Puzzle video games are a broad genre, as there is something puzzling, or something to solve in most games. The games we specify here focus on a puzzle or conundrum as the main interactive mechanic. They test many problem-solving skills, logic, pattern recognition, sequence solving, spatial recognition, and word completion. Some puzzle games will focus on a traditional, self-contained, puzzle board with pieces to move. Other video games take this in more conceptual directions, offering puzzles that involve Action, Platforming, Shooting or even Role-Play relationships with other characters. In this way, the puzzle can be used to communicate frustration, difficulty or tension as well as offer a sense of control, understanding and ease in or Adventure games. Most Puzzle video games are, by their nature, Turn Based but they can also be integrated into more pressured and time-limited Action game experiences.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
Duration: Between 9 hours and 11 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Costs: Purchase cost.
This is a game for people who like to organise things. You are in charge of a warehouse and must manage 100s of items of stock. These identical square boxes are labelled with rudimentary icons. On your own or with another player, you must decipher what...
Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle and Simulation
Wildfire is a running, jumping and hiding game where you hide from (and distract) enemies to get through levels and complete missions. You have specific powers to start fires, freeze water, and move earth that offer different ways to solve the puzzle of...
Platforms: Mac and PC
Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation
Duration: Between 1 minute and half an hour to play a round.
Players: This is a single player game.
Townscraper is a town building toy. You pick colours from the range available and click to put down a house in the sea. As you continue to add houses of different colours the game automatically orientates the architecture for you.
Genres: Puzzle and Simulation
Duration: Between half an hour and 1 hour to complete.
Kids is an unusual game where you tap to interact with groups of monochrome cartoon children. Seeing the little kids run around and respond to each other creates a playful and intriguing game than only lasts half an hour but will be played many times.
Genres: Action, Puzzle, Shooting and Strategy
Spy Party is a one-versus-one game about observing behaviour. One player is a spy at a party among many computer-controlled guests, with a list of missions. The other player is a sniper who must spot the human-controlled spy by watching the way they are...
Assemble With Care
Platforms: PC and iOS Apple Arcade
Genres: Narrative and Puzzle
Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 2 hours to complete.
From the makers of Monument Valley, this puzzle game is a unique way to consider how physical objects become meaningful and hold our memories. You play a restorer who repairs people's favourite possessions: from family heirlooms to broken statues to...
I Am Dead
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle
I Am Dead is a puzzle game from the creators of Wilmot's Warehouse. You play a recently-deceased museum curator trying to avert a disaster from his home town of Shelmerston.
Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade
Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Simulation
A puzzle game where objects are seen only in outline and you must travel the world with your dot, by manipulating the perspective. You navigate through minimalist yet colourful environments full of challenging puzzles, dangerous inhabitants, and...
Lego Builder's Journey
Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 135 minutes to complete.
This isn't what you expect it to be. Rather than a brick-based puzzle for kids it's more like a thoughtful and nostalgic work of art for adults. You work through abstract levels by following instructions but also by breaking the rules. Take the time to...
Where Cards Fall
Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 10 hours and 12 hours to complete.
Where Cards Fall, from the same developer as Alto's Adventure, is an adventure where you build houses of cards to advance. In a beautifully hand-drawn world, you need to create pathways with the cards through the dreamlike...
Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Rhythm
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.
This is a game about fishing and music. You drop your line into the water, catch a fish and make music along the way. There are different animal DJ's to choose, each with a different sound and 21 different underwater courses to fish in.
Signs of the Sojourner
Signs of the Sojourner, an introspective narrative where you interact with characters by solving puzzles with cards that represent emotions. It's a coming-of-age story set in the near-future and explores how relationships form, break, and mend in the...
Genres: Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.
The Pedestrian is a puzzle game where you control a stick man navigating a series of road signs around a virtual city. It sounds a little odd and quite simple, but by layering its interconnected sign-based puzzles it creates an experience that is both...
This is a comedy adventure game where you play a detective frog, named (unsurprisingly) "Frog Detective".
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Creative and Puzzle
Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Collapsus is a puzzle game where you match tiles. You rotate the screen to adjust which way is down, then tapping a single tiles makes it disappear. And vertical or horizontal lines with matching colours you create also disappear. Tapping a single tile...
The Stanley Parable
Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Duration: Between half an hour and 1 and a half hours to complete.
The Stanley Parable is an interactive drama with no combat or action to speak of apart from walking around and interacting with everyday objects. You guide a silent protagonist, Stanley, while discouraging narration plays in your ear. As you discover...
Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS
Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation
Duration: Between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round.
Spring Falls is a puzzle where you erode a geometric landscape to let water flow down the mountain and help plants grow. Along with the low-pressure puzzle play, the game offers a calming experience with soft visuals, ambient music and interactive...
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.
Patterned is a puzzle game where you piece together beautiful patterns. It's a bit like a jigsaw but without the stress of forever finding more blue sky pieces. Each pattern begins as a sketch and you use visual clues to reassemble its scrambled pieces.
Tint is a puzzle game you solve by painting. You mix watercolours to match the colour of the origami. The aesthetic and the low-pressure puzzles make for a soothing experience. There are no timers, no countdowns, no points and certainly no rush,...
Genres: Puzzle and Role-Playing
Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.
Pilgrims is an adventure game where you help the characters you meet by playing cards. As you progress you assist them to complete their little stories in different ways. It's a little like Scribblenauts, but with less focus on the breadth of options...
Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle
Duration: Between 1 minute and 15 minutes to play a round.
Here Kitty! is a real-world hide and seek game you play by hiding your phone. It's from the same team behind Heads Up. When the child calls out or gets near the phone makes cat noises to give them clues to find it. When it's...
Over The Alps
Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based
Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 and a half hours to complete.
