Updated May 12, 2020 by Nate Lakritz

The 7 Best Puzzle Games For Xbox One

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in April of 2020. The Xbox One isn't particularly known for its puzzle games, but the system supports a solid lineup of interesting brain teasers that mesh well with its brand. Most contain more than typical tile matching and often offer deep storylines intertwined with riddles or nifty, physics-based problems. We’ve ranked the best for this list, considering criteria like replayability and originality. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best puzzle games for xbox one on Amazon.

7. Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders

6. Sherlock Holmes: Crime and Punishments

5. Rime Standard Edition

4. Life is Strange

3. Unravel Yarny Bundle

2. Scribblenauts Mega Pack

1. Inside/Limbo Double Pack

Editor's Notes

May 10, 2020:

While the Xbox One doesn’t have a whole lot of puzzle games to choose from, I was able to scrounge up a solid collection for this list. Most of these titles don’t focus solely on puzzle mechanics, however. They usually offer a mix of platforming or storytelling and utilize puzzles to keep gameplay interesting and varied. For example, Life is Strange is very much a narrative-driven experience highlighted by character development and dialogue. There’s always a time travel puzzle mechanic available for use, but the player is likely to focus on the game’s storyline for the most part. Similarly, the Inside/Limbo Double Pack is ultimately considered a horizontal platforming game and uses puzzles to add variety. Some challenges require quick reflexes, while others require careful thought.

The Scribblenauts Mega Pack is the only entry on this list where individual levels offer quick challenges. It doesn’t propose much of a story and has a wide difficulty scale, making it great for anyone looking to jump in for some quick fun. It’s also jam-packed with content, as over 10,000 items are at players’ disposal. Just messing around in a sandbox-style environment is sure to keep most entertained for hours on end.

I put two mystery-style games at the bottom of this list because they won’t appeal to everyone, but will definitely get players thinking. A slow pace, lots of dialogue, and difficult puzzles make these best for adults who are fans of Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie novels. Additionally, they are pretty unrestricted when it comes to possible strategies the player can choose to employ.


Nate Lakritz
Last updated on May 12, 2020 by Nate Lakritz

Nate Lakritz is a tech writer from San Jose, CA. He’s currently studying computer engineering at UC Santa Cruz and has worked at a few well-known Silicon Valley tech companies over the years. He’s been a staff writer for several online gaming publications including BagoGames, GameGrin, and his own personal project — Launch Party Gaming. A successful career as a game reviewer, interviewer, and news writer led to him Ezvid Wiki in early 2020. Knowledgeable about the newest trends in cutting-edge technology, he hopes to share his excitement for the latest and greatest devices with the world.


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