When your kingdom is destroyed by a dragon, it's up to you to rebuild it and train an army in this gorgeous free-to-play iOS fantasy RPG/simulation that calls Tiny Tower to mind. With a light, unobtrusive in-app purchase system and a generous amount of in-game rewards, it keeps players coming back for its simple, fun gameplay without ever putting the squeeze on their wallet.
Debt has pilled high and Debtor's Prison is calling. Better toss yourself in the Colosseum and earn money by killing foes and winning over the crowd. Save up to increase your skills and unlock powers, but remember, you owe someone else money and better have some when they want it, and they want it now.
Science! Ever wanted to be part of discovering a new subatomic particle? Well, Ian MacLarty and Jon Kerney give you a chance in their new jump and run arcade game, Boson X. Fly through 18 levels, bouncing from platform to platform as one of three scientists as you build up enough energy in the super collider. Fail, and you'll fall into the unseeable abyss and have to start the whole experiment over again. Buck up, young scientist! A Nobel Prize awaits!
Gaz's popular physics puzzle series is back, and this time your clicks are explosive! Figure out how to blast all the red shapes off the screen without removing any of the green ones.
An alien stole your mom! Get revenge in this fun match-3 puzzle game. Rotate the board to slide the blocks around the screen. When you've managed to get three or more of the same color next to each other, click to remove them from the board as you track down the evil kidnapping entities.
It takes five cards to make a poker hand, but it takes ten hands in a 5x5 grid to make Pokergrams. In this logic puzzle, you've got to fill the grid using the cards provided so that every row and column represents a hand whose ranking is displayed along the sides. There are lots of ways to shuffle the cards around, but only one correct solution!
Matchstick Memories isn't your typical text adventure. Instead of typing, you move through a series of memories of colored fragments that you swipe, light, and connect to collect. You've got to plan your moves carefully to avoid traps and collect the elusive matchboxes. While the levels are borrowed from puzzle standards, unique presentation and gameplay mechanics make this game a surprisingly compelling and tactile experience.
Twelve is happy living in the city of Dozenopolis until a great calamity destroys it and everything else. Together with Dot, a perky decimal point, she'll set out to make things right in this gorgeous and clever puzzle platformer for iOS.
Dodge traps, fireballs, cannons and more while you hunt for treasure and unlock relics in this action-packed platformer for your iOS! With a classic console feel and gorgeous retro style, Goblin Sword is a pitch-perfect love letter to old school gaming.
Free for iOS and Android, Rovio's latest installment in their popular physics puzzle franchise stars pink birdie Stella, as she sets out to retrieve a map stolen by a band of evil piggies and their mysterious, feathered queen. Gorgeous artwork and crafty levels await, but so does an obnoxious inter-level ad system.
Want to fall in love with a game? With the gravity-flipping Fallin Love, it's as easy as turning your mobile device upside-down! Collect the hearts and the costume to help Fall woo the indecisive Kaisa. When you turn the game, the gravity shifts to match your orientation, and that's the key to avoiding the spikes, enemies, and sliding blocks in this clever puzzle platformer.
Tap this crazy little box through obstacles, around dangerous lines, and solve puzzles to reach the always desired, dotted line across the screen. Each level has a new twist and new ways to make you grind your teeth.
Trapped overnight in the history museum, if you want to escape you'll need to solve puzzles and craft some pretty darned clever tools in this short but sweet game also available free for iOS and Android.
Building off the success of games like Triple Town, Threes!, and 2048, Letter Monsters puts a cute (and fuzzy) new face on combine-three grid games. Re-learn your A-B-C's across over sixty levels of strategic sliding, and use eight unique boosters to help yourself out on iOS, Android, and in your browser!
Monsters! Ice cream trucks! Fezes? This mobile time management game has it all! In Firedroid's latest iOS/Android title, Ice Cream Nomsters, you control your legion of sweet treat trucks as they load up on cargo and deliver right to the front door of citizens across 9 different cities. This free arcade game is sure to have to driving around in circles in pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of more hats!
An ancient temple has been ransacked, and the relics within stolen! Luckily, you're on the task, and in this cute and engaging action platformer with a metroidvania flair for your iOS or Android, you'll have to deal with mummies, traps, pharaohs, and, yes, snakes across a massive map of rooms.
