Adventure and mystery games have a strong overlap with Cooperative board games, but as their name suggests, they also have a very strong central theme of exploration and investigation going for them. This gives players a chance to step beyond their comfort zone and experience a different life.
Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game and Chronicles of Crime have a very strong Alternate Reality Game (ARG) theme, in which players use the game's physical components with free app support to conduct detailed investigations of crime scenes. The Unlock! series also uses a similar app driven approach to set up an 'Escape Room' style puzzle right in the comfort of your own home. Mansions of Madness and Eldritch Horror likewise provide different experiences, telling a cooperative horror experience based on the works of writer H.P. Lovecraft.