VGChartz’s Lee Mehr: “Whether you’re racing against the clock or afforded all the time in the world, the satisfaction of a completed puzzle can’t be understated. Whereas most critic and fan darlings in other genres tend to rely on established templates, puzzlers don’t get enough credit for their inherent flexibility in mechanics or tone. 2021’s nominees highlight that in obvious ways. Some have a heavier emphasis on darker narratives or world-building, while others emphasise mechanical challenges. Out of all the genre awards, these nominees are arguably the most varied.”