give players a sense of foreboding and, therefore, have haunting music and darker scenes.

Conversations with the in-game characters trigger other events, puzzle-solving opportunities and additional character questions. Puzzles are varied and numerous. Some are based on cultural pastimes like sudoku and pachinko. Others include number puzzles, or image manipulating puzzles. Like in Message in a Haunted Mansion, the game includes a clock since the time of day influences when some events or conversations will occur. Players will also take part in crafting (origami and calligraphy) and cooking a Japanese meal.

The game plays similarly to other releases in the series with a point-and-click interface. Icons are placed at the bottom of the screen for inventory, a journal, a cellphone which doubles as a camera, a to-do checklist and other game mechanics. There is a bonus system that awards achievements to those who are the most thorough detectives. Previously given to Preorder customers as a "digital special edition", these achievements come in the form of additional material like mini-games for Nancy's cellphone or outfits for her phone avatar.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Nancy Drew: Le Motel Maudit" -- French title
  • "Nancy Drew 23" -- Informal name

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Common Sense Media Windows Oct, 2010 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Just Adventure Windows Dec 22, 2010 A- 91
Game Vortex Windows Oct, 2010 88 out of 100 88
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows Nov 15, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Macworld Macintosh Nov 05, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameZebo Windows Oct 26, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameBoomers Windows Oct, 2010 B 75
Adventure Gamers Windows Dec 13, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Oct 18, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 Windows Jul 08, 2011 11 out of 20 55


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