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10 Best Free Puzzle Mystery Games

Love solving mysteries? Check out these games you can play completely for free!

Not everyone has the budget to purchase new games every time they are released, or if you feel like playing something new, that's okay! There are still other options out there, including unique indie games that you can play entirely for free. We made a list of some great puzzle mystery games that will make you feel like a detective and won't cost you a penny. Keep reading below to try some of the 10 Best Free Puzzle Mystery Games today.

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Adventure Escape Mysteries

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Adventure Escape Mysteries is a collection of mysteries and escape room-type games all in one. This point-and-touch experience has you collecting items, completing puzzles, and piecing together evidence to solve various cases, including one specially-themed Clue case. Pick which cases you'd like to complete, each growing more difficult as you go along. Put your true deduction and detective skills to the test on Mobile, Windows, Steam, or even through your browser.

Try Adventure Escape Mysteries (here).

Rusty Lake

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Rusty Lake is an indie studio and the name of the mysterious world they created, the eerie setting to their collection of puzzle experiences. Take your pick of the game from various choices of escape rooms, mystery simulations, and more, each with its own unique story and tragedy. Discover eccentric characters and a fun mixed media feel with an interactive short film. Most of these games are free to play on mobile, and a few are available on Steam as well.

Try Rusty Lake (here).

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Tiny Room Stories: Town Mystery

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Tiny Room Stories: Town Mystery is a fun, casual mystery experience you can play on mobile devices. With a unique top-down view, you, as a detective, must explore this abandoned town by investigating each tiny room location and discovering clues, evidence, and more on what happened to the town's people, including your character's very own father. Rotate the room as you like, press on different items to interact, and solve special puzzles to uncover the truth.

Try Tiny Room Stories: Town Mystery (here).

Lost Lands

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Lost Lands is another free mobile game with a deep story and plenty of puzzles to solve. A mother's son was taken through a mysterious portal to a different realm, and of course, she plans to delve inside to rescue her child. This semi-realistic styled experience is a mix of hidden objects and various other minigames that help piece together the legends of the Lost Lands, introduce you to characters, and ultimately rescue the lost boy.

Try Lost Lands (here).

Murder in the Alps: Hidden Mystery

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Much like Lost Lands, Murder in the Alps is an interactive, hidden objects experience with a mix of other puzzle minigames. In the early 1930s, at a luxurious hotel in the Alps, guests start to go missing, and it is up to you to solve the mystery and figure out who is at the bottom of the strange occurrences. Collect items, speak to fun characters around the hotel, and solve puzzles to crack the case wide open. You can play this directly from your mobile device.

Try Murder in the Alps: Hidden Mystery (here).

The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog

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We've had Sonic experiences of all kinds from SEGA, but this is something entirely new and completely free. Join up with your favorite Sonic characters as they host a murder mystery party, but something sinister is afoot. Interrogate familiar faces like Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and more, and try to get to the bottom of Sonic's murder. There are fun interactable minigames, dialogue, and puzzles, and you can play it for free through Steam.

Try The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog (here).

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World of Mystery

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World of Mystery is a third-person RPG-styled mystery game in which you become a Supernatural Detective. It's up to you to take down all kinds of evil beasts and monsters roaming the world and collect specimens and secrets from each to figure out the truth of the mysterious realm they are coming from. This brings the fun aspects of mystery and RPG fighting together in an exciting and humorous twist. You can play for free on Steam.

Try World of Mystery (here).

Project Kat - Paper Lily Prologue

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Project Kat - Paper Lily Prologue is an anime-styled pixel-bit game full of mystery and horrors. Explore a dark, terrifying school at night as Kat and her classmates try to get to the bottom of mysterious delivered golden letters. This game is full of choices, puzzles, and minigames, and it even has multiple different outcomes depending on the choices you make. If you like games like Stardew Valley or Octopath Traveler, you'll enjoy this thrilling mystery experience for free on Steam.

Try Project Kat - Paper Lily Prologue (here).

What Never Was

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What Never Was is a story-driven first-person game with a short but captivating tale. You play as Sarah as she must clean out her Grandfather's attic but comes across some peculiar items and secrets as she does. You'll need to solve puzzles to uncover the mystery that her Grandfather has left behind, solely in this small little attic space. The gameplay and art style are very much similar to the classic HeR Interactive Nancy Drew games, with realistic graphics and first-person view. You can try it today for free on Steam.

Try What Never Was (here).

The Normal Thing

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The Normal Thing is a very bizarre and out-of-this-world experience where you play as a dog who has lost his memories. Go on an adventure through an eerie forest, solving puzzles and piecing together clues in an attempt to regain his lost memories once more. The Normal Thing has fascinating art with a dark, haunted feel to it that will draw you and make you feel immersed in the mystery of the world. You can play it for free through Steam.

Try The Normal Thing (here).

These are just a few great free mystery games for you to try today. If you enjoy solving puzzles and stepping into that detective role, you're sure to enjoy all the titles listed and play them without having to pay anything. Let us know your favorites!

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Abby Smith is a super nerd and video game fanatic who grew up playing games on a variety of platforms. She likes to spend her free time binge-watching Netflix, reading all genres of novels, and playing all the best new video games. She is currently a full-time Staff Writer for Pro Game Guides, and as an alumni from Full Sail University, also enjoys dabbling in creative writing such as short stories, scripts, and comics on the side.

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