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Games involving detective work, murder mysteries, etc. sorted by release date

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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Legends of Murder: Volume 1 - Stonedale Castle

DOS1989protected3.5/5 Softdisk Publishing
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Mean Streets

DOS1989protected4/5 Access Software
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Scapeghost

DOS19893.7/5 Level 9 Computing
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The Colonel's Bequest

DOS1989protecteddemo4.1/5 Sierra On-Line
The Colonel's Bequest is a graphic adventure game developed and published by Sierra On-Line. It was released in 1989 for various platforms, including MS-DOS, Amiga, and Atari ST. The game was created by Roberta Williams, co-founder of Sierra On-Line.The game is part of the "Laura Bow" series, with the full title being "Laura Bow: The Colonel's Bequ...
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The Scoop

DOS19893.8/5 Telarium
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The Third Courier

DOS19893.9/5 Manley Associates
The Third Courier is an abandoned (atypical) adventure / role playing game set in Berlin during the cold war era and, of course, it's a spy game. The Third Courier was developed by Manley Associates and released by Accolade in 1989 for DOS, but it was also published for Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST platforms.
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Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?

DOS19894.1/5 Broderbund
Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? is an educational computer game and television game show franchise created by Broderbund. It focuses on teaching geography and history while players try to track down the infamous thief, Carmen Sandiego, and her gang across different historical periods.The game was first released in 1989, followed by the TV show in...
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Circuit's Edge

DOS19904.1/5 Westwood Studios
Circuit's Edge is a cyberpunk-themed role-playing game developed by Westwood Associates and published by Infocom. It was released in 1990 for various platforms including DOS, Amiga, and Commodore 64.Set in a dystopian future, Circuit's Edge takes place in the fictional city of Rhoes Island, a dark and gritty urban landscape filled with crime, corru...
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Crime Time

DOS19903.5/5 Starbyte Software
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Deja Vu 2: Lost in Las Vegas

DOS19904.2/5 ICOM Simulations
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Gumboots Australia

DOS19904/5 Reckon Software
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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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Cruise for a Corpse

DOS19914/5 Delphine software
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Fascination

DOS1991NSFW3.8/5 Coktel Vision
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Hugo 2: Whodunit?

DOS1991protecteddemo3.5/5 Gray Design Associates
Hugo 2: Whodunit? is an old school graphic adventure game designed by David P. Gray, developed by Gray Design Associates and released in 1991 for MS-DOS only. Hugo 2: Whodunit? is the second installment of the Hugo game series.
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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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Murder Club

DOSWindows XP/98/9519914.1/5 Riverhill Soft
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Police Quest 3: The Kindred

DOS1991protected4/5 Sierra On-Line
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Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective

Windows XP/98/951991protected4.1/5 ICOM Simulations
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Daughter of Serpents

DOS19924/5 Eldritch Games
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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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Blue Force

DOS19934.1/5 Tsunami Media
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Crime City

DOS19934/5
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Eagle Eye Mysteries: The Original

DOS19933.9/5 Stormfront Studios
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Police Quest: Open Season

DOSWindows 3.x1993protected4.2/5 Sierra On-Line