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Those who enjoy puzzle games are lucky, as the genre is full of different types. From the classics to matching to mazes, there is always a wide selection for the puzzler in you. If you like to have a seat with your Mac and put your mind to work but don’t want to spend a fortune, we have the list for you.
These puzzle games for Mac are free, fun, and definitely worth your time. Grab your thinking cap and get ready to hone your puzzle-solving skills.
For Traditional Puzzlers
If you enjoy classic types of puzzle games, then these freebies are for you. Match pairs, work with numbers, and assemble the pieces.
1. Mahjong Free
Customize your game and play a traditional puzzler with Mahjong Free. Begin by choosing from 25 background options and a variety of tile styles. Then, sit back and enjoy the classic gameplay of Mahjong.
Mahjong Free provides options to shuffle the tiles, receive hints, and undo your last move. You can start a new game each time or pick up where you left off before. After you complete a puzzle, you move onto the next one with a different layout, for a little variety.
2. Sudoku Epic
Just pick a number and click a spot in the fun and challenging Sudoku Epic. This game offers two sizes of Sudoku with a daily challenge and Wordoku game. You can also choose your level of difficulty which is great for expert players.
Via the game settings, you can enable highlighting of completed sets and duplicate numbers, change your input method, and display a timer. You can even adjust the tile color to your preference. Earn stars, complete goals, and enjoy Sudoku Epic for free.
If you don’t have any good physical jigsaw puzzles, this option for Mac is awesome. Jigsaw Puzzles Epic lets you choose from categories like animals, nature, windmills, and lighthouses. Once you pick a category, you can select your puzzle.
Jigsaw Puzzles Epic provides options for you to rotate and choose the number of puzzle pieces. If your child is playing, you can set it for four pieces. Then, when it’s your turn, change it to 400 rotating pieces for the ultimate challenge. And for a relaxing experience, the game offers soothing background music.
For Teasing Your Brain
When you want to play a game that teases your brain, these put your mind to work. Plan your moves and think ahead while you have some fun.
4. Bind Flow
Leave no dot unattached or tile empty in Bind Flow. Your goal is to connect dots of the same color by creating a path. Paths cannot overlap, all dots must be connected, and blank tiles are not allowed. Accomplish these three goals and move onto the next level.
This brain teaser provides 80 levels in its free version to keep you busy for a while, and each level is harder than the previous one. Bind Flow has a simple concept that you have likely seen before, but still brings a challenge.
5. Rail Maze
If you would rather get the train to the station then connect the dots, check out Rail Maze. This is a great wild west challenge — by flipping the track tiles, rotating directional pieces, and avoiding the dreaded pirate train, you’ll accomplish your task.
Plan your moves carefully in Rail Maze because your goal is not only to get the train to the station, but to do so safely. If you crash into an obstacle or cars on your own train you will have to start again. There are currently over 50 levels to play through and 60 more in the Build Railroad challenge.
For Matching Three
Match-three games are a dime a dozen, but these free puzzlers stand out. You can match flowers, fish, fancy gems, or feathered friends.
If you are familiar with the Gardenscapes hidden object game, then Gardenscapes New Acres is one you should try. Different than its counterpart, this is a match-three game with the same cheerful theme. Make matches to accomplish the level goals and earn stars to spruce up the mansion garden.
The game offers hundreds of levels, tons of silly characters, and loads of challenges. You may need to match a certain number of fruits or flowers, collect acorns, or complete objectives within the time limit. Each level brings a surprise in this colorful, enjoyable puzzle game.
When you’re ready to move from decorating the mansion garden, create an aquarium home in Fishdom. Like Gardenscapes, this match-three game from Playrix is upbeat and delightful. You match pearls, turtles, seashells, and other watery objects.
Match more than three items to create special tiles like firecrackers and bombs to eliminate more tiles at once. As you work through the hundreds of levels, you earn coins to trade for more fish or decorations for your fish tanks. And, don’t forget to feed those fishies to get bonus coins.
Cradle of Empires is another match-three game with a neat story and theme. Rebuild an ancient city by collecting valuable items in each level. Match flowers, fruits, gold, and other cool objects within the move limit and you will earn rewards and XP.
When you get stuck, use bonuses like a hammer to crash a tile or the bomb to eliminate five at once. Like similar games, matching more than three items will give you special tiles to clear rows or groups of items.
While technically a game of matching, Claws & Feathers 3 offers vastly different gameplay. Instead of dragging tiles of like items to match three or more, you move birds to create matches. And sometimes it’s wise not to make the obvious matches. You must think strategically.
Each level has a goal to meet, as with most games. In Claws & Feathers 3, birds will fly away when you’ve matched them. However, you can move birds without making matches to get them out of the way. Just keep in mind that doing this will create hatchlings that may fill up the game board quicker than planned. This unique puzzler has spectacular graphics to go with the thought-provoking gameplay.
For Making Mosaics
Use your noggin to create colorful mosaics with these puzzles. Put tiles in the right order or pieces in the correct spots and make cool pictures.
If you enjoy graph-style, logic puzzles, then create an amazing image in the Picross game Mystery Mosaics 2. In over 100 levels, you must correctly place the colors according to the numbers on the grid. Each mosaic is comprised of three colors and you can only fill one color at a time.
For those new to this genre, number indicators by the columns and rows of the grid serve as your clues. You place tiles according to those numbers. For instance, if a column has a 3 and then a 2 under it, that row contains three tiles in a row, followed by at least one space, then the other two pieces. When you finish, you can view a nifty mosaic. As a bonus, Mystery Mosaics 2 is story-based; you use your success to build a glorious kingdom.
Another game that lets you create neat images is Fairytale Mosaics Beauty and the Beast. However, this mosaic-creating game is more of a jigsaw puzzle with a twist. You see the finished image and then need to place the pieces correctly to reconstruct it.
The twist comes with the challenge of assembling the puzzle quickly, accurately, and completely. If you do this, you will receive a key for each of these goals. Earning keys will give you coins to unlock the subsequent puzzles.
For Just Plain Fun
These games may not fit with the other categories, but they might just suit your puzzle preference. Test your dexterity skills or word-making talents with these neat puzzlers.
Impossible Twisty Dots is one way to test your quickness, aim, and reflexes. The premise of the game is simple. Shoot the dots into the middle dot without hitting another one. Place each dot successfully and move onto the next level.
It sounds easy, so now you’re wondering where the “impossible” part comes in, right? The center dot that you aim for twists or turns and slows down or speeds up without notice. You might be preparing to aim and suddenly, the dot twists — causing you to hit another. When this happens, you must start the level again. Impossible Twisty Dots offers thousands of levels to test your skills.
It wouldn’t be a puzzle game list without at least one word challenge. Word Wow Big City is a great free Mac game that is part word and part puzzle game. Your goal for each level is to create words with the letters shown in order to move the worm to the bottom of the building.
You create words of three or more letters to blow up blocks and clear the worm’s path. The nice part is that the letters do not have to touch, but the catch is that you have limited time. So, plan carefully and select words with letters that will help the little worm. You’ll play through many challenging levels within each neat building setting.
Is There a Fun Free Mac Puzzler You Love?
If you are a puzzle fan and can’t stop playing a certain game on your Mac, let us know. And don’t forget to load up your smartphone with puzzle collections for fun on the go. For Mac gamers who prefer a different genre, check out the best role-playing games.
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