A puzzle game is a video game genre that tests a player’s problem-solving skills. In a puzzle game, the player is expected to solve puzzles using elements of strategy and logic. The types of puzzles can test many problem-solving skills, including logic, strategy, pattern recognition, sequence solving, and word completion. The player may have unlimited time or attempts to solve a puzzle, or there may be simple puzzles made difficult by having to complete them in real-time, such as Tetris.
Things to Note While Playing Puzzles
Player’s turn: A key factor in puzzle games is that the player has limited or no ability to affect other characters with their actions (only their own character). Therefore, they must use some strategy to figure out how to solve the puzzle.
Computer-generated levels: Some puzzle games create a sense of progression by increasing the difficulty as the game progresses. For example, in some puzzle games, the player starts with limited types of blocks they can use. This increases as the game progress so that later levels feature different blocks that are more difficult to place.
Randomly generated levels: Some puzzle games generate new levels on each playthrough. These tend to be easier than computer-generated levels because they often lack features like traps and moving parts.
The rules of the puzzle game are:
- To solve a puzzle, you must complete it and get any points.
- The only way to get points for a given puzzle is to submit a correct solution to that puzzle.
- You can submit solutions to as many puzzles as you like. But if you submit a solution to a puzzle more than once, your highest score for that puzzle will be counted toward the competition (so if you improve your solution after the first time you submit it, be sure to re-submit it).
- Once the competition ends, no further submissions will be accepted. This means that once the competition ends, you cannot earn more points by submitting more solutions.
- Your score for the contest overall is based on your top 100 scores in each category. The score for each category is determined as follows-
- If you have fewer than 100 scores in that category, your total score in that category is just the sum of your scores in that category (as opposed to at most 100 multiplied by the maximum of those scores).
- If you have 100 or more scores in that category, then we throw out your lowest scores across all puzzles in that category and add up the remaining ones.
Puzzle games are the most fun game to play. If you want to know how to win puzzle games, you must be very patient. If you’re trying a new puzzle and don’t seem to be getting anywhere, try something else for a while. Come back later, and see if you can make a little bit more progress.
If you have a lot of time, try to solve puzzles in bulk. For example, finish all the easy puzzles before moving on to the hard ones. This way, you can take breaks when it gets overwhelming and come back with fresh eyes.