The Nintendo Switch’s success paved the way for developers to enhance its library with some amazing titles covering all genres. The Switch offers a wide variety of puzzle games, from classic favorites to new innovative titles there is something to enjoy here for all kinds of gamers.
Today we are here to offer you a list of the best Puzzle games on the system, whether you’re looking for a relaxing game to pass the time or some hardcore challenge, we got you covered. From the deep and complex to the light and cheerful, the Switch has it all.
Lumines Remastered brings back a classic title to modern consoles with enhanced visuals and audio. The game offers a classic block-based puzzle where the goal is to match colored blocks of different shapes. The player must line up four or more blocks of the same color to clear them from the board. Players must use their strategy and skill to create combos and earn points.
The game also offers a wide selection of unique music tracks that match the challenge and atmosphere of the game. The visuals also feature classic Lumines art and designs, as well as all-new designs. Additionally, the game features competitive and cooperative modes, as well as Challenge and Skin modes, which allow players to customize the look and feel of the game. Overall, the game is an addicting experience, and owning it on the Switch is a big plus since you can play it on the go anywhere.
Captain Toad: Treasure Track was originally a mini-game on the well-known Super Mario 3D World game, developers took the idea and expanded it to a full-blown action puzzle-platformer video game. The game follows the tale of Toad and his companion Toadette, together they venture into the mushroom kingdom looking for Power Stars.
The game put a huge emphasis on the 3D perspective, manipulating the camera will help the player to solve the puzzles and move around the environment. Players must guide Captain Toad and Toadette through various levels, collecting Power Stars to progress. Along the way, they must avoid enemies and traps, and solve puzzles to reach their destination. Overall, this is a fun puzzle platformer for all age, the game offer hours of fun gameplay and some additional content and DLC exclusively on the Nintendo Switch port.
Puyo Puyo Tetris offers a well-balanced mix of classic Tetris and unique Puyo Puyo puzzle elements. Aside from the classic arcade elements the game features a full-blown story mode. The story follows the adventure of O and her friends as they travel to a different world in search of the mysterious Tetra.
The objective of Puyo Puyo Tetris is to score as many points as possible by forming chains of Puyos or clearing lines of tetrominoes. The player can choose from various game modes including Versus, Swap, Fusion, and Big Bang. Versus mode is a traditional head-to-head match, while Swap mode requires players to switch between Puyo and tetrominoes every few seconds. Fusion mode combines both Puyos and tetrominoes, while Big Bang is a race to clear the board as quickly as possible.
World of Goo is an outstanding puzzle game that features creative gameplay and a well-put mix of challenge and humor. The game takes place in a surreal world inhabited by the mysterious Goo creatures. These unique creatures have the ability to build structures out of their own bodies. The player is tasked to guide these creatures in order to construct different architectures to reach the exit on each level.
While this might sound simple there is a lot of depth to the idea. For example, each level requires a certain amount of Goo to be able to succeed, reaching the exit while not meeting the minimum requirement of Goo will result in failure. Also, every shape you build is heavily based on physics so you need to be careful when constructing anything on the level. Further up in the game developers made sure to spice things up with more challenges and many new elements including different Goo species with unique abilities. Overall, this is an amazing little gem that might have gone under the radar of many gamers, whether you enjoy puzzle games or you like some short gaming sessions this is definitely worth a try.
The Gardens Between is another unique indie puzzle game, the game combines gorgeous visuals with an amazing story and even greater gameplay. The game offers a story-driven adventure game that takes players on a journey through time. Players take control of two best friends, Arina and Frendt, as they traverse a mysterious garden, solving puzzles and unlocking memories from the past.
Each level offers a memory fragment from the past, the goal of each level is to manipulate time to reach a portal at the center of each one. The main gimmick of the game is that you don’t really control your characters, instead, you maintain the world around you while manipulating time. The player must focus on every detail on the level and every change when moving time back and forth to be able to solve the puzzles. The game also features a unique and charming art style, with a vibrant and colorful world that is full of life.
Gorogoa is another outstanding puzzle game on this list, I mean I can’t praise this enough. The game follows the story of a young boy as he travels through a mysterious world. Players must use their puzzle-solving skills to progress through the game and uncover its secrets. The main goal of each puzzle is to arrange and combine several hand-drawn panels to create interactions that progress the story. The game’s visuals are stunning, with hand-painted artwork and animations that bring the mysterious world to life.
