Update, : Pentiment added at rank #7.
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The Forgotten City (2021)

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Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox One

The Forgotten City is a narrative-driven time loop adventure in ancient Rome. Discover the ruins of an ancient underground city, travel 2000 years into the past, and unravel the mystery of who destroyed it by cleverly exploiting the power to wind back time. The fate of the city is in your hands.


  • mystery
  • narrative
  • travel
  • story
  • rpg
  • exploration
  • adventure
  • action-light
  • time
  • crime
  • investigation
  • discovery
  • multiple-endings
  • philosophical
  • silent

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Outer Wilds (2020)

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Xbox One Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 Xbox Series X PC Windows Playstation 4

Named Game of the Year 2019 by Giant Bomb, Polygon, Eurogamer, and The Guardian, Outer Wilds is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning open world mystery about a solar system trapped in an endless time loop.


  • exploration
  • mystery
  • puzzle
  • discovery
  • sci-fi
  • space
  • open-world
  • first-person
  • adventure
  • story

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Bugsnax (2020)

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Catch mysterious living snacks and feed them to your friends in this unusual island adventure!

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  • puzzle
  • narrative
  • horror
  • adventure
  • mystery
  • inventive
  • discovery
  • cute
  • muppet
  • comedy
  • story
  • colourful
  • psychological
  • first-person
  • collector

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Paradise Killer (2020)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 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.


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

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Ghost or Trick (2021)

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PC Windows ds

This game is a novel adventure game where the player becomes the assistant of Arthur, a detective, and solves mysteries. This time, you have to investigate the ghost that has appeared at the villa. Arthur is waiting for your help. Let's head to the villa as soon as possible.

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  • mystery
  • puzzle
  • detective
  • assassin
  • adventure
  • goldberg
  • choices
  • visual-novel
  • point-and-click
  • conspiracy
  • anime
  • drama
  • phoenix
  • manipulation
  • jackson

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Overboard! (2021)

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IOS iPhone Mac OS PC Windows Android Nintendo Switch

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
  • choices
  • detective
  • mystery
  • narrative
  • fiction
  • comedy
  • interactive
  • conversation
  • adventure
  • novel
  • sailing
  • cover
  • puzzle

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Pentiment (2022)

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Xbox One PC Windows Xbox Series X

Step into a living illustrated world in a time when Europe is at a crossroads of great religious and political change. Walk in the footsteps of Andreas Maler, a master artist who finds himself in the middle of murders, scandals, and intrigue in the Bavarian Alps.

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  • historical
  • narrative
  • mystery
  • medieval
  • choices
  • rpg
  • book
  • crime
  • adventure
  • detective
  • story
  • fiction
  • stylized
  • local
  • education

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Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins (2021)

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Playstation 4 Xbox One Nintendo Switch PC Windows Android IOS iPhone

Uncover the dark secrets of Wester Drumlins and confront a new evil in a thrilling found-phone mystery from the award-winning creators of Sara Is Missing and SIMULACRA.


  • mystery
  • horror
  • puzzle
  • sci-fi
  • interactive
  • simulacra
  • adventure
  • narrative
  • visual-novel
  • immersive
  • fiction
  • investigation
  • detective

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Strange Horticulture (2022)

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Mac OS PC Windows Nintendo Switch

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.


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

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Firewatch (2016)

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

Firewatch is a single-player first-person mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.


  • mystery
  • walking-simulator
  • narrative
  • first-person
  • exploration
  • story
  • park
  • adventure
  • boss
  • thriller

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