Update, : Beacon Pines added at rank #6.
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IMMORTALITY (2022)

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Xbox One PC Windows Xbox Series X

Marissa Marcel was a film star. She made three movies. But none of the movies were ever released. And Marissa Marcel disappeared. An interactive trilogy from Sam Barlow, creator of Her Story.


  • mystery
  • detective
  • horror
  • interactive
  • narrative
  • discovery
  • non-linear
  • pause
  • fiction
  • story
  • thriller
  • drama
  • crime
  • fmv
  • puzzle

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The Forgotten City (2021)

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

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
  • story
  • exploration
  • travel
  • walking-simulator
  • rpg
  • adventure
  • action-light
  • investigation
  • time

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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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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.


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

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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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Beacon Pines (2022)

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Xbox One PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X

Beacon Pines is a cute and creepy adventure set within a mysterious book. Sneak out late, make new friends, uncover hidden truths, and collect words that will change the course of fate!


  • narrative
  • choices
  • mystery
  • cute
  • cozy
  • colourful
  • story
  • adventure
  • narration
  • horror
  • exploration
  • interactive
  • emotional
  • visual-novel
  • hand-drawn

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Overboard! (2021)

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PC Windows Mac OS IOS iPhone Nintendo Switch dos amiga atari st snes genesis game gear Android

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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Outer Wilds (2019)

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Playstation 5 Xbox Series X PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox One

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
  • discovery
  • puzzle
  • sci-fi
  • open-world
  • space
  • adventure
  • first-person
  • narrative

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AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES - nirvanA Initiative (2022)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 4

Special Agents Mizuki and Ryuki, along with their AI partners Aiba and Tama, are tasked to solve the bizarre Half Body serial killings in this sequel to the critically acclaimed AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES.

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  • visual-novel
  • crime
  • mystery
  • anime
  • point-and-click
  • detective
  • sci-fi
  • puzzle
  • adventure
  • narrative

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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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