No matter which iteration of the Sherlock Holmes stories you enjoy, we can certainly all agree that at times, we just wish we could step into the story and become Sherlock to feel the thrill of solving mysteries and halting criminals in their tracks. Well, I’m happy to tell you that in gaming, there are many options for mystery games which will allow you to step into your metaphorical Sherlock shoes and play the bit of a great detective unraveling the mysteries at hand. If you’re itching to step into the detective role, read along for the top five best mystery games which will help bring out your inner Sherlock Holmes and exercise your skills of deduction and detection.
In fifth place is Time Trap, a uniquely delightful hidden objects puzzle game which is an absolute steal on Steam for only $3.99. It’s a mystery, but it’s a very relaxing mystery where you get to look for hidden objects in a very interesting setting. Hidden object games are all great examples of I Spy games and are really exceptional at giving you something to focus on without taking a huge amount of energy. Time Trap is right in that sweet spot of being exciting and relaxing at the same time.
In the fourth spot is Return To Mysterious Island, an amazing game based around the original story by Jules Verne. There’s nothing better than a classic mystery, and this game carries both a healthy heap of mystery, and beautiful scenery which is sure to delight you. Personally, I’m a sucker for anything Vernian, and this game perfectly fulfills my urge to explore mysterious lands. If you’re looking for a tropical mystery, it can do the same for you!
In third place is Return of the Obra Dinn, which joins Time Trap in the category of hidden objects and clues games, but truly, Return of the Obra Dinn stands alone in terms of game design and experience. The black-and-white setting pulls you into the past and instantly makes you feel like an old-timey detective. The coloration of the game also adds to the moderate difficulty of working out the secrets of the ship, as you have to keep quite a sharp eye out for any and all clues. This game is truly amazing, and if you haven’t played it yet, you need to as soon as you possibly can.
Coming in for second place is Clue/Cluedo: The Classic Mystery Game, because, let’s be honest, this list wouldn’t be complete without Clue. It really is a classic, as it has everything you could ever want in a mystery and even more. Both the game and the film have inspired so many of the greatest mystery stories, it’s no wonder this game is worthy of second place. If you’re looking for a mystery that will make you laugh, shock you a bit, and keep you intrigued and entertained, Clue is the game for you.
And for first place, when you’re wanting to unlock your inner Sherlock, there’s nothing better than an actual Sherlock Holmes game, namely Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of The Baskervilles. Of all the Sherlock mysteries I’ve read, the case of the hound and the Baskervilles is one of my all time favorites, so when it came time to pick a favorite Sherlock game for this honored place on the list, there was no question as to which one I would recommend. I’ve said it before and I will say it again: there is nothing like a classic, and it doesn’t get more classic than Sherlock Holmes at his best.
Whichever type of mystery you choose, there is sure to be something on this list to suit you perfectly and get you peeking around corners with a magnifying glass while wearing that classic Sherlock hat. Enjoy your sleuthing, and be sure to mention your favorite mystery game in the comments of this article!