Best Investigation Games on Steam

Steam currently has 2,163 Investigation games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Investigation game rankings were last updated on 5/23/2024.

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1. Phasmophobia

Phasmophobia is a 4 player online co-op psychological horror. Paranormal activity is on the rise and it’s up to you and your team to use all the ghost-hunting equipment at your disposal in order to gather as much evidence as you can.

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Phasmophobia holds the #1 spot for "best Investigation game on Steam" with a Player Score of 95. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 676,712 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 649,581 positive reviews and 27,131 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $13.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $13.99
Release Date 9/18/2020
Developer Kinetic Games
Publisher Kinetic Games
Steam App Id 739630

2. The Case of the Golden Idol

A new kind of detective game that allows you to think and investigate freely. Discover clues surrounding 12 strange and gruesome deaths and build your own theory. Pick your suspect, deduce the motive, unmask the awful truth.

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The Case of the Golden Idol has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Investigation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 6,267 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 6,181 positive reviews and 86 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $17.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play The Case of the Golden Idol on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $17.99
Release Date 10/13/2022
Franchise Playstack
Developer Color Gray Games
Publisher Playstack
Steam App Id 1677770

3. Murders on the Yangtze River

"Murders on Yangtze River" is an Ace Attorney-like detective game that takes you on a journey through early 20th century China as you solve a series of intriguing cases. Use your logical reasoning and deduction skills to uncover clues, interrogate suspects, and solve the mysteries.

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Murders on the Yangtze River has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Investigation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 10,945 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,683 positive reviews and 262 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Murders on the Yangtze River on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 1/31/2024
Developer OMEGAMES STUDIO
Publisher OMEGAMES STUDIO
Steam App Id 1746030

4. The Test

You will answer a series of questions that will reveal truths from deep within. These questions may make you uncomfortable, but with great knowledge comes great sacrifice. Can you make it all the way through The Test, and if you do, are you sure you want the answers you seek?

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The Test has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Investigation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 19,272 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 18,706 positive reviews and 566 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $1.59 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $1.59
Release Date 2/24/2020
Developer Randumb Studios
Publisher Randumb Studios
Steam App Id 1241510

5. Far Away

Far Away is a visual novel full of dark humor depicting immersive storylines rather than romantic drama. You will play as Krosa, a typical girl who experiences gang conflicts, crimes, conspiracies, and family grudges in the port city of Bedjan.

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Far Away has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Investigation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 6,035 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,915 positive reviews and 120 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $12.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Far Away on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $12.99
Release Date 8/17/2021
Franchise Thermite Games
Developer Gratesca
Publisher Thermite Games
Steam App Id 1250760

6. The Test: Final Revelation

The third chapter in The Test Trilogy. Answer a series of in-depth questions to reveal hidden truths about yourself and unlock secrets to discover who you really are as a person. The Final Revelation is upon us... but are you sure you TRULY want the answers you seek?

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The Test: Final Revelation has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Investigation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,190 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,093 positive reviews and 97 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $1.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $1.99
Release Date 10/12/2020
Developer Randumb Studios
Publisher Randumb Studios
Steam App Id 1428310

7. The Test: Hypothesis Rising

The second chapter in The Test trilogy. Answer a series of in-depth questions to reveal hidden truths about yourself and unlock secrets to discover how your life can change drastically with just a few, slight modifications. ...But are you sure you want the answers you seek?

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The Test: Hypothesis Rising has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Investigation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,706 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,582 positive reviews and 124 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $1.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $1.99
Release Date 4/27/2020
Developer Randumb Studios
Publisher Randumb Studios
Steam App Id 1282200

8. Unheard - Voices of Crime

What if you could hear every word spoken at the scene of a crime? “Acoustic Detectives” wanted for testing our new device! Return aurally to crime scenes and use the voices you hear to identify potential suspects and solve the mysteries. What is it that’s connecting these seemingly unrelated cases?

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Unheard - Voices of Crime has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Investigation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 29,503 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 28,426 positive reviews and 1,077 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $6.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Unheard - Voices of Crime on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $6.99
Release Date 3/29/2019
Developer NExT Studios
Publishers
Steam App Id 942970

9. Bugsnax

Catch mysterious living snacks and feed them to your friends in this unusual island adventure!

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Bugsnax has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Investigation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,964 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,844 positive reviews and 120 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $7.49 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $7.49
Release Date 4/28/2022
Developer Young Horses
Publisher Young Horses
Steam App Id 674140

10. The Room VR: A Dark Matter

The British Institute of Archaeology, London, 1908: The disappearance of an esteemed Egyptologist prompts a Police investigation into the unknown. Explore cryptic locations, examine fantastic gadgets and uncover an otherworldly discovery which blurs the line between reality and illusion.

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The Room VR: A Dark Matter has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Investigation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,476 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,397 positive reviews and 79 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run The Room VR: A Dark Matter on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 3/26/2020
Developer Fireproof Games
Publisher Fireproof Games
Steam App Id 1104380

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 22). Murders on the Yangtze River on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 23). The Test on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, April 15). Far Away on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 25). The Test: Final Revelation on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 26). The Test: Hypothesis Rising on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). Unheard - Voices of Crime on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 27). Bugsnax on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). The Room VR: A Dark Matter on Steam. Steam Store.

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