Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships

Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships

Digital ReleaseSteam
July 21, 2009
DelistingJuly 24, 2020
DeveloperHeR Interactive
PublisherHeR Interactive
Available OnRetail
LinksSteamDB page
HeR Interactive homepage


Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships was delisted on Steam on July 24th, 2020 and on or near the same date on HeR Interactive’s website. The publisher chose to remove the title from sale as it contained racially insensitive material that saw the villain, a white Australian man, disguise himself as a Jamaican native for much of the game. In response to an email from a fan, HeR Interactive offered the following explanation:

Thank you for your interest in Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships. We have discontinued this game as there is a character who disguises himself as different ethnicities. 

As a company, we are addressing the critically important issues of racism, inclusion, and diversity that Black Lives Matter has helped us all to place a spotlight on. Meaningful changes need to happen within companies, and we will continue to be part of these changes. We are committed to being sensitive and respectful to people of color, and therefore have discontinued the availability of this game.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Please consider another game from our collection.

Thank you for understanding!

Team HeR Interactive

Youtuber Arglefumph posted a video in August of 2020 explaining the situation and showing the scene in question.

About the Game

Your friend Bess Marvin is kidnapped and the only chance you have to save her is by solving a 300-year-old Bahamian mystery! Dangerous waters keep treasure hunters from exploring the reefs around Dread Isle, but this remote island might hide the riches of El Toro’s lost fleet! Can you, as Nancy Drew, track down the treasure before time runs out?

  • Play as Nancy Drew and George – see her best friends, George Fayne and Bess Marvin, for the first time
  • Immerse yourself in the Bahamas diving, sailing, and interacting with island wildlife
  • Play mini-games with the monkeys at the research center to earn fun prizes
  • Choose from Junior or Senior Detective difficulty levels

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Thanks to Baronzef for submitting this game to the site