Best Detective Games for PC and Mac of 2014

Top Mystery Detective Games for Computer from 2014

Best Mystery Detective Adventure Games 2014

Best Mystery Detective Adventure Games 2014

Of the cool mystery detective games released in 2014 for PC and Mac. We’ve managed to whittle them down to a top 7 list of the best of the best of 2014. This is a list of our favourite mystery, detective and crime solving adventure games to play on computer.

It includes a variety of styles. From point and click adventures and story driven thrillers. To mystery hidden object and puzzle games. So we hope there’s something here for all crime and mystery fans to enjoy!

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Top 7 Best Mystery Detective Games – PC & Mac

1. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
Released: September 2014.
By: The Astronauts.
From: Nordic Games.
Rated: 18+.
Genre/themes: Occult, Detective, Story Driven, Murder Mystery, Adventure.

Best Mystery Detective PC Games 2014 - The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Best Story Driven Detective PC Game 2014

Plot: In The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, you play as Paul Prospero, an occult detective who receives a disturbing letter from Ethan Carter and realizes that the boy is in grave danger. When Paul arrives in Ethan’s home of Red Creek Valley, he realizes things are even worse than he imagined. Ethan has vanished in the wake of a brutal murder, which Paul comes to see might not be the only murder to investigate. Using both regular and supernatural detective skills, Paul must figure out what happened to the missing boy. [Source: Amazon.com]

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is our pick for the Best Story Driven Detective PC Game 2014!
For more details and screen shots, check out our previous review here.
Get it for PC from: Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

Note: you will need to set up a Steam account to install the game.

2. 9 Clues: The Ward
Released: September 2014.
By: Tap It Games and Artifex Mundi.
Genre/themes: Hidden Object, Adventure, Puzzle, Murder Mystery, Detective, Female Protaganist, Mature.

Best Detective PC Games of 2014 - 9 Clues The Ward

Best Hidden Object Detective Game 2014

Plot: After responding to a distress call from a secluded psychiatric hospital, a young detective and her partner find themselves struggling to solve a murder. As they press the patients and hospital staff they find that there are dark truths being kept from them. Each new clue only raises more questions. Who killed Doctor Crow? What drove one of the male nurses insane? Who is Zed Rascov? Why is the name of a little girl, Ginger, carved into the wood-paneled wall of the dead doctor’s office? Can you unravel the mystery? Find out in 9 Clues: The Ward! [Source: Big Fish Games]

9 Clues: The Ward is our pick for the Best Hidden Object Detective Game 2014!
For more details and screen shots, check out our previous review here.
Get it for PC from: Big Fish Games.

3. The Wolf Among Us: Episode 5 – Cry Wolf
Released: July 2014.
By: Telltale Games.
Rated: Mature.
Genre/themes: Fantasy, Comic Book, Detective, Story Driven, Murder Mystery, Point&Click, Adventure.

Best Detective Games 2014 on Mac PC - Wolf Among Us

Best Interactive Mystery Adventure Game of 2014

Plot: Following a bloody trail of murder and corruption, Bigby Wolf faces a powerful enemy: a dark force that has been feeding on the desperation of Fabletown’s seedy underbelly. But when hidden truths are revealed, you must decide exactly what justice means in the gripping season finale of The Wolf Among Us. [Source: metacritic.com]

The Wolf Among Us: Episode 5 – Cry Wolf is our pick for the Best Interactive Mystery Adventure Game of 2014!
Cry Wolf, is the fifth and last episode of the brilliant comic book based, interactive story driven adventure. Where your every decision can have dramatic consequences on how the game unfolds! This is more a murder mystery thriller than a detective game. But this 5 part PC and Mac game is a hugely enjoyable mystery to play nonetheless.

Get it for PC and Mac from: Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

Note: A Telltale account is required for game activation and installation.

4. Dead Reckoning: Silvermoon Isle Collector’s Edition
Released: July 2014.
By: Eipix.
Genre/themes: Hidden Object, Adventure, Puzzle, Mystery, Detective, iHOG.

Best Detective Games 2014 - Silvermoon Isle

Best iHOG Detective Game 2014 for PC & Mac

Plot: Silver-screen star Veronica West plummeted to her death from the top of a lighthouse on Silvermoon Isle. Was it an accident? A suicide?

