The following games are my picks for the top 10 best mystery games online. Including point and click adventures, puzzle and hidden object games. As a murder mystery fan I particularly enjoy games that have an excellent mystery intertwined with a top quality adventure or puzzle game.
And these 10 games all have great mystery storylines, beautiful graphics, and well-thoughtout design and of course have excellent quality gameplay! With a summary of the games’ plot, gameplay and details of what full and free versions are available online.
Plus I’ve included a few more top picks for where you can play free mystery games online.
Top 10 Best Mystery Games Online for PC and Mac Download
2. Mystery Trackers: The Void
3. Mystery Chronicles: Murder Among Friends
4. Nightfall Mysteries: Asylum Conspiracy
5. Midnight Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials
6. Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera
8. Hidden Expedition: Devil’s Triangle
9. Puppet Show: Souls of the Innocent
10. Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst
1. Syberia Game Review
Released 22 September 2008. By: Legacy Interactive. Genre: Point and Click Adventure, Puzzle.
Plot: Kate Walker is a young lawyer who has to travel to France to close the sale of a large clockwork manufacturing factory estate. The location is a quiet village but the inhabitants include a large number of strange, aging clockwork automatons. When the estate’s owner turns up dead, Kate must search for the long-hidden heir, a man both brilliant and mysterious.
Game review: This is a beautiful designed mystery game both in the excellent detailed graphics and unusual interesting story. Plus the setting and characters manage to create a very atmospheric suspenseful adventure game. There are also plenty of challenging puzzles and with the story being both engaging and well-scripted I found this one of the best mystery games that I’ve played.
Get number 1 in my list of top 10 best hidden object mystery games online at: Syberia – available as a full version PC downloadable game.
2. Mystery Trackers: The Void Game Review
Released 15 October 2010. By: Elephant Games. Genre: Adventure, Hidden Object.
Plot: The Void family mansion used to be a gorgeous home, until Dr. Malleus Void inherited it. Legend has it that the creepy doctor spent his time doing terrible experiments in the home, and it has been abandoned for an entire decade. After 3 world famous celebrities go missing inside the house, it’s up to the Mystery Trackers to go inside the house, and solve its mysteries once and for all!
Game review: Another gorgeously illustrated adventure mystery game, this time a hidden object game interspersed with interesting mini-games and plenty of atmosphere! A hidden object game that HOG fans will enjoy and with plenty of twists along the way to keep you on your toes!
Get number 2 in my list of top 10 best hidden object mystery games online at: Mystery Trackers: The Void – available as a free demo or full version Mac and PC download game.
3. Mystery Chronicles: Murder Among Friends Game Review
Released 12 September 2008. By: Lazy Turtle Games. Genre: Adventure, Hidden Object.
Plot: Murder and mistrust abound in the town of Lyon in the year 1899. Trail an elusive killer through the back streets of France, and solve clever puzzles to halt the terror. Comb eerie locations like libraries, museums, graveyards, and sewers for hidden objects and clues. Test your deduction skills and don’t be fooled by false sincerity. Danger is afoot in Mystery Chronicles: Murder Among Friends, a back-stabbing game of suspense.
Game review: With hidden objects to find that will help you solve this 19th century whodunnit and a range of mini-games to test you, this is an atmospheric murder mystery game that will have you looking for clues in the most spooky of locations!
Get number 3 in my list of top 10 best hidden object mystery games online at: Mystery Chronicles: Murder Among Friends – available as a free demo or full version Mac and PC download game.
4. Nightfall Mysteries: Asylum Conspiracy Game Review
Released 30 July 2010. By: Vast Studios. Genre: Adventure, Hidden Object.
Plot: Help Christine explore the spooky Ashburg Asylum and find her missing grandfather in this dark Hidden Object game! Travel to the eerie grounds of Ashburg and work your way through spine-chilling locations. Solve unique puzzles to progress deeper into the asylum, and closer to Christine’s grandfather. Meet weird and interesting characters, unravel a mystery, and uncover an evil plot in Nightfall Mysteries: Asylum Conspiracy!
Game review: If you are looking for extra spooky mystery games online, then you might want to check this spine-chilling HOG out! The setting alone is enough to set the tone, and expect to meet some seriously unsettling characters in this adventure game.
Get number 4 in my list of top 10 best hidden object mystery games online at: Nightfall Mysteries: Asylum Conspiracy – available as a free demo or full version Mac and PC download game.
5. Midnight Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials Game Review
Released 13 June 2010. By: MumboJumbo. Genre: Point-and-Click Adventure, Hidden Object.
Plot: The famed writer Nathaniel Hawthorne has died during a freak snow storm, and his ghost has come to you, asking for help. Travel back and forth in time from the scene of the author’s demise to the 17th century, where a town is going mad with rumors of witchcraft and a woman is facing the gallows. Unravel the secrets of Salem’s accused witches and solve the death of Hawthorne in Midnight Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials.
