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    Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion (GBA)
    A Walkthrough by Michael Gray
    AKA The Lost Gamer (ilovecartoonssomuch@yahoo.com)
    Copyright 2009
    For a list of all my various guides, check
    Table of Contents:
    001.  General information
    002.  Video Walkthrough
    003.  Walkthrough
      003a. Chapter One
      003b. Chapter Two
      003c. Chapter Three
      003d. Chapter Four
      003e. Chapter Five
      003f. Chapter Six
      003g. Chapter Seven
    004.  Credits
    001-General Information
    This is a walkthrough for the 2001 GameBoy Advance (GBA) game 
    called Nancy Drew: Messasge in a Haunted Mansion. It is a port 
    of the 2000 PC game of the same name.
    You can contact me at ilovecartoonssomuch@yahoo.com if you want 
    to point out a mistake in my guide, put the guide on your 
    website, or something like that. 
    002-Video Walkthrough
    I made a video walkthrough for this game, so if you want to see 
    me beat this game in 40 minutes, along with my somewhat dull 
    commentary, you can see it here:
    The last puzzle of the game involves picking out ten Chinese 
    symbols in a row, so unless you're familiar with Hanzi, it's 
    good to have a visual reference for that puzzle.
    003a-Chapter One
    Chapter One starts with Nancy going to the haunted mansion in 
    California. Your goal for this chapter is to talk to everyone in 
    the mansion, solve a tile puzzle, then talk to Abby to see the 
    The game starts in the Chinese room, which is Nancy's room. 
    There's not much to see in the room besides a tapestry that 
    provides the clue for the final puzzle sequence of the game. 
    There's also a Chinese Hanzi symbol for daughter on the dragon. 
    Knowing what all the Hanzi are is also important for the final 
    puzzle sequence in the game; you may want to copy down all the 
    Hanzi that you see, along with their English translations.
    Leave the Chinese room to make it to the top floor. On the top 
    floor, you have Abby's room, stairs that lead down to the main 
    hall, stairs that lead to the downstairs (ie. non-main) hall, 
    and the dumbwaiter. Talk to Abby.
    Go downstairs. Charlie is in the basement, and Rose is in the 
    dining room. The doors connecting to those rooms can be found in 
    the downstairs hall. Louis is in the study, which is connected 
    to the study that's connected to the main hall.
    Rose has a tile puzzle for Nancy, which can be found on the 
    ground near her. You need to put all nine tile pieces into 
    Press B to rotate a tile, and press A to put it into place. You 
    can't put a tile into place unless it's in the correct position, 
    facing the correct direction. In other words, it's impossible to 
    put a tile into the wrong place. That makes the puzzle quite 
    So, talk to everyone about everything, solve the tile puzzle, 
    then talk to Abby. Once you do, the seance begins!
    Abby's seance shows that a ghost named Valdez is looking for his 
    wife. Also, there is a creepy sound effect. Fancy!
    003b-Chapter Two
    Your goal for this chapter is to fix the dumbwaiter, get inside 
    the attic, solve the piano puzzle and find the hidden note to 
    First up, let's head to the attic. Talk to Rose, and if you 
    haven't done so already, tell her you solved the tile puzzle. 
    She will then give you a new puzzle: the paint scraper puzzle. 
    Can you find a paint scraper in this game?
    Solution: It's in the main hall, near the paint can and paint 
    Head to the second floor, and go up the ladder that's to the 
    right of the staircase leading to the second floor from the main 
    hall. Climb up the ladder and scrape off the rotten tiles with 
    the paint scraper.
    Hey, there's a hidden attic here! It's locked, however. Nancy 
    has to find the key.
    Nancy will have to find TWO keys, actually, because there's a 
    locked desk in the attic, so to save some running around, you 
    might as well get one key now. Head to Nancy's room (the Chinese 
    room) and use the paint scraper on the bedpost. Presto! You find 
    the key to the desk.
