Long before the Wii brought casual games to consoles and mobile devices kick started a new era of pick-up-and-play and socially driven titles for gamers and non-gamers alike, there were puzzle games. Whether you prefer a hardcore match-three session, brain teasers or just a five minute distraction on your morning commute, this genre has something for everyone.

And given that developers can twist a player’s brain in any number of directions—reflexes, memory, logistics and cognitive awareness of all kinds, to name a few—puzzle games arguably have the widest appeal of any type of game. Put on your thinking cap for Complex’s countdown of the 50 Best Puzzle games of all time.

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