Released to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Nancy Drew, this is the 12th in the series of point-and-click, 1st person adventure games in which you take the role of the famous teen detective.
Taking place in the town of Titusville during the Depression era, the surroundings, clothing and manner of speaking are representative of the early 1930s.
A friend asks Nancy to go see 17 year old Emily Crandall who runs the lovely Lilac Inn. Money is tight, but a kindly neighbor tells her she will inherit his estate after his death. But, when he dies, the will leaves everything to someone else! In addition to this unexpected and suspicious occurrence, there have been some strange things happening of late. For instance, various things have disappeared and suddenly reappeared .. strange whispers have been heard in the halls when no one is about .. items on the walls move suddenly on their own. Nancy deduces that there is more to Emily's predicament than meets the eye. Determined to get to the bottom of it all, Nancy settles in to solve the mystery.
During your investigation, explore the town of Titusville, talk to its people, find and use inventory objects, and solve unusual adventure-type puzzles.
- "Нэнси Дрю: Секрет старинных часов" -- Russian Spelling
- "Nancy Drew 12" -- Informal Name
- "Les Enquêtes de Nancy Drew: Le Mystère de l'Horloge" -- French Title
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|Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
||Aug 16, 2005
||Nov 05, 2005
||Aug 08, 2005
||7.8 out of 10
||Aug 07, 2005
||75 out of 100
|PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
||Jun 04, 2006
||7.5 out of 10
||6.5 out of 10
||May 11, 2006
||12 out of 20
||Apr 24, 2006
||11 out of 20
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This game actually brings together elements of the first 4 Nancy Drew books:
- The Secret of the Old Clock
- The Hidden Staircase
- The Bungalow Mystery
- The Mystery at Lilac Inn
All were written by Mildred Augustin (Wirt) Benson (1905-2002) under the pen-name of Carolyn Keene and originally published in 1930. Mildred "Millie" Benson created the character Nancy Drew, but she had help writing the actual stories.
For the 1st 3 books, the story was based upon outlines supplied by Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1930). These were published shortly before Mr. Stratemeyer's death in May of 1930.*
Mildred wrote the manuscripts for the last one, The Mystery at Lilac Inn
, using outlines from Harriet S. Adams, who edited for Mildred.
As times changed, stories became outdated in subject matter and social content. It became necessary to revise the stories to make them acceptable to a new generation of readers. Beginning in 1959, the stories in the Nancy Drew series were revised and, in many cases, substantially rewritten.
The revised version of the books The Secret of the Old Clock
and The Hidden Staircase
, published in 1959, were written by Harriet S. Adams based upon the outlines and manuscripts of the original 1930 stories.
The stories in The Bungalow Mystery
(re-pub. 1960) and The Mystery at Lilac Inn
(re-pub. 1961) were revised by Patricia Doll and Harriet S. Adams actually rewrote the manuscript.
* Stratemeyer Syndicate moved its publishing rights to Simon & Schuster in 1979. Simon & Schuster would later purchase the Syndicate in 1984.
This entry to the MobyGames database was contributed by Jeanne (75620)
on Jul 14, 2005.