Nancy Drew: Secret of the Old Clock

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Nancy Drew: Secret of the Old Clock
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Developer(s) Her Interactive
Publisher(s) DreamCatcher
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
  • NA July 12, 2005
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single player

Secret of the Old Clock is the 12th installment in the Nancy Drew point-and-click adventure game series by Her Interactive. The game is available for play on Microsoft Windows platforms. 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 was created to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Nancy Drew's creation. It is based on the first four Nancy Drew books ever published: The Secret of the Old Clock, The Hidden Staircase, The Bungalow Mystery, and The Mystery at Lilac Inn. [1] [2]


The game is set in 1930, at the beginning of the Great Depression in the small fictional town of Titusville. Nancy Drew has been asked to come to the Lilac Inn to see Emily Crandall, whom Nancy knows only through a mutual friend. Emily's mother died a month ago, leaving her to run the inn with the help of her guardian, Jane Willoughby. Emily and her mother had been counting on the generosity of their kindly but strange neighbor, Josiah Crowley, to leave them part of his estate to support the inn they own. But in his will, everything was left to Richard Topham, his ESP teacher. When Nancy arrives at the inn, she encounters a mystery involving stolen jewels, a missing will, car chases, and plenty of adventure.



  • 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.
  • Emily Crandall - Seventeen-year-old Emily runs the Lilac Inn with the help of her guardian, Jane, while quietly mourning the recent loss of her mother. She is plagued by strange occurrences - objects on the wall move, whispers call from the shadows, and things mysteriously disappear and then reappear, she says. Could she be just paranoid, or is she guilty of something?
  • Jane Willoughby - Gloria Crandall, Emily's mother, asked Jane to look after her daughter in case anything happened to her. Jane's doing her best to help Emily, but she doesn't know much about raising kids or running an inn. Jane is trying to convince Emily to sell the inn and split the profits with her. Could Jane have a hidden agenda?
  • Richard Topham - A self-proclaimed expert on ESP, Richard Topham lives near the Lilac Inn, in the house that once belonged to Josiah Crowley. It now serves as Topham's "School for the Study and Development of Paranormal Powers". Topham was the one to inherit Josiah's estate and money, even though Josiah told Emily that she and her mother would be included in his will. How did Topham come to inherit Josiah's estate?
  • Jim Archer - Jim Archer is a good-natured, but secretly desperate, businessman who is trying to make it through the Great Depression. Although he's always smiling, the bank he owns is teetering on the brink of failure. Would he forge a will, or steal Emily's mother's jewels, just to save his bank?

Phone Contacts[edit]

  • Bess Marvin and George Fayne - Nancy's best friends. They can be called for hints and tips. Unfortunately when Nancy calls them, Bess's neighbor, Mrs. Farthingham, tends to intrude on the calls.
  • Carson Drew - Carson Drew is Nancy's father. Like Bess and George, he can be called for hints and tips.


  • Jane Willoughby - Sarah Papineau
  • Emily Crandall - Walayn Sharples
  • Richard Topham / Additional Voices - Tim Moore
  • Jim Archer - Ben Laurance
  • Mrs. O'Shea / Additional Voices - Amy Broomhall
  • Miss Jakowski / Additional Voices - Megan Hill
  • Mr. Phelps / Additional Voices - Chris Spott
  • Tubby Telegram Guy / Additional Voices - Jonah von Spreecken
  • Uri the Cat - Cory the Cat [3]


Easter Eggs[edit]

Straighten the crooked picture in Emily's room 10 times for a surprise!

Fatal Errors[edit]

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 Secret of the Old Clock include:

  • Falling off the bridge while trying to catch a piece of paper.
  • Failing to screw in lug nuts when changing a tire.
  • Getting caught snooping at Mr. Topham's house.
  • Allowing the culprit to escape.
  • Not using the shortcut while chasing the culprit

Gameplay Awards[edit]

An award is given at the end of the game based on your sleuthing style. These are all of the possible awards:

  • Ace in the Hole: For your obvious enthusiasm for miniature golf.
  • Catch & Release: For letting very few get away; for frequenting the ole fishing hole.
  • Gift of Gab: For never missing an opportunity to chat someone up.
  • Nuts 'n Bolts: For excelling at sorting; for sorting excellence.
  • Penny Saved, Penny Earned: For having more money than you started with, and then some.
  • Puzzle Pro: For solving puzzles at lightning speed.
  • Rovin' Roadster: For hitting the road in your roadster. A lot.
  • Smart Cookie: For successfully solving the case.
  • Top Tubby Telegram Toter: For swift, sure, smiling service.
  • Toy Tycoon: For accumulating oodles of toys.

References to Previous Games[edit]

References to previous games in the series include:



  1. ^ [1], Secret of the Old Clock Teaser Trailer
  2. ^ "Nancy Drew Secret of the Old Clock | Girl Games Online". 
  3. ^ "Nancy Drew Secret of the Old Clock IMDb". 

Preceded by
Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor
Nancy Drew Computer Games Succeeded by
Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon