Best Indie Puzzle Games – 21 Enticingly Challenging Titles!

Call me a nerd all you like, but I love it when a game makes me use my brain. I crave that rush of dopamine when I finally solve a tricky puzzle, it makes me feel smart, and it’s great for my self-esteem. A good puzzle game will have the perfect balance of challenging and easy puzzles to create a smooth and exciting gaming experience.

Another cool thing about puzzle games compared to other genres is that if you get stuck, it’s very easy to find a solution. For example, if you get lost in a Metroidvania, you’ll struggle to find a walkthrough that can give you clear instructions as to where to go next, seeing as it’s so open-ended. If you can’t beat a boss in an action game, your only option is to ‘git gud.’ But with a puzzle game, you can quickly Google a guide, find the solution, and then move straight on to the next puzzle.

The indie-sphere is an excellent place to find new puzzle titles since developers are constantly pushing the boat out and finding new mechanics to explore. With so many titles available, it can be difficult to know where to start, but that’s where I come in! I’ve carefully compiled a list of what I consider to be the best in the genre, including well-established classics alongside hidden gems. Read on to find your next game!

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Best Indie Puzzle Games at a Glance

  • Highest Metacritic Score – InsideBraid
  • Best Puzzle Game of 2023 – Cocoon
  • Most Unique Concept – Gorogoa
  • My Personal Favorite – Omno
  • Best Co-op Puzzle Game – Snipperclips – Cut It Out Together

Criteria for Choosing

One of the things you see a lot with indies as opposed to AAA titles is that they tend to merge genres a lot. Whereas the bigger developers tend to stick to one or two main genres, many indies will include a little bit of everything. Therefore, I had to take this into consideration when deciding my criteria for choosing the best indie puzzle games. Below are the criteria I was looking for:

  • Primarily a puzzle game – It’s fine if the games are also in other genres, but puzzles must be a key part of the gameplay. If they’re primarily a different genre and just happen to throw a few puzzles in every now and then, I didn’t include them on this list.
  • Created by an indie team – This list is about putting the spotlight on indie developers. If a game was created by a large team, even just AA rather than AAA, I’m not including it on this list. For a comprehensive guide to what IGC considers to be indie, check out this article.
  • Well-received by the public – I put a lot of stock into critic reviews (obviously, I’m a game reviewer myself), but public opinion is also really important. For the games in this list, whilst I’ve included the Metacritic scores, I’m also going on how well it was received by gamers outside of the industry. I’ve taken into account things like user scores, Steam scores, and just general hype.
  • Unique concept – With so many titles on the market, I think it’s important to highlight games that offer unique gameplay that you can’t find elsewhere. A lot of puzzle games are just rehashes of old concepts, and whilst they may be fun, I don’t want to just have a list of cookie-cutter reskins of old classics. I’ve chosen to include games that introduce original mechanics, and in some cases, I’ve listed games that may have had a slightly lower Metacritic score since I want to reward them for trying something new.
  • Fun – At the end of the day, this is what all games boil down to. Are they fun to play? It’s all well and good to have games that are beautiful, pensive, unique, etc. But if you’re going to be pouring hours of your life into them, you want to enjoy the experience. So above all, I wanted this list to include games that were fun to play.
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Best Indie Puzzle Games of All Time

#1 – Omno

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  • Released: July 2021
  • Metacritic Score: 76

I’m including Omno in this list for 2 reasons. Firstly, it’s an awesome game in its own right, which I’ll talk more about in a moment. But one thing that makes it special is that it’s the blueprint for how to effectively use social media to promote your indie game.

Jonas Manke, aka Studio Inkyfox, single-handedly developed Omno as a passion project driven by his own desire to have a creative world to escape to. And instead of hunkering down, making the game, and then putting it out there when it was finished, he chose to share the process with the world. He would post regular development snippets on TikTok, letting gamers see his inner thoughts and the behind-the-scenes prototypes.

I started following him quite early in his journey, and it was so exciting every time he revealed a new ability or showed clips of a new biome. By the time the game launched, he’d amassed a huge TikTok following and had built a lot of hype for the game. It’s rare to see an indie company use TikTok so effectively, let alone just one man, and Omno is a real success story.

The game itself is beautiful, full of gorgeous flora and fauna that you catalog as you go about your journey. With both platformer and puzzle aspects, Omno requires a balance of smarts and skills to complete. The puzzles are very clever and encourage you to interact with your environment. It’s a short game that you can complete in a day, but the experience will stay with you much longer.

#2 – Cocoon

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  • Released: September 2023
  • Metacritic Score: 89

I was very excited when this was announced since it had such beautiful graphics and an incredibly intriguing mechanic in its orb system. Cocoon is a curious game where you play as a bug exploring a vast yet desolate environment, solving puzzles, and defeating bosses as you go.

Aside from basic movement, there’s only one button you use in Cocoon – Interact. You don’t have any special skills; you can’t jump, dash, attack, or anything like that. But by interacting with different elements of the environment, you can access new areas and discover new orb abilities.

The orbs are special items that allow you to jump in and out of worlds. Each orb contains a world within it, but you can bring other orbs inside of them to create worlds within worlds. It can be a bit confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a fantastic way to explore.

The puzzles are simple yet elegant and require you to think with an open mind. You need to consider all resources available to you, not just in your immediate environment, but also in other orb worlds. I loved the range of complexity, and it was exciting to see the difficulty ramp up towards the end. I had a great time with Cocoon, and I’m unsurprised that it got such a high Metacritic score.

#3 – A Little to the Left

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  • Released: November 2022
  • Metacritic Score: 75

This one gained a lot of popularity in the indie scene and is a favorite of many cozy gamers. A Little to the Left offers you a series of puzzles that test your organizational skills. You need to move items around a screen until they all fit in their perfect place. That’s it, that’s the game.

This is definitely the type of title that divides people. Some will find it relaxing and will derive great calm from moving everything into its rightful place. There’s no time pressure or enemy combatants. It’s simply about you finding the solution to each puzzle you’re presented with. For some, that’ll help them set their mind at ease, and feel a sense of control.

For others, that’s simply boring. If you crave action and excitement, then you probably won’t enjoy A Little to the Left. However, if you like testing your observational skills and creating order, then this is perfect for you.

#4 – Gorogoa

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  • Released: December 2017
  • Metacritic Score: 84

Of all the games on this list, Gorogoa is my pick for the most unique concept. The way that the puzzles are integrated into the mechanics of the game is simply genius, and I really love it when developers come up with such new and exciting ways to deliver a challenge. Not to mention that this game has stunning hand-drawn artwork.

Instead of wide, open levels, Gorogoa presents you with intricate panels that you can zoom in and out of, and rearrange. Each panel has several elements for you to interact with, and by moving everything into the right position, you can discover solutions. For example, you could turn on a tap in one panel, and then zoom out, move the panel above another one with a bucket, and let the tap from the first panel fill the bucket from the second.

The entire game consists of puzzles like that, and it relies on you being aware of all the panels that you have available for your use. It starts off relatively straightforward, but it can get pretty tricky towards the end, and I admit that I needed a guide for some of the later puzzles.

I really appreciate when puzzle games rely on you adjusting your point of view, and other titles that have similarly original concepts are Superliminal and Viewfinder. However, I think that Gorogoa does it best, hence earning its spot in this list.

#5 – Braid

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  • Released: August 2008
  • Metacritic Score: 93

I’m very embarrassed to admit that I’ve never actually played Braid. This was released all the way back in 2008, back when all I had was a PS2 and whichever games my mum had found for us at a car boot sale. By the time I got a PS3, all I wanted was to play Call of Duty, and so I missed out on gems like this.

Still, even though I’ve not played it myself, I’ve certainly heard of Braid. It has a reputation for being one of the best puzzle games ever, indie or otherwise. Beloved by users and critics alike, it’s earned its place in the annals of history, and this list would be incomplete without it.

In Braid, you solve puzzles by manipulating the flow of time. You will die, plenty and often, but death doesn’t mean death in this game, it just means a lesson learned. You can reverse time to do things differently, and that’s not all. Your control over time allows you to warp the very space-time continuum, and to see multiple outcomes.

This imaginative and clever title pushed the boundaries of what puzzle games could be and set the stage for decades of innovation.

#6 – Unpacking

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  • Released: November 2021
  • Metacritic Score: 84

I won’t lie; I’ve made no secret of the fact that I don’t like Unpacking, and have said as much on the Indie Game Culture Podcast. Personally, I find it too slow and boring, and it’s one I do not understand the hype for. However, whether I understand it or not, there’s no denying that this game has a lot of fans, so I felt it was my duty to include it here.

