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Switch Puzzle Games

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A.J. Maciejewski

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I've been playing a ton of puzzle games on Switch lately so here are my thoughts on 8 brain-teasing Nindies that you might enjoy.

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One Line Coloring Review Switch ★★★☆☆

Drawing a picture with only one line without drawing over any lines can be pretty tricky but does One Line Coloring offer a fun time? v1d30chumz 18-232-56-9

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I think this might be a sailboat

The premise of One Line Coloring is simple: connect dots on an object's outline in order to draw it. However, once you start drawing then you must keep going until you complete the picture and you can't draw over any lines that you've already drawn. So, the challenge lies in figuring out the optimal path which usually involves colouring in close-together sections one at a time. Some puzzles even task you with deciding where to start drawing so that definitely adds some challenge. Once you complete a drawing, it comes to life via a 3D model and gets added to a diorama which is lovely and you get to see how long it took you to complete as well. With that being said, you'll very quickly get into the groove of how to solve these puzzles so it loses a sense of challenge after a short while and you'll end up finding yourself mastering stage after stage as you tap the redo button only every now and again.

One Line Coloring is the kind of puzzler that's nifty at first but it becomes quite formulaic once its gameplay starts to click.

One Line Coloring gameplay video →

Color Jumper Review Switch ★★★★☆

Here we have a puzzle platformer that features a brilliant blend of mechanics so get ready to flip for one challenging indie.

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Mastering Color Jumper's stages is a lot more stressful than you'd think

Admittedly, Color Jumper is more of a platformer than a puzzler but it definitely has some substantial puzzle elements. At its core, it plays a lot like Super Meat Boy in that you slide left and right and have the ability to leap from walls as you avoid hazardous tar. What makes it clever is that you control a box with 4 coloured sides that rotates 90° whenever you jump and if one of your sides matches the colour of a platform, wall, or ceiling then it acts as if it's solid. If your colour doesn't match then you'll go right through. The stages do an excellent job of slowly ramping up the difficulty as new elements and hazards are introduced so you'll never get bored or become overwhelmed by the difficulty. That being said, it can be a very tough game so make sure you're ready to retry stages over and over again in order to master them. Anyway, the puzzle element really shines as you try and clear each stage in under their par times and rotations.

Color Jumper is the sort of indie that feels both familiar and fresh with solid platforming gameplay and brilliant puzzle elements.

Color Jumper gameplay video → More games that play like Super Meat Boy

Piczle Colors Review Switch ★★★★☆

If you love Picross and are looking for something a little different then you'll certainly enjoy the colourful and fun-filled Piczle Colors.

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Filling out the final tile is always rewarding stuff

Wow; we certainly have a strong colour theme going so far and this third colour-based puzzler is a blast, too. I was recently introduced to the wonderful Piczle franchise with the fantastic Piczle Cross Adventure and was looking forward to experiencing more puzzle fun with Score-chan and Gig. Thankfully, their previous adventures make for great times, too. In Piczle Colors, you fill a grid just like you do in Picross but here, you do so by observing colour-coded number clues. However, there are some differences such as how every tile becomes filled in. Also, circled numbers mean that colour is together while plain numbers mean it's split up. Filling out each picture is a treat and there are a lot of them to complete so you're sure to have a great time with this, especially with its delightful presentation.

Piczle Colors expands on the classic Picross formula in clever ways to create its own concoction of highly enjoyable picture-based puzzles.

Piczle Colors gameplay video → Piczle Cross Adventure Review More games that play like Picross

Piczle Lines DX Review Switch ★★★★☆

In this laidback Switch puzzler, you're tasked with filling out large grids with colourful lines to form cool pictures so let's create some art!

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These may not be the toughest puzzles but they sure are epic

Right off the bat, let me just say that Piczle Lines DX isn't that challenging of a puzzle game. Although I usually don't enjoy puzzlers that don't offer much challenge, playing Piczle Lines DX still made me have a ton of fun for the simple fact that it's very relaxing and rewarding. This is because a lot of the puzzles are quite large and require a lot of time and patience to complete so you end up becoming quite invested and the payoff is always well worth the effort. All you do is click on a coloured node then draw a line from it to the same colour and number of node by only moving the number of spaces that it says on it. The goal is to fill the entire board with colour and watching the resulting image come to life is exceptionally satisfying stuff. Overall, I highly recommend it for laidback puzzle fans.

Piczle Lines DX is rewarding, charming, and a great game to wind down with if you want your brain to settle or you can't sleep.

