Microsoft Windows is one of the most popular platforms in the world for playing video games. However, the sheer variety of Windows PCs, and themore
Microsoft Windows is one of the most popular platforms in the world for playing video games. However, the sheer variety of Windows PCs, and the complexity of Windows itself, can create technical problems and generate a lot of questions about which games you can play.
It's impossible to make a list of great puzzlers without mentioning Portal (and its sequel). In these two games, you encounter a series of testing chambers where your goal is simply to find and get through the exit, but the devil is in the details. Even when armed with a gun that can teleport you to spots that would be impossible to reach otherwise, the Portal games will find clever and often deadly ways to challenge your progress -- and you have enough leeway to come up with some inventive solutions. There's also an entertaining story to pull you along from one puzzle to the next.
If you yearn for a more conventional RTS game, Age of Empires II HD is one of the best points of reference that you can find. It's not 3D, so it can run on older machines better than any other game on this list. In fact, it's largely the original game, updated to support newer versions of Windows and higher screen resolutions -- although they have improved the intelligence of computer-controlled opponents, integrated the Steam Workshop, upgraded multiplayer to work through Steam, and added Steam Cloud support so that you never lose your saved files. You can pick it up for $20, though it's frequently on sale for less than half that.
On the surface, The Talos Principle is just a puzzle game about using a combination of differently colored laser beams to unlock doors. But there's an intriguing mystery churning under the surface. Why does this amusement park of puzzles exist? Is there a larger purpose to solving them? Why are you here? The answers have surprising philosophical depth, in a way that makes you think about larger issues about your perception of the world around you and your place in it.