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Top 5 best puzzle game apps for Android

Scott Adam Gordon
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Hot on the heels of my top five football game apps post, I'm now presenting you lucky people with a delicious rundown of recent puzzle games made available in the Play Store, tested on our Google Nexus 7. Among the sumptuous titles, we have King's latest effort Bubble Witch 2 Saga, (to see if it would topple Candy Crush as the game you most hate, but secretly love), and a charming puzzle-platformer from the developer who brought you Spirit HD. Let's dive in. 

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© AndroidPIT / Jakyl

Bubble Witch 2 Saga

Love them or hate them, King have a knack for creating addictive games with mass appeal. Bubble Witch 2 Saga, despite its terrible title, is a another sure-to-be-popular arcade style puzzler. Using a similar formula to classic 'puzzle bobble' style games, the player must try to remove the colored “bubbles” which hang at the top of each screen by shooting them with bubbles of the same color. It's extremely easy to play, and accompanied by typically dreamy music and bright colors, offers an inoffensive and seemingly undemanding experience.

Yet, as with King's other games, the levels become increasingly tough to beat and can require a degree of luck. This leads to a similar frustration as Candy Crush, where you are unable to progress in the game until you have waited a certain number of hours, or purchased more lives. Yes, all of King's older monetization techniques are present here once again, to the surprise of no-one.

Despite this, the presentation is beautiful and the interface is effortless, it's a pleasure to play from the moment you begin. With a gentle learning curve, and enough on-screen fizzes and pops keep you dazzled for months, it's sure to be another roaring success. It's typical King. 

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The dropping bubbles score more points when they fall onto the spiders. © AndroidPIT / King
Price Free
Adverts Yes
In-App purchases Yes
Internet connection required No
Size Varies with device
Android version required 2.3 and up

GlowGrid

Shiny hypnotic pixelated retro tile-matcher? Yes please. GlowGrid is an old-school block matching game: You place your blocks on a grid and score points for matching four colors or more. It's not revolutionary, but the neon artwork is consistent and GlowGrid requires some quick thinking to keep the score steadily increasing.

It has two game modes, the casual experience awards you unlimited time to make decisions on where to place tiles. Panic Mode, however, is far more interesting. Here you are given a few seconds to place tiles, and failing to do so gives you an unusable block to place, which limits the on-screen area available. I know, my heart is racing just thinking about it!

It's difficult, but all the more fun when you are successful. My only disappointment is that the Play Store description promises a dreamy 80's synth soundtrack which isn't apparent during the actual gameplay.

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Match the glowing tiles, but be careful where not to block your path with idle bricks. © Zut Games
Price Free
Adverts Yes
In-App purchases No
Internet connection required No
Size 15 MB
Android version required 2.2 and up

CYBERGON

"The year is Cyberpunk!" states Cybergon's ludicrous Play Store description. The developer claims that you control a computer program trying to hack a megacorp's network... but there are no references to this anywhere but on the Play Store. So, I'll just give you my description instead: you control a floating pyramid trying to avoid floating cubes while gathering floating spheres.

Sound fun? Well it is! The aim is to survive as long as possible, but as you continue to catch spheres, more pesky cubes arrive which must be avoided. The in-app advertising videos can't be skipped, and handling your floating pyramid feels just a little too responsive, but these quibbles aside it works rather well.

It's a minimalist experience: there is only one game mode, a handful of sounds and visual objects and controls to turn left or right, but if you want to chase some high scores in a an experience akin to Flappy Bird, this could be for you.

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Mind the barriers when gathering your blue spheres. © Robot Invader
Price Free
Adverts Yes
In-App purchases No
Internet connection required No
Size 10 MB
Android version required 2.3 and up

Kiwanuka

Puzzle meets platformer in Jakyl's Kiwanuka. Unique art style, and gameplay reminiscent of the memorable, and near universally adored, Lemmings, Kiwanuka gets a lot of things right.

You control a guide leading a group of travellers to “freedom” across dangerous terrain. You press the guide's staff and drag it outwards to create a bolt of lightning which your travelers follow. It begins simply with walking them to the end of each stage, but as the gameplay progresses you discover more ways in which the staff, and your people, can be utilised to traverse canyons and avoid the fatal flouriscent pink mountains.

The Trippy Eastern music is awesome, particularly when you complete a stage, and it has a sense of originality that most others games on this list (and the Play Store) don't. A bit more contextualization on who the tribe are and why this wizard has an lightning staff may have been nice, but the level design is inventive, the art direction is rad, and I think it's a great overall package.

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Yes, you can make human bridges in Kiwanuka. © Jakyl
Price $1.99
Adverts No
In-App purchases No
Internet connection required No
Size 41 MB
Android version required 2.3 and up

Push Panic

Push Panic is a sparkly little block blaster with a variety of game modes. Blocks fall from the sky and you must tap multiple cubes of the same color to destroy them before they pile up too high.

There are no in-app purchases and the music is slightly more bearable than other games, but it did crash after just two levels. Still, it's fluid, responsive and has a dainty physics engine; I quickly forgave the initial instability once I started blasting blocks and building combos again. Plus it restarted with an awesome electro-house number – I wish the rest of the music was of the same quality!

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Tumbling shapes remind me of childhood, and panic reminds me of adolescense. © beJoy
Price Free
Adverts Yes
In-App purchases No
Internet connection required No
Size 36 MB
Android version required 2.3 and up

And one new game you may wish to avoid - Break Bricks

Ingeniously named Break Bricks was released on Android at the end of may and already has over a million downloads. Slide your finger across the bottom of the screen to control the paddle, and bounce the ball off the bricks above to remove them. 

It features a similar obnoxiously quaint soundtrack as Bubble Witch 2 Saga (you can also hear the exact moment at which the music loop begins again - mute it as fast as you can) and maintains all the classic traits of brick break games of old, but now with the wonderful addition of in-app purchases and advertising!

Includes an endless mode with a time limit, awful sound effects, and literally no justification for the in-app purchases. It's charmless. I'm recommending it only if you have never played a paddle ball game before.

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Try not to drop the ball, like CanadaDroid have. © AndroidPIT / CanadaDroid
Price Free
Adverts Yes
In-App purchases Yes
Internet connection required No
Size 6.4 MB
Android version required 2.1 and up

What puzzle games have you been playing recently? Tell us about them in the comments below!

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    mobile crackers 2 months ago Link

    These games are for kids.
    i have downloaded the glow grid and started playing it.. wow just like childhood

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      Loie Favre 2 months ago Link

      Do you know of any puzzle games that meet your more ''grown up'' or mature needs?

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        mobile crackers 2 months ago Link

        where's my water , candy crush its a very additive game
        i love kids games because they are very interesting and these games can make us happy.

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