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18 Games Like Return of the Obra Dinn

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 of the 60 crew members and how they died. It’s an imposing challenge that must be teased apart with patience, deductive reasoning, attention to detail and some guesswork.

Unfortunately Return of the Obra Dinn is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS5, Xbox Series or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 18/10/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle.

 

 

Elsinore

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Professor Layton

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 12 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Professor Layton is a puzzle-game series. In different locations, you must solve brainteasers with maths, logic, maze-solving and lateral-thinking skills to move the story on.


Outer Wilds

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Duration: Between 16 hours and 21 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Outer Wilds is an exploration space mystery about a solar system trapped in an endless time-loop. After 20 minutes of game time, you must start again – but each time brings a new opportunity to learn how you ended up on the planet and solve the...


I Am Dead

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 5 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Tangle Tower

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 6 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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


Among Us

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Strategy

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room and up to 10 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Among Us is a strategy game where crew-mates prepare their space ship for launch by completing tasks. However, one of the players is an impostor intent on sabotaging the ship and killing the crew. As the game progresses in real time the impostor...


Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Duration: Between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Lost and Hound

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 9 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Lost and Hound is an adventure puzzle game where you play as a scent tracking rescue dog. You play as Corgi and Biscuit and use your sense of scent to find things and solve mysteries. Your heightened hearing and sense of smell enables you find your...


Ghost Trick

Platforms: Nintendo DS and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 12 hours and 16 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

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...


Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney (Series)

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 17 hours and 26 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

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.


Papers, Please

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 5 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

You play the role of a border-crossing immigration officer in the fictional dystopian Eastern Bloc-like country of Arstotzka. You review each immigrant’s and returning citizens’ passports and paperwork according to an increasing list of changing...


Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Duration: Between 5 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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,...


Observation

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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,...


Her Story

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 4 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Telling Lies

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 4 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Fire Escape

Platforms: Android and PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 20 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Rainswept

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Duration: Between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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


Twelve Minutes

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

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Twelve 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...


 
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In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Return of the Obra Dinn in the following lists:

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.
 

BAFTA Nominated Games

The British Academy Games Awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward outstanding creative achievement in Games. The awards categories reflect the wealth and diversity of the games sector.

The awards started in 2004 and are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). For parents, they are a great way of discovering brilliant games to play in their family. The games included here are from the:
  • The Family Games award highlights games that will work really well for parents and children. These often include multiplayer features and feature a cast of family-friendly characters.
  • The Games Beyond Entertainment award is also of interest as this highlights more unusual games with an emphasis on storytelling that addresses topics that parents may find appealing themselves.

 

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Collosus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 
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Commit No Violence

While a significant portion of video games focus on combat and competition, these titles offer a less aggressive way to progress and win. None of these games enable or require the player to cause harm to another living thing -- even Mario's merciless campaign to stomp on every Goomba he meets bars him from this list. Or then there's catching and selling fish in Animal Crossing that rule that one out.

Many of them are aimed at children and families, but you'll be surprised how many explore deeper, more mature themes in their narratives, or require just as much skill as a fast-paced first-person shooter. This means there's plenty of offer for parents who might lack the reflexes (or interest) to survive a round of Fortnite.

We've focused on the games you might not expect to be played non-violently here, but you can find the full list at Non-Violent Games Of the Day curated by James Batchelor.
 

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.
 
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