The 12 Best Puzzle Games for PS5
Who doesn’t love solving puzzles? Okay, maybe a lot of people, but I know I do. Whether it’s the crossword at the back of a newspaper or a small puzzle game set that your uncle got you on your 10th birthday, we’ve all had our fair share of them.
Solving puzzles can be really fun, and what better way to incorporate them than on one of the greatest game consoles ever created – the PlayStation 5 (PS5).
There are hundreds of PS5 games to keep you busy. Still, sometimes you want just to take a break from the roof-jumping, gun firing action and flex your brain for a bit instead. Don’t worry, I got you.
In this researched guide, I’ve put together a list of the best puzzle games for PS5. So, sit down, relax and enjoy – it’s a pretty fun read. Shall we?
Maquette is an intriguing puzzle game with a clever and unique mechanic. This recursive puzzler was developed by Graceful Decay and released by Annapurna Interactive in 2021. It is based on size and perspective, and I must say, it’s pretty much a game of scale.
The game’s storyline is based on a couple, Micheal and Kenzie, who met at a coffee shop. Maquette follows their journey as a couple, right from when they formed a relationship to when they eventually split, using flashback sequences narrated fascinatingly and sited in the most fantastical environments.
The storyline is actually relatable, and it’s pretty sad how things didn’t work out for the couple, so maybe avoid this game if you’re having relationship issues. Another interesting thing to look forward to is the voices of Michael and Kenzie, which are played exceptionally by actual celebrity couple Seth Gabel and Bryce Dallas Howard. I know some Jurassic World fans are already getting excited.
I mentioned earlier that Maquette is a game of scale – let me explain. Firstly, you should know that the setting is a recursive one in which there are worlds within worlds, so each world contains a smaller version of itself.
Secondly, at the center of each level lies a miniature model of your environment. You can either drop an item (like a bridge), and a scaled version will appear, or remove an item, and a smaller version appears.
Although Marquette has a few redundant levels, it’s a generally fun puzzler. Its jaw-dropping fantastical environment will make you want to keep playing it, and it also has a pretty cool soundtrack.
Spy movie fanatics will love this one. Operation: Tango (OT) is a spy-thriller puzzle game developed and published by Clever Plays in 2020. In this game, communication is key. It’s just like in the Mission Impossible movies where Simon Pegg directs Tom Cruise’s movements during missions.
The game is a multiplayer experience involving a field agent and a hacker. The field agent, as the title implies, is seen on the field playing in first-person while the hacker’s missions take place in virtual cyberspace. In Operation: Tango, it takes two people to save the world, and therefore you must work together with your teammate to complete a series of covert missions.
Although there are moments when the agent and the hacker will switch roles briefly, the screen display of each player is different. So, what you see as a hacker is different from what your friend sees as an agent, and the only way to know what the other person sees is through voice communication.
A downside to Operation: Tango is that the game is relatively short, and although you can switch roles, it might not be so much fun since you already know what the other player is seeing because you’ve played that role before.
Although the OT experience is admittedly short-lived, it has a cool feature where you only need one copy for the multiplayer mode.
So, if you have a copy of the game, your friend can join in by simply downloading the free trial version. It’s safe to say that Operation: Tango is one of the best PS5 puzzle games you can enjoy with a friend.
Bugsnax is a pretty weird albeit fascinating puzzler published by Young Horses and Fangamer in 2020.
The game’s developer, Young Horses, built its premise around an island called Snaktooth, in which there are sesame-like bipedal monster inhabitants called grumpuses. Apart from these grumpuses, there are bugs that come in the form of all sorts of snacks hence the name “Bugsnax.”
Now, the grumpuses have a strong appetite for these bugsnax, and upon devouring these snack-like creatures, their limbs transform into the respective consumed bug. This transformation process is termed “snakification,” and get this; it is a rather exciting phenomenon for the consumers – the grumpuses love getting their limbs transformed. Do you now see why I said it’s a weird game?
In the game, your character is a journalist on a mission to unravel the mystery of a missing explorer named Elizabeth Megafig, the founder of Snaktooth’s central village, Snaxburg. Elizabeth’s absence led to the disbandment of the villagers, and the only way to bring them back is by using the bugsnax as bait.
Each grumpuse has their favorite bugsnax, and it’s up to you to discover which bug they like best. Once you’ve satisfied their appetite and ultimately transformed their limbs, they’ll return to the village. And when they’ve returned, you can ask them questions about the whereabouts of Elizabeth.
It’s pretty clear that Young Horses are a very innovative and creative team. Bugsnax has the effect of taking you to a different and immersive world filled with weird albeit creative designs. It is undoubtedly an exciting game to play.
Puyo Puyo Tetris
You can expect this game to be nothing less than outstanding since it is a perfect mash-up of Russian classic Puyo Puyo and Japanese classic Tetris. If you’ve played those two games individually before, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
Sonic Team had the right idea when they developed this clever puzzler combination. It just had to be a part of this list of the best puzzle games for PS5.
