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Social Deduction Games Rated ESRB MATURE 17 and Older

Games aren't only about quick reactions and shooting things. Many games, like the parlour games of the past, are about communication and quick wits. There is a whole group of games that are more about talking to other players than anything else.

These social deduction games put players in an unusual situation to work together to survive. However, one or more participants are secretly tasks with bringing the group down from the inside. These traitors usually need to do this carefully, because being found out means the main group can expel them from the game.

Some of these games, like Thief Town, Spy Party or Unspottable, challenge players to act in such a way that their in-game behaviour won't give them away. Other games in the list, like Among Us or First Class Trouble, require players to talk in the real world as well as in-game to build a case against each other.

This list includes 6 games from the last 5 years, with 47 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to trick your friends.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 16 to PEGI 18
Australian Ratings: MA 15+ to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Communication, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Role-Play
Total Likes: 47



Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 19/10/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 25 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: D Mullins Games (@DMullinsGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Inscryption starts as a card-based adventure where you build a deck of cards to take on adventures and battles. To this, it adds escape-room style puzzles, both in the card game and in the room in which you are playing. The result is a psychological...

Hidden Agenda

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/10/2017

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Super M Games (@SuperMGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 6 players in the same room

Hidden Agenda is an adventure noir crime thriller. It's from the people who made Until Dawn, but uses the PlayLink technology to let multiple people play on the PlayStation using their smartphones to interact and make decisions.

Dread Hunger

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 26/01/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Communication, Fighting, Open World and Role-Play

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Dread Hunger Game (@DreadHungerGame)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game

Dread Hunger is a strategy survival game where you venture into the arctic wastes to find coal and food to keep your ship running, while trying to uncover the players who are two secret killers. In many ways like the hugely popular [link to...

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/02/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Dim Bulb Games (@DimBulbGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a narrative adventure game about sharing stories. You travel across the Depression-era United States discovering and collecting the stories of the people and places you encounter on your journey. You use this...


Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Mr Sam Barlow (@MrSamBarlow)

Players: This is a single-player game

Immortality is a mystery horror game where you investigate the lost movies of Marissa Marcel to unravel the mystery of her disappearance. As you paw through the footage, you uncover a story that spans three decades in unnerving and horrific ways.

Who Pressed Mute on Uncle Marcus?

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 18/03/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Wales Inter (@WalesInter)

Players: This is a single-player game

Who Pressed Mute on Uncle Marcus? is a murder mystery game with footage of real actors. Your family meets to play a board game on zoom, but before you start you discover someone has poisoned Uncle Marcus. You have to both play the quiz and glean...

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