Top Puzzle Games of All Time
Sit down next to anyone on a train or bus and you're likely to see them pull out a mobile phone and begin matching candies like a total boss. Candy Crush Saga has taken the world by storm, but the puzzle game has a long history of consuming all our free time.
Go back a few decades and you've got Tetris and Lemmings, both very different experiences, but equally capable of grabbing you for just one more go.
Puzzle games do seem to fit best on mobile platforms, first with Tetris and its clones (SEGA's Columns isn't as bad as Nintendo gamers would have you believe), then the likes of Zoo Keeper on Nintendo DS, Lumines on PSP and eventually the phenomenon that is Angry Birds.
There's just something about a mobile/handheld system than allows you to get engrossed in the puzzle solving experience, ignoring whatever else is going on around you. Sit down for a session on mobile hit The Room and you can be there all night.
There are exceptions to the mobile rule, with PC and console hit Portal providing many a brain scratcher, as did Braid and Fez.
It's impossible to discount the entertainment derived from Cut the Rope: Experiments' content.
A very satisfying puzzle game, one that manages to stay surprising throughout by keeping things incredibly tight.
PuzzleJuice is a triathlon of different games, all competing in unison and prodding various parts of your addled brain at the same time.
Quarrel is wrapped up in a darling Fisher Price aesthetic and presented with wit and style.
While it's clear Q Entertainment perfected the game's formula on their very first try, this iteration of the neon-lit puzzler is so charming and elegantly formed you'd be a fool to say no.
I find it a shame, though understandable, that many people see iOS development as a race to the bottom. Angry Birds Space, however, effortlessly shows why Rovio is currently on top.
Just because the titular creatures aren't around to enjoy the fruits of their demise (for long, anyway) doesn't mean you shouldn't.
Mario And Donkey Kong is simply a very good puzzle game.
As close as the series has come to the greatness of the original trilogy.
Puzzlers are not for everyone, but I strongly recommend you give Lumines a try. Quite simply it's not just the best puzzler on the PSP, but one of the best puzzlers of all time.