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.
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.
When earth is invaded, it's military maths to the rescue! Calculords is a mathe-tactical game where you've got to add, subtract, and multiply digits to reach the summoning costs of your units. Collect the cards of your fallen enemies to build an army of numerical warriors and destroy your opponent's base for the victory!
Oquonie is one of those puzzle games that will befuddle you with its complex no-assistance design. Created by Hiversaires developer Aliceffekt and illustrated by Rekka Bellum, you must work your way through the innards of a twisty isometric megastructure as you "speak" to various characters to unlock "clues" that will apparently help you proceed. Or maybe you, as a player, are just going mad and the whole thing is really a flashlight app?
Dungelot, the casual dungeon exploration tap-fest from Red Winter Software, has finally spawned a sequel! Dungelot 2 bumps up the intensity, the complexity, the quality of the artwork and the number of attacks at your disposal, turning your simple romp through the dungeon into a more full-featured RPG experience.
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.
Somehow you've been cooped up inside the gen-kan, where some dangerous devices were placed. Now, can you avoid making the wrong move and escape from this place alive and intact? Since this room escape is by the inventively creative Kotorinosu, you know you can count on heaps of fun while trying.
Shay and Vella are two very different people. Shay lives aboard a ship where the AI loves him a bit too much. Vella is being forced to sacrifice literally everything for her village. Neither knows the other exists, but two extraordinary stories are about to come together in an unexpected way in this stunning point-and-click indie adventure from Double Fine.
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.
After life, the universe and everything have been created, what's a doodling god to do? Make a kingdom of magic! New from JoyBits comes Doodle Kingdom, a follow-up to the Doodle God series that takes the puzzle-driven combination formula to a more fictional level. Instead of tooling around with fire, earth and water, you get to use magic to create a world of fantasy creatures, one element at a time!
One of your mules has taken a sick day, but instead of staying home and recovering from whatever vague illness he claims to have, he simply wanders around town, getting into lots of adventures while leaving you in the lurch. If this sounds suspiciously like the plot of a rather well-known 80s movie it is, but it is also the basis of Glitch Games' marvelous new comedic mobile adventure, Ferris Mueller's Day Off!
A murder has been committed at a tourist attraction deep in a swamp said to be home to a mysterious creature... but as the snarky detective in this gorgeous point-and-click mystery, you'll learn the truth is stranger than fiction!
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.
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!
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.
Escape from a very angry ghost and the scariest Captain America knock-off action figure ever seen in this haunting room escape sequel from Noprops.
100 Doors: Aliens Space is a mobile room escape game from Gipnetix Games, creator of 100 Doors 2013, 100 Doors of Revenge, and several other similar games. Instead of rooms with tables and chairs, this time you're thrown into outer space to contend with multi-stage doors, alien technology, glowing portals and mysterious artefact pieces. It's one of the more unique takes on the escape genre, and it's all the more entertaining because of it!
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!
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!
Think you can handle a roguelike easy? You haven't tried this challenging, funny, strategic indie gem. You'll need more than brawn to conquer the quests thrown at you as you struggle to build your kingdom in this turn-based strategy game. Unlock powerful new classes and races, make deals with demons, discover new equipment, and much more with almost endless replayability. Highly recommended.
The Stormglass Protocol: Room Escape! is a first person room escape game created by the Stormglass team. It pulls the genre out of its stationary roots and offers a full 3D experience that lets you walk around and investigate each chamber as you please. The puzzles will be familiar, but the interface adds a nice level of realism to the normally static experience.
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!
Fight your way to the orc city to defeat the army of evil lurking there. In this turn-based strategy game, slide rows and columns to position yours and your enemy's troops to prepare for battle. While you start with just two characters, you'll eventually end up with eight, each with different abilities and strategies to bring to the playing field. The king needs your help--don't fail him!
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.
Do you remember those puzzles where you have to trace an image without lifting the pencil or retracing your steps? Draw The Line isn't one of those, no matter how much it looks like one at first. Cross every line exactly once, navigate teleporters and double walls, don't cross your own line, and try to finish in the starred area in this deceptively tricky little game.
Enter into a surreal thriller where the written word is both your narrator and your map. Follow the story as it leads you through six chapters, providing clues to unraveling its riddles through sounds, narrative, and images. Everything from design decisions, interactions, art and, even you, is part of the story in this remarkably unique mystery adventure game by Simogo.