Game review: Collect clues, interview suspects and solve the puzzles to find out the mystery of Nathaniel’s demise. An excellent story, with spooky backdrop of the dark village and it’s residents. Plus the ghostly whispering and spooky background music also add to the mystery and suspense!
Get number 5 in my list of top 10 best hidden object mystery games online at: Midnight Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials – available as a free demo or full version Mac and PC download game.
6. Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera Game Review
Released 18 October 2010. By: PlayPond. Genre: Hidden Object, Adventure.
Plot: The ruins of the opera house stand as a tomb to unrequited love. Though long abandoned, an undying ghost still wanders its halls, plotting the return of his heart’s desire. Discover the history that haunts the opera house and face all of its challenges. Confront the man behind the mask and complete the final act in Mystery Legends: Phantom of the Opera.
Game review: This is a perfect hidden object game with HOGs and puzzles that are sufficiently challenging to test you without being completely unsolvable! The game’s plot continues from the original story, where you must solve the puzzles to uncover the mystery of who or what haunts the opera house amidst a perfectly created suspenseful atmosphere.
Get number 6 in my list of top 10 best hidden object mystery games online at: Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera – available as a free demo or full version Mac and PC download game.
7. Enlightenus Game Review
Released 27 June 2009. By: Blue Tea Games. Genre: Adventure, Hidden Object.
Plot: A reclusive author has asked for your help! Travel to the mysterious world of Enlightenus and use your detective skills to track down Edgar Lee’s missing novels! Explore a maze of perplexing puzzles and intricate locks, as you collect each chapter of the missing books.
Game review: This is a unique hidden object adventure game that challenges you to solve unusual and interesting riddles in order to find the novels and escape the magical but spooky world of Enlightenus!
Get number 7 in my list of top 10 best hidden object mystery games online at: Enlightenus – available as a free demo or full version PC download game.
8. Hidden Expedition: Devil’s Triangle Game Review
Released 28 October 2009. By: Big Fish Games. Genre: Adventure, Hidden Object.
Plot: While leading a mission to the Bermuda Triangle to find a lost member of your team, you and the Hidden Expedition Adventure Team find yourselves trapped on an uncharted island. In this electrifying Hidden Object Adventure you’ll solve challenging puzzles, uncover the secrets of a colorful cast of characters and unlock a 400 year old mystery. Become captivated by the island’s unique beauty as you race to free yourself from the dark hold of the Devil’s Triangle!
Game review: A nice twist on the typical hidden object game, the Devils Triangle does a great job of combining hidden object gaming with the opportunity to use inventory items to solve puzzles in different locations. Well illustrated and developed mystery story, this is one of a number of games in the Hidden Expedition series, but this is my favorite one.
Get number 8 in my list of top 10 best hidden object mystery games online at: Hidden Expedition: Devil’s Triangle – available as a free demo or full version Mac and PC download game.
9. Puppet Show: Souls of the Innocent Game Review
Released 28 May 2010. By: ERS Game Studios. Genre: Adventure, Hidden Object.
Plot: A young girl has been asleep for over two days, and the local doctors are at a loss. The townspeople believe her condition to be a curse emanating from a dark magician’s castle in the mountains, so it’s up to you to track down the cause of the curse and save the Souls of the Innocent!
Game review: Return to the terrifying PuppetShow in this spooky sequel. This another dark and mysterious hidden object game with unsettling characters, locations and atmosphere. Combining excellent challenging hidden object gaming with a dark adventure and a sinister story!
Get number 9 in my list of top 10 best hidden object mystery games online at: Puppet Show: Souls of the Innocent – available as a free demo or full version Mac or PC download game.
10. Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst Game Review
Released 28 November 2008. By: Big Fish Games. Genre: Point-n-click Adventure, Hidden Object.
Plot: Emma’s soul is free. But her ghost has delivered a dire warning: evil still lurks in Ravenhearst Manor. Go deep inside the cursed estate in this Mystery Case Files sequel. Feel the floorboards creak as you move from room to room solving puzzles and seeking out clues in over 150 detailed scenes.
Game review: Mystery Case Files games are my favorite mystery games series online, as they always manage to deliver a top-rate HOG mystery adventure experience. And Return to Ravenhearst with it’s eerie halls is a particularly engrossing mystery adventure. Plenty of games to play including challenging hidden object games and clever puzzles to solve, against an atmospheric backdrop.
Get number 10 in my list of top 10 best hidden object mystery games online at: Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst – available as a free demo or full version Mac or PC download game.
If you would like to play the MCF mystery games online for free, check out:
* Play Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst ® Online Free
* Plus check out my Madame Fate game review – another one of my favorite MCF games: Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate Online/PC/Mac Download Game Review.
Hope you enjoyed my list of top 10 best hidden object mystery games online in 2011. Ten top free and full version download games for PC and Mac. Plus some cool mystery hidden object gams that you can play online for free too!