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Best Games Like Nancy Drew- Similar Riddle and Puzzle games

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  1. Kaidus

    Kaidus Administrator Staff Member

    Best Games Like Nancy Drew - Alternatives for those who loved Riddles and Puzzles

    For the action-adventure and point and click enthusiast gamer in you, the Nancy Drew series probably captivated your imagination in books, as well as on your favorite gaming platform. As one of the longest running mystery series, readers (and players) are immersed in deep rooted stories, mystery, and brilliant action packed adventure.

    For those who are expecting an exact replica of the game, you probably won't find it with these titles. However, for the fan of the books and games, you are likely to find some of the excitement, action, and marvel in these titles as well. Below is a list of some of the best games like Nancy Drew, from solving action packed mysteries, to solving complex puzzles on your favorite platforms.

    1. Broken Age
    This point and click adventure is a story revolving around two teen characters, Vella and Shay. In the game, Vella's life hangs in the balance, and she is sacrificed in order for her to protect another. Players are going to engage in a series of puzzles, mysterious plot twists and turns, and must complete the game play in order to find out who the mysterious character (or object) is that Vella's life is sacrificed for.
    PC, PS4, Vita, Mac and Linux along with IOS and Android releases.
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    2. Grim Fandango
    Interactive drama - check. Episodic twists and turns - check. Graphic adventure built into the gaming platform - check. Following Mexican Folklores, Manny Calvera (the protagonist), has to wipe out his wrongdoings, and leads the DOD (Department of Dead), through a serious of challenges.

    You will enjoy the good dialog and acting which is rare, superb character depth, and of course clever puzzles to solve.
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    Grim Fandango is one of the older games out there 1998, and even the remastered version shows little improvement graphics wise.

    Game play takes you through a series of different levels, and players are engaged in various obstacle style levels during play. Immersed in the world of the dead, you are taken through several distinct challenges, chapters, and levels. How the game play ends up depends on the wrongdoings you can erase at each point of play.
    PC, PS4, Vita, Mac and Linux

    3. Life I strange
    Life is strange is an episodic graphic adventure developed by Dontnod Entertainment where you play as Max, a girl who can reverse time.

    The story leads you through a highly interactive environment that feels more real than many games. Characters talk on their own as you progress in a 3rd person style environment.
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    Every choice that you make in this game will change the story a bit which will eventually lead to multiple endings.

    I can say that "Life Is Strange" is a "feel" simulator that every gamer should at least experience. The story, gameplay and soundtrack are combined perfectly, something that makes a really enjoyable experience.
    PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, MAC, Linux, Steam

    4. Murdered: Soul Suspect
    If the title doesn't cause intrigue and mystery, the game play and action you will encounter along the way surely will. As the name suggests, players are going to try to find the antagonist, the "soul" who committed the murderous events. Starting off in the American town, Salem, players are in control of the lead character, Ronan who was formerly an agent.
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    It is up to you to determine if, who, and how the murders occurred. Of course there are various twists throughout the adventure style game, and puzzles which will cause distinct variations in the initial thoughts you had of who the guilty party or parties were. Fun, action packed, continually changing scenes and levels, are some of the different adventures you will face while going through this action-adventure style game.
    PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC

    5. Vanishing of Ethan Carter
    As the title suggest, players have to find out what happens to the namesake character, Ethan Carter. The game brings you through fantastic scenery with hints and tidbits that allow you to draw your own conclusions as the game progresses.

    The feel of the game is less point and click and more explorative first person shooter. It also has less of a tell tale style feel where you are the detective and have to find the evidence yourself. (that said the clues do still light up, so you get some handholding)
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    On a journey to find a missing boy, you get to utilize the power, you utilize a unique power to see into Ethan Carters memories. For those who love mystery, intrigue, and constantly struggling through plot twists and turns throughout the entire adventure, this might be a title to check out.

    6. The Blackwell Ephiphany
    A blend of action and adventure, along with drama and mystery, are a few of the challenges players will face in this game. The game depicts a strange force which catches onto someone in the story, and tears the individual apart. This character eventually disappears, and players are left to figure out what and how the disappearance occurred, or if it really took place.
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    Did the character vanish into thin air without a trace, or is this just what you are led to believe? This is one of the many questions players will answer as they make their way through this mystery.
    Of course other titles are also fun adaptations of the Nancy Drew series as well.

    Among the other titles players who love the game and book series will love include:
    • Dreamfall Chapters: The Lost Journey
    • Agatha Christie
    • Myst
    • IB
    • The Detail
    • Syberia
    • The Moment of Silence
    • Puzzle Bots
    • Ian's Eyes
    • Creatures Such as We Are
    • Gray Matter
    • Sherlock Holmes
    • Jurassic Park: The Game
    • Secret of Grisly Manor
    • The Last Express: Gold Edition

    Have any other interesting titles? Include them below so we can update and add to some of the best games like Nancy Drew.
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2017

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