Or did someone at the party that night kill Veronica? Solve the case using an innovative “deduction” feature that turns questioning suspects into a fun, interactive game! [Source: Big Fish Games]

Dead Reckoning: Silvermoon Isle CE is our pick for the Best iHOG Detective Game 2014 for PC & Mac!
For more details and screen shots, check out our previous review here.
Get Dead Reckoning: Silvermoon Isle CE for: PC and Mac Download.

5. Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy
Released: October 2014.
By: Her Interactive.
Genre/themes: Teen, Adventure, Puzzle, Mystery, Detective, Female Protaganist.

Nancy Drew The Silent Spy - Best Family Detective Game 2014 for PC Mac

Best Family Detective Game 2014 for PC & Mac

Plot: Nearly a decade ago Agent Kate Drew left home to neutralize a biochemical weapon in Scotland. While her assignment was a success, Kate died in a tragic car accident. Or so we were told. Now the echoes of a similar plot reverberate and it’s up to you, as detective Nancy Drew, to thwart the sleeper cell and expose the truth about your mother’s tragic demise. Learn about Nancy’s mother and what really transpired during her final days.

Expose dead drops and black operations by gathering intelligence and new leads. Characters will change their motives as your investigation unfolds. [Source: Big Fish Games]

Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy is our pick for the Best Family Detective Game 2014 for PC & Mac!
Check out our new top 10 page: Top 10 Best Nancy Drew (Full Version) PC Games. For a list of our fave Nancy Drew games.

Get Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy from BigFishGames for: PC and Mac Download.

6. Blackwell Epiphany
Released: April 2014.
By: Wadjet Eye Games.
Genre/themes: Female Protaganist, Murder Mystery, Point&Click, Adventure.

Blackwell Epiphany - Best Point and Click Adventure PC Game 2014

Best Point & Click Mystery Adventure PC Game of 2014

Summary: A dead man’s soul cries out against the force of a ferocious blizzard. He cries for help. He cries for answers. Then he screams as he is torn apart like damp tissue paper. This wasn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last. The police are powerless to stop it, so the duty falls to the only ones who can. What force could be so powerful – and so malevolent – that it would destroy the very core of a life in order to get what it wants? Rosa Blackwell and Joey Mallone mean to find out, even if it means risking themselves in the process. [Source: metacritic.com]

Blackwell Epiphany is our pick for the Best Point & Click Mystery Adventure PC Game of 2014!
This is the 5th and last episode of the brilliant mystery adventure series for PC. For details of the previous titles. See also (on our other game review blog): Blackwell Game Series List Order. Also includes all the Blackwell games for mobile.

7. The Detail Ep. 1: Where the Dead Lie
Released: October 2014.
By: Rival Games Ltd.
Genre/themes: Adventure, Mystery, Detective, Noir, Point and Click, Story Driven.

Best Detective Games 2014 - The Detail Episode 1 Where the Dead Lie

Most Unique Detective Noir Game of 2014

The Detail is a new adventure game from Rival Games that takes the player to the streets of a crime-ridden city and into the shoes of Reginald “Reggie” Moore, a veteran detective grown frustrated with the lack of justice, and Joseph “Joe” Miller, a former confidential informant now dragged back into the life of crime he barely escaped.

The player will need to investigate criminal activity, scenes of murder, arrest suspects and interrogate them for information, all while trying to navigate the pitfalls of an underworld where every choice holds consequences. [Source: RivalGames]

The Detail Episode 1: Where the Dead Lie is our pick for the Most Unique Detective Noir Game of 2014!

For details, see our previous review.

More Top Detective Games

For more top detective games. See also:
* 10 Best Mystery & Detective Games for Android, iOS, Kindle Fire.
* Top 10 Mystery & Detective Puzzle Games for PC & Mac.
* Top 10 RPG Detective Games for Xbox, PlayStation, PC & Nintendo DS.
* Hasbro’s Classic Detective Board Game – Cluedo/Clue PC & Mac Review.
* Free Play Full Version Big Fish Detective Game Online.

See also the latest: Best Mac Computer Games.