Unpacking is a simple game that honestly stretches the definition of ‘puzzle’ since it’s mostly self-explanatory. This story-driven title takes you on a journey through time as you unpack a character’s items at different stages in their life. Your job as the player is to take the items and put them in the correct rooms, making sure to fit everything in a space.

In a way, it’s similar to A Little to the Left in that the focus is on organization. However, there’s more than one solution, as long as each item is in the right room. Where you put the items is sometimes linked to what stage of your life you’re in, and you may try and hide certain parts of your personality.

As I said, the puzzles aren’t particularly challenging, although they can be frustrating at times. You need to really think about the rooms you’ve found yourself in and what it says about the character. If you want a puzzle game with a focus on story, Unpacking is just that.

#7 – Snipperclips – Cut It Out, Together

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  • Released: March 2017
  • Metacritic Score: 80

So, I admit I’m being a bit cheeky with the definition of ‘indie’ here since it’s technically a first-party Nintendo game, but give me a second to explainSnipperclips was originally developed by a tiny development team based in London called SFB Games. The idea came around as part of a Game Jam, and they had a prototype in the space of a day.

After pitching it to various publishers, Nintendo was interested, and they started working together. So although Nintendo owns the rights to it, it was really a collaborative effort with a small team of developers creating it, and the vibes are undeniably indie, hence its inclusion on this list.

Snipperclips is one of the most fun co-op puzzle games I’ve ever played. My husband bought it soon after first purchasing the Nintendo Switch so that we could play it together, and it was an instant hit. The premise is that each player controls one of the characters, and you have to cut each other into different shapes to solve puzzles.

It’s such a silly concept, and results in so many laughs. There were loads of times where either my husband or I would accidentally cut out the wrong shape and we’d need to start again from scratch, cue the fake anger through fits of laughter. Figuring out the puzzle solutions was super satisfying, and this title is an excellent example of what a co-op puzzle game should look like.

#8 – Baba Is You

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  • Released: March 2019
  • Metacritic Score: 84

One of the standout puzzle games of the last few years, Baba is You is a work of genius. It’s so incredibly simplistic, that you look at it and don’t feel surprised that it had a one-man developer. It doesn’t stretch the boundaries of indie development by any stretch of the imagination, but what it does do is introduce a clever approach to puzzling.

Baba is You was first conceived at the 2017 Nordic Game Jam, and further developed from there. You play as a little rabbit-like character called Baba, and on the screen, there are various assets and words. The words are what make this game so special. The words on the screen are arranged to state facts, and you can push them around to create new statements. This then changes how you interact with the level.

For example, ‘Baba is You’ could be one of the statements. But you could push the word ‘Baba’ out of the way and replace it with a new word item, and you’d then become that new item, controlling it with your movements.

The levels involve critical thinking about which statements to create, and it’s a very satisfying gaming experience. Although it lacks a modern appearance, the joy that Baba is You brings is timeless.

#9 – The Talos Principle

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  • Released: December 2014
  • Metacritic Score: 85

One of the few titles on this list that I haven’t played, The Talos Principle is critically acclaimed and is widely regarded as one of the best indie puzzle games. Having just watched the trailer, I can easily tell why, and it seems to offer a superb range of puzzle mechanics.

The Talos Principle is a sci-fi adventure where you find yourself in a mysterious futuristic environment with new areas to unlock. You need to solve the puzzles as you go, utilizing several different mechanics. You need to collect special sigils which will allow you to open security doors in future areas.

There are well over 100 puzzles throughout the game, giving you plenty to get your teeth into. The full game will take you around 16 hours to complete, making this one of the longer entries on this list. The graphics are decent too, allowing for an immersive experience.

Although I haven’t played it myself, I still feel confident recommending it since it’s so popular amongst players. The story sounds fantastic too, allowing for a well-rounded puzzle game experience.

#10 – Escape Academy

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  • Released: July 2022
  • Metacritic Score: 79

As a huge fan of escape rooms, Escape Academy immediately caught my eye when it was released in July 2022. I hadn’t previously heard of it and only saw it after it launched. Luckily for me, it was added to Xbox Game Pass on day 1, so I was able to jump right in with no monetary commitment.

I’ve played a lot of escape rooms in real life, I even used to work in one, and so I have high standards for these kinds of games. As a kid, point-and-click ‘Escape the Room‘ games were my bread and butter during school break times, but my expectations have evolved since then. Fortunately, Escape Academy met those high expectations by bringing nothing but quality.

