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Social Deduction

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 48 games from the last 14 years, with 1,194 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to trick your friends.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Collecting, Communication, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Play, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 1,194
 

 

Wildermyth

Release Date: 15/06/2021

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Wildermyth is a medieval role-playing game about diverse heroes and themes. You take on evil in a number of stories, each with different heroes and settings. The focus is on the characters as much as their adventures, who are believable, diverse and...

Overboard

Release Date: 02/06/2021

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Overboard is a murder mystery narrative game played in reverse. You murder your husband at the start of the game and then try and get away with it. It's played on a ship where the characters are affected by your choices and change their actions...

Rainbow Billy

Release Date: 05/10/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan is a role-play adventure where you save the world from a colourless darkness. Unusually, battles are won through listening and conversation rather than traditional attacks. It combines the excitement and...

Thief Town

Release Date: 26/09/2014

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Thief Town is a 2-4 player game where you play in a crowd of identical characters. You must first work out which one you are and then spot the other human players to attack them. Get it wrong and all you do is reveal yourself.

Hidden in Plain Sight

Release Date: 16/07/2014, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

This unique battle requires keen observation rather than quick reflexes. Up to four players fight to protect or assassinate the king, catch a thief or race across the screen without being stopped. The twist is that you each have numerous...

Style Boutique / Savvy Style (Series)

Release Date: 23/10/2008, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and DS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Style Boutique (Style Savvy) is a role play game where you play a fashion shop owner. You work on the style of your fashion collection as well as your own clothes, makeup and so on.

Immortality

Release Date: 30/08/2022

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

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. It's...

Among Us

Release Date: 16/11/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Among Us is a strategy game where crew-mates prepare their space ship for launch by completing tasks. However, one of the players is an impostor intent on sabotaging the ship and killing the crew. As the game progresses in real time the impostor...

Impostor (Roblox)

Release Date: 17/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Impostor is a space survival game like Among Us. It is a community created version of that official game on Roblox as Impostor, but also on Minecraft as a couple of minigames called Among Us and Impostor. The Roblox game is a version of Among Us for...

Storyteller

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Storyteller is a puzzle game about building stories. You use a set of icons to matching what is happening in each frame of the story. It's a simple challenge that gets the mind-stretching as you construct some of history’s greatest stories using...

Inscryption

Release Date: 19/10/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and PS5

Pieces: Cards

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...

Piggy (Roblox)

Release Date: 23/01/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Piggy Roblox game is an adventure horror game where you are a police officer trying and survive from being killed by a Piggy character. Through a series of chapters, you play in a range of scenarios where you are under threat of murder from a family of...

The Longest Road on Earth

Release Date: 20/05/2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

The Longest Road on Earth is a narrative game of four chapters about everyday life. You play as different anthropomorphic animals living mundane lives. Its combination of minimal interaction and slow-paced stories aims to uncover moments in time that...

A Place for the Unwilling

Release Date: 25/07/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and Stadia

A Place for the Unwilling is a narrative adventure set in the final 21 days of a dying city. You investigate the city and its inhabitants to piece together what has happened. However, the clock is always ticking and the city carries on, with or without...

Hitchhiker

Release Date: 15/04/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Hitchhiker is a narrative game set on lost highways. Unlike other interactive stories, Hitchhiker is intentionally dense and hard to follow. In fact, your goal is to unravel the puzzle of your own backstory.

Buildings Have Feelings Too

Release Date: 22/04/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Buildings Have Feelings Too is set in a city where buildings can walk and talk. Not only that, but each has aspirations, hopes and fears. Your job is to create a city that works for all the buildings, a task that will see your city planning pulled in...

Hidden Agenda

Release Date: 24/10/2017

Platforms: PS4

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

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.

Spy Party

Release Date: 12/04/2018

Platforms: PC

Spy Party is a one-versus-one game about observing behaviour. One player is a spy at a party among many computer-controlled guests, with a list of missions. The other player is a sniper who must spot the human-controlled spy by watching the way they are...

Strange Horticulture

Release Date: 21/01/2021

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Strange Horticulture is an occult puzzle detective game where you run a plant shop. While you identify and sell new plants to your customers you discover and influence their interweaving lives. It's unusual because your power is in your knowledge of...

Boyfriend Dungeon

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Boyfriend Dungeon is an adventure set in an urban dungeon where weapons transform into potential dating partners. It's a mix of a brawling action game and a dating simulator.