Snipperclips Cut it out, together is a casual puzzle game with a huge emphasis on co-op multiplayer. The game was a Nintendo Switch launch title acting as a tech demo of the unique Switch hardware and gimmicks. The game has two main characters, Snip and Clip, who are paper-like figures that must work together to solve puzzles.
While the game can be played solo controlling both characters at the same time, the co-op mode is where this game shines. Each level offers a task to be done, for example, moving an object to a specific area or even activating a switch. This task can be done by tagging with the other players to cut each other into the right shape to complete the chore. The game features 45 different puzzles that range from easy to difficult and are a great way to enjoy a fun and challenging experience with friends or family.
Catherine: Full Body is an enhanced port of the successful 2011 puzzle video game, the new port offers new characters and additional gameplay elements with enhanced controls and graphics. The game follows the story of Vincent, a man in his mid-30s, who is struggling with the decision between his current girlfriend Catherine, and a new love interest, Katherine.
Players must solve puzzles while navigating Vincent’s relationships and making decisions that will affect the game’s outcome. The gameplay offers some unique stages where the player must push and interact with blocks in order to climb a wall of blocks all while avoiding traps and hazards. While this might be on the simple side developers made sure to pick up the pace and challenge once the player gets a hold of the puzzle mechanics. Overall, the game is well worth it for what it is, offering a good mix of puzzle and visual novel elements all while adding new content and endings for players who have already experienced the original game.
Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy is a follow-up to the famous Layton series, the game put you in the shoes of the daughter of Professor Layton as she investigates a new conspiracy. The game’s story follows Katrielle as she investigates a series of mysterious cases, each of which is connected to a group of seven millionaires who are known as the Millionaire’s Conspiracy.
Just like the previous games in the series, the player must solve a series of logical puzzle mini-games in order to progress through the story. The puzzle range from casual to challenging ones depending on how far you got into the game. The player must use all the clues and information they uncover in order to solve the mystery at hand. The Switch deluxe edition was revamped to use the unique console hardware while upgrading the visuals to crisp HD visuals.
Untitled Goose Game is a unique laugh-out-loud sandbox puzzle game. The player controls a goose who has been let into a small village, the goal is to cause as much chaos as possible bullying residents and causing havoc.
Players must use trickery and strategy to complete objectives. They must avoid being caught by the villagers, steal items, and generally cause as much chaos as possible. While many tasks are stealth-based, many others are puzzle based and require some logical thinking to complete. Visually developers choose a cartoonish look that fits perfectly with the humourous approach of the game offering a colorful whimsical world.
Return of the Obra Dinn is an outstanding puzzle adventure game offering some hardcore mystery and a unique yet beautiful art style. The player takes the role of an insurance adjuster as he investigates the mystery of the Obra Dinn disappearance. The game is played from a first-person perspective where the player must look for clues and hints to solve the ship’s mystery.
The gameplay revolves around using a pocket watch to freeze time and examine the final moments of the crew members before the ship’s mysterious disappearance. As the player explores the ship, they are presented with a series of clues and must use critical thinking to piece the clues together leading to a new scene and so forth. The game also offers a unique art style combining pixel art with 3D and adding a unique color palette similar to the original Game Boy.
Baba is You is another unique indie puzzle game. The game’s main mechanic is the manipulation of words, the player can manipulate the level by pushing written words to form new sentences changing the whole level. For example, if the player places the blocks “baba” and “push” next to each other, Baba can now push objects in the level. Of course, the game starts off simple to let the player get a hold of the gameplay mechanics and picks up later with more challenges and head-scratching puzzles.
Unravel Two continue the legacy of the first game with new gameplay elements and a new co-op mode for couples and friends. The game’s story focuses on two Yarnys, who are connected by a single strand of yarn. The player can control both Yarnies or add a new player and work together to overcome many of the game’s obstacles.
The game is a hardcore side-scrolling puzzle platformer putting a huge emphasis on physics and environments. Players must use the abilities of both characters to progress through levels, complete puzzles, and traverse obstacles. The Yarnys can interact with the environment by swinging, grappling, and climbing. Players must carefully consider their actions as the thread connecting the two Yarnys is limited and needs to be managed carefully. The visuals are cute and cartoony offering a casual and warm feel despite the challenging gameplay.
