Fries. Wedges. Crisps? wrote:Boom Blox (Wii)
Monument Valley (Mobile)
Phoenix Wright (NDS)
Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action (Multi)
Super Bomberman 2 (SNES)
Super Monkey Ball (GCN)
Wario Ware Inc: Mega Party Game$ (GCN)
The bolded ones aren't really puzzle games.
Phoenix Wright is a strange one to categorize though so I can kind of see how you'd call it a puzzler, I'd personally class it as a Visual Novel with puzzle elements (same as Professor Layton and 999).
someone would call me out on this list.
In defence of my picks:
Monkey Ball, Wario Ware, Phoenix Wright and Bomberman have all been nominated by others.
From the OP:
As always, the definition is up to you, but here's what Wikipedia has to say:
Puzzle video games are a genre of video games that emphasise puzzle solving. The types of puzzles can test many problem-solving skills including logic, 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
Using this definition, Populous definitely qualifies.
And Scene It? is just a puzzle game for multiple people, although I'd say that's the most contentious game I've included. I'd doubt it'll matter much in the final standings though.
'Puzzle game' is certainly the most woolly of all the genres. I think it's interesting that Portal and its sequel have been included by many and none have found that contentious as it's a first-person game that involves firing things and requires you to solve puzzles to complete levels... which is pretty much the definition of an FPS. Portal doesn't have killing or ammo so it doesn't fit that genre neatly either but if you justify its inclusion based on the fact that you have to complete a series of puzzles to pass a level, well, you could use that justification to include thousands of other games as 'puzzle' games.