It’s 1930 and Nancy’s visiting Emily Crandall in Titusville at the Lilac Inn. Her mother recently died. She and her mother had been counting on the financial support of their neighbor, Josiah Crowley, in his will. However, he gave all his money to Richard Topham, his ESP teacher. Did Josiah really give all his money to Topham when he promised the Crandalls that he would take care of him? Did he really have that great of a change of heart? Or is something else going on? Find out in this game based on the very first Nancy Drew book, Secret of the Old Clock.
Jim Archer—He’s the local banker in town, and the executor of Josiah Crowley’s will. His bank is also on the brink of failure, and he’s been meeting with Topham for something. How far would he go to save his bank?
Richard Topham—He’s a self-proclaimed expert on ESP. He lives in the house that once belonged to Josiah Corly by the Lilac Inn, and teaches ESP. Is his ESP stuff an act, or does he really believe in it?
Emily Crandall—She’s only seventeen years old, and she owns the Lilac Inn. She’s been plagued by mysterious incidents. Is she “losing her marbles,” or is something going on?
Jane Willoughby—She’s Emily’s guardian. Gloria Crandall was once her friend, and she asked Jane to look over Emily. She’s not doing a really good job with guardianship. Is she really looking out for Emily? Or does she have other intentions?
Driving and delivering telegrams. That became so annoying, particularly when I blew a tire on a pothole. Ugh.
Doing chores for everyone. I think at one point in the game, I had been running around for two hours getting things for everyone to progress in the game. That got really old fast.
I liked the William Shakespeare integration, particularly dealing with some of his lines from A Midsummer’s Nights Dream. Josiah Crowley had a wide range of interests.
I loved playing miniature golf! I played that a few times.
Some Interesting Points
The music in this game really sounded like it was from the 1930s. It put you in the mood to play the game.
Lilac Inn makes pies. Lots of pies. So many, and you had to sort them for the driver. That made me go cross-eyed. And it made me hungry for pie.
You fished for a big mouth bass so someone could print off raffle tickets. The fish was apparently really stinky.
Apparently I’m not a good seamstress. I botched that part quite a few times.
After the Curse of Blackmoor Manor, this game seemed so quick. I think I finished it in 3-4 hours. I remember the first time I played it, I was really surprised by the ending. Josiah Crowley was very interesting.
The puzzles seemed really simple. I don’t think I needed any spoilers. However, here’s a walkthrough if you get stuck.
I’m glad that Her Interactive made a game based on the first Nancy Drew book. It was a return to the “classic” Nancy Drew books. Still, it was so quick, and it seemed so simple compared to the previous game. Plus I hated driving around and delivering telegrams. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t dislike it either. It’s just okay.
Here’s the trailer: