What are the best puzzle games on PS5? The puzzle genre is arguably the most popular on the planet, with franchises like Tetris and – whisper it – Candy Crush Saga appealing to millions upon millions of players all around the world. But, like the Tetronimos many of you will no doubt be familiar with, it’s important to remember that puzzle games come in all shapes and sizes.
On this page, as determined by the Push Square community, we’ve listed the best puzzle games on PS5 you can play right now. This is an eclectic and broad selection, spanning traditional block breakers like Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 through to co-operative head-scratchers like It Takes Two. Some of the games on this page will really tax your grey matter, while others are more delicate instead of being downright cerebral.
The consistent theme for all of the games in this list is that you’ll need to think and problem solve, either alone or with friends and family. Of course, if you do happen to think a game is inexplicably absent, then we fully encourage you to search for it using the box below and give it a rating. A game will need at least 20 ratings to be considered for this list, so do keep that in mind.
This list will constantly update and evolve over time, so be consistent with your ratings and remember to submit your votes any time you play a new game. We want this to be a true reflection of the Push Square community’s opinion, so this page always reflects the current tastes and opinions when it comes to the best puzzle games on PS5.
With all that said, let’s hold down on the d-pad and get to your list quick. Below you’ll find the best puzzle games on PS5, rated and ranked by you.
Oddworld has a storied history on PlayStation platforms, so it’s perhaps little surprise that Sony made a hullabaloo of Oddworld: Soulstorm when it launched on the PS5 shortly after the console’s launch. A reimagining of PS1 title Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, this relatively complex puzzle platformer has a style and personality all of its own, and while that ultimately means it may not appeal to all tastes, you’ll struggle to find another title quite like it.
14. Maquette (PS5)
Maquette does something rather unique within a familiar framework. On the face of it, the game looks like a typical first-person puzzler, but its "recursive world" structure means you'll toy with perspective and scale in mind-bending ways to advance. It's a brilliant concept that has you using smaller or larger objects in mismatched environments, introducing new ideas in each chapter. At the same time, a story about a couple's struggling relationship unravels as you progress, with Hollywood talents Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Gabel providing the voices. The core concept never quite meets its potential, but this is a nonetheless a neat puzzle game that delivers brain teasers with a dash of drama.
Human: Fall Flat is a zany puzzle platformer that sacrifices precision in favour of slapstick, Gang Beasts-esque silliness. Awkwardly controlling a gangling mannequin through physics-driven environments, you must float and fumble your way through fresh environments, bumbling your way from one location to the next. Its light-hearted and laugh-out-loud gameplay has given this title longevity even developer No Brakes must be surprise by.
12. Hoa (PS5)
Hoa is a perfect little palette cleanser. This cute puzzle platformer presents a gorgeous, hand-drawn world to bounce around in, and offers a chilled out experience from beginning to end. It's purposely easy to get through, and it only takes a couple of hours to do so, but that just makes it easier to recommend. It doesn't necessarily push the boat out in terms of design, but if you're looking for something light and breezy to play on a lazy weekend, this comes highly recommended.
Co-op games are back in style, and Operation: Tango is a neat example on PS5. It puts you and a second player in the shoes of two spies — one a field agent and the other a tech and hacking expert. The game is only playable online and requires the use of microphones; this is because each player has a unique perspective on each mission, and you need to communicate effectively to solve various puzzles. It's a clever concept that, while not perfect, will keep both of you entertained throughout. You'll need to play it twice to see everything, too.