Interesting Detective / Noir games
I'm creating a collection of interesting Detective/ Noir games mainly to remind me of the more obscure ones.
NOTE: THIS LIST IS GETTING WAY TOO BIG AND UNWIELDY FOR ITS OWN GOOD
Not in Giant Bomb wiki:
Missing Machine: Game on Itch.io. not really a game per se but a virtual machine file that you plug into virtualbox to play it. Interesting
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Agency, Arkham Investigator (now Mythos Tales), The Martian Investigations, Witness Board game, Call of Cthulhu
Not in the Giant Bomb wiki:
Detective Chirpums: Private Investigator: Bird detective visual novel with awesome graphics style. Check this game out other ones at http://detective.itch.io/. Highly recommended!
JB Hairboll in Murder Flub: You're a detective cat who's solving the murder of a tadpole, it's great! http://rpgmaker.net/games/7569/
Happy Birthday: When a party for a wealthy family’s ten year old daughter ends with the birthday girl dead, her older sister missing, and the father refusing to call the police, the detective isn’t exactly conventional. She finds herself at the site of the crime – a rented out old mansion – without any trace of memory. It’s the landlady who tells her that she is a private investigator who’s been hired to catch the culprit and bring them to justice.
But how can she solve a murder when she can’t even deduce her own name? Was it one of the party goers who did the young guest of honor in? …Or was it the ghost said to wander the haunted halls? Can she manage to find the missing girl before another tragedy takes place?
…And will she be able to sleuth out her own memories and the meaning behind their disappearance at the same time? http://rpgmaker.net/games/4839/
Secret Missions: Mata Hari and the Kaiser's Submarines: You're Mata Hari and you need to seduce officers to get information. To do so you need to wear the right clothes and find out what the officer likes. You do this by breaking into his house to learn more about him. (Not sure how well it fits in this list but I'm always looking for excuses to talk about this game anyway)
The Elevator: Free short visual novel about a old detective meeting a girl in an elevator. Pretty cool! Found at http://elevator.cyanide-tea.net/
The Misadventures of Detective Butler: Visual novel with great production value. First episode is free and can be dowloaded at http://www.goldbargames.com/detective-butler/. Webseries coming in 2015! (no branching paths)
Romance Detective: Free short visual novel that's delightfully flamboyant. (a couple of branching paths)
To Kill a Black Swan: Free short visual novel. This one has lots of branching paths and requires you to use your noggin. http://en.marcel-weyers.de/visualnovels/to-kill-a-black-swan/