I love riddles and puzzles. Anything that makes my brain active, and provides a little challenge is always a good thing. Be it a one liner that stumps me for a while, a riddle that is just a pun, or a whole contest where I need to spend hours trying to get into the mindset of the creator – I like them all.
Luckily for me then, the internet has many sites dedicated to providing you with free riddles which should suit all of your needs. Whether you’re looking for a place to spend a quick 5 minutes, or somewhere to lose your self for weeks. Do you want a simple text only riddle, or do you want a shiny interactive flash one? Pretty much anything you want can be found online, and at worst all you have to do is sign up to a website to play them.
Here are some of the sites I have encountered over the years and have enjoyed spending time on in some way or another. If you’re looking for free online riddles and puzzles then these are a great place to start.
note: I’m not going to list any of the riddles from these sites on this page. Please take the time to visit the sites and see the range of puzzles, games, brain teasers and contests that they offer.
5) Prove your logic – www.proveyourlogic.com/
This is a simple site where you can waste away a few hours. Simply click ‘play’ when you get to the site and you dive straight into Level 1 of 25. The creator of the site is, I think, from Bulgaria so the English isn’t perfect – but perfectly adequate for you to grasp the riddles and work your way through them. As you progress through the levels you are actually working your way through a [very loose] storyline which is a nice touch.
One of the most frustrating things about this game is the fact each level allows you a number of turns based on difficulty. Some levels are easy, and you only get one turn at it, so if you accidentally mis-type your answer it’s game over and you have to restart. There is no save option so you then need to work your way through the answers once more which can be a little tedious.
All in all it’s an excellent way to spend your time if you like riddles which are not too difficult and where you can spend a few minutes woking them out, some in your head, others with a pen and paper.
At the time of writing it seems to have been completed by just under 35,000 people (some will be duplicates) – but that’s still quite a lot, and a testament to a) how good it is and, b) how difficult it is.
There are only 25 riddles, and these are not being added to so once you’ve completed them, you’re done.
4) Puzzle Tome – www.puzzletome.com
Created by a group of dedicated riddlers, Puzzle Tome features a large selection of contests that will set the logically side of your brain on edge and lead you to frustration and perplexity.
The site appears to be driven by phpbb forum softwarre but with a lot of customisation which works well, in most parts. There are some dubious colour schemes for some of the contests, and I’ve had a few issues with session maangement when attempting to join contests, but once you’re in there you can find all manner of riddles waiting for you, and a lot of thought has gone into some of them.
The site does feature a nice set of statistics for each riddle contest so you can see how many people have passed individual contests and riddles.
If you get stuck there is a whole community waiting to help you and provide gudance on where to look next.
3) Braingle – www.braingle.com
Braingle offers a large selection of brain teasers and riddles, along with other puzzles and brain training exercises. Though the site isn’t the easiest to navigate, it has several great features that help to build a strong community of players; these include the ability to submit your own brain teasers, and to rate a puzzles. Awards are given to users as they progress through the site and hit certain milestones, such as the number of riddles they submit or rate.
Once you’ve had a go at solving a riddle you can simply click on the ‘show answer’ button and it will give you the answer, with some of the more difficult riddles offering a hint before you need to reveal the answer.
2) Bimbogami – www.bimbogami.co.uk
Bimbogami is a smart little site that hosts a couple of fiendish riddle contests. You need to register to play (registration is, of course, free like all of the sites mentioned here), and then you’re free to delve into the wonderful world of the sensei who will try and trip you up with his devious riddles.
It starts off nice and simple, and you’ll likely get the answers in a single guess in less than a minute; but then it starts to get harder and harder where you’ll take hours – if not days – to solve some of them.
One of the nicest aspects of this site, and why I list it so highly, is due to the statistics sections. I love riddle sites that allow you to view all manner of stats, and this one gives you a nice summary of your riddles complete, attempts and average attempts taken and so on. It then gives you detailed stats such as how long and how many guesses each riddle itself took. There is also a nice site stat summary which shows you the members who have completed the contests, how long it took them and whether they were working solo or as part of a team.
Good riddle contests take time to come up with, so don’t expect daily, weekly or even monthly updates from Bimbogami – but do expect some top notch riddles to give your brain a workout.
1) smart-kit – www.smart-kit.com
Smart-Kit offers new puzzles on a daily basis. Some of them are text based brain teasers that you will be used to, others are flash games and puzzles of many different varieties. If you’re looking to sharpen your mind by playing online riddles and puzzles then this site is going to be a perfect choice for you due to the number of different types of puzzles they offer, allowing you to exercise many aspects of your brain.
One of the only downsides to this site is the way you get to answer the brain teasers that they post. After a riddle goes live you can suggest your answer in the comments section along with all other users of the site. The answer is then posted in the comments section 1 or 2 days afterwards, which means you have to remember to come back and check the site for the official answer (although the first person to comment often does so with the right answer, so you will have the chance to compare your solution to theirs instead of waiting).