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Best Brain Game Games Rated ESRB EVERYONE and Older on Mac

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: 1998 - 2022
Total Games: 29
Total Likes: 100
 

 

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...

Patrick's Parabox

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/03/2022

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Clockwork Pat (@ClockworkPat)

Players: This is a single-player game

Patrick's Parabox is a puzzle game where you move, and move through, boxes within boxes. Like a Russian doll, inside each box is another level that you can navigate to create a nested set of puzzles. It's an equally mind-bending and elegant experience...

Sniks

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/08/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac and iOS

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Shelly Alon (@ShellyAlon)

Players: This is a single-player game

Sniks is a puzzle game about guiding colourful worms to matching coloured fruit and food. Each level is a self contained arena with a number of snakes. Each snake can only consume fruit of a matching colour and they can't pass each other. It poses some...

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...

Rusty Lake: Roots

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/10/2016

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rusty Lake: Roots is an unusual point-and-click puzzle-horror game that has you piecing together your family tree. With a wide range unusual puzzles and game mechanics, like growing a literal family tree, it tells a story of a broken family and dark...

Down in Bermuda

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/01/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, Wii U, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Creative and Puzzle

Developer: Yak and Co (@YakAndCo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Down in Bermuda is a puzzle game where you are stranded on a set of interconnected islands. You push, pull and manipulate objects to solve puzzles and explore the world. Each one you complete brings you closer to getting back home.

Cosmic Express

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 16/05/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

Players: This is a single-player game

Cosmic Express is a puzzle game where you plan a train route to collect the waiting passengers. Although the game looks super simple, as it progresses you have to also deal with different hazards and requirements for your route.

Otteretto

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/01/2022

Platforms: Mac, PC and Web

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: CS Klimowski (@CSKlimowski)

Players: This is a single-player game

Otteretto is a puzzle game where you match blocks to make palindromes. Rather than the usual match-three format, instead you have to find patterns that mirror in the middle, like a palindrome but with colours/shapes rather than letters.

Room to Grow

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/02/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Mischka Kamener (@MischkaKamener)

Players: This is a single-player game

Room to Grow is a puzzle game about movement and expansion. You play a plant that moves by growing and wrapping your way around a maze. You can shift your location by growing into walls which enables you to manoeuvre around obstacles and make room for...

Samsara Room

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/09/2013, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

Players: This is a single-player game

Samsara Room is an abstract point-and-click puzzle-horror game. By solving the puzzles hidden throughout the room, you uncover an uneasy story about judgement and atonement told through the things you find.

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...

Altered

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 12/03/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: The Mesh Potato (@TheMeshPotato)

Players: This is a single-player game

Altered is a demanding-yet-meditative puzzle game where must get your character to the end of the level. It's unique because to get there, you change your physical characteristics (extending, elongating, splitting into two, or attaching yourself to...

Bloks (Sokpop)

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/12/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: Sok Pop Co (@SokPopCo)

Players: This is a single-player game

Bloks is a strategy puzzle game where you place Tetris-style blocks to construct a planet. You place different elements and land so that you can create humans and build them a spaceship. A unique combination of Tetris-style block puzzle, element...

Snakebird

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 04/05/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Noumenon Games (@NoumenonGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Snakebird is a puzzle game about movement, shapes and gravity. You control multiple snakes on a quest for fruit. You move around the world by directing each one to collect fruit. It looks simple, but the novelty is that you soon have to create specific...

Stephen's Sausage Roll

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/04/2016

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Accessibility: 14 features

Players: This is a single-player game

Stephen's Sausage Roll is a puzzle game where you push sausages around to grill them perfectly on both sides. It sounds easy but is actually really tricky. You can only roll sausages in certain ways and each level is limited in size.

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...

Wildfire Swap

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 31/03/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Ryry Kubes (@RyryKubes)

Players: This is a single-player game

Wildfire Swap is a puzzle game where you swap tiles to stop forest fires. Each level starts with a grid of trees, houses and bare land. Your job is to rearrange the tiles so the fires that start can’t spread to the houses.

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.

Corrypt

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/12/2012, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Puzzle and Role-Play

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Smestorp (@Smestorp)

Players: This is a single-player game

Corrypt is a role-playing puzzle game where you collect items and interact with characters in a maze filled with moveable boxes. In a novel twist, you can push and pull the boxes, but they stick to you, making it a challenge to move them out of the way...

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...

Lego Mindstorms

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-11 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1998, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Creative, Sequencing and Simulation

Pieces: Gadget

Developer: Lego (@Lego)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lego Mindstorms is a creative robotic toolkit made of Lego, augmented with motors, sensors and other electronics. The Lego Mindstorms Robot Inventor kit enables you to build a five different robotic models with interactive and challenge elements. It’s...

Paper Trail

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-10 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Narrative, Puzzle, Sequencing and Traversal

Accessibility: 37 features

Developer: Newfangled Games (@NewfangledGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Paper Trail is a traversal puzzle game about a budding academic, Paige, leaving home. Play is set in a foldable paper world that you manipulate to join paths, move rocks and overlap the two sides of reality. It's a unique two sided puzzle that tells the...

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...

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...

Lazy Chess

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/01/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Strategy and Traversal

Developer: Lazy Chess Game (@LazyChessGame)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lazy Chess is a puzzle game that simplifies the classic game for newcomers. Rather than choose any move yourself, you simply choose between the best two options.

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...

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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