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Solve a Mystery Games for 12 to 14 Year-Olds

Like a good crime drama or whodunnit novel, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. However, rather than just watching these mysteries while someone else does the heavy lifting, these video games place you firmly in the role of the detective. Gathering statements, sifting evidence and making intelligent leaps of deduction requires care and attention. These investigations makes these games slower than others, but it’s worth the effort each time you find the correct conclusion and move the story on.

These games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique, first-hand sleuthing challenge.

This list includes 36 games from the last 24 years, with 349 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to solve a mystery.

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, Communication, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click, Push-Your-Luck, Puzzle, Role-Play, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth and Strategy
Total Likes: 349
 

 

The Touryst

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/11/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Shinen Games (@ShinenGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Touryst is a puzzle based adventure, where you seek to unlock the mysteries of an archipelago of sun-drenched islands. That's if you want to of course, because the adventure can wait if you'd rather soak up the sun and make the most of your time...

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13-18 year-olds

Release Date: 23/08/2017

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle, Shooting and Stealth

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is an action-adventure game where you Chloe Frazer and your counterpart Nadine Ross seek the Tusk of Ganesh. Set in the Western Ghats mountain ranges of India in the midst of a civil war, it's the first Uncharted game not to...

Immortals Fenyx Rising

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 03/12/2020

Price: 65% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Accessibility: 43 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: This is a single-player game

Immortals Fenyx Rising is a mythical adventure game where you play Fenyx, exploring the huge open world, solving puzzles and fighting evil fantasy creatures. Fenyx is a newly winged demigod, who was prophesied to be the one to save the Greek Gods' home...

Return of the Obra Dinn

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/10/2019

Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Dukope (@Dukope)

Players: This is a single-player game

You play a shipping company agent assessing what happened on board a fictional East India Company ship where all the passengers have all mysteriously died. Exploring the ship, you can revisit the moment of death for each body in order to identify each...

Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 15/02/2012

Platforms: PS Vita

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Shooting and Stealth

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Bend Studio (@BendStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Uncharted: Golden Abyss is an action-adventure game. It's a spin-off of the Uncharted series, although also a substantial experience in its own right that features the series protagonist, Nate. As with the other games you explore, run, jump and shoot...

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-14 year-olds

Release Date: 12/12/2014, updated in 2019

Price: 50% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, GBA, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Capcom USA (@CapcomUSA_)

Players: This is a single-player game

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a courtroom murder mystery series where you piece together clues to challenge testimonies and uncover the truth. It’s like a visual novel, although you must interact with characters and evidence to progress.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13-18 year-olds

Release Date: 19/11/2007

Platforms: PS3 and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Shooting and Stealth

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog)

Players: This is a single-player game

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is an action-adventure where you, treasure hunter Nathan Drake, follow in the footsteps of your ancestor Sir Francis Drake in search of El Dorado. You run, jump, fight, shoot, and explore a rich world that unfolds a film-like...

What Remains of Edith Finch

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/04/2017, updated in 2017

Price: 70% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Giant Sparrow (@GiantSparrow)

Players: This is a single-player game

Edith Finch is the surviving member of the Finch family, who seem to have died from a curse. In first-person perspective, you return to the family’s coastal home to learn about each relative’s final hours by exploring their rooms in turn.

Alan Wake

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/05/2010

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: Remedy Games (@RemedyGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Bright Falls is the sleepy Midwest setting for this Twilight Zone-style horror game. The action focuses on surviving attacks from possessed ‘Taken’ locals. You use flashlights to burn away the possession before dispatching them with firearms. It’s...

Karlson

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: Dani Dev YT (@DaniDevYT)

Players: This is a single-player game

Karlson is a platform game where you take on shooting, running and jumping challenges to complete the level by getting to the tongue-in-cheek Milk prize. The focus is on skilled movement and precision shooting. As you fight your way out of the facility,...

Control

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2019

Price: 70% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Remedy Games (@RemedyGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

This game is an outlandish paranormal fantasy where you are swept into a role as the new director of the Federal Bureau of Control agency of the ‘paranatural’. With impressive cinematic visuals and storytelling, your interactions involve exploring,...

Hitchhiker

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 15/04/2021

Price: 50% off

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

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Mad About Pandas (@MadAboutPandas)

Players: This is a single-player game

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.

The Forgotten City

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/07/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Mod N Story Teller (@ModNStoryTeller)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Forgotten City is a mystery adventure. You explore and relive the final days of a cursed Roman city, where if one person sins, everyone dies. It starts as a bewildering array of characters, locations and information but over multiple goes your...

Returnal

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/04/2021

Platforms: PS5

Genres: Action, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: House Marque (@HouseMarque)

Players: This is a single-player game

Returnal is a sci-fi shooting game played in repeating rounds that slowly change the world and your character. You are a pilot stranded on a mysterious planet and must investigate and fight through the world to both survive and solve the repeating...

Rusty Lake: Roots

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/10/2016

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rusty Lake: Roots is an unusual point-and-click puzzle-horror game that has you piecing together your family tree. With a wide range unusual puzzles and game mechanics, like growing a literal family tree, it tells a story of a broken family and dark...

Hypnospace Outlaw

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/04/2019, updated in 2020

Price: 40% off

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

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

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Tendershoot (@Tendershoot_)

Players: This is a single-player game

Hypnospace Outlaw is a puzzle game where you explore a simulation of the internet in the 1990s. Your role is to enforce good behaviour by finding misconduct on the pixelated pages. It's not only a unique piece of historical fiction but because its web...

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1999, updated in 2019

Platforms: Game Boy and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is an adventure-puzzle game in the Zelda series and universe. A remake of the 1993 Game Boy game of the same name, this one is set on Koholint Island and follows Link after he is stranded and must find a way back to...