Over The Alps is an adventure with intrigue and espionage set in 1939 Switzerland. Designed to look like retro photographs. The story unfolds as you select stamps to indicate how your character should approach interactions. Discover a secret history in...
Duration: Between 2 hours and 2 and a half hours to complete.
Winding Worlds is a colourful puzzle game played in a mythic world where you solve your way through the afterlife. The characters you meet don't always want to help, but you can help them deal with their problems and find peace. The puzzles are logic...
Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.
Combo Postage is a jumping and stacking game. You play as Sue at her summer job as she dodges, tapes, and stomps boxes with a high-tech tape gun. Run into a box to tape it up then stomp to seal. It’s simple, hectic fun and as you realise you can line...
Toem is a small adventure about helping peoeple. You play a small figure travelling through black and white, hand drawn, scandinavian-style landscapes. As you encounter characters and architectural environments you hear about the problems people have...
Genres: Adventure and Puzzle
Duration: Between 1 hour and 1 and a half hours to complete.
Naiad is a gentle adventure game where exploration is fuelled not by extreme distances, dangers or enemies, but by the simple joy of floating in rivers and pools. As a story about nature unfolds you control a nymph-like character who swims through...
Duration: Between 3 hours and 3 and a half hours to complete.
PiAwk is an adventure you explore as PiAwk, a little bird-like creature that is both a little awkward and shy, but also bold and curious. As you interact with the environment, architecture, landscape and other characters you realised you are enclosed in...
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an adventure about a young girl who travels to an abandoned village in the hope of finding a sacred mountain shrine. To get there she must face and overcome the spirits of the past and discover the secrets of this overgrown...
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Stray is a game about a cat lost in a futuristic city where robots live. YOu guide your feline friend in and out of buildings, across roads and generally poke your nose in to see what is going on.
Bugsnax is a whimsical adventure where you track, trick and catch anthropomorphic food in all shapes and sizes. But as you each the tasty little morsels you literally become what you eat. It's silly puzzling fun from the creators of [link to...
Platforms: PlayStation 5
Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Shooting
Returnal is a sci-fi adventure played in repeating rounds that slowly change the world and your character. You are a pilot stranded on a mysterious planet and must investigate and fight through the world to both survive and solve the repeating problem.
Twelve a Dozen
Duration: Between 15 minutes and half an hour to play a round.
Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.
Twelve a Dozen (originally called just, Twelve) is a running and jumping game where you solve mathematical based logic problems to help Dot save her family. While many games use learning as a gate to the reward of some fun, Twelve integrates the maths...
Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation
Duration: Between 7 hours and 12 hours to complete.
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.
Way To The Woods
Platforms: PC and Xbox
Way to the Woods is an adventure game where you play a fawn and a deer trying to survive their long journey home after human civilization has collapsed. Interacting with the world and exploring both urban and barren landscapes leads you to discover the...
Toodee and Topdee
Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.
Toodee and Topdee is a platform puzzle game where you control two characters to complete single-screen levels. The twist is that each character exists in a different plane. Toodee is a top-down block-pushing world, while Topdee is side-on platforming....
It Takes Two
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle
It Takes Two is a running, jumping and exploring game that tells a story of a young girl, Rose, who's parents are divorcing. The girl creates two dolls to represent her parents, which unexpectedly come to life. The game proceeds to share the girls...
Maquette is a puzzle game played in a series of nested identical worlds. What you do in the larger world effects things in the smaller one, and so on. Every building, plant, and object are simultaneously tiny and staggeringly huge.
Platforms: Android and iOS
Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 and a half hours to complete.
Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.
Monument Valley and Monument Valley 2 are puzzle mazes made from optical illusions. You interact with each level to change the pathway and get your character to the exit. Its striking, calm visual theme is used to build atmosphere and slowly reveal a...
Sizzle And Stew
Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.
Sizzle & Stew is a cooking game where you don’t have to follow the rules. It’s a lot of fun and works well in the two-player split-screen mode. Experiment as you explore all the kitchen gadgets to make a meal, or just see what happens when you put a...
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.
Donut County offers a similarly simple style of play. You drag a hole around the screen; the more things you can make fall in, the bigger the hole gets. You start with bricks, road cones and bushes, but eventually you’re swallowing whole houses.
Duration: Between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete.
Prune involves slicing, but here you must carefully cut off tree branches to encourage the tree to grow in a particular direction. It starts simply but turns into a challenge for parents and young children to work on together.
Duration: Between 45 minutes and 1 hour to complete.
Explore shapes that change into different objects as you spin them around with your fingers. What starts as a novelty evolves into a collecting challenge where interacting with one item leads to another. Rescue a stray cat, awaken an ancient...
Marching Order puts you in charge of a disorderly animal marching band. Listen to each animal’s requests to get them in the right order in the game about sequence, rules and order.
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Duration: Between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.
DragonBox is an educational series of games that teaches young children maths, such as algebra using pattern matching with symbols. Unlike other educational games, the fun is in the doing in DragonBox, rather than incentivising learning with separate...
Duration: Between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.
Explore the alphabet by pushing and pulling the letters around to create different things beginning with that letter. It’s simply presented with sound effects and voiced words for each object. It excels at making each letter and object feel tactile...
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.
Hidden Folks tasks you with exploring hand-drawn worlds to find particular people. It’s simple enough for youngsters to control but complex enough to keep parents and carers involved too.
Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle, Racing and Shooting
Tori combines physical and virtual play. The game comes with toys that you place on a play surface to control the game’s spaceships and catapults. Children can also create and colour their own cardboard versions of the toys and use them to control the...
The Stillness of the Wind
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
In The Stillness of the Wind you are an old woman who looks after a dilapidated farm. Over the course of a few hours, no matter what your efforts, the farm falls apart as you learn about the woman’s family and have the chance to ruminate on her...
