Three games let you solve dastardly crimes. Whodunit best, though? We’re on the case.
WOMEN’S MURDER CLUB: DEATH IN SCARLET (PC)
In this tie-in to the book series, players unravel what could be the Bay Area’s worst killing spree since the Zodiac.
Yes, especially for fans of James Patterson novels. The tale unfolds briskly as you research missing persons and conduct forensic tests.
MYSTERY CASE FILES: MILLIONHEIR (NINTENDO DS)
Eccentric billionaire Phil T. Rich is missing.
Only if you like kids’ games. Solving the crime involves a variety of family-friendly puzzles (photo-matching, word games, tinker-ready Rube Goldberg devices) that make sleuthing fun and not too intimidating.
NANCY DREW: THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE (NINTENDO DS)
Strange things are afoot inside a crumbling Victorian mansion.
If you’re a serious Drew devotee. But mindless item searches kill the suspense. Gloves hidden inside — gee! — glove compartments? Sorry, but Sherlock Holmes this isn’t.