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Puzzle Games That Are
Deductive Not Cerebral
Video games offer all sorts of puzzles. Over the years different styles of puzzle games come and go. Recently there has been an influx in cerebral puzzle games where you have to work away at an (apparently) impenetrable scenario to find a solution. The clues themselves aren't always obvious, and often need to be discovered or inferred by exploring the world.

However, there are other sorts of puzzle games that offer an experience based more on the application of available knowledge rather than experimentation and investigation. These games focus on the application of logic rather than clever thinking. They are deductive rather than cerebral.

As John Walker put it in his review of Polimines. "There are very few PC puzzle games of this sort I hold in high esteem. And by this sort, I mean these deductive puzzlers, where it’s about searching for the next possible move – as opposed to your Stephen’s Sausage Roll or A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build, which are brilliant, but way too cerebral for me."

This is a list of games that give you all the information you need, and it's your job to deduce the solution. It doesn't include games where you have to hunt down clues, make unexpected connections or use interactions in unexpected ways.
This list includes 9 games from the last 10 years, with 46 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to .
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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