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Narrative, Open World and Puzzle
Duration: Between 18 hours and 30 hours to complete.
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.
Old Man’s Journey
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS
Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.
Old Man’s Journey is a game about memory and old age. You help a grandfather-figure traverse the countryside by raising and lowering the landscape. Along the way he visits places that evoke the story of his life: a wife, a child and a love of the sea.
Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and iOS
Duration: Between 7 hours and 10 hours to complete.
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...
New Super Lucky's Tale
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Duration: Between 8 hours and 12 hours to complete.
This is a platform game where you play a fox on a quest to recover pages from a magical book that will save his world. It takes gameplay in a more action-oriented direction but the islands and characters are full of quirky character and treasures like...
Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U
Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Racing, Sports and Strategy
Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Mario Party (Wii, Wii U, 3DS and Gamecube) is an interactive board game. Players compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw dice and proceed around the board. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...
Platforms: PlayStation 4
Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
This is a world-travelling word game you play on the PlayStation using a smartphone or tablet rather than controller. The smartphone and tablet screens makes picking letters easy for all ages and the camera on these devices is used to put each...
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.
This battle puzzle uses shapes but instead of creating lines you must balance them in towers that mustn’t fall over. Real-world physics apply, along with wind and attacks from other players to make your stack topple. Up to four players can race to...
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Players: You can play this with 100 players online.
Tetris is a longstanding puzzle game where you make horizontal lines by placing different shaped tiles in a well. It's simple and fun, but as the pieces speed up it gets increasingly difficult.
Genres: Physically Active and Puzzle
Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.
Bounden is a smartphone dance game that gets players to use their bodies. Two people hold opposite ends of one smartphone then move together to keep a cursor over the ball.
Untitled Goose Game
Genres: Action and Puzzle
Duration: Between 5 hours and 7 hours to complete.
This is another silly and funny game but with a dastardly vibe. You play a mean goose who is intent on ruining the day of the inhabitants of a sleeping English village. By stealing items, squawking and otherwise making a nuisance of yourself you slowly...
39 Days to Mars
39 Days to Mars is a game where players cooperate to build and fix a nineteenth-century steam-powered spaceship en route to Mars. With another player, you play one of two full voice-acted characters and solve puzzles by interacting with switches, levers...
Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle and Strategy
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.
Costs: Free. In-game purchases.
Players pilot a spaceship, each with their own control panel on their smartphone or tablet screen. The switches, dials, sliders and levers are labelled with randomly-generated peculiar names: ‘Astral Synth’, ‘Gripvent’, ‘Starmesh’,...
Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based
Duration: Between 10 minutes and half an hour to complete.
Heads Up! is a word-guessing game where one person holds the tablet or smartphone on their forehead that and guesses the word it displays from clues given by the other players. The others confirm if they got it right or wrong and they flip the...
Beast of Balance
This game comes with beautifully sculpted physical toys that interact with your iPad to create and nurture creatures in a magical land. You place a toy creature on the plinth provided and it appears in the game. Balance another creature on top of the...
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Duration: Between 20 minutes and half an hour to complete.
Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
In this game you’re confronted with a bomb on the screen that has to be defused, requiring a series of modules to be disarmed. The bomb defuser player can see and operate the bomb but the other players, who have the defuse instructions, can’t. The...
Overcooked and Overcooked 2 is a collaborative cooking game for up to 4 players. You must keep talking to other players to coordinate the various elements of the dishes. It starts simply enough but soon gets more complicated as you prepare food in ever...
Moving Out is an action-puzzle game where you play a removal company. With up to four players you work together to get items out of the house and into the van. Although this starts simply you soon find furniture that is an awkward shape or needs two...
Human Fall Flat
Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 6 hours and 9 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.
Human: Fall Flat takes the idea of rag-doll characters and movement in the direction of a platform game. You run, jump and solve puzzles with your elastic character, either on your own or with another player. Get it wrong and you fall flat on your face,...
Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation
Heave Ho is a game where up to four players try and swing themselves across a level. But you can only hang on to certain points and must dangle and swing with both arms to progress. The twist is that you can also hold hands with other players and make...
Tick Tock: A Tale For Two
Played simultaneously with a friend, this is a narrative-driven puzzle game where you must escape an eerie world created by a clockmaker. It's unusual because each player's game is slightly different and must be combined to solve the puzzles. Through...
Baba is You
Duration: Between 5 hours and 8 hours to complete.
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...
Genres: Open World and Puzzle
Wattam is an absurd adventure where characters are everyday objects with problems to solve and fun interactions to enjoy. You play as The Mayor and start on your own. As you complete simple tasks you populate the world with other strange characters.
The First Tree
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4
Genres: Creative, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Puzzle
The First Tree is an exploration narrative game. In a dream, you explore a forest wilderness as a mother fox looking for her cubs. Simultaneously, you revisit childhood memories in spoken reflection from two lovers remembering the dream and their...
Hidden Through Time
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
This is a spot the item game that also takes you on a journey through different time periods. You are task with finding specific items and must zoom, interact and uncover things to find each one.
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS Apple Arcade
Genres: Open World, Puzzle and Simulation
Duration: Between 6 hours and 10 hours to complete.
Manifold Garden is inspired by Escher drawings and the reality-bending moments in the film Inception. You play from a first-person perspective and explore a beautiful, and what seems to be an abstract world, bereft of colour. It takes time to master and...
Teach Your Monster To Read
Teach Your Monster to Read is a game about phonics, letters and reading. Children create a monster for a journey through three games. The combination of colourful well-animated characters and proper reading learning is both fun and powerful.
This is a game where you play a piece of paper that can be cut into different shapes. Through a series of puzzle levels, you adjust your shape by clipping and overlapping other players. Sometimes this is to match a shape, at others it is to catch a ball...
