Puzzle games are easy to play and don’t require too much hand-eye coordination, unlike fast-paced action-adventure role-playing games or racing and sports games. Instead, players must use their logic and wits to succeed.
Puzzle games do not require players to be engrossed in a long story for several days. They can be played on the go and are ideal for spending a relaxing hour or two. Puzzle games may not be very popular among hardcore gamers, but it is still a famous and persistent game genre that anyone can get interested in.
So without further ado, here are some of the best upcoming puzzle games releasing next year:
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Teslagrad 2 and four more unique puzzle games coming in 2023
1) Teslagrad 2
- Developer: rain games
- Subgenre: 2D Puzzle platformer and Metroidvania
- Platform: MicrosoftWindows
Sequel to the original Teslagrad game, this one is an upcoming Metroidvania-style puzzle adventure set in the fantasy kingdom of Wyrmheim, inspired by real-life Norway.
The game will offer many logic puzzles to solve in the form of obstacles. Similar to the first title, users should use logical thinking to use their knowledge of physics and magnetic forces to overcome obstacles and advance in the Teslagrad 2 adventure.
2) Lana’s Planet
- Developer: Wishing
- Subgenre: Sci-Fi Puzzle Adventure
- Platforms: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X and Series S
A cinematic puzzle adventure coming out in Spring 2023, Planet of Lana is a game about the growth and upkeep of the dynamic planet.
It’s a puzzle-solving adventure that focuses on the disharmony between humans and nature, where a young girl and her group of friends embark on a mission to save their once colorful and beautiful world, which is now filled with horrible machines and creatures.
3) The many pieces of Mr.Coo
- Developer: Rangera Nest
- Subgenus: Point and click puzzle adventure
- Platforms: MicrosoftWindows
A surreal point-and-click adventure, The Many Pieces of Mr. Coo will take users to a strange world filled with abstract spaces from which they must escape.
This particular puzzle solver has some quirky hand-drawn 2D cartoon graphics as its backdrop, and the good news is that the demo version of this unique point-and-click puzzle game is already up for grabs on Steam. People can expect The Many Pieces of Mr. Coo to be released early in 2023.
4) Queen and Jericho
- Developer: Recovery Games
- Subgenre: 2D Platform and Metroidvania puzzle platformer
- Platforms: MicrosoftWindows
Reina and Jericho is an upcoming indie adventure game that will offer a mix of multiple genres. At its core, the game is a 2D platformer puzzle game with a lot of Metroidvania flavor as well.
Players can take on the role of Reina as they must find a way to rescue prisoners and break out of the steamy underground prison to unite with Jericho. This particular puzzle game promises to offer many mysterious artifacts to discover and magical abilities to master to defeat enemies.
5) Simon and the origins of the wizard
- Developers: Smalthing Studios
- Subgenre: 2D point-and-click puzzle platformer
- Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S, Nintendo Switch
This is a point-and-click adventure game set in an enchantingly beautiful fantasy world. Simon and the Sorcerer Origins is a game full of humor, sarcasm, and tons of puzzles to solve. This particular puzzle adventure title will provide a wonderful cartoonish backdrop and act as a prequel to the Simon the Sorcerer series.