Grid-based puzzle games are awesome, especially when they have interesting mechanics, elegant levels, and require a lot of thinking. They make you feel smart when finishing a tricky level (but you may also feel dumb for being stuck).
Make sure to try the best puzzle games listed below (for Windows, Mac, Web, iOS, Android, etc.).
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Push trees to create pathways between islands. Simple mechanics with hidden complexity.
Push blocks to bend the rules of the game. Extremely original, clever, and difficult.
must play extra hard
Push, slice, ingest, flip, and squish worms. Every level introduces a new idea or interaction.
Use simple instructions to teach a robot how to move crates. It's similar to programming.
Click on the squares to slide them to the correct position.
Discover the rules of the game by trial and error.
Stick boxes of the same color together. Easy to understand but almost impossible to finish.
must play free extra hard
Puzzle platformer where you can summon a cube. Retro graphics with very difficult levels.
Push a cube to make a path for yourself. Very well polished but quite short.
Rescue kittens with a limited number of steps. Make sure to try part 1 and 2.
Catch the rabbit in each level. A clever game about pathfinding.
Boxes within boxes within boxes. Clever game mechanics.
Push blocks with mysterious numbers on them. By the creator of Baba is You.
Snake-like movement, but with birds and gravity.
Push and squish blocks together. Strange graphics and mechanics that work well together.
Puzzlescript game with candies that stick to each other. Cute pixel art with elegant levels.
Construct factories to transform raw materials into chemical products. Each level has many solutions that can be optimized.
Control a fork to cook sausage. Odd graphics and ridiculously difficult.
Puzzlescript game where you control a magician's hat.
Short puzzle game about orienting yourself in time using undos.
A mouse and a dead snake embark upon a journey filled with difficult puzzles.
free extra hard
Also check how to design puzzle games.