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.
In Peggle, you fire a small ball into an array of pins that are triggered and disappear when the ball touches them. It's like a bright, saccharine pachinko game. But. being electronic you can earn all sort of bonus balls and abilities by hitting...
Snake Pass is a puzzle game where you move around objects and through the world like a snake. Rather than running around the levels like you do in games like Mario games, you have to slither along the ground and coil around...
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm
Chime is a block-dropping music puzzle game where you control a single shape to move, rotate, and then place it onto a grid. A beatline moves across the grid in time with the music, setting off events when it hits placed shapes.
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Rhythm
Lumines is a music puzzle game where you rotate and align small blocks to form squares of a single colour. As you do this, in time with the music, they are erased as the beat line passes over them. The game is lost when the blocks reach the top of the...
Platforms: Nintendo DS and iOS
Meteos is a tile-matching game inspired by Missile Command and Tetris. You stack coloured blocks which fall from the top of the screen. The aim is to launch three or more blocks of the same colour onto the top of the screen to make them disappear.
Genres: Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based
Duration: Between 20 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Wingspan is a relaxing, award-winning strategy card game about birds for one to five players. You create flocks of birds to extend a chain of powerful combinations in one of your three habitats. Your goal is to discover and attract the best birds to...
Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based
Duration: Between 22 hours and 28 hours to complete.
Dicey Dungeons is video game adventure where you build a deck of cards to represent characters, attacks and weapons. Here the novelty is that these cards combine with dice roles to determine who wins battles.
Phogs is a game where you control a stretchy dog that has a head at both ends of its body. It sounds a little strange, but is actually an endearing adventure where, on your own or with another person, you control each end of the dog separately to...
No Heroes Here
Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation
Duration: Between 6 hours and 7 hours to complete.
No Heroes Here is a co-operative defend your castle game for up to four players. In simple pixel graphics, you have to work together to prepare your defences and then use them as the armies attack. The key to success is that everyone needs a role,...
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
Duration: Between 15 hours and 22 hours to complete.
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a side-on running and jumping game starring the characters from the 3D platform game Yooka-Laylee. You control Yooka, a male chameleon, and Laylee, a female bat and take on a level...
Ibb and Obb
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 3
Ibb & Obb is a puzzle game where you run, jump, land on enemies and solve momentum puzzles. The novelty is that it's a game designed for co-operation. One player controls the green creature, Ibb, and the other controls the pink creature, Obb. The world...
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 14 hours and 15 hours to complete.
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...
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation
Pikuniku is an adventure where you play a red creature, Piku, on a mission to harvest the colourful world's resources. You interact with different objects to trigger switches and open doors. You can also lasso your legs to swing from hooks or curl into...
One Person Story
Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC
This is a simple puzzle game played by pressing a single button to help a bouncing ball through a maze. It's voiced with a narrative about life's difficulties and challenges. It starts simply but gets more difficult as you have to open and close doors,...
Wunderling is a jumping game controlled by just two buttons: jumping and boost. The levels scroll automatically so you have to think ahead to decide how to get past each section. It's a combination of time reactions and forward planning.
Platforms: PC and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Creative and Puzzle
HyperDot is a dodging game, where you control a small circle and must move to avoid collisions with other shapes. It sounds too simple to be fun, but the cover design and variation in challenge make it a really enjoyable game.
Death Squared is a cooperative puzzle game for 1, 2 or 4 players. Together, you solve puzzles by guiding a robot to a colour-coded goal. Getting there requires co-operation and communication as each player's path has deadly traps and hazards.
Inbento is a food-themed puzzle game where you solve puzzles to prepare lunch boxes. As you complete each "bento" lunch box a story unfolds about the highs and lows of parenthood. There are over 100 fun puzzles, aesthetically served with traditional...
Genres: Puzzle and Sports
Golf Peaks is a golf game you play by picking different shot cards and swiping in a direction. Unlike other golf games it more of a puzzle than a test of skill or timing. You don't even need to understand of golf.
Hue is a puzzle game where you run and jump through platforms. You explore a grey land while searching for your missing mother. The novelty is in the coloured pieces you uncover, which when matched against obstacles will cause them to disappear,...
Pushy and Pully
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...
My Brother Rabbit
My Brother Rabbit is a hand-drawn hidden-object puzzle game about an ill sister. As her plight is told through water-colour animation, you play her brother's rabbit and unfold a parallel story in a fantasy world.
Totally Reliable Delivery Service
Genres: Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation
Duration: Between 9 hours and 10 hours to complete.
Totally Reliable Delivery Service is a package delivery game, where you use different means to get parcels to their rightful owners in the time limit.
Genres: Open World, Puzzle, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based
Duration: Between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 10 players online.
Subterfuge is a strategy game played with human opponents. The game is designed to be played over a week or so, to give players time to talk between goes. This encourages players to team up, trick or double-cross other players to get them to make the...
Platforms: Android, PC and iOS
Duration: Between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.
Lumino City is a puzzle adventure game in a hand made world. This is not unusual for a video game, but this world was literally made by hand in a physical studio and then filmed. It creates a unique experience that feels like you are poking around a...
Genres: Fighting, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.
Gerrrms (yes, Germs with three r's) is a light-hearted infection themed fighting game. You control one of 12 tiny germs and fight for dominance within the human body. However, you can only move around by swinging from hooks inside a corporeal arena....
Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy
Conduct Together is a strategy game where you control toy trains along the overlapping train tracks. Each train can be started and stopped with a specific button. Other buttons change different points. The aim is to transport the people from one...
Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso
Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm
Duration: Between 3 minutes and 4 minutes to play a round.