There are 10 escape rooms in the main game, and considering irl experiences often cost at least $20 per person, this makes it incredible value for money. The puzzles are clever and varied, and each one has a uniquely crafted theme. You need to draw on your understanding of different puzzle types, and this is a game that definitely rewards connoisseurs of the genre.

Still, even if you’re new to puzzle games, this is a fun one to try, and there are many guides available online if you get stuck at any point. As well as fun puzzles, there’s a cohesive story running throughout. Overall, Escape Academy is an excellent title and is worthy of its spot on this list.

#11 – KeyWe

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  • Released: August 2021
  • Metacritic Score: 73

Even though I enjoy puzzle games as a solo experience, it can be fun to play a co-op game from time to time. You play as a couple of kiwis (the birds, not the fruits) working in a post office, completing various tasks. Naturally, a post office is not an optimized environment for birds, and hilarity ensues.

KeyWe was popular on Twitch a couple of years ago, and I had a lot of fun watching my favorite streamers devolve into madness. Although critics didn’t rate it particularly highly, it’s much more popular with the average gamer. I’m including it on this list since it offers a unique type of fun that can’t really be had with many other puzzle games.

You and your partner need to work together to solve the puzzles and get the mail delivered successfully. You do this by navigating obstacles, collecting items, and jumping on the correct buttons. But be careful, this is no ordinary post office, and there are plenty of hazards to try and stop you from achieving your goals.

With colorful levels and an exciting range of puzzles, KeyWe has a lot of fun to offer. You can even customize your birds with fun outfits! If you want a silly puzzle game to play with a friend, partner, relative, arch-nemesis, or whoever, then look no further than this.

#12 – Dorfromantik

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  • Released: September 2022
  • Metacritic Score: 82

See, I actually know Dorfromantik from the board game version, but it was a video game first. It makes perfect sense that the two would be in tandem, it’s essentially just a board game in video game form, so the transition was seamless.

The premise is shockingly simple, you literally just lay out tiles to create a village. But it’s how you do so that creates the challenging aspect of the game. By placing tiles, you uncover quests, and you need to carefully manage your resources to complete all the quests on time. You have a limited number of tiles, so placing them properly is essential for success.

This game is designed to be calming and relaxing, and you’ll soon find yourself immersed in the peaceful world of Dorfromantik. It’s an ideal single-player puzzle experience for those of you who want a challenge without too much stress and pressure.

#13 – Papers, Please

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  • Released: August 2013
  • Metacritic Score: 85

Have you ever wanted to play as a dystopian border control agent? Well, Papers, Please allows you to do just that! You work the border for the fictional country of Arstotzka, carefully monitoring who’s allowed to enter your glorious homeland. Don’t be put off by the unappealing graphics, as the gameplay itself is of far greater quality than you’d expect just by looking at it.

You need a keen eye to succeed with this one, and you’ll have to focus carefully on all the information you’re presented with. Investigate the details of everyone trying to enter your country, looking for any discrepancies in their documents. The rules for entry change day by day, so you’ll have to constantly adapt to your new duties.

However, as well as just looking to catch criminals, you also need to keep a close eye on your finances. You may find it’s more prudent to take a bribe than to arrest a criminal, and the game makes you question your own morality. It may be over 10 years old, but Papers, Please holds up as an intriguing and unique puzzle game that is as philosophical as it is fun.

#14 – Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

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  • Released: August 2018
  • Metacritic Score: 84

This is a fantastic co-op game that will have you stressed and laughing both at the same time. It can be played with two players, but it’s much more fun in a group environment where everybody else can watch the two players failing miserably or misunderstanding cues.

The premise is that one player is looking at the screen staring at a bomb, and the other is looking at an instruction booklet that says how to defuse it. The one reading the booklet needs to relay the instructions to the person looking at the bomb, sounds simple, right? Wrong.

The booklet is incredibly convoluted, and the instructions vary depending on what the bomb looks like. It might say something like ‘If the bomb has 3 yellow wires, then cut the blue wire, unless the blue wire is next to the red wire, in which case you cut the green wire. But if the back of the bomb has a red button, then don’t cut any wires, just press the red button, unless the button is adjacent to a switch’. You get the idea.

The resulting confusion is hilarious, and the audience gets to watch the two players grow increasingly frustrated with each other. However, when the players learn to communicate effectively, the puzzles can be solved really smoothly, and it’s impressive to watch. This is one of the most fun games I’ve ever played at a party, and I’d highly recommend it.

