Puzzle games are among the most popular, ever. In fact, the most popular individual gaming franchise on mobile (Angry Birds) is a puzzle game. The genre has evolved consistently and developers have been finding new and exciting ways of teasing our brains, making us think, and stumping us entirely. It also helps that puzzle games are easily playable on mobile devices which has only helped skyrocket their popularity. Here is a list of the best puzzle games on Android.
2048 is from a very popular family of puzzle games. You start out with a grid. Your goal is to combine all of the tiles with the same number to create new numbers. You then combine them to make even larger numbers. The game ends when you can’t combine any more tiles. This version includes several grid sizes, including four by four all the way up to eight by eight. It’s a simple premise that is both challenging and family friendly. You can play it for free as long as you don’t mind a few ads.
Price: Free with in-app purchases
Agar.io and Sliter.io are two popular online puzzle games. The premise of Agar.io is to waft around a board with other players online. You consume smaller players and avoid the larger ones In Sliter.io, your goal is to not run into any players while also getting other players to run into you. In both cases, you’ll find fast paced game play with snap decision making. They’re both free to download and play with in-app purchases. We combined these into one item on the list because of their similar game play.
Price: $4.99 each
Amanita Design is a publisher on Google Play. They have three very excellent puzzle games with Samorost 3, Botanicula, and the popular classic Machinarium. All three games feature fun puzzles, a distinctive art style, and simple game mechanics. Basically, you wander around the game world in search of clues and puzzle solutions. They each have fun little stories as well. All three games go for $4.99 up front. However, there are no in-app purchases after you purchase the game.
Price: Free with in-app purchases
The Cut the Rope franchise is one of the most popular series of family friendly puzzle games out there. It involves a cute little monster. Your job is to mangle the level in such a way that the candy makes it to the monster. The monster eats it and you progress to the next level. Between all the games, you have a ton of levels to play through. Each game in the series also has slightly different mechanics to keep things feeling fresh. It’s a good game, especially for kids. Just be mindful of the in-app purchases.
Price: Varies with in-app purchases
Deux Ex Go, Hitman Go, and Lara Croft Go are a series of puzzle games from Square Enix. Each one has its variations, but the basic mechanics are the same. You’ll be set on a game board and your goal is to make it to the end without being killed. You’ll have tools to help you along the way. Each game has instruments and tools from their various game franchises. The prices vary as these games go on sale frequently. Thankfully, the in-app purchases are usually just for hints. Most likely won’t need them. These are solid puzzle games.
Price: Free / Optional donation
Mekorama is one of the better free puzzle games. It features simple graphics, simple mechanics, but some good puzzle elements. As a result, the install size is very low. Nevertheless, the game has 50 levels for you to play through. Each one has a collectible card that you can get upon completion. The game’s big draw is that it’s completely free to play. There are in-app purchases. However, they are optional donations just in case you liked the game. It’s great for mobile gamers on a budget.
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.
Mushroom 11 is one of the more interesting puzzle games. The idea is that you control a blob of fungus. You have to cut the blog in order to make it grow in the opposite direction. For instance, you slide on the right side and the blob will grow toward the left. The result is a rather fun experience. The game has built-in features for speed runs and scoring challenges as well. There are even achievements. It’s easy to learn, hard to master, and you only have to pay for it one time.
Price: $2.99-$4.99 each
Playdius Entertainment is another publisher on Google Play. Its puzzle games are some of the most unique. Included in their collection are A Normal Lost Phone, Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story, and Bury me, my Love. The first two are mystery puzzle games. You have someone’s phone. Your goal is to search through it to find out who they are, where they went, and what happened to them. Bury me, my Love is a text game about a refugee. It’s definitely something different, but also really fun. The Lifeline series by 3 Minute Games are also excellent adventure-puzzle games with text elements.
Prune is another beautifully done puzzle game. The basic premise has you growing a plant. Your job is to shear the plant to help it grow into the light. You win when you make that happen. It includes 48 levels and you can sync your progress between devices. Aside from its minimal style, it also includes no in-app purchases. That means you can’t pay your way out of a jam. It’s one of the better, more underrated puzzle games out there. It’s also family friendly.
Price: $6.99 / $3.99
realMyst is a port of the popular PC puzzle game from the 1990’s. It’s a faithful port and the game. You’ll have the full world to explore, all the puzzles to solve, and everything between. It even includes some extra content. There are also some modern features such as remastered graphics. The game is a long, large experience with plenty of stuff to do. It’s a great experience overall. It’s one of the newer puzzle games, but it’s still relatively bug free. You’ll pay $6.99 for the game, but there are no in-app purchases. You can also pick up its sequel, Riven, for $3.99. Just search for it in Google Play!
Price: $1.99 with in-app purchases
République is a masterfully done game with good graphics, complex mechanics, and an actual story line. At its core, though, it is probably the best escape game on mobile right now. You’re tasked with guiding a girl named Hope around surveillance cameras, guards, and various other puzzles and obstacles to get her safely out. There are deviations in the story so you can choose how everything goes down and, much like Telltale Games, you’ll have five episodes (packaged as in-app purchases) to play through to get the whole story. It’s a bit expensive, but it’s longer than most games and a total blast to play.
Price: $0.99 / $1.99 / $3.99
The Room franchise is a trio of the best puzzle games ever made on mobile. They’re hidden-object games that feature complex objects that you must unlock and search. The games feature gorgeous graphics, beautifully done puzzles, and there is even a dark, arcane story line. Each one has their own set of variations. However, the core game play is the same between them. The third installment even has multiple endings so you can replay the game again. The first run runs for $0.99, the second for $1.99, and the most recent for $3.99. None of them have in-app purchases.
Price: Free / $2.99
Shadowmatic is a fun little game that uses shadows. The game will dangle a nonsensical object in front of a light. Your job is to shape, twist, and otherwise move the object until the shadow it casts creates a picture of something. The game comes with more than 100 levels, a range of secondary objectives, achievements, and even an arcade mode. Players can try out the first 14 levels for free. Then they’ll be asked to pay $2.99. It’s a good, family friendly game and one of the newer puzzle games out there.
Price: Varies with in-app purchases
Telltale Games is a popular developer. They have a range of puzzle games that are usually based on already famous franchises. They have four Walking Dead games along with games based on Batman, Borderlands, Game of Thrones, Minecraft, and another called The Wolf Among Us. Most of them are mixtures of genres including hidden object, puzzle, adventure, and a few others. Most of the games are free to start. However, they are all episodic titles. That means you’ll have to buy the other 80% of each game after you get started. They’re all very good puzzle games.
If we missed any of the best puzzle games for Android, tell us about them in the comments!