15 Best Mystery Video Games in 2021

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Best Mystery Video Games

Finding the Mystery video games best for you can be a little challenging as there are different types available.

Though some might contain horror, others are just point-and-click adventure games. Hence, getting the one that is suitable can be a little bit difficult as taste varies between individuals.

Moreover, we can all agree that mystery is one of the best things about fiction. I have never seen anyone who does not like Sherlock Holmes.

This clearly shows that everyone is interested in solving a crime. Besides, it is human nature, we are all curious. 

So, getting a video game that involves us solving a crime is quite entertaining. However, we want to be careful when selecting these Mystery video games as some can be really boring and predictable.

Hence, this article will discuss some of the Mystery video games that are very entertaining. This list varies from mystery video games that include horror to those that have alot of narration.

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1. Disco Elysium

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PS4, PC, and Xbox One

Disco Elysium is one of the Mystery video games available; moreover, it is one of the best. Besides, this game is a murder mystery with black comedy. 

The playable character starts the game blurry, waking up from a drunken stupor when he is informed that he has to solve a grizzly murder.

While solving the murder, the player guides the detective through his booze-induced amnesia. 

This game is innovative, leads to laughter, and suspense. Meanwhile, detective deductive skills are upgraded and leveled up throughout the game.

2. The Wolf Among Us

Platforms: Android, iOS, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

This game is another Mystery video game in which the player is tasked with a singular goal. Thus, the goal of the player is to solve a murder case in a fairy-tale version of New York City. 

While solving the crime, the player has to keep the fairy-tale characters and their hidden community a secret from the outside world.

Besides, this game starts with a decapitated prostitute, this sets the motion of events in the game.

Also, the player has to make decisions in this game, and often, it is impossible for the players to determine the outcome of their decision.

However, no matter the decision taken, the game will surely take you on an adventure that is worth it.

3. Heavy Rain

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS3

This game is one of the Mystery video games available, however, it is combined with dramatic storytelling.

Thus, the game is about Ethan Mars, a father who has previously lost a son, then the mysterious “Origami Killer” takes another of his son. Heavy Rain feels so real. 

whilst playing this game, you would literally forget that you are playing a game. Besides, in the game, Ethan has to endure exhausting, horrific tests to prove his fatherly determination.

Meanwhile, the clock on the life of his son is ticking.

4. Zero Escape: The Nonary

Platforms: PC and PS4

This is another Mystery video game available which has an unmatched story in the mystery genre. Moreover, it involves the combination of the 999 game and Virtue’s Last Reward.

This resulted in a complex, downright stressful and non-linear game. 

Furthermore, the 999 game involves the player being stuck in a sinking ship with a literal time bomb in his stomach. So, the goal of the player is to disarm the bomb and escape the sinking ship. 

While Virtue’s Last Reward is a time-bending escalation of the Nonary game which the player is forced to play across each game’s story.

5. L.A. Noire

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC , PS4 and Xbox One

This game is one of the Mystery video games available which makes you feel like an up-jumped cop in a moody film noir. 

Although, this game was released in 2011 and is set in the 1940s, it is still one of the best Mystery video games available today. 

Besides, in the game, the player gets to climb through the ranks of the L.A.P.D via investigating and solving murders. Basically, he has to root out the scums of L.A’s underbelly.

6. Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

We can all agree that Sherlock Holmes is one of the best fictional mystery characters. So, it is no surprise that he is also in Mystery video games. 

Besides, just like most Mystery video games available, this game will have you second-guessing yourself and everyone you interrogate.

Thus, you have to draw conclusions through exploring the environments and picking out clues. 

Additionally, this game includes challenging ethical questions to the player’s choices, making it unique in the genre.

7. Her Story

Platforms: Android, iOS and PC

Her story is classified as one of the Mystery video games available, although, it is an interactive movie. There is no traditional “gameplay”, besides, the visuals are live-action shots of actual actors through an actual camera. 

