Our roster of the best mystery games is all set to provide you with a total of eleven offerings which will blow your minds with their amazing detective offerings. Games containing mystery elements don’t need to do much to have your attention, as their gripping plots and the constant questions of who, what, when and where which resonate in your minds provide you with lots of reasons to keep getting back into them. Here’s a list of eleven such offerings which we’ve gathered for you today.
1 – Still Life 2
An extremely detailed adventure game, Still Life 2 revolves around the investigation of a sly serial killer who doesn’t seem to be leaving behind any clues. One of the main highlights of Still Life 2 is that it lets you switch between the detective and one of the victims, in order to let you gain two perspectives on the case. It’s available for PC and Mac.
2 – Alan Wake
Alan Wake is psychological horror at its finest. This gem of a game revolves around a series of incidents in the life of an author who starts experiencing events from his own novel which he never remembers having written. The psychological horror that is presented in each and every level that’s filled with frenzied combat and challenging puzzles makes this game a must have. It’s available for the Xbox 360 and PC.
3 – Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Apart from everything else it is, Amnesia: The Dark Descent is an incredibly scary game. This PC, Mac and Linux offering tells the story of an man named Desmond who awakens without any memory of the past, and finds himself inside a castle that’s filled with mysterious monsters. Played through the first person perspective, it features some very challenging puzzles as well.
4 – The Testament of Sherlock Holmes
Released just last year, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes kicks in its own unique story which is not based on any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works. Sherlock is intrigued by a grand case which has him under the blame for theft, fraud and double-crossing. Everything from inspecting crime scenes, finding clues, following trails, interrogating suspects and much more is available through this PS3, Xbox 360 and PC offering.
5 – Heavy Rain
Described as an interactive drama action-adventure, Heavy Rain is unlike anything you’d have ever seen before. It’s a beautiful film Noir thriller which revolves around the mystery of a serial killer who uses periods of rainfall to drown his victims and leaves origami figures next to them before leaving. Equipped with adventure-based interactive gameplay, it features a non-linear narrative. This wonderful offering is only available for the PS3.
6 – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies
This title places you in the shoes of a lawyer named Phoenix Wright fighting a grim case at a time when the Japanese legal system has entered a dark era. Interesting gameplay traits such as the Mood Matrix feature which lets you psychoanalyze witnesses, and the Perceive System, which allows you to notice a witness’ nervous habits find their way into this Nintendo 3DS game.
7 – Gemini Rue
This straight up adventure game takes you into the 23rd century in a star system which has been devastated by a war between the colonized worlds. It focuses on two protagonists who help us discover dark truths about the world they are living in. Gemini Rue features attractive cyberpunk graphics as well, and is available for PC and iOS right now.
8 – Deadly Premonition
Deadly Premonition is a lot of things at once. It’s bizarre yet engrossing. It’s humorous yet filled with horror. And we can speak for hours about it. Playing as special agent Francis York Morgan, you are tasked with investigating the brutal murder of a young local beauty in the town of Greenvale. Deadly Premonition should definitely be played by you for its strange offerings. It’s out now for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
9 – L.A. Noire
L.A. Noire incorporates a neo-noir theme which reminds you of classic crime flicks such as Chinatown, L.A. Confidential, Taxi Driver and more. It puts you in control of an LAPD police officer who must solve a range of cases across five departments. More than anything, L.A. Noire is appealing due to its innovative investigation mechanics which go as far as to let you judge suspects based on their facial expressions. This neat game can be purchased currently for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
10 – Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened
Filled with ridiculously awesome puzzles for you to solve, The Awakened is one of the finest Sherlock Holmes games ever. It has Holmes and Watson a investigating into a series of strange disappearances related to the Cthulhu Mythos. The game’s dark themes bring a lot of character into its offerings, and its large open world environments act as incredible playing grounds. This PC-only offering is available now through Steam and as well as via retail.
11 – Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is a puzzle adventure game which requires you to solve various mysteries filled with brain teasing puzzles. Out now for the Nintendo 3DS, it has been equipped with stunning music and graphics, apart from some really memorable characters. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is an extremely charming adventure which should appeal to any fan of the mystery solving genre.
Those are all the best mystery games we’d like you to have a look at. We love all of them, but do read through their descriptions to see if they suit your needs.