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Sudoku for Beginners: How to Improve Your Problem-Solving Skills
Are you a beginner when it comes to solving Sudoku puzzles? Do you find yourself frustrated and unsure of where to start? Fear not, as we have compiled a comprehensive guide on how to improve your problem-solving skills through Sudoku.
Understanding the Basics of Sudoku
Before we dive into the strategies and techniques, let’s first understand the basics of Sudoku. A Sudoku puzzle is a 9×9 grid that is divided into nine smaller 3×3 grids. The objective is to fill in each row, column, and smaller grid with numbers 1-9 without repeating any numbers.
Starting Strategies for Beginners
As a beginner, it can be overwhelming to look at an empty Sudoku grid. But don’t worry. There are simple starting strategies that can help you get started. First, look for any rows or columns that only have one missing number. Fill in that number and move on to the next row or column with only one missing number. Another strategy is looking for any smaller grids with only one missing number and filling in that number.
Advanced Strategies for Beginner/Intermediate Level
Once you’ve mastered the starting strategies, it’s time to move on to more advanced techniques. One technique is called “pencil marking.” This involves writing down all possible numbers in each empty square before making any moves. Then use logic and elimination techniques to cross off impossible numbers until you are left with the correct answer.
Another advanced technique is “hidden pairs.” Look for two squares within a row or column that only have two possible numbers left. If those two possible numbers exist in both squares, then those two squares must contain those specific numbers.
Benefits of Solving Sudoku Puzzles
Not only is solving Sudoku puzzles fun and challenging, but it also has many benefits for your brain health. It helps improve your problem-solving skills, enhances memory and concentration, and reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
In conclusion, Sudoku is a great way to improve your problem-solving skills while also providing entertainment. With these starting and advanced strategies, you’ll be able to solve even the toughest Sudoku puzzles. So grab a pencil and paper and start sharpening those brain muscles.
This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.
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18 best puzzle games on android in 2023.
Destress with these mobile puzzlers
Puzzle apps are unique in how they scratch that intellectual itch we all have from time to time, stimulating your deductive reasoning and mental focus skills, while simultaneously keeping things light and entertaining. The apps that get it right rarely require lightning-fast reaction times or insane production value; mostly getting by with refined controls that evoke thought and charming art styles. Whether you like sereen puzzle platformers like Mekorama or meditative experiences like I love hue too, this genre will cater to your thing.
It's no secret that puzzle games are a little over-represented on the Play Store, with slews of imitators riding the slipstream of market leaders, so we're here to highlight the best of the best. You won't need your high-performance gaming phone for AP's favorite puzzle apps, but the contenders of this roundup are tailor-made to keep your performance sharp.
1 Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon
Netflix Games has published Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon on the Play Store, bringing the popular puzzle roguelike to Android. While this game does differ from the original platformer, the puzzle-based gameplay is superb, offering falling block gameplay any Tetris fan should recognize. The mechanics are simple enough to understand while remaining challenging to master, which is why the gameplay loop is so addictive, all without pesky monetization to ruin the experience.
You will need a Netflix account to play, but beyond that, this is a premium release that stacks up to its console and PC counterparts.
2 Baba Is You
Baba Is You takes a traditional Sokoban puzzle game and turns it on its head through the use of cryptic words. You'll unlock specific abilities and areas by pushing certain words together, which is ultimately how you solve each puzzle. Still, these solutions aren't easy, as this is an incredibly challenging game, but the solution is the reward, and it feels great once you finally get past a puzzle that was previously stumping you.
Baba Is You may be a short game clocking in at 7 hours to beat , but it's one of the best puzzle games on the platform, which is why it's a great title to start with for today's puzzle game roundup.
3 Path of Giants
A slick puzzle game where you'll control three characters, each offering unique skills to see you progress through each stage. As you can guess, you'll use these characters to solve each stage's puzzle, with the challenge growing with each solved stage. The graphics are excellent, the gameplay is enjoyable, and it's easily played in bite-size sessions to ensure this is a title best played in your downtime.
Best of all, what you see is what you get, as this is a premium release, so you're free to enjoy the game in its entirety once you pay $4. Not bad, not bad at all.
4 Golf Peaks
Golf Peaks is styled as a miniature golf game, but it's actually a puzzle game (which is why it's on today's list). There are more than 120 levels to explore, spread across ten worlds. Cards are used for movement as you decipher which cards will get your ball into the hole, making for a logic puzzler you will have to spend time thinking about, but that's where the fun is to be found, illustrating why this game is so appealing. It's designed well and offers tons of fun. What's not to like?
Sliding tile puzzle games may have a reputation for being simple, but Gorogoa is anything but. Sure, you'll slide some tiles around, as that is part of the core gameplay, but thanks to some striking art and abstract puzzle solutions, this game goes way beyond moving a few tiles. Imagine if Salvador Dalí created a video game, and you're getting close to the abstract play within this release. While the game is only two hours long , it's a heck of a ride that shouldn't be missed.
PUSH is a fun minimal puzzle game where your single objective is to push a bunch of buttons in the correct order. What is great about this setup is that there are no timers and no tutorials. Heck, there aren't even any boss fights. This game is solely focused on gameplay and gameplay alone. Essentially, what you see is what you get, and what you get is a competent puzzle game that offers a stress-free experience.
7 Hidden Through Time
Hidden Through Time is a stunning hidden object game that offers wonderful art, cute animations, and enjoyable gameplay. Mostly you'll spend your time deciphering clues to find all the hidden objects in each level, and each stage is pleasantly animated, making it easy to gaze at the screen for hours as you hunt down every last hidden object. If you enjoy titles like Hidden Folks but are looking for a splash of color to brighten the experience, then you'll love Hidden Through Time.
8 G30 - A Memory Maze
G30 - A Memory Maze is a minimal puzzle game that offers a unique story about a person suffering from a cognitive disorder. It will be your job to piece together their memory by solving two-part puzzles of scattered text and random images. You'll spend most of your time rotating these images to form larger pictures. The secondary puzzle element comes into play as you cycle these pics through words displayed at the top of the screen.
These words ultimately tell a story, but you'll first have to solve each puzzle before you can piece together the entirety of the tale.
9 Hidden Folks
Hidden Folks is a stylish hidden object game that's a joy to look at and play. The art is hand-drawn and consists of black-and-white pen and ink designs. Players are tasked with finding a particular person hidden in each drawing, much like a Where's Waldo book. This is easier said than done since you'll have to peel back and move objects in each environment to hunt down these hidden people.
Unlike many of the hidden objects on the Play Store, Hidden Folks offers a highly interactive experience, which has a lot to do with the wonderfully engaging art style.
Hocus is an indie puzzle game that exudes a minimal style. It will be your job to navigate a cube through a series of optical illusions. There are 120 hand-crafted levels to explore, and if you get tired of these levels, you can jump into the optional level builder to design your own. What's great about this system is that you can share these homemade levels through a code or card, which means you can jump into levels created by other players if you wish.
Blue is a popular release in the color-themed puzzle game series from Bart Bonte . The game's goal is to change the color in all the title's fifty stages to blue. If you get stuck, hints are available, though ads will play unless you pay to remove them through an in-app purchase. Trial and error is the key to victory, especially if you plan to complete all 50 levels.
Shadowmatic took its sweet time coming to Android, but the game is so pretty we can forgive the late arrival. The game's setup is extremely simple. All you do is spin and tilt one or more of the game's 3D objects to form a shadow that displays the puzzle's desired shape. Things grow more complex when multiple objects are in play. The beautiful 3D graphics create a relaxed atmosphere perfect for short or lengthy gaming sessions, though you'll need some beefy hardware to run this title.
13 I Love Hue Too
I Love Hue Too is a psychedelic puzzler where harmony, geometry, perception, skill, and magic intersect to create an enthralling puzzle game. Puzzles are solved by shuffling tiles to create harmony with the colors provided. There are more than 900 puzzles to unravel within this release and multiple play modes, which should keep players busy for a long while. Oh, and the game contains six ambient tracks that help set the mood for this trippy puzzler.
14 Bridge Constructor Portal
The Bridge Constructor series from Headup has seen a few releases on mobile, sporting all kinds of themes, combining gameplay elements from these themes with classic bridge construction gameplay. The most popular title to combine interesting elements is Bridge Constructor Portal. It offers familiar Portal gameplay crossed with bridge-building action, resulting in a good time solving all portal-laced puzzles.
