You figure it out.
Puzzle games often go overlooked in favor of Triple-A action games, and those with competitive multiplayer modes, but often it’s the games that make you use your brain that are the most addictive. Just when you think you’ve figured them out, they throw a new twist your way. Which one was the most addictive though? That was a tough call.
And now, the winner of our Best Puzzle Game of 2012 is:
Developer / Publisher: Airtight Games / Square-Enix
Review Score: 8.5
Quantum Conundrum combines puzzles that look easy, but are difficult to solve, with puzzles that look difficult to solve, but are easy when you stop over-thinking them. Throw in the fact that you’re playing as a kid who has been pawned off on his crazy uncle, who seems to be lost in another dimension, for the weekend and you end up with a puzzle game that makes you want to keep going forward.
Quarrel – “If you love Risk, but always hated losing battles due to, what were surely, faulty dice then you need to try out Quarrel. If you love owning your friends in Scrabble but would like to own them on the field of battle as well, then you need to try out Quarrel. Quarrel is simply one of the most entertaining word games you’ll ever play and will surely be the best $5 you’ve spent all year.”
Bejeweled 3 – “It’s pretty simple to decide if this game is for you or not. If you love Bejeweled games, then Bejeweled 3 is a must have. If Bejeweled or puzzle games in general aren’t your thing, some of the new modes such as Poker and Diamond Mine are extremely fun and addictive, and you should at least check out the trial version to see if they are enough to convert you over to the dark side of the Bejeweled addiction. The main thing missing here is some form of multiplayer or co-op which has to happen soon as they are going to run out of cool new modes someday.”
The Splatters – “All in all, The Splatters is one of the most pure fun and addictive games I’ve played lately. The puzzles are challenging and combining stunts to rack up high scores will keep you playing over and over again until you earn all the gold stars. Multiplayer may have been fun, but we’ll never know, so for now The Splatters is a solo affair, but for only $10 it’s one of the best puzzle games on the Xbox Live Arcade and any puzzle junkies out there, old or young, should pick it up.”
Award Categories: Best PC Indie, Best Strategy Game, Best Puzzle Game, Best Sports Game, Best Racing Game, Best Co-op Game, Best RPG – Stay tuned for more awards all the way up to our Game of the Year.
Editor’s Note: The winning game is picked by the entire staff and not based solely on individual review scores.