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The best detective, mystery games

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

Blade Runner
adventureWindows XP/98/95, Linux, Mac
Laura Bow 2: The Dagger of Amon Ra
adventureDOS, Windows 3.x
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Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel

DOS19874.3/5 Sierra On-Line
Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel is a classic adventure game designed by Jim Walls, developed and released by Sierra On-Line in 1987 for DOS, Amiga, Atari ST, Apple II. Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel is the first chapter in the Police Quest series.
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Clue Master Detective

DOS19894.3/5 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.
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Maupiti Island

DOS19914.3/5 Lankhor
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Police Quest: Open Season

DOSWindows 3.x1993protected4.2/5 Sierra On-Line
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Sleuth: A Murder Mystery

DOS1983freeware4.2/5 Norland Software
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Blue Force

DOS19934.2/5 Tsunami Media
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La Abadia del Crimen

DOS19874.2/5 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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Suspect

DOS19844.2/5 Infocom
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Blade Runner

Windows XP/98/95LinuxMac1997protected4.2/5 Westwood Studios
Blade Runner is one of those point & click adventure games that somewhat manages to fully capture the spirit of a cult movie without copying the original plot. Fans of the Blade Runner movie will enjoy this game, even without Harrison Ford. Blade Runner was developed by Westwood Studios and released in 1997 by Virgin.
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The Dame Was Loaded

DOS1996protected4.2/5 Beam Software
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Deja Vu 2: Lost in Las Vegas

DOS19904.2/5 ICOM Simulations
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Murders in Space

DOS1990protected4.1/5 Hitech Productions
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Anachronox

Windows XP/98/952001protected4.1/5 Ion Storm
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The Scoop

DOS19894.1/5 Telarium
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Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective

Windows XP/98/951991protected4.1/5 ICOM Simulations
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Murder Club

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

DOS1991protected4.1/5 Sierra On-Line
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The Last Express

DOSWindows XP/98/951997protected4.1/5 Smoking Car Productions
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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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Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinuxMac1996protected4.1/5 Access Software
Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive is the sequel to Under a Killing Moon and the 4th game in the Tex Murphy series. The Pandora Directive is a first-person 3D adventure game set in a dark sci-fi version of the U.S.A., more specifically in a futuristic San Francisco. The Pandora Directive was developed by Access Software and released in 1996 for...
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The Third Courier

DOS19894.1/5 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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Circuit's Edge

DOS19904.1/5 Westwood Studios
Circuit's Edge is a single-player science fiction blend of adventure game and RPG, developed by Westwood Studios and released by Infocom in 1990. Circuit's Edge is based on George Alec Effinger's cyberpunk novel "When Gravity Fails".
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Eagle Eye Mysteries in London

DOS19944/5 Stormfront Studios
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Corruption

DOS19884/5 Magnetic Scrolls
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Daughter of Serpents

DOS19924/5 Eldritch Games
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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...