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Puzzle Games I've Played

Puzzle games are categorized by a primary gameplay loop of solving puzzles, either atmospheric or explicit. I've played 121 games in this genre so far.

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poster for The Looker

The Looker

Great games demand great parody. It's got some fun puzzles in its own right, but manages to be laugh-out-loud hilarious in its own right. Is the perfect length and was a blast top to bottom.

poster for Chants of Sennaar

Chants of Sennaar

Superb puzzle game. Loved learning languages based on context clues and pictograms. The sections combined and overlapped well. The overall message was good and the story went fun places. Managed to say a lot without any dialogue. Had some unnecessary stealth sections, but they didn't bog it down too much. Deservedly in the conversation w/ Obra Dinn and Golden Idol.

poster for Chicory: A Colorful Tale

Chicory: A Colorful Tale

Extremely charming, but with more of a mental health focus than expected. Puzzles were good and coloring the world is a fun mechanic. Controls occasionally frustrating, but a fun outing overall.

poster for Semispheres

Semispheres

Great puzzles and controls. Really fun way to stretch and explore the "split brain" concept. Only a few levels _really_ made use of that, but they were hard and it would have been tiring to do more. Pretty good difficulty overall and a great collection of mechanics.

poster for Behind the Frame: The Finest Scenery

Behind the Frame: The Finest Scenery

Short and sweet game about art and love. It's a little heavier than its art and presentation let on, but it's fun to click around.

poster for Strange Horticulture

Strange Horticulture

Fun, plant-based puzzle game. There's a branching story that's surprisingly engaging. Plant identification gets a little repetitive after a while, but there's enough different identification angles and other puzzles that it stays fun.

poster for Cocoon

Cocoon

Ethereal little puzzle game. I loved the seamlessness and otherworldliness of the environment. Was also nice to have a game from this dev that wasn't so gross or death-focused. The recursion was a good mechanic and it did a good job respecting your time. Lovely little experience!

poster for Inscryption

Inscryption

fascinating game. Fun gameplay, kept it fresh throughout. I'm not totally sure I followed the story, but I loved its layers and my total inability to guess what was coming next. The whole thing came together very well. Extremely unique game.

poster for Escape Academy

Escape Academy

A little janky, but very fun. Good puzzles, charming enough story (such that it is). Did the DLC too, which were fun but not necessary.

poster for Patrick's Parabox

Patrick's Parabox

Very charming puzzle game. Definitely mind bending, especially towards the end. Completed 161/364 puzzles, which is impressive. Game felt smooth and engaging throughout, and introduced new mechanics well.

poster for Slayaway Camp

Slayaway Camp

Great little game. Loved the style and the setting. Puzzles were generally good, but the difficulty curve was all over the place. Some of them were super hard and required _many_ complex positions, while others were more straightofward. I liked the simpler ones, but it's nice that there's stuff there for everyone. Cool settings, good puzzle mechanics, great vibes.

poster for Mom Hid My Game!

Mom Hid My Game!

Didn't expect to like it, but I did! Small, cute puzzles. Not hard, but entertaining. Extremely short.

poster for The Case of the Golden Idol

The Case of the Golden Idol

Great puzzles, good art style. Liked the overarching plot and the approachability of it all. I could have used 20% more difficulty, but it was a superp addition to the detective/logic genre.

poster for Song of Bloom

Song of Bloom

Sort of odd little puzzle experience. Sort of like a more abstract Blackbox, if that's a thing. Short ans sweet, with a bit of story. Odd, but enjoyable.

poster for Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Very charming game. Puzzles were fine and controls were a little finnicky, but it's easy and fun and we had a nice time. Music is great, cutscenes were hysterical. There's a million little things to find.

poster for TOEM

TOEM

Extraordinary. Extremely charming, straightforward but not too simple. Fun to explore and build a little vacation album (captures some of the magic of FFXV in that way). Great level design. Fun taking pictures of hard-to-find things and wear funny clothes. Just a delight, top to bottom.

poster for Superliminal

Superliminal

Not really a story, even though there pretends to be one. But, the trippy visuals and mind-bending puzzles were pretty neat. Short and sweet.

poster for The Forgotten City

The Forgotten City

Very cool exploration and mystery. I really liked how the storylines fit together. City was fun to poke around and the premise was interesting. Cool mix of history, too. I could have used more of it, but it was pretty tightly told.