Inside is a dark puzzle platformer that combines a gritty atmosphere with challenging puzzles. The game follows a mysterious nameless boy as he ventures into a dystopian world. The player must use the environment and the game’s simple mechanics to solve various puzzles and progress through the game. Along the way, the player must navigate a variety of enemies, as well as outsmart the game’s many traps and obstacles. The Switch version is well worth it since it’s the only official way to experience the game on the go.
Carto is a unique adventure puzzle game, the game follows the tale of Carto, a young girl who ventures into a vast world looking for her late grandmother. As she travels through a strange world, she must use her ability to rearrange the land and its pieces to progress forward.
The game is played from a top-down perspective, with the player controlling Carto as she moves around the world. The main objective is to rearrange the pieces of the map by placing them on top of one another in order to progress. Carto must complete various puzzles and challenges in order to progress, such as collecting items, solving puzzles, and navigating traps. The visuals are stunning offering a 2d hand-drawn graphic style inspired by classic Japanese animation like studio ghibli’s work and such.
Superliminal throws you into a weird dream world where you must solve puzzles paying attention to every detail in your environment. The game is set in a surreal dream world where players must solve puzzles by manipulating objects and the environment around them, using perspective and optical illusions to progress. Players must solve puzzles by manipulating the size and scale of objects in their environment, as well as creating illusions to progress.
Donut County is a witty physics-based puzzle game with a huge yet interesting cast and a cutesy and casual art style. The game is set in a fictional village called Donut County, the main game protagonist a raccoon finds a magical phone app that allows him to create holes in the city swallowing everything that comes in the way.
During each level, the player controls a hole in the ground, which grows larger as it swallows objects. As the hole grows, it can swallow larger and more complex objects, eventually leading to the total destruction of Donut County. In addition to the captivating art style, the game offers a funny story with witty dialogue and a loveable cast.
The last Campfire offers a touching story about hope, loss, and meaning while adding some amazing puzzle elements to the formula. The game is set in a mysterious world filled with lost souls. Your goal is to guide these souls by completing various objectives and solving numerous puzzles.
Gameplay in The Last Campfire focuses on solving puzzles, exploring the world, and uncovering secrets. Players use Ember’s torch and singing voice to solve puzzles, traverse the environment, and light up dark areas. Ember can also interact with various creatures, build objects, and collect items to help them on their journey. The switch offers a solid port with crisp visuals a decent framerate and the choice to enjoy the game on the go.
Manifold Garden is a unique and captivating exploration game that combines challenging puzzles with outstanding and surreal art style. The game is set in a mysterious world filled with geometric shapes that form a repeating pattern. The player takes control of a nameless hero who must bring balance back to this mysterious world. Mostly the goal is to manipulate the environment to reach specific areas and move forward to the next part. Reaching these areas requires manipulating gravity, space, and time. Overall, the game offers a unique experience with a trippy art style and some challenging puzzles for veteran players.
Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon is a spin-off of the well-known action platformer Shovel Knight. The game brilliantly combines elements of match puzzling, action RPG and rogue-like, offering some fun gameplay and an interesting side story. The player controls Shovel Knight on an 8×8 grid defeating monsters that fall on the screen eventually just like any classic puzzle game.
In addition, to the simple puzzle elements, the game adds more to the mix with rogue-like elements, an HP bar for the playable character as well as the enemies, and the ability to use items and potions. While this might seem a bit complicated and it is, the game gives the player full time to learn the gimmicks and main gameplay mechanics before throwing some real challenges. Overall, the Switch port is almost identical to the consoles and PC offering solid visuals and framerate and of course, exclusive portability.
Grindstone is a fun and challenging action puzzle game, players take on the role of a warrior who must battle monsters to collect grindstones. The goal of the game is to collect as many grindstones as possible while completing various objectives.
The game offers gameplay similar to your typical match-three puzzle games. The player has a square board where monsters fill the space in a row, the goal is to connect a string of the same monster types together in order to kill them in one swing. While the gameplay might be on the simple side, the challenge picks up later with more powerful monsters that can and will attack you. As players progress in the game, they can upgrade their weapons and armor and gain new abilities. The game also features a variety of bosses and secret areas.