Quick Facts

Release Date

  • Sept. 28 (Kickstarter)
  • Oct. 28 (General Release)


  • $49.99

What is it?

  • An upgrade to the second edition and a brand-new, standalone expansion. Fast-paced deckbuilding game played with chips instead of cards. Easy to learn rules make it a hit with casual players; extensive balancing designed for serious competitive play.

What's new?

  • 10 new characters in Shadows make for new gameplay options.
  • New free for all rules make 3- and 4-player games a blast.
  • Rebalanced mechanics reward more diverse strategies.
  • More puzzle chips change up the game even for experienced players.

What's Included

  • Almost 350 chips, 1.5" diameter, made of thick cardboard
  • 4 cloth bags
  • 4 game boards
  • 4 screens to hide chips on the table
  • 16-page full color rulebook
  • Box designed to separate chips by type for easy setup


Media Contact

Press Kit

About Sirlin Games


  • 2005


  • Emeryville, CA

Social Media

Media Site


Puzzle Strike Third Edition and the Puzzle Strike Shadows expansion. More images in our Puzzle Strike Gallery.

Puzzle Strike expansion, new base game ship Sept. 28

Emeryville, California—Sept. 24—The first expansion to acclaimed deckbuilding game Puzzle Strike, along with the third edition of the base game, will be shipped to Kickstarter backers Sept. 28, and will be widely available Oct. 28. Both games are published by Sirlin Games, and can be played independently of each other or combined for maximum gameplay options.

Designed by David Sirlin, designer of Yomi and Flash Duel, and the video games Street Fighter HD Remix and Puzzle Fighter HD Remix, this eagerly-awaited update and expansion caters to both casual and hardcore, competitive players.

"This new edition of Puzzle Strike is the result of years of playtesting and development," Sirlin said. "I firmly believe that serious, tournament-worthy games can also be friendly to new or casual players, and we have achieved that balance with this version. Online playtesters have enjoyed thousands of games using the new rules and characters, and yet it still only takes a few minutes to teach a new player how to play."

In April 2012, Sirlin Games launched a campaign on the popular crowd-funding website Kickstarter to help cover the costs of new components for the release. The initial Kickstarter goal of $15,000 was met almost five times over, raising nearly $75,000 raised in total. This outpour of support from the community allowed Sirlin Games to lower the price while including more in the box: each new set now ships with game boards and privacy screens.

"The great thing about the Kickstarter is that we can actually include more stuff in the box but offer the games at a lower price than ever before," Sirlin said. "So all players can benefit from the support of our fans. And in turn, the fans who helped us with the Kickstarter get the game a month before the general public."

Puzzle Strike 3rd Edition and Puzzle Strike Shadows are both currently available for pre-order at sirlingames.com for $49.99 each. Also newly available is a strategy guide designed to introduce players to higher level tactics for every aspect of the game. Puzzle Strike is distributed by Game Salute.

Review copies are available upon request; David Sirlin is also available for interviews. Contact media@sirlingames.com for details. More details and images for media are available online at the Puzzle Strike Press Kit and high-resolution images are available in our Puzzle Strike Gallery.

About Sirlin Games

Sirlin Games creates premium, designer games, specializing in asymmetric games — the kind where players control different characters, each with different abilities and personalities. Years of care go into these game designs to make sure they strike the right balance of depth and elegance and to make sure the characters are balanced against each other.