poster for The Pedestrian

The Pedestrian

Pleasant, devilishly clever, and beautifully presented.

poster for Unpacking

Unpacking

Very pleasant game! Interesting to example the story of a life via the ownership of things. Gameplay was light, but fun. Enjoyed seeing the subtle story unfold.

poster for Assemble With Care

Assemble With Care

Wonderful! Delightful, tacticle little game. Cute story with heart. Nice music and sound design too.

poster for It Takes Two

It Takes Two

Superb gameplay. Always new environments and styles to keep things fresh. Story was decent, but a little hamfisted. Presentation overall was great though, espeically puzzles and level designs.

poster for Nauticrawl

Nauticrawl

Neat little puzzle game. A little hard to get started on, but it did some hand holding. Was unclear when I found the thing I was looking for, but I got there. Very cool vibe controls. I bet it's great in VR.

poster for WHAT THE GOLF?

WHAT THE GOLF?

Really superb! Tons of teeny micro-puzzles. Constantly inventive. Really never knew what was coming next. Total joy. Beat the main story in 2:25 w/ 4322 strokes.

poster for Maquette

Maquette

Cool puzzles and atmosphere, evocative enough story. Mind bending presentation. Cute little game!

poster for Bugsnax

Bugsnax

Very cute/horrifying game. Gameplay is simple, but layered. The characters have a surprising amount of depth to them, which gives the game a lot of legs. Had fun exploring the world; got the plat! --- Finished story in 7h 29m. Caught 52 on that play through on 9/24

poster for Minit

Minit

Cute, compact game. Fun to explore and slowly build the scope of the world. Effective, simple graphics. Good music. Simple, but enjoyable.

poster for Last Day of June

Last Day of June

Interesting game. Great art style and sound design. Repetitive animations could have gone a little faster. Gameplay was light, but story was compelling and engaging. Enjoyed it, especially its focused length.

poster for Call of the Sea

Call of the Sea

Drop dead gorgeous. Good atmosphere and sound design. Puzzles were good without being too hard/obtuse. Story was decent and I liked how we discovered it over time. Wish you walked faster. The exposition and narration was a little odd, but was done sort of out of necessity (only a single character). Vibrant, if shallow, world. Enjoyed it though.

poster for The Gardens Between

The Gardens Between

Very unique game! Vibes like Monument Valley. Puzzles weren't too complex, but there were some cool environmental ones. Great art and vibe, too.

poster for Carto

Carto

Delightful game! Great art style and characters. Puzzles were light, but pretty good. Great core puzzle elment - they did a good job with it. Manipulating the map could have been a little more fluid, especially when trying to match pieces that didn't fit, but I really enjoyed it all the way through.

poster for Hexcells Infinite

Hexcells Infinite

Really great game. Tough but fair. Harder than the others, but fun. A little too easy to make UI mistakes on the iPad, but it’s a nice game.

poster for Death Squared

Death Squared

Very fun! Cute and (not usually) vindictive. Neat puzzle design, fun to collaborate. Excited to try the harder ones eventually. These definitely got harder, too. Cute little story to go with it too, which wasn't necessary but was pleasant.

poster for macdows 95

macdows 95

Cute little game, great puzzles. Good atmosphere (such that it was). Felt like BlackBox for PC? Definitely neat.

poster for Snipperclips: Cut it out, together!

Snipperclips: Cut it out, together!

Really great puzzles. Good physics, fun to think outside the box. Not every puzzled esign was a hit, but most of them were. Very fun multiplayer, but works well solo.

poster for Monument Valley 2

Monument Valley 2

So pretty. Meditative and gorgeous design.

poster for Outer Wilds

Outer Wilds

Fun game. Really interesting sense of exploration. Lots of info to find, basically all of it self guided. I liked finding new things all the time. It was a little frustrating having to re-do dangerous sections when I ran out of time, since there's no checkpoints. Very cool dangerous feeling atmosphere. Lots of cool flavor and discovery. Definitely a subnautica vibe. Space physics were really good, too. Fun to boost around.

poster for DEVICE 6

DEVICE 6

Weird interactive puzzle / novel. Really amazing presentation, both at an audio and visual level. Sort of odd and meta, but in a very cool way.

