What are the best puzzle games on PS4? It's a big question; there are so many of the darned things that it can be hard to narrow it down. If you enjoy a game that tests your grey matter, you're certainly well served on PS4.
Puzzle games can take a few different forms. The classic examples of puzzlers are things like Tetris Effect or Lumines Remastered — more arcade-like experiences that are all about racking up points. There are still a few of these kicking around, and they're just as addictive and satisfying to play today.
However, puzzles aren't always about falling blocks and matching tiles. They're often interwoven with other genres, particularly adventure games or platformers. The result is a wide selection of games like Inside, Return of the Obra Dinn, and The Witness that incorporate puzzles into their worlds. There are some truly great examples of puzzle games on PS4, and we need your help to sort the wheat from the chaff.
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Below is a list of the best puzzle games on PS4, as ranked and rated by the Push Square community.
20. Thomas Was Alone (PS4)
When people think of indie games, Thomas Was Alone must surely be among the first that spring to mind. Developed by Mike Bithell and his team, this minimalist puzzle platformer is proof you can do a lot with a little. Playing as a simple rectangle, you encounter other geometric shapes with different abilities as you progress through a surprisingly engrossing tale. It's very simple, but that's by design, and it remains a very charming experience today.
19. Untitled Goose Game (PS4)
This game hardly needs an introduction; it spread like wildfire online, and remains a beloved little experience. Untitled Goose Game is about embodying the chaotic life of an antagonistic goose, living near a quaint English village. Each location has a selection of objectives to meet, and working those all out using a wide range of interactive objects is a constant delight. It may only be a few hours long, but few games are able to keep you grinning constantly from start to finish, and this is one of them.
18. Lara Croft Go (PS4)
To celebrate Tomb Raider's 20th anniversary, we have Lara Croft Go, an entirely different stance on the franchise. This clever game swaps out full 3D action for turn-based, strategic movement and puzzle solving. Enemies can't be attacked from the front, and obstacles will shift around as you go, meaning you need to stay aware of your surroundings if you're to clear each level. This is a short but sweet game that does a lot with a little.
17. Donut County (PS4)
Donut County is the name of this game's sleepy locale, but it's less about the place and more about raccoons than you might first think. Telling a silly story about a lazy raccoon and his friends, you play as a hole in the ground, slowly expanding each time you let something fall inside. It's sort of like Katamari Damacy, but instead of creating giant balls of stuff, you're wiping the surface clean by sending things into a void. It sounds mad, but it's a surprisingly compelling little adventure.
16. Peggle 2 (PS4)
The hype surrounding the unveiling of Peggle 2 was kind of tongue-in-cheek, but the thing is, it's a legitimately great game. Like the first game, it's all about sending little balls down each level, hitting pegs to score points as they fall. The unpredictable physics combine with all sorts of ways to increase your score, and the result is a potently compelling mix that'll keep you playing for hours. The one more go effect is in full force here, and it's incredibly satisfying when you pull off a great move.
15. Unravel Two (PS4)
One of EA's first "indie" games was Unravel, a cutesy puzzle platformer that quickly became a cult hit. Unravel Two offers more of that same charm and whimsy, only this time with optional two-player co-op. The result is a lovely, straightforward game with some nifty co-op puzzles to overcome. It doesn't offer up much of a challenge, but the sweet Yarny characters and well-rendered natural environments make this a good one to play with younger family.
14. Moss (PS4)
One of PSVR's first great games is Moss. Utilising virtual reality to great effect, you control the titular mouse in the traditional way, but it's all framed from your perspective, looking down at the tiny kingdom she's traversing. It's a beautifully animated game that combines light combat with solid puzzles, the result being a really charming, if short, platformer.
13. The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition (PS4)
The Talos Principle may seem derivative at first glance, but this first-person puzzler manages to stand out. You'll mostly be completing short environmental puzzles using tech jammers and lasers, and these are cleverly designed in themselves. However, intelligent writing and a slowly unraveling mystery will stay with you much longer.
12. SUPERHOT (PS4)
It's hard to be original these days, but along comes Superhot with a genius twist on the first person shooter. Time only moves when you do in this clever indie game, meaning you can dodge bullets and land some crazy kills in slow-mo. It plays out almost like a puzzle game as you plan your movements and anticipate your enemies. Don't let the simplistic visual style fool you, this is one of the most creative shooters on PS4.
11. The Witness (PS4)
Announced alongside the PS4 itself, Jonathan Blow's latest head-scratching puzzler is a modern classic. The Witness plops you down on a mysterious island dotted with hundreds of panels, each with a grid-based conundrum for you to solve. The non-linear design means you're free to tackle them in any order, but the real genius of the game is the way it subliminally teaches you its unique language. Masterfully designed, gorgeous, and totally original, this isn't just one of PS4's best indies, it's one of its best games full stop.
No puyo tetris or puyo champions but the last guardian? Give your head a shake, that's NOT a puzzle game!
The Sexy Brutale does look rather good, I might have to check it out one of these days. The Witness wasn't that great in my view, I got bored of it very quickly.
If TLG counts, why no Outer Wilds?
Kine is top 3 for me. Adored it... 100%ed it (only cheated twice).
Statik too. Witness was sssoooo boring. If Inside and Last Guardian qualify, so do God of War and Shadow of Colossus etc.
I feel at least one ARTIFEX MUNDI game should be on this list.
Where is Puyo Puyo Tetris?! Seriously!
@Dan_ozzzy189 Came to type exactly that! Also where is Crystal Crisis?
I really enjoyed the bit of The Witness I played but it gave me terrible motion sickness, so sadly I didn’t get very far
Tetris Effect so expensive.......................i dont want banging tunes the original was good enough.....if i want tunes i'll turn to my 1 terrabite jukebox.
How is The Last Guardian so much higher than the likes of Fez or Statik? Also I Expect You to Die is better then most of the games on this list. Tetris Effect is amazing though
I Expect You To Die should definitely be on the list. A great room escape experience for the PSVR!
I was about to suggest Outer Wilds, but then I saw I already did lol.
1. The Witness
No idea why Gorogoa gets such high praise, yes it's different but it's guess work on your first go and a load of messing around.
Good puzzle games don't need guesswork, there's that enlightenment when you can see the answer. I think it's been so successful due to its early praise. Yes give it a go its not bad by any means. But better than Statik or Fez? No way.
Came here to check if The Witness, Obra Dinn and Tetris were the top 3, was not disappointed!
@themcnoisy The praise for Gorogoa is in my opinion definitely justified, but not as a puzzle game. You don't puzzle, but rather follow your curiosity. It shouldn't be on this list.
It's a very different game, and doesn't really fit into the genre boxes. Nobody would call Journey a platformer either.
@crimsontadpoles Sexy Brutale at the end of the day just isn't that memorable as many other games in this list. I would recommend trying something from the Top 7 (or Fez!) if you want to try something new.
Finished the Talos Principle recently. Great game. I fell off of the Witness. May need to reinstall that one.
Hmm. I want to try Sexy Brutale but not spend much on it. Would make a nice Plus game for me.
Fez, Creaks, Gorgoa and Witness
Fun list of games that don't get enough attention, IMO. Especially enjoyed Qube 2 and Gorogoa. Two puzzle games with loads of atmosphere and ingenious design.
ETHER ONE is a good one (no pun).
More great puzzle games missing from the list:
The Talos Principle was my favourite until i played Supraland. What a fabulous game that is, all built by one man! It's an astonishing achievement.
Without doubt the best puzzler I've ever played.
I would buy The Witness if it ever got a decent discount
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