This is not obvious from the FAQ. Are (logic) puzzle games on-topic?

Although some logic puzzles are made on paper, most of them are available as computer games (even the ones that are also made on paper).

So, for instance, Lights Out was on-topic (but some people thought it should have gone to other sites). Although someone can make this puzzle work on paper, usually it's implemented in an electronic device.

But Sudoku was closed as off-topic. And there are tons of implementations of Sudoku on computers and even mobile phones.

So... Are puzzle games on-topic? Or some of them might be on-topic while others are off-topic? If that happens, what would be the criteria for classifying such game as on or off-topic?

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I'd approach this on a matter of audience.

  • If a logic game has mainly a videogame audience, because it's mainly implemented as a videogame -- think Tetris or Lights Out, it's videogamers that probably have played it the most.

  • If a logic game can and is played on paper however, such as Sudoku, then videogamer expertise isn't really required and I'd ask on Board games.

    However! If your question is about a specific computer implementation/twist of a classic pen and paper game, then yes, your question is welcome here. For example, "how can I generate a jigsaw sudoku with Solo?"

Is there any game that can't be played through a computer?

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    +1 for "Is there any game that can't be played through a computer?" Commented Feb 9, 2011 at 11:54
  • This is pretty much what I believe it should be. Like our policy on board-games and such, it should be in the context of a specific video game unless it is traditionally a video game puzzle.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Feb 9, 2011 at 13:30
  • But... According to the "Board and Card Games" description, the sudoku question would still be off-topic there (as it is neither a board game nor a card game). Where should it belong? Commented Feb 10, 2011 at 1:24
  • @denis Maths, then.
    – badp
    Commented Feb 10, 2011 at 5:27
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    @Denilson Also realize that it's not our purpose to find a place for you to get an answer on any arbitrary topic. We just determine if it's relevant to gaming, whether there is another StackExchange site that welcomes it or not. Commented Feb 15, 2011 at 2:39

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