However, it is classified as a Mystery video game because the player has to sort through several clues and decode their meaning. 

Furthermore, the clues are from archived interview clips of Hannah Smith, whose husband went missing, then later found dead.

Additionally, Hannah and her husband’s relationship is so fascinating that the revelations from the interview clips lead to multiple new theories.

8. What Remains of Edith Finch

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Another Mystery video game available is What Remains of Edith Finch. This game is a heart-wrenching, touching story about loss and morality. 

Besides, the game tells a story of a possible curse that leaves only one family member of each generation alive.

Furthermore, this game has an emotional grip on the player since the player has to solve the puzzle behind his relatives’ deaths. 

Additionally, like the game indicates, the player in this game has to learn the truth of What Remains of Edith Finch.

9. Outer Wilds

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

This game is a Mystery video game that is quite different from others.

While other Mystery video games try to solve the crime and identify the culprit in a small town, this game tries to solve the crime on a very large scale, the universe. 

Or at the very least, it tries to solve the mysteries of the solar system the player is tasked with exploring and the infinite time loop it lives in. 

Although, this game looks like your regular space exploration game where the player looks for clues and solves mysteries on different planets, it is quite unique from others.

In the game, the player gets to learn more about an extinct, intelligent species, Nomai, during the adventure.

10. Return of the Obra Dinn

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

This game is one of the Mystery video games available which does not hold the hands of the player. This means the player has to place the clues together alone. 

Thus, making the game more rewarding when the player solves it. Besides, this game involves a ship that returns to port after going missing for five years. A mass grave was made for its occupants. 

Hence, the job of the player is to figure out what happened to the ship’s crew and passengers, who all died mysteriously or went missing en route.

11. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

This game is one of the Mystery video games available with a side of horror to it. Besides, this game has one of the best graphics, even seven years after (it was released in 2014). 

Moreover, this game follows the mystery of 12 year-old Ethan Carter’s disappearance. However, the game also ventures into the open world and solves other mysteries separate from Ethan’s. 

Basically, this game is a brilliant puzzle about the paranormal drama surrounding Ethan’s disappearance.

12. Thimbleweed Park 12

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

This is one of the Mystery video games available where players solve a murder within a small town. 

Besides, just like other games in this genre, the player has to majorly point-and-click around the investigated area, speak with characters in the game, and gather clues.

Additionally, this game has a good narration and Terrible developers released it in 2017.

13. Fahrenheit Indigo Prophecy

Platforms: Android, iOS, PC, PS2, PS4 and Xbox

This game is another Mystery video game available which was released in 2005. Besides, in this game, the player is determined to solve strange murders and the supernatural forces behind them. 

Moreover, this game is set in New York City, where supernatural forces carry civilians and make them murder innocent bystanders, uncontrollably.

Additionally, players can freely roam around the map and interact with the environment. Also, he has to complete a series of quick time event sequences.

14. Deadly Premonition

Platforms: PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Another Mystery video game available which is also a horror is Deadly Premonition. Besides, in this game, players take on the role of an FBI agent who is sent to a small town in the US to solve a murder. 

However, on getting there, he realizes that there is an otherworldly presence taking control of the town.

Although, there is an open world that the player can explore through foot or vehicle, the player should not drift too far as there are some resources you need to manage in the game.

15. The Sinking City

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Another Mystery video game available is The Sinking City. Besides, this game is set in an open-world where the player takes on the role of an investigator, Charles W. Reed.

The player receives a request from a man to help in solving the nightmarish visions he has been having.

However, on getting to the town of Oakmont, he learns that there is more going on in town. Thus, he has to carefully navigate the open-world and uncover the town’s secrets.

Conclusively, these are some of the Mystery video games available. Moreover, these games are some of the best in the genre. This means there are not just point-and-click mystery games.

There will keep you entertained and engaged, thus, making your gaming experience rewarding. 

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