There are few things more enjoyable in a work of fiction than a good mystery. Those impossible crimes that make the gears in your brain churn. Inexplicable murders, mysterious disappearances, and perplexing riddles. And while reading or watching such stories in novels, TV shows, or movies is a lot of fun, games let you go one step further and take part in the investigation yourself, experiencing the satisfaction of cracking a case first-hand. The following games are the best examples of virtual sleuthing that you can play on PC today.
Blade RunnerWestwood Studios / 1997A rookie blade runner hunts for rogue replicants on the rain-soaked streets of a future Los Angeles. The story mirrors the film a little too closely, but McCoy does a lot more detecting than Deckard. Much of the game is spent scouring the city for clues and interrogating suspects, and the atmosphere is absolutely incredible, perfectly capturing the dark, melancholy mood of the movie.
Hypnospace OutlawTendershoot / 2019You're an internet detective, tasked with hunting down illegal content on the GeoCities-inspired Hypnospace. This garish (and hilarious) simulated internet, inspired by the golden age of the web, is hiding all kinds of illegal content, and you really have to work to find the offending material, infiltrating hacker collectives, locating hidden pages, and cracking passwords.
The Flower CollectorsMi'Pu'Mi Games / 2020Inspired by Hitchock's Rear Window, this neo-noir adventure game takes place entirely in an apartment overlooking a plaza in Barcelona in the 1970s. You play as an ex-cop in a wheelchair who witnesses a murder and takes it upon himself to crack the case. It's a compelling mystery, and teaches you a little something about the history and politics of post-Franco Spain in the process.
Broken Sword: The Shadow of the TemplarsRevolution Software / 1996A tourist is almost killed when a clown blows up a Parisian cafe, and he takes it upon himself to find the culprit. Broken Sword weaves real-world history with a gripping tale of cults and conspiracy. It's a globe-trotting adventure, whisking you away to memorable locations including a Syrian marketplace to a Irish country pub, and its balance of mystery and humour is pitch perfect.
Tangle TowerSFB Games / 2019Tangle Tower is a point-and-click puzzle game that follows Detective Grimoire and his partner, Sally, as they investigate a murder case of a painting that apparently killed its creator. It has a great mystery with lots of fun twists and turns, Grimoire and Sally make a perfect detective duo, and the art is gorgeous. The light-hearted tone and absorbing mystery make this a real pleasure to play.
UGK's 'Pocket Full Of Stones' is pure, unfiltered rap. Bun B and Pimp C rap about having pockets full of crack, referring to freebasing, dope fiends, pipes and pregnant women clucking for a crack fix. It's one of the realest - and grimmest - hip hop tracks about cocaine going, but - paired with a sleazy, winding funk beat - makes you feel like you're witnessing it all first hand in the front seat of UGK's Cadillac while driving through the streets of their hometown of Port Arthur, Texas. Be sure to watch drug dealing classic Menace II Society to grab a listen of 'Pocket Full Of Stones' as well.
Rap link-ups haven't come much better than Freddie Gibbs and legendary producer Madlib in recent years. The two's most recent project 'Bandana' gifted us with 'Half Manne Half Cocaine', where Freddie delivers KO lyrical punches on top of Madlib's sinister beats. Split into two parts (Half Manne and Half Cocaine), the first half has Freddie telling us how he \"just broke up a brick on the East with the clique\" and \"just turned my mom house to a powder house\". In part two he reveals \"crack numbin' up my fingertips\" how he \"sent sixty pounds of Walter White, to White Plains\" and that he's \"movin' ounces on the Cash App.\"
Tunes about crack cocaine don't come much harder than NWA's 'Dope Man'. The Compton crew never shied away from delving deep into the culture and happenings of their city - which was hit hard by the crack cocaine epidemic in the '80s - and 'Dope Man' is an insightful narrative into the life of a drug dealer. With classic Dr. Dre breaks and woozy West Coast synths as the track's foundations, Eazy E and Ice Cube spit hard bars about crack, \"rock\" and smoking \"'caine\", with shouts of \"dopeman, dopeman, give me a hit\" in the chorus. While it could be mistaken for glorifying the drug, the track's actually a pretty educational tool about the effect it had on the group's community.
