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The 25 best puzzle games on iPhone and iPad

25 essential games to start your iOS collection
Product: Best iPhone games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: iPhone, iPad
Updated August 15, 2017: New entries added

Puzzle games occupy a unique position right at the very centre of mobile gaming. As long as there have been phones with screens there have been abstract brain ticklers to help while away idle minutes.

Naturally, the genre took a massive step forward with the arrival of the smartphone. The App Store is packed full of brilliant puzzle games.

What's most impressive is the sheer variety of puzzle game experiences on offer, often borrowing elements from a range of other genres.

These days, there's arguably no more varied or accomplished a genre than the iOS puzzler. Here are 25 of the very best examples to prove it.

#1 Monument Valley 2

Product: Monument Valley 2Formats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: ustwoGenres: Puzzle

Monument Valley 2
Like the original, Monument Valley warps reality and assaults your eyes with otherworldly landscapes. Rarely has a runaway mainstream hit felt so daringly experimental.

#2 Prune

Product: PruneFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadGenres: Puzzle

Puzzlers used to be functional looking and targeted at the logic centres rather than seeking any kind of emotional response. Prune turns all that on its head with its achingly beautiful grown-'em-up gameplay.

#3 The Room Three

Product: The Room ThreeFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Fireproof GamesGenres: Puzzle

The Room Three
A third slice of intricate locked-box puzzles within puzzles. When it's as perfectly executed as The Room Three, we could happily take several more.

#4 Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage

Product: Icebreaker: A Viking VoyageFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: NitromePublisher: NitromeGenres: Adventure, Puzzle

Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage
The competition is stiff, but we reckon Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage is the king of cutesy physics puzzlers on the App Store. It's a delight to play from start to finish.

#5 Threes!

Product: Threes!Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Asher VollmerGenres: Puzzle

This fiendishly clever number-puzzle game should have a place on every mobile device. Accept no imitations.

#6 Ticket to Earth

Product: Ticket to EarthFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Puzzle

Ticket to Earth
It's not often that you find a puzzler with a rollicking story, but that's precisely what Ticket to Earth provides. At heart it's a block-matching game, but one that adds in compelling RPG elements and glorious comic book visuals.

#7 Pavilion: Touch Edition

Product: Pavilion: Touch EditionFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Visiontrick MediaGenres: Puzzle

Pavilion: Touch Edition
You might initially mistake Pavilion for a gothic platform-adventure or even an isometric RPG, but each of its intricate levels is in fact an ornate puzzle waiting to be (directly) manipulated.

#8 Causality

Product: CausalityFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: LojuGenres: Puzzle

Causality manages to make mind-frazzling time loop manipulation feel like a natural and intuitive mechanic in this colourful isometric puzzler.

#9 Euclidean Lands

Product: Euclidean LandsFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadGenres: Adventure, Puzzle, Strategy

Euclidean Lands
Euclidean Lands takes elements of Square Enix's GO series and a little Monument Valley (both represented on this list) and stirs in a brilliant Rubiks Cube-like mechanic. The result is a memorably fresh puzzler.

#10 Tavern Guardians

Product: Tavern GuardiansFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Action, Puzzle

Tavern Guardians
There are plenty of excellent Match-three RPGs on the App Store, but Tavern Guardians stands as one of the best. Positioning is as important as forming chains in this unusually tactical puzzler.

#11 Lara Croft GO

Product: Lara Croft GOFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Square Enix MontrealGenres: Puzzle

Lara Croft GO
In truth we could have slotted in Hitman GO or Deus Ex GO here, but Lara Croft GO boils down the essence of Tomb Raider into a tricky but always satisfying tabletop puzzler.

#12 Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes

Product: Might & Magic: Clash of HeroesFormats: Android, DS, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: UbisoftGenres: Action, Puzzle

Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
As much of a JRPG as a match-three puzzler, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes has you waging war using a classic Bejeweled-style tile-swapping mechanic.

#13 Kiwanuka

Product: KiwanukaFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: CMA MegacorpPublisher: CMA MegacorpGenres: Adventure, Casual, Puzzle

Building bridges out of people - not the latest scheme dreamed up by Donald Trump, but actually the premise for this beautiful Lemmings-inspired puzzler.

#14 RGB Express

Product: RGB ExpressFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Bad CraneGenres: Puzzle

RGB Express
In RGB Express, you have to draw a path that a bunch of different coloured trucks traverse to deliver packages to that same coloured house. It sounds simple, but the challenge quickly ramps up as you have to make sure they flip coloured switches and not crash into each other.

#15 Splice: Tree of Life

Product: Splice: Tree of LifeFormats: Android, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Cipher PrimePublisher: Cipher PrimeGenres: Puzzle

Splice: Tree of Life
Splice: Tree of Life is one of those unique experiences that you could only have on a touchscreen device. A true native puzzler if ever there was one, and an artistic triumph to boot.

#16 Triple Town

Product: Triple TownFormats: Android, iPhone, Other, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Spry FoxPublisher: Spry FoxGenres: Puzzle

Triple Town
To call Triple Town a match-three puzzler is to undersell its escalating challenge, as each match bundles into something grander and tougher to deal with.

#17 Shibuya Grandmaster

Product: Shibuya GrandmasterFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Nevercenter

Shibuya Grandmaster
Just like the titular Tokyo district, Shibuya Grandmaster is a bombardment of light and sound. It's also an ingenious little puzzler in its own right.

#18 Beneath the Lighthouse

Product: Beneath the LighthouseFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: NitromeGenres: Action, Puzzle

Beneath the Lighthouse
One of the modern masters of mobile, Nitrome, here has you twisting 2D levels like those little marble mazes you get in cereal packets. Add the usual Nitrome pixel-art charm and an awesome soundtrack and you have a winner.

#19 _Prism

Product: _PrismFormats: iPhone, iPadGenres: Puzzle

_PRISM may a brief experience, but it's one that will linger in your memory longer after you've finished playing it. It's absolutely stunning, and the chilled music and smart level design really shine.

#20 A Good Snowman

Product: A Good SnowmanFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Alan HazeldenGenres: Puzzle

A Good Snowman
An adorable mash-up of ideas, A Good Snowman is Hard to Build has you pushing snowballs around to create your own snowman. Naturally, it's far cleverer and more fiendish than this makes it sound.

#21 klocki

Product: klockiFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Rainbow TrainGenres: Puzzle

A wonderfully minimalistic game that's all about connecting lines, Klocki's simple premise soon evolves into a surprisingly rich and varied experience.

#22 twofold inc.

Product: twofold inc.Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: GrapefruktGenres: Puzzle

twofold inc.
Another deceptively simple experience from the developer of Rymdkapsel. Twofold is an inspired twist on the number puzzler.

#23 Telepaint

Product: TelepaintFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Acid NerveGenres: Puzzle

Initially deceptive in its cutesy design, Telepaint uses its harmless visuals to its advantage and sudden hits us with its difficulty the higher the levels get. I love that.

#24 LYNE

Product: LYNEFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows 8, SteamDeveloper: Thomas BowkerPublisher: Thomas BowkerGenres: Puzzle

A beautiful abstract puzzler all about connecting shapes. With an ingenious randomly generated Daily Challenges mode, LYNE pretty much goes on forever.

#25 World of Goo

Product: World of GooFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: 2D BoyGenres: Casual, Puzzle

World of Goo
One of those ageless games that remains as fresh as the day it was first released. World of Goo has you building makeshift bridges by chaining together cute goo-balls.


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Jon Mundy 15 August 2017
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