Elementary, My Dear Posters: Detective + Deduction + Mystery Games

I was gonna post this on the currently playing thread but then I saw we already have a dedicated one!

I play detective games with my girlfriend, pen and paper in hand. it’s fun! but I feel like by now we’re kinda scraping the bottom of the barrel in terms of quality. There really aren’t that many detective games overall, much less great ones, compared with other genres. it’s a tricky format because, unlike most others, if it doesn’t have both great writing and great mechanics, it falls completely flat.

anyone got any recs? I am open to anything as long as they don’t veer too much into the horror genre.

of wot I played recently:

  • great: Frog Detective, Pentiment, Norco, Her Story, Obra Dinn, The Forgotten City, Disco Elysium.

  • decent: Tangle Tower, Gemini Rue, Subsurface Circular,

  • not so good: Frogware’s Sherlock Holmes, Poirot ABC Murders, The Flower Collectors, Heaven’s Vault, Telling Lies, Nuts…

  • backlog: Paradise Killer, Ace Attorney, Immortality, Pathologic 2.