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Dance of Death: Du Lac & Fey

Nothing sounds better than a heroic tale. In fact, most video games are based on an act of heroism at the end-whether it's slaying the invincible dragon, hacking down a demanding boss, or solving a town's greatest mystery. Well, the latter is what Salix Games Studios gives its fan base.

Dance of Death: Du Lac & Fey is a mystery adventure game set in the narrow corridors of Whitechapel, London. The point-and-click game has you playing as the bonny and legendary Sir Lancelot Du Lac and sorceress-turned-hound Morgana Le Fey. Your mission is to uncover London's prolific serial murderer-The Ripper. As you piece together clues in this aggravated manhunt, every decision you make in the game affects the outcome and the characters' resolution. Moreover, the game accurately reconstructs historic crime scenes, so brace yourself for a mind-bending trip back in time. If this sounds like your cup of tea, you should check out other games on a similar trajectory. A different storyline, perhaps. But an equal measure of fun and adventure. So, here are the five best games like Dance of Death: Du Lac & Fey.

5. The Excavation of Hob's Barrow

The Excavation of Hob's Barrow: Launch trailer!

Travel back to the historical era, where a woman wearing trousers sends shockwaves to the village's residents. That's what you get with “The Excavation of Hob's Barrow,” a narrative-driven adventure with folk horror traits.

You play as an antiquarian, Thomasiona Batemen, who finds her treasures deep in the soil and documents them. A bizarre letter invites you to the village of Bewlay, promising more antiques to discover. However, your arrival in the village baffles the citizens. Not only are you a woman traveling alone, but you are wearing pants! Moreover, you soon learn the mysterious man is nonexistent. This is where your troubles begin.

Once in the village, you start experiencing strange dreams. You soon realize the invitation was a preemptive move to prompt the excavation of a certain barrow. But with elusive inhabitants on your neck, it will take a lot of work. 

4. Ghost on the Shore

Ghost on the Shore Trailer

Ghost on the Shore is a Casper-like adventure on a desolate Island as you uncover the mystery behind its vanished inhabitants. You play as Riley, a solo traveler who docks on the Island, which is vast and empty except for the derelict houses. However, you soon realize you're not alone. Josh, a spirit in your head, is your companion through the treacherous journey. As the story exploration game progresses, it gradually opens up to a deep and encapsulating storyline. 

Exploration is the game's theme. As you traverse the Island and discover new territory, the ghost triggers a conversation that reveals details about the area's history. Get to uncover photographs, trinkets, cooking recipes, and letters that give clues on the oddity that transpired ages ago on the Island.

Moreover, the Island's beautiful scenery is a sight to behold. Walk through the sandy terrain and witness the lovely sunset as you converse with the headstrong ghost. Furthermore, dialogues with Josh will reveal intricate elements about him and the Island's history. You'll also learn more about your character and why she fled. Just like in Dance of Death: Du Lac & Fey, the choices you make in the game dictate its outcome. But beware; the choices are irrevocable and appear only once. Also, how you relate to Josh will lead to different outcomes.

3. Syberia- The World Before

Syberia - The World Before - Launch Trailer | PS5 Games

Walk two different paths as you unravel the details behind long-buried mysteries locked away by time. Syberia- The World Before gives you two roles to play; Kate Walker, a New York attorney who ends up captive in a salt mine, and Dana Roze, a promising young pianist whose dreams face the threat of persecution by the Brown Shadow regime. The two stories take place in different timelines; 2004 and 1937, respectively.

There's more to uncover in the game's enchanting and compelling storyline. Switching between the roles, you can explore the world of Benoit Sokal at different times. The adventure game has plenty of puzzles to solve, eventually leading to progress. Repair broken items, use your wits to unlock tricky locks, and keep a close eye on your environment since it holds clues to your next mystery. Moreover, you'll need to think outside the box to power up historic equipment.

Playing as Kate, you'll spend most of your time in the mechanical town of Vaghen. The town is characterized by plenty of automatons and machines. Using a time machine, you can swap between the characters to get clues on how to work the machines. To top it all off, a symphonic soundtrack by Inon Zur brings the towns' enchanting traits to life.

2. Virginia

Virginia Launch Trailer

Step into the shoes of graduate FBI detective Anne Tarver in yet another encapsulating mystery game like Dance of Death: Du Lac & Fey. Virginia is a first-person thriller game that takes you on a trip to Burgess County and fictional Virginia in the company of veteran investigator Maria Halperin. Here, the mysterious disappearance of a young boy has its citizens puzzled, and it's up to you to uncover the culprits.

At first, the case seems straightforward, but it soon unravels into a complicated mystery. You'll find yourself amid hidden agendas and townsfolk that are not open to scrutiny. Will you bow down to the pressure or trust your instincts?

Moreover, Virginia is a walking simulator where dialogue plays a central role in providing clues. Aside from that, a single button lets you interact with your environment, such as opening doors, picking up a case file, or downing a cup of coffee. The highlight of the game is its cinematic editing, which makes it feel like an interactive movie. This feature adds an immersive element that'll have you hooked until the end. 

1. Rainswept

Rainswept - Launch Trailer | PS4

In a peculiar turn of events, Rainswept has you investigating a murder-suicide that the locals, plus the police, believe to be the result of a domestic dispute. Developed by Frostwood Interactive, the game hands you the role of Detective Michael Stone, who's apt for getting to the bottom of the mystery that leads him to the sleepy town of Pineview. Will you believe the rumor, or is it a case of foul play?

The game's storyline is riddled with themes of unresolved trauma, complicated relationships, and love that turned sour. At the start, the game gives a warning of disturbing images, including suicide and trauma. It's best to heed this advice if you find the two elements to be triggered. More so because the first scene you witness is a man pulling the trigger on a gun pointed at its head. At this point, it's pretty evident that the cause of death is a murder-suicide. However, elements in the scene don't seem to add up. 

Unlike most detective games, you won't be solving puzzles in Rainswept. The light adventure walking stimulator uses dialogue to add flesh to the mystery. You'll need to traverse Pineview town and interact with locals to unravel the conundrum surrounding the couple's deaths. The tragic tales of love and struggling relationships will deeply move you. All this is complemented by a compelling soundtrack that will invoke your deeply tucked-in emotions. 

So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five? Are there any games like  Dance of Death: Du Lac & Fey that you recommend playing? Let us know on our socials here or in the comments below.



Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.