26 creative puzzles for adults that provide endless hours of fun

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Puzzles are a great way to challenge your mind without having to be glued to a screen. The mosaic patterns provide hours and hours of fun as you try to put all the pieces together. While puzzles are a popular activity for kids, there’s a growing trend: companies are churning out unconventional and creative iterations aimed at adults. These puzzles challenge our notion of puzzle shapes; and, they push the boundaries, in terms of what we expect from surface design.

The Nervous System design studio is one of the best when it comes to designing puzzles for adults. They are inspired by the Earth and the cosmos to produce particularly stimulating games. The wooden Geode puzzle, for example, is made using a computer program that cuts out twisted puzzle pieces, making it even harder to solve.

If you prefer to stick with square and rectangular puzzle formats, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. of the vintage vogue colorful crystal covers, you can work from the edges inward and solve these puzzles to reveal their beautiful images. Check out more of these puzzles for adults below.

Stimulate your mind, away from the computer screen, when you solve these 20+ creative puzzles for adults.

Herd of cats puzzle

Herd of cats puzzle

Nervous system | $75

Viva La Frida Kahlo Puzzle

Frida puzzle

eeBoo | $21.99

Geode Puzzle

Challenging wooden geode puzzle

Nervous system | $68

Mars Puzzle

Mars Puzzle

Four Point Puzzles | $25

Elements puzzle (1,000 pieces)

Best Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults

Black Dog and Leventhal | from $14.50

Great Wave Puzzle

Great Wave Puzzle

EuroGraphics | $19.95

Milky Way Puzzle (1,000 pieces)

Milky Way Puzzle

Better Co. | $25

Skyscraper sea (1000 pieces)

Best Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults

Bgraamians | $15.99

Frank Lloyd Wright Double Sided Puzzle (500 Pieces)

Double-sided puzzle

galisson | $15.99

Nautilus Puzzle

Nautilus Puzzle

Nervous system | $90

Mushrooms (Mushrooms) (1000 pieces)

Best Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults

New York Puzzle Society | $24

bird puzzle

Galison bird puzzle

galisson | $16.99

from NASA March Poster (1000 pieces)

Puzzle 1000 pieces Mars

New York Puzzle Society | $24

Puzzle Keith Haring (500 pieces)

Puzzle Keith Haring

MOMA | $24.95

Climate Activism Round Puzzle (500 Pieces)

Round puzzle for adults

Petra Braun | $14.99

Moon Puzzle (1,000 pieces)

Moon Puzzle

Four Point Puzzles | $25

3D Color Puzzle (540 pieces)

3D color puzzle

Uncommon Goods | $70

Crystals (1,000 pieces)

Best Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults

Mulberries | $24.39

Succulent Puzzle (1,000 pieces)

Adult Jigsaw

Better Co. | $25

Flower Puzzle (1,000 pieces)

Best Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults

Mulberries | $24.39

Ravensburger One Stitch at a Time (1,500 coins)

Puzzle 1500 pieces

Ravensburg | $46.77

ammonite puzzle

ammonite puzzle

Nervous system | $45

vogue Spot-on mode (500 pieces)

Best Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults

New York Puzzle Society | $22

Fractal Jigsaw

Best Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults

Uncommon Goods | $60

Black/White Gradient Puzzle (500 pieces)

Best Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults

Zoneware | $25

Jigsaw Garden of Earthly Delights (9,000 pieces)

Art History Puzzle

Education | $139.99

This article has been edited and updated.

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