SegmentNext Awards: Best Puzzle Game of 2013

Puzzle games test the best of our abilities when it comes to problem solving. These games will make your head spin and get stuck in your head for a long time.

If you’re still ready to take on these brain-storming challenges, read on to find the best puzzle games of 2013.

Let’s have a look at the nominees:

  • Scribblenauts Unmasked
  • Stealth Inc
  • Contrast
  • Antichamber
  • Gunpoint

The winner is Gunpoint.

Gunpoint is a small game that exceeds expectations in its every aspect. This is a game that makes you stick with it till the very end. The sound art, visual art, and story create an experience like never before.

In Gunpoint, you play as Richard Conway, who is a freelancer detective working for individuals and big corporations.

Conway doesn’t have a large arsenal of futuristic weapon at his disposal but he does have a low-grade projectile jump trouser which helps him jump in an arc. He also has a trench coat which seems to absorb any falling damage that Conway might take.

Not only this, but our Sherlock is also capable of climbing on the walls, hang from the ceilings, and hack into different pieces of equipments.

The game begins when one of Conway’s clients is found dead, and someone accuses Conway for the murder. Though there are some people in the favor of him but most are not! This leads our protagonist on a journey to uncover the truth and get him a clean slate.

Each mission in the game follows a similar set of objectives, which mostly includes avoiding, detecting, hacking a computer, breaking to exit, etc. The elements of the puzzle come in the shape of avoiding CCTV cameras, monitors, escaping guards, and gaining access to restricted areas.

Although the game provides you with the freedom of following your own play style, we would high recommend you to take your time with it and remain stealthy so as to enjoy the experience to the full. The beginning of the game is quite easy but as you, progress through the game and gain hold of Crosslink, things get a bit difficult.

Crosslink is an illegal phone app that lets Conway hack into almost everything the game has to offer from cameras locked doors, monitors to switching lights, etc. This core mechanic of the game grants the players with the freedom of completing a level in more than one way.

Gunpoint is surely a refined piece of art that will surely become an inspiration for games to follow.

Runner-Up: Antichamber

Antichamber is a puzzle-platformer developed by Alexander Bruce exclusively for PC. The game is played from a first-person perspective and features puzzles within Non-Euclidean space.

Surely, the game lacks in arts and a good narrative, but the smartly designed and mind-boggling puzzles take the prize. The game puts you straight in a room with four walls; this room serves as your playground and main menu at the same time. You can travel to other locations through this room and come back at will.

Hidden behind each puzzle are rewards and pieces of advice to help you in real life. I can even say that there is no story at all, but it’s definitely a great mental exercise.