I’ve been harboring a deep secret that I must let loose: I really like puzzle video games. I’ve spent a couple of nights over the previous week staying up late taking part in video games like Rusty Lake Roots and I’ve cherished each minute of it. Matching wits with a troublesome puzzle is a deal with hardly ever topped in gaming.
In my private life I’m often known as a puzzle fan, however I’ve had bother changing buddies and acquaintances into puzzle-game aficionados. I’m normally met with “These are video games for mothers” — and setting apart the misogyny and ageism inherent on this response– it’s emblematic of the concept puzzle video games are in some way less-than different genres. I’m bored with this response, let’s discuss how good puzzle video games could be.
As a neighborhood, we’re exceptionally unhealthy at taking a look at what’s come earlier than us. There are teams devoted to preserving movie, work, and literature but when we had one thing comparable for video games we’d speak extra about video games like Mancala and Go. Each of those video games are primarily PVP puzzle video games and have influences all through trendy gaming. Even one of many earliest mega-successes in digital gaming got here within the type of Tetris — a puzzle recreation.
Puzzle video games are additionally accessible and numerous. Video games within the style are developed everywhere in the world. I’d argue greater than another style. There are entries from the same old suspects like Professor Layton from Japan and Threes from America but in addition video games like Farsh from Iran, and Fidel Dungeon Rescue from Argentina. A part of what makes these video games so nice and open to everyone seems to be how easy controlling them is. All the video games I’ve talked about thus far take minimal effort to work together with bodily — puzzle video games are performed principally in your thoughts, not within the recreation.
We’re additionally in the midst of what I might describe as puzzle video games’ renaissance. Because the digital and cellular markets have expanded so have the puzzle experiences. Simply final 12 months we received award successful entries within the style like Stephen’s Sausage Roll and Zero Time Dilemma on PC, however we’ve additionally seen video games just like the aforementioned Threes and Rusty Lake Lodge. I really feel assured in saying that we’re at the moment in an age the place puzzle mechanics are extra numerous than they’ve ever been. Positive we nonetheless see summary puzzle segments that drop into an overworld unannounced, however we even have The Witness the place the sport is the puzzle.
Because it sits, puzzle video games have been written off as Bejeweled-clones for mothers. Whereas it’s true that Professor Layton video games are hottest with ladies over the age of 30, this isn’t a nasty factor. I feel it’s excessive time we present a style with a excessive degree of range and innovation its due respect.
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