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The best 15 puzzle apps

Who doesn’t love a good puzzle? They make those painful commutes that much more tolerable, those awkward silences a little more pleasant and a toilet break becomes more than just a toilet break.

The problem we find is that people are always trying to create their own puzzles or making slight tweaks to those already well-established, so we’re left with a copious number to choose from. Whether you’re using an Android phone, iPhone or a Windows Phone – people do use those you know – we’ve collated what we believe to be the 15 best puzzle apps available in all respective app stores today. So let’s get started.

1. Rail Maze

Cost: Free

Platform: Android and iPhone

What they say: “Solve over a hundred challenging and unique puzzles, build railroads, bomb through obstacles, escape PIRATES on rails.”

The puzzle equivalent to building those original railways of the West.

Rail Maze

If only the rail workers of old had similar blueprints to work from

2. Block x3

Cost: Free

Platform: Android and iPhone

What they say: “The basics are easy. Solve the puzzles by getting 3 blocks of the same color in a row or column. Things get challenging however when multiple colors, moving blocks and various puzzle elements are introduced.”

Get the neighbours involved and have yourself a Block party. See what we did there?

Block x3

They went for the minimalist approach

3. Dots

Cost: Free

Platform: Android and iPhone

What they say: “The goal is simple; climb the leaderboards by connecting same-colored dots vertically and horizontally in your choice of four game modes. Stockpile dots along the way for awesome power-ups and boosters!”

The idea of stockpiling anything sounds terrifying, but let DOTS be your interactive version of Connect-4. A thing of minimal beauty – now with a sequel which follows a level-based Candy Crush format.

4. QatQi

Cost: Free

Platform: iPhone

What they say: “Lose yourself in the world of QatQi (pronounced “cat-key”), a gorgeous and meticulously crafted word game that pleases the senses and tests the limits of your lexicon*.”

Beautiful, relaxing, strategic.

5. Bejeweled Blitz

Cost: Free

Platform: Android and iPhone

What they say: “Detonate as many gems as you can in 60 action-packed seconds and compete with Facebook friends. Match three or more and create cascades of awesome with Flame gems, Star gems, and Hypercubes. Add up to three Boosts and use powerful Rare Gems to send your score soaring.”

The game that needs no introduction.

Bejewelled Blitz

You’ve seen the world play…You know the drill

6. Compression HD

Cost: Free

Platform: iPhone

What they say: “Mixing the classic gameplay style of traditional block dropping games, with a uniquely dynamic gaming surface, Compression creates an ever changing challenge for even the most advanced block dropping fan.”

The fact that they advertise ‘Industrial rock music’ sound effects is pretty unique if anything…

compression

Trust us, this is more exciting with industrial rock music

7. Orbital

Cost: $3.00

Platform: Android and iPhone

What they say: “ORBITAL is an addicting and challenging puzzle game with just one goal: score points by destroying orbs. A simple puzzle game for everyone! Enjoy the beautiful visual effects, the great sound and of course the addicting gameplay anytime in short sessions.’

The visual effects are indeed stunning, but don’t let the addiction make you miss your stop on the bus home.

8. The Room 2

Cost: $2.99

Platform: Android

What they say:The Room Two, a physical puzzler, wrapped in a mystery game, inside a beautifully tactile 3D world. Follow a trail of cryptic letters from an enigmatic scientist known only as “AS” into a compelling world of mystery and exploration.

The most detailed game on this list, and well worth the additional cost.

9. Trainyard

Cost: $2.99

Platform: Android

What they say: “Your job is simple: get each train to a goal station. Red trains go to red stations, blue trains go to blue stations, etc. You control the trains by drawing track for them to follow. There isn’t a time limit or even a score; the only thing you need to do is figure out a solution for each puzzle.”

Did you get all that? If red goes to red…blue goes to blue…where does green go?

10. Polymer

Cost: $0.99

Platform: Android

What they say: “Polymer is a strategic shape-creating game that combines the logic of Rubik’s Cube, the sliding mechanism of Chuzzle, and the creativity of Lego.”

Chuzzle? Anyway, if you weren’t a chemistry whizz at school, this may make up for it on some (small) level.

11. Cham Cham

Cost: Free

Platform: Android and iPhone

What they say: “This unique addictive and challenging puzzler will melt your heart. If you want to help Cham Cham travel the world and taste new and exciting fruits, you will need to find clever ways to pick up as many stars as you can along the way – a task that will prove to be challenging even for the sharpest minds.”

We’ll be dammed if Cham Cham makes child’s play of our sharp minds.

12. Logo Quiz

Cost: Free

Platform: Android and iPhone

What they say: “Logo Quiz is a free game full of fun that consists on guessing the names of hundreds of logos from different companies. We can see various company logos every day and everywhere. On TV, walking along the street, in magazines … simply everywhere! How many of brand logos can you guess?”

Serious concern for the person that can’t get the first one in this picture…

logo quiz

The levels do get more difficult…

13. Balance Ressurection

Cost: Free

Platform: Android and Windows

What they say:Balance Resurrection is a full version of a famous 3D game, which combines the elements of arcade and puzzle and where an errant ball is the only character. The complexity and level of puzzle solving required are gradually increasing as the game progresses.

Probably appeals more to the sporting audience, what with the ball and all…

balance ressurection

That’s right, dozens of various obstacles

14. 4Pics 2Words

Cost: Free

Platform: Windows

What they say:Guess the two words by only looking at four pictures! The sequel to the popular 4 Pics 1 Word allows you to determine the first word by looking at the first two pictures and the second word by the last two.

Clever sequel to 4pics ONE word. What will they think of next?

4-pics-2-words

Dog…hound? No? OK, we give up

15. Hundreds

Cost: $4.99

Platform: iPhone and Android.

What they say: “Simple in concept, deep in design, Hundreds is a puzzle game that requires quick fingers and deep thinking.”

Hundreds is a little more expensive, but for good reason – it’s one of the very best puzzle apps around. Another game with a minimal design, it looks, sounds and feels brilliant to play.

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