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Shadows of Doubt (2023) is an open-world detective game set in a fully simulated city of crime and corruption. You explore the city to discover criminality, find clues, solve crimes and earn money to fund bringing a serial killer to justice. It stands out for every citizen having a life of their own, and the slow detailed work of following clues around the open world to solve crimes one piece of evidence at a time.

The city is a hyper-industrialized version of the 1980s. This means you have a range of retro-futuristic gadgets to help you on your quest. As you move around the world, you get to know the living-breathing rhythms of the metropolis. Each mission gives you clues (locations, descriptions, leads) to help you track down what happened. This sends you out into the living-breathing world to piece the clues together and assemble them on your case board.

As you piece together these clues and take on more cases you dig deeper into every nook and cranny of the city. It's a challenge of piecing together the evidence to identify what happened and who did it. You explore trashy bars, offices, and hotel rooms each contributing more clues. You can break into apartments, rifle through secret documents, hack security systems, check call histories, find passwords and read private emails.

The result is a who-done-it game with an open-world twist. Rather than following a linear series of puzzles to solve a crime, you dive into a living breathing web of criminality and piece together who really is to blame. Follow the money, yes. But also follow the discarded receipts, meetings in alleys and fingerprints inadvertently left in hotel rooms. You learn to think like a detective, which it turns out is a lot of fun.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Shadows of Doubt 17 months ago. It was re-examined by Oli Hawkins and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Simulation game with Action, Brain Game, Communication, Puzzle and Stealth elements. This is a single-player game.


We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.

The game has a theme of various crimes, some of them violent. It's the aftermath of the crime that is depicted. The developer states that there are "Depictions of graphic violence displayed in a low-fidelity fashion. References and depictions of fictional drug use and alcohol".

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need good attention to detail as well as patience to piece it together. You need to move around the large world and have the perseverance to find clues that aren't always obvious. Making connections between seemingly disconnected facts is another important skill.


Shadows of Doubt usually costs £15.99.

Shadows of Doubt

Steam Store PC £15.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/04/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Simulation (Action, Brain Game, Communication, Puzzle and Stealth)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person, Blocks and Open World

Developer: Cole Jefferies (@ColeJefferies)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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