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Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand

aka: Nancy Drew 6
Moby ID: 7103
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In this point and click adventure game you play the famous teen detective, Nancy Drew, as she takes on an interesting summer internship as Deputy Curator of a Washington D.C. museum, Beech Hill. The museum specializes in the ancient Mayan culture, and part of Nancy’s job is working with Mayan artifacts and preparing them to go on exhibit.

Shortly after beginning her new position, Nancy learns that the museum has had a series of mysterious thefts. Only one clue has been left behind to connect the otherwise seemingly unrelated incidents – a bright red handprint. As she learns more about the Mayan civilization and its culture, she realizes that there is much more to the thefts than the authorities realize.

Part of Nancy’s investigation involves travel outside the confines of the Beech Hill Museum building to other parts of the Capitol City. She will take a subway, visit a hospital and meet characters in the Mexican consulate in Washington, D.C.

Secret of the Sacred Hand is based on a book by the same name, #124 in the paperback series.


  • Нэнси Дрю. Тайна алой руки - Russian spelling

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Average score: 85% (based on 8 ratings)


Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 13 ratings with 1 reviews)

Chock full of interesting puzzles!

The Good
Nancy gets a job as Deputy Curator in a museum that is trying to get ready for a big exhibit centered around the Mayan civilization.

I've played a few other games with this theme, so I wondered which parts of the Mayan culture would be incorporated in this one - and how they would differ. The only similarity I could see was the numbering system. In ND6 you get to dabble with Mayan words and their meanings, the names of the gods and their calendar. I have no clue if anything but the numbers are historically accurate, but they're all interesting so it really didn't matter to me.

This game is full of puzzles and they are all very well done. As you would expect, many of them involve inventory items and talking to other characters for clues. The puzzles are designed to make you explore the Beech Hill Museum thoroughly as you dig for the answers. Believe me, by the time you finish this game you'll know that museum like the back of your hand. None of them are particularly hard if you have explored well enough. You'll have a few pieces of equipment to operate, a unique method of assembling parts into a whole, tiles to rearrange, an easy maze, a few cute games to play, and many question & answer type puzzles. I personally think all of them were fun and were integrated well into the story line.

As this series progresses, the technology is getting better and better. Installation and gameplay were flawless throughout. The interface is simple to use. If you played previous Nancy Drew games, the first thing you'll notice is a slight change in the cursor. In many of the areas you are now able to use a "circle" arrow to turn completely around. What a time saver!

The actresses and actors did an excellent job portraying their characters. The creative conversations have flair and depth. The music had a distinctive Mexican flavor and I never got tired of hearing it. Sound effects were well done too.

I also like the fact that Nancy got a chance to travel outside the confines of the museum. Those locations were nothing more than another "room" but you got the feeling that she actually left the building.

The graphics were beautifully done - the characters as well as the "world". The Mayan artifacts are interesting and it is obvious there was much research done to be sure they looked authentic.

The Bad
I'm still complaining about the limited save game slots, but I don't think the designers are going to change that. It works well if you plan your saves properly, so it is something I'll just have to learn to live with.

The persona of one male character in the game is the double of one in The Final Scene with darker hair. His voice is completely different, at least.

There is little difference between the Junior and Senior detective levels. Why have a choice if that is the case?

The Bottom Line
Although it may not sound like it, this Nancy Drew game is my favorite in the series so far! Why? Because of the way the story unfolds and the quality and quantity of the puzzles. There's much more to it than flipping back and forth between characters asking questions. Unlike some of the other games, Nancy cannot use information she hasn't already gathered in the game - by reading, observing, listening and exploring. For instance, even if you have read a password in a walkthrough, until you learn it in the game, your answer will not work. So, things progress the way they would in real life.

Secret of the Scarlet Hand is a good one. I highly recommend it to all adventure lovers of any age.

Windows · by Jeanne (75925) · 2003


Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Scarlet Hand has won the following awards:

  • Parents' Choice Gold Award 2002
  • National Parenting Center, Seal of Approval


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Game added by Jeanne.

Additional contributors: Indra was here, PavelDAS.

Game added August 17, 2002. Last modified February 4, 2024.