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26 Great Games Like A Puzzle in Time

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to A Puzzle in Time and have found the following:

A Puzzle in Time is a puzzle game set in a laboratory. Your task is to escape the room and prove time travel is possible by solving puzzles set over four different years. Inspired by games like Portal and The Witness this short but challenging game has some mind (and time) bending conundrums that require serious lateral thinking.

If you enjoyed A Puzzle in Time, there are other games in the Dreams collection you should try. Unfortunately, A Puzzle in Time is not available on Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/02/2021, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Players: 1

Costs: Free

23 Hand Picked Video Games Like A Puzzle in Time

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to A Puzzle in Time. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed A Puzzle in Time. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Overboard

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 13-15 year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2021

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Inkle Studios (@InkleStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

Overboard is a murder mystery narrative game played in reverse. You murder your husband at the start of the game and then try and get away with it. It's played on a ship where the characters are affected by your choices and change their actions...

Nuts

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/01/2021

Platforms: PC, Switch and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Joon Turbo (@JoonTurbo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Nuts is an adventure game where you play a rookie field researcher. You use your camera, caravan, GPS and map to investigate the depths of the enigmatic Melmoth Forest. As you study the local squirrel population you uncover a strange mystery.

Portal (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/10/2007, updated in 2011

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Valve Software (@ValveSoftware)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room

You are in a science laboratory where you seem to be being tested. Watched by the artificial intelligence GLaDOS, you have a gun that can create a pair of magic portals on any surface: one is an entrance and the other is an exit. Through a series of...

Superliminal

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 12/11/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Puzzle

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Pillowcastle (@Pillowcastle)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 12-player online game

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 has changed. This enables you to progress through areas...

Twelve Minutes

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 19/08/2021, updated in 2021

Price: 40% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Faca Electrica (@FacaElectrica)

Players: This is a single-player game

12 Minutes is an adventure thriller game about a single apartment building. You view things from above and can interact with a simple click and drag interface. What starts as a romantic evening with your wife turns into a nightmare when a police...

The Witness

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 14/12/2015, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Developer: Thekla inc (@Thekla_inc)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Witness combines maze puzzles in an abandoned world with its own mythology, secrets, themes and story. It’s a game with puzzles at the core, but the real mystery is solving what has happened in the world you find yourself in.

The Forgotten City

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/07/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Mod N Story Teller (@ModNStoryTeller)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Forgotten City is a mystery adventure. You explore and relive the final days of a cursed Roman city, where if one person sins, everyone dies. It starts as a bewildering array of characters, locations and information but over multiple goes your...

Observation

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 21/05/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: No Code (@_NoCode)

Players: This is a single-player game

Observation is a narrative adventure game that puts you on a space station to solve a power outage and find missing crew. However, here you play the role of the SAM, the System Administration Maintenance artificial intelligence software, rather than...

Fate of Kai

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 19/03/2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Try Light Games (@TryLightGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Fate of Kai is a narrative puzzle game where you control the story rather than the characters. You discover Kai's story by walking through the panels of a comic book. It's a tale about a boy who wakes in a strange land handcuffed to a mysterious chest....

Braid

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 06/08/2008

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Jonathan Blow (@Jonathan_Blow)

Players: This is a single-player game

Braid is a platform game, not dissimilar to Mario World, that appears simple but has a twist. The movement of your character is connected to the progression of time in a mind-bending manner. The resulting puzzles are fascinating and connected to a story...

The Talos Principle

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/12/2014, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 31 features

Developer: Croteam (@Croteam)

Players: This is a single-player game

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".

Kitty Q

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 08/10/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Kamibox Ph (@Kamibox_Ph)

Players: This is a single-player game

Kitty Q A Quantum Adventure is an escape-room where you use outside-the-box thinking to solve puzzles in an odd world with quantum physics themes. It's unusual not only because the puzzles are approachable and visual appealing but because they each...

LOCK (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/10/2020, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: 800 Pixel Gorilla (@800PixelGorilla)

Players: This is a single-player game

LOCK is a puzzle game about escaping rooms. LOCK stands for Logic Operated Combination Keep, referring to a digital password protected door lock. You must discover secret four letter word clues by exploring each space, in order to unlock panels, collect...

The Last Cube

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/03/2022

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Improx Games (@ImproxGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Last Cube is a puzzle platform game where you guide a cube through a series of 3D mazes to save the world from destruction. Because you have to get the right side of the cube on the right square to trigger abilities and progress, it creates a...

Elsinore

Release Date: 22/07/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Elsinore Game (@ElsinoreGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Elsinore is a mystery-adventure set in Shakespeare's Hamlet. You play Elsinore who repeats the same four days as she tries to find a way to avoid the tragedy that lies before her.

Ctrl Alt Ego

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/07/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Stealth

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Mind Thunk (@MindThunk)

Players: This is a single-player game

Ctrl Alt Ego is a puzzle game where you a disembodied character taking control of robots and electronics to move around, interact and solve the puzzles. Using a combination of stealth and problem solving to progress the story and get to the bottom of...

