Active puzzle video game

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Tetris (1984) helped usher in a new form of puzzle video game.

An active puzzle video game is a genre of puzzle video game which has roots in traditional puzzle games like speed chess, but really came into its own with the advent of the video game. Active puzzle games require the player to make decisions quickly and respond to unexpected changes in the puzzle's structure. This is contrasted with a passive puzzle video game which gives the player as much time as they need.

Most video game databases don't distinguish between active and passive puzzle games, but I think there is a significant difference in both the mechanics used and the feel of the game.


I don't think I witnessed an active puzzle video game until around the late 1980s, and it was most likely Tetris.


This is a list of active puzzle video games that are important to me. For all games in this genre, see the active puzzle category.

Title Released Developer
Adventures of Lolo 1989-04-20 HAL Laboratory
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia 1990-01-?? Imagineering
Frog Fractions 2 2016-12-26 Twinbeard
Ittle Dew 2013-07-05 Ludosity AB
Katamari Damacy 2004-03-18 Namco
Kickle Cubicle 1988-06-?? Irem
Limbo 2010-07-21 Playdead
Mini Metro 2014-08-11 Dinosaur Polo Club Limited
Pony Island 2016-01-04 Daniel Mullins Games
Portal series 2007-10-10 Valve
The Swapper 2013-05-13 Facepalm Games
Tetris 1984-06-06 Alexey Pajitnov
ZZT 1991-10-?? Tim Sweeney


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