It may look and play and feel a lot like Pokemon, but this iOS RPG adventure is surprisingly engaging on its own despite annoying currency and multiplayer issues. Sent to a digital world to find out why a village was wiped off the map and pursued by strange militia, you'll capture and train up to 127 different elemental monsters in this gorgeous, silly adventure.
Tomorrow and Yesterday, an HTML5 simple idea puzzler by Firecaster, combines a simple and elegant presentation with clever and challenging time travel puzzles, making it a great time both at home or on the go.
Forget the Planeteers... you've got way more than those piddly elements at your command! In this sequel to the popular Android sandbox simulation, twelve new elements have been added for a total of 54 that you can draw and manipulate any way you please to discover reactions when they interact and even create and share.
Forget the Planeteers... you've got way more than those piddly elements at your command! In this sequel to the popular Android sandbox simulation, twelve new elements have been added for a total of 54 that you can draw and manipulate any way you please to discover reactions when they interact and even create and share.
You are just one human in a race against eight aliens for monetary dominance. The Ferengi game, Tongo? Or just RokSoft's mobile game of turn-based strategy in the trading of goods (and services)? In Space Trading Profiteer, it's your job to trade and transport your way to the number one spot as you fight to earn 1 million Chings. Only the best can survive with the losers forever in debt to the nasty loan sharks.
58Works started the trend of endless escapes: a game where you must find your way through a door only to face another door that you must also puzzle your way out of. And 58Works still does it best, with this latest installment in the series. Once again you're called on to experiment: tapping, swiping, shaking and doing anything else you can with your mobile device to affect the scene on each level. Plenty of puzzles mean you'll always be on your toes, discovering new ways to have fun with just one wall and a door.
The appeal of this charming escape game from the always cleverly inventive Kotorinosu, like the Russian nesting dolls it's named after, is in its many layers and surprises held within. As an all new edition of a previously released browser game, here you'll encounter fun new puzzles and a completely revamped visual design, with one of the most intuitive UIs a mobile escape game could ever hope for.
Something is very wrong. There is an energy of unknown origin and intent seeping into our world. It is known as Exotic Matter. Join the Enlightenment or the Revolution in this massively popular mmo and hunt down that unknown energy in your local neighborhood.
Multi-player minesweeper sound like fun? Using classic minesweeper rules, diffuse mines to capture as many tiles as possible while competing against other players or clans for the biggest kingdom. Use your accumulated yellow tiles to buy bonuses to help your score and your territory get bigger. Join forces with friends if you want to rule the world, or try on your own to win the hourly top score contest.
Leap into the space "platformer" that challenges you to planet hop as far as you can without falling into the abyss or being hit by a deadly meteor. With simple one-tap gameplay, upgrades, achievements and an absolutely gorgeous cartoon art style, Beyond Gravity will pull you right in!
You're dying and you wonder to yourself, "Will my life really pass before my eyes?" In this game, it just might, but it will depend on your focus and mind power. Part brain-training, part life history, this compelling game is likely to be one of the most unusual mobile games you pick up this year.
Go West, young orange, go West! These adorable citrus fruit are looking for a home where the buffalo roam, but they're being followed by a nasty rain cloud just doesn't know when to quit! In this installment of the popular physics puzzle series, cover up the cowboy oranges on the lone prairie. Make sure all of them survive the spiky monsoon!
Get the green shapes to the goal. Avoid the red shapes. Sounds pretty simple, right? But there's a hitch! You have three different three-dimensional shapes you need to move around, and each has their own movement pattern. Balls roll in one direction until they hit something. Cubes clink along one space at a time. And cylinders do... both? You'll have to manage a whole toy box full of different blocks all at once in order to get these shapes to the goal, and you only have a few moves to do it in!
Join Nico and his monster friends on a quest to save the stolen birthday cake - and you'll discover that the whole island is at stake! When the Boogin monsters (those are the bad guys!) chase away Nico's dog, then the race is really on to collect all the cake and treasure the island will give up, and protect the lovely monsters who tag along to help.
Megadev's addictive match-3 puzzle game series is back, and this time it's also for iOS and Android! Make matches of three or more coloured blobs to increase your score and advance the game, but watch out for skulls, bombs, and more!
