The Top 10 Hardest Puzzles In Gaming Revealed

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Playing any game with a puzzle element can be a harrowing experience. Progression is divorced from your actual skill in the game, meaning you have to use the grey matter between your ears – and it's often hard to accept when we're stumped.

Still, you're certainly not alone, as a new report from OnBuy Gaming shows. With a study size of 2,700, the study reported on the searching habits of players stumped on puzzles.

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Here's what it learned.

The Top 10 Hardest Puzzles In Gaming Revealed

Check out the top 10 below (the number shown is the number of annual searches).

  • Destiny 2 - Corridors of Time - 307,680
  • The Witcher 3 - Magic Lamp - 273,240
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Volskygge - 260,880
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Boiler Room- 198,960
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - The Water Temple - 173,480
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Kayra Man Shrine - 119,208
  • Borderlands 3 - Pumpkin Puzzle - 97,560
  • King's Quest - Name That Gnome - 59,040
  • Portal - Chamber 18 - 50,556
  • Silent Hill - Piano Puzzle - 31,320

The report also reveals how long players take to complete these same puzzles, and it's the decades-old Water Temple puzzle that comes out on top.

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The number shown is the average time to complete the puzzle in minutes.

  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - The Water Temple - 176.88
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Volskygge - 132.64
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Boiler Room- 104.56
  • Destiny 2 - Corridors of Time - 89.08
  • Portal - Chamber 18 - 70.32
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Kayra Man Shrine - 58.56
  • The Witcher 3 - Magic Lamp - 36.68
  • Silent Hill - Piano Puzzle - 32.28
  • Borderlands 3 - Pumpkin Puzzle - 18.24
  • King's Quest - Name That Gnome - 14.72

A testament to the longevity of a great puzzle, Skyrim's toughest efforts come in at second and third.

Have these puzzles stumped you? And if so, how long did you take?