#15 – Unravel

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  • Released: February 2016
  • Metacritic Score: 78

I really loved this game. I remember first playing it when it was uploaded to Xbox Game Pass, and I was enamored from the very first moment. Puzzle-platformers are one of my favorite genres, and I’m always eager to discover gems such as Unravel. You play as an adorable little creature called Yarny, who is literally just a sentient clump of yarn.

To move through the levels, you will have to unravel yourself, hence the title. The stray yarn can be used to form bridges and swings, and just generally interact with your environment. The path forward isn’t always clear, hence where the puzzle aspect comes in. Pay attention to your surroundings, and use everything at your disposal to keep progressing forward.

Unravel is a beautiful adventure full of poignant emotions, stunning music, and adorable visuals. This immersive puzzle-platformer offers an experience that will plant itself firmly in your heart. I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys the genre.

#16 – Inside

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  • Released: June 2016
  • Metacritic Score: 93

Out of all the games on this list, Inside has the highest Metacritic score, and it’s easy to see why. This incredible game is crafted wonderfully from start to finish, with a cohesive storyline and perfectly implemented mechanics. It’s highly lauded amongst fans and critics alike and is a masterclass on how to create an indie puzzle-platformer.

You play as a young boy traversing a dangerous world, avoiding deadly hazards and intimidating enemies. The game is split into chapters, each with several puzzles to solve. These aren’t puzzles in the traditional sense and instead require you to pay attention to your environment to figure out what to do next.

Although it’s very short, only about 4 hours, it’s one of those games that really stays with you even after you’ve played it. The dark and threatening atmosphere is so immersive, with a very understated soundscape of minimal music and subtle sound effects. It heightens your senses, and it’s easy to forget that in reality, you’re actually sitting in the safety of your own home.

You truly feel as if you’re this young boy, and my heart was racing every time I found myself chased by dogs or enemies. The puzzles often require quick thinking and excellent timing, and it’s not uncommon for players to need a few attempts to get the puzzles just right. This makes it feel so rewarding when you complete the game, as the ending truly feels earned.

#17 – Limbo

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  • Released: July 2010
  • Metacritic Score: 90

Another offering by Playdead, but I’d be remiss in my duties if I didn’t include both Limbo and Inside on this list. Despite being made in 2010, Limbo holds up beautifully, and can easily beat out many modern games when it comes to quality.

One key reason it holds up so well is that they kept it simple with the graphics. It offers a minimalist monochrome aesthetic that doesn’t push the boat out and therefore doesn’t age. It has a timeless quality, and so in many ways, it looks like it could’ve been made today.

Just like with Inside, it’s a puzzle-platformer where you play as a young boy avoiding various hazards. However, Limbo doesn’t have the same 2.5D design, and instead is a pure 2D side-scroller. The storyline is also different, and the environment is more open than in Inside.

The puzzles are designed to be challenging, and I doubt there’s anybody in the world who completed it on their very first attempt without dying. Playdead did this intentionally, and referred to the playstyle as ‘trial and death’. They didn’t go easy on the death part, and it’s pretty graphic (although still black and white) when you succumb to the many hazards.

If you want a game that tests both your wits and your gaming skills, then you can’t go wrong with Limbo.

#18 – Outer Wilds

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  • Released: May 2019
  • Metacritic Score: 85

I admit that this is stretching the definition of a puzzle game a little, but it’s what it’s listed as. Published by Annapurna Interactive, I know many people who would consider Outer Wilds as their all-time favorite indie puzzle game, even winning ‘Game of the Year 2019’ from several esteemed publications such as Polygon and Eurogamer.

This genius title offers a gameplay loop that’s played in 22-minute bursts. You will not complete this game on your first go. Nor your second go. In fact, it will likely take you several attempts to discover all the information that you need. You find yourself stuck in space, trapped in a time loop, doomed to die over and over again to a supernova. Only by exploring the world around you and using your brain can you escape.

You need to explore the world and discover clues that will help you on later attempts. You need to solve logic puzzles to discover more about the world around you, and these are just the right balance of challenging. Although you get reset after every 22 minutes, any information that you collect stays with you. By collating all your knowledge, you can figure out the correct solution for escape.

The Outer Wilds is a fun game of exploration and logic, sure to leave you wanting more.

#19 – The Last Campfire

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  • Released: August 2020
  • Metacritic Score: 83

I remember watching the trailer for this and thinking how desperately I needed to play it. I was struck by the cute graphics and beautiful world that it was set in. Yet for some reason, I completely missed the release and had totally forgotten about it until I made this list. As soon as I’m done writing this article, I’m going to need to purchase it so I can play it!