How can you not love the number 10? Especially if we're talking about the new sliding-puzzle from iojoe! Colorful and entertaining, with a gentle learning curve, anyone in search of a good mind-twister should definitely give 10 their a-10-tion.
You'll either love it or hate it, but Ice-Pick Lodge's unique indie horror game is one of the most surreal and striking games the genre has seen in a long time. As a mysterious Lodger who's been having trouble sleeping, dawn seems to be taking forever... and it might never come if you can't figure out the rules to the chilling game of hide and seek you're playing with some uninvited guests, and unravel the mystery of your own past.
In a powerful flash and beam of light, Greg's girlfriend disappears right before his eyes. Set sometime in the near future, this sci-fi mystery adventure puts you in the middle of gorgeous 3D environments. A point-and-click style interface allows you to explore your surroundings, solve puzzles and converse with characters while the truths are slowly revealed in the unfolding story.
Type:Rider is a puzzle platform game as well as an interactive learning experience created by Cosmografik. Taking some visual cues from games like LIMBO, it casts you in the role of two twin orbs traveling through a shadowy world. With Type:Rider, though, those aren't just random shapes you're rolling over and collecting. They're typefaces, each taken from some of the most recognizable fonts throughout history. As you head through each level, you'll relive that journey one unlockable manuscript at a time. And you might actually learn something cool along the way!
Meadowland is a slow, atmospheric puzzle exploration game created by JMJ. It casts you in the role of a fairy drifting through a peaceful land, casually observing events as they transpire. Explore the environment, then see if you can interact with things using your simple song ability. It's the sort of game that encourages you to sit back and relax while taking in a delightful atmosphere with some simple trial and error puzzles.
Prepare to enter a zen-like trance as you play LYNE. In this minimalist puzzle game, you must connect all similar shapes without crossing your path. What starts out simple quickly becomes complex as you bust your brain to solve as many puzzles as you can.
Help Me Fly by Funtomic is a combination logic game and a shape-fitting tangram-style puzzle game. If that sounds like too steep of a learning curve, take solace in the fact that Help Me Fly is designed for casual players in mind, providing heaps of challenge with 60 well-designed puzzles that will give your brain a good but fair workout!
Here's the thing about Strata, a beautiful mobile puzzle game created by Graveck: it can be tough to wrap your head around. On the surface it seems simple enough, as all you have to do is swipe to lay fabric-like strips of color. Once you sit down and see even the simplest of puzzles, though, you'll realize how the game creates a nightmare out of order and sequence. Not the bad kind of nightmare, of course. The good kind that makes you want to sit and stare until you figure everything out.
You knew it'd happen, and almost by surprise it appeared! Rovio's Angry Birds Star Wars II has been unleashed, packing in over 30 playable characters from the Star Wars universe along with a somewhat unconventional tie-in with real-world toys. At its core, this new Angry Birds game is still Angry Birds, which means you know it'll look good, play well, and offer a lot of entertainment for a relatively small price tag.
After half a dozen sequels and spin-offs, we still don't know where all that water has gone. We do know how to move it around, though, which is what Disney Mobile's brand new physics puzzle game is all about! Where's My Water? 2 brings Swampy, Allie and Cranky back for more dirt digging and ducky finding, adding an ocean of challenges, items and additions to this free to play sequel.
Puzzle games, especially those of the logic variety, always seem to default to using numbers to provide challenge. But what if you don't like numbers? What if you spend your days scrawling anti-mathematical propaganda on walls as you fight Big Brother's oppressive numerical order? If that sounds like you, we first of all would like to salute you for living in a dystopian sci-fi novel. Then we'd like to show you FlowDoku, a free sudoku game by HapaFive for mobile devices that uses shapes instead of numbers.
868-HACK is an unusual sort of puzzle hacking game that feels a bit like an old school roguelike. Created by Michael Brough, author of Corrypt and Zaga-33, the game puts you in the happy shoes of a happy computer hacker bent on stealing precious data in the night. By swiping across grids filled with siphons, resources and enemies, you can walk away with all the data while setting an impressive score for your run.
Watch, learn, adapt... oh, and don't get blown up. Impulse is part physics puzzle, part arcade game, with obstacles modeled after Newton's Laws of Motion. Get the green ball to the portal by generating a pulse that moves anything around it... sounds simple, right? But when propulsion, gravity, positive and negative charges and more come into play, you'll find it's anything but.