I should clarify that you don’t need any prior experience with either of the two games to enjoy this magical combo. Puyo Puyo Tetris was published by SEGA in 2014. It is essentially like three games in one since you’ll be getting two puzzle games separately and a captivating union of the two.
The game has an adventure mode which is pretty much a lengthy story mode that narrates the journey of the two franchises. The party mode treats the two games interchangeably, and the swap mode where you can switch between ongoing Puyo Puyo and Tetris matches every 25 seconds.
There’s also the big bang mode, where you must generate tetrominos or puyos, which will be used to attack your opponent’s life bar at the sound of a big bang.
Perhaps the main attraction of Puyo Puyo Tetris is its Fusion mode which involves the gameplay of both Puyo Puyo and Tetris simultaneously. Puyo Puyo Tetris has so many options to choose from – there’s something for both newcomers and old fans.
Its multiplayer option is an interesting feature and is perfect if, for example, you’re a Puyo Puyo expert and your friend is a Tetris master; then you can have a fun competition against each other.
The title The Pedestrian is pretty straightforward, don’t you think? I love how you can tell what the game is about just from the title. The Pedestrian was published by Skookum Arts in 2021 and is undoubtedly a top-notch 2D-puzzle platformer.
Your game character is a stickman trying to find its way to an escape door through a series of puzzles. Your duty is to line up ladders and connect paths so the stickman can have a clear path to the escape door. The puzzles get more difficult as you travel through a backdrop of a bustling virtual city that is filled with road signs, traffic lights, and more.
An awesome PS5-specific feature of the game is its application of haptic feedback. Every jump made, footstep taken, or ladder aligned is felt through the PS5 dual sense controller, making way for an immersive experience.
Another delightful feature of The Pedestrian is its jazzed-up, beautifully produced, ingenious soundtrack that fits the game’s premise perfectly. Whether through a road, university, or subway, there’s a suitable track that conveys the feel of the current scenario and makes your journey through each environment sublime.
Aside from being a fantastic puzzler, The Pedestrian is also one of the best platformer games for PS5.
Chicory: A Colorful Tale
Chicory: A Colorful Tale is a puzzle video game published by Finji in 2021, and the game has since earned a spot on the list of best puzzle games for PS5.
It starts out with a strange albeit simple question: what is your favorite food? Your answer to the question becomes your main character’s name. The main character is a dog.
The game’s setting is in a colorful universe called The World of Picnic, which, as you may have guessed, is a world filled with characters named after food that matches their unique personality. This colorful world soon loses its color and becomes black and white when its protector, Chicory, a wielder of a powerful magic brush, goes missing.
The mission of your player character is to take up the brush and embark on a journey to restore color to The World of Picnic. Your character constantly receives support from the other creatures of the world. There’s even a hint system set up where your character can reach out to its parents for guidance and advice.
The whole paint mechanics of the game are pretty cool, and there’s a lot to learn from the storyline. Chicory, the former wielder, gave up the magic brush due to pressure from the wielder title, and it’s now up to your main character, who doubts his worthiness but actually has great potential, to be the hero of The World of Picnic.
Everything about the game is unique, including its soundtrack, which blends perfectly into every atmosphere and environment of the game. It was composed by Lena Raine, popular for her work on big game tycoons Celeste and Minecraft. So it’s pretty obvious that Chicory: A Colorful Tale’s creators went all out for it.
It Takes Two
It Takes Two is an adventure puzzle game published by Electronic Arts in 2021. It was developed by Hazelight Studios and is regarded as one of the best two-person PS5 puzzle games.
This game is based on the failed marriage of a couple, Cody and May. On the verge of divorcing, their daughter’s somewhat “magical tears” transfer their souls into two dolls she made.
With their souls trapped in the initially lifeless dolls, the couple must now learn to mend their relationship through the help of The Book of Love, a talking book, referred to as Dr. Hakim, that was secretly purchased also by their daughter. Hehe… isn’t she lovely?
It Takes Two is a two-player game, and unlike Operation: Tango, the display screen is split in half, one side for each player so you can see exactly what your teammate is doing. You will need to work together with your partner if you want to advance to higher levels.
As a side note, that multiplayer element makes the game a solid option and a real contender as one of the best party games for PS5.
In a way, It Takes Two promotes love and unity, and it highlights the importance and power of a couple that works together. At some point in the game, the couple rediscovers their long-lost attraction for each other and learns to love again.
Some couples could learn a thing or two from this fascinating PlayStation puzzler.
Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead
Are you a fan of Zombies? Do you love watching The Walking Dead? If your reply to these two questions is yes, this game is for you. Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead was published by Headup Games In 2020.
The premise of the game is set in a post-apocalyptic era, and it’s your job to build bridges that would help survivors avoid and/or destroy zombies. To avoid zombies, you build bridges, but there are also certain parts of the game where you crush these undead walkers by dropping objects like containers or barrels on them.
