Behold! Another offering for the list god. All bow before her mighty bullet points.
With shooters and platformers now behind us, we turn our piercing game summarising gaze on the puzzle genre. 2017 promises games to massage the mind, coddle the cranium, and befuddle the brain. There are games about colour-matching caterpillars, helping criminal pugs avoid the police, and a mansion stuck in a cycle of murder that needs a saviour not bound by the rules of time.
Take a look below and get a taste of what the next 12 months hold.
Release date: 2017 | Developer: Jason Roberts | Publisher: Annapunna Pictures | Platform: PC, Mobile
First revealed five years ago, Gorogoa is a beautiful-looking puzzle game where you arrange cards to create a scene which, when complete, comes to life.
Release date: January | Developer: Steely Glint Games | Platform: Mobile
There is a party bus filled with pugs and it’s your job to guide pugs to it without being stopped by the police. This is a puzzle game that raises a lot of questions. Firstly, what laws have these pugs broken?
Old Man’s Journey
Release date: 2017 | Developer: Broken Rules | Platform: TBA
A sedate puzzler about an old man travelling across the countryside remembering the moments in his life that led him to this point. Mindful of his own advancing years, Jules was charmed when he saw it at Indiecade.
I Love Hue
Release date: 2017 | Developer: Zut! | Platform: Mobile
A calming tile-based puzzle game that has you arranging colours by their hue. Lovely to look at, though still screens risk being mistaken for a paint sampler.
Release date: 2017 | Developer: Funomena | Platform: PS4
You play the mayor of a colourful world in a happyland about building towers of singing donuts/meat/sunflowers and then blowing them all up. It’s weird, wonderful, and from Keita Takahashi, the playful designer of Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy.
The Sexy Brutale
Release date: 2017 | Developer: Cavalier Game Studios, Tequila Works | Platform: PC, PS4, XB1
In a single night at the famous Sexy Brutale casino a lot of people will be murdered: that is, unless you can save them. Working in a time loop you need to prevent NPC’s deaths to open new paths within the map to explore further.
A Rose in the Twilight
Release date: Spring 2017 | Developer: Nippon Ichi Software | Publisher: NIS America | Platform: PC
Playing as two characters, Rose and the giant, you must conquer the Castle of Thorns. As Rose you have the power to absorb blood and use it to power static objects. As the giant you have the strength to move heavy weights.
Release date: Early 2017 | Developer: Spaces of Play | Platform: PC, PS4
A watercolour world viewed from a bird’s eye perspective, you must explore and solve its secrets.
Release date: 2017 | Developer: Bryan Gale | Platform: PC
Induction’s levels are reminiscent of the PS3/PSP puzzle game, Echochrome, and all its puzzles revolve around time travel and paradoxes. Promises to be mind-boggling - but will it be fun?
She Remembered Caterpillars
Release date: January 17th | Developer: Jumpsuit Entertainment | Publisher: Ysbryd Games | Platform: PC
A delightfully loopy puzzler, She Remembered Caterpillars has you navigating a world of bulbous bugs and cartoonish art by co-ordinating your character’s colours to the world around them.
Release date: Early 2017 | Developer: KO-OP | Publisher: Double Fine | Platform: PC, PS4, Mobile
From the front, GNOG’s monsters look like giant multi-story robots, flip them around and they’re puzzle rooms for you to solve. A very stylish-looking puzzle game published by Double Fine.
Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy
Release date: 2017 | Developer: Level-5 | Platform: 3DS, Mobile
Professor Layton is missing. It falls to his daughter, Katrielle, to put her genes to good use and solve puzzles about matchsticks until he turns up to give her a lecture about manners.
Release date: Early 2017| Developer: Sumo Digital | Platform: PS4
Embrace your inner serpent and wind Snake Pass’ python through the obstacles of its danger-ridden levels. If this feels as good to control as it looks, it could be a sleeper hit.
Release date: 2017 | Developer: Marc Ten Bosch | Platform: PC/PS4
A puzzle game that lets you play with four dimensions, and warp the world around your character. Rather confusingly this fourth dimension is not time but a fourth dimension of space, and the developers claim that if you want time they’ve got it in there as well for a bold claim of 5D action. It’s enough to make you pine for a sudoku.
Throughout January we're going to be posting lists of games coming out in 2017, to keep on top of them all you can find them collected here.