Project Winter

Release Date: 23/05/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Project Winter is a multiplayer survival game. Up to 8 people work to survive the winter by gathering resources, repairing structures, and braving the wilderness dangers together. However, up to two people are traitors within the group and try to dash...

Argument Wars

Release Date: 16/09/2016, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

Argument Wars is an adventure game where you play a lawyer in a U.S. Supreme Court. It's a card game that recreates constitutional arguments behind some important historical cases.

First Class Trouble

Release Date: 08/04/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

First Class Trouble is a survival puzzle game where six players must work together and against each other to survive a disaster. It's a social deduction game, like Among Us, so the real trick to surviving is working out which players are robot Personoids.

Secret Shuffle

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Secret Shuffle is a rhythm game where up to 60 players dance to music and have to try and spot who is listening to the same track as they are. It's unusual because the action happens in the room rather than on the screen, but the app is essential for...

Subdefuge

Release Date: 07/03/2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Subterfuge is a strategy game played with human opponents. The game is designed to be played over a week or so, to give players time to talk between goes. This encourages players to team up, trick or double-cross other players to get them to make the...

Triple Agent

Release Date: 20/07/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Triple Agent is a parlour-style game that uses one device passed between 5-9 players, assigning them either an agent or double-agent role as the game starts. There are tip-offs from the game about other players, the discussion around the table with each...

Bam Fu

Release Date: 04/05/2013, updated in 2015

Platforms: iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Bam Fu is a competitive puzzle game where you must change coloured icons to match your colour by tapping them. The novelty is that you play with up to four other people on one device. Each person competes to turn the tiles to their colour. It's an...

Digital Compass

Release Date: 07/08/2015, updated in 2019

Platforms: Web

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Digital Compass is an adventure game set in a fictional fantasy town. You choose from a series of eight young characters facing tough decisions about civic life: social media, homework, popularity, sports and romance to name a few.

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

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

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

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

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...

Despelote

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Despolete is a sports adventure where you play a child in school in Ecuador. All you want to do is play football. But you have to wait for the day to be over before you can play. The game is set in 2001, and Ecuador is within reach of qualifying for the...

Please Knock On My Door

Release Date: 07/09/2017

Platforms: PC

Please Knock on My Door is a narrative puzzle about someone suffering from depression and social anxiety. By making choices you help them get through work and reach out to friends. But more than the mechanics of self-care, the game engages with the...

The Magister

Release Date: 16/06/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

The Magister is a roleplaying adventure where you play a detective sent to investigate the murder of a fellow Magister. You explore the point-and-click adventure to find clues, follow leads and befriend villagers. But then there's a card game to uncover...

Immigration Nation

Release Date: 31/07/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Immigration Nation is a strategy game about guiding newcomers to the country along their path to citizenship. You are in charge of Immigration Bay with an inflow of boats, each with their own story to understand.

MP For A Week

Release Date: 11/04/2016

Platforms: Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

MP For A Week is a puzzle game where you play an MP for a week. That might sound sedate and a little boring, but things soon kick off as you try and survive a week in politics. Like Reigns, you need to balance keeping your party, your voters and the...

Not Tonight (Series)

Release Date: 17/08/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Not Tonight is a tongue-in-cheek role-play adventure where you challenge the political establishment in alternative versions of Post-Brexit Britain (in the first game) or capitalism-run-rampant America (in the sequel). You take on a time pressured...

The Sexy Brutale

Release Date: 11/04/2017

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

The Sexy Brutale is a time-loop adventure puzzle where you explore a mansion stuck in the same day as its inhabitants are being killed off.

Dread Hunger

Release Date: 26/01/2022

Platforms: PC

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...

Harmony Square

Release Date: 06/11/2020

Platforms: Web

Harmony Square is a text-based adventure game about fake news. You live in idyllic Harmony Square and are hired as Chief Disinformation Officer whose job is to disturb the square’s peace and quiet by fomenting internal divisions and pitting its...

Triangle Strategy

Release Date: 04/03/2022

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Triangle Strategy is an action role-playing game that combines a complex branching plot with grid-based battles like Fire Emblem or Advance Wars. It stands out not only for its unusual diorama visuals, but by creating an intertwining story of many...

Unspottable

Release Date: 22/10/2020

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

Unspottable is a puzzle game where you try and work out which of the identical characters are controlled by other players and which are computers. It's a race to punch your friends before they punch you, but the more times you get it wrong the more...

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