This is a premium release you can snag for $5, and there's extra DLC once you beat the main game that you can pick up for $2. Seeing that the main campaign is 13 hours long and that the DLC adds even more content, you'll have plenty of puzzles to solve for a small investment.
From the same creator as Golf Peaks, Railbound is a puzzler where you'll lay down train tracks to solve the game's level-based challenges. There are more than 200 puzzles to solve, all revolving around trains and track laying, with adorable graphics attached and a couple of cute pups to boot. So if you're a fan of Golf Peaks and want to see what's new from the same creator, Railbound is the obvious choice, and best of all, it's just as great as its older brother.
Mekorama draws inspiration from similar isometric puzzle platformers, such as Monument Valley, but that's an easy thing to forgive when the games you imitate are solid to start with. Much like the titles that inspired this release, you can expect tons of humor and personality, and the developer has implemented a user-friendly way to pay what you want for the full game unlock, which is a nice touch.
17 Lost Words: Beyond the Page
If you're big into platformers, but enjoy them most when they offer puzzle mechanics, then Lost Words: Beyond the Page should be right up your alley. This is a chill game where you'll literally use the letters in words as platforms to traverse each stage. These words, of course, tell an evolving story, which is entertaining enough, but it's the puzzle-based platforming where the game really shines.
Taking a page out of Baba is You's book, you'll have to think creatively about how words can be used to solve the game's 2D puzzles, all at your own pace.
Linelight is an atmospheric puzzle game centered around navigating threads of light to complete puzzle challenges; with a celestial theme that immerses you in the experience. Gameplay-wise, Linelight gets really creative with the kinds of puzzles it offers; particularly the ones themed around only moving when the player is moving. Linelight focuses on its gameplay, with over 200 puzzles to solve, but its presentation is also very absorbing, from the silky movements to the beautiful music.
The best puzzle games are easily installed from the Google Play Store
The above selection of quality puzzle games are some of our favorites, but there are plenty more out there too, which is why this roundup is constantly updated with new listings to ensure everyone can jump into a fresh puzzler when the need arises. So until the next update, enjoy the latest puzzle titles that have struck our fancy as the best of the best.
The best free Android games 2023
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Our favorite free Android brain-smashers, logic tests and path-finding games.
Otteretto in stills looks like Tetris or Columns, with its well of colored squares. But in play, it’s much more strategic. The aim in each level is to secure enough points by dragging out palindromic patterns – strings that are the same in each direction. The more complex the string, the more points you get.
Because the score target increases with each level, you soon learn to patiently spend time scouring the well for increasingly snake-like strings. Sometimes, you can tap individual squares to subtly shift the stack in your favor. It’s brain-bending and compelling stuff.
For free, you get all this and a daily challenge where everyone in the world gets the same starting set-up. For $2.99/£2.99/AU$4.69, you unlock three additional modes. In all cases, Otteretto is a mobile gem.
Dungeons of Dreadrock
Dungeons of Dreadrock is sneaky. It looks a lot like another me-too overhead tile-based puzzler, where you roam dungeons, avoid enemies and scarper for the exit. And to some degree, that’s precisely what it is. But smart design makes Dreadrock a lot more fun and interesting than its contemporaries.
This is evident from early on in the game, where the real-time puzzling action finds you evading a gigantic troll in one of the 100 single-screen challenges. Safely through the exit, you breathe a sigh of relief – until you realize the troll is in hot pursuit. The tension ramps up – unusual in this sort of game.
Surprises, shifts in pace and downright cunning puzzles persist through the game’s entire length. It’s another great example of how you shouldn’t judge a game by how it first appears, but by how it plays.
Kitty Q neatly showcases that no subject matter’s off limits to Android puzzlers. The game begins with a half-dead/half-alive kitty bursting forth from a cardboard box that appeared on your doorstep. Your task is to dig into the principles of quantum physics to help the cat escape her peculiar quantum superposition.
Don’t worry: you don’t need to be a science nerd to get through the game. It’s a sweet-natured, brief, enjoyable room escape title, where you discover objects, find clues, and solve puzzles to progress.
To assist you while helping Schrödinger’s cat, Schrödinger’s great-granddaughter offers tips, and an in-game Kittypedia lets you delve into the actual science, should you feel the need. Oh, and there are dress-up elements too, because if there’s one thing a half-skeleton cat needs, it’s glasses and a comedy mustache.
Samorost is an endearing point-and-click puzzle series that appears to have been released in reverse on mobile. Premium title Samorost 3 arrived first – and remains one of the finest games of its type on Android. But for Amanita Design fans and newcomers alike, the original Samorost is worth checking out to find out where it all began.
The game features a space-faring gnome who discovers his tiny world is about to be obliterated by an asteroid. He therefore blasts off in a tiny rocket, only to find himself in a fantastical world of surreal collage-like locations. Each of the half-dozen screens has a few puzzles to solve, and you’ll be done in half an hour. So don’t rush it: breathe this one’s beauty in, and be glad a bite-sized PC classic was so carefully remastered for your phone.
Empty. is a puzzle game for people with - or wanting - a decidedly ‘zen’ outlook on life.
Each handcrafted level begins as a minimalist space with objects dotted about. These are depicted almost as silhouettes, featuring as few as one and rarely more than a few colors. The idea is to manipulate the scene so objects are merged into matching flat planes.
Success mostly hinges on finding the correct order in which to dispense with items - and it’s satisfying when you manage to empty a room, unlocking the next stage. This game’s designers want you to relax while you play, too - it’s generous with object positioning, is devoid of ads and IAPs, and has no timers. Ideal stuff to unwind with, then - and to learn a little about the value of simplicity in your life.
Sky: Children of the Light
Sky: Children of the Light is a freeform adventure that draws heavily from Journey – a game that’s yet to arrive on Android. That doesn’t matter now, because Sky is arguably the better title.
If you’re into backstory, there’s one about children trying to spread light and hope through a desolate kingdom. All you really need to know is that there’s a lot of running about, giddily sliding down hills, and figuring out how to deal with puzzle-like barriers that block your way.
The twist is that loads of other people are playing at the same time. Often, you must work together to succeed - easier said than done when communication takes the form of parps and gestures. It can frustrate, but there are also times when someone will grab your hand, and a group of you will soar into the sky. Moments in mobile gaming are rarely so magical.
Total Party Kill
Total Party Kill finds a trio of heroes in dank single-screen dungeons with their exits inconveniently far out of reach. They then hit upon a novel way of escape: sacrifice.
Your job is to figure out in which order everyone needs to be dispatched. The knight hacks at chums with his sword, sending them flying across the screen – potentially towards otherwise inaccessible switches. The mage freezes companions into blocks of ice. And the ranger uses his arrows to impale cohorts on walls. You get the idea.
The mix of dark humor – especially the little jig the escapee does while his friends lie dead – and tight puzzles make for an entertaining brain-smashing time.
Turn It On! Free
Turn It On! Free is an excellent response to all those people who gripe when they find it a bit tricky to turn on a new piece of kit they buy. At least those items aren’t as bonkers as the black boxes in this game, which take powering things up to a level beyond the ludicrous.
Initially, you flick the odd switch or twiddle a dial. But Turn It On keeps upping the insanity level. Even fairly early on, you’re faced with an entire board of switches, and no idea what any of them are for.
Eventually, there are cranks and cogs, meters and displays, and probably your quiet sobbing voice in the background when you realize you’re 15 minutes into a level and still have no idea how to complete it. The mark of a solid puzzler, then.
XOB transplants an ancient TV into your Android device. Within the CRT fuzz and lurid colors lie 100 levels of platform puzzling, where you must find a path to the exit by manipulating gravity.
You play a square. By dragging the screen, the entire level tilts, forcing the square to trundle. If it falls from an edge on to another plane, the entire scene twists. A single tap and the square leaps to the ceiling, rotating everything 180 degrees.
This can disorient, but XOB keeps you glued to the screen with its retro-modern aesthetic. The end result is something that at its core is actually quite basic, but the whole is elevated by way of superb presentation and execution, in a manner countless other free Android games would do well to take note of.
Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle
Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle bucks the trend in Android horror games. Instead of traipsing about a rickety building that may as well hang ‘Enter to be horribly murdered!’ above the door and getting the odd jump scare, you instead face a sliding puzzler. Think Sokoban – but with buckets of cartoon gore.
The aim in each level is to slide horror icon Jason Voorhees into unsuspecting campers, who are then summarily dispatched. The required pathways become increasingly convoluted; hazards and move limits also act as barriers to your desire to get all stabby.
The puzzles are well designed, and the horror neatly straddles the line between icky and ridiculous. After all, it’s hard to take things seriously when your mother’s decapitated head, levitating in the corner, is offering sagely wisdom.
Tiny Bubbles is a mostly meditative match game set in a world of gloopy bubbles. A premium app in its previous life on iOS, it comes across intact to Android in free form, merely dropping in the odd ‘commercial break’ if you don’t fancy splashing out on IAP.
The game itself is delightful, having you figure out how to match four bubbles of the same color, which then pop, ideally in an explosive chain reaction. Complications come by way of color mixing demands, troublesome bubbles to remove, and the machinations of a bubble-blowing fish.
If that all sounds a bit too sedate, the game ramps things up some in the arcade mode. But however you take on this puzzler, it’s bursting with fun!
Flipflop Solitaire is at its core spider solitaire. The aim is to remove every card from the table. Cards can be built on the tableau in rank, and in-suit sequences can be moved between columns – but Flipflop shakes things up by messing with the rules.
First, it’s primarily designed for smartphones, and you get just five columns of cards. This is trickier than the standard spider layout, and so the game allows you to stack cards in both directions – enabling dizzying sequences like 9876787654543. You only have to stop stacking when you run out of space.
These changes might seem paltry, but they have the effect of making almost every hand technically possible to win. Throw in endless undos and this transforms Flipflop from yet another throwaway card game into a deviously clever mobile puzzler.
A Way to Slay
A Way to Slay turns epic and extremely bloody sword fights into a kind of turn-based puzzle. You start each bout surrounded by angry foes with a penchant for getting all stabby and head-choppy. Double-tap on any enemy and your hero zips his way over, before painting the screen red with their insides.
On making a move, your opponents also get a chance to adjust their positions – and they are vital to keep track of. For if you venture too near to anyone, it’s your innards that end up decorating the sparse landscape.
The key to victory, then, rests in figuring out the combination of moves that will see you tap your way to victory, a lone survivor surrounded by a sea of corpses. Top stuff, assuming you’ve the stomach – and brains – for it.
Aquavias is a sedate path-finding puzzle game. The aim is to deliver water to cities, which will otherwise suffer from drought. Unfortunately, a buffoon has decided the means of moving said water is by way of elevated and fragmented aqueducts.
Each section – most being a single line or quarter circle – can be individually rotated, the idea being to gradually fashion a solid path for the water to follow.
Naturally, this is where you come in. Each tap rotates a piece 90 degrees clockwise. Depending on the level, you’ll either have a limited number of moves, or a rapidly draining reservoir.
Over time, the complexity of the required pathways increases – notably when T-junctions enter the fray; but the game never becomes overbearing, and its pleasing visuals and soundtrack further add to the charm.
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Best Android puzzle games 2023
Put your brain to the test with these challenging games.
Brain It On!
Bridge Constructor Portal
The Eyes of Ara
The House of Da Vinci
I Love Hue & I Love Hue Too
Lara Croft GO
Logic Puzzles, Brain Teasers
The Room series
Turn It On!
Smartphone touchscreen controls offer a unique opportunity for puzzle game developers. Our pocket devices are uniquely suited for clever puzzle games because they're easy to pick up and play whenever you have a few free moments. If you're looking for a game to test your brain, check some of these out.
Do you like great writing, colorful characters, challenging puzzles, and explosions? Then Bomb Club is just the game for you. Featuring a charming cast of safety-minded bomb enthusiasts, Bomb Club has you make your way through a huge map of puzzle levels, all based around the art of setting off bombs.
The goal in each level is to set off every bomb on the stage, with added bonuses if you can also set off optional fireworks. This may sound overly simple, but the game weaves a lot of intricacy into itself through the use of different types of bombs. Laser bombs, mega bombs, baby bombs and so many more will all have to be used and placed with strategic precision if you want to beat the level and maximize your score.
You'll leave no bomb behind as you work to uncover a mystery hiding at the center of this story, all while being entertained by Bomb Club's hilarious dialogue and quirky characters. Best of all, Bomb Club is 100% free, there are no ads, and the only in-app purchases are for optional post-game DLC. Bomb Club is a total winner, so go pick it up right now!
An excellent puzzle game built around the joy of explosions! This 100% free title makes a great addition to any puzzle master's library.
Download from: Google Play Store
Brain It On! is an addictive physics-based puzzle game that requires you to think outside the box to solve each level. Using your finger or a stylus, you draw lines, shapes, weighted objects, or whatever else you think will solve each screen. Sounds simple, right?
Things get progressively more challenging and creative as you progress through over 200 levels, with stars awarded for completing the level, finishing under the time limit, and minimizing the number of shapes used to solve. In the free version, future levels can be unlocked by earning stars. You can pay just to remove ads, or remove ads and add hints.
Yet another addictive game on our list, Brain It On! is an awesome physics-based puzzler with plenty of challenge and replayability.
Bridge Constructor is a great physics-based puzzle game in its own right, but this spin-off takes the concept and adds in all the wacky elements from Portal and Aperture Laboratories. There are 60 test chambers to complete using portals, along with propulsion and repulsion gels all while avoiding deadly lasers, pits of acid, and sentient turrets.
It's an outstanding cross-over title that provides a challenge that will delight fans of Bridge Constructor and Portal alike. It's an absolute delight to play with tons of Portal references and it even features Google Play Games achievements to aid in the replayability!
Bridge Constructor meets Portal in this excellent cross-over. Avoid environmental hazards and use your technology to complete the 60 levels.
Buy from: Google Play Store
Chess Light is more of a puzzle game that takes obvious inspiration from Chess than an actual chess game. It might have appeared in our best chess games roundup, but it certainly belongs here, too! You have over 180 puzzles at your disposal and six difficulty levels.
There's a hint system for you if you get stuck, but where's the fun in that? Chess Light is free with no ads, so have at it! It can get really challenging, but I encourage you to stick with it.
Less so chess than a puzzle game inspired by chess, Chess Light is nonetheless a fun and challenging game. Light up all the squares to beat the level!
Ever play Riven or Myst? The Eyes of Ara is in much the same vein — an open-ended adventure where you solve puzzles, unlock clues, and uncover pieces of the story bit by bit. It's a bit obtuse, but that's what makes it enjoyable and nostalgic. Riven was not an easy game for younger me to beat, so I have a soft spot for games like this.
The 3D environment is stellar and looks good for a mobile game. It's a premium title that doesn't contain any ads or IAPs, so you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the intense puzzler fun. It took me a little while to beat, so you're getting a lot for your money.
Fans of games like Myst and Riven will love The Eyes of Ara. It's a 3D adventure where you solve puzzles, find hidden rooms and vaults, and uncover a good story slowly.
MC Esher would be damn proud of hocus, a mind-bending, perspective-based puzzle game that is easy to play, challenging to master, and lets you create and play other user-created puzzles. Your goal is to get the cube to the red finish marker as fast and efficiently as you can.
There are over 100 official puzzles, which require you to swipe to move a cube around the shape. When you hit an intersection between two paths, you can completely change direction along a different path. It's glorious in its minimalism and easy to drop several hours into.
A minimalist perspective-based puzzler, hocus forces you to really think outside the box. Things aren't always what they seem.
The House of a Da Vinci is a 3D puzzler that requires you to solve various puzzles (duh), escape from rooms, explore, and find hidden objects, and otherwise have a good time. It asks you to pay attention to your surroundings and to keep your wits about you.
The touch controls are well-optimized, never giving me any trouble as I navigated the game world. The aesthetic and setting are interesting and special, with plenty of mechanical puzzles and cool setpieces. Finally, the story is good enough to keep you going and wondering what's going on.
A unique and fun 3D puzzle game, The House of Da Vinci requires your utmost attention. It's a fun puzzle game/mystery.
