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Mice Men    Soleau Software,  1995
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Mice Men is an original and addicting puzzler. The object is to get all of your 'mice men' to the other side of the board. It's easy to learn, and fun to play, but tough to master. Sounds like the perfect puzzler, eh? Cute mice graphics, too. :)
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Mindgames DOS Collection    Ishan,  2005
Rating: 4 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
This collection of many simple but fun "mind games" for DOS includes Color Mastermind, Find that Word, Solitaire Checkers, Score Four, Maze Escape and many more (18 in all). Run "18GAMES.EXE" for a menu of all the games. Very well made, also visit the author's website for many more games made for Windows.
[Download] Click here to download Mindgames DOS Collection (628k)

Minesweeper    David Faria,  1996
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot unavailable ]
A good looking version of the classic MineSweeper game. (Big surprise, eh?) Nice VGA graphics, however, you can't customize the game at all, and the sound effects are played through the PC Speaker. (They can be turned off.) Overall, a good alternative to the Windows version. (Note: Also, the author lives/lived in my home town: Mississauga, in Ontario, Canada! ^_^)
[Download] Click here to download Minesweeper (128k)

Mission Maze    Soleau Software,  1991
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Also known as "Mission Maze Adventure". Here is proof that goes and searches out some obscure DOS games for you to play: This game was made by William Soleau (of Soleau Software fame) but it is not listed on his official site! :) This text-mode game involves going on missions to find several items by using TNT and other tools while avoiding "roving sensors" that will kill you. Basically a very simple puzzle game with some action elements, the random levels should help keep things somewhat interesting despite the games bland graphics and gameplay.
[Download] Click here to download Mission Maze (79k)

NRMaze    Tanstaafl Inc,  1993
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
NRMaze is a variant of the classic Windows puzzle game Minesweeper. The twist is that you cannot start the puzzle just anywhere. You start at the top left corner of the board, and must systematically work your way to the other side of the board. This makes the game more challenging. I personally perfer the original, but some may like this variant better.
[Download] Click here to download NRMaze (61k)

Oxyd    Dongleware Publishing Inc,  1992
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
The goal of Oxyd is to roll your ball using your mouse and match up tiles to progress to the next level. The game controls quite well using the mouse although it takes some getting used to. The puzzles are not overly challenging although you'll need some quick reflexes to complete some of them. Also the group of levels offered in the shareware version is somewhat limited. Still, quite a well made game, with decent graphics. It's clear a lot of thought and work went into this one.
[Download] Click here to download Oxyd (645k)

Paganitzu    Apogee,  1994
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
A better than average 'pushing' puzzle. It was actually supposed to be a semi-sequel to the Apogee classic 'Pharoah's Tomb', however the gameplay is totally different. Here you must get to the exit by pushing rocks around, collecting keys, and avoiding various monsters. Make no mistake, though, it's definitely a puzzle game. As usual with early Apogee releases, nice EGA graphics, too.
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Peter-Box    True Emotions Software,  1994
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Peter-Box (aka PeterBox or Peter Box) is a block-pushing game, similar to Sokoban or Boxxle. It seems to play fairly well, you are able to save your progress, and the graphics are simple but functional. There aren't many innovations to the classic formula here however, and the levels consist of pushing blocks onto X's.
[Download] Click here to download Peter Box (66k)

Plix    Soleau Software,  1993
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot unavailable ]
Plix is another unique puzzle game from Soleau Software. In this game the object is to push around sliding blocks on a grid to match them up with their negative images. The graphics are very basic, but the gameplay is solid ... tough, though! Definitely a game for hardcore puzzle game fans only!
[Download] Click here to download Plix (113k)

PlunderMine    Lee Gaiteri,  1995
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Action-puzzle games are faily rare, but this one probably could qualify as both. The goal is to collect as much gold and silver as possible before the other players (other humans or computer controlled) and avoiding blowing yourself up or getting blown up by the other players. It's a slickly produced game with crisp VGA graphics and a nice tutorial at the beginning to explain how to play.
[Download] Click here to download PlunderMine (107k)

Puzzle Fun-Pak    Apogee Software,  1988
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
One of two "paks" of games released by the famous Apogee Software VERY early in their company's storied history (the other pack being the Adventure Fun-Pack), this collection contains 4 different games, of generally "okay" quality. Both packs were recently released by Apogee as freeware. The games contained in this collection are:
Block Five: Apogee's take on the classic GO or Go-Moku game. Like TicTacToe except a larger board and you need to get 5 in a row.
Asteroids Rescue: An actually enjoyable laid back action/puzzle game ... rescue stranded astronauts.
Phrase Master: A two player Wheel of Fortune type game where you have to guess the phrase.
Maze Machine: Generates a random maze for printing ... not very useful unless you're using "real" DOS.
[Download] Click here to download Puzzle Fun-Pack (298k)
NOTE: includes both the Puzzle and Adventure "Fun-Pak"s!

