The Best Puzzle Games

Update : Braid: Anniversary Edition added at rank #20.
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ANIMAL WELL (2024)

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90
Review score
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Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 PC Windows

Explore a dense, interconnected labyrinth, and unravel its many secrets. Collect items to manipulate your environment in surprising and meaningful ways. Encounter beautiful and unsettling creatures, as you attempt to survive what lurks in the dark. There is more than what you see.

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  • platform
  • puzzle
  • mystery
  • discovery
  • exploration
  • metroidvania
  • pixel
  • atmospheric

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The Talos Principle 2 (2023)

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89
Review score
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PC Windows Xbox One Android Xbox Series X Playstation 5

Dive into The Talos Principle 2, a mind-bending puzzle adventure set in a post-apocalyptic world. You'll unravel the secrets of a mysterious megastructure, engage with sentient robots, and shape the story with your choices. With stunning visuals, a captivating narrative, and challenging puzzles, it's an odyssey that will leave you questioning your existence.


What we like:
  • Immersive and thought-provoking narrative
  • Challenging and creative puzzles
  • Stunning visuals and captivating soundtrack
  • Freedom to explore and interact with the environment
  • Multiple story endings based on your choices
What could be improved:
  • Puzzles not as challenging as in the first game
  • Dialogue sequences can distract from gameplay
  • High graphic requirements may limit some players

  • puzzle
  • thought-provoking
  • robots
  • narrative

3

Cocoon (2023)

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88
Review score
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Xbox One Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X/s PC Windows

Venture into the alien world of COCOON, an enchanting puzzle-adventure game where you carry whole worlds on your back. Solve complex puzzles, defeat colossal guardians, and unravel an intriguing cosmic mystery. Dive into the immersive atmosphere, enriched by beautiful visuals and mesmerizing soundscapes. Will you uncover the secrets of an ancient civilization?


What we like:
  • Stunning visuals
  • Innovative level design
  • Engaging gameplay
  • High replay value
  • Immersive atmosphere
What could be improved:
  • Linear gameplay
  • Lack of rewarding exploration

  • puzzle
  • platform
  • boss-fight
  • boss
  • mind-bending

4

Botany Manor (2024)

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86
Review score
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Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X Xbox One PC Windows Xbox Series X/s

Welcome to Botany Manor, a stately home in 19th century England. You play as inhabitant Arabella Greene, a retired botanist. Explore your house and gardens, filled with research, to figure out the ideal habitat of forgotten flora. Grow each plant to discover the mysterious qualities they hold…


  • puzzle
  • walking-simulator
  • exploration
  • relaxing
  • first-person
  • historical
  • linear
  • nature
  • stylized
  • colourful
  • story
  • 3d
  • education
  • immersive
  • science

5

Strange Horticulture (2022)

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85
Review score
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Mac OS Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Android IOS iPhone j IOS iPhone (IOS iPhone)

Step into the shoes of a plant shop owner in the enigmatic town of Undermere in 'Strange Horticulture'. Uncover dark mysteries, identify mysterious plants, and interact with intriguing characters. Your choices shape an occult narrative in this puzzle-filled adventure. Can you navigate the secrets and maintain your sanity? Embark on a botanical journey where your detective skills will determine your fate.


What we like:
  • Unique blend of puzzles and narrative
  • Rich, evolving gameplay experience
  • Engaging detective-style gameplay
  • Deeply intriguing story
  • Multiple endings for replayability
What could be improved:
  • Narrative complexity may be overwhelming
  • Limited replayability due to story conclusion

  • mystery
  • puzzle
  • cult
  • detective
  • investigation
  • nature
  • relaxing
  • multiple-endings
  • lovecraftian
  • local
  • book
  • grid
  • choices
  • card
  • bizarro

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Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon (2021)

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92
Review score
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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4 Mac OS IOS iPhone Android

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon is a unique roguelike dungeon crawler / puzzle game hybrid. Players take control of Shovel Knight in a mysterious pocket dungeon and must traverse a series of enemy-filled levels, using simple controls to form chains of enemies and clear the level.


What we like:
  • 3 game modes
  • Adventure mode with an exciting story
  • Daily Run mode updates every 24 hours
  • Survival Mode
  • Easy to learn/hard to master
What could be improved:
  • Few overpowered relics that can make the game too easy

  • puzzle
  • rogue-like
  • dungeon-crawler
  • grid
  • boss
  • boss-fight
  • tile-matching
  • competitive

7

A Little to the Left (2022)

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86
Review score
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PC Windows Android Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Xbox One Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch Mac OS Xbox Series X/s

Dive into 'A Little to the Left', a cozy puzzle game where you organize household items into perfect harmony. With over 75 unique challenges, daily puzzles, and a mischievous cat to shake things up, you'll find satisfaction in every well-ordered space. Experience the serene atmosphere, lovely illustrations, and gentle puzzles that make this game a delightful escape.


What we like:
  • Charming and peaceful art style
  • Over 75 unique puzzles
  • Daily puzzles for continuous engagement
  • Multiple solutions for each puzzle
  • Helpful hint system
What could be improved:
  • Some puzzles can be unclear or abstract
  • The game is not suitable for colorblind players
  • Touchscreen controls can be tedious

  • puzzle
  • relaxing
  • wholesome
  • book
  • cute
  • abstract

8

GHOST TRICK: Phantom Detective (2023)

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86
Review score
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Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows Android

In Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, you're a ghost solving your own murder mystery before sunrise. With time manipulation, object possession, and mind-bending puzzles, you'll uncover a story full of twists and turns. This HD remaster offers an upgraded visual experience, new music arrangements, and a gallery of artwork, making it the ultimate version of this classic adventure.


What we like:
  • Engaging story with satisfying twists
  • Endearing, unique characters
  • Fantastic art style and graphic upgrades
  • Fun voice acting
  • Intriguing puzzle-solving mechanics
What could be improved:
  • Puzzles can be frustrating and require trial-and-error
  • Unhelpful hint system
  • Lack of bonus content

  • puzzle
  • mystery
  • detective
  • cult
  • adventure
  • narrative
  • supernatural
  • classic
  • assassin

9

Baba Is You (2019)

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95
Review score
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Android IOS iPhone PC Windows Mac OS Linux Nintendo Switch

Baba Is You is an exhilarating puzzle game that challenges you to alter the rules and find your own solutions. With over 200 inventive levels, you'll manipulate words and objects to create unexpected interactions. Despite its complexity, the game's clever design and rewarding moments make it a must-play for puzzle enthusiasts.


What we like:
  • Unique and innovative puzzle mechanics
  • Over 200 well-designed levels
  • Highly replayable with multiple solutions
  • Endless content with level packs and editor
  • Award-winning design
What could be improved:
  • Steep difficulty curve
  • Can be overwhelming and complex
  • Some repetition in gameplay
  • Lacks a hint system for tough puzzles

  • puzzle
  • programming

10

Bugsnax (2020)

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100
Review score
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Mac OS IOS iPhone Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Dive into the quirky world of Bugsnax! As a journalist, you'll explore the diverse Snaktooth Island, solve its mysteries, and capture 100 unique Bugsnax. With charming characters, engaging gameplay, and endless customization, you'll be captivated by this delightful adventure.


What we like:
  • Innovative creature-catching gameplay
  • Rich, immersive world with diverse biomes
  • Entertaining and distinct characters
  • Fun, fitting soundtrack
  • Engaging side quests and challenges
What could be improved:
  • None

  • puzzle
  • narrative
  • adventure
  • mystery
  • cute
  • muppet
  • horror
  • first-person
  • discovery
  • story
  • colourful
  • controller-support
  • inventive
  • physics
  • comedy

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