I Love Hue and its sequel, I Love Hue Too, are two of the most soothing, addicting puzzle games on the market right now. I Love Hue is a minimalistic, psychedelic exercise in logic and color. You drag and drop colored tiles around a grid until the spectrum is chromatically perfect. Variety comes in the form of different tiles being fixed in place for each level, along with the sheer variety of which colors are bleeding into each other.
The sequel, I Love Hue Too, still hinges on the core elements of color perception and tile rearrangement, but ramps everything up to 11 with the addition of wild new geometric patterns, creating an extra layer of challenge. There are also six new synth tracks to back up the ambiance, which fans of the original game will no doubt adore.
Both titles include over 900 levels each, so you're looking at a whopping 1,800 mosaics between the two to work your way through at your leisure. Considering the fact that these games are free with ads, the I Love Hues are a stellar deal in the puzzle landscape.
Create order out of colorful chaos in this soothing visual puzzler.
Tomb Raider's Lara Croft is back in this challenging entry that adds new wrinkles to the turn-based puzzles introduced with Hitman GO. Lara Croft is athletic and adventurous, and her GO game reflects that with turn-based puzzles that have her dodging boobytraps and deadly enemies as you work your way through 115 levels split into seven chapters.
It's an award-winning game that lures you in with its outstanding visuals and keeps you playing with its increasingly challenging puzzles. There are unlockables and some harrowing turn-based action that keeps you engaged. Like Hitman GO, there are several ways of completing a level.
Another excellent entry in Square Enix's GO mobile franchise, Lara Croft GO is a fun puzzler where you play the eponymous heroine as she explores ancient ruins.
The best puzzle games are deceptively simple to play while offering a brain-busting challenge. This describes Logic Puzzles, Brain Teasers (formerly known by the far superior name of Patterns), a logic game that has you rotate pieces to create shapes of different sizes. Each puzzle tells you how many shapes to make and how many pieces can be connected for each one.
I swear, sometimes the puzzle looks impossible, and then suddenly it just comes together. If you want to put logic skills to the test, then this is a game you have to check out. There are two modes, timed and freeplay; the former is aimed at people who want the stress and challenge.
Logic Puzzles, Brain Teasers is free to play, although you can buy the developer a cup of coffee via an in-app purchase to remove ads.
Probably one of the best brain-teaser/logic puzzle games in the Play Store, Logic Puzzles, Brain Teasers, which was once called Patterns, is a joy to play. It might be frustrating at times, but keep at it and you'll eventually succeed.
Mekorama is a 3D puzzle game featuring a truly adorable robot making its way through blocky dioramas. For only having one gigantic eye and no voice, the robot is one of the key parts of the game that makes it so memorable thanks to its surprising ability to convey emotion and its super cute stretchy, floppy limbs.
Gameplay is very simple, you just tap around the screen to move your little mechanical pal, swipe to the sides to rotate levels 360 degrees for a better view, and drag blocks/parts of the levels marked with a circle icon to rearrange levels and create paths forward.
Your goal is to guide the robot to the end point of each level. Easy, right? In theory, yes, but in practice, this ultra-charming puzzler has some impressive tricks up its sleeves and you may find yourself scratching your head more than once.
There are 50 levels to make your way through, along with some optional extras to up the ante and make things even more difficult for those looking for a true mind bender. Don't be afraid to pick this game up though; when you complete one level, you unlock 5 more so you can swap around if you ever feel like you're stuck. Free with ads and in-app purchases, Mekorama is an adorable 3D puzzle game that is sure to delight!
Adorable, charming, and challenging, guide a sweet robot friend from point A to point B through 50 3D levels of diorama puzzles.
Mini Metro is an award-winning subway simulator that is steeped with puzzle elements. You're tasked with drawing up subway lines that connect the various stations that pop up as your city expands. You need to make sure passengers arrive where they need to go in a timely fashion, which often requires re-drawing your lines to be more efficient.
With a brilliant minimalist aesthetic, a responsive soundtrack that's fleshed out by the subway lines you build, and a ton of different game modes to enjoy, you will fall in love with Mini Metro. It's probably the best game to play when you're actually on the metro.
Mini Metro is great. It's a simple yet addicting game that has you drawing subway lines. Enjoy the minimalism.
Monument Valley is an award-winning puzzle game that features outstanding art and sound design. You play as Ida, a princess who must find her way through fantastical structures, which you must manipulate and change to complete the path and help her reach her goal.
The controls are simple: tap to move the princess while discovering the different ways you can move the surrounding structures. It's an intuitive experience that forces you to look at things from a different perspective.
The sequel, Monument Valley 2 , is much of the same, but in a good way. There are a few additional twists on the formula, but if you liked the first one, you'll appreciate the sequel.
Monument Valley is so good that it has copycats. Both games are wonderful puzzle games and worth playing.
Did you know that "piffle" is actually a real word in the real English language? I certainly did not, but having played the game first, the definition—"nonsense"—makes perfect sense.
Piffle is a delightful, silly, nonsensical block-breaking puzzler that has kept me coming back for months. In Piffle, you play as an adorable little person dressed in a cat suit on a quest to save their dog from the villainous Doc Block.
How exactly are you going to save your dog? By chucking piffles — squishy bouncy cat heads (it's not gross or creepy, I swear) — at blocks to clear your path to the boss, of course! It's a ridiculous premise for an equally ridiculous game. Piffle breathes new life into its genre with a sleek UI, great graphics, simple controls, and loads of mechanics and power-ups that make levels more interesting.
Largely a geometry puzzler, you need to eliminate all blocks in a stage before they make it to the ground. You have a limited amount of piffles and blocks have a predetermined threshold for how many hits are needed to break them, so your job is to figure out ways to maximize bounce and power to get the job done. Simple concept, fantastic execution.
Piffle is also free with non-intrusive ads and in-app purchases. An amazing value for an amazing little puzzle game.
A block-breaker that perfectly nails and even improves upon the decades-old formula. Piffle is an A+ puzzler for gamers of every age.
The Room is a widely celebrated puzzle franchise developed by Fireproof Games for mobile. There are four games in the series that each offer hours of challenging puzzle fun and here we're recommending the fourth installment, Old Sins. This point-and-click adventure series harkens back to the likes of Myst and Siberia. You can easily sink many hours into this title, so you've been warned.
The whole series is worth checking out if you love a good puzzle. Each of The Room games is a premium title without ads or microtransactions and they're just spooky enough to keep you on your toes.
The Room 4: Old Sins
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Unlike the soothing entries elsewhere on this list, Samsara Room is quietly creepy, opaque, and challenging. From the makers of the Cube Escape games, Rusty Lake's Samsara Room is technically a companion to other entries in the Rusty Lake universe of games. However, you can easily play it as a standalone game and have little trouble navigating and enjoying the experience, even if you're not familiar with any of the other titles in the series.
The unspoken story is a big draw so we won't give any of that away. All you need to know is that you make your way through a room that is much more than it seems beyond its innocuous pastel green walls. You'll need to really flex those brain wrinkles to put two and two together sometimes so don't feel bad if you need to enlist the aid of a walkthrough.
Samsara Room is free with in-app purchases, but you'll really never need them. You can play the game one small puzzle piece at a time or have a long sit-down session on a rainy day and work your way through the mystery all at once. Not including any time you may spend stuck, Samsara Room takes about 1-3 hours to complete. This superb mystery is one you do not want to miss!
Samsara Room continues the legacy laid down by the Rusty Lake games with its own aesthetic and story to tell. Challenging and atmospheric, this escape room puzzler is a great addition to any escape-junky's library.
Don't let the weird name throw you, Scalak is just about as chill and clever a puzzle game as can possibly be found in the Play Store. This soothing 3D puzzler takes you through a series of ever-evolving puzzles that gradually scale up in complexity.
From more simple jigsaw puzzle approaches to slider puzzles and connecting the dots, you can spend as much or as little time as you want with this delightful game. Fantastic sound design makes completing puzzles feel surprisingly tactile and it's all backed up by a perfectly minimal, atmospheric soundtrack.
It's also free for Play Pass subscribers, so if you haven't given Scalak a try yet, you most certainly should.
3D jigsaw puzzling has never been more fun or relaxing than with Scalak.
Threes! is an engaging and simple puzzle game, with players tasked with merging numbered tiles on a grid in multiples of three, to gain the highest score possible. Swiping in a direction moves the entirety of the tiles around the grid, pushing the tiles together while allowing another tile to enter the grid from the same direction. Only certain tiles will combine together, meaning the player will need to think ahead in order to avoid running out of moves.
