The Best Detective Games

Update : The Rise of the Golden Idol added at rank #1.
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The Rise of the Golden Idol (2024)

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PC Windows Android IOS iPhone Xbox Series X/s

The Award-winning detective saga returns. Uncover the truth behind 15 strange cases of crime, death and depravity in the 1970s. The world has changed dramatically - the sins of humanity have not.

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  • detective
  • mystery
  • crime
  • puzzle
  • investigation
  • pixel
  • fiction
  • conspiracy
  • political
  • historical

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looK INside (2024)

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PC Windows

Investigate the mysterious death of an unidentified young woman, in this shocking psychological thriller kinetic novel.

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  • point-and-click
  • visual-novel
  • thriller
  • horror
  • noir
  • psychological
  • relaxing
  • detective
  • dark
  • mystery
  • casual
  • investigation
  • narration
  • 2d
  • hand-drawn

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Chronique des Silencieux (2024)

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PC Windows

Set in 1970s southern France, you play a rookie private eye tasked to dig out the secrets of a stubborn old man. Think on your feet while you follow your leads : ask questions to witnesses, detect their lies, hypothesize why and finally confront the silent ones running from their past.

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  • detective
  • point-and-click
  • noir
  • isometric
  • story
  • atmospheric
  • visual-novel
  • historical
  • conversation
  • crime
  • exploration
  • funny
  • adventure
  • mystery

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Kona & Snowrabbit (2024)

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PC Windows

Kona, an ice artist with a reputation for mischief, and Snowrabbit, a white-furred snow rabbit full of desire. After hearing the story of Aquus, the mermaid goddess, the two down-on-their-luck artists break into the monastery of Aquus, nicknamed "the sea on land," to make a statue of a goddess.

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  • top-down
  • detective
  • shooter
  • bullet-hell
  • first-person
  • walking-simulator
  • survival
  • inventory
  • 3d
  • atmospheric
  • mystery
  • quebec
  • humor
  • casual
  • massively

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Forest Grove (2023)

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Xbox Series X Xbox One PC Windows

In Forest Grove, a teenage heiress has gone missing. Foul play is suspected. Uncover a cast of characters, collect evidence, and find the truth in this futuristic detective game!

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  • detective
  • silent
  • mystery
  • protagonist
  • crime
  • lore
  • nonlinear
  • investigation
  • logic
  • crime-fighting
  • walking-simulator
  • immersive
  • exploration
  • drama
  • story

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This Bed We Made (2023)

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This Bed We Made is a third-person mystery game in which you play as a maid in a 1950s hotel and snoop around strangers' rooms to uncover their deadly secrets. Discover what links guests together in this tale of love, heartbreak and murder!

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  • mystery
  • noir
  • detective
  • cinematic
  • lgbtq
  • third-person
  • walking-simulator
  • investigation
  • 1950s
  • crime
  • fiction
  • choices
  • historical
  • story
  • romance

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Kona II: Brume (2023)

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Nintendo Switch Linux PC Windows Xbox One

Northern Québec, 1970. A bizarre mist —the Brume— is disconnecting a rural mining village from its quiet reality. Step into the shoes of Detective Carl Faubert as he unfolds the mysteries haunting the region while battling for his own survival.


  • surreal
  • detective
  • mystery
  • investigation
  • snow
  • narration
  • interactive
  • exploration
  • walking-simulator
  • story
  • fiction
  • first-person
  • adventure
  • action-adventure
  • 3d

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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.


  • detective
  • mystery

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Master Detective Archives: Rain Code (2023)

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Nintendo Switch

Master Detective Archives: Rain Code is a visually stunning and engaging mystery adventure game that combines Danganronpa's art style with a noir atmosphere. Solve murder mysteries in the rain-soaked city of Kanai Ward, accompanied by a mischievous ghost partner. Uncover clues, examine evidence, and unravel unexpected twists in this standout experience. A must-play for fans of the genre.

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What we like:
  • Visually stunning
  • Engaging gameplay
  • Unexpected twists
  • Colorful cast of characters
What could be improved:
  • Some underwhelming chapters

  • detective
  • mystery
  • crime
  • detective-in-training
  • visual-novel
  • anime
  • narrative

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Crime O'Clock (2023)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Mac OS

Crime O'Clock is a hidden objects investigation and time exploration game with a deep storyline. Investigate cases through time and evolving maps by unveiling a multi-eras linked story. Will you be observant enough to solve the mysteries? Crime waits for no man!


  • detective
  • crime
  • investigation
  • point-and-click
  • comic
  • hidden-object
  • book
  • mystery
  • hand-drawn
  • logic
  • puzzle
  • narration
  • choices
  • comedy
  • 2d

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