Vane

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/01/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC and PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Friend and Foe Dev (@FriendAndFoeDev)

Players: This is a single-player game

Vane is an ethereal adventure in a ruined desert where strange golden dust transforms a free-spirited bird into a determined young child. The premise is not all that uncommon, but Vane stands out for how you soar over the dessert and climb your way...

A Detective's Demise

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/10/2020

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Dusk Light Pro (@DuskLightPro)

Players: This is a single-player game

Pitch Black A Detective's Demise is an adventure game set in a technological noir-detective world. You play using sound alone which offers voice acting and environmental sound effects to enable you to navigate.

Cube Escape Collection

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/04/2015, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Cube Escape Collection is a set of 9 point-and-click escape room style games set within the Rusty Lake universe. As you follow a murder case through the games, you uncover secrets and hidden meaning in unusual places that enable you to piece...

Neurodeck

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/04/2020

Price: 86% off

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Role-Play and Strategy

Accessibility: 28 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Tavrox Games (@TavroxGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Neurodeck is a psychological adventure game where you use life affirming cards to challenge a series of monsters in a fictional experimental treatment program. Each monster represents a phobia and offers a chance to explore your character's psyche and...

Recore

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 26/08/2016, updated in 2016

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Shooting

Developer: Asobo Studio (@AsoboStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Recore is an adventure platform game where you control Joule Adams, one of the first volunteers for the utopian colony of Far Eden, who wakes after centuries in cryo-sleep to find that nothing has gone according to plan. With her three robotic machines...

The Outbound Ghost

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Role-Play

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: Conradical Games (@ConradicalGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Outbound Ghost is a narrative role-play about a ghost on a quest to solve the cause of their own death, and help other ghosts come to terms with their own post-mortal existence. It's inspired by [link to game/Paper+Mario+The+Origami+King Paper...

Fallout 76 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/11/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play, Shooting and Stealth

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Bethesda (@Bethesda)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 24-player online game

Fallout 76 is an open world adventure. You are a survivor of a nuclear war from Vault 76, which was designed to contain the best and brightest people, trained to re-start society once the radiation levels were safe to do so. Unlike other [link...

Samsara Room

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/09/2013, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

Players: This is a single-player game

Samsara Room is an abstract point-and-click puzzle-horror game. By solving the puzzles hidden throughout the room, you uncover an uneasy story about judgement and atonement told through the things you find.

Rusty Lake Hotel

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/12/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rusty Lake Hotel is a surreal point-and-click adventure with a tangential horror narrative. While set in the same universe as the other games in the Rusty Lake series, it tells its own standalone story that only shares loose connections with the other...

The Things We Lost In The Flood

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/06/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Crap Weasel (@Crap_Weasel)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Things We Lost In The Flood is a minimalist adventure. You sail through a flooded world, building and improving your pixilated boat as you go. Along the way you can write messages for others to discover, and toss them into the drink in a bottle.

Blind Drive

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/03/2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Lo Fi People (@LoFiPeople)

Players: This is a single-player game

Blind Drive is a driving adventure game you play with audio rather than visuals. You are Donnie and are in a scientific study that has got out of control. You find yourself cuffed to the wheel of a car driving blindfolded against traffic. It's tongue in...

The Legend of Tianding

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/11/2021

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Developer: Liau Thiam Ting (@LiauThiamTing)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Legend of Tianding is a running, jumping and fighting game where you play a fugitive vigilante in Taipei city. It stands out for its unusual cultural setting, comic book storytelling and fast combat action. Based on real events, real people and real...

The Past Within

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game

The Past Within is a co-operative puzzle game where you solve a mystery by communicating with the past. You play the game with another person, either in the same room or elsewhere, by communicating what your different times and perspectives reveal.

Sensorium

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Rbd Jelly Fish (@RbdJellyFish)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sensorium is a puzzle game set in a freely explorable island. You need to solve puzzle to access rooms, which usually contain more puzzles granting access to deeper recesses of the buildings.

Card Shark

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Narrative and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Nerial (@Nerial)

Players: This is a single-player game

Card Shark is an adventure game about a French 18th century con artist. With your partner, you go from location to location swindling politicians and royals with the devious card cheat mini-games you learn. It looks like a card game, but actually it's a...

Citizen Sleeper

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/05/2022

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

Genres: Communication, Narrative, Point-and-Click, Role-Play and Sequencing

Accessibility: 24 features

Pieces: Dice

Developer: Jump Over The Age (@JumpOverTheAge)

Players: This is a single-player game

Citizen Sleeper is a role-play game set in the ruins of interplanetary capitalism. You are an escaped worker exploring a lawless space station, making friends and (ultimately) trying to escape your past. Each cycle you roll dice and decide how to spend...

Grim Fandango Remastered

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/10/1998, updated in 2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

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

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Double Fine (@DoubleFine)

Players: This is a single-player game

Grim Fandango Remastered is a point and click adventure. Set in the Mexican Land of the Dead, you are Manny Calavera, a travel agent for the recently deceased. After struggling to earn enough commission you steal a virtuous client from a colleague and...

One Button Travel

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-12 year-olds

Release Date: 26/11/2015

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Coding Monkeys (@CodingMonkeys)

Players: This is a single-player game

One Button Travel is a stylish text adventure where you communicate across time to try and cancel your permanent holiday in a dystopian future. You try and save your accomplice, who's already stuck in the future, by making choices and solving puzzles....

Qube 2 (Q.U.B.E. 2) (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/03/2018

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Toxic Games (@ToxicGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Qube 2 is a puzzle adventure game where you play as archaeologist, Amelia Cross, who has awoken in an alien building with no memory of why she is there (and what the strange gloves she is wearing are for). What emerges is a unique puzzle game with...

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