Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion

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Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion
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Developer(s) Her Interactive, Handheld Games
Publisher(s) DreamCatcher
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance, Windows
  • NA: November 1, 2000 (Win)
  • NA: November 13, 2001 (GBA)
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single player

Message in a Haunted Mansion is the third installment in the Nancy Drew point-and-click adventure game series by Her Interactive.[1][2][3] The game is available for play on Microsoft Windows platforms as well as Game Boy Advance, it has an ESRB rating of E for moments of mild violence and peril. Players take on the first-person view of fictional amateur sleuth Nancy Drew and must solve the mystery through interrogation of suspects, solving puzzles, and discovering clues. There are two levels of gameplay: Junior and Senior detective modes, each mode offers a different difficulty level of puzzles and hints, but none of these changes affect the actual plot of the game. The game is loosely based on a book entitled The Message in the Haunted Mansion (1995).[4][5]


Nancy Drew is helping Rose Green, a friend of Nancy's housekeeper, with some renovation work in an old Victorian mansion in San Francisco that she is converting into a bed and breakfast. But, there are other uninvited guests, visitors from the past—spirits who want the place all to themselves. Strange accidents are slowing down the renovation, and Nancy is trying to figure out who, or what, is trying to scare everyone away. Nancy suspects that there is another force at work: greed.



  • Nancy Drew - Nancy is an eighteen-year-old amateur detective from the fictional town of River Heights in the United States. She is the only playable character in the game, which means the player must solve the mystery from her perspective.
  • Rose Green - Rose is a friend of Hannah Gruen's who invited Nancy out to San Francisco to help her with some renovation work on her Victorian mansion. She plans to open a bed and breakfast with her friend Abby. However, several accidents have caused her to worry about being able to open on time. She's invested her entire life savings into the mansion, but is she reconsidering this venture? If so, how far will she go to regain her money?
  • Abby Sideris - Abby is a close friend of Rose and co-owner of the mansion. When Rose’s bid on the mansion was too low, Abby pitched in her savings to help her purchase it. Abby has a fascination with the supernatural, she believes that the mansion is truly haunted and that the accidents are being caused by restless spirits. Abby thinks advertising the mansion as haunted and holding traditional séances for the guests staying at the mansion will bring in lots of business. Could she be faking these hauntings to bring in guests? Is she also somehow involved in these so-called accidents?
  • Charlie Murphy - Charlie is a young man who is helping Rose with renovations on the mansion. He recently moved to San Francisco from Iowa and studies history at the local community college. Charlie is inexperienced as a handyman and gets very uncomfortable when the accidents are brought up in conversation, he seems friendly and sincerely nice, but could it all be an act?
  • Louis Chandler - Louis is a suave, middle-aged antique dealer who owns Chandler Interiors and specializes in antiques of the Victorian Period. Rose lets Louis use the library for research in exchange for his services as a consultant on choosing authentic décor for the mansion, he claims to not know anything about the mansion, but is he lying? Could he be the one causing these accidents so he can have Rose sell the mansion to someone else?


  • Nancy DrewLani Minella
  • Rose Green — Janis Page
  • Abby Sideris — Valerie Mosley
  • Charlie Murphy — Scott Carty
  • Louis Chandler — Brian Hargus
  • Hannah Gruen — Maia McCarthy
  • Emily Foxworth — Shannon Kipp
  • Bess Marvin — Katie Denny
  • George Fayne — Lindsey Newman [6]


Review score
Publication Score
The Electric Playground 7.5/10[7]

During the year 2001, Message in a Haunted Mansion sold 97,257 units in North America, according to PC Data.[8] According to DreamCatcher, combined sales of the Nancy Drew adventure game series, including Message, reached 500,000 copies in North America alone by early 2003;[9] in the United States, Message in a Haunted Mansion's computer version sold 300,000 copies and earned $5.5 million by August 2006, after its release in November 2000. It was the country's 64th best-selling computer game between January 2000 and August 2006. Combined sales of all Nancy Drew computer games released between January 2000 and August 2006 had reached 2.1 million units in the United States by the latter date.[10]

Message in a Haunted Mansion received a "Gold" Parents' Choice Award in fall 2000.[11] It was also a finalist for The Electric Playground's 2001 "Best Adventure Game for PC" award, but lost this prize to Myst III: Exile.[12]


  1. ^ Wild, Kim (March 7, 2008). "Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion (GBA) review". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion". PC Mag. February 6, 2001. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ Charles Herold. "GAME THEORY; Prowling And Spying With Nancy Drew, The Un-Barbie". The New York Times. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ [1], Message in a Haunted Mansion Teaser Trailer
  5. ^ "Nancy Drew Message in a Haunted Mansion | Girl Games Online". Her Interactive. Archived from the original on 2009-09-23. 
  6. ^ "Nancy Drew Message in a Haunted Mansion IMDb". 
  7. ^ MacIsaac, Jason (February 21, 2001). "Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion Review". The Electric Playground. Archived from the original on July 15, 2002. 
  8. ^ Sluganski, Randy (March 2002). "State of Adventure Gaming - March 2002 - 2001 Sales Table". Just Adventure. Archived from the original on June 19, 2002. 
  9. ^ Sluganski, Randy (April 2003). "The State of Adventure Gaming". Just Adventure. Archived from the original on April 7, 2003. 
  10. ^ Edge Staff (August 25, 2006). "The Top 100 PC Games of the 21st Century". Edge. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ Oldenburg, Don (Fall 2000). "Parents' Choice Gold Award: Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion". Parents' Choice Foundation. Archived from the original on September 3, 2004. 
  12. ^ Staff. "Blister Awards 2001". The Electric Playground. Archived from the original on October 13, 2003. 

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Preceded by
Nancy Drew: Stay Tuned for Danger
Nancy Drew Computer Games Succeeded by
Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower