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Puzzle games

About puzzle games there is very little to say, except that they are puzzles, heavily addictive brainteasers that I will play in the middle of the night when sleep eludes me, and whose solutions I ponder on the bus to work. Rather like text adventures, really. Most puzzle games that have addicted me are really variants of that computer-gaming classic and evergreen, Tetris, but not all of them have that sense of urgency; most of them are as satisfying as untangling knots in wool, and leave one with a sense of satisfaction when one hasn't really done anything productive at all. However, the sense of satisfaction can be a necessary little ego boost before tackling a real problem, which may be the reason why programmers can compulsively play Solitaire during worktime. Although Freecell and Spider Solitaire are better choices, as they can almost always be solved, and I do like puzzles to have solutions. But since these card games are the most brainless of puzzle games, resorted to (and played with maniacal intention at those moments) when I feel too stupid to do anything else, they will not be included in this list.

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