Game Vortex writes: "It's hard not to look at The Hardy Boys' first real foray into the interactive media, and compare it to the Nancy Drew series developed by Her Interactive. And while The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft doesn't quite match the quality of the Nancy Drew games, there does seem to be a solid foundation being laid to make the series of Hardy Boys games really enjoyable.
The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft isn't bad visually. Actually, the developers seemed to do a good job updating the characters and scenario for the modern time. Instead of keeping the characters in their goody-two-shoes, 1950's style family, the characters are less than perfect, and really resemble modern teens a lot more than before."