Good puzzle games like Portal, Braid, and Limbo?

Can people recommend me some good puzzle games like those three? I'm looking for 1) interesting puzzle mechanics and 2) great pacing and puzzle design. So, don't care much about the story or genre (FPS vs. 2D, etc.).

Games that need not be mentioned (cuz I've heard of them already):
- Crayon Physics
- World of Goo
- Max and the Magic Marker
- The Ball

Cheers,
--Steve

None of these are "like Portal, Braid, and Limbo".... but they're all good puzzlers:

- Osmos is really neat for how it uses momentum and gravity. (PC)
- Lost Horizon is a point and click adventure with a great plot and some fun puzzles. (PC)
- Super Scribblenauts is fantastic if you like word puzzles. (DS)
- Blueberry Garden is whimsical and artsy. (PC)
- The Company of Myself is a browser-based game that, despite it's rudimentary graphics, tells a poignant story of loneliness, love, and loss. (Flash)

I always enjoyed the Exit franchise on PSP. There's two games in the series and I think part 2 is still up on XBLA for download.

Crush is a great 2D/3D puzzler on PSP. It's due out soon on 3DS also.

I'd go with Bob Came in Pieces and Cogs. They go on sale several times a year but they're well worth the regular price.

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom. A bit of a Braid knockoff.

Machinarium is an adventure game, but you might like it.

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysey. Old, but good.

garion333 wrote:

Machinarium is an adventure game, but you might like it.

I'm quoting myself, but if I had to limit myself to one suggestion, it'd be this.

Toki Tori maybe?

garion333 wrote:

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom. A bit of a Braid knockoff.

Superficially. Both games involve time manipulation, but they go about it in completely different ways and have very different puzzle designs. Winterbottom is primarily concerned with the manipulation of clones in various ways where Braid is more focused on the forward and backward movement of time.

Space Chem, for sure.

Frozen Synapse is more of a tactics game, but it has some of the elements of a great puzzle game - where you place your units, and in what formation has everything to do with your success or failure.

You didn't mention a platform, Steve. Should we assume PC or what?

From Dust is also a puzzle-type game. It is a sandbox game. Literally. Pick up and use sand, water and lava to keep your guys safe while they build villages.

I'll second PB Winterbottom and Machinarium, both are fantastic games. Also it's in your not mention list, but World of Goo is a must play if you haven't played it yet. I think it's much better than the other games in that list.

If you have access to a PSP, Crush was awesome. It's a puzzle game where you constantly switch back and forth between 2d and 3d to move from one section to the next.

How is Limbo on the PC?

Aaron D. wrote:

I always enjoyed the Exit franchise on PSP. There's two games in the series and I think part 2 is still up on XBLA for download.

Crush is a great 2D/3D puzzler on PSP. It's due out soon on 3DS also.

That could actually get me to consider buying a 3DS.

One more, I'm a huge fan of auditorium.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

How is Limbo on the PC?

It's an excellent port except that it doesn't really give you many options. I didn't have any problems with that though. The game automatically sized to 1920x1080 or 1280x768 just fine. The 360 pad worked very well with it.

Great to hear. The game has been tempting me every time Log into steam.

Atras wrote:

Space Chem, for sure.

This, definitely. What a fun game.

Cool, thanks for the tips! As for platform, any platform really. Except unfortunately I don't have a PSP... I'll check out Toki Tori and Bob Came In Pieces. Thanks folks!

stevesan wrote:

Cool, thanks for the tips! As for platform, any platform really. Except unfortunately I don't have a PSP... I'll check out Toki Tori and Bob Came In Pieces. Thanks folks!

Yes! I win, in your face everybody!

I second Osmos and Spacechem.

Trine is a ton of fun! It is more of a puzzle platformer in line with the titles in the subject line than traditional puzzle games.

I know it's not really what you're describing, but when I think of "good puzzle games," Professor Layton on the DS always comes to mind first.

Another two which might fit the bill are Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective on the DS and Zack and Wiki on the Wii....but honestly, I can't speak from experience as they've sat unopened on my shelves since buying them (a fate many, many of my games share).

Alas, you've missed the Humble Indie Bundle by now, but as others have mentioned, definitely worth checking out Cogs and Machinarium. Cogs I'd particularly recommend.

stevesan wrote:

Cool, thanks for the tips! As for platform, any platform really. Except unfortunately I don't have a PSP... I'll check out Toki Tori and Bob Came In Pieces. Thanks folks!

If you have a PS3, then, Echochrome was good to a certain point. It gets pretty damn hard after awhile. Definitely worth the money for an hour or two to enjoy the music and atmosphere. I wish I had a PSP to play Echoshift or whatever they decided to call their next game.

Toki Tori is definitely pretty fun. The Tiny Bang story is beautiful and has some decent puzzles. It's a very relaxing puzzle game sort of like Machinarium is.

On Xbox 360, ilomilo is a fun puzzle game, although it's suffocatingly twee.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

The Tiny Bang story is beautiful and has some decent puzzles. It's a very relaxing puzzle game sort of like Machinarium is.

I'll +1 Tiny Bang Story. It's a bit of a misnomer, because there's really not much actual story to it, but it is beautifully done and the puzzles are great.

Strewth wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

The Tiny Bang story is beautiful and has some decent puzzles. It's a very relaxing puzzle game sort of like Machinarium is.

I'll +1 Tiny Bang Story. It's a bit of a misnomer, because there's really not much actual story to it, but it is beautifully done and the puzzles are great.

TuffBuff gifted me Tiny Bang. It was a fun game and a great way to ease back into using the mouse after my accident.

AUs_TBirD wrote:

I know it's not really what you're describing, but when I think of "good puzzle games," Professor Layton on the DS always comes to mind first.

Another two which might fit the bill are Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective on the DS and Zack and Wiki on the Wii....but honestly, I can't speak from experience as they've sat unopened on my shelves since buying them (a fate many, many of my games share).

I absolutely loved Zack and Wiki. It's all waggle, all the time, but done in a bunch of different ways, (think Wario Ware Smooth Moves) The puzzles are really interesting and rewarding (including the celebration every time you do something) but the game will let you do things that can essentially end the level and let you live so you will be stuck and might not even know it. I think that only happened to me once.

Some may disagree vehemently, but I thought the newly-released Catherine was a most excellent puzzle game. With the bonus of a moste compellinge goode narrative. Has about a million puzzles plus randomly-generated content, so you could in theory play it forever. If...you were insane. Like me.