Puzzle video game
Although I always enjoyed picking up traditional puzzle games, I rarely work hard enough to become really good at solving them. Pure puzzle games are usually about discovering a trick and then exploiting it to solve the puzzle, and I don't get much satisfaction in such a pursuit. I find video games to be much more accessible medium for puzzle games because they can add material to make the game more interesting like attractive graphic art, music, and good writing. Most of the puzzle games I like aren't too hard, and can be solved with only a fair amount of intelligence and perseverance. I generally dislike puzzle games that require esoteric knowledge or ones that keep getting harder to the point of frustration.
I define a puzzle game as a game where the main focus is on applying logical thinking and memory to devise a plan to achieve a goal. I differentiate puzzle games between being "passive" and "active." Passive puzzle games give the player ample time to deliberate while active puzzle games require the player to be more reflexive. For example, Minesweeper is a passive puzzle game, Tetris is an active puzzle game.
There typically isn't much difference between a "puzzle" game and a "strategy" game in terms of the underlying mechanics, so I generally differentiate a strategy game if the players are competing. For a traditional example, solitaire is a puzzle game, poker is a strategy game. For a video game example, Sokobon is a puzzle game, while a multiplayer Bomberman is a strategy game.
Some of the very first video games ever made, even as far back as the 1960s were computer versions of traditional puzzle games like trivia questions, peg solitaire, and brain teasers. However, as computers became more powerful, the puzzle games made for them began to use more multimedia beyond that which was possible with traditional means and puzzle video games became more elaborate. As video games began to come into their own, and different genres of video games took shape, puzzle games were incorporated into them. Today, although pure puzzle games are still being published, most are given additional mechanics like a story line, fast moving graphics, and sound effects and music.
This is a list of puzzle video games that are important to me. For all games in this genre, see the puzzle category.
- giantbomb.com/games/?genre=18 - Giant Bomb.