Timelie

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 21/05/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle and Stealth

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Urnique Studio (@UrniqueStudio)

Players: This is a single-player game

Timelie is a stealth puzzle game played in a surreal world where a girl and a mysterious cat work together to escape a series of rooms patrolled by enemy robots. The novelty is that you can control and rewind time to help you solve each puzzle. This not...

Homescreen (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/03/2021, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Aevox 23 (@Aevox23)

Players: This is a single-player game

Homescreen is a puzzle game. You play as a duck trapped in a house. Escape the house by solving puzzles and unlocking rooms. Escape rooms are rarely played from this top down angle and it makes for the unique experience, as if you were a giant peering...

Not Not, A Brain-Buster

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 20/04/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Qubic Games (@QubicGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

Not Not is a puzzle game about following simple instructions in limited time. All you have to do is read the instructions and then direct your character in one of four directions. It sounds simple but the instructions get increasingly convoluted and...

Press X to Puzzle (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/07/2020, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: 800 Pixel Gorilla (@800PixelGorilla)

Players: This is a single-player game

Press X to Puzzle is a one button puzzle game. You press or hold a single button in order to progress to the next screen. Sounds simple, but it's actually more cryptic as you have to decipher the instruction. For some screens the solution is obvious,...

Temporal Fuse (Dreams)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-11 year-olds

Release Date: 20/04/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Dancing Ember (@DancingEmber)

Players: This is a single-player game

Temporal Fuse is a puzzle game where you explore a building to defuse bombs. You only have 30 seconds, but time only proceeds when you move. This forces you to think carefully about each step and interaction. You will die, but each time you have learned...

Qube 2 (Q.U.B.E. 2) (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/03/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Toxic Games (@ToxicGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Qube 2 is a puzzle adventure game where you play as archaeologist, Amelia Cross, who has awoken in an alien building with no memory of why she is there (and what the strange gloves she is wearing are for). What emerges is a unique puzzle game with...

Vessels

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 08/12/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Developer: Vessels Game (@VesselsGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Vessels is a narrative adventure where you wake to find yourself quarantined inside an airlock with no memory of how you got there. You speak to the crew to work out who you are and try to convince them not to jettison you into space. If you fail you...

4 Video Games Like A Puzzle in Time Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to A Puzzle in Time. This includes games from the Puzzle and Point-and-Click genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

4 Easier Video Games than A Puzzle in Time

If you like the sound of A Puzzle in Time but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

10 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than A Puzzle in Time

If you like the sound of A Puzzle in Time but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our A Puzzle in Time Accessibility Report.
 

A Puzzle in Time is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to A Puzzle in Time in the following lists:

Commit No Violence

While a significant portion of video games focus on combat and competition, these titles offer a less aggressive way to progress and win. None of these games enable or require the player to cause harm to another living thing -- even Mario's merciless campaign to stomp on every Goomba he meets bars him from this list. Or then there's catching and selling fish in Animal Crossing that rule that one out.

Many of them are aimed at children and families, but you'll be surprised how many explore deeper, more mature themes in their narratives, or require just as much skill as a fast-paced first-person shooter. This means there's plenty of offer for parents who might lack the reflexes (or interest) to survive a round of Fortnite.

We've focused on the games you might not expect to be played non-violently here, but you can find the full list at Non-Violent Games Of the Day curated by James Batchelor.
 

Space For Patience

Video games are often thought to be about the quick hit or instant rush of dopamine gratification. In fact, many video games take a long time before they are enjoyable. It takes patience and investment of effort to start making an impact in the game world, and in many ways is actually hard, slow work.

Some games double down on this mechanic, using, as Brad Gallaway recently said "using the real passage of time passing as a way to progress the story or game mechanics. Without cheating a system's clock, they're meant to play out over long periods. Seaman was something like a month, and The Longing can be as much as 400 days."

The games in this list are designed to be played slowly over a large number of days. This includes games like Animal Crossing, which requires regular visits at particular times of day to progress your island. But it also includes games like The Longing, that test the player's willingness to wait long periods of time and limit their ability to accelerate progress. Or there are games you can play quickly, but require the real passage of time for certain aspects, like Nier Replicant, forcing you to wait 24 real hours between planting a crop and harvesting it
 

Solve a Mystery

Like a good crime drama or whodunnit novel, solving mysteries and puzzles is a good way to engage in a story. However, rather than just watching these mysteries while someone else does the heavy lifting, these video games place you firmly in the role of the detective. Gathering statements, sifting evidence and making intelligent leaps of deduction requires care and attention. These investigations makes these games slower than others, but it’s worth the effort each time you find the correct conclusion and move the story on.

These games present you with a mysterious scenario to be solved. Whether with direct puzzles, locations to investigate or crime scenarios to deduce, they offer a unique, first-hand sleuthing challenge.
 

Bend Time To Your Advantage

Time in video games is a valuable thing. Unlike in the real world where it proceeds in a linear fashion, in a game it may speed up, slow down or even go backwards. There are some games where controlling time becomes a crucial and fascinating game mechanic. The best of these integrate your time travelling powers with both characters and narrative to create a compelling experience.
 
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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