Update, : Lord Winklebottom Investigates added at rank #5.
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Overboard! (2021)

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GET AWAY WITH MURDER. Highly replayable detective game where you're the one whodunnit. From the creators of 80 Days and Heaven's Vault.


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

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Return of the Obra Dinn (2018)

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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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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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Unheard (2019)

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What if you could hear every word spoken at the scene of a crime? “Acoustic Detectives” wanted for testing our new device! Return aurally to crime scenes and use the voices you hear to identify potential suspects and solve the mysteries. What is it that’s connecting these seemingly unrelated cases?

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  • detective
  • audio-driven
  • mystery
  • non-linear
  • story
  • puzzle
  • crime
  • simulation

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Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders (2019)

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A thrilling point-and-click adventure game where you play as Di Renjie, ancient China's most famous and gifted investigator, as he tracks a serial killer in the heart of the Tang Dynasty's capital city.


  • detective
  • point-and-click
  • pixel
  • historical
  • conversation
  • investigation
  • crime
  • fiction
  • interactive
  • mystery
  • minimalist
  • adventure
  • narrative
  • story
  • linear

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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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Disco Elysium (2019)

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Disco Elysium is a groundbreaking role playing game. You’re a detective with a unique skill system at your disposal and a whole city block to carve your path across. Interrogate unforgettable characters, crack murders or take bribes. Become a hero or an absolute disaster of a human being.

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  • rpg
  • detective
  • noir
  • choices
  • isometric
  • open-world
  • story
  • visual-novel
  • rng
  • old-school
  • character
  • surreal
  • exploration
  • atmospheric
  • point-and-click

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