Nancy Drew: The Final Scene

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Nancy Drew: The Final Scene
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Developer(s)Her Interactive
  • NA: November 1, 2001
Mode(s)Single player

The Final Scene is the fifth 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. 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, including a Junior and Senior detective mode. Each mode offers a different difficulty level of puzzles and hints, but neither of these changes affect the actual plot of the game. The game is loosely based on a book of the same name, The Final Scene (1989).[4][5]


Nancy Drew and her friend Maya Nguyen are at the Royal Palladium theater in St. Louis for the premiere of a new movie Vanishing Destiny. Maya is set to interview the star of the film, Brady Armstrong, for her school's newspaper, but as Maya goes into his dressing room, she is kidnapped. Nancy has to race against time to find Maya and the kidnapper before the theater is demolished in three days.



  • 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.
  • Brady Armstrong - Brady is the star of the movie Vanishing Destiny that Maya intended to interview before she was kidnapped from his dressing room. Brady's life and appearance are often under the control of his agent Simone. Is Brady worried that his show might not go on after the theater has been demolished?
  • Simone Mueller - Simone is Brady's self-centered agent who is always on the phone in the women's dressing room. When Maya disappears, she decides to cancel the Vanishing Destiny premiere because she thinks Maya's kidnapping is a great opportunity to drum up more press. Could she have set up the kidnapping as a publicity stunt for Brady?
  • Joseph Hughes - Joseph is the caretaker of the theater who works in the projector room. He is very open and friendly. Joseph has worked at the Royal Palladium his entire life and is deeply connected to it, but he acts as though he is fine with the demolition. How far would he go to save his beloved theater?
  • Nicholas Falcone - Nicholas is the leader of "H.A.D I.T" or "Humans Against the Destruction of Illustrious Theaters". They are leading a protest against the demolition of the theater. He acts as if he's innocent and only wants to help, but the police say that he has previously faked a kidnapping to save a theater. Would kidnapping Maya be a means to his end?


  • Nancy Drew - Lani Minella
  • Brady Armstrong / The Amazing Monty - David S. Hogan
  • Nicholas Falcone / Construction Worker - Max Holechek (as Alan Smythe)
  • Joseph Hughes / Sergeant Mac Ramsey - Bob Heath
  • Simone Mueller / Madeline - Keri Healey
  • Eustacia Andropov - Alena Saunders
  • Ned Nickerson / Sherman Trout - Scott Carty
  • Bess Marvin - Punchy LaRue
  • George Fayne - Maureen Nelson [6]


According to PC Data, The Final Scene sold 23,557 units in North America during 2001,[7] and another 15,947 units in the first three months of 2002.[8] Its sales in the region for the year 2003 totaled 38,064 units.[9] In the United States alone, the game's computer version sold between 100,000 and 300,000 units by August 2006.[10] Combined sales of the Nancy Drew adventure game series reached 500,000 copies in North America by early 2003,[11] and the computer entries reached 2.1 million sales in the United States alone by August 2006. Remarking upon this success, Edge called Nancy Drew a "powerful franchise".[10]

Charles Herold of The New York Times declared The Final Scene one of the best games of 2001. Praising its characters, he wrote that the game "sticks to the [Nancy Drew] formula but refines and improves it, adding a little suspense, more interesting suspects and sharper dialogue."[12] The Final Scene also received a "Gold" Parents' Choice Award in summer 2002.[13]


  1. ^ Stone, David (January 4, 2010). "Nancy Drew: The Final Scene Review". Gamezebo. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  2. ^ Fournier, Heidi (January 11, 2005). "Nancy Drew: The Final Scene review". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  3. ^ "Nancy Drew: The Final Scene". Just Adventure. September 3, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  4. ^ [1], Message in a Haunted Mansion Teaser Trailer
  5. ^ "Nancy Drew The Final Scene | Girl Games Online". Her Interactive. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  6. ^ "Nancy Drew The Final Scene IMDb".
  7. ^ Sluganski, Randy (March 2002). "State of Adventure Gaming - March 2002 - 2001 Sales Table". Just Adventure. Archived from the original on June 19, 2002.
  8. ^ Sluganski, Randy (May 2002). "State of Adventure Gaming - May 2002 - March 2002 Sales Table". Just Adventure. Archived from the original on June 11, 2004.
  9. ^ Sluganski, Randy (March 2004). "Sales December 2003 - The State of Adventure Gaming". Just Adventure. Archived from the original on April 11, 2004.
  10. ^ a b Edge Staff (August 25, 2006). "The Top 100 PC Games of the 21st Century". Edge. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012.
  11. ^ Sluganski, Randy (April 2003). "The State of Adventure Gaming". Just Adventure. Archived from the original on April 7, 2003.
  12. ^ Herold, Charles (November 15, 2001). "GAME THEORY; To Play Emperor of God, or Grunt in a Tennis Skirt". The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 25, 2009.
  13. ^ Oldenburg, Don (Summer 2002). "Parents' Choice Gold Award: Nancy Drew: The Final Scene". Parents' Choice Foundation. Archived from the original on August 14, 2004.

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Preceded by
Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower
Nancy Drew Computer Games Succeeded by
Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand