5 Best Puzzle Games of All Time You Should Try

  • 05-02-2021 |
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Puzzle games are a type of video game that requires skill to solve and can be either mental, physical, or both. It's not easy to create a puzzle game that is both challenging and has a good storyline, but it's also not easy to find a puzzle game that is just one or the other. These five games that I picked are some of the best puzzle games of all time.

1. Portal

Portal

Portal is a puzzle-solving game created by Valve Corporation. It was first released for Windows and Mac OS X in October 2007 and for Xbox 360 in October 2007.

It is a story about a female protagonist named Chell awakened from suspended animation in a large, rectangular room. She is fitted with a device on her head by robots and then instructed to perform mental and physical tests. 

The puzzles in the game are based on physics laws, with some involving the use of lasers, buttons, pressure plates, the transfer of kinetic energy, and the use of portals.

The game has been praised for its unique gameplay and dark sense of humor and has received near-unanimous acclaim from critics. It won over 70 "Game of the Year" awards and honors and has been included in numerous publications' lists of the "greatest video games of all time."

2. Professor Layton

 Professor Layton

Professor Layton is a puzzle game where the player solves puzzles as a means of guiding the story. The puzzles you solve and the places you go in the story are all laid out on a map, and the game is broken up into numbered chapters.

In the game, you solve puzzles in the main story, which takes you through five different London towns. Each of these towns has a puzzle that you must solve to move on to a new town, and each city has a set of puzzles that you have to solve within its limits. Puzzle-wise, the game revolves around finding and combining pieces of an ancient artifact with each stage you go through.
The game has been an instant hit with gamers and critics, with some calling it one of the best games on the DS.

3. Myst

Myst

Myst is one of the most famous puzzle games of all time. It was first released in 1993 for the computer and was one of the first CD-ROM games.

The player uses a mouse to explore the island of Myst, uncovering clues and solving puzzles. Myst has been called one of the best computer games of all time and is often credited with sparking the CD-ROM popularity.

4. Tetris 

Tetris game

Who didn't play this game when they were a kid? Tetris was originally released in 1984 and is one of the best known Russian board games. It was invented in 1977 by Alexey Pajitnov, a Russian computer scientist. 

The player moves tetrominoes (four-sided blocks) on a game board into a horizontal stack, trying to fit them into a square space as neatly as possible. The game's objective is to manipulate falling tetrominoes so that they line up in a square as they fall. If a pair of adjacent tetrominoes happen to line up, they will "lock" together. This is called "Tetris."

5. The Witness

The Witness

The Witness is a first-person game in which the player's character explores a large, uninhabited island of Maine's coast. The island is densely populated with structures – some which can be examined, some which can be explored, and some which cannot. 

The player's primary goal is to solve various puzzles, which often involve tracing lines, changing perspective, manipulating objects, and finding the way to a secret place in which the island's creator is hiding.

You can compare it with Myst, in which you need to find clues to solve the various puzzles.

The Bottom Line

If you are interested in playing a puzzle game, make sure you try out one or two from our list of five best puzzle games of all time. The five games we have reviewed are all straightforward and beautiful. However, they have a lot of difficult puzzles. They are also very addictive. This is the reason why they are so popular on the App Store and Google Play Store.