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Solve a Mystery Games Rated ESRB MATURE 17 and Older

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 37 games from the last 13 years, with 441 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 12 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: M to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation and Stealth
Total Likes: 441
 

 

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 12/08/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Mac, PC and PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Chinese Room (@ChineseRoom)

Players: This is a single-player game

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture lands you in a fictional deserted English village in 1984. As you walk the streets of another era you discover bright human forms who re-enact events like a radio play. Through their eyes, you see a web of fear,...

Firewatch

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/09/2016

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Camposanto (@Camposanto)

Players: This is a single-player game

Firewatch is an explorative adventure where you play a fire lookout in America’s Shoshone National Forest. It has a relational and conspiracy undertone similar to the podcast/radio drama and Netflix show [link to...

Paradise Killer

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 04/09/2020

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

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 41 features

Developer: Kaizen Game Works (@KaizenGameWorks)

Players: This is a single-player game

Paradise Killer is a detective game set in the open world of Paradise Island. It's a strange place with quirky characters and an alien obsessed, demon worshiping world. You are an exiled investigator brought back to solve the mass murder of the island's...

Lifeline (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 16/04/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: 3 Minute Games (@3MinuteGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lifeline is a narrative adventure where you interact with an astronaut, Taylor via text messages. You help him return home after crashing his aircraft on a foreign planet.

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...

Tell Me Why

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 27/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: DONTNOD Ent (@DONTNOD_Ent)

Players: This is a single-player game

Tell Me Why is a narrative game following the story of twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan, as they unravel the truth about their childhood and why they were separated. It's a story about the impact of families and the lengths we go to make them right.

Twelve Minutes

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 19/08/2021, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Faca Electrica (@FacaElectrica)

Players: This is a single-player game

12 Minutes is an adventure thriller game about a single apartment building. You view things from above and can interact with a simple click and drag interface. What starts as a romantic evening with your wife turns into a nightmare when a police...

Virginia

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 22/11/2016

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Developer: Variable State (@VariableState)

Players: This is a single-player game

Virginia is a mystery adventure game where you play a graduate FBI agent Anne Tarver as she investigates her first case: the disappearance of a boy in rural Virginia. You explore the world and find clues to solve the crime, all the time aware that other...

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 05/10/2018

Price: 70% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Ubisoft MTL (@UbisoftMTL)

Players: This is a single-player game

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is an action role-playing game set in the years 431–422 BCE during a mythological history of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. You play as a male or female mercenary fighting on both sides and attempting to...

Control

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2019

Price: 60% 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,...

Fire Escape

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 29/04/2020

Platforms: Android and PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Ink Stories (@InkStories)

Players: This is a single-player game

Fire Escape is a murder mystery styled on Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window. You sit on a fire escape and can see into the apartments opposite as well as hear the intimate conversations of your neighbours across the alleyway. You peer into the lives of the...

Gone Home

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/08/2013, updated in 2016

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

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Fullbright Games (@FullbrightGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Gone Home places you in the role of Katie, returning from overseas to her family home. But the house is deserted and by exploring the rooms you piece together what happened to her sister, Sam. It’s a mystery to solve, but a common one of family...

Her Story

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 24/06/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Mr Sam Barlow (@MrSamBarlow)

Players: This is a single-player game

Solve the 1994 mystery of a murdered man by searching an old police computer archive of interview videos of his wife. The game presents a retro computer interface but the interviews themselves are short films with real actors. Although there are only...

Assassin's Creed Black Flag

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 29/10/2013

Platforms: PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Ubisoft MTL (@UbisoftMTL)

Players: This is a single-player game

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is an action-adventure game set in a fictional telling of real-world events around the 18th Century Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. You run, jump, climb, explore and fight as a notorious Welsh pirate Edward...

Observation

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 21/05/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: No Code (@_NoCode)

Players: This is a single-player game

Observation puts you on a space station to solve a power outage and find missing crew. However, here you play the role of the SAM, the System Administration Maintenance artificial intelligence software, rather than human protagonist. Your limited view,...

Telling Lies

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 31/07/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Developer: Mr Sam Barlow (@MrSamBarlow)

Players: This is a single-player game

Telling Lies is from the same developer as Her Story. It's named as an investigative thriller game with non-linear storytelling by the developer.

Disco Elysium

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 15/10/2019, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Studio ZAUM (@StudioZAUM)

Players: This is a single-player game

Disco Elysium The Final Cut is a role-playing game set in the fictional city of Revachol where you play Harrier "Harry" Du Bois who must solve a complex murder. Unusually, your choices and actions not only determine how the story unfolds but affect...

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.

Nier: Automata

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 23/02/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Nie R Game (@NieRGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Nier: Automata is a role-playing game, that span off from the Drakengard series. It's set in an alternate future where there is a war between alien machines and human androids. But this isn't a game about winning the war. It's more focused on the plight...

