The Best Switch Puzzle games of all time

Puzzle games have evolved a lot over the years. From the likes of Tetris, perhaps the purest form of the puzzle game, we now have thousands of wildly different experiences to tax your brain. A lot of the games on this list of Best Switch Puzzle Games don't conform to the puzzle game stereotype. Some are fully 3D affairs, while others use music or clever art to great effect. What they all share, though, is a creative spark that pushes them ahead of the pack. They get you thinking, sure, but they stick with you. The best puzzle games linger in your mind, popping to the forefront when you suddenly have an epiphany.

Puyo Puyo Tetris

While not the best game in either series, Puyo Puyo Tetris is still a great combination of two puzzle classics. Sometimes going together like peanut butter and jelly, other times more like peanut butter, and uh, something that doesn't go with peanut butter. All in all, a worthwhile addition to the slowly growing Switch library (or PS4 library, if spontaneous on-the-go multiplayer is not your jam).

Thimbleweed Park

Thimbleweed Park has sharp, often hilarious writing and convoluted puzzles to spare. All in all, it's a welcome return to the point-and-click adventure, even if it ends up feeling a bit like a b-side to the classics before it.

Snipperclips

Snipperclips is an enjoyable little puzzle game that brings friends and families together. The primary mechanic - cutting each other into useful shapes - is instantly intuitive. Whether you're playing in a duo, or in a group of four, Snipperclips will delight... until you run out of puzzles.

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The Gardens Between

The Gardens Between is a great example of a puzzle game with the most simple of mechanics, showcasing how much can be stretched out of so little. Its light story of friendship is sweet (if not a bit too saccharine). It complements the core mechanic of controlling the passage of time, and well, the inevitability of how no matter how much you'd like time to stand still sometimes, it'll move along regardless.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Treasure Tracker may be relatively budget-priced, but it doesn't feel like a cheap, throwaway creation. Every inch of its nearly 100 stages and bonus levels has been buffed to a spit-shine finish, and the Nintendo content factory has produced dozens of one-of-a-kind stage concepts to explore here. Alternately a test of observation, reflex, planning, and deduction, Captain Toad's first standalone title (of assuredly many) demonstrates that spinoffs don't have to feel phoned in... and that there's room in gaming to give top-class love and attention to family-friendly creations, too. A perfect video game sorbet to finish up 2014.

There you have it, the best puzzle games on Nintendo Switch. While you've no doubt heard of some of these before, others, such as Hidden Folks and Money Puzzle Exchanger, aren't so well known. Snipperclips, a Nintendo Switch launch title, may also have passed you by due to your first few months with the system being dedicated to playing through The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.