Mystery games are great choices for gamers who love detailed detective stories as well as fun puzzle games. Thanks to these often immersive games, fans finally get to be a part of their favorite stories and solve the most twisted and complicated crimes in gaming history. These games will let players go after dangerous murderers, be private detectives, or even a renegade cop who plays by his own rules.
However, mystery PC games are capable of giving fans much more than a good brain-teaser. Since mystery game creators are great at choosing ambient music, building unique worlds, and increasing the gaming experience with stunning graphics, so, players can face some of the best video game villains in a way they will never forget.
9 L.A. Noire
This film noir-inspired detective action game is perfect for players who are looking for classic mysteries. It’s an interactive story that’s set in 1947, Los Angeles, and is one of the best immersive open-world games in a historical setting where players get to become an L.A. cop named Cole Phelps. Players have to solve various crimes including brutal serial murder cases, do suspect interrogations, go to crime scenes, and of course, find and solve all the clues in this atmospheric game.
L.A. Noire is also a great choice for casual gamers and newbies because it’s not only one of the best of its kind but one that lets players skip sequences they find too difficult, which makes the game much more enjoyable for all types of gamers.
8 The Wolf Among Us
The Wolf Among Us is an episodic graphic mystery game based on the beloved Fables comic book series and is one of the best games for true crime fans who also love twisted versions of fairy tales. In this visually beautiful game, fairytale characters are getting murdered and players will control the protagonist of the story; Detective Bigby AKA Big Bad Wolf who is the sheriff of Fabletown.
While it’s a fairy tale character-based game it’s still a mature thriller story with some pretty gruesome murders. The investigation isn’t as detailed in this game but every choice the player makes has a serious impact on the outcome of the story.
7 Lucifer Within Us
Lucifer Within Us is a great choice for gamers who are into demons and all things supernatural. In this supernatural mystery game, players can take on the role of a digital exorcist and use their deduction and observation skills to solve increasingly intricate murders involving demons who forced people to commit these terrible crimes.
During the investigation, players have to examine all the evidence, including testimonies of the suspects, purify the possessed, and even purge demons if they can find them. It’s a fun game that will give players a unique story and some great opportunities to use their wits.
6 Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon
This interactive movie video game where players get to enjoy a first-person perspective through Tex a private investigator who gets involved with a dangerous blood cult. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco in 2042 and offers full freedom of movement to its players.
While the game is set in the future it still has a chill 90s vibe in which players can also enjoy great jazz music that’s fitting to a classic film noir. While exploring this 3D world fans have to find clues and solve the mystery before all of mankind gets destroyed by the evil forces.
5 Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments
While there are plenty of bad games based on movies but from time to time a good one arrives and Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments is a good example of that. This adventure mystery game is not only for Sherlock fans but for every gamer who likes first-person detective games and wouldn’t mind waking in the shoes of the world’s greatest fictional detective.
Players will have to explore 19th-century London while using their deduction skills, collect evidence, and solve puzzles to find the culprit. This game has some of the most brain-teasing mysteries that will put all players’ detective skills and intuitions to the test.
4 The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is one of the most fun detective games that’s never gritty or dark but still gives players a nice amount of mystery-solving opportunities. It’s a visual novel and a game in one with a story that spans over two separate games.
The story is set in Japan during the Meiji period when being a defense attorney was still a new profession. The game also has a fantastic narrative and funny characters which makes it truly enjoyable. Fans can play the game or just watch it while it plays out like a series. The storytelling mode of the game is also a great option for beginners who are new to detective games and want to get used to the ins and outs of the genre before getting to the harder parts.
This post-noir indie gem offers a one-of-a-kind cinematic narrative experience to its players along with a great story and well-written characters. It’s a gorgeous retro-style game with intriguing mysteries set in a dystopian Vancouver populated by various anthropomorphic creatures.
The game’s protagonist is Howard Lotor, a raccoon private detective. It’s not the toughest mystery game out there but one that deals with serious themes and challenges its players to think deeper when it comes to social issues. Players who find the game too difficult or don’t know where to start can find great beginner tips for Backbone to make the game easier and more enjoyable.
1 Disco Elysium
Disco Elysium not only has one of the best video game cops ever created but it’s a non-traditional RPG that’s won numerous awards for both its stunning art and exceptional narrative. The story takes place in a run-down city decades after a devastating war.
The game’s main character is a detective who starts out as an amnesiac and is tasked to solve a brutal murder mystery. During the investigation, players have full control over the character and can even choose to suppress or use the detective’s personality traits and ideologies. It’s a unique game that’ll challenge players’ crime-solving skills while keeping them thoroughly entertained throughout the whole gameplay.
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