Everybody loves playing puzzle oriented games when there’s spare time. While it’s hard to get into such games, it’s equally hard to get out of them once you’re deeply invested. We have decided to list five such apps that are currently available on the Play Store, which will ensure that you remain glued to your smartphone or tablet.
Two Dots: Hands down one of the best puzzle games available for free (also featured on our list from February), this game will ensure that you’re glued to your screen. It follows a simple pattern where the users have to connect two or more dots in a straight or horizontal line. And that’s pretty much it. It gets tougher when there aren’t enough colors left for you to swipe.
The goal ultimately is to exhaust your quota of colors that are available during the start of the game. This comes highly recommended for those that don’t mind a bit of brain exercise and also love puzzlers. If you run out of credits, you can wait a few hours for it to get replenished. However, if you don’t want to wait long and want to continue playing, you can make an in-app purchase to buy credits. This means that you don’t necessarily have to shell out money to keep playing the game, but on the other hand, waiting around kind of stinks. However, this tactic hasn’t slowed the success of this very popular game.
Compatible with: Android 4.0 and up
Price: Free with in app purchases
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Laserbreak: This is yet another highly addictive puzzle game which promises to grab your attention right from the start. It’s slightly unconventional in its approach and doesn’t mimic most puzzle games that are available today.
The game has a free and a paid version, with the free version packing 30 playable levels. And only if you like the game beyond those levels, you can choose to invest in a pro license. The game follows a simple strategy which involves users having to break the target by any means necessary. To make destroying the target easier, there are add-ons like TNTs, dominoes, magnets, ice cubes etc.
I personally like the premise that users don’t have to shell out big bucks for continuity. And even if you do plan on getting the pro license eventually, it will only set you back $0.99.
Monument Valley: Critically acclaimed by users all over the world (and also by Frank Underwood on House of Cards), Monument Valley is certainly right up there with the best games to have launched in the past year. It received the top honors at the IMGA (International Mobile Gaming Awards), which speaks volumes about the game’s credentials.
But as with most good games, Monument Valley doesn’t come for free and will require you to shell out some money to play. Users have complained that this is asking for a lot when the developers are only offering a handful of levels. To solve this, the developers recently launched a new add-on called Forgotten Shores, which can be purchased directly from the app rather than being available as a separate game. It will set you back by an additional $1.99.
For those unaware, Monument Valley revolves around a princess looking for answers to some intriguing questions of life. You have to navigate her to the right path, with some amazing visuals in between. It’s certainly worth a try if you’re a fan of symmetry. Difficulty is not at its highest here, which makes it playable for all.
The Room Two: Sequel to the BAFTA award winning game, The Room, this game follows the lead of the predecessor and improves upon it in most areas. The premise is pretty much the same here and will keep you hooked for long intervals. The Room Two is very hard to put down, so try it at your own risk.
Since it’s a puzzle game, it requires you to work your brain a little bit. The developers have cleverly tailored the soundtrack and audio to go with the gameplay (which can be quite frightening at times, mind you). The detailing of the objects is very intricate as well, which makes Room 2 one of the must haves for puzzle game lovers.
One neat feature that I personally love about this game is the ability to pick up where you left off across multiple devices, thanks to cloud saving. So if you were to start the game on your tablet, you can sink into your bed and finish the level on your smartphone. The original Room can be had for just $0.99 now while the Room Two will set you back by $2.99. But you can be assured that it’s money well spent considering that it has a consistent 5 star rating from over 100,000 users.
Super Hexagon: This one’s for the geometry fans. It’s not everyday you come across games like these which both challenge your skills and keep you hooked.
While the design of the game has been praised, it’s quite difficult to master, which is the perfect blend for a puzzle game. The idea here is to avoid the lines coming towards your hexagons. It’s speed oriented and can be very tricky. There isn’t much in terms of a tutorial when you first start up the game, with only options to pick from hard, harder and hardest.
It’s very simplistic in that sense, yet very unnerving. The user has to keep rotating the hexagons to keep them from the lines that come from all directions. It’s fundamentally very simple in its approach, which makes it one of the more intriguing puzzle games available out there.