    Head to the basement saloon. Charlie's not here, so you can 
    explore. Items of interest are the stuck fireplace grate and the 
    seance table, which has a tape inside. Looks like the seance was 
    faked. Well, of course it was! You didn't _really_ think there 
    was a ghost, did you?
    The important thing in the basement is the cash register. Open 
    it to find the key to the attic. All right!
    Head to the attic and open it with the key. Inside, spin around 
    and pick up all the various items: a tile, an iron and a 
    crowbar. There's also a locked desk that opens only when you use 
    the key found in Nancy's bedpost.
    Inside the desk, there is a playbill, some Chinese characters 
    and an odd music sheet. Is there more to this music than what 
    Nancy is seeing?
    Try to leave the attic, and the rope breaks. Use the crowbar on 
    the exit, then go down to the basement. Play the first five 
    notes of the song on the piano (B E G A and G -- if you don't 
    know how to play piano, a book in the library where Louis is 
    tells you how).
    That opens up the player part of the piano, and you get a player 
    Talk to Rose, and she gives you the job of fixing the 
    dumbwaiter. Open up the downstairs dumbwaiter and use the iron 
    on the rope. Then go to the upstairs dumbwaiter and take the 
    Go back to the attic and open up the locked desk. Use the player 
    roll on the music to get a hidden message: Find Diego on the 
    Leave the attic. At the top of the brown stairs, you can now 
    zoom in for a puzzle. Turn the various posts on the stairs to 
    spell out the word Diego. How? Turn the leftmost post once, the 
    rightmost post once, and the second-from-right post three times. 
    That spells out "Diego".
    This opens a hidden compartment. Zoom in, take the symbol and 
    read the letter to Diego (Valdez). Apparently, a treasure is 
    hidden inside the mansion. 
    003c-Chapter Three
    The goal of chapter three is to spy on Louis.
    Chapter three and the next few chapters are rather short. If you 
    want, you can explore in Abby's room when she's not there (you 
    can use the spider necklace in her room to open the dresser) to 
    make the chapter longer.
    Chapter Three begins with Nancy receiving the titular message in 
    a haunted mansion. AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!
    Head downstairs to the study, and, woah, what's that? A fire? 
    Quick! Grab the fire extinguisher inside the cabinet in the 
    corner, zoom in on the box that's on fire, and use the fire 
    extinguisher on the box to put out the fire.
    Once you're done talking to Rose about the fire, go to the study 
    where Louis usually stays. Now that he's gone, you can examine 
    the bookshelf near where he sits. A tile is hidden behind the 
    books here, and Nancy can take it.
    Look at the fireplace in this room. See the missing tiles? Put 
    the tiles onto the fireplace, then pull on the andiron. This 
    opens up a hidden passageway behind a bookshelf.
    Go inside the passageway, where you can look at a picture to 
    learn the Hanzi for child. Take the lantern, then go up the 
    stairs. There's a hidden peep hole here! Look through the peep 
    hole to see Louis steal a book. Not nice, Louis!
    003d-Chapter Four
    The goal of Chapter Four is to find the book that Louis stole.
    Pull on the lever here to exit the hidden room, then look on 
    Louis' computer. Fortunately, Louis leaves all his personal 
    information on his laptop, so Nancy has no trouble finding out 
    that the lock to the briefcase is 4653-4868.
    Go to Louis' briefcase and unlock it with that combination. Read 
    the book inside, which talks about Gum bo Fu.
    003e-Chapter Five
    The goal of this chapter is to read Charlie's term paper. Head 
    to the basement, and Charlie isn't there.
    Use the crowbar on the grate in front of the fireplace. Crawl 
    inside, but make sure to use your new lantern, or else Nancy 
    will fall into a hole, and the game will end.
    At the end of this hidden passageway is a hidden area where 
    Charlie lives. You can read a letter from him, look at his 
    Chinese food that he's eating and take his floppy disk.
