7 Top Agatha Christie Mystery Games to Play on your Computer

May 20, 2014 by

A roundup of the Poirot and Marple PC games available online

Agatha Christie Computer Games Online for PC - Poirot Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie Computer Games Online for PC & Mac

This post is just a quick list of all the Agatha Christie games. For PC available to buy online. I hope to write full reviews for each game in due course. But for now I’ve just listed them. In order of my preference with the ones I liked best first. However all of these games have been great fun to play. Especially as a fan of Agatha Christie’s novels. And of mystery detective games!

The list includes mainly Hercule Poirot games, with one Miss Marple game. They are either hidden object games. Or point-and-click adventure mystery games. All of them are available for PC.
For mobile games, check out our previous post. For details of Agatha Christie mobile game apps. For iOS, Kindle and Android tablets.

For me, Agatha Christie‘s books work so well as computer game adaptations because of a couple of particular devices that she used to great effect in her brilliant stories.

Firstly, the ‘locked room’ set-up – whether it’s a steamer boat like in Death on the Nile. A train like in Murder on the Orient Express. Or on an island as in And Then There Were None. This ‘enclosed’ location is an excellent set-up for a murder mystery game. This means that in the game you have a specific area within which to search for evidence. Collect clues and find people to interview either as witnesses or suspects. And because the location of the crime is limited. It also means that there will only be a certain number of people. Who will have had some sort of relationship or interaction with the victim prior to the crime. This gives you a list of possible suspects that you’ll need to interview to eliminate from your inquiries.

Secondly, her use of red herrings. These keep you on your toes. There are plenty of plot twists and turns, that are designed to trip you up. And send you off on tangents and so you’re never quite able to just guess whodunit!

These games use these devices and so they keep you engaged and challenged in both the story and the game play. You’ll need to get sleuthing and collect all the evidence before you can make a proper deduction. In addition to this some of these games don’t strictly adhere to the original story. Partly to make it easier to adapt to a game version. But it also means that even if you have read the story. You can still play it without knowing the game ending.

Agatha Christie Computer Games List for PC & Mac

In descending order of my favourites and which ones I liked best! I’ve also included links to the best places to find these games online. Either as a convenient instant full version download. Or, if not available at least a CD/DVD. And I’ve also noted where there is a free trial available online.

1. Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie Computer Games Online for PC - And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie Computer Games Online for PC – And Then There Were None

Genres: Point and Click adventure game.
Format: PC CD.
OS: Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP.
Plot: Prepare yourself for an extraordinary investigative thriller in this superb adaptation of the world’s Best-Selling Mystery novel. Play as the new eleventh character, Patrick Narracott, the boatman who takes the guests to Shipwreck Island. Mysteriously, you also end up trapped with the others. Command an exhilarating adventure as you solve the mystery and find the killer before you become the next victim. [Source: Amazon]
This is my favourite mystery detective game of all the Agatha Christie games for PC. From the spooky atmosphere – evoked by sound effects, background music, visuals and of course the storyline. To the isolated setting – an island that is completely cut-off for the weekend.  There are only 10 people on the island plus you (or are there?) and one by one they seem to be being killed off in the manner set out in a very gruesome nursery rhyme! Very eerie!

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2. Agatha Christie: Peril at End House

Agatha Christie Computer Games Online for PC Mac- Poirot Peril at End House

Agatha Christie Computer Games Online for PC Mac- Poirot Peril at End House

Genres: Hidden Object puzzle game.
Format: Full version download and free demo.
Windows OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8.
Plot: Calling all seek and find fiends – The biggest selling novelist in history is back with another spine tingling challenge for Hercule Poirot. And his faithful companion Hastings. Set on the beautiful Cornish coast. There has always been an air of evil at End House and with three attempts on our heroine Nick Buckley’s life in as many days. It is up to the famous Poirot to unravel the mystery before it’s too late.