The game ends when no more moves can be made, with attempts to beat a previous score resulting an addictive gameplay loop. The simple premise and visuals also make the game extremely accessible to a wide audience, resulting in a title that you will struggle to put down.
A simple yet addictive numbers game that will leave you attempting to beat your high score over and over again.
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Turn It On is all about solving black box puzzles with gears, levers, cogs, switches, dials, and more. Some of these challenges are quite intense and will really push you. You not only need to figure out what each thing does but also the correct timings to eventually solve the puzzle.
The best part about this game is that you'll have no idea what's going on from the outset. That's part of its mystique and fun factor. But if things get a bit too easy for you, there are additional badges to chase, which you earn by completing levels quickly. This game surprised me with how fun it is and it's definitely a hidden gem on the Play Store.
Turn It On! is all about solving black box puzzles that use a seemingly impossible amount of elements. Not only do you have to figure out what each piece does, but you also have to nail down timings.
Like all the best puzzle games, Two Dots is simple to learn, difficult to master, and highly addictive. This is the sequel to the wildly popular Dots game and the objective remains the same: connect as many dots of the same color as you can. The sequel brings new skills to the table, along with 900+ levels to work through.
Once you've completed the first 10 levels, which act as a tutorial, Two Dots offers a linear adventure of sorts in Treasure Hunt, and you unlock a new mode called Expedition once you've reached level 35. There's plenty of variety, fun, and adorable minimalism to keep you going. The soundtrack is something special, too.
So much more than just connecting dots, Two Dots features spectacular variety and replayability.
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Puzzle games are among the best games to play on your phone, with many of them considered among the best games for Android — though there are lots of other games we love.
Any of the games on this list are well worth the money, but if you want to puzzle for free I'd highly recommend downloading Bomb Club, probably the best free puzzler on this list. It's funny, it's fun, and it gets more and more challenging as you go.
If you're down to spend a bit of money, you can't go wrong with the Monument Valley series, which are some of the most beautifully-designed games in the entire Play Store and feature hours of puzzle challenges. I also need to shout out Bridge Constructor Portal because it's the perfect crossover between two great games and is probably the closest we'll ever get to a new Portal game.
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15 best puzzle games for Android
Puzzle games used to be a simple genre with a simple idea. You solve puzzles for time-killing enjoyment. However, the genre ballooned in a big way on mobile. In fact, it’s one of the most popular genres on the entire platform. It started with simple viral games like 2048 and evolved into genuinely enjoyable experiences like Monument Valley.
These days, you can find some seriously good puzzle games on Android in terms of both graphics and gameplay. Gone are the days of super simple mechanics and graphics with goofy ideas, with intense and complex apps with creative stories and good graphics. This list changes fast as new puzzle champions emerge. Here are the best puzzle games for Android.
We’d like to give an honorable mention to Bridge Constructor Portal ( Google Play ). It hasn’t been updated since 2021, but it’s still one of the best puzzle games.
The best puzzle games for Android
Baba is you, the eyes of ara, linia super, machinarium, monument valley 1 and 2, one hand clapping, papers, please, the past within.
- The Room: Old Sins
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Baba Is You is one of the more interesting puzzle games on Android. The graphics aren’t all that special, but its low-fi style helps the developers do all sorts of wonky things. The game lets you change the rules of the game itself by moving around programming blocks. You use these programming blocks to change the rules in such a way that you solve the puzzle. Each change has interactions with the other changes to create all kinds of unexpected reactions.
It’s truly one of the most unique puzzle games, right up there with ones like Monument Valley. This should be more popular than it is.
The Eyes of Ara is one of the newer puzzle games on the list. It reminds us a lot of classic puzzle-adventure games like Myst. Players explore a world looking for clues, unlocking secrets, and gathering the story from snippets of story from the game world. It plays in a 3D world with exploration and surprisingly decent graphics. The developers round out the experience with achievements, support for about a dozen languages, and a minimal game UI that puts the game world first and foremost. There isn’t a whole lot wrong with this one, but the controls are occasionally wonky.
Hitman GO is a puzzle game where you plan assassinations. It’s a turn-based game. You select your move and the NPCs take theirs. You use their movements against them as you inflitrate the area and take out your targets. The goal is to take them out without arousing any suspicion. The diorama-style graphics work well here, and there are multiple ways to solve many of the puzzles. You also get things like disguises to get passed guards. We like this one because it’s a premium game, it feels good to play, and the difficulty scaling is pretty good.
Linelight is a puzzle game where you you navigate a level to its end while avoiding the other colored lights. The game boasts over 200 puzzles across six worlds. The graphics won’t win any awards, but we think the game still looks nice. The only control is movement so you move along the lines, avoid the other lights, and make your way through each level. There is a storyline to play through as well, although it is a little basic. Despite its Google Play description, you do need to time your movements well, and it’s not all that relaxing of an experience. It’s cheap, the puzzles are fun, and there are no in-app purchases to get in the way.
The same developer also does Lara Croft GO ( Google Play ), a similar diorama-style puzzler with Tomb Raider’s protagonist.
Price: Free / Up to $5.49
Linia Super is another minimal puzzle game, and this one is the second game in the Linia franchise. It boasts over 200 levels with varying levels of difficulty. The game itself is pretty simple. You use rhythm and timing to draw lines and hit the various shapes that the game tells you to hit. You can play any chapter at your leisure, so there’s non-linear progression. It’s another relatively cheap game with plenty of levels and good puzzle mechanics.
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Price: Free demo / $5.99
Machinarium is one of the classic mobile puzzle games. You play the role of Josef, a robot trying to save his girlfriend from a gang of bad robots. You traverse the game world, solve puzzles, and progress the story until you reach the end. We really like this game. The graphics fit well with the atmosphere, and the puzzles are abstract enough to feel fun, although you may need to look at the hint book more often than you’d like. The game also features achievements and cloud saves. It’s not the longest game on the list, but it’s definitely worth its price tag. The developer, Amanita Design, has some other good puzzle games on Android as well.
Price: $3.99 + $1.99 / $4.99
Monument Valley 1 and 2 are some of the most popular puzzle games on mobile. They use MC Escher-inspired puzzle mechanics. You twist and turn portions of the level in order to progress. The games aren’t difficult. They boast a more relaxing experience rather than challenging. The Monument Valley games do look fantastic, though. The art style is definitely to be applauded. The first game includes a handful of levels along with the Forgotten Shores DLC ($1.99 extra). The second game is a bit longer but not by much. These are classics.
One Hand Clapping is one of the more unique puzzle games on this list. It’s a puzzle-platformer where you jump around and progress the game as usual. However, the main mechanic when solving puzzles is your voice. You sing into the game to do things like build bridges, raise platforms, and do other things. We’re suckers for unique game mechanics like this. The game also features controller support for the platformer portion of the game. It’s cutesy, and it’s fun to play since you’re using your voice as well as your fingers to solve puzzles. We think the game is a tad expensive for what you get, and that’s probably our only real gripe with it.
Papers, Please is a simulation-puzzle game. You play the role of an immigration officer and your role is to check the passports of incoming flow of people from Kolechia into Arstotzkan. You’ll need to check each passport for factual accuracy and deny those with fraudulent passports. You earn money for your family for each person you let through, but if you let the wrong person through, bad things happen and it’s your fault. The game is a little stressful at times, but in a satisfying way. You’ll need to pay attention and memorize a few things to do well. This was out on PC a long time ago, but the Android version officially launched in 2022.
The Past Within is a cooperative multiplayer puzzle game. One person plays in the future and the other in the past. You use clues from each other’s eras to solve puzzles. Both players experience their side of the game uniquely, so there is some replay value if you want to play the past and also the future. It’s also cross-platform with PC, Mac, iOS, and eventually, the Nintendo Switch as well. The game is rather short at only about two or three hours. However, you do you have to play the game twice to see everything, so four to six hours overall. It’s entertaining, and one of the few good cooperative puzzle games on Android.
