84 Best Detective Games

Detective is a subgenre of Mystery-fiction and Crime-fiction, in which a detective or an investigator either an amateur, professional or retired investigates the crime and often murder. The detective games take place in the fictional environment full of puzzles, mysteries, and objectives. The player as the detective must investigate the crime scene, interact with the environment to find clues, analyze them, interrogate the suspect and find the person who is guilty. The detective is the person who is responsible for solving the murder, and criminal cases to enhance his reputation in the city. There are four different types of detectives such as the Amateur Detective, the Private Detective, the Police Detective, and the Forensic Specialist. Some detective games are inspired by television shows. In these games, the player deals with mysterious, crime scenes, suspects, environment, and clues. Some detective games use point and click interface to control the character, and while some games use hidden and object elements to fulfill the requirement or catch the guilty person.
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The Wolf Among Us

The Wolf Among Us is an Interactive Drama, Episodic and Graphic Adventure video game developed by “Telltale Game”. The story of the game is based on “Bill Willingham” Comic Book Series named as “Fables”.
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Layton’s Mystery Journey

Layton’s Mystery Journey is a Single-player, Puzzle and Adventure video game developed and published by Level-5. The game serves as the seventh title in the series of Professor Layton and revolves around the struggle of the new protagonist named as Katrielle Layton, who are looking for her missing father named as Professor Hershel Layton.
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L.A Noire

L.A Noire is an Action-Adventure, Interactive Drama, Third-person Shooter and Stealth video game by Team Bondi. Featuring the protagonist Cole Phelps the game is set in the city of Los Angeles.
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Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst

Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst is an Adventure, Puzzle, Hidden Object and Single-player video game produced by Big Fish Games. It is the 5th main entry in the series of Mystery Case Files game.
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The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

Are you familiar with Sherlock Holmes? Well Sherlock Holmes was a finest detective the world has ever seen. Sherlock Holmes had the unique skills of solving the most difficult cases and nobody else could find the clues and evidence that he could.
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The Blackwell Convergence

The Blackwell Convergence is the third game in the Blackwell series and is developed by Wadjet Eye Games. This Graphic Action-Adventure and Interactive Drama video game features the character of Rosangela Blackwell a spiritual medium, and her spirit guide Joey Malone who basically provides with a connection between the ghosts and the living.
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The Last Express: Gold Edition

The Last Express: Gold Edition, developed by DotEmu is a fascinatingly addictive and quite engaging Action-Adventure, Thriller and Interactive Drama video game. The game is set in the year 1914 and takes you to the mysterious adventures of Orient Express.
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Kentucky Route Zero

Kentucky Route Zero is an Episodic Point-and-Click Action-Adventure video game developed and published by Cardboard Computer. This indie game is available to play on PC (Microsoft Windows), Mac OS and Linux.
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Murdered: Soul Suspect

Murdered: Soul Suspect is and adventure game developed by Alright Games and Published by Square Enix. The story of the game kick starts from an American town named Salem. With a third person perspective, the player controls the main character of the game Ronan (formerly and agent) and explores the town walking and running through different places and buildings like churches, apartments, graveyards etc.
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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a great Point and Click Adventure game developed and published by The Astronauts. This game was initially developed solely for PC (Microsoft Windows) but later on the company decided to launch a PlayStation 4 compatible version and that is expected to get in to markets in early 2015.
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Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey

Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey is an episodic Puzzle Point and Click and Adventure video game. This 3D game surrounds the interacting characters, game world exploration and a lot of puzzles to solve.
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Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is an Adventure, Puzzle and Single-player video game developed and published by Capcom for iOS and Nintendo DS. The story of the game centers on the deceased protagonist named as Sissel and his ghost, who struggles to find the truth about him when he was alive and who killed him.
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Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders

Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders is an Adventure, Point and Click and Single-player video game offered by Artefacts Studio for multiple platforms. The game offers an exciting gameplay which leave you in the fictional land to explore a variety of crime scenes in different cities takes place in the stunning environment around the United States.
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Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall

Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall puts the player into the role of the protagonist who is a female detective and embarks him on an epic adventure. It combines the elements of Point and Click, Adventure and Exploration and supports single-player mode only.
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Dark Realm: Queen of Flames

Dark Realm: Queen of Flames is a Puzzle, Hidden Object, Point and Click and Single-player video game created and published by BigFish Games. According to the story, a team of mysterious force occurs and reduce the town to rubble and flames.
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Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst Unlocked

Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst Unlocked is an Adventure, Hidden Object, Point and Click and Single-player video game developed and published by BigFish Games. The game takes place in the fictional world threatened by some magical forces who are slaughtering lots of people.
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Monster Quest

Monster Quest is a Puzzle, Hidden Object, and Single-player video game for Windows. The game takes place in different location and lets you a chance to become a detective. There are various complex cases that you have to solve by finding clues.
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Resonance

Resonance, Developed by XII Games is an Action-Adventure and Interactive Drama video game. The game is about the death of a Physicist in a lab accident and the pursuit for his hidden Legacy (Resonance Tech) between the people of a specific group.
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The Blackwell Epiphany

The Blackwell Epiphany developed by Wadjet Eye Games offers a wonderful blend Action-Adventure and Interactive Drama elements. The game is about a strange force that if catches onto someone, tears him/her apart and the person vanishes into the thin air without a trace.
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Gemini Rue

Gemini Rue is a Graphic-Adventure, Interactive Drama and Cyberpunk video game developed by Wadjet Eye Games. The story of the game bases on point-and-Click Puzzles and investigations and lets you explore the game world, interact with NPCs, collect clues and objects and engage in quite exciting Gun-play.
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Jurassic Park: The Game

Jurassic Park: The Game, presented by Telltale Games is an Episodic, Interactive Drama and Graphic Action-Adventure video game based on the Jurassic Park Movie Franchise. The game takes place in the time between the first and the second Jurassic park movies.
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Detective Grimoire

Detective Grimoire is an addictive, Point and Click and Single-player video game developed by SFB Games and published by Armor Games. The game is a mix of Adventure and Puzzle elements and takes place in the fantastic world filled with traps, puzzles, and clues.
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Sam and Max Episode 205: What’s New, Beelzebub?

Sam and Max Episode 205: What’s New, Beelzebub mixes the Graphic Adventure, Point-and-Click, and Puzzle Solving elements developed by Telltale, Inc. and published by GameTap LLC. The game is played from a third-person perspective and put the player in the role of the detective, who has to find and bring the soul of Bosco.
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Hotel Dusk: Room 215

Hotel Dusk: Room 215 is an Adventure, Point and Click and Single-player video game created by Cing and published by Nintendo. The game takes place in the stunning environment and puts you in the role of the protagonist named as Kyle Hyde.
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The Trace: Murder Mystery Game

The Trace: Murder Mystery Game is an Adventure, Hidden Object, Detective, Crime-solving and Single-player video game created by Relentless Software for mobile platforms. The game takes place in the fictional world and puts the player in the role of the detective who must solve a variety of murder cases by investigating the scene, collecting the clues, interrogating the suspects and solving the mind-bending puzzles.
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Mission: Impossible

Mission: Impossible is an Adventure, Stealth, Third-person Action and Single-player video game created and published by Ocean Software. The game offers an action-packed gameplay based on the adventure movie of the same name released in 1996.
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Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor

Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor is an Adventure, Point and Click, and Single-player video game created by Her Interactive and published by DreamCatcher. It is the 11th installment in the long-running series of Nancy Drew and available to play on Mac and Windows platforms.
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations is an Adventure, Visual Novel and Single-player video game published and developed by Capcom. It is the third marvelous title in the series of Ace Attorney, following Justice for All, released in 2002.
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Cause of Death

Cause of Death (also known as Cause of Death: Can You Catch The Killer?) is a Single-player, Visual Novel and Detective video game created by EA Mobile. The game takes place in the fictional world populated by criminals, and serial killers.
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Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel

Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel is the 8th entry in the series of Nancy Drew and revolves around Adventure and Point and Click gameplay by Her Interactive. The game lets you a chance to become a detective and engage yourself in puzzle experience.
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Condemned: Criminal Origins

Condemned: Criminal Origins is an Action, First-person Perspective, Horror-Survival and Single-player video game produced by Monolith Productions and published by Sega. The game offers exploration gameplay with a heavy emphasis on melee combat, solving-puzzles, including finding clues, searching for fingerprints and more.
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Scooby-Doo Mystery

Scooby-Doo Mystery is an Adventure and Single-player video game created by Argonaut Software. It is a mixture of two different video game, one of the game was published for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and brings Adventure genre with platforming elements.
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Insecticide