Piczle Lines DX gameplay video →

Piczle Lines DX 500 More Puzzles! Review Switch ★★★★☆

As if the hundreds of puzzles in the original weren't enough, here's Piczle Lines DX 500 More Puzzles! That's too many puzzles.

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This sure looks like the Centre Pompidou

Yes, Piczle Lines DX 500 More Puzzles! is exactly what it sounds like. If you mastered everything that Piczle Lines DX has to offer and want more then here you go! Although this extended experience doesn't feature a story-based adventure, it does include 500 additional puzzles which come in 25 unique categories that range from specific countries to animals and food to one-colour puzzles. If you want more content then you also get a bonus gallery called The Art of Piczle which is a menu that contains concept sketches, photos, and artwork. In the end, it's strange that this is a separate game and not an expansion but it's a fantastic collection nonetheless.

As an extension of an already great puzzler, Piczle Lines DX 500 More Puzzles! offers more puzzle fun and it has a cool bonus, too.

Piczle Lines DX 500 More Puzzles! gameplay video →

Swapperoo Review Switch ★★★☆☆

Match 3 games come in many forms and Swapperoo is definitely an interesting one with many elements and gimmicks thrown in.

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I don't like the way those skulls are looking at me...

Swapperoo essentially has you try and erase tiles by matching at least 3 of the same colour in a row. You do so by interacting with certain tiles such as triangles which swap with the one that they're pointing towards and circles that simply disappear when you click on them. You also have 3 power-ups that you can charge which allow you to swap any 2 tiles, delay the skull tiles that constantly count down, and detonate the whole grid. It's simple stuff and the best part about Swapperoo is the selection of modes which includes many stages and challenges to complete as well as an endless mode and gauntlet mode which challenges you to beat 26 stages in 1 life with an optional time limit. It's a pretty cool puzzle game but the simplicity of it all doesn't really make it stand out from the already crowded genre.

Although it contains plenty of content to master, Swapperoo's simple gameplay doesn't deviate much from the match 3 formula.

Swapperoo gameplay video →

Quell Zen Review Switch ★★★★☆

Practical puzzle games can be very rewarding if done right and Quell Zen hits the sweet spot between relaxing and challenging.

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Thankfully, we don't need to sacrifice quality puzzle games

I remember playing Quell Memento on Vita a handful of years ago and it impressed me with its simple premise and tricky gameplay. Quell Zen basically features the same gameplay where you guide a bubble through 2D stages. As soon as you tap in any direction, the bubble slides until it hits something and if it touches spikes, it bursts and you must start the stage over again. Each stage simply tasks you with reaching the goal although you can also try and complete stages within their specified number of moves as well as discover hidden gems by smashing into walls. As you progress, you'll discover new mechanics which mix the gameplay up substantially so the campaign never becomes tedious. Overall, there's a lot of content to work through in Quell Zen and it makes for one rewarding puzzler.

By the way, if you like the sound of Quell Zen and also want Swapperoo and the word-based puzzle game Highrise Heroes: Word Challenge then you can get all 3 by purchasing Puzzle Bundle - 3 in 1 by Fallen Tree Games on the Nintendo Switch eShop.

Quell Zen is not only a chill experience, it's also jam-packed with rewarding practical puzzles and plenty of replay value.

Quell Zen gameplay video → Highrise Heroes: Word Challenge Review

ACA NeoGeo: Puzzled Review Switch ★★☆☆☆

Puzzle games have been around for a long time and here's a port of the 1990 Puzzled by SNK. Is it better than the average Tetris clone?

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Hey, it's Tetris! Oh, wait; it totally isn't...

At its core, Puzzled is played almost exactly like Tetris as you drop pieces that are made of 4 tiles each while trying to clear lines. What sets it apart is that the goal is to complete stages by drilling down to the bottom in order to free a blimp that's stuck down there. As you progress through the campaign, you'll come across new hazards such as enemy robots, tougher gold tiles, and reappearing tiles. Throw in a handy power-up with corresponding gauge and you're left with a fairly quirky take on Alexey Pajitnov's classic. That being said, it certainly doesn't amount to much. For starters, playing it often feels more irritating than enjoyable with its tedious gameplay formula and to top it off, the multiplayer mode doesn't offer any sense of competition as you merely play your own games side-by-side.

It's puzzling why the puzzler Puzzled was ported to modern consoles considering it's such an irritating and hollow experience.

ACA NeoGeo: Puzzled gameplay video → More ACA NeoGeo games
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