Pianista: The Legendary Virtuoso is a rhythm game where you play classical piano music by pressing buttons in time with each note. This starts easily buy builds up so you are playing complex pieces of music from a range of composers.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
Fling Smash is an action throwing game where you direct a ball-shaped hero by flicking the controller.
Wii Party U
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Racing
Wii Party U is a collections of games to play with families in the same room. Different modes suite different groups and ages but are all light hearted fun and make use of the Wii U Gamepad in creative ways.
Duration: Between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to complete.
Wii Party is a party game that offers a variety of challenges that each use the Wii Remote motion controls. These 80 mini game challenges are organised through three sections of the game: Party Games, House Party Games, and Pair Games.
New Super Mario Bros. U
Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U
Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 18 hours and 40 hours to complete.
New Super Mario Bros. U is platform game where you play with 4 main players (and an optional assistant player) to traverse from one side of the level to the other. Along with the usual running, jumping, stomping and collecting you are racing other...
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...
Breath of Light
Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.
Breath of Light is a meditative puzzle game where you guide the breath of light through sand and water. With no score or time-limits and with all levels unlocked from the start, the focus is on relaxation and breathing rather than the challenge and its...
Genres: Action, Puzzle and Shooting
Ghost Grab is a puzzle game where you shoot a beam of light at ghosts to chain them together before popping them to score points. It's simple to start with but soon gives way to a frantic score-attack challenge with it's unique way to score points.
Degrees of Separation
Degrees of Separation is a running and jumping game where you control two characters from different seasons, Ember and Rime. Each has different abilities to change the environment and help you to progress: freezing water, melting ice and the like.
Locomotion is a puzzle game where you are a train chasing an alien who stole your gold. You control the direction of the train and the points. Each level is a puzzle where you need to find all the gold and hidden items. It's like a simplified western...
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U
Duration: Between 11 hours and 12 hours to complete.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a running, exploring, puzzle game where you guide the Toad character to save Todette from the villain Wingo and retrieve the Power Stars on each level. You navigate puzzles and obstacles, fighting enemies to reach the...
Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Strategy
Duration: Between 10 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.
Take charge of a kingdom, one decision at a time. Each choice is presented to you as a playing card with some advice or a question from one of the 38 different characters. Swipe left or right to make a decision that will impact the church, people,...
Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and iOS
Duration: Between 12 hours and 30 hours to complete.
Professor Layton is a puzzle-game series. In different locations, you must solve brainteasers with maths, logic, maze-solving and lateral-thinking skills to move the story on.
Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active and Puzzle
Duration: Between 12 hours and 13 hours to complete.
Nintendo Labo is another game themed around physical folding, colouring and cutting. Here, though, you get a cardboard pack with the game that folds up to make objects into which you slot the screen and controllers. Whether it’s cardboard steering...
Platforms: Web Browser
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 5 minutes to complete.
Passage passage.toolness.org is a super-simple game from the same developer as One Hour One Life on the theme of a life well lived. Although just a few minutes long, it offers an unusual interactive metaphor for the...
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita
The Unfinished Swan invites you to explore a world by splashing paint on it. The tactile experience leads you into a fairy tale about an unfinished painting that leads a child back to his parent.
Papo and Yo
Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 3
Duration: Between 4 hours and 6 hours to complete.
Papo & Yo pits you as a young boy, Quico, exploring a Brazilian city slum. As you solve puzzles and perform well-timed jumps to progress through the city, you must also deal with a monster – both real and metaphorically representing your alcoholic...
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Playing and Strategy
Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online.
Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.
In this game, amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The library of games is...
Duration: Between 18 hours and 22 hours to complete.
In Heaven’s Vault you play an archaeologist translating an ancient alien language whose decrypting weaves through an unfolding drama. While doing real linguistic work you interact with companions and locals. Your choices can open or close vast swathes...
Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle and Role-Playing
Duration: Between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.
You wake up on an island as a small fox, with no memory of how you got there. From a fixed overhead perspective, you push through trees, pick up weapons and learn new moves to discover an expanse of forests, caves and landscapes. Choose your own way...
Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 7 hours and 15 hours to complete.
You play a fox in a magical fairy tale forest. The world extends in front of you in stylised form, with trees, mountains and streams glistening with sparkles of life. You run, jump, climb and dip your paws in every aspect of the world. But it’s the...
Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Shooting and Strategy
This collection of Nintendo games was created for the Nintendo Wii U launch. It uses the console’s tablet screen to create specific roles for different players. In Mario Chase, the hiding player uses the tablet controller screen while the four seekers...
Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS and Nintendo Switch
Genres: Action, Adventure and Puzzle
Duration: Between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online.
The three Luigi’s Mansion (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Gamecube or Nintendo Switch) games each challenge you to investigate a haunted mansion. As longstanding Nintendo character Luigi, you play a ghostbuster to capture various mischievous ghouls. The...
Hidden in Plain Sight
Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
This unique battle requires keen observation rather than quick reflexes. Up to four players fight to protect or assassinate the king, catch a thief or race across the screen without being stopped. The twist is that you each have numerous...
The Jackbox Party
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room and up to 10 players online.
The Jackbox Party series offers collections of party games using the smartphone and TV combination but can be played on most devices. This, like That's You, offers a novel way to play together as a family.
Affordable Space Adventure
Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Shooting
Players: You can play with 3 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Three people work to pilot a diminutive spacecraft through a hostile environment. One player uses the Wii U game tablet to control engines, power and shields. A second player controls lights and weapons. A third player steers the craft through the...
Genres: Action, Puzzle and Strategy
Duration: Between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.
Hacktag is a fast two-player game: one player is the stealth ‘Agent’ while the other is the virtually-infiltrating ‘Hacker’. You work with the other player to carry out espionage in different settings and complete each challenge.
Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime offers a similar space-survival challenge, but this time you must collaborate to defend your circular spaceship. Each player needs to take on specific tasks to manage offensive or defensive duties.
