Abandonware DOS title

Games involving detective work, murder mysteries, etc.

A murder to solve! A criminal to apprehend! Detective and mistery games have the recipe for a perfect crime story. Police investigations, finding clues, mysterious killings, a noir atmosphere are all ingredients that makes a good detective / mystery game worth playing. The Police Quest series, the Tex Murphy series, games based on Sherlock Holmes are just some of the most popular detective games ever published in the last century.
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Jack the Ripper

DOS19953.8/5 Intergalactic Development
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James Bond 007: A View to a Kill

DOS19853.9/5 Angelsoft
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L.A. Crackdown

DOS19884/5 Nexa Corporation
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La Abadia del Crimen

DOS19874.1/5 Opera Soft
La Abadía del Crimen (The Abbey of Crime) is an action-adventure developed in Spain by Paco Menéndez in the mid-1980s. It was initially created for the Amstrad CPC and later ported to other popular home computer systems of the time, such as the ZX Spectrum and MSX. The game was released in 1987.
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Laura Bow 2: The Dagger of Amon Ra

DOSWindows 3.x1992protecteddemo3.7/5 Sierra On-Line
Laura Bow 2: The Dagger of Amon Ra is a point-and-click adventure game developed and published by Sierra On-Line in 1992. The game is a sequel to The Colonel's Bequest and follows the adventures of the protagonist, Laura Bow, a young investigative journalist.In the game, the Dagger of Amon Ra is a valuable Egyptian artifact rumored to have mystical...
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Legends of Murder: Volume 1 - Stonedale Castle

DOS1989protected3.5/5 Softdisk Publishing
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Magnetic Scrolls Collection

DOS19914.1/5 Magnetic Scrolls
Magnetic Scrolls was one of the finest developer companies dedicated to Interactive Fiction. The Magnetic Scrolls Collection is a trilogy of Magnenic Scrolls adventures remade using the Wonderland engine: Fish!, Corruption, The Guild of Thieves. The new window-based interface made text-adventuring easy even for gamers not used to a text-only interf...
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Martian Memorandum

DOS1991protecteddemo4/5 Access Software
Martian Memorandum is a point-and-click adventure game developed and published by Access Software. It was released in 1991 and is the sequel to the game Mean Streets. The game is set in a dystopian future on Mars, where players take on the role of Tex Murphy, a private investigator with a sarcastic and humorous demeanor.The story begins with Tex Mu...
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Maupiti Island

DOS19914.2/5 Lankhor
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Mean Streets

DOS1989protected4/5 Access Software
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Mindshadow

DOSMac OS19853.6/5 Interplay Productions
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Mortville Manor

DOS19883.8/5 Lankhor
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Murder by the Dozen

DOS19832.7/5 BrainBank
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Murder Club

DOSWindows XP/98/9519914.1/5 Riverhill Soft
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Murder in the Atlantic

DOS19883.2/5 CobraSoft
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Murder on the Zinderneuf

DOS19843.3/5 Free Fall Associates
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Murders in Space

DOS1990protected4.1/5 Hitech Productions
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Murders in Venice

DOS19904/5 CobraSoft
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Mystery of the Mummy

DOS19883.6/5 Time Warp Software
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Nightlong: Union City Conspiracy

Windows XP/98/9519983.5/5 Trecision
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Perry Mason

DOS19853.9/5 Paisano Productions
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Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel

DOS19874.2/5 Sierra On-Line
Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel is an adventure game released in 1987 by Sierra On-Line, designed by former police officer Jim Walls. It's the first installment in the Police Quest series and is known for its realistic portrayal of police procedures.In the game, you play as Sonny Bonds, a police officer in the fictional city of Lytton, ...
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Police Quest 2: The Vengeance

DOS1988protected4/5 Sierra On-Line
Police Quest 2: The Vengeance is a graphical point-and-click adventure game developed and published by Sierra On-Line. It was released in 1988 as the second installment in the Police Quest series, which was created by former police officer Jim Walls.In Police Quest 2, Sonny Bonds is now a sergeant with the Lytton Police Department, and the gam...
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Police Quest 3: The Kindred

DOS1991protected4/5 Sierra On-Line
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Police Quest: Open Season

DOSWindows 3.x1993protected4.2/5 Sierra On-Line
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Return of the Phantom

DOS1993protecteddemo3.7/5 MicroProse Software
Return of the Phantom is adventure game set in France, designed by Raymond Benson, developed by MicroProse Software and released in 1993 for DOS only. Return of the Phantom is a third-person adventure game based on the book Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux.
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Sam and Max Hit the Road

DOSWindows XP/98/95LinuxMac OS1993protecteddemo3.8/5 LucasArts
Sam & Max Hit the Road is a point-and-click adventure game developed and published by LucasArts. It was released in 1993 and is based on the characters Sam and Max created by comic artist Steve Purcell. The game follows the titular characters, Sam, a detective canine, and Max, a hyperkinetic rabbity thing, as they embark on a bizarre and humoro...
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Scapeghost

DOS19893.7/5 Level 9 Computing
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Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective

Windows XP/98/951991protected4.1/5 ICOM Simulations
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Sherlock Holmes: Another bow

DOS19853.5/5 Magicom Multimedia