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49 Great Games Like Ghost Trick

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Ghost Trick and have found the following:

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is a game where you play a ghost that can stop time to solve crimes and save lives. You can inhabit and control objects and possess corpses to alter what happens. His ultimate aim is to use his memories to find out how he died.

Unfortunately, Ghost Trick is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/06/2010

Platforms: DS and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Capcom USA (@CapcomUSA_)

Costs: Purchase cost, In-Game Purchases and In-Game Pass

34 Hand Picked Video Games Like Ghost Trick

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Ghost Trick. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Ghost Trick, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12 or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Cris Tales

Release Date: 20/07/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Cris Tales is a role-playing game where you see how your actions in the present affect the past and future. You play as Crisbell in a cartoon-looking adventure through four Kingdoms in a bid to stop the powerful Time Empress and rewrite the future of...

Night in the Woods

Release Date: 10/01/2017, updated in 2017

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

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Night in the Woods follows college dropout Mae Borowski returning home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs. But the place is different now her friends have grown and changed. There’s something suspicious happening in the nearby...

Elsinore

Release Date: 22/07/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Elsinore is a mystery-adventure set in Shakespeare's Hamlet. You play Elsinore who repeats the same four days as she tries to find a way to avoid the tragedy that lies before her.

Quadrilateral Cowboy

Release Date: 25/07/2016

Platforms: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Quadrilateral Cowboy is an adventure in a 1990 retro-cyberpunk world where you take on covert mission to infiltrate buildings and security systems. You carefully explore each level hacking security by typing commands into your grey-market equipment.

Oxenfree

Release Date: 14/01/2016, updated in 2016

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

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Oxenfree is an adventure game where a teenagers’ beach party spirals into a supernatural story. You guide the outcome with your choices as the well-written dialogue reveals characters coming to terms with family breakdown, death of a sibling, blame...

I Am Dead

Release Date: 07/10/2020, updated in 2021

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

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

I Am Dead is a puzzle game from the creators of Wilmot's Warehouse. You play a recently-deceased museum curator trying to avert a disaster from his home town of Shelmerston.

Return of the Obra Dinn

Release Date: 18/10/2019

Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

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...

Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise

Release Date: 28/10/2015, updated in 2019

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise is a puzzle game where you infiltrate a spy hideaway to stop an evil plan. Each location is full of retro futuristic contraptions, hidden gizmos, gadgets and clever logic based puzzles.

Luigi's Mansion (Series)

Release Date: 19/10/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube and Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

The three Luigis Mansion (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Gamecube or Nintendo Switch) games each challenge you to investigate a haunted mansion. As longstanding Nintendo character Luigi, you play a ghostbuster to capture various mischievous ghouls. The puzzles...

The Gardens Between

Release Date: 20/09/2018

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

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

The Gardens Between is a puzzle game set in dreamlike island gardens where you play as best friends Arina and Frendt. You work around the island levels collecting balls of light in your lantern, manipulating time to solve puzzles and removing obstacles....

Moncage

Release Date: 16/11/2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Moncage is an adventure puzzle game, where you find a mysterious cube. Each face displays a different scene and by rotating and interacting you can change your view and how they overlap with each other. You navigate through the island and the factory by...

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...

Fire Escape

Release Date: 29/04/2020

Platforms: Android and PC

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...

Mutazione

Release Date: 23/09/2019

Platforms: Mac, PS4 and iOS

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

In Mutazione you play as a 15-year-old girl visiting her grandfather on a faraway island inhabited by friendly but mutated villagers. By finding seeds, tending to gardens and talking to people, you uncover a tightly knit web of characters with...

Photographs - Puzzle Stories

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

"Have you ever made a mistake, or hurt people you care about?" Asks the Photographs trailer. It's a puzzle game that aims much higher than to distract you while on the way to work.

Tangle Tower

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Tangle Tower is a murder mystery game, from the same developer as Snipperclips, where you explore a grand old house and its intertwining families to solve a mysterious murder. You are given the events of the murder, each...