Until Dawn (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 25/08/2015

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action and Narrative

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Super M Games (@SuperMGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Until Dawn is a narrative horror game about eight friends staying in a mountainside lodge. As they settle in they are attacked by a foreboding figure that seems to have been following them. You choose how characters interact, where they go and how they...

Assassin's Creed Origins

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 26/10/2017

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Ubisoft MTL (@UbisoftMTL)

Players: This is a single-player game

Assassin’s Creed Origins is an adventure set in Ancient Egypt near the end of the Ptolemaic period (49–44 BC). This game in the series goes back to the start of the centuries-long conflict between the Assassins (who fight for peace by promoting...

As Dusk Falls

Release Date: 23/07/2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Int Night (@Int_Night)

Players: This is a single-player game

As Dusk Falls is an interactive Drama following two families that intertwine with each other over thirty years, set in Arizona.

Watch Dogs 2

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 15/11/2016

Price: 80% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Open World and Role-Play

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

Watch Dogs 2 is a futuristic adventure game where you explore a city and use technology to foil your enemies. It's the second game in the series and set in a fictionalised San Francisco Bay Area. You explore the city on foot or in vehicles that you can...

Adios

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 17/03/2021

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative

Developer: Mischief Develop (@MischiefDevelop)

Players: This is a single-player game

Adios is a narrative game about a farmer with a deal-gone-bad with a crime family. Although the setting and scenario are macabre and could be pulled from shows like Ozark and Breaking Bad, the understated atmosphere and sombre tone powerfully...

Backbone

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 24/04/2019

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

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

Developer: Egg Nut Games (@EggNutGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Backbone is an adventure game inspired by film noir where you role-play as a human-like raccoon detective. As a detective, you search for clues and evidence, talk to witnesses, and choose which leads to follow.

Tacoma

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 24/04/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Role-Play

Developer: Fullbright Games (@FullbrightGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Tacoma is set aboard a space station in the year 2088. As you explore you can discover how the station’s crew lived and worked, using an AR device that lets you review past actions and conversations, you discover clues that unravel a plot of trust,...

Another Lost Phone

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 21/09/2017

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Accidental Q (@AccidentalQ)

Players: This is a single-player game

Another Lost Phone places a stranger’s smartphone in your hands. As you use the phone interface to explore the social life of its young woman owner, Laura, you piece together messages, pictures and profiles to solve her disappearance. Although it...

Bioshock Infinite

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/03/2013, updated in 2020

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Role-Play and Shooting

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Ghost Story Games (@GhostStoryGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Bioshock Infinite is an adventure shooting game. Although the story is unconnected to the previous games in the series, it raises similar themes of dictatorship communities and alternative to capitalistic society. It's another nuanced and complex story...

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...

The Signifier

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 15/10/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Play Me Studio (@Play_Me_Studio)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Signifier is a horror adventure game where you explore a murder victim's memories to discover how they were killed. As the memories you visit disintegrate you pass between the real and the badly remembered to piece together a narrative that is...

Orwell

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 27/10/2016

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Play

Developer: Osmotic Studios (@OsmoticStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Orwell is narrative game where you play a fictional research using a surveillance program called Orwell. Through a series of episodes you are tasked with using Orwell to help solve mysteries like the bombing of a public plaza. To do this you trawl...

Rainswept

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 01/02/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Developer: Frostwood Int (@Frostwood_Int)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rainswept is an adventure game where you investigate a murder with the themes of love, relationships and unresolved trauma.

A Plague Tale: Requiem

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: Coming soon

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

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

Developer: Asobo Studio (@AsoboStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

A Plague Tale: Requiem is an action adventure where you play a pair of siblings Hugo and Amicia. The story continues from the first game's discovery of the plague of rats and Hugo's latent abilities. Standing out again for weaving the sibling...

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 26/09/2014, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: The Astro Crew (@TheAstroCrew)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a narrative mystery game about Paul Prospero, an occult-minded detective who receives a disturbing letter from Ethan Carter saying he is in danger. It turns out that Ethan vanished in the wake of a brutal murder. You...

Zero Escape (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 10/12/2009, updated in 2016

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Play

Developer: Spike Chunsoft e (@SpikeChunsoft_e)

Players: This is a single-player game

Zero Escape, is a series of adventure games that follows a group of nine individuals, who are kidnapped and held captive by a person who goes by the name "Zero", and are forced to play a game of life and death in order to escape.

Dead Space: Extraction

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/09/2009, updated in 2011

Platforms: PS3 and Wii

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: EA (@EA)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

Dead Space: Extraction is a shooting game where you only control the aiming, like a light gun game. It's a spin-off prequel from the main Dead Space series and follows survivors of a mining colony as it is overrun by deadly monsters.

Doki Doki Literature Club

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 22/09/2017, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Team Salvato (@TeamSalvato)

Players: This is a single-player game

Doki Doki Literature Club (DDLC) is a psychological horror game in the form of a high school dating simulator. You attend your school's literature club and try to win over the girls there. But with little warning, it takes a drastic turn that results in...

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