    Go back to the library/study. Use the floppy disk on the 
    computer to read Charlie's paper. Apparently, Diego Valdez stole 
    a lot of gold from a bank over 100 years ago. Could this be the 
    treasure that Diego hid in the mansion?
    003f-Chapter Six
    The goal of chapter six is to investigate Gum bo Fu.
    Call Nancy's friend Emily Foxworth, who knows some Chinese 
    people. She promises to send Nancy a letter when she gets a 
    For some reason, calling Emily allows Nancy to ask Louis about 
    Gum bo Fu. Lie to Louis and say you read it in a magazine, or 
    else the game will end, as Louis will get Nancy fired. Louis 
    will lie to Nancy and say it means "house of great books".
    Ask Abby and Charlie about Gum Bo Fu. They don't know what it 
    means. Then talk to Rose. Rose doesn't know what it means, but 
    she has news: Nancy got a letter. This must be the letter from 
    Rose also mentions a puzzle in Nancy's room. Leave the dining 
    room to end the chapter.
    003g-Chapter Seven
    The goal of this chapter is to find the hidden treasure and stop 
    the culprit from stealing it.
    Head to Nancy's room and read the letter. "Gum Bo Fu" means 
    "Gold Treasure Mansion"! Wonder what mansion _that_ could refer 
    Anyway, like Rose said, there's a puzzle in Nancy's room. It's 
    near Nancy's bed, on the wall. This puzzle was impossible to 
    access earlier, and actually, it's a series of puzzles.
    The first puzzle is a zodiac puzzle. Do you know all twelve 
    animals of the zodiac? There's a book in Abby's room that says 
    the animals are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, 
    sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Click on all twelve in that 
    order to get another puzzle.
    This is the Chinese symbol puzzle. If you read the tapestry in 
    Nancy's room, you'll notice ten words are in yellow. Click on 
    the Hanzi for those ten words in the proper order.
    Child – found on the painting when spying on Louis
    Beginning – in the desk in the attic
    Daughter – on the dragon in Nancy's room
    Four – on a game tile in the library
    Eye – tea cup in dumbwaiter
    Fire – on insurance letter in the desk in Rose's room
    Moon – in the desk in Abby's room
    King – on the Chinese food box in Charlie's hidden room
    River – on the music score inside the piano seat
    Golden – on the letter from Emily
    I would recommend watching my video to see what the symbols look 
    like, as that takes less time than going back through the game 
    to find all the symbols you missed and writing them down.
    Once you solve the Chinese symbol puzzle, you can read a 
    marriage license between Diego Valdez and Lizzie Applegate 
    (who's a character I totally forgot to mention when typing up 
    this guide), as well as Diego's will.
    There is also a suspicious pyramid. Use the golden Chinese 
    symbol in Nancy's inventory (from the letter to Diego from under 
    the stairs) on the pyramid. You have another puzzle--turn all 
    the moons into suns.
    Solve this puzzle by clicking all four corners, then the middle 
    square. Fortunately, the difficult slider puzzle found in the PC 
    version of the game isn't here, and Nancy finds a red diamond.
    Remember what the letter to Diego said? Yeah, me neither. 
    However, I'm pretty sure it said something about finding the 
    hidden treasure. Go downstairs and zoom in on a phoenix head at 
    the bottom of the stairs. The phoenix is missing an eye.
    Put the red diamond in the phoenix eye slot, and light shines on 
    the floor. Zoom in on that area and use the crowbar to find the 
    golden treasure. Great!
    Then the culprit of the game knocks Nancy unconscious and steals 
    the gold. Not great!
    Turn around and head up the stairs to the right. See the cleat? 
    That's the thing which controls the chandelier. Undo it to get 
    the chandelier to fall down and land on top of the culprit.
    The culprit is trapped underneath the chandelier. The culprit 
    has been caught, and Nancy found the hidden treasure. I guess 
    that means it's game over. Great job, detective!
    This FAQ is copyright of The Lost Gamer, 2009.  If you want to 
    use any part of this FAQ, ask me first (instructions under 
    general information)

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