Insecticide developed by Crackpot Entertainment is an Action-Adventure, Third-person Perspective and Single-player video game for Windows and Nintendo platforms. The game focuses on shooting and platforming mechanics and a series of levels characterized by puzzle-solving and interrogating.
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Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill

Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill is an Adventure, Point and Click, and Single-player video game in the series of Nancy Drew game by Her Interactive. The game combines the elements of Puzzle, Exploration and First-person perspective.
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Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse

Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse developed and published by Her Interactive is an Adventure and Single-player video game available to play on Windows and Mac platforms only. The game combines the elements of Puzzle and First-person perspective and takes place in the fictional world.
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Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne is a Single-player and Third-person Shooter video game created by Remedy Entertainment and published by Rockstar Games. It is the sequel to the Max Payne game and it takes place in the fictional world.
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Mystery Case Files: Fate’s Carnival

Mystery Case Files: Fate’s Carnival is an Adventure, Puzzle, Hidden Object and Single-player video game released by Big Fish Games. It is the tenth entry in the series of Mystery Case Files, and the game combines the elements of hidden object and point and click.
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Mystery Case Files: Broken Hour

Mystery Case Files: Broken Hour is an Adventure, Hidden Object and Single-player video game released by BigFish Games. The game combines the elements of horror and puzzle and takes place in the fictional mansion where you can take on the role of the protagonist who is a photographer.
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Adam Wolfe: Flames of Time

Adam Wolfe: Flames of Time is an addictive, Puzzle, Hidden Object and Single-player video game released by BigFish Games. The game casts you in the role of the protagonist named as Adam Wolfe who is an investigator and takes place in the street of San Francisco invaded by criminal organization.
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Clue

Clue is a Top-down, Strategy, and Single-player Board video game created by EAI Interactive and published by Atari Interactive, Inc. The game takes place in the mansion and casts you in the role of the protagonist who is a detective.
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Hidden Objects: Mystery Crimes

Hidden Objects: Mystery Crimes is an immersive, Puzzle, Hidden Object, Adventure and Single-player video game by Storm8 Studios. The game takes place in different locations and puts you into the role of the detective and includes a variety of criminal scenes to solve.
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True Crime: Streets of LA

True Crime: Streets of LA is an Action-Adventure, Exploration, Third-person Perspective, Online, Single and Multiplayer video game developed by Luxoflux and published by Activision. The game takes place in an open world environment and focuses on Los Angeles.
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Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight is an Action-Adventure, Super Hero, Exploration, Open World and Single-player video game created by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It is the fourth main entry in the series of Batman: Arkham and takes place after the event of Batman: Arkham City 2011.
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Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek

Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek is an Adventure, Point and Click, Female Protagonist, and Single-player video game developed by Her Interaction. The player can take on the role of the protagonist named Nancy Drew who is a female detective, and her main task is to navigate the environment, find clues, interrogate a suspect and solve mysteries.
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True Crime: New York City

True Crime: New York City is an Acton-Adventure, Open World, Third-person, and Single-player video game created by Luxoflux and published by Activision. The game revolves around the story of the protagonist who is a gangster and turned police officer named Marcus Reed.
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Grim Fandango

Grim Fandango is a Graphics Adventure, Puzzle and Single-player video game created and published by LucasArts. The game lets you control a character named Manuel and takes place in the fictional world called Land of Dead, in which you must complete challenging puzzles.
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D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die

D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is a great Episodic, Interactive Drama and Action-Adventure video game developed by Access Games. The game lets you be the protagonist David Young, a Private Detective who struggles to investigate about the murder of his wife.
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Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is an Action-Adventure, Horror-Survival First and Third-person Shooter video game by Headfirst Productions. The story of the game revolves around the character of Jack Walters who is a mentally unstable freelance detective.
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Rizzoli and Isles: The Masterpiece Murders

Rizzoli and Isles: The Masterpiece Murders is probably the best hidden object and case solving video game as compared to a lot of titles of the same genre. The game puts you into the character of a female detective whose duty is to gather objects/clues from the crime scenes and solve the case by analyzing the objects in the lab for blood samples and fingerprints and by using her skills and intuition.
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Crime Scene

Crime Scene or also known as Criminology is a Nintendo Ds specific video game. The game lets you solve different murder cases as Detective Matt Simones and tasks you with visiting the crime scenes, collect hidden objects/evidence/clues, get them to your lab and analyze them for finger prints and blood samples, investigate the possible suspects and record their alibis and finally solve the case by using your skills and the results of your findings.
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