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Inspector Waffles (2021)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox One

Inspector Waffles is a point&click detective game in which you follow the story of a witty cat detective. Will you find out who killed Fluffy, the beloved CEO of Box Furnitures? The first hints are leading to something bigger than expected...


  • detective
  • pixel
  • point-and-click
  • noir
  • dog
  • mystery
  • cats
  • crime
  • investigation
  • narration
  • old-school
  • funny
  • thriller

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Return of the Obra Dinn (2018)

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Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Mac OS PC Windows

Lost at sea 1803 ~ The good ship Obra Dinn.


  • detective
  • mystery
  • atmospheric
  • story
  • puzzle
  • single-player
  • naval
  • historical

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Hypnospace Outlaw (2019)

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Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Hypnospace Outlaw is a '90s internet simulator in which players act as Enforcers, volunteer moderators who scour Hypnospace's surreal network of weird and wonderful websites to hunt down wrongdoers while also keeping an eye on their inbox, avoiding viruses and adware, and downloading a plethora of apps that may or may not be useful.


  • detective
  • simulation
  • 1990s
  • alternate
  • alternate-world
  • nostalgia-driven
  • funny
  • parody
  • puzzle
  • conspiracy
  • pixelated
  • point-and-click
  • surreal
  • retro

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Conway: Disappearance at Dahlia View (2021)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Playstation 5 PC Windows

Sometimes it takes a nightmare to wake a place like Dahlia View. Lead the investigation into a missing child and discover the dark secret of Dahlia View in this story-driven observational thriller from the creators of The Occupation and Ether One.


  • detective
  • investigation
  • thriller
  • mystery
  • conversation
  • crime
  • emotional
  • drama
  • fiction
  • cinematic
  • narration
  • exploration
  • puzzle
  • story

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Backbone (2021)

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Unfold the mysteries of a dystopic animal society inhabiting retrofuturistic Vancouver in a noir stealth adventure coming in 2019. Backbone is a pixel art cinematic adventure with stealth and action elements. As a private investigator Howard Lotor you are set to solve detective cases, interrogate witnesses, explore the intriguing retrofuturistic Vancouver, and sneak your way to safety using smell-based stealth mechanics. Backbone collides the visual and social contrasts of film noir with anthropomorphic animals and dystopian fiction. Crawl through the dark alleys of pixelated Vancouver, and experience the impactful storyline focused on themes of power and prejudice.


  • detective
  • dystopian
  • pixel
  • narrative
  • mystery
  • visual-novel
  • stealth
  • adventure
  • puzzle
  • conspiracy

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Strange Horticulture (2022)

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Nintendo Switch 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
  • multiple-endings
  • mystery
  • nature
  • detective
  • puzzle
  • relaxing
  • lovecraftian
  • choices
  • exploration
  • simulation
  • conversation
  • lovecraft
  • 2d
  • cult

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (2014)

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

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

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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Chicken Police (2020)

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Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox One PC Windows

Chicken Police is an "Animal Noir Adventure Game", set in the fictional world of the Wilderness, featuring a gripping, dark story, mature themes and a unique sense of humor. The game has classic point & click elements, mixed with visual novel style dialogue-heavy storytelling.


  • detective
  • visual-novel
  • dialogue
  • noir
  • satire
  • animal
  • story
  • film-noir
  • classic
  • adventure
  • beautiful
  • narration

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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. 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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