The Best Detective Games for IOS iPhone

Update : The Rise of the Golden Idol added at rank #19.
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The Case of the Golden Idol (2022)

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In The Case of the Golden Idol, you take on the role of a detective tasked to investigate a string of cases related to a mysterious golden idol. You must piece together evidence from the frozen tableau at each crime scene and solve puzzles in order to explain what happened.


What we like:
  • Innovative puzzles
  • Elegant execution
  • Trial-and-error approach and pure deduction available
  • Sherlockian texture that plays out in imagination
  • Captivating 18th century thriller
What could be improved:
  • Rudimentary artwork
  • Requires feats of deduction that may be difficult for some players

  • detective
  • mystery
  • conspiracy
  • point-and-click
  • crime
  • investigation
  • pixel
  • fiction
  • historical
  • thriller
  • narrative
  • puzzle

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Chicken Police (2020)

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Chicken Police - Paint it RED! is an off-kilter adventure game and visual novel that takes you to the city of Clawville as private detective Sonny Featherland and his partner, Marty MacChicken investigate a case. Follow them as they meet the denizens of the seedy underbelly, interrogate suspects and investigate crime scenes in this hard-boiled noir.


What we like:
  • Smoothly running game
  • Well-made
  • Excellent story supported by good voice acting
  • No-longer weird seeing animal heads on human bodies
What could be improved:
  • Initial weirdness of seeing animal heads on human bodies
  • Minimal action with only occasional minigames

  • detective
  • visual-novel
  • noir
  • mystery
  • point-and-click

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Judgment (2018)

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Fight for the truth and uncover the twisted crime running deep beneath the surface of Tokyo. In this legal thriller , the balance between justice and mercy teeters on the edge.

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  • detective
  • crime
  • fight
  • drama
  • combat
  • spin-off
  • narrative

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GHOST TRICK: Phantom Detective (2023)

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Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows Android

In Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, you're a ghost solving your own murder mystery before sunrise. With time manipulation, object possession, and mind-bending puzzles, you'll uncover a story full of twists and turns. This HD remaster offers an upgraded visual experience, new music arrangements, and a gallery of artwork, making it the ultimate version of this classic adventure.

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What we like:
  • Engaging story with satisfying twists
  • Endearing, unique characters
  • Fantastic art style and graphic upgrades
  • Fun voice acting
  • Intriguing puzzle-solving mechanics
What could be improved:
  • Puzzles can be frustrating and require trial-and-error
  • Unhelpful hint system
  • Lack of bonus content

  • puzzle
  • mystery
  • detective
  • cult
  • adventure
  • narrative
  • supernatural
  • classic
  • assassin

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Overboard! (2021)

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IOS iPhone Nintendo Switch Android PC Windows Mac OS

Overboard! is an exciting mystery game where you play as Veronica Villensey, a 1930s femme fatale who throws her husband overboard on a boat eight hours away from New York. You must help her get away with her crime by getting her off the boat scot-free when it docks. With visuals and music that evoke the 1930s, and the ability to direct your own story with multiple endings, this game is sure to keep you entertained.


What we like:
  • Open world visual novel gameplay
  • Multiple endings
  • Replayable
  • Short playthroughs
  • Fun 1930s visuals & music
What could be improved:
  • Short playthrough times may be a con for some players

  • visual-novel
  • crime
  • mystery
  • choices
  • detective
  • narrative
  • fiction
  • comedy
  • novel
  • interactive
  • adventure
  • conversation
  • sailing
  • cover
  • puzzle

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Lamplight City (2018)

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Mac OS IOS iPhone Nintendo Switch Linux PC Windows

A steampunk-ish detective adventure from the creator of A Golden Wake and Shardlight! Can you help private investigator Miles Fordham find justice for his clients and track down his partner's killer before his entire world comes apart?


  • detective
  • point-and-click
  • steampunk
  • alternate
  • adventure
  • mystery
  • noir
  • historical
  • pixel
  • crime
  • hand-drawn
  • third-person

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The Wild Case (2021)

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Linux Mac OS IOS iPhone Android Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Embark on a journey to an eerie village shrouded in mystery in The Wild Case. Solve puzzles, negotiate with inhabitants, and uncover supernatural occurrences in this atmospheric adventure. With stunning hand-drawn graphics and haunting sound effects, immerse yourself in an open world that will keep you on edge. Unravel the secrets of the forgotten village if you dare.


What we like:
  • Short but well-rounded gameplay
  • Intriguing mystery with satisfying ending
  • Beautiful hand-drawn artwork
  • Atmospheric music and sound effects
  • Adequate price point
What could be improved:
  • Lack of motivation for replayability
  • Rough English translation
  • Story not frightening for adults

  • detective
  • point-and-click
  • story
  • puzzle
  • hand-drawn
  • atmospheric
  • 2d
  • adventure
  • text
  • supernatural
  • exploration
  • first-person
  • investigation
  • linear
  • narration

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Voodoo Detective (2022)

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Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone Android Mac OS Linux PC Windows

Do you like adventure, comedy, and dime store detective novels? Then boy have we got the game for you! Join Voodoo Detective in a hand-drawn, point-and-click noir where you’ll pit your wits and hoodoo know-how against a sinister evil that’s taken root on beautiful Zo Wanga Isle.


  • point-and-click
  • noir
  • detective
  • investigation
  • hand-drawn
  • conversation
  • mystery
  • 2.5d
  • comedy
  • cartoony
  • story
  • adventure
  • 2d
  • funny
  • romance

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Cube Escape Collection (2020)

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Thank you for playing the Cube Escape Collection! We fixed a few bugs in this new version.


  • puzzle
  • detective
  • horror
  • point-and-click
  • mech
  • resource
  • dream
  • waves
  • real-time
  • endless
  • achievements
  • classic
  • bite-sized
  • buildings
  • experimental

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Labyrinth City (2021)

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IOS iPhone PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Adapted from the bestselling children’s book series Pierre The Maze Detective, play as Pierre in this adventure/puzzle game and recover the stolen Maze Stone. Journey through breathtakingly hand-drawn illustrations, meet eccentric characters, and solve puzzles to save Opera City!


  • book
  • detective
  • hidden-object
  • 2.5d
  • comic
  • collectathon
  • hand-drawn
  • maze
  • collector
  • creature
  • cartoony
  • colourful
  • adventure
  • stylized
  • casual

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