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Best puzzle games

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:37 am
by Darran@Retro Gamer
We're doing a piece on the history of puzzles games and we're looking to make sure we don't miss out any important.
What are your favourites and where do you personally draw the line with puzzle games? Do you consider things like Lemmings, Fez and Limbo to be puzzle games for example.

Re: Best puzzle games

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:00 am
by The Beans
Lemmings is a puzzle game.
Fez and limbo are adventure games with puzzles in them.

I played a lot of Puzznic on the Atari ST and spent longer than I should have playing a game called Atomix on the Amiga or ST (can't remember which). I liked one Piece Mansion on the Playstation too.
I've never really been into puzzle games that much until recent offerings like Puzzle Quest and Bejewelled Blitz pulled me in.

Re: Best puzzle games

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:04 am
by koopa42
Tetris of course! Original gameboy version.

I also liked a free cnet game on my first laptop, dunno what it was called (box I think) but you had to place 3 boxes onto 3 coloured squares and the maps got harder with lots and lots of places to block the boxes and fail. I battered that game, It MIGHT have even been on the first PC mum owned when I lived at home

Re: Best puzzle games

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:39 am
by Morkin
Picross! And loads of great DS puzzlers such as Polarium, Zoo Keeper, Puzzle Quest, PicPic, Colour Cross & WordJong. And we can include the awesome Professor Layton series can't we?

And I've got a soft spot for Boxxle on the Gameboy.

Re: Best puzzle games

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:56 am
by Prof Mango B Coconut
Well, certainly all the awesome Taito games discussed in the other thread:

Cameltry
Puchi Carat
Bust-a-Move
Cleopatra Fortune
etc.

I also recommend Tecmo Stackers on the PS1 for being particularly brilliant.

Re: Best puzzle games

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:03 am
by Morkin
I forgot Slitherlink on the DS & Guru Logic Champ on the GBA which are supposed to be very good games. I own both of them, but haven't played them yet.

Are the Kurushi games considered puzzlers?

Re: Best puzzle games

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:10 am
by hydr0x
Don't even get into the whole definition of puzzle games Darran. As someone actively working on genre classifications I can tell you Puzzle games are a mess. Mainly because of the fact that Tetris, the archetypal one, isn't a Puzzle by some definitions. Just go with the "normal" classification. That definitely includes Lemmings, but does definitely not include stuff like Lost Vikings, Braid or Limbo.

One of my favorites has always been Mario & Yoshi on the NES. Catchy music and frantic gameplay, what else could you ask for in an action puzzle game?

Re: Best puzzle games

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:16 am
by Spacepatrol
You can't do a feature on Puzzle game without mentioning the Granddaddy of them all: 'The Fool's Errand'. It is 25 years old and I still love playing it now. Never did get to finish it!

Re: Best puzzle games

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:41 am
by SoupDragon
In my humble opinion: Chu Chu Rocket :D

Re: Best puzzle games

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:47 am
by DPrinny
List of ones that are popular at Computer Club

Magical drop - (Its puzzle bobble with breasts, kinda)
Baku baku animal - Only time I have ever herd "I NEED A DOG!"
Super puzzle fighter - Until I banned it as one guy got a bit to wound up buy it

Re: Best puzzle games

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:49 am
by Fishsta
E*Motion? Never owned it, played it a couple of times at a friend's house, not sure it classes as a puzzler.

I'd put a big shout out to Mindtrap on the Spectrum, it's a relatively unknown puzzler with 999,999 levels to complete, and I was quite pleased to admit, as a youngster, to reaching somewhere around level 127. I had pages and pages of level passwords written out for it. Also Peking, aka Mah Jong, had my dad hooked on the Spectrum for YEARS.

Probably one of the hardest 8-bit puzzler games was Logo on the Speccy, which I think was given away with YS. Great game, but I think I was a bit too young to really appreciate the mechanics of it. No one mentioned Mined-Out yet? Or the Non Compos Mentis games?

More modern games, the Puzzler games on the DS are great, basically hundreds of crosswords, word searches, sudokus, Enigmas. Picross I'd agree with, I discovered Tsunami puzzle books (later renamed Hanjie puzzles after the Japanese Tsunami disaster), so that game was a must-buy for me on the DS.

I certainly enjoyed Tetris, and that must be the single most successful puzzle game ever, Welltris tried but just wasn't as good, and who can forget Wetrix? I can, it was an awful game.

My first memories of Puzzle Games though, go back to Pelmanism on the TI-99/4A, by Markat Software. You know the one, turn over cards to find pairs...

Re: Best puzzle games

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:07 am
by ulala
Before i add my thoughts, i just want to endorse Chu Chu Rocket as one of the best puzzle games ever made.

Im still playing it on my GBA almost weekly.

Re: Best puzzle games

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:10 am
by Megamixer
Prof Mango B Coconut wrote: Cameltry
Puchi Carat
Bust-a-Move
Cleopatra Fortune
etc.
I was literaly about to post these very four games :)

Re: Best puzzle games

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:15 am
by The Laird
Klax
Tetris
Columns
Baku Baku
Pipemania
Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move
Shanghai
Puyo Puyo/Mean Bean Machine
Loopz
Zoop

Then there are the excellent strategy puzzle games like:

Lemmings
The Humans/Dino Dudes
Lost Vikings
Chip's Challenge
Chu Chu Rocket
Pushover
Crystal Mines 1&2
Boulderdash
Sokoban
Attack Of The Mutant Penguins

Re: Best puzzle games

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:23 am
by Prof Mango B Coconut
Megamixer wrote:
Prof Mango B Coconut wrote: Cameltry
Puchi Carat
Bust-a-Move
Cleopatra Fortune
etc.
I was literaly about to post these very four games :)
:D

You should definitely try Tecmo Stackers as well - it's so good it could have been made by Taito :)