Playing puzzle games can be a great way to spend your boring day or give your brain a little exercise once in a while. The joy of clearing hard levels by carefully planning each step is a great feeling too. Well, whatever the case, puzzle games can be very challenging and entertaining at the same time.
If you are looking for a way to test your brain power and increase your ability to solve different kinds of puzzles, here are the 15 best puzzle games that you should play on your Nintendo Switch.
Best Puzzle Games for Nintendo Switch
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Have you ever thought about what a game would look like if you combined Tetris and Puyo Puyo together? Well, Puyo Puyo Tetris does just that. It combines the elements of Puyo Puyo and Tetris in various modes, and not only that; you can play this game with up to three of your friends.
The gameplay features either Puyo, Tetris, or a combination of both. Different modes have different elements that separate them from each other. You’ll either have to solve Puyo pieces and try to pop them by putting similar colored Puyos together or solve Tetris puzzles before it shows game over.
With the exception of some modes, you can freely choose whether you want to play Puyo or Tetris. As you perform chain combos or clear more lines, you can really mess up your opponent’s game. It is an entertaining game no matter what mode you play. Whether you’re playing against some random stranger or your friends, you’ll never get tired of playing it.
Gorogoa is unlike any puzzle game you’ve ever played. It is so different in what it does, and that’s what makes this game so interesting to play. So it is basically about a story of a boy who is trying to find clues about an unknown divine entity. But you don’t play as the boy; you just solve the puzzles and see where it takes you.
The gameplay involves manipulating four images in a grid. You can drag them, span them or stack them on top of each other. By connecting these images, you’ll get more information about the world while learning more ways to solve the puzzle.
Throughout the game, you’ll get to know about the boy, his past, as well as different cultural and religious aspects of the society. It is a beautifully crafted game that is worth every penny you’ve spent.
The Gardens Between
It is a puzzle/adventure game that tells a beautiful story about two next-door teenagers as they wander in a dreamlike world. As they explore their childhood memories together, they must also prepare themselves to say goodbyes to each other.
The levels are presented in the form of islands where these characters have to carry a lantern to the top of each island and light up a portal there. After completing certain levels, you’ll unlock their memories. You cannot directly control their movements but rather the flow of time on which they move forward or backward.
Each character has the ability to interact with different objects. You control the flow of time to make them move forward or backward to solve puzzles and get to the top. It combines beautiful aesthetics along with the gameplay to make this experience a memorable one for you.
Art of Balance
As the name suggests, this game is all about your skills of balancing things. With zen-like aesthetics and interesting physics, this game will surely put you through some challenges if you are a puzzle-lover. Your objective is to basically stack different shapes on top of each other and balance them without falling.
It has various modes for you to choose from, with each mode offering different rules and objectives. In some modes, you’re required to stack the pieces infinitely, whereas, in some, you’re given blocks with different properties. Whatever the case, you can expect lots of fun while you’re playing it. You can also challenge people online to battle with you.
7 Billion Humans
This game might be perfect for you if you’re a programmer or someone who is interested in programming. It consists of puzzles that require you to solve using a programming language. It is set in a distant future where machines have taken over the world completely, and human beings can no longer find employment.
Seeing such conditions, the machines decided to build a building that could fit the entire human population and provide employment to each of them. The puzzles start off easy with just some simple steps but can quickly reach the point that you’ll be scratching your head for hours.
It offers 60 different levels of puzzles that require the use of loops, logic, and calculations in order to solve them. And you can always come back to the solved levels and try to optimize your code which is easier said than done.
Tricky Towers is like a combination of Tetris and tower stacking games. In this game, you are given different blocks of Tetris, and you have to stack them on top of each other without making them fall. However, the objective of the game may vary based on what mode you’re playing.
It has different modes you can choose from. In each mode, you control a wizard that can use various spells once you complete certain requirements. On the other hand, there is also an enemy wizard that will hinder your progress with their black magic. It is a fun little challenging game that will really test your patience and ability to assess the situation.
Lumines Remastered is another puzzle game that gives off the vibe of Tetris. It is the remastered version of the game that was released for PSP back in 2004 with enhanced graphics and designs. This game combines the gameplay of Tetris with new twists and music. The goal is to arrange two-colored blocks with different shapes so that they represent rectangles or squares when stacked together.
These blocks get separated when they hit obstructions on the screen, causing them to fall down. And a vertical line sweeps through the screen at a regular interval and removes all the squares and rectangles by scanning them, all while music is playing in the background.
