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Release Date: 23/03/2023
Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Storyteller is a puzzle game about building stories. You use a set of icons to match what is happening in each frame of the story. It's a simple challenge that gets the mind-stretching as you construct some of history’s greatest stories using building...
Release Date: 11/12/2018, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Outer Wilds is an exploration space mystery about a solar system trapped in an endless time loop. After twenty minutes of game time, you must start again – but each time brings a new opportunity to learn how you ended up on the planet and solve the...
Release Date: 09/03/2018, updated in 2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Supraland is an adventure game that involves exploring, running, jumping, solving puzzles, and fighting monsters. You play a member of the Red Village and you must discover why the Blue Village has sabotaged your water supply. Your character is a...
Release Date: 13/03/2019
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
Baba is You requires some lateral thinking. Each level is controlled by rules written on the screen, such as ‘Lava is Hot’, ‘Wall is Stop’ and ‘Flag is Move’. By moving the words around with your pixelated character, you subvert the...
Release Date: 18/10/2019
Out Now: PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person and Pixels
Return of the Obra Dinn is a narrative puzzle game where you play a shipping company agent assessing what happened on board a fictional East India Company ship where all the passengers have mysteriously died. Exploring the ship, you can revisit the...
Release Date: 13/04/2012
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night and Pixels
Fez is a dimension based puzzle game where you, as a small character called Gomez, can rotate between four 2D views of the 3D world (as four sides around a cube-like space). This sounds confusing but actually develops into a mind-stretching and...
Release Date: 19/10/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Cards and Hand-Made
Inscryption starts as a card-based adventure where you build a deck of cards to take on adventures and battles. To this, it adds escape-room style puzzles, both in the card game and in the room in which you are playing. The result is a psychological...
Release Date: 12/11/2019, updated in 2020
Components: 3D First-Person and Open World
Superliminal is a puzzle game incorporating optical illusions and forced perspective. As you play and explore you can manipulate objects so that when put down their perspective, scale and size have changed. This enables you to progress through areas...
Release Date: 14/12/2017, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On, Grid and Hand-Made
Gorogoa is a puzzle game where you rearrange and resize tiles to make a singular picture. It appears to be simple, but to solve the puzzles you need to play close attention to how they interrelate. This Matryoshka Russian-Doll puzzle combines with...
Release Date: 01/01/1983
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Mac, PC, PSP, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Components: 3D First-Person
Myst is a classic video game graphic adventure. Published in 1983, and selling over six million copies, it pre-dates many modern adventure games and created a new genre for gaming. Exploring by clicking in the world to move, you use a special book to...
Release Date: 29/03/2022
Components: 2D Overhead and Grid
Patrick's Parabox is a puzzle game where you move, and move through, boxes within boxes. Like a Russian doll, inside each box is another level that you can navigate to create a nested set of puzzles. It's an equally mind-bending and elegant experience...
Release Date: 11/12/2014, updated in 2019
Components: 3D First-Person and Day and Night
The Talos Principle is a narrative driven puzzle game, praised for its cerebral and philosophical nature, where you play an android with a human conscience. You explore environments to complete complex brain-teasing puzzles to collect "sigils".