Another World

Release Date: 30/11/2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Another World (Out of This World in North America) is a retro cinematic running, jumping and shooting game about a young scientist who, as a result of a failed experiment finds himself on a dangerous alien world where he is forced to fight for his...

Beat Cop

Release Date: 27/11/2018, updated in 2019

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

Beat Cop is a police crime drama where you have been framed for murder. Back on the street, you navigate the pixilated 80’s Miami Vice world to find out who did it. Your approach and decisions matter. Will you go in with the mafia or stay straight?...

Six Cats Under

Release Date: 10/07/2020

Platforms: PC and Web

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Six Cats Under is a cute point-and-click puzzle where you are a deceased cat-lady trying to rescue your herd of cats by directing them with your poltergeist powers. The challenge is that you can only move very small things, so have to get the cats...

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.

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

Release Date: 27/04/2011, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is an adventure game in miniature. You explore a myth-rich world and use your sword to do battle and evoke spells to solve musical puzzles. It's a world that changes with the moon as you guide your wandering warrior monk.

Gorogoa

Release Date: 14/12/2017, updated in 2018

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

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Gorogoa is a puzzle game where you rearrange and resize tiles to make a singular picture. It appears to be simple, but to solve the puzzles you need to play close attention to how they interrelate. This Matryoshka Russian-Doll puzzle combines with...

Rivals

Release Date: 21/09/2020

Platforms: PC

Rivals is a puzzle game where you piece together the story of Josh and Luke and the breakup of their band. Playing detective, similarly to Return of the Obra Dinn, but rather than murder it's musical betrayal you are sleuthing here. You inspect sources,...

Kitty Q

Release Date: 08/10/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Kitty Q A Quantum Adventure is an escape-room where you use outside-the-box thinking to solve puzzles in an odd world with quantum physics themes. It's unusual not only because the puzzles are approachable and visual appealing but because they each...

Pitch Black: A Detective's Demise

Release Date: 26/10/2020

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

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.

The Signifier

Release Date: 15/10/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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...

Don't Escape: 4 Days to Survive

Release Date: 11/03/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Don't Escape is a point-and-click adventure set after a cataclysmic event that left the Earth struggling with the environmental fallout. You play through just 4 days, and must discover how to fortify your home against each night's new danger. It's a...

Murder by Numbers

Release Date: 05/03/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Murder by Numbers is a detective game where you find clues by solving math-square nonogram-style logic puzzles. A little like Phoenix Wright games where you have a murder to solve, but here you have to use...

Midnight Girl

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Midnight Girl is a point-and-click adventure set in France during the Sixties. Drawing on Tintin comics you explore a hand-drawn world as a cat burglar to pull of your biggest heist yet. It's an unusual mix of theme, mystery and a love of Belgian comics.

Stacking

Release Date: 08/02/2011

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

Stacking is a puzzle game where characters are Russian stacking matryoshka dolls. Controlling the smallest doll in the game, Charlie Blackmore, you go on an adventure. Your main ability is that you can stack and unstack into larger dolls and gain their...

Timelie

Release Date: 21/05/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Timelie is a stealth puzzle game played in a surreal world where a girl and a mysterious cat work together to escape a series of rooms patrolled by enemy robots. The novelty is that you can control and rewind time to help you solve each puzzle. This not...

Long Gone

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Long Gone is a classic point-and-stick style adventure game but with updated pixelated visuals. You are stranded in an old-world suburban neighbourhood and must find and combine items to solve puzzles and survive.

Song of Bloom

Release Date: 07/12/2019

Platforms: iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Song of Bloom is a narrative puzzle game where you explore chalk drawn animations to discover a melancholy story. Working through these moving pictures you discover clues that tell you what things to highlight in red and unlock the next chapter of the...

Kraken Academy

Release Date: 10/09/2021

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Kraken Academy is a narrative adventure where it's your first day at high school. No ordinary high school though, it's a melting pot of wacky personalities and fantasy goings-on: ghosts fill the art department, cultists meet below the monkey bars and...

16 Video Games Like Ghost Trick Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Ghost Trick. This includes games from the Puzzle, Adventure and Narrative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

1 Easier Video Game than Ghost Trick

If you like the sound of Ghost Trick but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

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Get Children Reading

We have partnered with the National Literacy Trust to create this resource of video games that encourage and enable reading and writing skills.