Last month, the amusement park NAGOYALAND opened its doors in Japan, taking its name from the Nagoya cultures it reproduces. Whether or not the evil warlocks that dwell in a secret base in the park are part of that recreation is unclear. As Fairie Princess Satomi-- because we all know that Japanese fairy princesses double as secret agents-- it's your mission to sneak in, locate their secret base, and then, well, escape from NAGOYALAND. Perhaps this retro point-and-click puzzle adventure by Arata Takeya has a slightly absurd premise, but that's probably to be expected from a Japanese developer. Take a vacation to NAGOYALAND today!
If the bard finds his lyre and the witch finds her brew, the music will really start to hop! And speaking of hopping, that little pink bunny could sure use his carrot. It's just a logical quest down the path to make every creature in the kingdom happy, but you won't believe how often they lose their magical objects. Get ready to find the unique path each one needs to travel in Bardadum: The Kingdom Roads.
Elemental sandbox games were once a staple of the browser gaming scene. You remember Hell of Sand, right? And Powder Game, Sand Sand Sand, Liquid Webtoy? The genre resurfaced once mobile gaming became a thing, but the quality has always been middling at best. Then along came Doodle God to remind us how fun it is to play with elements. Why not combine the two? HF Games is looking to do just that with its latest Android release that takes the best parts from each game and fuses them together to make ReactionLab!
Rovio's Angry Birds go turn-based in this casual strategic RPG as you journey across islands trying to recover your eggs against challenging foes while finding new party members and classes, and crafting equipment. Though free-to-play for Android and iOS, a few frustrating mechanic choices and always-on requirements hamper the experience.
What goes into running a farm? A lot more than you'd expect in Kairosoft's latest addictive sim for iOS and Android! You'll need to enter contests, complete missions, train your workers, invest in tourism, and engineer your crops if you want to take the coveted top spot in the yearly rankings!
Pablo Cavarez: Sliding Puzzle Explorer is your new hero. The intrepid explorer traverses underground temples like we stroll through the park. His secret is to take things one square at a time. His other secret is to get you to move those squares before taking a single step. The sliding block puzzle game is somewhat similar to Continuity in basic design, but Pablo definitely has the tougher job. How many other puzzle heroes have to use a sword?
By the time you finish reading this sentence, you could have lost three games of Lumena. The high-speed, twitch-based arcade gameplay will be familiar to anyone who tortured their hand eye coordination with the likes of Super Hexagon, only this time around there's a bit of a rhythm aspect to it. Even if you can follow the beat, though, it's still not an easy game. Not by a longshot.
Have you ever filled in a sheet of graph paper with tiny designs, just for the sheer zen of it? That's kind of what playing Pixel Flood is like, but on your Android device. Its basic mechanic is the same as many other "color fill" games, but the charming retro pixel graphics and the awesome level design really make this one stand out.
The adorable and addictive strategic tower defense hit is now available in delicious iOS flavour! You've kidnapped the kids of Fairyland, and now you must defend them until you can get them to your boss. With all new upgrades, abilities, levels, and an improved balance and UI, this is one mobile game that shines.
Monument Valley is a creative puzzle game that looks like something Wonderputt developer Reece Millidge would create and plays like Echochrome (or BOXGAME, if you like), even though it's made by ustwo, the developer of Whale Trail. Set in a surreal world of shapes and tricky perspectives, you control Ida as she ventures from level to level, walking on walls and twisting platforms as she tries to figure out where she's at and what the heck is going on in this dreamlike world.
You're just minding your own business--well, ransacking an ancient underground city to find the blue gems that once made it famous, but, you know. Doing your dwarfish job. Finding petrified citizens of the city wasn't in the job description, but once you do, everything is going to change! Puzzle your way through this great new mobile mining-puzzle game to find out more.
Kiwanuka is a puzzle game that feels a lot like Lemmings, only with lightning and humans instead of lemmings and dirt. You're in charge of a group of humans who have two enormous talents: sticking together as a group, and forming towers and bridges out of their own bodies. The set-up sounds almost too simple in words, but once you see the mad puzzles that require multiple towers drops through swirling insta-death rocks, you'll be thankful there isn't much more to be concerned with.
From mobile puzzle maestro Kris Pixton, SpellPix is a new take on the path-drawing logic puzzle seen in games like HUEBRIX or Conceptis' Link-a-Pix. The idea is to connect the marked letters to an identically marked letter somewhere else on the grid. The path can snake around as much as it likes, but it has to be unbroken. In SpellPix, each grid square has a letter, so with every pair of letters you match up, you'll also spell a word.