The Peablins know no fear—as long as they're holding hands with their friends. In this sequel, a blazing ball of fire has crashed in the far corner of Whispering Woods. What is it? In order to venture out that far, they'll need your help in constructing happy hand-holding troops. Arrange the characters on the grid, overcoming challenges and their variety of preferences to make sure no hand goes empty and all Peablins are happy.
The surreal, Myst-esque world of Fireproof Studios' The Room has just been expanded. In an update to the original, this Epilogue is an additional chapter full to the rafters of more crafty, dexterous puzzling that will have you over-thinking and lost in complete awe. If you have hesitated to try this marvelously unique adventure 'til now, here's another irresistible reason to enter The Room and leave the ordinary world behind.
It's tempting to fake redact half of this review, just to fit in with the theme of Blackbar. We'll resist the temptation, though, as this is a game that's worth talking about. Created by Nevan Mrgan, Blackbar is a word-based puzzle game where you sift through letters written to and from characters and try to figure out which words were blanked out by the Department of Communications. It's one part sci-fi story game, one part political statement, and three parts just plain awesome.
Mobest Media is back with another short but sweet mobile room escape game. Escape to Space drops you in sleek and shiny corridors with the single-minded goal of finding a way to get the door unlocked. Slide it to the side and you'll move on to another level, only this time it won't be so easy to get the job done.
Sometimes you want emotional depth and gameplay complexity, and sometimes you just want to be dazzled by high scores and flashy effects as you swap and match candies across a bizarre landscape while it's all being narrated by the world's most unsettling announcer. And if that's the itch you've got, Candy Crush Saga, it turns out, will oblige.
There's been a murder at the Seafront Hotel, and it even has famous French detective Antoine Saint Germain stumped. That hasn't stopped him from gathering everyone together for one of his famous "someone in this room is the killer" monologues. Can you save Saint Germain's reputation as the detective who always closes the case? And oh yes, do try to accuse the right person.
Squarescape is a sliding block puzzle game from Jacob Koch. Working with just a few basic colors and a minimalist visual design, the simple title challenges you to move a square around the screen in an attempt to make it to the exit. Of course, strategically placed blocks, stoppers, orbs and many other obstacles stand in your way, so it's not like you can just waltz on in there and start the end of level celebration.
From the prolific developer Gipnetix Games, creator of 100 Doors of Revenge and 100 Doors 2013, 100 Doors: RUNAWAY drizzles some new point-and-click room escape puzzles into your day, one locked door at a time. Featuring over 90 brand new levels, it's your job to solve a series of single screen puzzles by touching, swiping, pinching, shaking and tilting to manipulate on-screen objects so you can get the door open. 100 Doors of Revenge boasts a more relaxing set of puzzles than previous games, focusing more on local logic than math-based riddles. Get ready to do some mobile experimentation as you scratch your head over the new brain teasers!
Who needs a real doctor when you can give Dr. Payne a call? The unconventional surgeon "simulation" series from Adult Swim is back, retooled for mobile devices and featuring some new devices, new patients, and plenty of medical drama. Amateur Surgeon 3: Tag Team Trauma sticks you in the operating room with tools like a stapler, a pizza cutter, a chainsaw, and some crazy-cool healing gel. Using your, uh, medical knowhow, you'll patch up patient after patient with the greatest of ease!
As a rule of thumb, bricks generally don't roll. They're pretty much made to sit in one place, which is good when you're trying to build a house with them. The bricks in Brick Roll would probably make for terrible building materials, because all they do is roll around and collect pellets and gems. In this difficult but tantalizing mobile puzzle platformer, you've got to roll your brick around many enemies and traps and gather everything you can before you can escape.
In this game of Tic-Tac-Toe, three in a row is a bad thing! Conceptis presents Tic-Tac-Logic, a puzzler where you've got to fill the grid with noughts and crosses following three simple rules. There's got to be an equal number of Xs and Os in each row, you can't have two identical rows, and you can't have three Xs or Os in a row. It sounds simple, but it takes patience and deduction to figure out the single solution for each puzzle in this app.
Droidscape:Basilica is a sci-fi puzzle game from Kyttaro Games that's got a few tricks up its sleeve. It casts you in the role of Bishop 7, a small robot who happens to be humanity's only hope to survive a new Dark Age. By drawing paths and then controlling the 'bot's progression, you can gather key cards to open doors and work your way to becoming a hero!
