What are the best games like Nancy Drew?

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    #1Life is Strange

    Life is Strange

    Life Is Strange is an episodic interactive adventure game that follows the story of Max Caulfield, a photography senior who discovers that she can rewind time and affect the past, present, and future.


    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


    Betty Holland
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "I guess this is really comparable to the Nancy Drew game series in terms of the exploration and puzzle elements. Life is strange is also a point and click so there's that. I also like the drama element that this game brings 💪"
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    #2The Wolf Among Us

    The Wolf Among Us

    The Wolf Among Us is a gritty, violent and mature thriller game based on the Fables comic books. The game players will discover that every decision can have enormous consequences. 


    Windows, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac


    Kenneth Coleman
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "One of the best single player computer game (of course after Nancy Drew) out there! Playing feels like you're a part of an interactive drama. You'll be playing the role of Bigby Wolf and investigate a murder... enjoy! "
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    #3L.A. Noire

    L.A. Noire
    L.A. Noire is a mystery-solving sandbox game developed by Team Bondi and published by Rockstar Games. You play as an LAPD detective in the late 1940s, in Los Angeles, being given an open-ended challenge to solve a series of murder mysteries. 

    Playstation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Nintendo Switch


    Zhao Dong
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "LA Noire is also a great mystery game but it's a lot more of an action shooter video game. I think this is closer to Red Dead Redemption 👍 "


Did you know that HeR Interactive’s Nancy Drew games have sold more than 9 million copies? The computer games publisher began publishing such Nancy Drew computer games in 1998. Since then, it has been successful. Players of the game include moms who have introduced their daughters to the girl detective. It is widely recognized that Nancy Drew is one of history’s longest-running iconic figures. Her impact on pop culture is undeniable until today. The Nancy Drew games that we know today originated from the beloved girl book series first published in 1930. The impact that the franchise had on people was built by carving out places for women in male-dominated spaces. Today, the franchise is seen as an icon not only for the novels and detective games that it was known for. It is known to be an icon for women's empowerment.

It is true that Nancy Drew has been cool since 1930. However, she did not wield a pistol like Lara Croft or any other female protagonist. Throughout decades of existence, Nancy’s proved to be most successful in mediums that inspire self-identification. She is not your typical heroine but people can identify with her. This contributes to the franchises' longevity. On May 1, 2019, Her Interactive announced that the latest game out of the franchise will be released. The game is called Midnight in Salem and is scheduled to be released on November 19, 2019. The Nancy Drew games that people know have moved away with what the original fantasy detective mystery books where it originated. All of them though, are equally fascinating while making a lasting impact on pop culture.

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    #4Broken Age

    Broken Age
    Broken Age is a coming-of-age story with Vella Tartine and Shay Volta as main characters. They are two teenagers in similar situations, but different worlds. You can play and switch between their stories and take control of their lives.

    Mac, Android, Windows, iOS


    Victoria Pan
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "I truly enjoyed playing this game. The story is compelling as well as the graphics. Overall an awesome point and click game ❤️️"
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    #5The Detail

    The Detail

    The Detail is a detective game with a noir atmosphere in which you have to investigate a gangland murder. The gameplay has an immersive storytelling that mixes branching narrative with interactive comics.



    Free- with in-app purchases

    Paul Cox
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "It's an awesome noir adventure game so Nancy Drew fans might actually like this too. It really provided an intriguing atmosphere"
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    #6Until Dawn

    Until Dawn

    Until Dawn is an interactive drama survival horror adventure game developed by Supermassive Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Released in 2015, the game can be played on PlayStation 4.


    PlayStation 4, Gamefly


    Arjun Powar
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "Just a reminder that if you easily get scared, this isn't for you 😂 "
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    #7Grim Fandango Remastered

    Grim Fandango Remastered
    Grim Fandango Remastered is one of the most acclaimed adventure games of all time, with all the beautiful art and engaging story fans remember, with even better looks, sounds, and controls than the award-winning original release.

    Windows, iOS, Android, PlayStation 4, Mac


    Samantha Oliver
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "This graphic adventure game is on a totally different level compared to its competitors! If you're familiar with the 1998 original release, nostalgia will definitely overflow. Grim Fandango Remastered is now my current favorite game next to the Nancy Drew series 😍"
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    #8Tales from the Borderlands

    Tales from the Borderlands
    Tales from the Borderlands is an episodic game seriesset on the unforgiving world of Pandora. The player will embark on a wild ride where gangsters, bandit lords, and Vault Hunters are just some of the obstacles.

    Windows, Mac, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android


    Melissa Montgomery
    Written on May 2, 2019
    "Tales from the borderlands is a cool discovery and really has some similarities with ND. It's episodic so you won't easily get bored and you really have to communicate and explore the game element"


Best What are the best games like Nancy Drew
1Life is StrangeGames 17 Paid
2The Wolf Among UsGames 12 Free
3L.A. NoireGames 10 Paid
4Broken AgeGames 4 Paid
5The DetailGames 4 Free
6Until DawnGames 3 Paid
7Grim Fandango RemasteredGames 1 Free
8Tales from the BorderlandsGames 1 Free

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