Rescue Rover    Softdisk Publishing,  1991
Rating: 4 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
This interesting puzzle game was created by future members of id Software (John Carmack, Adrian Carmack, John Romero, Tom Hall ...) while they were still producing games for Softdisk. This is the shareware version of the game, which is apparently rare since most versions still existing are the registered commercial version still being sold online! About the game itself, it's an interesting and difficult EGA puzzle game involving lazers, mirrors, pushable blocks, etc. where the object is to rescue your dog, Rover!
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Rimtrix    Richard Wright,  1989
Rating: 3 stars  Public Domain  [ Screenshot ]
Rimtrix is an interesting combination of Pipe Dream (and its numerous knock-offs such as Antrun) and picture sliding puzzles. The goal is to direct the ball through the the pipes into the appropriately colored cup on the other side of the board. It's harder than it sounds! You have to move the pieces and also rotate them in order to try to keep the ball moving. The bland CGA graphics don't really hurt the game although they may strain your eyes after awhile.
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Rings of the Magi    MVP Software,  1995
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
At first Rings of the Magi seems like just another puzzle game. But after playing it for awhile I think you'll agree that it is quite fun to play, and its presented in better than average fashion. Puzzle games usually are rather skimpy on graphics/sounds/effects, but that's not the case here as ROTM looks quite good. The main attraction though are the puzzles which involve matching up colored rings by pushing them around the level.
[Download] Click here to download Rings of the Magi Updated WINDOWS VERSION (7,641k)
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Robbo (The Adventures of)   Epic Megagames / Maciej Miasik,  1994
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Creative Commons Share-alike  [ Screenshot ]
Originally part of the Epic Puzzle Pack (along with Heartlight PC and Electro Man), Robbo was the only one of the three to never be released in shareware/demo form. This version has been released for free by one of its original authors. The game plays similarly to Boulderdash or Chip's Challenge. The graphics and sounds are decent enough for a puzzle game, although the constant voice sound clips played throughout the game can get annoying after awhile.
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Rollin    Ticsoft,  1995
Rating: 4 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Rollin is a fun puzzle game with simple but well drawn graphics. Your goal is to roll your marble around the level, collecting items and gold (in order to buy keys or other items at shops) in order to eventually get to the level's exit. Decent controls and a laid-back pace make this game fun to play.
[Download] Click here to download Rollin (1,122k)

Sam Spade    Sanborn Software Systems,  1985
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Sam Spade is a text-mode game (very basic ASCII-graphics) where the object is to solve a crime, playing as Sam Spade, private detective. You have both a limited amount of time and cash to solve the crime. (Apparently the private dic business doesn't pay too well.) It's a fairly unique concept which probably will take some trial-and-error to get the hang of.
[Download] Click here to download Sam Spade (46k)

Satori    Rinzai Satori,  1990
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
An EGA variant of the Oilswell/Pipe Dream type puzzle game. The goal is to connect as many pipes together as you can. (View the screenshot to see what I mean.) It's enjoyable and more relaxed than most games of this type, as you're not racing against the clock.
[Download] Click here to download Satori (39k)

Scrambled Eggs    Hamster Republic,  2001
Rating: 4 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
If you've played any of the Bust-A-Move games, you'll know what you're in for with Scrambled Eggs. (Check the screenshot to see what I mean.) The game is basically the same as the classic Bust-A-Move games, except with annoying sound effects. (Barnyard sounds? Why?!) But the game is still quite well done, with nice graphics and responsive controls.
[Download] Click here to download Scrambled Eggs (122k)

Sea Run    Soleau Software,  1994
Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
One of the plethora of puzzle type games released by Soleau Software, Sea Run has many similarities to the classic Pipeline game, or for that matter Soleau's own Ant Run or Oilcap games. The task here is to rotate different arrows to keep the ship moving on the board. I found this game tougher than Ant Run and other similar games so if you're looking for an additional challenge you may want to try this. EGA graphics and basic sound effects.
[Download] Click here to download Sea Run (628k)

Sherlock    Everett Kaser,  1994
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
In this game you must use your powers of deduction to determine the positions of images in an array. Much like many puzzle games, only average graphics, but since this game is quite unique and plays well you may enjoy it. A must for logic puzzle fans.
[Download] Click here to download Sherlock (120k)

Sherlock,  1996
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
This is a DIFFERENT game from the Sherlock game above, please check the screenshots to see which is which if you're looking for a particular game. :) This game called "Sherlock" is similar to the classic Mastermind color guessing game, except here you are guessing numbers instead of colors. You can play against the computer, who is, according to the website, a "formidable opponent and unless you are a mastermind expert".
[Download] Click here to download Sherlock (76k)

Sleuth    Erin N Miller,  1993
Rating: 4 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
If you're looking for a very original puzzle game, this one could be it. Sleuth involves attempting to solve a murder mystery, by exploring a house and questioning suspects. The graphics may be crude by today's standards (good 'ol DOS ASCII) the game itself is very cool. It's different every time you play, plus you can add your own name in (or the names of your friends) as the suspects. Neat!
[Download] Click here to download Sleuth (57k)

