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Best Nintendo Switch Detective Games

Everyone loves a good mystery, and even more so if they’re the one who gets to solve it. The detective genre has evolved a great deal since its point-and-click adventure game roots, and this list proves how much things have changed. In fact, the games that we’re including in this list range from typical noir detective fare to the kinds of games that you’ll probably tell us “don’t count as detective games” in the comments!

Here’s our reasoning, though: A detective game is about more than just a hard-boiled police guy in a trench coat and hat, who loves to grumble about grisly murders in the rain. Detectiving can be done by anyone with a need to uncover, discover, and answer questions, and many of the games we’ve chosen are about just that: Normal people, pulling threads until the whole thing unravels.

Whether you’re a fan of detective work, or you devour mysteries of any kind, or even if you’re a total investigation rookie, there are plenty of games on this gigantic list to suit your tastes. Let’s get these cases cracking!

Unavowed (Switch eShop)

Unavowed (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Wadjet Eye Games / Developer: Wadjet Eye Games

Release Date: 7th Jul 2021 (USA)

We’ll start off this list with a slightly more typical detective romp, as Unavowed draws on the ’90s point-and-click style of game to offer something that’s familiar, yet different. Developed by the kings of the modern point-and-click, Wadjet Eye, Unavowed is all about waking up after One Hell Of A Night with zero memories, and using your detective skills to figure out what happened.

And, as it turns out, that “One Hell Of A Night” is more literal than metaphorical, because you didn’t get black-out drunk… you got black-out possessed by a demon, and now you have to retrace your steps and figure out what’s going on with the help of the Unavowed, the supernatural detectives of the underground. With some light RPG elements, like choosing your own party to adventure out into the field with, Unavowed is an incredibly well-made, polished, and modern take on an old genre.

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (Switch eShop)

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (Switch eShop)

Publisher: ZA/UM / Developer: ZA/UM

Release Date: 12th Oct 2021 (USA) / 12th Oct 2021 (UK/EU)
Paradise Killer (Switch eShop)

Paradise Killer (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Fellow Traveller / Developer: Kaizen Game Works

Release Date: 4th Sep 2020 (USA) / 4th Sep 2020 (UK/EU)
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition (Switch eShop)

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Spike Chunsoft / Developer: Spike Chunsoft

Release Date: 3rd Dec 2021 (USA) / 3rd Dec 2021 (UK/EU)
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition (Switch eShop)

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Spike Chunsoft / Developer: Spike Chunsoft

Release Date: 3rd Dec 2021 (USA) / 3rd Dec 2021 (UK/EU)
Return of the Obra Dinn (Switch eShop)

Return of the Obra Dinn (Switch eShop)

Publisher: 3909 / Developer: 3909

Release Date: 18th Oct 2019 (USA) / 18th Oct 2019 (UK/EU)
Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir & Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind (Switch eShop)

Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir & Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release Date: 14th May 2021 (UK/EU)

We’ll group these two surprising remakes together, not because they’re bad on their own, but because the bumper pack is really the best way to witness these games.

Initially released on the Famicom as Japan-only narrative games, it would take over 30 years for the Famicom Detective Club games to be localised and remastered for Switch, which is the version we have here. Although the two FDC games show their age with their obtuse lack of signposting and puzzle solutions that make no bloody sense, they’re surprisingly still a lot of fun to play through.

You’ll be investigating two stories: In “The Missing Heir”, it’s the suspicious death of a wealthy matriarch, with a healthy dose of the supernatural, as people keep claiming to have seen her ghost. In “The Girl Who Stands Behind”, you’ll be looking into a mysterious school rumour, the death of a young girl, and the slow unravelling of a story that goes back longer than anyone realises.

Just don’t ask too many questions about the detective being a 17-year-old kid with no experience… or memories.

Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir & The Girl Who Stands Behind (Bundle) [Download Code - UK/EU]
What Remains of Edith Finch (Switch eShop)

What Remains of Edith Finch (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Annapurna Interactive / Developer: Giant Sparrow

Release Date: 4th Jul 2019 (USA) / 4th Jul 2019 (UK/EU)
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles (Switch)

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles (Switch)

Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom

Release Date: 27th Jul 2021 (USA) / 27th Jul 2021 (UK/EU)
AI: The Somnium Files (Switch)

AI: The Somnium Files (Switch)

Publisher: Spike Chunsoft / Developer: Spike Chunsoft

Release Date: 17th Sep 2019 (USA) / 20th Sep 2019 (UK/EU)
The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark (Switch eShop)

The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Akupara Games / Developer: Spooky Doorway

Release Date: 15th Apr 2021 (USA) / 15th Apr 2021 (UK/EU)




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