More Icebreaker, anyone? Nitrome has released the Kraken Pack for its slice-based physics puzzle mobile game Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage. The update contains new enemies, new characters, new missions, a new branching map with side paths, and a brand new boss fight described as "spectacular"! It also contains 40 new levels, bringing the total number of stages to just over 140. Android users finally have their chance to cut blocks on their devices, as the Kraken Pack also marks Icebreaker's debut on the Google Play marketplace. No downsides, just ice slides!
The Robbery is a stylish mobile room escape game from Caluliber that isn't about escaping from rooms, towers, or even offices. Instead, you're a burglar out for some cash, cracking safes one by one using your puzzle solving skills. Use clues and a few inventory items in each level to get to the gold, then race against the clock (and the security lasers) to grab it all for yourself. Tasty, tasty loot!
Sixteen clues need to be sorted into four groups. No, it's not Only Connect... but it's close! Red Herring is a word-sorting puzzle where you've got to divide the tiles into four clusters of related items, the last of which always holds the devious red herrings whose only connection is that they don't connect to anything! It's a tricky challenge avoiding the false paths to find a solution, but multiple difficulty levels make this mobile delight accessible to all levels of puzzlers.
You have two minutes to turn a falling mess of letter tiles into words. Think you're up to the challenge? Fiasco! from Blinking Pixels combines Tetris with Scrabble in the most frantic way possible. Letters fall from the top of the screen and can be swiped and stacked below. Arrange them to spell words, then give them a tap to convert them into points. Work in as many long words as you can and you just might turn this fiasco into a triumph!
Urara-Works and Skipmore are back with a brand new mobile puzzle game! Pixel Rooms 2 follows closely the style and set-up of the original Pixel Rooms escape game. Instead of stepping into doors, however, you're helping little pixel dudes step out of them! There are just over two dozen single-screen levels, each with a solution that may or may not require tapping, swiping and/or shaking your phone.
All the fun of classic wood and metal puzzles right on your computer screen! UnLink is take on well-known style of puzzle where you must pull apart a series of tightly-linked shapes. This one provides wild, abstract shapes, and a decidedly laid-back invisible mentor who's always willing to give you hints. Disassemble these 23 wild and abstract shapes to prove your puzzling might!
Surprise! You're a frog now, and you've got to leap your way up a dangerous spider-infested tower to reach the all-healing princess's kiss. Follow the rules to avoid death by hungry spiders, rogue explosives and even fragile glass windows. Munch down on tasty arachnids and battle terrifying bosses to reach the top!
A simplistic logic game that will have your mental gears grinding hard. Place color layered squares next to one another to match colors and make combos. Place all the squares correctly to eliminate all your pieces and get the highest score possible.
Play as Tom Jones, one of the greatest explores who was only just a head, as well as his rag tag group of friends to help undo the curse you released. Dodge blow darts, spikes, and more to collect the jewels in this physics game, before pushing the mummies back into eternal rest.
FireRabbit is back with another car-themed point-and-click puzzle game! Fix My Car - Custom Mods takes the hidden object / room escape hybrid formula from the original Fix My Car and gives it a shiny new coat of acrylic urethane paint. This time, instead of fixing the old clunker you're replacing the old parts with shiny new ones. If only sprucing up the old rustbox was half as straightforward in real life!
Join your favorite oranges you wouldn't want to eat into a tropical pirate adventure. In this physics puzzler favorite, you've again got to figure out how to tuck the fruit away from exceptionally sharp rain drops by dropping and exploding various objects around each level.
"Words & Cards," you ask, "could it be a game about dinosaurs and Swiss watches?" Alas, no. In Words & Cards, you've got to make a word from a pool of letters you share with your opponent. Each consonant in the word you play turns into a playing card, with which you can score extra points by making poker hands. It sounds simple (and it is), but there's more strategy involved than you might think.
Who needs bells and whistles? Not this little puzzle game. Though more of the same straightforward Sokoban as the original, this sequel keeps the presentation sleek and simple and the levels challenging to make it a satisfying and welcome little addition to the genre.
Cabin Escape: Alice's story is a lively challenge for room escape fans, especially those that would like to see the clear, logical elements common to the best eastern-designed escapes presented with a western flair. Glitch Games brings the escaping joy with this impressive titbit.
If you're looking for another sliding block number puzzle quick fix, Bart Bonte gives us 25. Combine like numbers while lining up red blocks to get them out of your way. Try for a high score by combining as many numbers as possible!