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Price: Free / $1.99
Quadline is our third minimal-style puzzle game on this list. Players move the environment around until the desired effect is achieved. For instnace, one side of a box may have a thicker line. Your goal is to move that thicker line somewhere where it achieves some sort of symmetry. The earlier levels are pretty simple, but these puzzles get pretty complicated later. The game boasts over 175 levels, no timers, a dark mode, a colorblind mode, and more. There also isn’t any text so some controls you’ll need to figure out on your own.
The Room series
Price: $0.99 / $1.99 / $3.99 / $4.99
The Room franchise is one of the oldest and most successful puzzle game franchises on mobile. There are four games in the series at the time of this writing. The first two are classic puzzle games. You figure out puzzles to progress until you finish the game. The third game in the series introduced multiple endings and a slightly heavier narrative. Finally, the most recent game, New Sins, takes place in a dollhouse.
All four games have some similar elements, including outstanding graphics, escape room elements, and clever puzzle designs. They are also fairly short games. However, the inclusion of multiple endings gives the later titles some replay value. These are classics in the puzzle game space on mobile and are must-plays for puzzle fans. The games range from $0.99 to $4.99 each. They also don’t need to be played in sequential order, so you can pick which one you want.
Price: Free / Up to $3.99
Slayaway Camp: Free 2 Slay is a horror-puzzle game. You play the role of SkullFace, a slasher movie villain, who is intent on slaughtering everyone in his path. That’s basically what you do. You progress through levels by slaying everybody. The simple, blocky graphics take a lot of the intensity out of the violence, but even so, this isn’t a game we recommend for kids. There are also some extras like a mini-game, multiple killers to unlock, and more. The developers have a full, premium version of this game, but it hasn’t been updated since 2021. This is the version we recommend.
Price: Free / $0.99
Vodobanka is one of the more unique puzzle games on Android. The player takes control of a SWAT team. The goal is to breach a structure and get the hostile people before they execute the hostages. It has a bunch of levels, including some added as recently as 2021. It doesn’t have the best graphics, but the concept is pretty neat as players clear rooms on their way to the objective. The premium version is also inexpensive with most of the content being available in the free version.
Zenge is a relaxing puzzle game with simple graphics, but good mechanics. Your goal is to complete each puzzle, most of which are geometric in nature. The completed puzzles tell a story that you progress the game to see. The developers wanted this to be a relaxing experience. Thus, players experience no stars, tutorials, energy counters, or anything like that. You just pop in, play the game, and stop when you’re done. It’s certainly not the longest game, but it’s still pretty good.
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Riddle me this
Updated on April 19, 2023 - swapped 1 game. Original list by Jon Mundy, updated by Artur Novichenko. What would you say is the quintessential mobile genre? For us, it's got to be the puzzlers. Therefore we decided to make you the ultimate list of the best puzzle games for Android that will wake those sleeping synapses.
No other genre fits your phone better. Your typical title in the said genre is simple to look at, uncomplicated to play, flexible with its time commitment, and yet capable of holding your attention for the long haul.
Suffice it to say, you can scarcely move for good puzzler games on the Google Play Store.
Don't let that fool you though - the genre is as open to innovation and variety as any other. Yes, there are loads of match-three-block shufflers out there (which we love). But there are also some left-field delights, as well as a fair few critical darlings.
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1 Monument Valley 2
Like the original, Monument Valley warps reality and assaults your eyes with otherworldly landscapes. Rarely has a runaway mainstream hit felt so daringly experimental. The visually stunning gameplay comes together perfectly with the story, which is as good as you might expect it to be, if not better!
I think everyone will agree that it deserves a leading position on the list of best puzzle games for Android. Here is a complete Monument Valley 2 review for you!
A rare masterpiece, Gorogoa combines a clever picture-shifting mechanic with a beautiful storybook art style. The hand-drawn illustrations will almost make you forget that it's an actual puzzler (and a pretty complex one at that). It's quite wonderful.
If you thought that a gorgeous puzzle game for Android can only be played a certain way, Gorogoa is here to teach you otherwise. Yes, it is a premium, but the price is well worth its value. You will end up replaying it quite a few times once you get the hang of it.
Take a look at our Gorogoa review for more info about it.
Titles in this niche used to be functional looking and targeted at the logic centres rather than seeking any kind of emotional response. Prune turns all that on its head with its achingly beautiful grown-'em-up gameplay.
Prune's graphics beautifully twist and turn the realm of outstanding puzzle games for Android, elevating what could once be called a "simple" puzzle to a whole new level. Levels that are not overly complex (but extremely satisfying to beat) and a design that pleases the eye make Prune a must-play.
Did you ever picture yourself playing an AR game? Projekt is one such title that will leave you in awe - it might even be one of the most excellent puzzle games for Android phones that we've played lately!
Projekt features clever mind-bending problems that require the player to look at things from a different perspective. Literally. You can check it out both on your device, or in augmented reality mode if your phone can support it. It's truly something else.
5 The Room: Old Sins
Even four entries in, the intricate locked-box puzzles within the perplexities of The Room series continue to enthral. When it's as perfectly executed as The Room: Old Sins, we could happily take several more. It's certainly one of our favourite puzzle games for Android.
The realistic graphics that we've seen in previous The Room titles seems even better now, and the details of each element are simply astonishing. If you've never tried any of the titles, worry not. You can still play The Room: Old Sins and enjoy a truly unique puzzle experience on your mobile. Better yet, try it on a tablet! The bigger the screen, the better. If you are interested, read the complete review of The Room: Old Sins !
6 Ticket to Earth
It's not often that you find a puzzler with a rollicking story, but that's precisely what Ticket to Earth provides. At heart, it's a block-matching title, but one that adds compelling RPG elements and glorious comic book visuals.
Where the Ticket to Earth really stands out, however, is the narrative behind everything. If you want more than just a plain ol' Android puzzle game, you can delve into the mystery, thrill and adventure that is Ticket to Earth. It'll be worth the ride!
An extremely challenging abstract puzzler that keeps drawing you back in. Mixing and matching beautiful minimalistic lines is a mind-bending delight. Each level feels like a beautiful piece of art, and once you've started, it will be difficult to stop.
The relaxing atmosphere you're met with the moment you start Linelight is absolutely spot-on, and each level feels more enchanting than the last. It wouldn't be wrong to say that Linelight is one of the finest puzzle games for Android tablets when it comes to minimalistic titles.
Portal is a famous game on PC, and it recently became available on Android and became one of the best Android puzzle games! The game is a hybrid of FPS and puzzle.
The game requires you to solve more and more difficult puzzles each time, opening portals, maneuvering among different objects, and moving in unusual ways. So, before you get to the finish of the level, you will have to run over the level tens of times to find the solution.
9 Layton's Mystery Journey
The first in the prestigious Layton series to be made for mobile as well as handheld, Layton's Mystery Journey is packed full of classic brain teasers and beautifully animated story snippets.
It almost feels nostalgic to play Layton's Mystery Journey, and it's a title with a lot of replay value - especially more so if you love the narrative behind it. While it might not be the most authentic experience, it is truly one that you won't forget - we promise you!
This enchanting puzzler takes the advanced match-and-evolve gameplay of Triple Town to the next level, with a hexagon-based grid and a beautiful 3D art style. Evergarden will leave you in a state of relaxation all throughout gameplay, and it does so in a highly accomplished manner.
We'd recommend trying out the Evergarden on a bigger screen - then, you will really get to see all the intricate and highly defined graphics that tie it together. You can read all of this and more in our review for Evergarden.
11 The Gardens Between
The Gardens Between is a side-scrolling puzzler that plays with time in various clever but accessible ways and marries its temporal manipulation to an utterly dreamy art style.
Now when it comes to actual gameplay, it won't feel much like your typical title in the genre (until you get to the actual problems). Instead, it will make you feel like you're playing some high-quality story-driven adventure filled with cleverly integrated brain teasers. It's superb.
12 Empires & Puzzles
A solid combination of PVP and match-3 game reminds us of the one released on the original PlayStation - Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. In both titles, you need to match colours and make combos quicker than your opponent in order to gain leverage, or plainly, win the round.
However, in Empires & Puzzles, you'll also have kingdom management, you'll unlock new heroes, and this gives it much more depth than just being a regular match 3 puzzler. Empires & Puzzles is one of the top-earning Android puzzle games in 2022 in a few countries, and it has a high average rating on Google Play, so it's a no-brainer.
13 Golf Peaks
It might look like dull isometric golf, but Golf Peaks is actually an ingenious card-based puzzler that has you laying down golf shots in the right sequence.