poster for Hexcells Plus

Hexcells Plus

Hard, it typically fair. Pretty good UI, but reuse of some elements lead to confusion. Still, pure logic and actual thinking required made it a lot of fun.

poster for Return of the Obra Dinn

Return of the Obra Dinn

Really great concept. Frustrating at times, but really rewarding to figure it all out. Enjoyed the art style.

poster for Pony Island

Pony Island

Short, immersive, silly little game. Enjoyed the meta aspects immensely. Gameplay was a good balance of simple and compelling. Didn't overstay its welcome. Clever writing.

poster for Nimbus

Nimbus

Really interesting concept executed very welll. The levels are a good exploration of the possibilities and the speed lead to a lot of very nervous flying. Unabashedly played it on "easy" so I didn't have to restart levels. There are extra levels and challenge coins that I didn't get. It'll give me something to come back to if I want. Either way, I got what I wanted from this game.

poster for Up Left Out

Up Left Out

Great puzzles. I previously liked another game of theirs. 50 levels. creative use of the mechanics and it builds on itself well. Good tactile feel. Great sound design.

poster for Hexcells

Hexcells

Really slick game. A little confusing on a couple of rules, but well done. Difficulty really ramped up at the end. Had the satisfaction of games with no luck where you finally make a breakthrough.

poster for Gorogoa

Gorogoa

Really extraordinarily inventive game.

poster for The Room: Old Sins

The Room: Old Sins

The best one so far. Good puzzles, no wandering. Some actual story. Great design. Fun aha moments!

poster for Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors

Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors

Really neat game! Visual novel, plus some puzzle areas. Puzzles were (very occasionally) frustrating, but the story was good and being able to explore the branches was really neat.

poster for We Were Here

We Were Here

A little light on direction in some areas which led to some frustration in progress (having to do a puzzle a few times because of a hard one after it), but awesome use of asymmetric information and some good puzzles. Really neat experience. Played with vicky, would also be very neat with a rando.

poster for Klocki

Klocki

Totally guessing on day. Great puzzles though, cool design, components feel good in the hand.

poster for Professor Layton and the Curious Village

Professor Layton and the Curious Village

Puzzles are very hit-or-miss, but the art, story, and music are fun. All things told, it's aged surprisingly well.

poster for Jusant

Jusant

Climbing as a core mechanic felt quite good. It was fun looking for handholds and swinging to reach something new. The story being all text as fine and the collectibles left something to be desired. Also, for being a platformer, there was remarkably little ability to fall off things. It's pretty and zen though, which is a nice change of pace. Great sense of scale, too.

poster for Finity

Finity

Fun little puzzle game. Ultimately felt pretty hard for the amount of enjoyment it brought. Haptics and design were great, as was the concept. Just didn't love it

poster for The Forest Quartet

The Forest Quartet

More style than substance, but nice art and music. There were some minor puzzles and story about mental health that didn't really go anywhere, but it wasn't an unpleasant hour.

poster for Storyteller

Storyteller

Fun art and stories. But ultimately, the difficulty was inconsistent. Puzzles were either too simple to too hard with little in-between. Fun for a couple of evenings though. Also I'm extremely curious about how the execution engine works behind the scenes.

poster for Katamari Damacy

Katamari Damacy

Very stylistic. Super weird, but the gameplay is engaging. Good music. Sense of scale gets very cool, especially in the late game. Occasional bugginess held it back, but it's a quick fun time.

poster for Operation: Tango

Operation: Tango

Neat puzzle game. I liked the asymmetry, but some puzzles were hard to do on a controller and there were noticeable bugs. But, there were some very neat sections and I'm glad we played.

poster for Causality

Causality

I enjoyed the concept and the UI is pretty good, but it wasn't quite engaging enough to hold my attention. Finished 2/4 worlds (and no bonus puzzles)

poster for Pilgrims

Pilgrims

Cute little game. Some obtuse puzzles, but it's a charming presentation.

poster for 2000:1: A Space Felony (Or How I Came To Value My Life And Murder Mercilessly)

2000:1: A Space Felony (Or How I Came To Value My Life And Murder Mercilessly)

Fun concept, nice (if simple) art, great writing. Actual deductions were a little frustrating, but I ultimately did like the open-endedness of solving the murders- actually had to do some thinking.