It's time for a simple, soothing word game. What's the Sentence from Tinyworks Games is a straightforward game that combines anagrams with famous quotes. A baseline of six letter tiles rests at the bottom of the screen. Above are several words with blank spots in place of letters. Tap the word you want to work with, then tap your inventory to start filling them in. Repeat the process until the famous quote is complete!
Blitz Block Robo from Nexus Game Studio is an action puzzle game that's all about speed, speed and more speed. It keeps gameplay simple with one or two basic mechanics and a few wrenches thrown into the mix just to make sure you don't get too comfortable. Easy to play, extremely challenging, and plenty of replay value. Sounds like an ideal mobile game to us!
Lums is the story of a bunch of Lums and a bunch of Vampires. It's a physics puzzle game that takes a unique angle on the Crush the Castle / Angry Birds formula of tossing things to destroy structures. Instead of pigs or snooty royalty, though, you get to shed a little light on some grumpy vampires. Watch 'em burn!
Yes yes YES. The Kagi Nochi Tobira series is back! The iOS and Android escape game Kagi Nochi Tobira 2013 from Daisuke Suzuki is one of the more polished "100-style" escape games out there (move over, 100 Floors), adopting a simple art style and puzzles that are both creative and challenging. Time to grab your mobile device and binge play.
Take Action to Escape is a mobile escape game from Mobest Media that wants to remind you you'll never escape unless you, you know, actually do something! Similar to escape games like DOOORS and 100 Rooms, you're presented with a series of single-screen levels littered with a few objects and a door that's locked tight. By tilting, tipping, shaking, sliding and staring at your device, it's your job to uncover the key so you can head to the next level!
Noprops' characteristic trickery and visual stunts are all that hold you here in these four white-washed walls. Can you see past the red herrings and decipher the rooms' secrets to escape?
Brash, sassy, and punchy, Ittle Dew and her friend Tippsie want just one thing... adventure, and lots of it! Fortunately the island she's stranded on has that in spades, along with challenging puzzles, humour, and weight-lifting cacti. Ludosity serves up a knee-weakeningly adorable and funny indie action adventure that calls upon classic inspirations like Zelda and The Secret of Mana without ever losing its own style and creativity.
This multiple level escape stands out because it's not a simple "clear the stage" game with many doors yet few puzzles. Each well-appointed room invites exploration, handling clues with finesse so it is challenging without being frustrating. You finish with a sense of accomplishment, making this a mobile game that is as satisfying to your brain as it is to your eyes.
In this escape-the-room game from noprops (also known as Mygames888), you find yourself in a familiar situation: locked in a room in which you must solve puzzles until you reach the exit and make you way out. Yet there is also something different, more surreal, that makes Lift stand out from most games you're used to. For this reason, it's not to be missed.
Gorgeous, funny, and packed with wickedly devious levels, this is one iOS/Android game you won't want to put down. Play as an itty-bitty thief and his ferret companion as you point-and-click your way through beautifully designed stages and chapters, each with their own unique story and setup, to rob from the buttheads and give to yourself... or those who need it more.
Sprinkle Islands from Granny Smith creator Mediocre is a follow up to Sprinkle, a physics-based mobile puzzle game that is as adorable as it is fun. Pieces of a giant stone are raining down on Sprinkle Islands like meteors, causing all sorts of fires to spring up. Enter you, happy hero, with your simple height-adjustable vehicle that spits water like a little fountain. Time to douse some flames!
In FireRabbit's unique blend of a hidden object search with an escape-the-room game, you begin with a task list in hand, a garage full of parts and tools, and a classic American muscle car in need of some loving attention. And since it's available on most mobile devices, you can play this "fix'em up and drive away" project almost anywhere wheels will take you.
You wake up in an unfamiliar room... What happened? Clearly, ninjas have struck you over the head and now hold you captive as they guard every possible exit and you must search around the ninja house seeking out clues, tools and weapons to procure your freedom in this lively escape-the-room mobile game from 58 Works.
On the surface, this puzzle game is simple. Easy, even. You move in turns through small, carefully designed levels trying to avoid or eliminate enemies on your way to the exit. But before long, the new varieties of obstacles and tight level design will force you to think ahead in strategic fashion, making this one elegantly simple game that can challenge you with the best of them.
