Games for Geniuses

by TigerPanache | created - 31 Oct 2016 | updated - 31 Oct 2016 | Public

Games that are still entertaining and challenging for people who are really smart. Especially games that have hidden depths that can be plumbed by the truly clever.

Not listed on IMDB: Armadillo Run - suitable for children The Bridge - suitable for children Chromagun Cut the Rope Glitchspace Human Resource Machine Obduction Perspective Quadrilateral Cowboy Samorost Stephen's Sausage Roll The Turing Test Zoombinis - suitable for children

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1. The Witness (2016 Video Game)

Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

You awake on a mysterious island with no goal but to simply traverse the area's multiple landscapes, unlock new pathways and solve all of the puzzles that prevent you from escaping.

Director: Jonathan Blow | Stars: Terra Deva, Ashley Johnson, Phil LaMarr, Matthew Waterson

Votes: 368

Suitable for children

2. Pac-Man (1980 Video Game)

Not Rated | Action, Family, Fantasy

Navigate Pac-Man through a maze escaping ghosts and eating Pac-Dots.

Votes: 1,701

Suitable for children

3. Tetris (1984 Video Game)

E | Action, Family

Differently shaped forms fall down into a 2D container. The forms, which can be moved and rotated, must be sorted in "on-the-fly".

Director: Alexey Pazhitnov

Votes: 2,737

Suitable for children

4. Dead Synchronicity (2015 Video Game)

M | Adventure

A man with no past must rediscover his identity and figure out the events that have brought the world to the edge of destruction.

Stars: Jeremiah Costello, John Kirby

Votes: 16

5. The Room (2012 Video Game)


You solve puzzles around a box, as notes from an author - one who previously had solved the mystery of the box - are found, describing the box's use of an ethereal material, as well as showing the author slowly descending into madness.

Directors: Robert Dodd, Mark Hamilton

Votes: 52

6. BioShock (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Horror, Mystery

In 1960, a lone survivor of a plane crash named Jack discovers an abandoned underwater utopia, only to find out that the mystery behind its creation is much more sinister than he first believed.

Director: Ken Levine | Stars: John Ahlin, Greg Baldwin, Jane Beller, Susanne Blakeslee

Votes: 15,859

7. BioShock Infinite (2013 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

A man is sent to the flying city of Columbia to find a missing girl. However, upon arrival he discovers that the city, its people, and his objective are all not what they seem.

Director: Ken Levine | Stars: Troy Baker, Courtnee Draper, Kiff VandenHeuvel, Laura Bailey

Votes: 16,684

Suitable for children

9. Portal (2007 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A test subject wakes up in a scientific facility controlled by a sadistic artificial intelligence and must escape with the help of the only instrument she has--a gun that makes portals.

Stars: Ellen McLain, Mike Patton, Alesia Glidewell, Jeep Barnett

Votes: 10,359

Only suitable for children who are comfortable contending against a HAL-type AI

10. Portal 2 (2011 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Many years after "Portal," Chell reawakens at Aperture Science and tries to stop GLADoS once again with the help of Wheatley, who has his own plans for the historical facility.

Stars: Ellen McLain, Stephen Merchant, J.K. Simmons, Joe Micheals

Votes: 12,636

11. Minecraft (2009 Video Game)

E10+ | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Welcome to the world of minecraft, you can build, brew potions, enchant your armor and tools, adventure other biomes. Visit the nether, or even defeat the enderdragon in the end.

Votes: 6,208

Suitable for children, especially when played on Peaceful. Recommend the youtube channel EthosLab to see what a genius can do with Minecraft.

12. Shardlight (2016 Video Game)

Adventure, Sci-Fi

The world ended on the day the bombs fell. Since then, it's always been like this: disease, hunger, death. The ruling Aristocrats - a faceless oligarchy that controls all resources - have ... See full summary »

Director: Francisco Gonzalez | Stars: Shelly Shenoy, Ben Britton, Philip Callen, Andy Chmelko

Votes: 91

13. Terraria (2011 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Family

Take on the role of an adventurer as you explore a randomly generated map while facing off enemy npc's.