poster for Please, Touch The Artwork

Please, Touch The Artwork

A small trio of puzzles. 2/3 great and 1/3 a miss, which is a decent ratio. Neat presentation and good sound design. Definitely new, and there's something to be said for that!

poster for The Almost Gone

The Almost Gone

Some good puzzles coupled with a too-serious theme. It's interesting, but a little intense for what the rest of the game is. I did like the framing and exploration though.

poster for LEGO Builder's Journey

LEGO Builder's Journey

Largely charming. Graphics were great, story was cute. A few puzzles overstayed their welcome and controls were bad on PC (likely fine on touch devices). Overall very pleasant though.

poster for The House of da Vinci

The House of da Vinci

Definitely had "the room" vibes. Enjoyed bits of it, but a lot of the puzzles were more obtuse than I'd like and the controls weren't as polished as they should have been. Also, some levels felt very scattered, moving around to lots of puzzle elements intead of increasingly complex single boxes. Just didn't quite click for me

poster for Hardspace: Shipbreaker

Hardspace: Shipbreaker

Great concept. Satisfying to peel apart ships. I didn't love the timer- felt like it detracted from what I was there for - puzzling apart things. Zero-G was good, as was the presentation and story. But, it's repetitive and simplistic enough that it's not something I'll be able to sit down and play many many more hours of. But, I enjoyed what I got from it.

poster for Grindstone

Grindstone

Cute game. Surprisingly deep gameplay, but I didn't love the number of collectibles and lack of meaningful progression. Core gameplay is interesting though!

poster for The Sojourn

The Sojourn

Simplistic puzzle game. Nice graphics, though there wasn't any real story to them. Just nice. Slightly more story than something like the witness, but really not much. Some interesting puzzle mechanics. I like that they kept expanding the bits. Neat, but nothing showstopping.

poster for Baba is You

Baba is You

Really superb puzzles, but just brutally hard. I like the idea of it more than actually playing it, unfortunately. Great design and ideas though.

poster for Unravel Two

Unravel Two

Great gameplay, nice graphics (if not a little hard to parse at times). Didn't really have a story, but pretended it did.

poster for Hypnospace Outlaw

Hypnospace Outlaw

Really interesting game. Huge amount of content and atmospheric storytelling. The story was good and the puzzles were fine (the whole mechanic is basically just sifting through tons and tons of noise). The presentation is spectacular and there's certianly a lot to find. Does really well capturing the vibes of an era.

poster for The Turing Test

The Turing Test

Interesting enough story w/ some nice background. Some plot holes though. Puzzles were between fine and good, with only one or two standouts (there were 70 total). Compelling enough to keep playing, but not something I'd come back to.

poster for Biped

Biped

Cute game! Definitely some neat puzzles. Some worlds were more interesting than others, but they did a good job varying the core theme. We did a challenge level and it was genuinely challenging! There was also coin collection, but for no real reason? It was weird. Enjoyable though.

poster for Train Valley

Train Valley

Cute game. Fun to build tracks. The restrictions were occassionally frustrating rather than interseting, but I liked the premise. Good music. Would have been nice if you could make actual train signals vs having to manage things more manually. Would have been nice to be able to delte track for free before it's actually built. Also, little control over how fast trains go, so sometimes a solution that should work crashes anyway because one train is too fast.

poster for Wilmot's Warehouse

Wilmot's Warehouse

Cute game. Pretty zen. I was doing well for a while but then i refactored and it all went to hell. Decent upgrades (mostly, some didn't do anything helpful) and a pretty satisfying loop. It got hard towards the end and doing any more organization was going to take more trouble than it was worth. Still, very original idea! Good soundtrack/sound design, too.

poster for Untitled Goose Game

Untitled Goose Game

Cute little game. Simplistic, suprisingly tough controls. Great audio work. Charming, lots of cackling. Nice and short, too. Nails what it tries to be, but I think it was a little simplistic to have totally knocked it out of the park for me.

poster for NABOKI

NABOKI

Another good game from this dev. This one felt a little less focused than previous entries, but it was good.

poster for Eloh

Eloh

Great music and sound design. My biggest complaint is that it becomes hard to follow the balls in later levels, which makes the puzzles frustrating to solve. As a result, I didn't quite finish (stopped on level 85)

poster for Tick Tock: A Tale for Two

Tick Tock: A Tale for Two

Neat little game! Clever the way it pairs players without actually needing a connection or server. Puzzles were mostly straightforward, though we got stuck a little. Nice theme though, and worth a quick play if you enjoy asymmetric puzzlers.

