Police Quest Open Season
There are plenty of games out there that let you play as a cop. But how many police games actually have you do cop-like stuff like arrest criminals and investigate cases, and then have you go back to the precinct and file a report? This is the world of Police Quest: Open Season. The general story feels cliche, like an episode of a typical cable TV police procedural, as you take on the role of a police investigator whose partner got murdered. But it is not the story that gives the game its unique twist: but its delivery. You follow rules. Break enough of these rules and you end up getting fired from the job, arrested, or worse, killed. Being a cop is not easy, and this police investigation game proves it. You can grab this chapter and the other three at Gog.
Sherlock Holmes Games
Holmes is back on a case, and this time, he has more than just a murder to solve, he also needs to figure out if the main suspect is the real culprit. The Case of the Mystified Murderess is just one of the many crime investigation games featuring Sherlock Holmes. In this particular chapter it starts off in an unorthodox manner, the Yard has already arrested the murderer -or so they think. But with the murder having allegedly missing memory makes the clues seem circumstantial, it is up to Holmes to get to the bottom of things (and for Watson to keep him from getting too distracted with other details). If you like old school murder-mystery games, then this definitely belongs on your must play list.
There is no mistake that L.A. Noire is one impressive game. The visuals are breathtaking, the gameplay is innovative. And the overall delivery will leave most players tethering on the edge of their seats. For a period detective game, that is already a pretty big feat. And yet despite all the cool things that Noire has to offer, there is the unmistakable fact that it could have still been better. In any case, if you love crime or detective stories, a fan of old school pulp fiction, or just plain interested in a game that manages to deliver a very different kind of open world gaming, then LA Noire is certainly for you.
Blade Runner is the perfect example of how a video game can do justice to a movie series. In this case, the game is based on the film adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, Blade Runner. The game shares a similar title so that audiences know that it is tied into the game. And playing this point and click futuristic detective thriller brings us to the gritty cyberpunk world of the Ridley Scott film. Except that instead of playing the role of film protagonist Deckard, we are introduced to new character, Detective Ray McCoy – and through his point of view, we experience the world of Blade Runner from a storyline that runs parallel to the events of the movie.
Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars
Long before Dan Brown published Angels and Demons and reignited general interest the world’s favorite secret group, the Crusaders cum Illuminati (which would not only lead to a book series with a film tie-in, but also inspires Nicolas Cage’s whole National Treasure film series), we old school gamers already had: Broken Sword. Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars is all about a man who gets to be in the wrong place at the wrong time (or right place at the right time, if you happen to be an optimist) – from an unsuspecting tourist to reliable protagonist, George Stobbart becomes the perfect anchor and hook for players wading into this deceptively rich and deep story. If you love solving wonderful mysteries (especially about ancient groups that hold power over the world) and enjoy investigating detail crime scenes then this is one point and click game you should not miss out on.