Since the earliest days, Nintendo handhelds have been a powerhouse in the puzzle genre, champion games that might have disappeared in the console’s haunting, melodramatic graphics arena. family. The Switch’s ability to bridge the mobile/home console divide means it upholds that proudly puzzling tradition and gives players on the go the opportunity to dive deeper than ever before. The puzzle player world is always addictive.
Of course, the collapse of the software on the Switch could make the classification good’uns are from not so good. Fear not – we’ve boosted our thinking and perused the eShop to find a wide range of puzzle games of all shapes and sizes that will get you on the right track. Until the amazing thing Pocket Card Jockey starting on Transfer from the 3DS, we’ll just have to ‘do’ with a lot of these.
So without further advertising we present – in no special order – our pick of the best puzzle games on Switch…
Publishing company: SEGA / Developers: Team Sonic
What happens when you throw two of the most popular falling block puzzles in a blender? It is a miracle that the results are not so terrible, bad messy, but Puyo Puyo Tetris Combine the two with such confidence that you won’t see how pathetic this cocktail is maybe was. Sonic Team respects the fundamentals of each series and offers a solid game of the two, but isn’t afraid to have fun rocking them together. There are plenty of multiplayer options for up to four people, and everything is presented with vigor and endurance that demonstrates the decades-old history behind both puzzle genre giants. Story Mode is… well, it’s a bit crazy, but it’s there if you want (we’re happy for the skip button). All in all, it’s a dazzling fireworks display of a crossover that unites puzzle fans of all faiths, and it shines so brightly on the Switch.
And there’s always a sequel if you simply can’t get enough Puyos and Tetrominoes. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 may never hope to have the same impact as the first game, but it’s still a great puzzle title. While some may feel it is not completely Different enough from its predecessor, the new single-player story is just as exciting as the final one, and the Skill Battle mode adds interesting mechanics to the mix. It’s still completely packed with content; It’s just the first game too, so the impact will be slightly reduced.
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Publishing company: Tomorrow’s company / Developers: Tomorrow’s company
A real winner if your melon isn’t unrepairable, 7 billion people made the list thanks to a strong blend of cryptic humor and the trademark of Tomorrow Corps. Direct sequel to HR machine, it allows you to program employee drones to tackle increasingly complex number-based administrative tasks. It can be pretty invulnerable if you don’t want (or can’t) buckle up and handle what it asks of you. The next project of the developers promises to be a ‘adventure on the road’and after two esoteric puzzles, we figured this would be a real treat for a wider audience, but dopamine flares here when you finally crack a code that is really something, and we recommend anyone minded in that field give this one a try.
Publishing company: Annapurna Interactive / Developers: Buried signal
Six years in the making, Gorogoa is completely unique and hard to describe. It requires you to zoom in and out of scenes to make connections between the overlapping tableaus displayed in four static windows. Its ink-colored storybook presentation shows you arranging seemingly unrelated landscapes and architecture, making mental leaps as you guide a boy through its pages. . A short, beautiful game, experienced at its best, and in one sitting, do yourself a favor and tap that eShop icon – you won’t regret it.
Publishing company: Shin’en Multimedia / Developers: Shin’en Multimedia
Originally released on the Wii in 2010, The Art of Balance has appeared in some form on every Nintendo console since, and we still haven’t gotten tired of it. It helps you fight your toughest enemy, gravity, by stacking shapes so that they don’t spill into the bowl of water. Your build only needs to last for three seconds without falling over, but that can get tricky as the shapes get bulkier. With a variety of modes, its zen-like settings and relaxing soundtrack are the perfect accompaniment to the hair-raising frustrations of trying to balance a triangle on a circle.
Publishing company: Two tribes / Developers: Two tribes
Toki Tori You’ve instructed the genuine chick to collect his newly hatched friends as they sit around the five worlds of maze-like levels. Starting from the humble Game Boy Color, Two Tribes’ puzzle game has seen many re-releases over the years, each with a bit of new paint and quality of life improvements, and it has never been better on Switch. The rewind feature is also a godsend – one wrong move or misuse of powerups can make it impossible to collect those cubs. If you can’t get enough cute chicks waddling around the punishing puzzle platforms, next part well worth investigating.
Publishing company: Jupiter / Developers: Jupiter Co
You have to work pretty hard to mess it up Picross, so whichever version you have is sure to be interesting. Like this its predecessorsoffers solid, no-frills Picross…
Climb up! Oh my god they added touch screen support! In addition to the touch controls, Picross S7 pretty much the same game you’ve played countless times before; an ‘expansion pack’ with several hundred other nonogram puzzles like the few hundred nonogram puzzles before. Still, a great puzzle game, so if you’re not bored with Picross, we’d recommend picking the S7 as a pick of the bunch thanks to its touch support. However, any Jupiter transition will turn out beautifully with a cup of tea thank you boss.
Publishing company: Door Games / Developers: Door Games
Released in late 2017, this critically acclaimed presentation of a popular early 90s Japanese arcade game was buried as Switch releases began to pile up. Screenshot shows what looks like a Puyo Puyo clones; Soldam is anything but. 2×2 fruit blocks of primary color fall into a well and matching fruits at the far ends of the lines (vertical, horizontal or diagonal) link together, turning everything in between their color and making them turn lost if you change an entire line. It’s confusing and counterintuitive for anyone who has spent hundreds of hours with Tetris or Puyo Puyo, but its uniqueness in the falling block genre is equally addictive. With a wide range of modes and several online multiplayer modes topping through, this is a gem that shouldn’t be hidden at the bottom of the eShop.
Publishing company: Tomorrow’s company / Developers: Tomorrow’s company
When Kyle Gabler teamed up with Allan Blomquist and Kyle Grey, their first release served as an announcement that Tomorrow Corporation’s product wouldn’t be your average puzzle game. Small Inferno You can buy items from an extensive catalog, combine them in your Tomorrow Corp-branded ‘Little Inferno Recreational Fireplace’ and see what happens when they smoke. Burning items will generate coins allowing you to buy more things and experiment with new combinations to unlock more from the catalog. Exploiting the same dark satire circuitry as Gabler’s previous game, World of GooThis fireworks sandbox is oddly relaxing and a good remedy after some of the more grueling puzzles on our list.