Don't worry if golf is not your first choice. You don't actually need to know much about it if you're in for the problems to solve. That's the best part about it. Golf Peaks is actually a super well-disguised Android puzzle game that could pass on as a sports title!
14 Two Dots
This beautiful and addictive puzzler enchants us not with one, two, a hundred, two hundred levels... but with over 3000! That's more than many of us have played in our utmost dedication to a title in this niche. What's even better though, all of these levels have a lovely design and a beautiful appeal that will never let the player get bored.
Two Dots is basically the epitome of the excellent puzzle games for Android - one that does an excellent job of conveying a good brain challenge and combines with clever minimalistic design.
Bart Bonte is renowned for his colour-coded abstract puzzlers, and Pink is the brightest yet. Each brain teaser is a clever, meta delight. This one, however, is an especially good one - mainly because it's pink.
The problems are all cleverly designed, and your goal is, just like in all of Bonte's previous creations, to make the screen a certain colour. In this case, pink . There is really nothing more satisfying than completing a level in a bright pink (maybe only black )!
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For horror lovers, here we have an interesting title where you have to survive in a zombie apocalypse world. To kill zombies, you have to solve puzzles. And make sure to do it as fast as possible because you are always in danger. Currently, the game has an exciting collaboration with Resident Evil, therefore, do not waste any more time and meet your favorite characters here.
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Another bright, minimalistic contestant from the developer of Zenge and Scalak. OXXO is essentially a 3D sliding problem-solver, with plenty of clever flourishes.
There is really nothing else - just a true puzzler in the real sense of the world. With levels that are becoming more and more challenging with each passing one. If that's what you are looking for in an Android puzzle game, then chances are you'll find it in OXXO. Simple as that.
Causality's genius is in making brain-melting time loop manipulation feel like a casual mechanic. Your mind may get blown and you won't even know it.
There is more to it than first meets the eye. First, you have your normal levels. Then, you have the time-altering feature which will completely change the outcome of a certain level, and thus allow you to advance in a certain way. Finally, you have your past self. Of course, you can always read more about it in the Causality review we made.
Sounds simple? Well, what did you expect?! It's an Android puzzle game after all!
A stylish casual puzzler that asks you to rotate a series of boldly decorated rooms through 360 degrees, matching up colour-coded items of furniture. Your goal is not exactly to decorate, but rather to un-decorate. I know, I know, it sounds like anti-fun, but just give it a try. It's actually a lot better than one might expect!
And believe it or not, there is something therapeutic about a solid-block-coloured space. It might not be Marie Kondo approved , but it is one satisfying and relaxing representative of the genre!
20 Tiny Bubbles
There are super-punishing puzzlers that make you work for your satisfaction, and then there's Tiny Bubbles - an impossibly welcoming, intuitive bubble popper that practically begs you to play around with its tactile mechanics.
The problems are increasingly more challenging, and the oddly satisfying bubble popping will keep you glued to the screen more than you'd probably like to admit. We know because we've been there too!
21 Tiny Room Stories: Town Mystery
Tiny Room Stories is a beautiful mystery with a lot more than meets the eye. This murder mystery is everything that you didn't know you needed, really. A fairly minimal story but with a clever design behind it, Tiny Room Stories: Town Mystery could easily be called one of the finest Android puzzle games.
However, it's not exactly like your typical mystery title. Here, you will have to discover where all the city's inhabitants have disappeared by solving a series of mysterious 3D puzzles.
22 Triple Town
There are few mobile gamers who haven't had their life ruined by this title. It's all about turning bushes into trees, houses into churches, and generally trying to crunch as much stuff into a small space as possible. All that might not sound like much now, but once you get into the Triple Town it'll have a whole new meaning.
Triple Town is, in essence, a highly addictive and uber-adorable match-three. In fact, it is so good that it hardly has people leaving reviews - it must be because they're too absorbed in Triple Town!
23 Not Not - A Brain-Buster
This brain-buster, as the title cleverly suggests, is an Android puzzle game that seems fairly simple at first glance. It gives you challenges that you have to execute accordingly, but they come with a twist - they're not as straightforward as you might think. Or are they?
Some of the levels are simple enough that even a blindfolded toddler could pass them, while others might require you to be a rocket scientist. Not Not is a title that will work wonders if you have nerves of steel, patience and incredible problem-solving skills. However, if you are not too keen on trying and failing the same stage over and over, it might not be the one for you.
24 Toon Blast
Toon Blast made a hilarious spin to hook the players! If you're unaware of what we are talking about, take a look at the trailer . Of course, instead of chopping the little cartoon animals, you can pick them as avatars. Shame, it would be much more interesting otherwise, as you'd have a direct goal and a sense of urgency.
It's a match-3 puzzle game for Android and iOS that will grab you as soon as you clear the first few levels. Our advice is to give your wallet to someone else while you play it, as you'll have a strong urge to use the credit card just to clear one more level. Otherwise, it's a great funny title that you can relax with.
25 Mini Metro
Puzzle games for Android don't come any more stylish than Mini Metro, which essentially turns the timeless London Tube map into an artfully animated management. The clean graphics in the post-level lobby make it oddly satisfying to everyone who loves a beautiful minimalistic approach.
Furthermore, you will get to explore some of the most popular metro lines in the world, without the crowds running you over! What is there not to like? Use the Mini Metro tips and hints to help you keep the road clear if you decide to play it!
With it, we're closing the list of best puzzle games on Android. Share your favourites in the comments below!
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Challenge your brain with these free Android puzzles
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Need a quick challenge to jump-start your brain while hanging out with your Android smartphone? We've rounded up our picks for the top free Android puzzle games out there.
Simple Swipe-and-Slide Puzzles: Unblock Me FREE
Jump to more challenging levels.
Easy to learn.
Must watch ads between rounds.
Plain user interface.
Unblock Me is one of those games that reminds you that you may not be as smart as you think. The object is simple; move blocks out of the way of the red block as you move it off the board. However, after you get the hang of the game on the easy levels, prepare yourself for a frustrating but rewarding challenge.
Compete against your friends to see who can free the red block in the shortest period of time. But be warned, the puzzles get much more challenging the higher you go. And when you graduate from beginner to intermediate, the fun really begins!
Virtual Escape Rooms: Escape Game - 50 rooms in 1
Unique and creative puzzles.
A true virtual escape room.
Tons of content to play through for free.
Ads can be intrusive and distracting.
Minimal tutorial, so it takes a bit to get acclimated.
In case you haven't guessed, Escape Game: 50 rooms in 1 is a virtual escape room game. For each challenge, you're placed in a room and charged with finding hidden clues to escape. The game is a hybrid hidden object game mixed with an escape room setting.
To play, tap different areas of your room to zoom in for closer inspection. Then, investigate different items in the room to see if they hold clues or useful items to help you find your way out. When you find something, it arrives in your inventory. You can select it, and use it on items in the room to see if it has an effect.
The whole picture amounts to a fun and compelling virtual escape room experience. If you find yourself wanting more, there are plenty of free sequels here too.
Best Hidden Objects Game: Mystery Society HD Free Crime Game
Surprisingly deep gameplay.
No internet connection required.
Too many ads.
Takes a while to level up.
At first glance, Mystery Society HD looks like a simple hidden objects game, but it's far more advanced than anything you'll find in a children's activity book. In addition to searching for precious jewels and heirlooms, you'll have to engage with various characters and collect clues to solve an international mystery. It's easy to get lost for hours in the gorgeous illustrations and the story.
Best Physics Puzzles: Shatterbrain
Challenging but not frustrating.
Endless hours of gameplay.
Multiple solutions to each puzzle.
Free version has hints.
Perfect score required to advance levels.
Steep learning curve.
Shatterbrain challenges you to solve puzzles by drawing dots, lines, and shapes. There are multiple ways to solve each puzzle, and you can get a hint if you don't mind watching an ad. You can also pay to remove ads. You get extra points for creativity, so if you're competitive, keep your eye on the leaderboards to see how you rank.
Best Android Sudoku App: Andoku Sudoku 3
Thousands of puzzles.
Multiple difficulty levels.
Lots of ads.
Some puzzles are too easy.
