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TudoGames: 10 investigation games full of mysteries and twists

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It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t enjoy a good mystery story. Full of mysteries and engaging facts, they tend to hold the audience’s attention as they unfold, bringing unexpected conclusions.

With video games being one of the main entertainment media, it was inevitable that good stories of the genre would appear to provide players with suspense and memorable narratives.

These days, finding good investigative-themed games is an arduous task, especially since some venture into different genres. Some contain doses of horror and require more skill, while others are point-and-click adventures and will only require reasoning.


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TechSmart brought 10 investigative-themed games for you to spend good hours solving crimes and solving mysteries, after all, human nature makes us interested in mysteries and looking for answers.

If you have played any game on the list or have any indication, leave your comment at the end of the article!

10 – The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (2014)

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC

If you like a good investigative story with horror elements, you will be interested in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Even though it was released 8 years ago, it still has excellent graphics and provides an interesting experience.

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The story brings the mysterious disappearance of Ethan Carter, a 12-year-old boy. The paranormal drama will require the player’s intelligence and courage to explore the open world looking for clues and solve various mysteries, in addition to having a shocking twist.

9 – Return of the Obra Dinn (2018)

platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC

Return of the Obra Dinn is one of the most challenging games on the list for one simple reason: it will spread out the clues and you’ll have to decipher everything without help, just knowing the basics. This is not a defect and ends up being its strong point, ensuring greater immersion.

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The story involves a ship that returns to a port five years after its disappearance and it will be up to the player to find out what caused the change of its route, in addition to the disappearance of all the crew.

8 – Outer Wilds (2019)

platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC PC, PS4 and Xbox One

If you’re looking for a sci-fi adventure with doses of suspense, Outer Wilds is a great candidate. You will need to investigate a crime and find the culprit, but exploring the universe for that.

Its exploration is one of its highlights, with the player traveling to different planets in search of clues and solving mysteries, while learning more about the extinct Nomai species.

7 – What Remains of Edith Finch (2017)

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC

What Remains of Edith Finch is an exciting game that tackles topics like losing loved ones and morality, but it also has a good dose of mystery.

It brings an intriguing story about an alleged curse that leaves only one family member alive in each generation. With this, the player will need to find out the cause of their relatives’ deaths, while looking for a way to break the cycle.

6 – Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (2014)

platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC

I think everyone agrees that Sherlock Holmes is one of the greatest mystery story characters of all time. So it’s no surprise that one of his best titles would be on the list.

You’ll need to take on the role of the detective exploring environments to get clues and interrogate people, combining the two to draw your conclusions. In addition, the player will have to make decisions of questionable morals that will question his ethics.

5 – Zero Escape: The Nonary Games (2017)

platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC

Zero Escape: The Nonary Games is a combination of 999 and Virtue’s Last Reward, which takes a unique, complex and non-linear approach.

The game features the player trapped on a sinking ship with a time bomb in its stomach. It’s up to you to gather clues to understand what’s going on, disarm the device and escape.

4 – Heavy Rain (2010)

platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC

Heavy Rain is a game full of mystery and tension, with a heavy theme that will make some uncomfortable. It brings the story of Ethan Mars, a father who has lost a son and has another kidnapped by the mysterious serial killer Origami.

From there, begins a desperate journey to save the young man in time, facing challenges to prove that you will do anything to save your son.

3 – The Sinking City (2019)

platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC

The Sinking City features an open world and puts the player in the role of investigator Charles W. Reed. Upon receiving a mysterious request from a man to help solve his macabre visions, Reed decides to embark on a dangerous journey.

Upon arriving in Oakmont City, he discovers there is something disturbing lurking that could bring chaos to the world. I’ll avoid giving more details, but I should point out that the title is based on the work of one of the greatest horror writers of all time.

2 – The Wolf Among Us (2013)

platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch and PC

The Wolf Among Us is a game based on the Fables comic books, which brings you a world where fairy tales are real, but forget Disney: everything is dark, violent and brutal.

The player takes on the role of Sheriff Bigby Wolf as he investigates a macabre crime: the beheading of a prostitute. Full of twists, it has an interesting choice system that will produce unexpected consequences.

1 – LA Noire (2011)

platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch and PC

Despite being released in 2011, LA Noire remains one of the best investigative games you can find today.

The game transports the player to the 40s, making him feel like he is in a crime film noir. As he tries to build his detective career, he will need to solve murders and deal with all the scum of Los Angeles.

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