Best Detective RPGs You've Never Heard of

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Role-playing games have been around long before today's offerings of dynamic, immersive adventures featuring beautiful vistas and gloriously-rendered, high-definition characters. Some have naturally been very successful and spawned multi-million pounds / dollars franchises. These are naturally popular with many people and will continue to be popular for a long time.

The goal of this article is to list five detective RPGs, which aren't quite as popular as today's successful franchises. Actually, perhaps the appropriate word might be obscure. Because technology has moved on so much, as detailed in the opening paragraph, it's unlikely you've heard of these detective RPGs -- which are of the paper-based variety.

But regardless of their relative obscurity and lack of technological prowess, the following games are uniquely interesting and definitely worth a go, if you're inclined.

Games like Mutant City Blues and Technoir are just two examples of the aforementioned detective RPGs in the list. And after that they become more unpredictable and their associated scenarios become really quite bizarre. Examples include Call of Cthulhu and Trail of Cthulhu, which demonstrate a more horror-orientated approach with lashings of mystique -- and another, Hillfolk, doesn't seem like a detective RPG, but features a clever system, introducing definite similarities. Really, many of these are significantly different from the conventional and super popular paper RPG, Dungeons and Dragons -- and that really keeps things nice and fresh.

Published Jul. 1st 2016

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