For lovers of the classic numbers game, Andoku Sudoku 3 includes over 10,000 puzzles, eight difficulty levels, and six types of sudoku. The app automatically saves your progress, so you can always pick up where you left off, just like the paper version.
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The 20 Best Puzzle Games for Android That’ll Tickle Your Brain
Often we have to face a situation where time becomes boring and monotonous. Sometimes, we don’t have an internet connection to pass that irritating time. Puzzle games can be a kind of good help at that moment. It is also true that most of the people have a kin interest in the puzzles and just loves to solve them. A lot of brain-tickling and funny Puzzle games are available in almost all kinds of mobile phones. But finding really exciting and top puzzles games cannot be very easy as there are more than thousands. So, here you can get hints of 20 best Puzzle games for Android.
Best Puzzle Games for Android
Well, puzzle games can be of different kinds. There are classical picture rearranging games, dots matching games, unblocking games, and many more. You can find the best one of every kind of puzzle games here. As there are description and list of features, you can get a clear idea before even installing any of them. So, best of luck. I hope that you will find the best puzzle games for you.
1. Monument Valley
- It is an optical illusion creating a puzzle game for brain activity.
- The graphic and sound quality is up to anyone’s satisfaction.
- You can synchronize this game with your other devices.
- You can play it using either a smartphone or a tablet.
- It is also a kind of adventure game .
- In total, 8 chapters of adventures are available for you to explore.
2. Roll the Ball
- It is a thoughtful, provocative game that will increase your thinking ability and brain activity.
- There are more than 3000 challenging levels to enjoy.
- There is no time limit and penalty.
- Unlimited hints and undo options.
- Provides daily bonuses and rewards.
- A 3-star rating is needed for a new record.
- It is a multiplayer game .
3. Cut the Rope 2
- There are over 168 challenging and interesting levels.
- Lots of new characters to meet with.
- Goal basis achievement and leader board for comparing your progression.
- It is very mostly suggested for the preschoolers to improve their thinking ability.
- Amazing 3D graphics and soundtrack.
4. Love Poly
- There is no time limit, and so you can enjoy it while relaxing.
- Unlimited hints will be available in case of difficulties.
- Amazing Background and beautiful themes.
- Matching music is also there to boost your energy level.
- Uncountable levels that you can enjoy anytime.
- You can play it when you are offline.
5. Block! Hexa puzzle
- First, it seems very easy, but it is pretty hard to be the master.
- Provides everyday rewards and bonus.
- The leader board and achievement list are available to detect your progression.
- No time limit. So, you can take your time as much as you want.
- Colorful background and mesmerizing sounds.
- Good for the children to increase their geometric idea.
6. Frozen Free Fall
- Over 1000 exciting levels to enjoy.
- You need hearts to continue playing, and if you are out of it, then you can ask hearts from your facebook friends.
- You will get a lot of hints in your difficult time.
- You can earn coins and rewards for your adventures.
- You will meet a lot of characters like Olaf, Kristoff, Sven, Hans, and so on.
- There are endless levels to enjoy.
- A very active brain is the must for this game as there is a time limit.
- It helps in increasing your thinking ability and brainstorming power.
- There are a lot of beautiful themes and colorful background.
- A mesmerizing soundtrack is used to boost your thinking ability.
8. Jigsaw Puzzle Real
- Over 2400 pictures are given to match the puzzles.
- Simple jigsaw with only 9 pieces is available for the children.
- Experts can also try the nearly impossible to match type jigsaw with 1300 pieces.
- You can play with your photos.
- Endless fun with a heartwarming soundtrack and a colorful background.
9. Unblock Me Free
- It has no time limit, and so, you can enjoy it while relaxing.
- Lots of hints will help you to get out of difficult situations.
- Mind-blowing sound tract and colorful background.
- This game is very tiny in size.
- Provides leader board and achievement lists.
- It provides over 18000 exciting puzzles.
- There are four types of modes, like relaxing, challenging, multiplayer, etc.
- It provides more than 8000 exciting levels for you to enjoy.
- It is a multiplayer game, and so you can enjoy it with your friends.
- Very simplistic, but the heart-warming art design is used to form the background.
- The exciting soundtrack is also available.
- This game has no time limit, and so you can take your time.
- Leader board and achievement lists are available.
11. Tropicats: Match 3
- There are a good number of levels regarding classical puzzle games to enjoy.
- You have to collect points to build and decorate the island for the cats and kittens.
- Mesmerizing soundtracks and colorful background.
- You will meet a lot of cute and adorable cats and kittens as it is a cat game .
- It is adventurous, too, as there are a lot of quests to figure out.
- Over 48 challenging levels to get entertained.
- The meditational soundtrack is used to cool your brain and to increase your thinking ability.
- It includes no currency and monetization.
- The amazing artistic directorate is used for the background.
- You can share the screenshot of your creative tree making idea in the social sharing media.
- Simple tactics and clean interface.
13. Empires & Puzzles
- You can collect and use thousands of heroes and mighty troops of different kinds.
- It lets you compete with endless competitors in PVP battles all around the world with its online service.
- You can enjoy all the RPG facilities in this puzzle-based game, such as upgrading, building your defense, and much more.
- You can loot in other players’ castles and farms in your base to get resources and keep on updating your status.
- You might want to team up with other players and make an alliance and enjoy the discovery of the fantasy world together.
14. Bounce N Bang
- It lets you use a canon to shoot cannonball to the enemy infrastructure, but you will have to use your brain to be successful
- You should aim for getting golden coins and star rated wins for a better score.
- In the premium version, you will get the fireball puzzle where you can play almost infinite levels.
- It offers easy in-game controls and smooth gameplay sessions.
- You can play it offline, and it lets you have a good time with your family.
15. Pokémon Shuffle Mobile
- It lets you play as you please, in casual mode or a challenging mode.
- You can solve different puzzles and battle with Pokemons as you gradually level up.
- It is suitable for both beginners and expert players, and it is always updating for providing you a better experience.
- It provides tricky and smooth gameplay if you play it smartly.
- It is to be noted that this game is locked for some countries and will need compatible devices to enjoy it.
16. Triple Town
- It can be played on any capable Android devices and accessible to any level of players.
- It lets you build your desired city in puzzle solving exciting levels.
- It can give you the opportunities to get unlimited turns for a one-time in-game purchase.
- It offers different types of gameplay modes, such as time attack, race against the clock, etc.
- The game offers daily events and occasional prizes so keep come back for claiming your goodies.
17. Hexic Puzzle: Hexagon Block HD
- It is a good brainstorming game and surely makes you better in decision making.
- The game is continuously updating it’s base and levels, holding more than 360+ levels an increasing.
- The blocks to be matched in different shapes can be rotated as you please.
- It doesn’t have any time limits to complete the task and can be played in offline anytime.
- It offers marvelous in-game soundtracks and outstanding visual effects.
18. Block Puzzle
- It is a compact size offline puzzle game.
- Lots of gaming modes to play and enjoy your boring time.
- Achievement lists and leaderboards are there to find your progression.
- There is no time limit and unlimited hints. So, it is relaxing and doesn’t create pressure.
- You have rotated and drag the blocks to fulfill a row to disappear it. This is how simple this game is.
19. Smart Puzzle Collection
- Both classic and modern puzzle games are available.
- Games with different modes are there to find your interest.
- Matching Puzzles and block fixing games are available.
- Mini size and an offline game that you can play anytime anywhere.
- Both easy, medium and hard games are available for you.
20. Jigsaw Magic Puzzle
- Lots of perplexing and beautiful picture puzzles to match.
- Tons of HD pictures and themes that you can select to go through a puzzle match.
- Daily bonuses and achievements are available.
- As a relaxing game, it is easy for beginners but hard to be master.
- Offline game. So, you can play it whenever and wherever you want to.
In the end, I want to remind you again that tests of individuals are not the same every time. What is exciting for me can be annoying for you. So, read the description and features carefully before choosing and installing any game from the list. Even, it is the best way to be successful in finding some worthy puzzle games for Android. Our anticipation will always follow your pleasure.
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Another great puzzle game that is overlooked is Puzzle Retreat. A unique puzzle game. The sounds are very satisfying! It’s replay value is endless. It is a brilliant game and so much fun to play. Starts easy and works up to challenging. I can’t even describe it that is how unique it is! If you are a puzzle game lover, this is a must have. Your brain will thank you.
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