One part puzzle solving, one part snarky story, and one part riddles, Relentless Software's Blue Toad Murder Files: A Touch of Mystery is what you would get if you combined the Professor Layton series with You Don't Know Jack. Sounds like strange bedfellows for sure, but Blue Toad's wild narration and sense of humor keep the whodunit theme light and enjoyable while popping you from one mystery to the next. All without a single reference to Murder, She Wrote!
Layton Brothers: Mystery Room is a crime solving mystery game from Level-5, the team behind the well-known Professor Layton series on Nintendo DS. While this incarnation may only bear passing ties to the prof's previous adventures, it's still a solid adventure game that will remind you of Phoenix Wright in some ways. Which is a good thing!
The little programmable robot is back, and this time it's mobile! Light-bot is a logic-based puzzle game that's been kicking around the browser scene for a few years in the form of Light-Bot and Light-Bot 2.0. Now the game has made the jump to Android and iOS, bringing with it several dozen new levels that will challenge your ability to program robots to light up blocks. That makes it sound a bit easy, but it isn't, we promise!
"Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain." Creepy music? Concrete walls? Perspicacious quotes? Yes, your adventures in the asylum are nowhere near over in Glitch Games' latest adventure, Forever Lost: Episode 2. Last year's breakout point-and-click escape hit is back to continue the story, featuring more twists, chills, and lots of classic adventuring fun.
Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage is a brand new offering from Nitrome, the browser game team who are responsible for such previous casual addictions as Steamlands, Hot Air 2: All Blown Up, Skywire, and of course the rest of the Icebreaker series. This new outing marks Nitrome's first foray into the mobile realm, and judging by the depth and quality of this release, we really, really hope it isn't their last!
It's a sweltering day outside. Seeing all the thirsty people gives Mickey an idea: lemonade stand! He's missing one key ingredient, however: water. Too bad it's not as simple as marching over to the sink and turning on the tap. From the creators of Where's My Water? and Where's My Perry?, the new physics-puzzle adventure Where's My Mickey? follows the same touch and drag formula as its predecessors, only with a new visual style and some few imaginative gameplay additions.
Little Luca from Glowingpine Studios is a unique one button physics puzzle game that puts you in control of a bunch of floating colored things that change shape. Really! As two friends gazed upon the peaceful night sky something terrible happened. Stars fell from their perches, leaving behind a glowing red void. And the only person/creature that can set things right is you. Time to get wobbling!
Crazy Machines Golden Gears is a new addition to the Crazy Machines series of physics building/puzzle games. The franchise has made the leap from downloadable desktop game to the mobile world, bringing with it all the challenge, creativity and, well, crazy machines you can imagine. If Rube Goldberg only knew the kind of legacy he would leave to the casual gaming world.
In a situation that hits a little too close to home for some of us, Coolson's Artisanal Chocolate Alphabet from Things Made Out Of Other Things is a word game based in a chocolate factory starring an out of work English major desperate for a job. You manage to get a position at Coolson's factory packing boxes with letter-embossed chocolates. But since dropping squares into slots isn't all that exciting (and since you want to put that fancy degree to use), you decide to make things more difficult/entertaining for yourself. Instead of filling boxes, now you're writing words!
Pet Rescue Saga is a cute and captivating puzzle game that made its way from the world of Facebook to the mobile marketplaces. Created by King, the developer behind Candy Crush Saga, expect a well-tuned matching experience punctuated by a number of useful power-ups, all told through a shoestring story about rescuing adorable pets!
Here is a full scale escape-the-room adventure made (near) perfect by Kotorinosu's skillful design. Inexplicably locked inside these space age surroundings, with no narrative or changing cursor to guide you, you're left to your observational skills and ability to make connections between clues, using objects (repeatedly) to break through multiple locks until you are free. It's lengthy enough and challenging enough to hold you captive for most the afternoon, both in frustration and delight.
Bridgy Jones, which we promise has absolutely nothing to do with Helen Fielding or Renée Zellweger, is a physics puzzle/building game from Grow App. It's pretty much free from all that romance and stuff, but it's still tells a bit of a love story in its own way. The love between a dog and a chicken, a man and delicious fried eggs, and you and your ability to make bridges out of thin air, that is.