Director: Andrew Spinks

Votes: 867

14. Life Is Strange (2015 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

An awkward photography student named Max discovers her ability to rewind time, and reunites with her estranged best friend Chloe to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a local girl.

Directors: Raoul Barbet, Michel Koch | Stars: Hannah Telle, Ashly Burch, Nik Shriner, Dani Knights

Votes: 8,581

15. Limbo (2010 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

A boy wakes up in a forest and sets off to find his sister.

Director: Arnt Jensen

Votes: 3,893

Only suitable for children who are very comfortable with the macabre - if you chuckle at Chas. Addams cartoons, it might be worth a try

16. World of Goo (2008 Video Game)

E | Comedy

World of Goo is a physics based puzzle / construction game. You must explore 5 islands and construct jiggly architecture, bridges, straightaways, makeshift high-rises, and transport all of the goo balls to the World of Goo Corporation.

Directors: Ron Carmel, Kyle Gabler

Votes: 173

Suitable for children

17. Journey (2012 Video Game)

E | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A robed figure in a desolate world undertakes a journey towards a distant, glowing mountain.

Director: Jenova Chen

Votes: 1,987

Suitable for children

18. Broken Age (2014 Video Game)

Unrated | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A point-and-click adventure that tells the story of two young people leading parallel lives. A boy lives alone on an all-too-secure spacecraft, and a girl's village has planned to sacrifice her to a monster.

Director: Tim Schafer | Stars: Elijah Wood, Jack Black, Masasa Moyo, Wil Wheaton

Votes: 477

19. Mind: Path to Thalamus (2014 Video Game)


A first-person puzzler that throws you into a fantastic and surreal world. You will bend the natural elements to your will in order to progress in this emotive, mind-bending tale.

Director: Carlos Coronado | Star: Greg Nugent

20. The 7th Guest (1993 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

An unidentified man finds himself in the foyer of an old mansion that was once the property of a well known toy maker, a Mr. Stauf. As the man explores the mansion, he discovers that the mansion is haunted by six ghosts.

Director: Joe McDermott | Stars: Robert Hirschboeck, Douglas Knapp, Michael Pocaro, Larry Roher

Votes: 217

21. Minesweeper (1981 Video Game)

Action, Family

Minesweeper is a single-player puzzle game wherein the player must find and defuse hidden mines without detonating them.

Votes: 562

Suitable for children

22. The Talos Principle (2014 Video Game)

Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Players are tasked with solving a series of increasingly difficult series of complex puzzles woven into a metaphysical parable about intelligence and meaning in an inevitably doomed world.

Stars: Timothy Watson, Erin Fitzgerald

Votes: 321

24. Braid (2008 Video Game)

E10+ | Action, Adventure

A man, Tim, goes on a quest to save a princess from an evil monster.

Director: Jonathan Blow

Votes: 763

25. Pokémon Red Version (1996 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Family

Play as a young Pokémon trainer trying to catch all 150 Pokémon.

Director: Satoshi Tajiri

Votes: 2,002

Suitable for children

26. Pokémon Blue Version (1996 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Family

Play as a young Pokémon trainer trying to catch all 151 Pokémon.

Director: Satoshi Tajiri

Votes: 777

Suitable for children

27. Tomb Raider (2013 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

Armed with only the raw instincts and physical ability, experience Lara Croft's intense origin story from a young woman to a hardened survivor.

Director: Noah Hughes | Stars: Camilla Luddington, Robin Atkin Downes, Cooper Thornton, Robert Craighead

Votes: 14,234

28. Flower (2009 Video Game)


Float as a lone petal through beautiful surroundings and recognise the beauty, peace and serenity that is 'Flower'.

Votes: 518

Suitable for children

29. Flow (2007 Video Game)


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Director: Kellee Santiago

Votes: 205

Suitable for children

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