A game like Obra Dinn and consulting detective?

MorranMorran Registered User regular
I'm looking for a boardgame, or game for Nintendo switch, which is similar to "Obra Dinn" and "Sherlock Holmes: consulting detective", and maybe "Indigo Prophecy/Farenheit".

My wife is not as in to games (both digital and boardgames) as I am.

A selected few which she has enjoyed are the ones listed above. She enjoys the logical deduction of Sherlock Holmes and Obra Dinn, and she also enjoyed the narrative focused Farenheit when we played it a while back.

Any recommendations welcome. My current gaming setup is somewhat limited to an non-gaming laptop and a switch, but i will most likely buy a PS5 at release next year. At that point i will (presumably) be able to play all PS4 games as well.


  • CelestialBadgerCelestialBadger Registered User regular
    edited December 2019
    Phoenix Wright. A great game series about deduction. It’s goofy but really good. Available on Switch.

    Maybe LA Noire (has action elements as well as detective)

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  • OrogogusOrogogus San DiegoRegistered User regular
    How non-gaming is the laptop? I don't think adventure games are usually taxing, unless it's a Chromebook or something.

    I think people said that Her Story, on Steam, was a good game for people to play together, taking notes and discussing what they think is going on. There's also a sequel, Telling Lies.

    All my other suggestions would be Steam games, too, since I know nothing about boardgames or Switch games.

  • KetarKetar Come on upstairs we're having a partyRegistered User regular
    Take a look at the Alchemists board game by Czech Games. It's a worker placement game with a major deduction element that I really enjoyed, and the deduction aspect is nicely randomized to ensure the replayability is high.

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  • Zombie HeroZombie Hero Registered User regular
    Alchemist's is great. Probably a top 5 board game for me.

    Tragedy Looper may also be worth looking into, a lot of deduction there too, but it can also be a bit more stressful.

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  • Hahnsoo1Hahnsoo1 Make Ready. We Hunt.Registered User regular
    There are a host of other games made by Quantic Dream, the developers behind Indigo Prophecy: Heavy Rain, Beyond Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human.

    If she's into narrative, then the now-defunct Telltale game studio basically made a whole line of narrative focused games like The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands, etc.

    If she's into puzzles AND narrative, then maybe she'd like the 999 games ("Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors", "Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward", and "Zero Time Dilemma").

    The Witness is a great puzzle game, probably one of the best.

    There are some older board games that are like Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, like these:

    She might enjoy puzzle books like Journal 29 and Journal 29: Revelation. Or Escape Room games like Unlock or Exit.

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  • EddyEddy Gengar the Bittersweet Registered User regular
    Sherlock: crimes and punishments is fun, if a little... barren? Definitely the 999 games for a fun mix of weird story and puzzles

    The witness is quite elegant but like, exponentially more difficult and frustrating than the other games mentioned

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  • CelestialBadgerCelestialBadger Registered User regular
    Also consider Heaven’s Vault by Inkle, a narrative adventure in which you play an archaeologist on an alien world attempting to translate an unknown language. If you like Obra Dinn, it’s a similar sort of indie game.

  • Stabbity StyleStabbity Style Warning: Mothership Reporting Kennewick, WARegistered User regular
    I'd definitely second the 999 / Zero Escape games. Pretty great combination of puzzles and narrative.

    I'd also check out Time Stories for the board game side of things. Story and puzzle focused, with a decent amount of expansions if you like it and want to see other stories.

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  • TastyfishTastyfish Registered User regular
    edited January 2020
    There's two options if you want something very close to Consulting Detective:
    Firstly, Mythos Tales is a Lovecraftian version of Consulting Detective. Same mechanics but sent in Arkham and a campaign plot to solve as well (you have a strange dream before the first case that you're also following up on).
    There's also 221b Baker street - which is a bit like a mix of Cluedo and Consulting Detective. It's competitive and you're moving around a map via dice rolls to visit locations for clues in order to answer three questions posed by the Case brief (the clues range from something like a bit of story text that tells you the answer to something like a cryptic crossword puzzle that is more gamey than RPG-like), once you think you've got enough it's then a race back to Baker Street to hand in your answers. First person to get back who gets all (or most) of the questions right wins.

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