Color Zen from Large Animal Games is a relaxing puzzle game that's probably going to be your next go-to for quick bursts of entertainment. Each level hands you shapes of various colors, some of which are movable, all you have to do is give them a quick swipe. When shapes of the same color collide they meld into each other and fill the entire screen, effectively eliminating that color from the puzzle. The goal is to get every visible object the same color as the border.
Pixel Rooms is a room escape game born from the combined talents of Urara-Works and Skipmore. You might recognize those names from the utterly amazing mobile RPG Fairune released not too long ago. Pixel Rooms goes several steps beyond the usual mobile escape setup, treating you to puzzles and stages that bend the rules in creative new ways. It's more than just doors that need unlocking, it's like a series of mini-puzzles from Hapland or GROW!
Sparkle 2 has just arrived from 10tons, the team behind the mobile physics puzzle games Tennis in the Face and King Oddball. And you know what? It looks gorgeous. It plays gorgeous, too, if you can pretend that's a thing that makes sense. Smooth marble popping puzzle action combined with a soothing soundtrack and drop-dead stunning visuals. It's everything you could want in a simple casual matching game.
Scurvy Scallywags is a hybrid match-3 puzzle game created by Beep Games, that studio where that guy Ron Gilbert works, not to mention his DeathSpank collaborator Clayton Kauzlaric. Scurvy Scallywags dresses you in your piratey best and sends you to the sea on a quest to discover the ultimate sea shanty (a.k.a. "song"). Along the way you'll defeat all sorts of foes, swap and match piles of gold, attach swords, coconuts and rats, spend your pirate booty on ability upgrades, and witness one of the most awkward pirate dramas ever performed.
The newest "100" room escape game (well, I say newest; another 30 have probably just popped up in the time its taken to write this) is 100 Dreams by Daisuke Suzuki, the maker of the excellent Kagi Nochi Tobira. The format should be secondhand by now: Each stage presents you with the simple task of opening a door under increasingly complex and puzzling circumstances.
Locking horns with a great puzzle is an almost zen-like experience. There's something wonderful about letting the world slip away as you sink into the pure logic of a mind-bending puzzle. Of course, when that puzzle is as beautiful and engaging as Quell Memento, it makes the experience that much sweeter. Created by Fallen Tree Games, the lastest installment of the raindrop-sliding brainteaser Quell takes place in an abandoned house, filled with the memories of its previous owner.
Phoenix Wright is back, and he's in HD! After months of waiting Capcom has finally released Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright Trilogy HD, packing three Phoenix Wright games into a single, easy-to-get-hooked-on download. It doesn't matter if you've never heard of the series or are a tried and true fan, Ace Attorney offers a lot of story and a lot of suspense in a very attractive package.
Logistics is a physics puzzle game from Robb Akerson. Using only the most basic features from building games such as The Incredible Machine, it's your job to move objects around the screen, one piece of candy or one block of ice at a time. It takes a bit of fiddling to make sure everything is in the right place, but Logistics is built with casual players in mind, providing a good logical challenge but never making you feel frustrated.
Money, or freedom. Which will you choose? McBank: The Puzzle of Money and Freedom uses stark, humorous imagery wrapped around a series of quick puzzles that play on the theme of the uneven distribution of wealth and power in modern society. Even though most of the world's money is controlled by a relative few people, the masses continue to support them with their purchases and actions. McBank forces you to to choose with each level you complete, and the results aren't always pretty.
Douglas Chase, the hero of Tasty Poison's arcade puzzle game Dig!, has it rough. He works as an archaeologist for a failing museum, and in order to save his job, appease his boss and rescue the museum, he has to dig up new and exciting artefacts, pronto. And he has to do all this while mummies, tentacles and moles chase him, which never makes things easy. Oh, and toilet seats count as priceless artefacts, by the way. Have fun!
Perfection is a simple, casual puzzle game from Dumb and Fat Games, creator of Sling It! and Phantasmaburbia. It tests your spatial resolve by challenging you to slice bits of an object away until it fits inside an outline. There's no timer, there's no move limits, and there are no missions to complete. Just some relaxing music and a great game of self-challenge at your fingertips.
You can't help but smile when you make these monkeys happy in Pencil Kids' wonderfully interactive point-and-click puzzle game. In each stage, figure out what will make the weepy-eyed simian dance in glee. This means using objects creatively, solving puzzles and even completing a few arcade-type mini-games. Finish all 15 stages to be treated to a coin collecting adventure bonus level. But the joy on those adorable faces is what makes the effort worth it.