This adorable adventure revolves around you searching for a way home, with nothing but an ember to light your path. Interact with your environment to solve fun and challenging puzzles in a short yet well-paced experience.

It would be disingenuous of me to say too much about this game having not yet played it, but other reviewers speak very highly of it, and the trailer looks gorgeous. I’m very excited to get stuck in with it, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too!

#20 – Q.U.B.E – 10th Anniversary

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  • Released: September 2022
  • Metacritic Score: 85

Now, be careful with this one and ensure you get the 10th-anniversary edition, NOT the original 2011 release as it makes a huge difference. The first one kinda sucks, but this anniversary edition fixes everything that ruined the original version. This is great, because the game had so much potential, and I’m thrilled they gave it another shot. This anniversary edition adds new content, neater visuals, and most importantly, fixes the balancing issues with the original puzzles.

The basic premise is intriguing; you find yourself in a world made up of different colors of cubes. Each cube has its own unique effect on the environment, and it’s your job to manipulate the cubes to progress through the games. It starts off slow as you get used to the different powers, but quickly ramps up the pace.

Q.U.B.E is one of those games I love where it really is all about the puzzles. They establish a singular premise (you can control the cubes) and then base absolutely everything around that. It works in the same vein that Portal does, by creating an isolated environment where you can really focus on the challenges that you’re presented with.

This title is perfect for those of you who want to really test your thinking prowess and delve into complicated puzzles. The game flows incredibly smoothly, and it’ll make you feel so intelligent and in control.

#21 – Supraland

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  • Released: October 2020
  • Metacritic Score: 82

This is one of those titles that I find myself constantly recommending to people because bizarrely it’s flown so under the radar that hardly anyone has heard of it, and that’s a crying shame. It’s genuinely one of my favorite indies, and I don’t say that lightly. I was obsessed with it from the moment I started playing, and I didn’t want to do anything else until I’d completed it. I was similarly enamored with the DLC when it was released in January 2022 (although I had to wait until 2023 to play it on Xbox).

Supraland is the perfect example of how to adequately mix genres. Puzzle-platformers are common, but although Supraland has platforming elements, I wouldn’t put it in this category. Instead, it’s a puzzle-adventure game, and that’s much harder to do properly. There’s a focus on exploration, with the puzzles acting as a means by which to discover new areas.

You earn new abilities as you progress through the game, discovering ‘MacGuffins’ that give you new powers. This results in the puzzles becoming more complex towards the end, and the scaling happens really naturally. You have to be mindful of all the abilities at your disposal, and you mustn’t forget about the simple techniques you learned at the very start.

Everything about this game adds to the fun. There’s hilarious humor, it’s truly one of the funniest games I’ve ever played. The colorful assets are quirky and create an imaginative setting that deeply immerses you in the world of Supraland. Overall, just an absolutely incredible game.


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Phew, there we go! I put a lot of research into this list, not only scraping the internet but also going back through the annals of my own memory, latching on to some of my favorite puzzle game experiences. Although there are many wonderful indie puzzle titles out there, the games above are the ones I believe to be the best of the best.

Hopefully, you can use this list to find your next fun play. Any of the above titles would offer you wonderful enjoyment, and I’m sure you’ll have an excellent time playing them.

If you’re looking for more awesome indies but aren’t sure where to begin, check out this article explaining all the most common sub-genres. And don’t forget to keep an eye on our reviews page for our thoughts on the latest and greatest indie titles.


Question: Who is the best indie puzzle game developer?

Answer: This is a subjective question, but Playdead definitely deserves acknowledgment for their contributions of both Limbo and Inside.

Question: Does Steam have puzzle games?

Answer: If you’re looking for excellent indie puzzle games, Steam is the best place to look as often the smaller developers don’t launch console releases. This means that often Steam is the only place where certain titles can be found.

Question: Should I play Unpacking or A Little to the Left?

Answer: Both games offer a relaxing organization puzzle experience, but Unpacking has a higher Metacritic score. Having said that, A Little to the Left has more precise solutions, so may appeal more to those of you who like games to have a ‘right answer’.

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Embark on a thrilling journey through the ever-shifting halls of Slay the Spire, where strategic deck-building meets intense roguelike action. With its dynamic challenges and endless combinations, test your skills and adaptability to ascend to greatness.

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