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The 20 Best Mystery Adventure Games for PC & Consoles

  • Vee R 
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If you’ve visited this website before, you know I love playing mystery adventure games. Below, you will see which are my favorite mystery adventures of all times, which can be played on PC and/or consoles.

I am trying to mix in newer releases with the best classics out there, so you have a varied choice of amazing titles to choose from.

And if you want more, you can see my previous articles sharing the 10 Best FREE Hidden Object Games or the Top PC & Mobile Games Based on TV Detective Shows.

With these in mind, read on for the ultimate list of the best Mystery adventure games you can play today, listed in no particular order.

The Syberia Series

Syberia: The World Before screenshot
Screenshot from the latest game in the series, Syberia: The World Before aka Syberia 4.

This is one of the most heart-warming, enchanting, and captivating adventure game series ever. It’s also my favorite of all time, and I always love getting back into Kate Walker’s shoes to experience Benoit Sokal’s amazing world.

I wanted to list each of the games in the Syberia series individually, but the truth is that they are all amazing.

Sure, nothing beats (at least not for me) the original Syberia 1, but the follow-up games, including the more recent Syberia: The World Before, released as a homage to Sokal’s legacy, are great.

All the games in the series tell amazing stories, are set in a beautiful, complex world… and the main protagonist (as well as other characters encountered along the way) are perfect. A perfect series for those who love point-and-click adventures.

Make sure to also check out my article detailing the Syberia games in order, to learn everything about all the games in this legendary adventure series.

Outer Wilds

outer wilds

Not your regular point-and-click adventure game, but one definitely worth trying if you’re looking for something new and amazing.

Named Game of the Year 2019 by important publications such as Eurogamer, The Guardian or Polygon, Outer Wilds puts you in the shoes of a recruit in a space program searching for answers in a strange, constantly evolving solar system.

Alien ruins, mind-bending puzzles (and worlds), a great story and solid gameplay make this a great, yet different from the rest mystery adventure title.

Dark Parables: Portrait of the Stained Princess

dark parables portrait of the stained princess

I am a HUGE fan of the Dark Parables series and this latest (and apparently last) installment is a great one to play.

Yes, you can and should play the entire series – but this time I wanted to just pick one title out of all the 16 available (read everything about the Dark Parables games here) – and it’s the Portrait of the Stained Princess.

When a young apprentice goes missing in search of a cursed painting, you rush to investigate. You arrive to find much more than old superstitions at play as art and reality collide, threatening to spread destruction over the realm!

Can you find out the truth behind the painting of the “Princess with a Duckling” and save your world in time?

Grim Legends: The Dark City

Grim Legends 3 The Dark City - Top New Hidden Object

Grim Legends is another great HOPA series, and one that you should play in its entirety. But if you are to choose just one game, go for The Dark City.

Step into the shoes of the Monster Hunter from the mysterious Order and save the city of Lichtenheim from a Nightmare coming from another dimension. Apprehend the thief of the powerful artifact and unravel the secrets of your own past!

Read my article detailing the Grim Legends games in order here.

Heavy Rain

heavy rain game screenshot

Experience a gripping psychological thriller filled with innumerable twists and turns. The hunt is on for a murderer known only as the Origami Killer.

Four characters, each following their own leads, must take part in a desperate attempt to prevent the killer from claiming a new victim.

An amazing cinematic experience, despite the game’s age – but make sure you are really up for some violence if you play this one. I have to admit that it made my stomach churn here and there – but it’s good!

The Wolf Among Us

The Wolf among Us Game Screenshot

An excellent game by Telltale Games – I loved and still love playing all their games, but for this list, it’s the Wolf Among Us that has to be recommended.

(But I repeat – do play all of their games, especially The Walking Dead series and their Game of Thrones adventure series which are amazing).

Back to The Wolf Among Us, it’s an episodic adventure game series that puts you in the shoes of Bigby Wolf – THE big bad wolf – where you will discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come. Every decision matters here too!

Her Story

her story

A crime fiction game with non-linear storytelling, Her Story revolves around a police database full of live-action video footage that you have to investigate in order to solve a mystery.

While not your regular point-and-click adventure type of game, it’s a great one to play if you’re into mysteries.

I know that this type of games – with real actors and video footage – doesn’t usually do well, but this one is great!

Fahrenheit Indigo Prophecy

Fahrenheit Indigo Prophecy Remastered screenshot

I still remember playing this game for the first time back when it was first released nearly 20 years ago (yup, hard to realize you’re that old!)

It was pretty much revolutionary for those times, and it set up the stage for Telltale’s adventures, I think… and reshaped the genre forever – a genre that was already dying a slow death.

With a rich multilayered narrative, innovative presentation, and a chilling musical score, this game was (and is) teetering between the worlds of cinema and gaming while also embracing them, carving its own unique genre in the entertainment landscape.

What Remains of Edith Finch

What Remains of Edith Finch game screenshot

What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of strange tales about a family in Washington state.

As Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she’s the last one in her family left alive.

This is an amazing game that I keep recommending in various places across this website, and you can find out more about it on the page dedicated to the game.

Sherlock Holmes The Awakened

Sherlock Holmes The Awakened screenshot

Originally released back in 2008, but remastered and re-imagined, this is one of those adventure games you MUST play if you are a fan of the genre.

Become Sherlock Holmes, and find yourself at the heart of the terrifying Cthulhu Mythos as you investigate a series of mysterious disappearances in Europe and the US.

