I love puzzles. I think they’re an amazing way to spend a day relaxing and enjoying the company of friends or family. Puzzles come in many shapes, sizes, and difficulty levels so there’s something for everyone! In this blog post I am going to list 8 different types of puzzles so you can find one that matches your skill level.
11 Common Puzzles Types
Following are a few types of puzzle we are often see:
These are very common puzzles and the ones we can see in an escape room. The goal is to find a phrase or a solution to a problem using clever and logical techniques. They are designed to be solved by a single person (some of them), and they can be very simple or complex.
E.g. Cryptic Crosswords
You thought you were done with crosswords? Cryptic Crosswords is a collection of forty cryptic puzzles that are enjoyable, original, and quick. These puzzles have been revised to include clues which add depth for even the most seasoned cryptic solver. If fun, fast challenges sound like a great way to spend your winter nights or weekends away in Quebec City with friends — then this book is for you! And get an extra challenge out of the deal by endeavoring to solve the mystery puzzle at the end of each chapter.
The best example of this puzzle is Rubik’s Cube. It is an extremely common type you can see today. They come in various options but all of them require trial and error to solve it. You will need to push move and connect pieces in order to solve it.
E.g. Rubik’s Cube 3 x 3
This Rubik’s Cube game is perfect for anyone trying to find a challenging puzzle that doesn’t involve sitting in front of your computer screen. Put some hours into solving the cube, and you’ll be left with a rewarding and satisfying feeling. The 7-Step Solution Guide will help to get even those who thought it might have been too hard before back on track.
Logic puzzles have a grid of some kind that must be filled properly. There are rules and the solution is usually completely unique. These puzzles may come with a partially filled grid, which makes the solution easier to find.
As you may know already, trivia puzzles are based on trivia on any topic and area in the world. They can be found as a part of escape room puzzles, and they may be extremely difficult unless you are familiar with the niche.
Math puzzles are based on math, obviously. They use algorithms (not simple ones), and the main purpose is to test the math skills of a student. There are many tricks and tips you can use but in general, you need to be proficient with math to solve one.
Riddles are based on a piece of text containing the question. You need the answer, which is hard and can come in multiple options. There is some logic involved in all of this, but not necessarily. Some riddles are extremely complicated to solve, and there is no common logic present. Being proficient with a particular niche may help you sometimes.
An example of this puzzle is ‘’Find the next number in line 1, 2, 8, 9…’’. They are very old puzzles, and they are very common. The goal is to deduce the outcome from the provided numbers or letters and to use logic or math to find it without an error.
Word puzzles are common, and you have been playing with them the entire life. The best example is a crossword. Keep in mind that some of these puzzles may have a mathematical nature and foundation.
The brain cells are calling for your attention! Stay sharp and entertained with this challenging game of Crossword Puzzles. This 90-page book has everything you need from puzzles, answers, sections to read, and fun facts. Keep the grid penciled in as you flip through different clues to piece together phrases with corners or whole blocks filled. The perfect gift for any intellectually minded individual who enjoys a good challenge! Get ready to flex those synapses while puzzling out these word challenges one letter at a time.
A jigsaw puzzle is a type of picture that has been cut into many pieces and can be reassembled to form the whole image. Doing this requires concentration, problem-solving skills and patience. The benefits of doing jigsaw puzzles include increased problem-solving skills and concentration as well as mental stimulation because it engages both sides of your brain at once – the logical left side that deals with numbers and symbols; and creative right side which loves images.
E.g. The Mystic Maze
The Mystic Maze is a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle that’s beautiful, full of detail, and will leave you breathless when you finish it. The twist ending includes the use of illusions and magic to astonish and delight you. With over 50 easter eggs only visible at this size, solving this challenging puzzle is where the fun begins! There’s no loose puzzle dust with every piece made from PET material for safe finger sliding and easy cleanup without powders. This beautifully detailed new masterpiece has been called “the most-funded and most-backed puzzle in Kickstarter history” by WIRED magazine due to its success on Kickstarter raising over $3M from more than 60k backers so far.
A Tangram uses 7 pieces to form geometric shapes by following certain rules as well as using 2 more “empty” spaces on the board where you will need to draw the shape before solving it.
Escape rooms are physical puzzles that provide a team of participants with the challenge to escape from a contained room. Participants must work together and use elements inside the room or puzzle in order to solve their way out within an allotted time limit, usually one hour. The first person who goes through all the steps needed to escape is considered “The Escapist.” Players may choose not only how they approach these challenges but also what kind of danger they wish to encounter, be it mental or physical.