The cold can do funny things to you. (Just ask anyone who's sick of the phrase "polar vortex.") So when you're stationed at a polar research station, things can get hairy. In Polar Escape, a new escape game from Just Pine Games, your coworkers have locked you in someone's room, and you have to get out so you can be rescued. Though the game is very short, it's quite intuitive and has a quirky sense of humor that leaves you wanting to see more from the developer.
At first, all you have is a screwdriver. Tap away to remove the first screw and you're presented with a delicious sushi dinner which innocently hides another series of puzzles. Tapping and tilting your mobile device, find clues and decipher codes until your true dismantlement mission is revealed.
Think Rush Hour mingled with Tetri but with shapes that do more than just slide, and you'll have the basic idea of what Shapist is like. More than just a sliding block puzzle game, drag, rotate, or shrink the blocks in order to uncover the grey block to continue. Don't worry about timers or scores, it's just you and the blocks.
It's a rail shooter! Only without guns. Or enemies. Fly through a 3D world in Mediocre's action arcade title, Smash Hit. Throw balls to break fragile pieces of glass that stand in your way... of getting further. Watch your tapping finger, though, as your supply is limited and must be regularly replenished - by breaking crystal! This may be the game every bull in a China shop has been waiting for!
Put your strategy cap on and dive into this simple to learn, highly enjoyable puzzle game. Drag your one to three eyed creatures around the board to multipy and capture your opponent. Player with the most of their color on the board at the end of the game wins!
Block Legend is unfairly beguiling. We say this because it's so deceptively simple on the surface, yet its design allows for play sessions that never stop. And that's good, because you honestly won't want to. Created by Alvin Phu, Block Legend feels a lot like 10000000 mixed with Puzzle Quest (you know, back when it was good). It combines samegame with an RPG, allowing you to match tiles to attack, defend and level up. And it does so without ads, in-app purchases, or any other crazy gimmicks!
Billed as a quiet game of exploration, Doggins from Brain&Brain is a sidescrolling puzzle adventure that encourages you to put on headphones and take things slow. The game tells the tale of Doggins the terrier who sleeps in an ordinary doggy bed nestled in an ordinary house that just happens to blast itself to the moon. There he meets Fitzwilliam, the genius squirrel from the 1800s, and wouldn't you know it, that squirrel's up to no good!
Chuck's Challenge 3D is Chip's Challenge for the 21st century. Created by Niffler, a team of indie developers that happens to include the original creator of Chip's Challenge Chuck Sommerville, the multi-platform sokoban-like game takes the tile-based puzzles from the original release and updates it for modern players. You'll still deal with slippery ice floors, falling platforms, enemies marching back and forth, and a large supply of items to collect before you can open the door. But now you'll do it with full camera control and lots of pretty visuals!
Ever wanted your own zoo but were concerned it didn't have enough swanky funk style? NimbleBit, the creators of Pocket Planes, along with Milkbag Games (featuring Matt Rix of Trainyard fame) know that feeling all too well. Disco Zoo is a casual puzzle and simulation game that combines simple logic diversions with too-cute visuals that's perfect for mobile devices. Pick up and play, put it down and party.
Cancer research isn't a topic that comes up too often in the world of gaming, mostly because it's slow and tedious work. That's why Cancer Research UK teamed up with Guerilla Tea to help make it more interesting. In Play to Cure: Genes in Space, you're a star pilot and your goal is to collect as much Element Alpha as you can. It's easy to forget when plotting your course and destroying asteroids that you're also helping to save lives.
You've just moved to a unique town that's got one thing on its mind... card games! In this engaging blend of strategic collectible card battling and quirky adventuring, the great Card King is finally accepting battles, but you'll need to find eight legendary cards to even get a chance at him... and build a deck of 180 different cards in the process!
Horse Jump is a simple logic-driven puzzle game created by RatoLibre1. It utilizes a board with colored and marked squares alongside matching tokens you can click to manipulate. Each piece moves like a knight in chess, that clever little L-shape that works so well in puzzle games. Touch each matching square on the screen to progress to the next level. Do it flawlessly and within the move limit to earn a perfect score!
Say hello to Threes. It will say hello to you many, many times, and you'll be thrilled each time it does! The minimalistic puzzle game from the team behind Puzzlejuice, Asher Vollmer and Greg Wohlwend (Solipskier team Mikengreg) is as stylish as Gary Cooper and as addictive as watching Gene Wilder sing Puttin' on the Ritz. The key difference is Threes is brand new and available for iOS, whereas those other things, sadly, aren't.