Spych    Pawel Slawinski,  2001
Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
This simple block-pushing puzzle game shares many similarities with games such as Sokoban or Boxxle. The object is to push boxes around, onto their proper markers, as well as collect keys and avoid obstacles on the way to the level exit. Although the game's graphics are not very good, it does seem challenging and long, so fans of the genre should be able to play this one for awhile.
[Download] Click here to download Spych (51k)

Squarez    Adept Software,  1999
Rating: 5 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
An interesting and original puzzle game. It reminds me a bit of Tetris, in that you move around Tetris-style pieces. Your task here, though, is to create 3x3 squares. It isn't as easy as it sounds! Great graphics, a great premise and slick design make this one a keeper! (NOTE: The Squarez game is contained in the same zipfile as Jetpack ... after unzipping it, it's in the SQUAREZ directory. That's okay, though, as Jetpack is also an excellent game!)
[Download] Click here to download Squarez (883k)
(Yes, it's the right zipfile even though it's called, there are two games in there!)
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Supaplex    Elmer Productions,  1991
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
If you're looking for an involving puzzle game (which bears a strong reseblance to the classic game "Boulderdash"), Superplex might be what you're looking for. It recently has been updated to work on modern machines. It features VGA graphics with a computer-ish theme, and a plehora of precarious puzzles (yay alliteration). The menus are a bit confusing at first but once you get into the game it's great.
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Taxi Run    Soleau Software,  1997
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Taxi Run is one of many games that take inspiration from the original Pipe Mania (aka Pipe Dreams) game. The object is to rotate the road pieces to guide your taxi to pick up your fare, and then guide it to their intended destination. As you progress through the levels the challenges get progressively more difficult. The game plays pretty well using the mouse, my only complaint is that you need to scroll around to see the entire map/playing field. Generally a good game similar to other Soleau releases like Ant Run.
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Tear Down the Wall    Chet Langin,  1991
Rating: 4 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
A cool game that you can play against the computer or a second player. The object is to pull bricks out of a wall, so that as many other bricks will fall down as possible. Despite its ASCII graphics and PC speaker sounds (they can be turned off!) this game is quite fun, and great for when you're looking for just a quick gaming break.
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Too Many Geckos!    Anarchy Entertainment Inc,  1996
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Whether there are, in fact, too many geckos is up to you to decide, but there certainly are plenty in this strange and unique puzzle game. The puzzles involve placing blocks (pyramids) into wire frames and matching the colors and shapes of the various geckos. Sound confusing? It's difficult to describe, and even the included documentation does a poor job of it. But the game has excellent production values, and is quite unique so it's probably worth checking out and playing around with until you figure it out.
[Download] Click here to download Too Many Geckos! (2,748k)

Tri    Joseph White,  1993
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
The object of Tri is to collect all of the items on the screen. However, your "Tri" can only move in straight horizontal or vertical lines, and will continue moving until it hits an item or is destroyed by hitting an obstacle or going off the screen. Although the levels are randomly generated it doesn't matter much until you hit the later levels. Graphics are passable, and the tileset changes every few levels. A decent but not-too-mentally taxing puzzle game. (Note: Press Enter to use a "pass"; some levels can't be completed otherwise. See in-game help for an explanation.)
[Download] Click here to download Tri (124k)

Trugg    Digital Workshop,  1995
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Trugg is a Boulderdash clone, but it's a decent one. As in Boulderdash (and it's numerous copycats) the object is to complete the various levels without getting crushed by boulders or killed by other hazards. The graphics and sounds are decent enough but nothing exciting. The shareware version includes 20 levels, not enough for extended play but enough to keep you entertained for awhile.
[Download] Click here to download Trugg (681k)

Vampiric Tower    Mike Behrens,  2000
Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Vampire Tower is a quirky puzzle game that includes 50 puzzles of quickly increasing difficulty. While most of the puzzles involve familiar pushing/collecting exercises, there is also an additional element at play here. Your character can sometimes transform into a bat, which can help you by letting you past certain types of obstacles. Graphics are only okay, and there is no sound at all, but most puzzle fans won't mind. ;)
[Download] Click here to download Vampiric Tower (79k)

WESP    Guenter Koch,  1995
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
The object of the puzzle game WESP (originally in German) is to step on every square to remove it from the playing field. The game features many puzzles, and although the graphics and such are very basic, they do the job. The controls are slightly unintuitive, especially if (like me) you're on a laptop without a numpad. Use the numbered arrow keys 1-9 to move ONE square at a time, and the regular arrow keys to move two at a time hopping over one square. At least, that's how it works on my computer.
[Download] Click here to download WESP (56k)

Worm World    Arnab Bose,  2001
Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Worm World is a fairly unique puzzle game where you have three items at your disposal which you must use to guide your worm through the level to the exit: antigravity, barricade, and bridge. The levels can be challenging, and a level editor is included to allow you to build your own stages. (See the author's website for more information and instructions on how to play.)
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