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Best puzzler games on GamesNostalgia

Puzzler video games have always been popular among gamers, challenging their minds with problem-solving activities. From guessing numbers or words, and simplistic block arranging to mind-bending physics puzzles, puzzler games have evolved over the years to provide increasingly complex challenges and innovative gameplay mechanics.

Simple mechanics and addictive gameplay characterized early games; versions of Mastermind or Hangman were probably the first examples. In 1984, Lode Runner and Impossible Mission launched the genre of the puzzle-platformers, mixing platform games exploration with puzzle solving. In Impossible Mission, you have 6 hours to collect the required pieces. Every death takes away 10 minutes. And there are many ways to die, from robots to electric obstructions.

In 1985, one of the most popular computer games ever was released: Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?. It was a mix of educational, detective investigation, and puzzler. The series continued for many years, have a look at Where in Europe is Carmen Sandiego? or Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (Deluxe Edition) released in 1992.

The Sentinel (aka The Sentry) by Geoff Crammond, released in 1986, was one of the first puzzle games in 3D, like the brilliant Tower of Babel by Pete Coke, where you need to solve puzzles using three different robots.

Moving to something more colorful, Jumpin' Jackson for the Amiga and Atari ST mixed puzzle solving with cute pixel art and a top-down perspective.

The genre of puzzle games was changed forever when DMA released Lemmings in 1991, one of the most popular games ever. The success of the funny little characters trying to survive across the different levels demonstrated that puzzlers could be real hits. This influenced many other game studios, so we had Pushover and Troddlers in 1992, not clones, but games inspired by Lemmings.

We cannot avoid mentioning the arcade hit Tetris, ported and converted many times, like Tetris Pro in 1992, but also the many versions of MineSweeper in 1991, a game that every Windows 3.1 owner played at least once.

The mechanics of puzzle games, where you need to combine the skills of different characters to reach a goal, were perfected by Blizzard with their first success, The Lost Vikings, in 1993. The same year we had a great example of Rube Goldberg machine games, with The Incredible Machine.

You can find all sorts of puzzler games out there. Still, sometimes it's challenging to define puzzle games since problem-solving elements can be present in all sorts of video games, including graphic adventures, platformers, and action games. Let us know if you think some of your favorite puzzlers must be included!

Mario Teaches Typing dos

Mario Teaches Typing is an educational video game developed and published by Interplay Productions in 1992. The title was initially designed for MS-DOS, but over time it was ported...

Year: 1992 Genre: Puzzler

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Lemmings amiga

Lemming is a puzzle-platformer created by DMA Design and published by Psygnosis for the Amiga, DOS, and Atari ST in 1991. The game, one of the most successful games of the early 19...

Year: 1991 Genre: Puzzler

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The Incredible Machine dos

The Incredible Machine is a puzzle game where the player has to assemble a Rube Goldberg-type contraption to solve a simple puzzle. It was developed by Jeff Tunnell Productions and published in 1993 for the PC by Sierra Entertainment.

Year: 1993 Genre: Puzzler

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Chip's Challenge amiga

Chip's Challenge is an arcade puzzler created by Epyx, with a team lead by Chuck Sommerville, originally for the Atari Lynx console. The game released in 1989 was one of the launch titles.

Year: 1990 Genre: Puzzler

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Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (Deluxe Edition) dos

“Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego” is one of the most popular retro games, as it was the very first in the line of the Carmen Sandiego series. This educational/strategy ga...

Year: 1992 Genre: Puzzler

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The Incredible Machine 2 dos

The Incredible Machine 2 was created by Jeff Tunnell and released in 1994 for DOS and the following year for Windows and Macintosh. It's the sequel to The Incredible Machine and ...

Year: 1994 Genre: Puzzler

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Lemmings 2: The Tribes amiga

Lemmings II: The Tribes is a puzzle game released in 1993. It is the sequel to Lemmings. It was developed by DMA Design and published by Psygnosis. It was released for Acorn 32 b...

Year: 1993 Genre: Puzzler

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All New World of Lemmings dosamiga

All New World of Lemmings is the third entry into the Lemmings franchise. It was developed by DMA Design and published by Psygnosis in 1994 for Amiga and DOS. All New World of Lemmings (a.

Year: 1994 Genre: Puzzler

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Spy vs Spy amigagame-boy-color

Spy vs. Spy is a video game created by Michael Riedel for the Commodore 64 and published by First Star Software in 1984. It's the official electronic adaptation of a famous comic strip published in Mad magazine.

Year: 1989 Genre: Puzzler

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The Lost Vikings amigagame-boy-advancegenesis

The Lost Vikings is a puzzle platformer created by Silicon & Synapse (former name of Blizzard Entertainment) and published by Interplay in 1993. It was released for SNES, Genesis, DOS, and Amiga.

Year: 1993 Genre: Puzzler

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Oh No! More Lemmings amiga

Oh No! More Lemmings was the first sequel to Lemmings. It was both released as an expansion and a standalone game in 1991 for the Amiga, Atari ST, DOS and other platforms. As you...

Year: 1991 Genre: Puzzler

2 players puzzle strategy puzzler real-time

Super Tetris amiga

Super Tetris is a puzzle game developed by Sphere and published by MicroProse in 1992 for the Amiga. It was later released for MS-DOS and Mac OS. The company founded by Sid Meier w...

Year: 1992 Genre: Puzzler

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Atomix dosamiga

Atomix is a puzzle game developed by Softouch Productions and released in 1990 for Amiga, Atari ST, DOS and Commodore 64.

Year: 1990 Genre: Puzzler

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Strip Poker: A Sizzling Game of Chance amiga

Strip Poker: A Sizzling Game of Chance is an adult card game developed and published by Artworx Software Company in 1982, initially on the Apple II. Between 1983 and 1987, it was p...

Year: 1986 Genre: Puzzler

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