Finally, a game that accurately portrays the plight of the snow plow driver! Dan FitzGerald's Dawn of the Plow is an arcade game that's all about clearing piles of snow out of the road so cars can make it home safe and sound. It's as simple as bumping into the drifts while careening around the board, but no goofing off or you'll be fired. Seriously, you will.
Ready to solve puzzles? Like... a lot of them? The latest in the popular series of point-and-click puzzle games from Pencilkids throws thirty of them at you as you make pizzas, befriend ducks, help knights, and more to put a smile on your little monkey's face.
Good news, clockwatchers! The sun is setting and it's time to go home. The problem? Your ride, the elevator, isn't working. So poke around the office, find clues and helpful objects, and drag them into action in this quick, fun escape from Afro-Ninja. The neatly rendered visuals and perfectly casual puzzles equal a quick payday of fun.
Here's a version of Little Red Riding Hood you haven't seen yet: a spooky little girl with glowing eyes goes on a puzzle platform journey. She jumps from globe to globe in three different eerie worlds, avoiding all manner of monsters and freeing white bunnies along the way. Strange? Yes. Wonderfully atmospheric and surprisingly challenging? Absolutely.
Yarr, me hearties, it's time for a game about pirates! The pirates of Treasure Maps are a smart and logical sort, and they love puzzles and treasure. Help them find the buried treasure in this logic game that mixes sudoku and picross. With more than 350 levels, it's challenging to play and fulfilling to solve.
The makers of Candy Crush Saga serve up another dangerously addictive free match-3 arcade game for iOS and Android with a farming theme and power-ups galore. Though gorgeous, charming, and casually fun, the same old microtransaction and timer problems will hobble the experience for some.
The kingdom needs a hero to slay a dragon, but you need cash a lots of it! In this simple arcade action RPG, you'll charge through five levels of enemies, nabbing all the coin they drop and using it to upgrade your equipment. Though definitely short and nearly TOO simple, great visuals and simple fun still make it addictive while it lasts.
At first, you can't make out much in this escape-the-room game from Kotorinosu. Could this thing be a door? What are these green squarish things you've found, almost by accident? Yet, if you manage to solve the puzzles and survive the pixel hunts of this room, details come into being. You'll be that much closer to success.
There's no feeling quite like that moment when you first realize the solution to a puzzle, and Hungry Cat Picross provides that hundreds of times over. Not only does it provide an innovative twist on the picross genre of logic puzzles, but it has more than 300 puzzles to solve and an adorable cat in a beret. You don't want to deprive kitty of his sardines, do you?
Om Nom is back, and his candies have been scattered across the globe! Luckily, he can get by with a little help from his friends in this gorgeous sequel to one of the iOS's most beloved physics puzzles. With 120 levels and more to come, Cut the Rope 2 doesn't change its formula significantly, but offers up all the quality and cleverly crafted levels you've come to expect.
More plus door equals DOOORS. Sounds like something a mad doctor would scream out as he tears at his hair and cackles, doesn't it? Perhaps this same mad doctor is who locked you up, sentencing you to puzzle your way through one door, only to come to the next, and the next. Forty doors to be exact...and, if other installments in the series prove anything, there may be more to come. Regardless, the fun on your mobile device is near endless!
Have you ever wanted to drop everything and pursue your dream? Well, if your dream involves beer or time management games (or beer and time management games), you're in luck. Fiz is a new game by Bit by Bit Studios where you get to manage a brewery, enter competitions, meet all sorts of interesting characters, and try to keep everything hopping.
Enjoy some very abstract puzzle solving to get through a bunch of doors in Mobest Media's fantastic new escape Neon Doors. (Also available free as Surreal Escape on Android and iOS!)
It's not the Doctor Who game you may have been hoping for, but this free match-3 RPG for iOS and Android offers a ton of unlockable characters and battles with enemies from the show. With gorgeous artwork, simple and addictive gameplay, and a lack of the usual free-to-play frustrations, Doctor Who: Legacy is still enjoyable if not quite what you'd expect.
Papa Pear Saga is a dangerously addictive combination of Peggle and Candy Crush Saga. Created by King, Papa Pear Saga was previously a Facebook game but has made the leap to mobile devices. The iOS/Android release will absolutely ruin your productivity, as all you'll want to do is play level after level of this pachinko-style arcade game.
