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29 Great Games Like Murder by Numbers

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Murder by Numbers and have found the following:

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 maths logic rather than pure deduction.

Unfortunately, Murder by Numbers is not available on Android, Mac, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 05/03/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Mediatonic (@Mediatonic)

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

15 Hand Picked Games Like Murder by Numbers

These are our hand-picked games similar to Murder by Numbers. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Murder by Numbers, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12 or ESRB EVERYONE 10+ games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

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...

Puzzle Quest (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 16/03/2007, updated in 2019

Platforms: DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: i 2 Games (@i2Games)

Players: This is a single player game

Puzzle Quest 3 is the latest in a series of games that combine role-playing with tile-matching puzzles. Set in a fantasy world, you move around the map, encountering monsters and other enemies. When you go the battle are played out as tile puzzles where...

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-14 year-olds

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

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

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

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.

Ghost Trick

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 19/06/2010

Platforms: DS and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Capcom USA (@CapcomUSA_)

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Dicey Dungeons

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 13/08/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Terry Cavanagh (@TerryCavanagh)

Players: This is a single player game

Dicey Dungeons is video game adventure where you build a deck of cards to represent characters, attacks and weapons. Here the novelty is that these cards combine with dice rolls to determine who wins battles.

Patterned

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 15/09/2019

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Border Leap (@BorderLeap)

Players: This is a single player game

Patterned is a puzzle game where you piece together beautiful patterns. It's a bit like a jigsaw but without the stress of forever finding more blue sky pieces. Each pattern begins as a sketch and you use visual clues to reassemble its scrambled pieces.

Lost Words: Beyond the Page

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 01/12/2019

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

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Games Sketchbook (@GamesSketchbook)

Players: This is a single player game

Lost Words is an adventure game where you run, jump and explore inside a young girl’s diary. You control Izzy as she writes her diary by walking on words, move them around and solve different puzzles. This develops two parallel stories, one about Izzy...

Tangle Tower

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: SFB Tom (@SFBTom)

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Clubhouse Games (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 29/09/2006, updated in 2020

Platforms: DS and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Clubhouse (@Clubhouse)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Clubhouse Games, is a series that offers classic board and card games in one large bundle. It's not only great value but introduces children to a wide range of real-world games to play with the family.

Dragon Box

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-10 year-olds

Release Date: 09/05/2012

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Dragon Box (@DragonBox)

Players: This is a single player game

DragonBox is an educational series of games that teaches young children maths, such as algebra using pattern matching with symbols. Unlike other educational games, the fun is in the doing in DragonBox, rather than incentivising learning with separate...

Gridland

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-10 year-olds

Release Date: 25/08/2014

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Double Speak Game (@DoubleSpeakGame)

Players: This is a single player game

Gridland (also Super Gridland on mobile) is a puzzle strategy game where you build a town and defend zombie attackers at night. Unusually, resources are gathered by completing match-three puzzles. This puzzle switches from building to defending as day...

Grindstone

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Fighting and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Capy Games (@CapyGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Grindstone is a colour matching puzzle game, where you plot the right path through each grid-level to attack enemies and gain treasure. The aim it to join together as many similar coloured monsters as possible in once go.

Argument Wars

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: i Civics (@iCivics)

Players: This is a single player game

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.

Collapsus

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Wraith Games (@WraithGames)

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room

Collapsus is a puzzle game where you match tiles. You rotate the screen to adjust which way is down, then tapping a single tiles makes it disappear. And vertical or horizontal lines with matching colours you create also disappear. Tapping a single tile...

Day and Night

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-10 year-olds

Release Date: 08/10/2019

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Day Night Puzzle (@DayNightPuzzle)

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

Day and Night is a puzzle game where you match blocks to score points. Unusually the game switches between different time periods that affect what you can match and how the rules world.

14 Games Like Murder by Numbers Based on Genre

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

8 Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Murder by Numbers

If you like the sound of Murder by Numbers but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Murder by Numbers Accessibility Report.
 

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Get Children Into Maths

Video games contain a lot of maths. Children are often working with complex mathematical concepts without realising it. The temptation is to leverage this maths-play to make learning-games for the classroom. However, as we do that we often unintentionally break what made the experience playful in the first place.

We recently discovered Aha Machine, that takes a different approach. It provides a series of playful spreadsheets that use dinosaurs, video games and football to inspire and motivate learning. They are brilliant, interactive, free and can be downloaded for use in a school in minutes. What's more they use amazing games as their motivational and reward content in each exercise.

Along with highlighting this brilliant resource, we have worked with creator of Aha Machine, Henry Hartley, to create this list of games that offer experience that get children doing maths without realising it.

This includes games where maths is front and centre, like Twelve a Dozen or Dicey Dungeons. But it also includes game that develop math-like investigative thinking, such as Pawnbarian or Imbroglio. Then there are strategy games that are all about the numbers, like Football Chairman Pro and Universal Paperclips.
 

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.
 
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