The National Literacy Trust is a charity dedicated to improving the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of children and young people who need it most, giving them the best possible chance of success in school, work and life.

Video games have significant benefits for children who are reluctant or struggling readers. They give them access to stories through interaction and world building which they may not have been able to read in print. Video games also have benefits for families where parents may not be confident readers, meaning that sharing stories as a family is still accessible to all. The rise of video games on smartphones and tablets, as well as more affordable game consoles has made the sharing of interactive stories easier.

There are different ways that video games create this kind of collateral reading and aid literacy:
  • Reading In Games: Video games offer all sorts of reading at all levels. This can be from simple narrative in a game like Florence to dialogue in a game like Mutazione or even just identifying useful items and game mechanics with in-game descriptions in a game like Zelda Breath of the Wild. Then there are games like Thousand Threads that help players think about the power and the consequence of words.
  • Reading Around Games: Video games create worlds that often spawn secondary texts. This can be official novels that expand the world or guide books that offer instructions and help. Knights and Bikes, for example, has spin off books, a cartoon series and recipes to read.
  • Routes Into Books: Many popular book series, such as Beast Quest, offer a range of video games as an easy first step into those worlds that lead to then reading the books themselves.
  • Communication Around Games: As well as reading, games encourage all sorts of creative output. This can be to contribute to the many online forums and message boards to talk about the game. This can also be to write fan-fiction after being inspired about a game world or character. The Sims, for example, has an avid community writing and creating all kinds of content online.

 

Bend Time To Your Advantage

Time in video games is a valuable thing. Unlike in the real world where it proceeds in a linear fashion, in a game it may speed up, slow down or even go backwards. There are some games where controlling time becomes a crucial and fascinating game mechanic. The best of these integrate your time travelling powers with both characters and narrative to create a compelling experience.
 

Designed For Aphantasia

Aphantasia is the inability to visualize. Otherwise known as image-free imagination. When people imagine something they are able to visualize that to a varying degree. At one end of this spectrum are people who have very little ability to visualise things in their mind.

“You might imagine a lifelike image of a horse in your mind, while your friend might only see a dim or vague one. Some will find it easy to visualize a horse in all its colours, while others will have to work a little harder to paint that picture. Some of us can only hold images in our minds for mere seconds, others for longer. But almost all of us will have some variation of this quasi-perceptual picture-it system.”


We’ve worked with the Aphantasia Network to uncover some games that are well suited to people with Aphantasia. These are experiences that offer inclusive design and features to avoid this being an unintended barrier to players. It also includes experiences that ease the extra effort required by players with Aphantasia in other ways:

Some good examples of games that reduce this barrier are Triangle Strategy which lets you pull up a bio and image for any character who is currently speaking. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney and Ghost Trick are examples of games that let you rewind dialogue at any point if you need to refresh your memory about what was said.

Other examples of games that ease the navigation load by offering direction and maps are Submerged Hidden Depths and Legend Of The Skyfish. The latter also provides really helpful lists of missions to keep track of what you still have to do – along with information on where to go for each one.

Finally, there are other accessibility features that generally reduce the cognitive load on the player. These can be useful for people with Aphantasia who are working harder to cope with recall and visualisation aspects of the game:
 

Solve a Mystery

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.
 

Looping Stories

Some games are designed to be finished in one go. Others require multiple sittings. But there are some that want to be played over and over again, Groundhog Day-style. These looping experiences are designed to slowly make sense as you repeat the same short period of time.

Looping games not only put you back at the start, but have events unfold exactly the same each time you play. This means you're not only given a second chance to do better, but another opportunity to understand what is happening and what you need to do in the game.

This can be to understand a set of complex systems. It can be to discover the order in which you need to do things to get the desired result. Or maybe it is to let you understand the characters enough to know what they need you to do.

The cherry on the top of these looping experiences is that after many many loops you are able to complete the game, with the realisation that you could have done this right at the start if you knew then what you know now.
 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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