Each game character has its own unique abilities, and very often, you’ll have to work with multiple characters to crush a set of zombies successfully. Apart from the building and crushing aspects, you can also issue commands and directions to the survivors, who can sometimes fight off zombies themselves but will require some stamina.
The game also has you working with a budget, so you may have to tweak your solutions a bit if you want to pass certain levels. The combination – constructing bridges and killing zombies – is quite clever.
Although the music is a bit dull and the environment somewhat generic, the cartoon aesthetic and the game characters are pretty cool. If you’re looking for a challenging puzzler and you’re a fan of the TV series, then you should definitely try out this game.
You probably know a few hoarders – maybe a friend or sibling or even one of your parents. Sometimes you just feel like carrying a bunch of their stuff and tossing it in flames because you just can’t seem to figure out what the heck they use all those things for.
Well, how about you transfer all that aggression into this game because there’s going to be a lot of burning of needless belongings. That’s basically what Bonfire Peaks is about. It was published by Draknek and is one of the best indie puzzle games for PS5.
The main character, who is nameless, silent, and completely expressionless, has set out to burn a bunch of his belongings for reasons unknown to us. He is determined to get rid of so many stuffed boxes, tossing them into the flames over and over again. It’s kind of depressing, really, but at the same time intriguing.
Although at the beginning stage, the puzzles give you a general idea of how the game works, later on, the levels become a bit challenging. Sometimes you may need to stack up boxes to create a stairway leading to a bonfire, and other times you may have to dodge attacks like arrow totems before arriving at your destination.
The graphics of the game are very picturesque, which is lovely. Even with its limited dimensions, the game still exhibited a highly stylized and beautiful voxel art world, accompanied by an electric and soothing soundtrack.
The game’s premise has the effect of selling the idea of a peaceful life in the woods, owing to its beautiful scenery and sweet music. Apart from that, I think we can agree that watching things go up in flames is kinda fun.
Lego Builder’s Journey
Lego Builder’s Journey is an adventure puzzle game published by The Lego Group in 2019. It is an atmospheric single-player video game and is one of the most authentic LEGO games out there.
The game lets you solve brain-teasing puzzles while traveling through an immersive poetic LEGO brick world. Lego Builder’s Journey was initially a popular mobile game but has since become a console favorite.
The gameplay involves two LEGO figures who appear to be father and son. Your task is to guide the little LEGO boy as he embarks on a series of activities like hiking, camping, etc., with his father.
It’s all fun and games at the beginning, but along the line, the story gets a bit tense as the son loses sight of his father and must complete tasking events to reunite with his parent. Of course, you aren’t in direct control of this LEGO character; rather, you are to create pathways for him by arranging pieces from whatever diorama is presently displayed on the gaming screen.
You have the option to select from a variety of game modes. Creative mode allows you to create your own dioramas to your heart desires – be it a new scene in the game or a sports car. Photo mode allows you to adjust your camera angle, take a picture and show it off to your friends.
The game’s visuals are absolutely stunning, and its design portrays a focus on each dioramic level, making them look realistic.
Lego Builder’s Journey provides a very touching storyline and relaxing experience. If you’re a LEGO fan that loves building, you will find real value in this short but immersive game.
Human: Fall Flat
Human: Fall Flat is a physics-based puzzler published by Curve Digital in 2016. It gained a lot of fame on Youtube in 2015 and is a pretty hilarious game when you get to play it.
You start out by pressing a button to open a door for your character Bob. Bob is a weird-looking guy with a little marshmallow body who is plagued with mysterious dreams of constantly falling. He would need to solve a series of puzzles to keep advancing to higher levels.
The game gets a bit complex as you keep playing, especially when you have to work on some circuits and machinery like forklifts, levers, trucks, etc. Not to worry because Human: Fall Flat has a hint system in the form of texts and videos to help you progress seamlessly.
Apart from solving puzzles, you also get to move around and clear obstacles. If you happen to fall, you drop right back where you fell off and pick up from where you stopped.
You have eight different dream worlds to explore, each looking completely different and totally fresh. You can also split your screen and invite a friend to join you in exploring the various worlds together. As you can see, there’s truly never a dull moment in this game.
Manifold Garden is an indie first-person 3D puzzler developed by William Chyr and published by William Chyr Studio in 2019.
In the game, you are presented with blocks that grow on geometric trees in the garden, and depending on the tree, each block has a different color.
Each block is aligned to a unique surface and is used to unlock a door, but it’s not that simple since you will need to alter gravity to get the block to the required position. Also, when you finish a level, you can use a “god cube” to create the following one.
Like with most puzzles, the beginning is pretty straightforward. The early stages will help you understand how the garden operates, but as the game moves up, it gets a bit complex.
Everything about Manifold Garden is impressive. Its visuals, soundtrack, graphics, mechanics, and the whole game premise can make you lose yourself in the game and feel like you are in an entirely new universe. Chyr did a beautiful job developing this work of art.