Unravel and the two-player Unravel Two are a pair of jumping and swinging platform games where you control a character made out of wool. As well as making him look super cute, the wool is used to swing around and interact with objects.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita
The SteamWorld Dig series are action platform games where you play steam-powered robots trying to recover their lost civilisation. The two games in the series draws on classics like Dig Dug, Rick Dangerous, Repton and Boulderdash.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation
Most games design their controls to be easy and accessible. Octodad: Dadliest Catch takes a different approach. Using a combination of sticks and buttons, it creates an awkward, stomach-churning feeling of having too many limbs that you can’t directly...
I Am Bread
Duration: Between 2 and a half hours and 4 hours to complete.
I Am Bread takes the malleable, real-world physics gameplay and applies it to a slice of bread. By controlling each corner with a different stick or button you make your way around the kitchen and other rooms of the house. Playing a slice of bread is...
Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U
Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm and Shooting
Games don’t get any sillier than the WarioWare series. Each of its mini-games presents a basic yet peculiar challenge for the player. A simple scene appears on the screen with a one-word clue about what to do. In the few seconds of the countdown you...
Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Puzzle
Lost Ember is an animal exploration adventure game. While forward progress is relatively linear, it involves beguiling flying, swimming, digging and running to explore the mysterious world through the eyes of different animals.
This is a team-work space survival game where you must take on tasks to keep your ship together and also fire at enemy invaders. Controlling a team of Cat Astronauts, it’s a management challenge as you repair systems, extinguish fires, arm the...
N.E.R.O.: Nothing Ever Remains Obscure
Duration: Between 3 hours and 6 hours to complete.
N.E.R.O. is a story-driven first-person indie game with puzzles to solve and story threads to follow. The player character essentially walks a linear path and solves puzzles blocking their way, while a story is narrated.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS Apple Arcade
Tangle Tower is a murder mystery game, from the same developer as Snipperclips, where you explore a grand old house and it’s intertwining families to solve a mysterious murder. You are given the events of the murder, each...
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation Portable and iOS
Myst is a classic video game graphic adventure. Published in 1983, and sellig 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...
Fractured Minds is a short game that explores the implications of living with mental illness. You explore everyday spaces that behave in strange and sometimes disturbing ways. To progress, you need to solve some simple puzzles.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PC and iOS
LostWinds is a running and jumping video game with a difference. As well as controlling a young boy named Toku you also control the wind. On the Wii you do this by gesturing with the Wii Remote controller, on iOS you draw the direction on the screen. A...
The Last Campfire
The Last Campfire, from the same developer as No Man's Sky, is an adventure about Ember who is trapped a puzzling place, searching for meaning and a way home. As you travel you take a flame with you to the world, lighting...
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...
The Last Day of June
Last Day of June is a game about a couple called Carl and June, who suffer a tragedy when a car accident takes June's life and leaves Carl in a wheelchair. You control Carl, remembering life with June and discover that you can interact with her...
Genres: Adventure, Open World, Puzzle and Strategy
Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 105 minutes to complete.
Curious Expedition is an expedition simulation, in the late 19th century. You join historical people to explore a world map to gain fame, science and treasures. Each time you set out the world is different, with unique challenges requiring particular...
Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Stacking is puzzle game where characters are Russian stacking matryoshka dolls. Controlling the smallest doll in the game, Charlie Blackmore, you go on an adventure. Your main ability is that you can stack and unstack into larger dolls and gain their...
Lost Words: Beyond the Page
Lost Words is an adventure game where you run, jump and explore inside a young girl’s diary. You control Izzy as she writes her diary by walking on words, move them around and solve different puzzles. This develops two parallel stories, one about Izzy...
Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 16 hours and 19 hours to complete.
Yooka-Laylee is a running, jumping, collecting and exploration game where you play a pair of animal friends: a chameleon called Yooka and a bat called Laylee. They act as one, each contributing different abilities, on a quest to retrieve a magical book...
Arise: A Simple Story
Duration: Between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete.
Arise: A Simple Story is a narrative game about an old man living in a pre-agricultural tribe. He has just been cremated and as get travels to the next life, begins a pilgrimage of revisiting memories of his life.
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X
Duration: Between 25 hours and 30 hours to complete.
Planet Coaster Console Edition is a pleasure park construction and management game. It draws on games like Theme Park and RollerCoaster Tycoon. You build different theme park rides and roller-coasters in considerable detail, to score design points and...
Beyond Eyes is game about a Blind girl, Rae, who uses her senses to visualize the world around her. As you play, the game only shows you parts of the world you can hear. This means you can see immediatley around you, and further away if things are...
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle
Duration: Between 18 hours and 25 hours to complete.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is an adventure game in a long "Zelda" series. Like the other games, you play Link, who must defeat an evil force in the land of Hyrule. You do this by exploring the world, killing spawning enemies and finding a...
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, iOS and iOS Apple Arcade
Duration: Between 17 hours and 20 hours to complete.
Oceanhorn is an adventure game series that brings Zelda-style exploration, battling and dungeon solving to non-Nintendo platforms. You play as a boy on a quest to find his lost father and defeat the living fortress, Oceanhorn. You explore dungeons,...
Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise is a puzzle game where you infiltrate a spy hideaway to stop an evil plan. Each location is full of retro futuristic contraptions, hidden gizmos, gadgets and clever logic based puzzles.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Platforms: GameCube and Nintendo Wii U
Duration: Between 35 hours and 40 hours to complete.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is an adventure game in the Zelda series. This one is set on a group of islands in a vast sea, and follows Link as he attempts to save his sister from the sorcerer Ganon. This soon develops into a struggle to find the...
