Mystery Games

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  1. Spot's Meow

    Spot's Meow Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    I've really enjoyed the Mystery Case Files games. The early ones are mostly just interestingly themed hidden object games. However, later entries in the series incorporate a lot more puzzles and story. And they all seem to have some creepy theme. The Ravenhearst games are often considered the best in the series, along with Dire Grove. The most recent Mystery Case Files games aren't quite so good; the series changed hands and got a little too ambitious.

    Back in the day I picked up a couple of cheap games off the shelf that I ended up enjoying a lot. They were called Barrow Hill and Scratches. Definitely not the greatest graphics in the world, so if that's what you're looking for then you'll probably be disappointed. But dark, creepy stories and fun puzzles to solve.
     
  2. galleywest

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    Finally, something I can comment on! :lol: I love mystery games, especially the point-and-click variety.

    People have already mentioned some of these, but here's what I've played:
    • Dark Fall: Lost Souls; Dark Fall: Lights Out: Scary mystery games with a supernatural elements. Great locations, very dark storylines.
    • Asylum: set in, well, an asylum, with frightening, ghoulish asylum escapees everywhere. I found this to be VERY scary!
    • Scratches: one of my all-time favorite scary games, this was so much fun to play! Set in a creepy, deserted mansion, with mysterious elements unfolding.
    • Grim Fandango: set in the land of the dead, your hero is Manny Calavera, a travel agent for the Department of Death. One of the most inventive and fun games ever made.
    • The Next BIG Thing: Set in a world where monsters are real and live alongside humans--and they star in the movies! Your heroes are two reporters, the quirky novice and the wise-cracking seasoned veteran.
    • Secret Files: Tunguska; Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis; Secret Files 3; Secret Files: Sam Peters: Nina and Max (and eventually Sam) set out to solve mysteries that usually will save or end the world. A solid franchise, I enjoyed them all.
    • L.A. Noire: Set in L.A. after WWII, a hard-boiled mystery thriller. I liked driving all over L.A., that was awesome. And it was value for money, there were multiple stand-alone chapters with an overarching main story.
    • Amnesia: Dark Descent: I started to play this but I don't think I finished. I can't remember. Oh, the irony!
    • Barrow Hill: Scary ghost story--I thought the locations and mini-mysteries throughout were really well done.
    • The Lost Crown: A Ghost Hunting Adventure: I played this through in like a weekend, which is very unlike me, but I couldn't stop playing. I loved getting to be a ghost hunter and using the ghost-hunting tech to solve mysteries!
    • Lost Horizon: a very Indiana Jones-like mystery adventure with exotic locations, a reformed smuggler, and Nazis. It's from the same people that did Secret Files and was a ton of fun.
    I know I've played more but after the advent of Steam I got rid of my old boxed games.
     
  3. Spot's Meow

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    There is apparently a recent sequel to Barrow Hill titled Barrow Hill: The Dark Path. I haven't played it yet, I only just learned about it when I wrote my above post, but I'm interested!
     
  4. Rincewiend

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  5. matthunter

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    Yes, I can second this (I've only just completed the first section on the Orient Express but I peeked at spoilers so know the twist Owain mentioned)... it's a point and click "talk to person", "examine object" "use the thing on the other thing" story with you as a very Poirot-like Swiss policeman getting involved in the search for the Raven, a master thief who has resurfaced after supposedly being shot dead years ago and is trying to steal two legendary jewels. It's very Christie (there's even an expy of her in the game) in tone and setting.