Trending Puzzle Games for Kids in 2021

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If there is one gaming genre that most people can appreciate, it is puzzles. Everyone enjoys them simply because they are so mentally stimulating.

Audrey Throne

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Moreover, puzzle games are not limited to the conventional form. As the gaming industry advances to new heights, more unique games are being developed, making the overall experience more enthralling. 

If you are looking for new puzzle games to play, we have got you covered. The following is a list of this year's 15 trending puzzle games for kids. Let's get started.

  1. The Bridge

The Bridge is an excellent game set in a surreal greyscale and hand-drawn landscape. This fan-favorite puzzle game takes inspiration from the works of renowned Dutch artist M.C. Escher.

While the game's visuals are undeniably its highlight, the Bridge also features innovative game mechanics. For example, you can solve the puzzles in the game by rotating the environment, altering the gravitation effects on objects.

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind is not a puzzle game; in essence, it does offer many puzzle challenges. In this version of the game, players are free to enjoy puzzles and other side quests. 

These puzzles range in complexity from simple ordered ones to more complex physics-based ones. To make things more exciting, developers have reduced the total allotted time it should ideally take to complete one puzzle.

  1. SpaceChem

In SpaceChem, you can adopt the role of a reactor engineer who produces chemicals for exports. However, the engineer can only do his job with the help of two remote manipulators called 'waldos.' A well-programmed circuit is needed to allow the atoms and molecules to interact the way they should produce the chemical.

The puzzles become more complicated with every passing level. The game evaluates the player's performance after every mystery based on preset parameters to keep things fun and competitive.

  1. Rotate Puzzle

If you wish to be taken back to simpler times and re-live the feel of old-school puzzles, Rotate Puzzle by Unlimited Gamez Mo is the game for you. Quick, easy, fun, and super-addictive, this game has everything to make it to our list. Like other online video games, Rotate Puzzle enables better coordination and problem-solving, especially in younger players. If you enjoy simple puzzle boards, you are going to love this one.

  1. The Room Series

The Room is a series of four 3D puzzle games. Each game is divided into rooms, which carry different hidden puzzles that you must solve to move to the next level. The process should be repeated many times to reach the end of the game. The quantity and complexity of puzzles increase with every passing level. 

  1. Scribblenauts Unlimited

Scribblenauts Unlimited is a side-scrolling game that allows players to solve puzzles by interacting with various objects. These interactions allow the main character, Maxwell, to gain "Starites," which are special objects required to finish each level.

Players are also allowed to summon many objects in the gameplay ranging from a ladder to a helicopter. All you have to do is type a noun (legal) on the screen, and it is done. You can also play around with the appearance of these objects and give them specific capabilities.

  1. Lara Croft Go

Lara Croft Go is a fun turn-based puzzle game. When playing the game, your task is to guide Lara through a series of obstacles and enemies to reach the end target. Of course, this must be done in turns. The game's puzzles comprise traps, boulders, bottomless pits, and more that you must actively avoid. Moreover, enemies may appear in any shape or form, even that of a lizard. 

The puzzles become harder with every step as new enemies emerge. Intelligent and clean designing and a gripping plot, Lara Croft Go is a fan favorite. 

  1. Tetris Effect

Tetris Effect is a modernized version of the iconic tile-matching game, Tetris. Everybody loves Tetris, right? Tetris Effect introduces the "Zone" mechanic. This feature allows players to get out of really tight spots and helps them earn more points by increasing the duration of levels more than usual.

There are 30 different levels in the game. Each level comes with a distinct sound effect and ecstatic background themes making it more fun.

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  1. Threes

Threes is a super fun sliding puzzle game. It is set on a four-by-four grid featuring numbered tiles and operates by combining two subsequent numbers and multiples of three. The goal of the game is straightforward: to obtain a high final score. This score is calculated at the end of every game. A round end when no more moves can be made. 

  1. The Witness

The Witness is an adventure puzzle game in which the players must solve numerous challenging puzzles while exploring an open-world island. The sole objective of The Witness is to solve each of these puzzles to reach the endgame. The entire island is divided into eleven different regions that enclose a mountain.

All the puzzles in the game are designed like a maze and can be solved by drawing a path that connects the start point to the endpoint. You must adhere to specific rules in the process; these rules may change with every successive puzzle. While most of these puzzles are easy, some are somewhat difficult to solve. The game also consists of yellow boxes that carry a set of puzzles. 

  1. Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a mobile-based puzzle game in which the player must control the character named Princess Ida. You must guide the princess through a series of impossible illusions or objects to accomplish the objective. To do so, you must twist and manipulate the initial architectural setting of the objects.

The game features mysterious 'crow people' that appear randomly to block your way and make things more challenging. The core game consists of ten levels which can be extended to eighteen if you buy an expansion pack.

  1. The Talos Principle

The Talos Principle is inspired by Talos, which was a machine used to protect Europa from pirates and invaders in Greek mythology. The player adopts the role of a robot with human-level consciousness in this game. The robot then takes on more than a hundred puzzles which are set in multiple environments.

To reach the end game, players must collect 'sigils' by overcoming hurdles and figuring their way out of mazes. 

  1. World of Goo

It is an award-winning puzzle game in which players design and create structures using goo balls. The game's objective is for players to construct makeshift structures by knitting goo balls together to overcome hindrances like hills, cliffs, and spikes so that the remaining ones can squirm their way to the 'other side.'

There are five chapters in the game. Every chapter has its own unique animation and musical theme and introduces new types of goo balls. 

  1. Hexcells Infinite

If you enjoy logic-based puzzle games like Sudoku, then Hexcells Infinite is the one for you. Hexcells does not enforce any guesswork. Instead, every game comes with a logical solution. The orange hexagon cells in the game come with a few scattered numbered cells, which hints at the number of adjacent cells that are part of the pattern and must be marked.

The game becomes more challenging as the levels progress and evolve as numbers appear outside the grid. Unfortunately, Hexcells Infinite allows room for error, which fortunately does not affect the game until you reach a dead end.

  1. Portal 1 and 2

No list of puzzle games is complete without the Portal Series. 'The Orange Box' was initially released as part of a five-game collection. The original Portal game was more of an experiment. Although short and simple, it was super fun for everyone.

Portal 2 comes with superior mechanics and more elaborative gameplay and is just as fun, if not more. The game is based on a simple concept in which participants simply solve puzzles using portals; that is the recipe for a winning game.

  • Parting thoughts

Everybody loves puzzles because not only are they fun, but they are also excellent brain exercises. So, if you are looking for some fun video games, try your luck with some of the picks on our list. Trust and believe us; you will be hooked.


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