Bart Bonte's latest puzzle game is designed to challenge your ability to recognize patterns then turn around and put them to use. Should be easy, right? If you've ever played a Bart Bonte game, you know that figuring out how to solve the puzzle is just as challenging as actually solving it!
Strand is a wonderful original puzzle game. Connect circles using strands. Each circle needs a certain number of connections, and the circles must share a color. Don't let the strands touch! With a streamlined look and intuitive gameplay, Strand is a game any puzzle fan should check out.
Symmetrain isn't quite like anything you've played. It shares a bit of flavor with an endless runner and a spot the difference game, but when you combine those features you get something that doesn't neatly fit into either category. Instead, you find yourself comparing pieces of the countryside as you look for inconsistencies in the scenery. Created by the studio behind About Love, Hate and the other ones as well as Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers, Symmetrain is simple, creative, unique, and surprisingly captivating.
Welcome to the secret little world of Morphopolis, where tiny forest insects go about their busy lives. In this wonderful and unique hidden-object game, you'll wander into the woods and help maintain a delicate balance by finding items, solving puzzles and thoroughly enjoying the breathtaking, lush environment.
Harry Likes Plums, and you're gonna make sure he gets some. The mobile physics puzzle game from Tim Leslie takes a page from the Fantastic Contraption design book and creates a lighthearted building game where you fashion gadgets out of rods, coins and rolling buttons, all in the name of getting Harry to those massive, juicy plums!
Limbless and kneeless, Rayman is still a surprisingly good sprinter. The release of Rayman Fiesta Run, a direct follow-up to Rayman Jungle Run, puts our star in a series of worlds littered with coins, lums and traps, all waiting to be conquered with a series of well-timed jumps. An endless runner at its core, Rayman Fiest Run has all the markings of an addictive platform game, complete with scores to perfect, secrets to uncover, and loads of gorgeous artwork to drink in.
Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is what happens when LucasArts and NimbleBit conspire to steal all of your time. A casual simulation game at its core, Tiny Death Star is essentially a Star Wars-themed Tiny Tower with a handful of new features and some tweaks to the basic gameplay. Despite having an overzealous in-app purchasing system (don't panic when you see the prices in there), it still manages to hold onto that "just one more minute" style of gameplay that will occupy your brain even when you're not playing the game.
From Disney Mobile, the team behind Where's My Water?, Where's My Mickey? and related spin-offs, Stack Rabbit is an isometric puzzle game that's so adorable it just might melt your face off. Playing as a blocky rabbit searching for food, your job is to steal veggies while avoiding the not-so-watchful eye of Max the guard dog. It's an extraordinarily simple premise that's executed with a lot of style and flair, just the way we like our mobile games!
Krashlander - Ski, Jump, Crash! by Jeff Weber of Farseer Games is the game you get if you combined Solipskier with Angry Birds. Really, it's a naturally evolved version of Diver 2 mixed with a bit of Ski Stunt Simulator. Defending your world from robot invaders is as easy as skiing down a hill. Unfortunately you've got to be a bit self-destructive in order to be a hero. Good thing you brought multiple lives!
Steps is an experimental iPad game made by Seph Li and Yangzi She. Inspired by taking a walk (you know, in the real world), Steps came about as a sort of two-fingered virtual exploration game designed to share the experiences you have when meandering around the world. There are no puzzles to solve or enemies to fight, just some sights to see, some postcards to uncover, and new roads to travel down.
Fright Heights is a speed-oriented logic puzzle game created by The REDspace. The goal is to scare all the pesky humans out of your nice, shadowy hotel. You do this by placing various spooks equipped with number grids in each room, overlapping values to produce the desired level of fright. Once the quota has been reached, get ready for some screaming former guests!
Sometimes the biggest challenges come from games with very few rules. It's the principle behind Simple Machine's latest puzzle, in which you combine matching numbered tiles until there's only one. It's simple, it's clever, and it's difficult in the best of ways.
Paint it Back is a picross game from Casual Labs that aims for ease of use and an attractive presentation. It scores well on both of these fronts, toning down the difficulty just a touch in favor of inviting new players into the world of nonograms. Expect lots of crazy paintings, a handful of achievements, and many hours of staring at the screen wondering which block to fill next.