Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion
|Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion|
Message in a Haunted Mansion is the 3rd installment in the Nancy Drew point-and-click adventure game series by Her Interactive. 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 offering a different difficulty level of puzzles and hints, however neither 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).  
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?
- Hannah Gruen - The Drew's housekeeper who sent Nancy to the mansion to help her friend Rose. She can be called for more information about Rose.
- Emily Foxworth - An old friend of Nancy's. She lives in San Francisco and is very knowledgeable about the area as well as Chinese culture.
- Nancy Drew - Lani 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
After putting in the eye of the Phoenix:
- Set the alarm for 4:00 AM. Then go to the attic and open the chest beside the doll's head (where the iron was found in the game).
- Set the alarm for 3:00 pm. Then go to the phone in the parlor.
In each of the games, there are different points where Nancy can make "fatal errors." These points are usually when she blows her cover as a detective or gets seriously injured. At such points, the game will stop and give the player the option to try again before the fatal error occurred. If the player doesn't wish to retry, then the game is over. The fatal errors in Message in a Haunted Mansion include:
- Failing to put out the fire
- Getting caught in Abby's room
- Telling Louis you read about Gum Bo Fu in a book
- Releasing the chandelier unnecessarily
- Getting caught snooping in Louis' suitcase
- Falling in the secret passage in the basement
- Allowing the culprit to escape
References to Previous Games
References to previous games in the series include:
- The magazine on Abby's desk features Mattie Jensen. (Nancy Drew: Stay Tuned for Danger)
- An article in Louis' briefcase mentions Rick Arlen. (Nancy Drew: Stay Tuned for Danger)
- There is portrait of a woman in pink on the staircase (the side that does not creak). If you look at the portrait and wait a few seconds, the woman blinks.
- There are references to some of the original books in the Nancy Drew series such as The Spider Sapphire Mystery and The Sign of the Twisted Candles.
- In Abby's room, there is a book titled Fortune Telling: for Business Popularity. It is published by Her Interactive Publishing.
- There is a mug with a Her Interactive logo on the dining room table.
- "Nancy Drew Message in a Haunted Mansion | Girl Games Online". Herinteractive.com.
- "Nancy Drew Message in a Haunted Mansion IMDb".
Nancy Drew: Stay Tuned for Danger
|Nancy Drew Computer Games||Succeeded by
Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower