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Puzznic Cover.jpg
Cover art
Developer(s) Taito
Animation 20 (Japanese arcade/FM Towns)
ZX Games (Windows)
Publisher(s) Taito
Ocean Software
Ving Games
Platform(s) Arcade (original)
Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Apple IIGS, C64, Game Boy, NEC PC-9801, NES, TurboGrafx-16, ZX Spectrum, PlayStation, Sharp X68000, FM Towns
Release 1989
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player

Puzznic (パズニック, Pazunikku) is a tile-matching puzzle arcade game developed and produced by Taito in 1989 and was ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, PC Engine, Sharp X68000, Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MS-DOS and ZX Spectrum between 1990 and 1991. Home computer ports were handled by Ocean Software; the 2003 PlayStation port was handled by Altron. The Japanese arcade and FM Towns version has adult content during game play; a naked woman is revealed at the end of the level.

Puzznic bears strong graphical and some gameplay similarities to Taito's own Flipull/Plotting.

The game was ranked the 34th best game of all time by Amiga Power.[1]


Review score
The One88%[2]


Many clones share the same basic gameplay of Puzznic but have added extra features over the years: Puzztrix on the web and on PC, Addled and Germinal on the iPhone, Puzzled on mobile phones. A clone for the PC, Brix, was released by Epic MegaGames in 1992. For Android devices, a clone called PuzzMagic! appeared in 2015. An iPhone clone also available with the title Gem Panic.


  1. ^ Amiga Power magazine issue 0, Future Publishing, May 1991
  2. ^ "Puzznic" (journal). EMAP. November 1990: 108.

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