Who doesn’t love to solve a thrilling crime scene or unravel a mind-troubling mystery case? While reading or watching such stories in novels, TV shows, or movies is a lot of fun, games let you go one step further and take part in the investigation yourself. Here are a few mystery games available on steam that will help you to unlock your inner detective.

Blade Runner

Westwood Studios developed this game and released it in 1997.
A rookie blade runner hunts for rogue replicants on the rain-soaked streets of a future Los Angeles. The story mirrors the film a little too closely, but McCoy does a lot more detecting than Deckard. Most of the game is spent scouring the city for clues and interrogating suspects, and the atmosphere is incredible, perfectly capturing the dark, melancholy mood of the movie.

L.A. Noire

Team bondi developed this game and released it in 2011.
Inspired by pulp detective fiction, mystery and film noir, this lavish crime thriller is a slow, methodical game of clue-hunting and suspect interrogation, set in a stunningly authentic recreation of late ’40s Los Angeles. The city is an elaborate film set for a variety of compelling interactive cases, from brutal serial murders to stolen cars and arson. Richly atmospheric and enthralling.

Discworld Noir

Perfect Entertainment developed this game and released it in 1999.
Based on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series of comic fantasy novels, this is a fun send-up of hard-boiled detective fiction. It’s mostly a game about talking to people, leaning on them for clues, and opening up new lines of investigation to edge closer to the truth—which makes it a truer detective game than most. And the shadowy city of Ankh-Morpork is incredibly atmospheric.

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