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Best Brain Game Games on Nintendo Switch

These are games that exercise your knowledge, recall and memorisation in different ways. Working with numbers, guessing words, remembering trivia, the joy of these games is that they get your grey matter working.

Recently popularised by the Big Brain Academy and Brain Training games, they not only offer an educational experience but a way to interact with games to solve problems and more the story forward.

DetailsGenre Details

Era: 2001 - 2022
Total Games: 24
Total Likes: 70
 

 

Chariot

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 30/09/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

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

Developer: Frima Studios (@FrimaStudios)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game

Chariot is a co-op platform game where you haul around a wheeled Chariot, to the end of each level. Pushing, pulling or dragging with ropes, you need to use the real physics of the game to solve puzzles and time jumps to get the heavy object to the...

Baba is You

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: ES Adevlog (@ESAdevlog)

Players: This is a single-player game

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 pixilated character, you subvert the...

Carto

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Sunhead Games (@SunheadGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Carto is an adventure puzzle game that is unusual in letting you rearrange the map tiles while you are playing. This enables you to access new areas of the world previously impossible to get to. This can be as simple as redirecting a river out of your...

Kine

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/10/2020

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

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Dire Goldfish (@DireGoldfish)

Players: This is a single-player game

Kine is a 3D puzzle game where you control three robot instruments: Roo, the accordion; Quat, the drum; and Euler, the trombone. To help them become a band, you solve puzzles that involve their different abilities in various ways.

Akurra

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 01/12/2022

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Gojirra (@Gojirra)

Players: This is a single-player game

Akurra is a block pushing puzzle and exploration game. Its look is inspired by classic games like Zelda, Star Tropics, and Chip’s Challenge. It looks simple, but offers a rich and complex puzzles backed by visuals and sounds that take you back to the...

QV

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/11/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @JK H41490832 (@JKH41490832)

Players: This is a single-player game

QV (QV: The Dimension Painter on iOS) is a puzzle game about using portals to push buttons with blocks. You are tasked with collecting the shattered crystals to save the realms from impending destruction by solving the series of puzzles. It stands out...

Sokobond

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 27/08/2013, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Genres: Brain Game, Creative and Puzzle

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sokobond is a puzzle game where you create chemical molecules by manoeuvring atoms around the screen, avoiding obstacles. The game is streamlined to not need instructions and its minimalistic design enables ease of use. As you move through the levels...

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...

Bonfire Peaks

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/09/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

Players: This is a single-player game

Bonfire Peaks is a puzzle game where you explore a Minecraft-looking world. Unlike the generalised blocks of that game, here the landscape is lovingly crafted and pulsing with life. It's a tightly designed puzzle game about closure, that invites you to...

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...

Worm Jazz

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/09/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 3 features

Developer: Yu He 00 (@YuHe00)

Players: This is a single-player game

Worm Jazz is a puzzle game combining plan from the classic Snake game and explosive Bomberman elements. You control a Jazz-loving earthworm and wiggle you way through intricate mazes with mind-bending puzzles.

Dungeon and Puzzles

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 14/01/2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Digital Crafter (@Digital_Crafter)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dungeon and Puzzle is a puzzle adventure game where you move through rooms, using your limited number of turns to defeat the monsters, unlock doors and (hopefully) escape. In a novel twist on the format, the monsters don't attack, they merely block your...

Filemechanism

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 15/12/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Brain Game, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Chemical Pudding (@ChemicalPudding)

Players: This is a single-player game

Filemechanism is a running and jumping puzzle game where you can take snapshots of the game with a camera that enables you to go back to that moment when you need to. This time-travel mechanism makes this an unusual puzzle as the game uses time to...

Holedown

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 25/07/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: Grapefrukt (@Grapefrukt)

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

Holedown is a puzzle game where you bounce balls around a well filled with Tetris-style shapes. Each shape requires a certain number of hits and you have a large number of projectiles to direct through the maze created by the shapes. Your goal is to...

Puddle Knights

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 07/10/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 35 features

Developer: Lock Pickle (@LockPickle)

Players: This is a single-player game

Puddle Knights is a puzzle game where you use your cape to protect nobles from stepping in mud. While it may not challenge the ruling elites, it does create an intriguing challenge with steadily increasing difficulty.

Tens!

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/08/2017, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and iOS

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Developer: Kwalee (@Kwalee)

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

Tens! is a colourful puzzle game where you lay blocks of dice into a square aiming to make a row or column of ten points in total. As you complete a ten, you score points and the tiles used are cleared away. The simplicity and vibrancy of this game...

Toki Tori (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 12/09/2001, updated in 2018

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Two Tribes Games (@TwoTribesGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Toki Tori is a puzzle game where you traverse 2D levels and use limited resources to rescue all the eggs. Similarly to the Mario vs. Donkey Kong games, you can build bridges over gaps. Here though, you can also unlock...

Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 26/10/2016, updated in 2017

Price: 85% off

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Brain Game, Fighting and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Blue Wizard Games (@BlueWizardGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut is a macabre puzzle game. You control Skullface, a serial killer hellbent on killing every camper in this homage to 80's horror movies. It combines a basic slide the block puzzle with a cute block world but with a dark sense...

Card Shark

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/06/2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Narrative and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Nerial (@Nerial)

Players: This is a single-player game

Card Shark is an adventure game about a French 18th century con artist. With your partner, you go from location to location swindling politicians and royals with the devious card cheat mini-games you learn. It looks like a card game, but actually it's a...

Pipe Push Paradise

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/01/2018

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

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Developer: Corey Martin (@_CoreyMartin)

Players: This is a single-player game

Pipe Push Paradise is a puzzle game about connecting pipes. Your uncle has mysteriously fallen asleep while in the middle of providing water to a tropical island, and you have been sent to finish the job. It's a unique twist on Pipe Mania that combines...

Pushy and Pully

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/05/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Resistance Stdio (@ResistanceStdio)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game

Pushy and Pully is a puzzle game where you push blocks into enemies to kill them, or into each other to gain special attacks. The action takes place on a single screen with up to two players. After 10 levels there is a large enemy to defeat before...

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...

Solas 128

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/01/2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 38 features

Developer: Amicable Animal (@AmicableAnimal)

Players: This is a single-player game

Solas 128 is a thinking puzzle game where you redirect rhythmic pulses of light to restart an ancient machine. You rotate and position mirrors to connect light sources and unlock further puzzles. The novelty, beyond the retro visuals and rhythm is that...

Swim Out

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/09/2017

Platforms: Apple TV, Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Lozange Lab (@Lozange_Lab)

Players: This is a single-player game

Swim Out is a puzzle game like the popular Traffic Jam board game, where you need to get your swimmer to the exit of a busy swimming pool. As well as the different setting, this game extends the challenge as the other swimmers also move when you do.

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