Lean back and play some puzzle games on your Wii. If your Wii is collecting dust beside your television there’s no reason not to give it a new life, and these relaxing puzzle games are perfect for study breaks or winding down. Even better is that they’re free.
To play these games you need to set up your Wii to use homebrew with Letterbomb, so be sure to check that article out if you haven’t already. Once you’re done, all of these Puzzle games can be easily found in the Homewbrew Browser. The quality of the music in some of these games is questionable, but you could always turn the sound off and listen to a podcast instead. That’s what I do.
Based on the classic crate-moving game Sokoban, Rokoban is a 3D-ish crate moving game. The concept is simple – move the crates onto the buttons – but complexities arise. You’ll need to put some thought into this to play it.
If you run out of levels, don’t worry: Sokoban’s been around for decades and there are many fan-made level sets out there, all of which Rokoban can open. Download .SLC files here, then add them to the drive you use to play homebrew on your Wii.
Read more about or download Rokoban here, or find it in the Wii Homebrew Browser.
In some ways this is similar to Angry Birds Space. You need to direct a meteor around planets in order to hit a comment, taking into account the affects of gravity. It’s simple, fascinating and addictive.
Read more about and download Gravitii, or check the Wii Homebrew Browser.
This one’s a variation on the wooden peg-jumping games you may remember from your childhood. A fog can jump from one lilly pad to another, but every pad he leaves disappears behind him. The objective – clear the board completely, leaving only the lillypad you’re standing on.
Read more about and download Scrogger here, or check out the Wii Homebrew Browser.
This one’s based on a pen-and-paper puzzle – nonogram –that works surprising well on the Wii. You’re presented with a grid; numbers on the side of this grid represent how many consecutive squares need to be colored in. Using logic you can fill in squares until you eventually draw a complete picture.
By default the controls can be a little difficult; I recommend using the arrow buttons instead of the pointer.
Read more about and download Piero’s Wiicross here, or check the Wii Homebrew Browser.
Of course no list of puzzle games is complete without mention of Tetris, and Wii homebrew users can find five different implementations of this classic:
- Toddtris is straight-forward. 1 or 2 players. You can customize the graphics, if you want.
- TetWiis is based on the DS version of Tetris. 1 Player.
- Tetris Wii requires a Gamecube controller.
- TetriCycle is Tetris on a cylindrical surface. One player.
- Wiitris features Miis (sort of) and multiple remixes of the Tetris theme. Not marathon mode; 1 or 2 players.
Of course if none of these versions quite work for you there’s always emulators you can run on your Wii, along with a ROM of a Tetris game you already own.
These games are good for hours of puzzles on your Wii, so enjoy them. I enjoy playing Puzzle games like this with my wife after a long day – puzzles lend themselves well to collaboration.
Of course the above games are merely my favorites. I’m sure you know of some better games, so please, check out this list of Wii homebrew puzzle games and tell me about your favorites below.
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