Unlike in other Tetris-like games where the difficulty increases with time, in this one, the difficulty depends on the tempo of the music which is being played in the background. The speed of the scanner changes depending on the beat of the music.
Little Inferno is a puzzle game where you have to basically collect the items so that you can burn them at your inferno. As you burn these items, you can collect money from them, which you can use to purchase more items to burn.
As you progress through the game, you will receive letters from various neighbors. Among them is a special letter sent to you by a special girl. She shares her story as well as sends you different gifts over time. But these gifts take up your inventory slot, so you’ll have to choose either to burn them or keep them.
The story progresses by reading these letters and burning different items. At some point, the gameplay gets darker and darker, which will lead to a completely different ending than the one you might have imagined.
If you want to play another variation of a crossword puzzle in which you don’t have to think of some bizarre words, then this game is perfect for you. It is like a crossword puzzle, except it is played with symbols instead of words.
In each puzzle, you are given a square with empty grids inside them. And you have to fill the empty grids either black or fill them with a cross. The cross represents blocks that are not usable. On the top and left side of the square, how many black grids each row or column can contain is specified.
By carefully looking at the clues, you have to solve the puzzles by either painting them black or filling them with crosses. The level is completed once you solve all rows and columns. It is a very challenging game that requires a lot of concentration and thinking.
If you want to have some relaxing time while also enjoying a game, this game might be a perfect fit for you. As the name implies, this game is all about unpacking things and guessing where they would fit in the room. You play as an unseen character and unpack her things through different levels, which signifies her important life events.
The gameplay itself is fun and relaxing. You just open the boxes, take out the items one by one and place them where you think they might belong. However, you might be stuck in the same level for a while if you don’t manage to place them correctly.
As the game progresses, you’ll have to manage multiple rooms and switch the items between them. However, the difficulty of the game doesn’t increase, just the number of items to place.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Whether you want to enjoy some visually aesthetic puzzle game or dive into the adventures of Captain Toad from Super Mario 3D world, this game fulfills all of its wishes. From carefully designed level designs to amusing stories from Super Mario World, this game will give you the feels of classic Mario games.
The gameplay features different levels as Captain Toad or Toedette set out in the quest to save one another and retrieve the power star. It combines different levels of Super Mario World and creates different puzzles which you have to solve in order to move forward.
Each level consists of three diamonds hidden within, and you must find them all before you can complete the level. There are also various power-ups that you can collect throughout the game.
Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase
This game might be a bit hard to understand and play at first, but it can be one of the most challenging and fun games if you take some time to learn its mechanics. At first, you might be confused by its Tetris, or Puyo Puyo looks. But it is a completely different game with completely different mechanics.
You are given different two-by-two soldam fruits arranged with different colors that you need to place in the puzzle. You can rotate them and move them left and right to place them in your desired spot. Although the core concept of this game is to erase the block by combining similar colored blocks, the way you do that in this game is quite different.
You actually need to play the game to understand how this works. It also has various single-player and multiplayer modes you can pick to challenge yourself.
Magical Drop III
This game is similar to Bubble Witch Saga for mobile phones. You control a clown which equips different colored bubbles after each turn and shoots these bubbles at the stack, hoping to clear them.
You can pick different characters, and each character has its own traits and attack patterns. The stack keeps falling down after each turn, and your goal is to destroy them before they can touch the ground. It also has both single-player and multiplayer modes.
Although it is a fairly simple game, you might need to strategize quite a bit when you’re playing with another person. Because their bubbles will fall at different rates based on the character you’ve chosen, and you can really mess up their game if you play properly.
Bomb Chicken is a fun puzzle/platform game where you control a mutated chicken through various levels. The chicken has the ability to lay bombs that goes off after a short period of time which comes in handy all the time.
The gameplay includes moving forward in the game by completing levels and collecting crystals within the levels. You can lay bombs anytime and as much as you want by pressing buttons. Since there is no limit to how many bombs you can lay, you can get very creative with it to kill enemies as well as open new areas on the map.
This is an entertaining game that tests your creativity and patience. However, it does come with very few levels.
Tumblestone is another fun puzzle game where you match three blocks in order to remove them from the stack. At the start of each level, you’re given a stack of blocks with different levels. And at the top of the platform, there are three empty spaces where you can store the blocks by shooting lasers at them.
The block will only get removed when you put similar blocks in those spaces. And each level only has a certain amount of current moves, so it can be really a tricky game if you don’t pay attention. The game introduces different elements as you progress through levels. It also features multiple game modes for you to choose from.