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Social Deduction Games Rated ESRB TEEN 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 17 games from the last 5 years, with 143 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 TEEN to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: M to R 18+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Communication, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy
Total Likes: 143
 

 

Overboard

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 13-15 year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2021

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Inkle Studios (@InkleStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

Inscryption

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...

The Longest Road on Earth

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 20/05/2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Point-and-Click

Developer: Raw Fury (@RawFury)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

Hitchhiker

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12-16 year-olds

Release Date: 15/04/2021

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.

Boyfriend Dungeon

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 11/08/2021

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Kit Fox Games (@KitFoxGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

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.

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.

Spy Party

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 12/04/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: Spy Party (@SpyParty)

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

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...

Project Winter

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/05/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Strategy

Developer: Proj Winter (@ProjWinter)

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

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...

The Magister

Content Rating: PEGI 12

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

Platforms: PC and Switch

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

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Nerdook (@Nerdook)

Players: You can play with 0 players in the same room

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...

The Sexy Brutale

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 11/04/2017

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres:

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Cavalier GS (@Cavalier_GS)

Players: This is a single-player game

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

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...

Not Tonight (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

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

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Play

Developer: Panic Barn (@PanicBarn)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

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...

Harmony Square

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 06/11/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Web

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: Wijzijn DROG (@WijzijnDROG)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

Immortality

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.

Triangle Strategy

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/03/2022

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Play and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Square Enix (@SquareEnix)

Players: This is a single-player game

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...

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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