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In this third game starring Nancy Drew, the famous teen detective has to solve a mystery in a Victorian mansion in San Francisco. The villa seems to be inhabited by ghosts... but this is not all. Somewhere in this strange house lies a treasure. That's why she's not the only one interested in this mansion. Could it be the antique dealer, the handy-man, the retired teacher, the owner of the estate or someone else? Everyone has something to hide and Nancy must find out who is behind the strange happenings going on.

The game is a standard point-and-click adventure game that includes two difficulty choices (Junior and Senior Detective) and a Second Chance is offered to players who make a fatal mistake. There are a large number of puzzles to be solved, some of which are slightly different depending upon the difficulty level chosen. Setting the time of day in Nancy's bedroom is necessary for certain events to occur or the availability of some in-game characters.

Compared to the previous Nancy Drew games, Message In The Haunted Mansion underwent big changes in design. It is 360 degree with full motion freedom.


Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion Game Boy Advance Rose Green - The owner of the mansion
Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion Windows Louis - the Victorian scholar
Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion Game Boy Advance Upstairs Hallway
Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion Game Boy Advance Password - insert to continue a certain chapter in the game

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Alternate Titles

  • "Нэнси Дрю: Призрак в гостинице" -- Russian spelling
  • "The Mystery Adventures of Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion" -- GBA title
  • "Nancy Drew 3" -- Informal name

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User Reviews

A must play for adventurers (of any age) who love a good mystery Windows Jeanne (76473)

Critic Reviews

Game industry News (GiN) Windows 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Quandary Windows Nov, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
UHS (Universal Hint System) Windows Jun 27, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameBoomers Windows Mar 13, 2006 B+ 83
GameZone Game Boy Advance Dec 06, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Game Boy Advance Jun 26, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electric Playground Game Boy Advance May 02, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
Just Adventure Windows 2001 B- 67
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows Jan 22, 2007 3 out of 5 60
Adventure Gamers Game Boy Advance Mar 07, 2008 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30


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Children's Software Revue, 2001 All Star Software Award Parents' Choice Gold Award 2000 Nancy Drew: Message In A Haunted Mansion has won the following awards:

  • National Parenting Center, Seal of Approval 2001
  • Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media, 2001
  • Outstanding Achievement in Computer Programs
  •, Best Software of 2000
  • Kids' Domain, Gold Bear Award
  • The Review Corner, "Highly recommended!" Five out of five star rating
  • Way Cool Software Review, 10 out of 10 rating, WAY COOL!
  • Choosing Children's Software, Best Girls' Software

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