Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill
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|Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill|
|Release date(s)||December 23, 1998|
Secrets Can Kill was the first of many installments in the Nancy Drew point-and-click adventure game series by Her Interactive. It was officially discontinued in 2010. The game had an ESRB rating of E for moments of mild violence and peril. Players took on the first-person view of fictional amateur sleuth Nancy Drew and solved the mystery through interrogation of suspects, solving puzzles, and discovering clues. The game is animated in 3D, but unlike later games, the characters are 2D. There were three levels of gameplay, Junior, Senior, and Master detective modes, each offering a different difficulty level of puzzles and hints, however none of these changes affected the actual plot of the game. The game was loosely based on a book of the same name Secrets Can Kill (1986). 
Nancy Drew takes a semester off of school to stay with her Aunt Eloise in Florida. A student named Jake Rogers is murdered at the local high school, where Eloise works as a librarian. Eloise asks Nancy to investigate, so Nancy goes undercover as a new student and attempts to solve the mystery.
Throughout the game, Nancy discovers that Jake Rogers was blackmailing several of the other characters by videotaping their misdeeds:
- Hal Tanaka took on additional coursework in order to be approved for a scholarship. He knew that if he didn't get the scholarship, his family would send him back to Japan. He slowly became overwhelmed and buried in work, so he decided to plagiarize an English essay from a school library book, which Jake Rogers caught on camera. Jake blackmailed Tanaka into doing his homework for the remainder of the semester, otherwise Jake would reveal the plagiarism to Hal's family.
- Connie Watson was struggling to get enough money for college tuition, so she decided to use her Judo expertise to compete secretly in a men's tournament (the prize money was significantly better than the women's tournament), which Connie easily won. Jake caught her removing her mask on camera, and subsequently forced her to date him.
- Hulk Sanchez was badly injured while playing football, so in order to continue playing and impress the college scouts, he decided to break into the local pharmaceutical plant to steal some steroids. After filming Hulk leaving the plant, Jake forced him to be his lackey.
- Daryl Gray's father was former U.S. senator Eugene Gray, who went bankrupt after some poor business deals. Daryl got involved in a drug smuggling deal with Mitch Dillon. Jake caught video footage of the transaction and thus demanded a cut of the profits that Daryl was receiving.
- Mitch Dillon was running a drug transport ring from the local pharmaceutical plant. When Jake caught video footage of a transaction between him and Daryl Gray, he attempted to blackmail Mitch. However, Mitch was not so easily coerced. He killed Jake, and stuffed the video cassette evidence in a vent behind the school boiler.
Eventually the player receives enough evidence to convince Daryl to take Mitch down. Nancy and Daryl confront Mitch at the pharmaceutical plant. Mitch points a gun at Daryl but is interrupted by the arrival of Connie who knocks the gun out of Mitch's hand. However, the gun fires, hitting Daryl in the arm. Nancy picks up the gun and makes a citizen's arrest. The game ends with Daryl making a recovery from his gunshot wound, Connie giving Daryl Judo lessons, Hulk repaying the pharmacy for the damages, and Hal receiving a scholarship. Nancy receives an offer to work a new case, setting the stage for Stay Tuned for Danger.
- 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.
- Daryl Gray – Daryl is the one who found the victim's body. He works part-time as a short-order cook at Maxine's Diner, and he is the school's student council president (taking after his father who was a Florida state senator). He is known as a rich, popular, pretty-boy who drives a Porsche. He tends to be a bit of a flirt, but is he as wholesome as he seems?
- Connie Watson – Connie is a strong girl with an attitude and a dark secret. You can always find her in the Student Lounge. She seems like a nice normal, if not tough, teenage girl...or is she?
- Hal Tanaka – Hal is a foreign exchange student from Japan. He's very focused on getting a scholarship so that he can go to college and become a doctor. He is always in the study dome at the school. He seems intelligent, but is he smart enough to plan the death of the devious blackmailer known as Jake Rogers?
- Hector "Hulk" Sanchez – Hulk Sanchez is a stereotypical jock who hopes to play college football, and the go on to play for the Miami Dolphins. However, Hulk needs an athletic scholarship to reach that dream. Are his future plans as stable as he says?
- Mitch Dillon – Mitch is the school's boiler serviceman and is not seen much in the game. He's as shady as they come....did Jake get mixed up with him?
- Bess Marvin – Nancy's best friend and George's cousin. Call her for hints and tips.
- George Fayne – Nancy's best friend and Bess's cousin. Call her for hints and tips.
- Ned Nickerson – Nancy's boyfriend. Call him for hints and tips.
- Hal Tanaka - John Truong
- Voices - Rick Calvert, Bill Corkery, Kenton Leach, Donna Rowry 
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.
- Failing to replace bolt cutters with ladle.
- Getting blown up by boiler.
- Allowing culprit to escape.
- Try calling the following numbers:
- Aunt Eloise – 555–1204
- Jake's Locker - 555-JAKE (5253)
- Drug Depot – 555-DRUG (3784)
- Tony's Pizza – 555-TONY (8665)
- Judo School – 555-JUDO (5836)
- Police Department – 555-HULK (4855)
- Maxine's Dinner – 555–2700
- Save the Manatees Club – 1-800-432-JOIN (5646)
- All of the songs on the jukebox in the diner have something to do with the case. Especially: Bye Bye Jake, Big Girls don't Die, Murder on My Mind, and Jake the Knife. Each song is also a spin-off of a popular 50's song. For example, Long Tall Nancy instead of Long Tall Sally by Little Richard.
- There is some Ned's Mustard in the diner.
- Read the titles of the books in the library carefully. One book, for example, is called "Who to Believe?" and is written by Carolyn Keene, pseudonym of Mildred Benson, writer of the original yellow hardcover ND mysteries.
- The brand of the jukebox is "werdycnan," which is Nancy Drew spelled backwards.
- On one of the billboards, there is a picture of the cover of Natural Enemies, a book in the Nancy Drew Files.
Secrets Can Kill was officially discontinued on August 1, 2010 due to incompatibility issues with sound cards in newer computers. On August, 24, 2010 Her Interactive released a remastered version of Secrets Can Kill with a brand new ending and three-dimensional characters.  
- The game was scheduled to be released for Game Boy advanced in 2002, but was shelved during production of The Final Scene.
- "Nancy Drew Secrets Can Kill | Girl Games Online". Herinteractive.com.
- "Nancy Drew Secrets Can Kill Remastered | Girl Games Online". Herinteractive.com.
- "Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill IMDb".
- "Secrets Can Kill REMASTERED Released!".
|Nancy Drew Computer Games||Succeeded by
Nancy Drew: Stay Tuned for Danger