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Hypnospace Outlaw (2019)

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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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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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Lord Winklebottom Investigates (2022)

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It’s the 1920s and the world’s foremost detective is about to embark on his most challenging case yet. Thankfully, in this world that’s not quite like our own, there’s nobody better to crack the case than the great detective and gentleman giraffe, Lord Winklebottom.

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  • detective
  • mystery
  • crime
  • investigation
  • puzzle
  • narrative
  • comedy
  • dark
  • point-and-click
  • adventure
  • surreal
  • classic

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The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark (2021)

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Delouse your room with sage and pack up your travel-sized ouija board, it’s time to re-enter Twin Lakes - America’s 34th most haunted city. Join Detective McQueen as he puzzles his way through 6 chilling cases, risking life and pixelated limb to solve the macabre mysteries that plague the poor town.


  • comedy
  • point-and-click
  • dark
  • funny
  • detective
  • pixel
  • humor
  • mystery
  • investigation
  • supernatural
  • text
  • adventure
  • demons
  • puzzle
  • retro

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Beat Cop (2017)

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A retro, pixel art style adventure in New York, inspired by 80’s cop shows. You are Jack Kelly and you’ve been framed into murder. Now as a regular beat cop you have to find out, who did that. Expect thick crime story, a lot of black humour and all the other things you can find on the streets of Brooklyn.


  • detective
  • pixel
  • crime
  • retro
  • local
  • 1980s
  • boss
  • dash
  • point-and-click
  • adventure
  • interface
  • old-school

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Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala (2018)

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The demonic preacher has escaped to the remotest mountains in pursuit of a grim secret that could give him ultimate power. He has already eluded the investigation of the protagonist detective and her partner Hamilton twice: once in Maple Creek, and again in Ravenwood. It’s no mystery that this time it’s personal.


  • detective
  • hidden-object
  • mystery
  • puzzle
  • adventure

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Agatha Christie - Hercule Poirot: The First Cases (2021)

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The first three games were developed by American developer AWE Productions and published between 2005 and 2007 by The Adventure Company, a division of DreamCatcher Interactive. In 2006 Dreamcatcher Interactive and its intellectual property was bought by Austrian publishing company JoWooD Entertainment. Since the acquisition, DreamCatcher has continued to launch titles both under The Adventure Company and DreamCatcher labels including the fourth game in the Agatha Christie series (which was co-developed by AWE Productions and Black Lantern Studios for the Nintendo DS handheld console and was published by Dreamcatcher).


  • detective
  • mystery
  • investigation
  • crime
  • conversation
  • isometric
  • story
  • interrogation
  • adventure
  • narration
  • puzzle-loving

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Demon Hunter: Ascendance (2022)

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You slump into your chair after another day of investigations. Just as you start to lose yourself in the glow of the TV screen, the telephone rings. The museum curator needs your help - a tourist has gone missing. You smirk at his warning of paranormal goings-on; that's what Demon Hunters are for.

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  • hidden-object
  • mystery
  • detective
  • adventure
  • puzzle
  • demons
  • casual
  • supernatural
  • crime
  • point-and-click
  • horror

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Rainswept (2019)

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Rainswept takes you on an emotional adventure in a small town shaken by a double shooting. Join Detective Stone and unravel entangled threads of love, relationships and unresolved trauma in this character driven murder mystery game.


  • detective
  • mystery
  • crime
  • cinematic
  • emotional
  • fiction
  • psychological
  • walking-simulator
  • narrative
  • local
  • story
  • interactive
  • atmospheric
  • drama
  • 2d

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The Darkside Detective (2017)

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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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