Like giving your brain a workout? Well, mobile is the perfect platform for you. There’s an absolute wealth of puzzlers that will test your cerebral ability. Not only that, but the offerings come in the form of a variety of different genres, from the match three all the way to the shooter.
To help you find something fun to play, we thought we’d round up the very best puzzlers that mobile has to offer in a single list. If you can’t find it in our 25 best mobile puzzle games, it’s not worth playing.
7 Billion Humans
7 Billion Humans provides over 60 levels worth of programming puzzles. You have to command a group of workers to solve a variety of different puzzles using the power of programming.
- 7 Billion Humans – App Store
- Human Resource Machine – App Store / Google Play
- Little Inferno – App Store / Google Play
Bejeweled Blitz is the classic match three puzzler as you know and love it. You’ll match as many gems as you can within 60 seconds as you strive to top the high score leaderboards.
Bridge Constructor Portal
Here’s an intriguing mixture: classic Valve puzzler Portal and Bridge Constructor. Well, the mashup happened and the result is absolutely worth your time.
Candy Crush Saga
Candy Crush Saga was one of the first mobile games to make it big, and its still huge today. That’s all thanks to its highly addictive and satisfying match three goodness and almost infinite number of levels.
Causality sends you to a variety of alien planets as you strive to save a group of astronauts. You’ll traverse time as you work with your past self to solve puzzles. It’s mind-bending stuff.
Cut the Rope 2
Cut the Rope 2 has stood the test of time on mobile by simply doing what it does on the tin. You simply have to cut a rope across over 160 levels as you strive to collect all of the candy.
Eloh is a musical puzzler that challenges you to place a variety of different spirits to play some nice music and solve each level. It’s wonderfully animated by the talented team behind Old Man’s Journey.
Empires & Puzzles
Empires & Puzzles combines the addictive match three gameplay of Candy Crush Saga or Bejeweled with the battling of an RPG and the base-building of an RTS. It’s got everything, basically.
Euclidean Lands is both a puzzler and a turn-based strategy game. You have to shift and rotate a Rubik’s Cube-like arena as you strive to battle enemies with your various units.
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GNOG takes full advantage of the mobile platform by letting you manipulate a variety of objects within a 3D world using a series of taps, swipes, points, and any other finger movement you can think of.
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Gorogoa is a visually stunning hand-drawn puzzler that challenges you to rearrange panels to solve a variety of puzzles. If you fancy something a little different, this is the one for you.
klocki is a minimalistic and relaxing puzzler that challenges you to connect lines together. We said it was minimalistic!
Lara Croft GO
Lara Croft GO, along with Hitman GO and Deus EX GO, are some of the finest mobile puzzlers around. You tap or swipe to navigate your favourite Square Enix characters around a board, interacting with various different objects.
Lemmings is the classic puzzler you’ve likely played countless times before. You have to try and guide a bunch of hapless creatures called Lemmings through a variety of levels, avoiding obstacles and traps and picking up collectibles along the way.
Marvel Puzzle Quest
Marvel Puzzle Quest combines fiercely addictive match three gameplay with the squad building of a hero collector RPG to create arguably the ultimate mobile game. There are over 185 different Marvel heroes and villains to collect, which should keep fans of the franchise busy.
Monument Valley is regarded as one of, if not the, finest mobile games of all time. You’ll tap to help a mysterious character navigate a bunch of Escher-inspired environments, tilting, twisting, and spinning them as you progress to create entirely new paths.
Mushroom 11 is an intriguing puzzler that challenges you to navigate a strange, alien world as some kind of strange goo creature. Using innovative touch controls, you’ll solve a bunch of environmental puzzles and navigate the environment in a variety of interesting ways.
Pavilion: Touch Edition
If visuals are important to you, you’ll find a nice home in Pavilion. This award-winning puzzler features a wide variety of innovative puzzles to solve using simple touch controls. It will give your brain a serious workout.
Perchang is another puzzler for those of you that like a good looking game, but this one is a lot more minimal. You’ll solve 60 different brain teasers by guiding a series of balls from one side of the level to the other.
Snakebird might look cute with its Nintendo-like visuals, but don’t let them fool you: this is a fiendishly difficult game. In fact, it proved so difficult that the developer Noumenon Games released a follow-up that significantly dropped the difficulty for those that couldn’t handle the original.
Splitter Critters is yet another innovative puzzler on mobile. This one challenges you to split the very world itself as you help a variety of cute alien creatures get back to their ship. It’s got a really cute and colourful visual style that you won’t be able to help falling in love with.
The Room Franchise
The Room franchise tore up the rulebook during the early days of mobile, providing a console quality puzzling experience. You’ll solve a wide variety of puzzle boxes by swiping around them, prodding stuff, and reading little clue snippets.
- The Room – App Store / Google Play
- The Room Two – App Store / Google Play
- The Room Three – App Store / Google Play
- The Room: Old Sins – App Store / Google Play
The Talos Principle
The Talos Principle isn’t just like a AAA puzzler – it’s a legit AAA puzzler that’s made the transition onto mobile. If you love Portal and The Witness, you’ll love The Talos Principle.
Speaking of which, The Witness itself is also on mobile. This follow-up to the Xbox Live Arcade indie darling Braid has you exploring a stunning island as you solve a wide variety of mind-numbing challenges.
Last but most certainly not least is Threes!, the excellent puzzler that’s stood the test of time on mobile. You’ll swipe to match numbers together, creating ever bigger numbers until there’s nothing more you can do on the board.