Nancy Drew: The Phantom of Venice

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The Phantom of Venice
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Developer(s) Her Interactive
Publisher(s) Her Interactive
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
  • NA July 11, 2008
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

The Phantom of Venice is the 18th 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 is loosely based on a book of the same name The Phantom of Venice (1985). [1] [2]


The Italian secret police have called Nancy Drew in to investigate a series of art thefts happening in Venice. The thief has been dressing up in a mask and cape, and the news media have begun to call him "The Phantom" not only because of the way he dresses, but because he leaves behind so few clues. A crime syndicate is actually responsible for the thefts, using commedia dell'arte characters as code names. Nancy is sent to spy on the ring and discover the ringleader of the crimes.



  • 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.
  • Colin Baxter - Colin is an art restorer from Oxford, England. He is restoring the Ca' Nascosta for very little money, even though he's one of the best in his field. He claims to love art and works for near nothing because it is his passion. His job allows him to gain access to valuable artifacts - would he steal the treasures and sell them on the black market?
  • Margherita Faubourg - Recently widowed, Margherita purchased the Ca' Nascosta to cement her status as a Venetian socialite. Her spending habits may have caused her to fall upon hard times. Would she do anything to stay in her circle of wealthy friends - including stealing and selling priceless artifacts?
  • Helena Berg - Helena is a journalist from Austria who specializes in reporting high profile crimes. Ambitious and calculating, Helena is extremely knowledgeable about the failures and successes of crime rings, but is she telling everything she knows, or does she have her own agenda?
  • Enrico Tazza - Originally a guard for stolen goods, Enrico runs a private club called the Casa dei Giochi, but is it just a front for another crime ring? After all, he has the connections and the knowledge to steal the artifacts, so what's stopping him?
  • Antonio Fango - The prime suspect in the case, Antonio installed wireless systems in the buildings where the priceless artifacts were stolen. Unfortunately, the authorities have no evidence against him. Is he committing crimes so perfectly that no clues are left behind?

Phone Contacts[edit]

  • Ned Nickerson - Ned is Nancy's boyfriend who always worries when she is on a case but helps her out nonetheless. He can be called for hints and tips.
  • Joe Hardy - Joe is one of Nancy's best friends and one-half of the Hardy Boys. Like Ned, he can be called for hints and tips via Ned's phone number.
  • Sophia Leporace - Sophia is an agent for the GDiF who helps Nancy locate the "Phantom" by giving her the assignments she needs to complete via her PDA.


  • Helena Berg - Adrienne MacIain
  • Colin Baxter - Jonah von Spreecken
  • Margherita Faubourg - Gin Hammond
  • Enrico Tazza - Bruce Milligan
  • Sophia Leporace - Angela Mills
  • Fausto / Romano the Singing Gondolier - Robert Riedl
  • Angelo the Singing Gondolier - Andrew Parks
  • Benito the Singing Gondolier - Bob Love
  • Bruno the Singing Gondolier - Brandon K. Higa
  • Raimondo the Singing Gondolier - Robert Scherzer
  • Timoteo the Singing Gondolier - Tim Burke
  • Italian Voices - Giuseppe Leporace, Vanja Skoric, Claudio Mazzola [3]


Easter Eggs[edit]

  • Go to the left of the worktable where Colin works and pick the lock on the door using the hairpins.
  • Make some gelato and use the colors red on the bottom, white in the middle, and green on top to make the Italian flag.

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, gets fired, 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 The Phantom of Venice include:

  • Getting hit by the falling urn.
  • Getting stung by bees too many times.
  • Getting caught snooping in Antonio Fango's office.
  • Setting off the alarms at the Palazzo Zattere. Various ways include putting in your card you get from Sophia, putting in the blue card but putting in the incorrect password and entering the building not wearing the thermal cat suit.
  • Failing to complete stakeouts.
  • Exploring the tunnels without a flashlight.
  • Drowning in the tunnels.
  • Allow the culprit to escape.

Gameplay Awards[edit]

An award checklist is displayed at the end of the game. These are all of the possible awards:

  • Clogio: If the shoe fit, you bought it!
  • Dancing Superstar: Go Nancy! Go Nancy! Go Nancy!
  • Easter Egg: CONFIDENTIAL
  • Euro Trash: For vacuuming up Venice's spare change.
  • Fashionista: For trying on everything and anything.
  • Gelatina: For sampling each and every gelato flavor.
  • Lavatorio: For your hygienic overusage of the water closet.
  • Musical Muse: For your generous gondolier patronage.
  • Sausage Sleuth: For finding out the awful truth behind the sausages.
  • Tessera Twitcher: For a perfect mosaic!
  • Trivia Tamer: For answering the question correctly.
  • Websteressa: For getting good mileage out of your Italian dictionary.