You hear the rainfall in Capone-N-Noreaga's 'Stick You' and you just know something is about to go down. And that it does, as the pair and featured artist Tragedy Khadafi move around Queens, New York on the hunt for a guy that's slung them dodgy cocaine. \"Is it getting your shit numb?\", Noreaga asks, to a reply of \"No, this shit is weak\". And so the crusade for a drug heist begins backed by a dusty, piano-tapping golden age East Coast hip hop beat. In and among the searching, gagging and stick-up, Capone, Norega and Khadafi chat about how they are turning \"coke to crack\" and how they \"been buying my coke from the same cat.\" The plot's so good this could be film noir for the '90s hip hop generation. If only they made visuals to go with it.
One of the best audiobooks for short road trips, Evidence Of The Affair is written in the epistolary form: Carrie sends a letter to the husband of the woman who she believes is having an affair with her own husband. The ending is as devastating as it is beautiful. This audiobook is free with Kindle Unlimited, making it perfect for audiobook beginners.
Like many good heist stories, this one was an inside job. The chief culprit, Allen Pace III, worked as a security officer for Dunbar Armored when he put together this daring robbery back in 1997. Enlisting the help of five childhood friends, Pace targeted a Los Angeles Dunbar truck depot that had a drop vault stocked with cash.
The way they got in, though, is what sets this bank robbery apart from others. The night before the heist, gang members broke into the homes of two senior employees at the bank. They proceeded to take the families hostage but made sure the two bank employees made it to work the next day.
Eight years after the North Bank heist, Britain would again be home to a record-breaking bank robbery. In Feburary 2006, a gang of armed robbers disguised themselves as policemen and kidnapped the branch manager of Securitas, a security service not dissimilar to Dunbar Armored. They also took his family hostage, bringing him to the depot where they tied up 14 employees and forced him to open the cash cages.
A perfect solution, but the Ketterdam weather was not cooperating. There'd been no breeze off the harbor that day, and a gray milk fog had wreathed the city's canals and crooked alleys in damp. Even here among the mansions of the Geldstraat, the air hung thick with the smell of fish and bilge water, and smoke from the refineries on the city's outer islands had smeared the night sky in a briny haze. The full moon looked less like a jewel than a yellowy blister in need of lancing.
He got to his feet as quickly as he could, wiping muck from his uniform, shame squirming in his belly. One of the glass panes in the door had cracked from the force. Through it, he saw the Squaller smirking.
Joost looked back through the glass. Anya was staring out at him, her gaze unfocused. The day he'd arrived at Hoede house, she'd healed a bruise on his cheek. It had been nothing, the yellow-green remnants of a crack he'd taken to the face during a training exercise, but apparently Hoede had caught sight of it and didn't like his guards looking like thugs. Joost had been sent to the Grisha workshop, and Anya had sat him down in a bright square of late winter sunlight. Her cool fingers had passed over his skin, and though the itch had been terrible, bare seconds later it was as if the bruise had never been.
There's conflict between morality and amorality and an appetite for sometimes grimace-inducing violence that recalls the Game of Thrones series. But for every bloody exchange there are pages of crackling dialogue and sumptuous description. Bardugo dives deep into this world, with full color and sound. If you're not careful, it'll steal all your time.
A humble, nerdy bank teller with a secret passion for safecracking finds himself taking on the heist challenge of a lifetime in Army of Thieves, a prequel to Zack Snyder's hugely entertaining Army of the Dead, which debuted earlier this year on Netflix. Army of Thieves is light on zombies but brings the same sly humor and thrilling action to its story, making it a beautifully crafted entertaining romp in its own right.
Army of the Dead followed Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) and his team of mercenaries as they ventured into zombie-infested Las Vegas to recover millions in cash from a casino vault. Brain-munching carnage ensued. In addition to Tig Notaro's delightfully cynical pilot and Samantha Win's martial arts fireworks, viewers loved the dynamic between zombie-killing-machine Vanderohe (Omari Hardwick) and the brilliantly nerdy, high-strung German safecracker Ludwig Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer). Not only did the two forge a believable (albeit reluctant) bond, Dieter's well-timed high-pitched screams whenever a zombie charged was one of several running gags. So naturally Dieter got his own prequel. And you know what? Schweighöfer's standout character deserved one.
Army of Thieves was already in post-production when Army of the Dead debuted, having wrapped filming in Germany in December. Sch