Game & Wario
Game & Wario is a series of small games designed for families to enjoy. Like NintendoLand it shows off the different sorts of game you can play on the Wii U not possible on other systems. Because of this the quality and depth...
Genres: Puzzle and Shooting
Singled Out is a spot the difference shooting game. Like the classic Guess Who game you have seconds to identify your target in a crowd. Make sure you only shoot the character matching the eyes, nose and mouth clues and you score points. The quicker you...
Creature in the Well
Genres: Fighting and Puzzle
Creature in the Well is a pinball-inspired fighting game that reimagines the ball bouncing fun of Arkanoid. You play the last remaining robot who ventures deep into a desert mountain to restore power to an ancient facility and save the village that...
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Duration: Between 9 hours and 12 hours to complete.
De Blob is a platform-puzzle game where you explore cartoon-style urban landscapes to recolour the city. You play a sponge-like creature that can collect colour paint and take it to different locations to turn the buildings and landscape features to...
My Child Lebensborn
Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing
You nurture a Lebensborn child in Norway after World War II who faces a hostile community because they’ve been born to parents of both occupied and occupying forces. With meagre resources yourself, you must feed, clothe and bathe the child, but more...
Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy
Duration: Between 6 hours and 15 hours to complete.
Bad North is a stylised strategy fighting game. You control an army defending an island and must train and develop your forces efficiently. The simple visuals and knife-edge Viking combat along with the jeopardy of losing precious troops make this a lot...
Duration: Between 12 hours and 16 hours to complete.
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is a game where you play a ghost that can stop time to solve crimes and save lives. You can inhabit and control objects and possess corpses to alter what happens. His ultimate aim is to use his memories to find out how he...
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative and Puzzle
You play a young boy, who is isolated and bullied, in this exploration platform game with a twist. Using motion controls and buttons you can draw beautiful graffiti on the buildings, which come to life. These become the habitat for the creatures you...
Night in the Woods
Duration: Between 9 hours and 16 hours to complete.
Night in the Woods follows college dropout Mae Borowski returning home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs. But the place is different now her friends have grown and changed. There’s something suspicious happening in the nearby...
A courtroom drama set in nineteenth-century Paris, populated with beautifully drawn animals. Guiding JayJay Falcon, defence attorney, you help investigate each case before each of the four court dates; combing crime scenes, interrogating suspects and...
Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Role-Playing
Duration: Between 17 hours and 26 hours to complete.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a courtroom murder mystery series where you piece together clues to challenge testimonies and uncover the truth. It’s like a visual novel, although you must interact with characters and evidence to progress.
The Secret of Monkey Island
Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and iOS
Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing
Duration: Between 7 hours and 17 hours to complete.
The Secret of Monkey Island is a classic tongue-in-cheek pirate adventure game. You click or tap the screen to explore locations, find items and complete puzzles. Playing a young man, Guybrush Threepwood, with a dream of being a pirate, you become...
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Duration: Between 34 hours and 50 hours to complete.
Okami (Okamiden on Nintendo DS) is an unusual action-adventure. Combat is interactions are achieved with brush strokes rather than weapons. It has a unique visual style that invites you to inhabit its painted world with brushstrokes of your own. Whether...
Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure
Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS and iOS
Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Rhythm
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure is a more substantial story told with cartoons interwoven with rhythm-action challenges. You play an 18-year-old boy with a secret identity as an art-thief. He’s searching for his father and, in order to find...
Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Web Browser, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation
Duration: Between 4 hours and 9 hours to complete.
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...
Duration: Between 40 minutes and 45 minutes to complete.
Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.
That's You! is a family quiz game played on the PlayStation using Android or iOS phones/tablets as controllers. The game displays a challenge on the main TV screen that each player tries to complete on the device in their hand.
Platforms: Xbox 360
Genres: Action, Narrative, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle and Shooting
The Gunstringer is an Xbox Kinect camera game where you use your body to control a cowboy puppet and shoot the villains by forming a gun with your fingers. You can play with two people working together, with one player controlling the character’s...
Valiant Hearts The Great War
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Valiant Hearts is an adventure game set during World War I. You play four characters who help a young German soldier find his love in a story about survival, sacrifice and friendship. This is achieved by solving puzzles and interacting with various...
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Shooting
Duration: Between 10 hours and 13 hours to complete.
Knack is a platform action series where you control a shape-shifting robot called Knack. Through beautiful arcade-style battles and worlds, you collect Relics that enable you to grow bigger and gain more powers.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle
Dropsy is an adventure video game where you move around and interact with the world by simply clicking. You play a clown called Dropsy in a surreal world. As you explore and interact with the environment, solve puzzles, and talk to characters you learn...
In Other Waters
Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy
This is an underwater exploration game where you play an Artificial Intelligence assistance to a stranded xenobiologist in a mysterious alien ocean. The world is not seen except through the instrumentation available to you. This creates a non-violent...
Murder by Numbers
Duration: Between 20 hours and 23 hours to complete.
Murder by Numbers is a detective game where you find clues by solving math-square nonogram-style logic puzzles. A little like Phoenix Wright games where you have a murder to solve, but here you have to use...
Platforms: Nintendo DS and Nintendo Switch
Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Strategy
Clubhouse Games, is a series that offers classic board and card games in one large bundle. It's not only great value but introduces children to a wide range of real-world games to play with the family.
To The Moon
To the Moon is a story-adventure following two doctors trying to fulfil a dying man's last wish to go to the moon. With only a few ways to interact with the game, you control the doctors, exploring and solving puzzles to reconstruct the dying man's...
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation Vita and iOS
Severed is a dungeon adventure game where you wake up in a strange place, dazed and confused your family has been taken and with a severed arm. You embark on a perilous journey to find them and return home.
Röki is a Scandinavian folklore adventure game where you play Tove on a journey to save her family. As you help her to come to terms with loss, you explore deep into a snowy fairytale landscape with strange locations and creatures.
