Update, : Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit added at rank #1.
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Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit (2022)

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Legends of the past come back to life in this charming point-and-click adventure. Pack your bags and journey with Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit through modern day Europe to uncover the secrets of the king who was never crowned.


  • point-and-click
  • mystery
  • choices
  • conspiracy
  • cartoony
  • detective
  • story
  • investigation
  • atmospheric
  • hand-drawn
  • 1990s
  • colourful
  • 2d
  • funny
  • adventure

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Chinatown Detective Agency (2022)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox One Mac OS PC Windows

Chinatown Detective Agency is a cybernoir point and click adventure blending stunning retro design with innovative mechanics. Play as Amira Darma, an ex-cop who has just opened her own detective agency. Choose your clients, travel around the world and solve dangerous cases using real world research.


  • point-and-click
  • detective
  • cyberpunk
  • investigation
  • noir
  • pixel
  • dystopian
  • trivia
  • mystery
  • dark
  • multiple-endings
  • crime
  • retro
  • story
  • choices

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The Darkside Detective (2017)

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Xbox Series X/s Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 stadia Nintendo Switch Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Detective Francis McQueen, who leads the underfunded Darkside Division must investigate evil occurrences in Twin Lakes City.


  • detective
  • point-and-click
  • supernatural
  • pixel
  • funny
  • adventure
  • comedy
  • puzzle
  • retro
  • mystery
  • humor
  • lovecraftian
  • story
  • old-school
  • cornball

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Paradise Killer (2020)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Paradise Island, a world outside reality. There’s been a murder that only "investigation freak" Lady Love Dies can solve. Gather evidence and interrogate suspects in this open world adventure. You can accuse anyone, but you’ll have to prove your case in trial to convict. It’s up to you to decide who’s guilty.


  • mystery
  • crime
  • open-world
  • detective
  • exploration
  • surreal
  • investigation
  • demons
  • first-person
  • psychedelic
  • alternate
  • visual-novel
  • multiple-endings
  • story
  • choices

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Ghost or Trick (2021)

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PC Windows ds

This game is a novel adventure game where the player becomes the assistant of Arthur, a detective, and solves mysteries. This time, you have to investigate the ghost that has appeared at the villa. Arthur is waiting for your help. Let's head to the villa as soon as possible.

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  • mystery
  • puzzle
  • detective
  • assassin
  • adventure
  • goldberg
  • choices
  • visual-novel
  • point-and-click
  • conspiracy
  • anime
  • drama
  • phoenix
  • manipulation
  • jackson

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The Innsmouth Case (2020)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Mac OS Playstation 4 IOS iPhone Xbox One

The Innsmouth Case is a choose-your-own-adventure game inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and the very first text-based adventure to combine horror and comedy in a fit and proper way.


  • choices
  • lovecraftian
  • detective
  • text
  • horror
  • multiple-endings
  • visual-novel
  • adventure
  • mystery
  • comedy
  • atmospheric
  • story
  • combine
  • speculative
  • novel

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Twin Mirror (2020)

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Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows

The small town of Basswood will be changed forever by ex-investigative journalist Sam Higgs in this thrilling narrative experience from award-winning studio DONTNOD. Will you find the truth – no matter the cost?

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  • detective
  • narrative
  • mystery
  • psychological
  • episodic
  • crime
  • choices
  • adventure
  • thriller
  • local
  • drama
  • story
  • supernatural
  • interactive
  • multiple-endings

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Strange Horticulture (2022)

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PC Windows

Strange Horticulture is an occult puzzle game in which you play as the proprietor of a local plant store. Find and identify new plants, pet your cat, speak to a coven, or join a cult. Use your collection of powerful plants to influence the story and unravel Undermere’s dark mysteries.


  • investigation
  • nature
  • multiple-endings
  • mystery
  • detective
  • lovecraftian
  • puzzle
  • choices
  • relaxing
  • exploration
  • simulation
  • conversation
  • 2d
  • dark
  • lovecraft

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (2014)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox 360 Playstation 3

The game takes place in London and its suburbs in 1894 and 1895, towards the end of the 19th century; it resonates with the Russian novel Crime and Punishment by author Fyodor Dostoyevsky focusing onto finding the right culprit and making the moral choice of absolving or condemning them. The game is the first in the series to use the Unreal Engine 3, and was inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories. The game is split into six cases of murders, disappearances and thefts written in the tradition of Doyle novels.[1]


  • detective
  • crime
  • adventure
  • investigation
  • mystery

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Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir (2021)

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Nintendo Switch family computer disk system super famicom Game Boy Advanced (GBA)

Hunt for clues, talk to suspects, and explore the Japanese countryside after tragedy strikes the wealthy Ayashiro family. Filled with suspense, this tale follows an amnesia-stricken detective trying to unravel his own past amidst the horrors of a harrowing murder investigation. Clouded with amnesia, you learn that you are a detective from a young woman and must return to your casesolving the murder involving the wealthy Ayashiro family.


  • visual-novel
  • detective
  • mystery
  • remake
  • supernatural

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