Calling all aspiring Sherlock Holmses, Jessica Fletchers, and Olivia Bensons. Fanatical’s new “Undercover Bundle” lets you play detective with a collection of 10 crime and murder mystery PC games on sale for $2.99.
Most of the games in Fanatical’s bundle are point-and-click adventures, usually set in creepy mansions, that call for exploration and sleuthing to figure out whodunnit. In The Invisible Hours, which can be played with or without a VR headset, the famed inventor Nikola Tesla invites a group of strangers — with complicated pasts, of course — to his mansion, à la Clue (the movie), only to turn up dead in the foyer. In Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, it’s the supernaturally-gifted Detective Reed’s brother who’s been murdered.
There are a few twists on the murder mystery format included in the bundle as well. In the dystopian Beholder, you play as a a building manager and secret agent of a totalitarian state tasked with spying on your tenants. Bohemian Killing takes the form of a courtroom drama in which you, the player, have been accused of murder in 19th Century Paris. And The Sexy Brutale plays like a murder mystery version of Groundhog’s Day, reliving the same masked ball over and over again until you solve the puzzle.
The ten games included in the Undercover Bundle have a combined value of around $143, which means you’ll save a whopping $140 on this bundle. In my opinion $3 is worth it for The Sexy Brutale alone, which normally retails for $20 by itself.