The Best Detective Games for Nintendo Switch - Page 2

Update : Kona II: Brume added at rank #45.
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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

Become the most celebrated detective of all time: Sherlock Holmes! Use your impressive talents as a detective to solve six thrilling and varied cases: murders, missing persons, spectacular thefts and numerous investigations that sometimes lead you into the realms of the fantastic.


  • detective
  • crime
  • mystery
  • adventure
  • puzzle

12

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles (2021)

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85
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Nintendo 3DS Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch PC Windows

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is a prequel to the popular Ace Attorney series that takes players through case after case packed with wonderful characters, stories and clever brain teasers. Engage in multi-pronged conversations with numerous different characters and explore lavishly detailed environments for clues. Solve puzzles as you take on the role of a lawyer trying to prove your client's innocence in court.

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What we like:
  • Richly detailed art direction
  • Period-accurate references
  • Entertaining writing
  • Clever animations and character designs
  • Multiple witnesses take the stand simultaneously
  • Extra content such as DLC costumes and developer commentary
What could be improved:
  • Clues can be hard to connect during trials

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

13

Backbone (2021)

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Mac OS PC Windows Linux Playstation 4 Xbox One Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch Android

Backbone is a post-noir narrative adventure. Become raccoon private eye Howard Lotor and explore dystopian Vancouver inhabited by animals as you uncover a deeply personal story of change and transformation.

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  • detective
  • dystopian
  • pixel
  • adventure
  • narrative
  • mystery
  • noir
  • puzzle
  • conspiracy
  • point-and-click
  • stealth
  • post-noir

14

Lamplight City (2018)

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Mac OS PC Windows Linux Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone

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?

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

15

Strange Horticulture (2022)

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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.

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  • mystery
  • investigation
  • puzzle
  • nature
  • detective
  • relaxing
  • lovecraftian
  • exploration
  • multiple-endings
  • choices
  • 2d
  • alternate-universe
  • simulation
  • clue
  • lovecraft

16

The Case of the Golden Idol (2022)

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Mac OS PC Windows Nintendo Switch

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
  • crime
  • fiction
  • pixel
  • puzzle
  • investigation
  • thriller
  • conspiracy
  • point-and-click

17

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.

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  • crime
  • mystery
  • detective
  • open-world
  • exploration
  • psychedelic
  • investigation
  • visual-novel
  • first-person
  • surreal
  • multiple-endings
  • story
  • demons
  • choices
  • stylized

18

The Wild Case (2021)

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80
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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Android IOS iPhone Mac OS Linux

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.

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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

19

Agatha Christie - Hercule Poirot: The London Case (2023)

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Xbox One Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 PC Windows

Hercule Poirot is back in a brand-new adventure, set in the heart of London.

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  • detective
  • mystery

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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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