You can play the original too, but I recommend playing the newer release (the one launched in 2023) as it is up to date with the graphics and improved gameplay.

If you want to learn everything about the game series, I recommend checking out my article sharing The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes games in order.

Kathy Rain: Director’s Cut

Kathy Rain screenshot

You will fall in love with everything about this game, but especially the amazing art style and general, old school feel.

I am recommending the Director’s Cut, which is a re-imagining of the classic 2016 point-and-click detective mystery set in the ’90s.

Kathy is a strong-willed journalism major who must come to terms with her troubled past as she investigates the mysterious death of her recently departed grandfather.

Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise

Agent A game screenshot

You play as Agent A in this stylish secret agent world full of retro futuristic contraptions, hidden gizmos, gadgets and clever logic based puzzles. But do be warned… Ruby La Rouge is no spy to be taken lightly!

Explore a labyrinth of perplexing puzzles in this quirky game of cat and mouse that’ll have you wondering whether you’re the cat… or the mouse!!

The Case of the Golden Idol

The Case of the Golden Idol screenshot

A new kind of detective game that allows you to think and investigate freely. Discover clues surrounding 12 strange and gruesome deaths and build your own theory. Pick your suspect, deduce the motive, unmask the awful truth.

Amazing art and perfect characters and story round up a really solid game that you must play.

This Bed We Made

This Bed We Made game screenshot

A very short game, but one that leaves a mark. Not a lot of gameplay here, but the story itself is great and you won’t be able to stop until you complete it (so the game being short can, therefore, be considered a bonus).

Take on the role of Sophie, a nosy chambermaid in the 1950s, and discover the sinister mystery that binds the hotel guests through the strange objects they bring on their travels.

Every action taken, and every door opened, can have an impact on how the story unfolds… including how you tidy up the rooms!

Little Misfortune

Little Misfortune

Little Misfortune is an interactive story, focused on exploration and characters, both sweet and dark, where your choices have consequences, as it’s usually the case in newer games (and I LOVE this mechanic!)

Starring Misfortune Ramirez Hernandez, an imaginative 8-year-old, who seeks the prize of Eternal Happiness, as a gift to her Mommy. Led by her new friend, Mr. Voice, they venture into the woods, where mysteries are unraveled and a little bit of bad luck unfolds.

But worry not, you’ll save the day!

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

Ghost Trick Phantom Detective

Another game that takes a different route compared to your regular adventure game, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is directed by Ace Attorney creator Shu Takumi.

And the premise is pretty interesting: you have to solve… your own murder!

Using the powers of the dead, you can possess and manipulate objects and even rewind time as you work to solve brainteasing puzzles in a story chock-full of quirky humour and charming characters.

No Case Should Remain Unsolved

No Case Should Remain Unsolved

#No_Case_Should_Remain_Unsolved (this is the official name of the game) is a detective game where players uncover and piece together memory fragments to solve a long-forgotten case.

February 5, 2012. A little girl named Seowon is reported missing from a playground. Police launch an investigation and question witnesses and suspects, but Seowon’s case is never solved.

Thimbleweed Park

thimbleweed park

Welcome to Thimbleweed Park. Population: 80 nutcases. And a dead body which is the least of your problems.

A game that masterfully mixes Twin Peaks with classic LucasArts adventure games like the Monkey Island series, can only be a hit. And Thimbleweed Park delivers!

A haunted hotel, an abandoned circus, a burnt-out pillow factory, a dead body pixelating under the bridge, toilets that run on vacuum tubes… you’ve never visited a place like this before.

Five people with nothing in common have been drawn to this rundown, forgotten town. They don’t know it yet, but they are all deeply connected. And they’re being watched.

Full Throttle Remastered

Full Throttle Remastered

Originally released by LucasArts in 1995, Full Throttle is a classic graphic adventure game from industry legend Tim Schafer, telling the story of Ben Throttle; butt-kicking leader of biker gang the Polecats, who gets caught up in a tale of Motorcycles, Mayhem and Murder.

This remaster brings everything up to date in terms of graphics and gameplay, keeping the original feel of the game intact.

Players will be able to switch back and forth between classic and remastered modes, and mix-n-match audio and graphics options to their heart’s desire. Also included is a concept art browser with work from Peter Chan, and a commentary track with the game’s original creators.

PuppetShow: Porcelain Smile

PuppetShow Porcelain Smile

We have to wrap up this list with another HOPA – a great one, too. You will surely enjoy the entire series, but I have chosen this one because I particularly enjoy playing it.

When your friend receives a strange letter about her new rare puppet, you rush to help. Upon your arrival you quickly find that these are more than just idle threats when she’s kidnapped by a masked maniac!

Can you uncover the truth behind the auction of a rare puppet collection and save your friend in time? Find out by playing the game – or read my previous article listing all the PupperShow games in order to experience them all!

Or try something completely new with the Maze of Realities Games in Order.

Final words

There you have it! An amazing list of top notch mystery games for those who live solving crimes or great mysteries. I am always adding new titles to this list as I play them, so check back often!

Also, if you have a favorite or two that you feel should be placed on the list, comment below and let me know! I always love trying new adventure games!

See also my Best Hidden Object Games List for all the titles I have covered over the years. Or just get yourself in a cozy mood by playing one of the 30 Super Cozy Games I recommend.

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