The Best Detective Games for Nintendo Switch

Update, : Lord Winklebottom Investigates added at rank #17.
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The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles (2021)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Immerse yourself in a dramatic yet charming and witty world of evidence-gathering, deduction and courtroom battles with this double-pack of the adventures of rookie lawyer Ryunosuke.

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  • visual-novel
  • detective
  • crime
  • drama
  • historical
  • mystery
  • western
  • narrative
  • crossover
  • adventure

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Chicken Police - Paint it RED! (2020)

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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.

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  • detective
  • visual-novel
  • noir
  • story
  • crime
  • conversation
  • dialogue
  • animal
  • humor
  • cats
  • satire
  • adventure
  • clicker
  • point-and-click
  • nature

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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.

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

4

Labyrinth City (2021)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows IOS iPhone

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!


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

5

Inspector Waffles (2021)

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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...

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  • 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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Lost at sea 1803 ~ The good ship Obra Dinn.

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

7

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.

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

8

Conway: Disappearance at Dahlia View (2021)

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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.

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  • 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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