The growing Android Market is loaded with apps to while away time with. However, if you are game for some brain teasers, then it has a slew of puzzle gaming apps that you could look forward to. Puzzle games can be quite addictive and keep you glued to your phone screen for hours. We have picked 10 such addictive puzzle games for the Android operating system.
Bejeweled 2 (Rs. 168.33)
Bejeweled, the original match-three-gems style game has taken a step further with the new Bejeweled 2. In this game, its publisher Electronics Arts (EA) and developer Pop Cap Games have added three game modes – Classic, Action and Endless. In the Classic mode, you match three or more of the same type of gems and earn points as usual; the Action mode adds a timer to the game; and the Endless mode is an unending game of Bejeweled. Players can match four or five gems to win rewards. By matching four gems of the same colour, an explosive gem of that same colour can be earned, which when matched with two gems of similar colour will blast and destroy the surrounding gems. What we miss is the online leaderboards, but that won't stop us from keeping this game, which has almost turned into a three-gems-match genre away from our list.
Alex is amazing
Whether it’s the luck that runs with the makers of Angry Birds or the addictiveness of physics-based puzzlers, Rovio’s next, the Amazing Alex has made it to the top charts quite quickly. Yes, it is addictive and we liked the way the player has to interact with objects and figure out the best possible way to complete the level. Though the early stages appear easy, the complexities increase gradually. The cartoon-inspired world of this game has good graphics with 35 interactive objects and more than 100 levels that will keep you glued to your mobile screen.
Where is my water
The central character of this puzzle game is Swampy, the alligator. This cute Disney character often faces enmity from his fellow gators who try to stop the water supply to this clean freak. The player has to dig pipelines in order to restore the water flow to his shower, while keeping algae and other contaminants at bay. This is a fun-imbued multi-touch game with some cool animation. The game has a blend of classic and modern feel, and players can swipe, slosh and splash to guide water through increasingly challenging scenarios in this water-physics game.
This is a simple yet addictive puzzler with some pulsating spy music. You are trapped in an experiment and have to find your way out. After the initial few levels, you'll gradually need to master the art of Shift. Shifting flips you beneath the floor on which you are standing and reverses both your body colour and gravity. So, the onus is upon you to spot the paths that are available using this mechanism, and also figure out how to make it to the exit for each level. Those yearning for more can opt for the premium version and get ad-free gameplay of more than 50 levels, unique control mechanics and a customised sound track.
This is truly a classic puzzler, which walks you through ancient events. The story of the game is that mysterious crypts were created thousands of years ago to protect the temple relics. You have to solve the crypts and find the lost relics. It is mind-boggling and fun. The Lite version will bring to you 35 unlocked levels. For more puzzles, you can choose the premium version. The ad-free paid version of Cryptic brings along 20 puzzles in 4 levels of difficulty, 4 ancient relics to achieve and 24 rare coins to collect.
Physics-based action yet again
Cut The Rope is a classic game and the Experiments version of this game makes it all the more exciting. Although the crux of the game remains the same as you have to feed Om Nom, Cut The Rope: Experiments throws in a lot of special items to make it harder to complete an experiment. The game comes with new additions such as rope guns, suction cups, rockets, water and robo arms. On one hand, there are elements to make controlling easy, while on the other hand, the special items included in the game increase its complexity. This puzzle game comes with 150 new Experiments (levels) across 6 colourful new settings.
Puzzle Quest 2 (Free)
On a quest
Just like Bejeweled, Puzzle Quest and its sequel are match-three-items style puzzles, but with a twist. Puzzle Quest combines match-three-items with role playing. On selecting a character, the player assists townsfolk in defeating fantasy creatures and then embarks on dangerous quests in towers and caves. The free puzzle game offers scope for strategy too. This game can keep you immersed into a puzzle-solving world for hours.
Puzzler in the labs
The word ‘Apparatus’ may remind you of a chemistry lab, but with this game you head straight into the physics puzzle zone. Here, the player needs to build a complex machine to perform a simple task. One has to form simple mechanical structures in order to move one or several marbles towards the goal. If you are ready to spend some moolah, then the limited Lite version can be upgraded further for more levels and other benefits. You can display your creativity by building a space rocket, connect cables from batteries to motors, build bridges, set up teeter totters, swing with ropes, build vehicles, or just let the marble have a happy roller coaster ride to the goal.
Unblock Me (Free)
Unblock Me brings hours of simple and addictive gaming. The goal of the game is to get the red block out of the board. Players can do so by smartly sliding the other blocks out of the way. This brain bending game would keep you thinking for making precise moves. The game offers four difficulty levels ranging from Beginner to Expert and about 4,200 puzzles. There are two game modes: Challenge yourself with the Challenge mode or choose to just lie back and relax with the Relax mode. In the Challenge mode, each puzzle has three stars to earn, adding its replay value so you can always try to get all three stars in every puzzle.
100 Gates (Free)
100 Gates to Unlock
100 Gates is a complete mind teaser. Players have to open a gate using hidden or obvious hints and proceed further to open the next gate. It doesn't come with the best possible graphics, but the game can still manage to keep you challenged and thinking, taking away a couple of hours from you. One will have to think about and try every possible way to open the gate as it isn't a simple task. The mini puzzles ensure that you completely utilise your device and is not just limited to swipes and taps. Moreover, this addictive room escape game is available to download for free.
If you are all about puzzles and brain teasers, then add these in your list of favourite puzzle games. Let us know which of these games has managed to keep you glued to your mobile screen.
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