References to Previous Games[edit]

References to previous games in the series include:

  • Nancy's desk features a scrapbook which includes all of the previous games in the series.
  • The newspaper kiosk features books from previous games such as Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill, Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion, Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower, Nancy Drew: The Final Scene, Nancy Drew: Danger on Deception Island, and Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon.
  • Nancy talks to herself when she uses the bathroom. Many of the quotes are references to characters from past games. They are included below.
  • Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill
    • Bathroom Quote: "Hi. I'm Connie." (Reference to Connie Watson)
  • Nancy Drew: Stay Tuned for Danger
    • Sorpresa Chocolates are delivered for Il Dottore.
    • Bathroom Quote: "BLT Kaisuur...BLT Kaisuur...Where have I heard that name before?" (Some of the threatening notes written to Rick Arlen were signed by BLT Kaisuur)
    • Bathroom Quote: "Don't take any wooden quarters!" (Millie Strathorn often says, "Don't take any wooden nickels!")
  • Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion
    • Bathroom Quote: "I’ll sing a Yerba Buena song in a house high above the sea." (This is a song from The Bandit's Treasure)
  • Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower
    • Bathroom Quote: "Did you come out here for the...cheese?" (Nancy says this to Jacques Brunais)
  • Nancy Drew: The Final Scene
    • Nancy goes undercover as Samantha Quick. This was the stage name Simone Mueller suggested for Nancy.
    • Bathroom Quote: "Fight the shower!" (A reference to Nicholas Falcone's catchphrase, "Fight the power!")
  • Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand
    • Prudence Rutherford is a returning character.
    • Helena's notebook contains notes about Sonny Joon and Krolmeister.
    • Bathroom Quote: "Behold! Our heroine emerges from the tomb like a manatee!" (This is from a quote by Alejandro del Rio, "Behold! Our heroine emerges from the tomb like a mermaid from the sea!")
    • Sonny Joon is quoted in the newspaper following Nico's arrest.
  • Nancy Drew: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake
    • If Nancy tells Margherita that she is birdwatching while looking at the Argon Building, later in the game Margherita mentions that she spoke to a man named Red Knott at a party.
    • Bathroom Quote: "Money won’t get flushed down this toilet!" (When Nancy reads the article about Emily Griffen after sorting the envelopes, this quote is included in an advertisement for solid gold toilets)
  • Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel
    • The carousel horse on Antonio's music box is Nightshade.
    • Glory's head is found in the dumpster outside of Casa dei Giochi.
    • Bathroom Quote: "No high heels, spurs, or peg legs, please!" (This quote is located on a sign outside the carousel)
  • Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow Ranch
    • Bathroom Quote: "You got a steady back home?" (Dave Gregory says this quote to Nancy)
  • Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor
    • Bathroom Quote: "Hmm. I wonder what a num num is?" (Mrs. Drake tells the plants she's tending to that she will feed them "num nums" or "nummies")
  • Nancy Drew: Secret of the Old Clock
    • Antonio's filing cabinet contains a miniature version of Josiah's robot.
    • Bathroom Quote: "Of course it tastes bad! It’s a squirrel!" (This is a combination of two quotes by Mrs. O'Shea. "Of course it tastes bad, Clarence. It's a pine cone," and "You're not a squirrel, Clarence.")
  • Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon
    • Bathroom Quote: "Cheeseburger." (Joe Hardy says this to correct Nancy when she says that he wants a hamburger)
  • Nancy Drew: Danger By Design
    • The cover of Eurowelt magazine mentions an article about Minette.
    • While talking to Prudence Rutherford, she mentions her assistant has bad fashion sense and should be wearing a Minette original.
    • Bathroom Quote: "You are rude, Nancy Drew, oh so rude." (Minette uses the word "rude" when something is awesome or cool)
  • Nancy Drew: The Creature of Kapu Cave
    • If Nancy asks to pick the flowers on the rooftop, Margherita mentions that they are from the Hilihili Research Center.
  • Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull
    • One of the masks in Costumi di Vera is a skeleton man mask.
    • In the game's bloopers, Nancy sees an alligator in the canal and says, "Hi, Bernie!"


  • This is the first game in the series
    • with bloopers after the credits.
    • to show a portion of the game's ending at the beginning.
  • Ca' Nascosta is Italian for "hidden house".
  • Margherita is the Italian word for "daisy".
  • Club Micio means "Kitty Cat Club" in Italian.
  • The owner of Club Micio tells Nancy that her stage name should be "Punchy LaRue". Punchy LaRue was the voice of Bess Marvin in Nancy Drew: The Final Scene.
  • One of Helena's postcards is addressed to Nina at 99 Luftbaloons. 99 Luftballons is a German protest song by the band Nena.
  • The binary code in Antonio's office says, "I love cute little fuzzy animals."


  1. ^ [1], The Phantom of Venice Teaser Trailer
  2. ^ "Nancy Drew The Phantom of Venice | Girl Games Online". 
  3. ^ "Nancy Drew The Phantom of Venice IMDb". 

Preceded by
Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull
Nancy Drew Computer Games Succeeded by
Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy