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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.

Most popular detective, mystery games

The Last Express
adventureDOS, Windows XP/98/95, Mac OS
Fascination
adventureDOS
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Deadline

DOS19823.9/5 Infocom
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Murder by the Dozen

DOS19832.7/5 BrainBank
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Sleuth: A Murder Mystery

DOS1983freeware4.2/5 Norland Software
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The Witness

DOS19834/5 Infocom
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Earthly delights

DOS19843.6/5 Datamost
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Felony!

DOS19844/5 BrainBank
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Murder on the Zinderneuf

DOS19843.3/5 Free Fall Associates
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Suspect

DOS19844.2/5 Infocom
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Borrowed Time

DOS19853.6/5 Interplay Productions
Borrowed Time is a graphic adventure video game developed and published by Interplay Productions. It was released in 1985 for various platforms, including the Apple Macintosh, Apple II, DOS, and Atari ST. The game is notable for its early use of digitized photos and a noir-style detective narrative.The game's story is set in the 1930s and foll...
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James Bond 007: A View to a Kill

DOS19853.9/5 Angelsoft
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Mindshadow

DOSMac OS19853.6/5 Interplay Productions
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Perry Mason

DOS19853.9/5 Paisano Productions
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Sherlock Holmes: Another bow

DOS19853.5/5 Magicom Multimedia
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221B Baker Street

DOS19864/5 Datasoft
221B Baker Street is a turn-based strategy strategy game developed by Datasoft. 221B Baker Street is base on the tabletop game of the same name "221B Baker Street" and it plays in a very similar way, with dices, etc.
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Amnesia

DOS19864/5 Cognetics corporation
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Ballyhoo

DOS19863.5/5 Infocom
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Sherlock Holmes: The Vatican Cameos

DOS19864/5 Magicom Multimedia
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Deja Vu: A Nightmare Comes True

DOS19873.8/5 ICOM Simulations
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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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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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Corruption

DOS19884/5 Magnetic Scrolls
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Fish!

DOS19883.8/5 Magnetic Scrolls
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L.A. Crackdown

DOS19884/5 Nexa Corporation
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Mortville Manor

DOS19883.8/5 Lankhor
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Murder in the Atlantic

DOS19883.2/5 CobraSoft
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Mystery of the Mummy

DOS19883.6/5 Time Warp Software
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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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The President is Missing

DOS1988protected3.3/5 Cosmi Corporation
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Clue Master Detective

DOS19894.2/5 Dalali Software
Clue Master Detective is an abandoned strategy game developed by Dalali Software and released by Leisure Genius in 1989 for DOS, Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, C64. Clue Master Detective is based on the well known board game Clue (also known as Cluedo). Clue can be played in single player, but the best gaming experience come from the multi-player mode.