poster for Glass Masquerade

Glass Masquerade

Nice (if not eventually repetitive) soundtrack. Pretty good visuals, very chill. Sometimes it wouldn't look like a piece fit in a spot and it inexplicably would. I figured a digital puzzle could be very precise and this somehow wasn't. Nevertheless, it was fun.

poster for We Were Here Too

We Were Here Too

Pretty good, but the puzzles this time around were more frustrating than before. Still neat co-op, I like the concept. It was differently creepy than the other, too.

poster for Old Man's Journey

Old Man's Journey

Certainly a very pretty game. Nice music. The gameplay itself isn't a lot to speak of, but they do a nice job imparting story through art and sound. There are a couple of puzzles and the controls are good enough.

poster for G30

G30

Neat game. The puzzles (especially the later ones) didn’t seem to have a lot of logic to them. The way the mental health piece came together was well done. The game and music were well put together.

poster for Donut County

Donut County

next idea, surprisingly cute, good writing, great execution. Lacked the exploration of katamari, but was more inventive with the core concept. Had actual writing, too. Not much challenge and it's fairly linear (you have to get everything in a level), but it's pleasant

poster for Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

A fun mix of both games. Pretty good story. Gameplay was watered town versions of each game, but still pretty enjoyable.

poster for Boom Blox

Boom Blox

Cute puzzle game. Animals were weird looking and all the cutscenes rhymed. Had a lot of ideas going (jenga, throwing to physics, gallery shooter) but had more shooting than I wanted. Nearly beat it (second to last level) but my arm started hurting because I had to throw so many baseballs at zombies. So overall, physics puzzles were great, shooting was fine/tiresome. Some neat ideas in there though.

poster for Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

Neat concept, but the execution felt a little repetitive in places. Decent puzzles. Some good twists, but story is ultimately all over the place. Would recommend if you like the series and are pretty patient!

poster for PixelJunk Eden

PixelJunk Eden

I remember this being pleasant, but not enough about it to actually rate it

poster for Potion Craft

Potion Craft

Neat little game. I liked the idea of combining exploration and inventory into one system. Plus, being able to cache and improve recipes was fun. The controller support was pretty good, but the game got pretty repetitive and tedious. Fun idea, but I didn't want to play much more of it.

poster for The Council

The Council

Very interesting premise, so-so execution. Interesting to investigate, solve puzzles, and fail some situations. But, the story sort of goes off the rails, and the branching narrative means there are lots of loose ends. Some of the puzzles are sort of duds, too. Neat idea, glad I played it in the end.

poster for Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy

Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy

Cute, but lacks depth. The mysteries are small and unimpactful. It's clearly aimed at a younger audience. Puzzles are ok, but too many trick questions and there's not enough happening in the game to make it worth finishing.

poster for The Sexy Brutale

The Sexy Brutale

I wanted very badly to like this game. On paper, it's perfect for me. But, in practice, it seemed like the puzzles were both too easy and too complex? They were unnecessarily hard to discover (a lot of wandering), but also too simple once I knew where the pieces were. The cast was interesting and the presentation was good though. Just didn't quite click.

poster for Card of Darkness

Card of Darkness

It was cute enough, but I didn't find the gameplay quite engaginging enough to recommend. It was basically just tapping in the right order. I realize this is a stupid reduction (most games are some sort of tapping), but it didn't quite click with me.

poster for Doodle God Universe

Doodle God Universe

Cute concept, but tedious UI and logic that only sometimes makes sense. Nice way to waste an evening, but not much more.

poster for Mars Power Industries

Mars Power Industries

Cute little game. Art was nice, but puzzles were only ok. I think there's maybe some story there if you get bonus puzzle items, but I wasn't enjoying it enough to go for that. Neat concept, but not an interesting enough execution.

poster for Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Silly, but there's not much there after the initial deslight.

poster for Hitchhiker

Hitchhiker

An interesting concept bogged down by a nonsense story without a conclusion (or really any resolution at all). There's not really any gameplay and it felt like a weird modern-art theater piece that doesn't make any sense at the end. To bill this as a "mystery game" is criminal.