Opus Magnum is a puzzle game about assembling machines to convert spherical chemicals into different compounds. Each challenge can be tackled by creating different machine configurations, and each is awarded points on how compact, quick and efficient...
Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Simulation
Scribblenauts is a series of puzzle games where you solve by typing the names of everyday objects so they appear in the game and let you progress. What's surprising is the sheer number of items included in the game. This means you can solve problems in...
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing
Duration: Between 40 hours and 50 hours to complete.
CrossCode is a retro-inspired role-play where players control a mute character who has lost their memory called Lea. The sci-fi story contains fast-paced battles, puzzles and quests as well as a wide range of abilities and equipment to level up and...
Lost in Random
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Puzzle and Role-Playing
Lost in Random is an adventure where you play an anthropomorphic dice and a young girl called Even. In her world, when she turns 12 she must roll a magical die to be assigned a region to live in and a life to live. But seeing her sister go through this...
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Puzzle and Role-Playing
Duration: Between 45 hours and 60 hours to complete.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is an adventure game in the Zelda series. As with the other games, you play Link, who must prevent Hyrule from being engulfed by corruption from a parallel dimension. Unlike other Zelda games, you can take the form...
Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle
Duration: Between 14 hours and 16 hours to complete.
Infernium is an adventure horror game where you need to carefully consider your strategy to progress through the non-linear interlocking chapters. Exploring the world, avoiding getting caught by the ethereal enemies and solving puzzles uncovers a story...
Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an action-adventure game where you control two brothers at the same time with a single controller. After their mother passes away, they must find some water from the Tree of Life to save their father. The controls weave...
Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation Vita and iOS
Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based
Duration: Between 5 hours and 9 hours to complete.
You play the role of a border-crossing immigration officer in the fictional dystopian Eastern Bloc-like country of Arstotzka. You review each immigrant’s and returning citizens’ passports and paperwork according to an increasing list of changing...
Genres: Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Playing and Strategy
Beholder is a detective game where you spy on tenants in a building, discover their secrets and report violations of laws to the authorities. As the game unfolds and you see more of the controlling totalitarian state, an uneasy tension develops between...
Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4
Observation 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 human protagonist. Your limited view,...
Duration: Between 4 hours and 8 hours to complete.
Solve the 1994 mystery of a murdered man by searching an old police computer archive of interview videos of his wife. The game presents a retro computer interface but the interviews themselves are short films with real actors. Although there are only...
Another Lost Phone
Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based
Another Lost Phone places a stranger’s smartphone in your hands. As you use the phone interface to explore the social life of its young woman owner, Laura, you piece together messages, pictures and profiles to solve her disappearance. Although it...
Gone Home places you in the role of Katie, returning from overseas to her family home. But the house is deserted and by exploring the rooms you piece together what happened to her sister, Sam. It’s a mystery to solve, but a common one of family...
Return of the Obra Dinn
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Duration: Between 9 hours and 13 hours to complete.
You play a shipping company agent assessing what happened on board a fictional East India Company ship where all the passengers have all mysteriously died. Exploring the ship, you can revisit the moment of death for each body in order to identify each...
What Remains of Edith Finch
Edith Finch is the surviving member of the Finch family, who seem to have died from a curse. In first-person perspective, you return to the family’s coastal home to learn about each relative’s final hours by exploring their rooms in turn.
Telling Lies is from the same developer as Her Story. It's named as an investigative thriller game with non-linear storytelling by the developer.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One
Control a small boy as he runs, jumps and climbs through a dark, silhouetted forest that clanks and hums with foreboding. As the age-rating suggests, he is killed in all manner of gruesome ways. But this is not without reason. Rather than violent...
Little Misfortune is a dark adventure where you play a small girl called, Misfortune, who, guided by a voice in her head, seeks the prize of eternal happiness for her mother. It's played side-on and unfolds a narrative about the girl's family as you...
No Time to Explain
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
No Time to Explain is a running, jumping and shooting game where you play a man chasing his future self through time. As the game evolves you must progress to solve time puzzles and complete platforming challenges.
Duration: Between 13 hours and 19 hours to complete.
Sunless Sea is a sea-faring adventure where you pilot a small steamship to explore a Victorian-era London that has been moved beneath the earth's surface. You take on the role of captain but select different ambitions that determine how you will play.
Platforms: Android and PC
Duration: Between 20 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.
Fire Escape is a murder mystery styled on Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window. You sit on a fire escape and can see into the apartments opposite as well as hear the intimate conversations of your neighbours across the alleyway. You peer into the lives of the...
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle
Framed is a puzzle adventure where you re-arrange panels of an animated comic book to change the outcome and timeline of the story. With a noir-detective look, the puzzles start simply but soon get complex.
Photographs - Puzzle Stories
"Have you ever made a mistake, or hurt people you care about?" Asks the Photographs trailer. It's a puzzle game that aims much higher than to distract you while on the way to work.
Life Is Strange
Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing
Duration: Between 15 hours and 25 hours to complete.
This is a click/tap-to-move adventure where you play a student at high school in a sleepy American town. Despite the idyllic setting, you have a foreboding premonition of a disastrous storm. Along with this prophetic vision, you discover the ability to...
Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS
Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing
Duration: Between 15 hours and 17 hours to complete.
Zero Escape, is a series of adventure games that follows a group of nine individuals, who are kidnapped and held captive by a person who goes by the name "Zero", and are forced to play a game of life and death in order to escape.
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation
Duration: Between 12 hours and 24 hours to complete.
Dishonored is an adventure game series set in the fictional, plague-ridden industrial city of Dunwall. You play Corvo Attano, bodyguard to the Empress of the Isles. But you are framed for her murder and forced to become an assassin.