Best Detective Games for iPhone and iPad in 2020

Transform yourself into the next Sherlock Holmes. The App store has a ton of detective games that will have you breaking your head to solve the story arcs. Strung together with music, images, mysteries and tons of puzzles these best iPhone/iPad detective games will keep you engrossed for hours.

From train mystery to swap puzzles to psychic powers, these games have got all the ingredients of classic detective games. Ready to give them a try? Let’s jump over!

Best Detective Games for iPhone and iPad in 2020

#1. Find Differences: Detective

‎Find Differences iPhone and iPad Detective Game ScreenshotShould you want to indulge in some light-hearted detective games based on the classy “Find differences theory”, this one could be an interesting contender. In this game, you have the challenge to solve many difficult cases. As each case involves a smart fugitive, your job as a detective officer will be filled with hurdles and of course occasional burst of surprises.

You need to find five clues in a short time to solve a case. Don’t worry the game does offer some hints as well to help you get rid of hurdles. But make sure not to overuse them. With over 360 levels and more than 2000 differences, this detective game for iOS has got enough twists and turns to keep you glued to gaming for hours of fun.

Price: Free/in-app purchases available

#2. Criminal Case

Criminal Case iPhone and iPad Game Screenshot

Ever dreamt of being a brave police officer? Have a go at “Criminal Case” to showcase your intelligence to solve a series of murder cases.

You will have to investigate crime scenes for clues, arrest the suspects for questioning. Make sure to analyze the evidence to nab the killers.

You can also invite your friends to play the game together and help you hunt down the culprits. Though “Criminal Case” is completely free to play, you can unlock more features or buy exclusive items through in-app purchase.

Price: Free

#3. Adventure Escape: Cult Mystery

Adventure Escape iPhone and iPad Detective Game Screenshot

If the time is ripe to take on entangled mysteries, “Adventure Escape: Cult Mystery” would be an ideal foil for your taste. In this game, you are portraying the role of detective Kate Gray whose best friend Melissa has suddenly gone missing. After the investigation, Kate finds out that Melissa has turned into a mysterious cult.

As a detective, you are up against numerous puzzles, while breaking into the cult and investigating their past. Along the way, you also have to collect the needed tools and items that can help you rescue Melissa. But keep in mind, nothing is going to be easy for you as the entire gameplay is littered with challenging riddles that can put your brain to an acid test.

Price: Free/in-app purchases available

#4. Detective Jackie – Mystic Case

Detective Jackie iPhone and iPad Detective Game Screenshot

For the folks who like to solve sensational murder mysteries, “Detective Jackie – Mystic Case” can be a great pick. As a courageous private investigator, Jackie Johnson is committed to solving children’s murders and their sudden disappearances.

The game consists of 60 story levels woven into several murder mysteries. Follow the trail of clues to solve each case but keep in mind dangers are always looming large, so hold your cards close to your chest.

With eight amazing locations to explore, the gameplay remains interesting throughout. Besides, there are also some minigames to try out and unlock 30 cool achievements. Long story short, this one is one of the most interesting detective games for iPhone and iPad.

Price: Free/in-app purchases available

#5. Ghost Trick

Ghost Trick Detective iPhone and iPad Game Screenshot

Ghost Trick is an intriguing detective game. You are already dead when the game begins. You cruise through the game as a spirit, a ghost: you can possess objects in the game, you can manipulate things, and you use these powers to try to figure out what happened.

You’ll have to do that overnight. Ghost Trick is based on the Nintendo DS game. The free version gets you Chapter 1 and 2. An in-app purchase of $9.99 unlocks all chapters.

Price: Free

#6. Detective Grimoire

Detective Grimoire Detective iPhone and iPad Game Screenshot

Detective Grimoire requires a lot of food for thought and you will have to think beyond the ordinary lines to nab the villain. You have to search the swamp, talk to suspects and put the clues together to find the culprit. Track down all the suspects and solve the murder mystery.

Connect all the dots and find out the truth to solve the conundrum! The innovative soundtrack, colorful graphics, and realistic characters come together to build a mysterious ambiance.

Price: $2.99

#7. Detective Driver: Miami Files

Detective Driver iPhone and iPad Detective Game Screenshot

Ever wished to be a detective driver in reel life and drive a variety of cars while solving cases? If yes, now is the right time to relive that wish. So, pick out your favorite car and start chasing nefarious gangs to safeguard the city against crime and corruption. Not to mention, you also have plenty of boats to try your hands on.

Beyond chasing gangs and finding clues to nab culprits, the game also scores pretty well on graphics. With befitting lighting and ambient audio effects in the offing, there is no chance of boredom to creep into your gaming. Add to that the awesome tropical island and you have a detective game that ticks off all the essential boxes. So, what are you waiting for?

Price: Free/in-app purchases available

#8. Max Payne Mobile

Max Payne Detective iPhone and iPad Game Screenshot

Max Payne is a cop game where you play the cop who is under suspicion. The trial to save yourself from the hands of other cops forms the game-play. The on-the-edge challenges keep you and your brain intrigued and fascinated.

Slow-motion gunplay coupled with a dark and twisted story makes Max Payne very exciting to play. It might turn out to be one of those games you visit every day. Or every hour. You are warned!

Price: $2.99

#9. The Last Express

The Last Express Detective iPhone and iPad Game Screenshot

The Last Express is where you solve a mystery in a train. Yes, it’s completely based on the popular Orient Express, and the events unfurl in this train. It has clues in the form of conversations you overhear and details you piece together.

You will have to interact with more than 30 characters who behave like actual people, eavesdrop on conversations to find the clues. Using rewind feature you can go back to any point in the story and select a different course of action.

The app supports five languages like English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Price: $4.99

#10. Cognition Episode 1

Cognition Episode 1 Detective iPhone and iPad Game Screenshot

Cognition Episode 1 is a psychic FBI agent game. You have to solve your brother’s death and find the mysterious ‘someone’ who is leaving behind the clues. It has a gray-shade ambiance that makes searching for the culprit more thrilling and bewildering. However, it can be taxing on your eyes.

The upcoming episodes of Cognition Episode will keep you curious and glued to the game. The only drawback is that the game is only compatible with the iPad. Sorry iPhone users!

Price: $2.99

That’s all, folks!

What’s your favorite?

So, which one of these detective games have you picked to play on your iOS device? It would be really nice to know its name and the things you have liked in the game.

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