Detective games

I’m not sure Shadows of Doubt would work very well for that. It’s more a police procedural than a whodunit; it’s not really about reasoning about the case, but about doing the legwork, following the evidence, and having interactions between game systems cause funny emergent effects.

Case of the Golden Idol seems like a great fit for couch co-op. Others that I suspect would work well are Her Story, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, and maybe Return of the Obra Dinn.

It’s not… good, but Contradiction would be a great couch co-op detective game as it’s definitely best enjoyed with other people.

Return of the Obra Dinn?

Also Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney?

L.A. Noire?

Is the text too small to work well on Steamdeck?

Going to try this later JP so will keep you posted!

I’m going to try this later jp so will keep you posted!


Can confirm. My partner and I have been enjoying this one together from the couch. I’m hoping they’ll port the 3DS games to Switch by the time we finish the original trilogy.

I’m partway through the first case, and this is exactly what I had wished for.

I’m not sure what your tolerance for small text is Jeff but I tried to take a snap of the screen on my lap! I don’t think it’s too bad but my eyesight is decent. Might just be a case of trying it out and seeing what you think.

The benefit of it being handheld is you can always “manually zoom” it closer to your face 😄

Had fun with the Golden Idol expansion. The puzzles aren’t as good, and it doesn’t lead up to a punchline like the first game, but I will literally buy any DLC they want to put in front of me.

I’ve just done the first chapter of The Spider of Lanka and, man, it’s good to be back on this! That initial ‘oh no, is that all I’ve got to work with?!’ followed by ‘I wonder if… aha!’ then later ‘I’m a genius.’

I’m kind of amazed that I recall Oberon Geller’s name from the first chapter of the base game given I played that 6 months ago.

I wrapped this up last night and really enjoyed it but its compactness made the density of stuff to consider a lot more overwhelming than anything I recall in the base game! Chapter 2 was a nightmare for me! Particularly the ‘test’ for the heirs, the notes from Ji and how the ritual connected with Yupik and the murders. Just bonkers. I also spent ages trying to work out what the hell was going on with the test symbols, the lines, the number and those 3D shapes before realising ‘Tissa is just shit at maths’. Sometimes the simplest solution is the right one.

I played it over the last couple days too! I agree, the cases were a step deeper and more complex, and it was a bit daunting at first. But good stuff!