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3. Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun

Agatha Christie Computer Games Online for PC - Poirot Evil under the Sun

Agatha Christie Computer Games Online for PC – Poirot Evil under the Sun

Genres: Point-and-click adventure game.
Format: PC CD/DVD.
OS: Windows XP/ Vista.
Description: Evil is Everywhere… Even in Paradise. Famous detective Hercule Poirot is back in typical style. Turning up at just the right time. To begin an investigation into the murder of a famous actress. During what should have been the start of a relaxing holiday. Taking on the role of Hercule Poirot players can scour a stunning tropical island for clues. And delve deeper into the mysterious relationships. Between over 20 unique characters to search out the killer. [Source: Amazon]

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4. Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile

Agatha Christie Computer Games Online for PC & Mac - Poirot Death on the Nile

Agatha Christie Computer Games Online for PC & Mac – Poirot Death on the Nile

Genres: Hidden object puzzle game.
Format: Full version download and free demo.
Windows OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8.
Plot: Hercule Poirot investigates a thrilling murder mystery and must find hidden clues, interrogate suspects, and much more in Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile. Uncover clues and evidence directly tied to the story. When you have enough evidence, question the passengers in the salong and discover the identity of the real murderer!

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5. Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie Computer Games Online for PC - Poirot Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie Computer Games Online for PC – Poirot Murder on the Orient Express

Genres: Point-and-click adventure game.
Format: PC CD.
OS: Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP.
Plot: The world-famous mystery novel Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, comes alive in this all-new exciting video game adaptation. Murder on the Orient Express is filled with spectacular twists-and-turns and also includes a surprise ending that is different from the original novel. Aboard the historic train, as Antoinette, a new character introduced in the game, you must help the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot solve the puzzling murder of Mr. Ratchett. Is the victim really who he claimed to be? What motive would any of the passengers have that would bring them to commit this heinous crime? It’s up to YOU to find out! [Source: Amazon]

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6. Agatha Christie: Dead Man’s Folly

Agatha Christie Computer Games Online for PC - Poirot Dead Mans Folly

Agatha Christie Computer Games Online for PC – Poirot Dead Mans Folly

Genres: Hidden object puzzle game
Format: Full version download and free demo.
Windows OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8.
Plot: As a guest at the beautiful Nasse House, you are invited to take part in a thrilling mock-murder game. While visitors follow clues to find the killer, those in charge find themselves with a rising sense of uncertainty. Join famed detective Hercule Poirot as you discover that this charade could be the perfect disguise for a despicable scheme! Find hidden clues, decode messages and solve puzzles to unravel a story of deception, secrets and a fatal end in Agatha Christie: Dead Man’s Folly.

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7. Agatha Christie: 4:50 from Paddington

Agatha Christie Computer Games Online for PC - Miss Marple 4.50 from Paddington

Agatha Christie Computer Games Online for PC – Miss Marple 4.50 from Paddington

Genres: Hidden object puzzle game.
Format: Full version download and free demo.
Windows OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8.
Plot: While traveling through the English countryside, Elspeth McGillicuddy witnesses a frightful event through the window of a passing train: murder! With little evidence, no one will believe her. No one, that is, except her good friend, and amateur detective, Miss Jane Marple. Join the celebrated sleuth on a Hidden Object hunt for the truth about what Mrs. Gillicuddy saw that fateful night in Agatha Christie 4:50 from Paddington!

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Agatha Christie Video Games on Other Devices
You can also get And Then There Were None and Evil Under the Sun on Nintendo Wii though the price on Amazon is much more than the PC versions. Plus The ABC murders game is available on Nintendo DS.

Other top detective games lists you might like:

Have you played any of these Agatha Christie mystery detective games? Which would you pick as the best ones to play?

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  1. Audrey
    May 22, 2014

    I really like Poirot games. My favourite is Dead Mans Folly

  2. Sara
    May 24, 2014

    Hi thanks for the round-up. I played Peril at End House and DEath on the Nile awhile back. I really liked them both, nice atmosphere and beautiful hidden object scenes.

  3. Alex
    May 27, 2014

    I loved playing Dead Mans Folly on my Mac – gonna have a go at playing it on my ipad now!

  4. Bree
    May 31, 2014

    the 4.50 from paddington game is my favourite :)

  5. kay
    June 9, 2014

    Death on the Nile is very good!

  6. Anne
    June 11, 2014

    thanks :)

  7. fran
    June 16, 2014

    I need to to thank you for this wonderful read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it. I have got you bookmarked to check out new posts

  8. Nicki
    June 16, 2014

    In my opinion, this is the best site for finding top mystery detective games :)