Watching TV shows and scrolling through social media on your morning commute is all very well and good, but nothing gets the brain warmed up quite like a puzzle. Here are our current faves:
1. Monument Valley
Monument Valley was the winner of Apple Game of the Year and the Apple Design Award in 2014, and 5 years on it’s still enchanting users just the same. This puzzle app sees you guide silent princess Ida through mysterious monuments, discovering hidden paths, outsmarting the Crow People and unfolding optical illusions – and the results are quite frankly, stunning.
It’s a great game to play on your phone, but if you’ve got a tablet or a phone with a bigger screen, you’re in for a treat. The mesmerising architecture and serene geometry is what truly sets this game apart from others.
Download Monument Valley on Android and iOS.
2. Triple Town
Looking for a fun and addictive puzzle matching game? Well, you’ve met your match with Triple Town. The aim of the game is simple – you need to try to grow the greatest possible city. You build your city by matching three or more game-pieces: combine three patches of grass to make a bush, three bushes to make a tree, and so on. Before you know it your board will be full of cathedrals and castles. Beware of the obstacles, though. You’ll also need to outsmart giant bears who will try to block your progress.
Triple Town is completely free to download on Android and iOS.
3. Two Dots
The number 1 hit game in over 100 countries, Two Dots is a free puzzle game loved by millions. Every day is an adventure when you’re travelling through wacky worlds, finding beautiful collectibles – and uncovering fun challenges along the way. Every week you will travel to a new place and compete against other players worldwide.
This is a connect the dots game with a difference. You’ll sink anchors, make a line, fight fire and more, while making your way through 1885 levels. There’s even a ranking system, so if you’re really good, prepare to be recognised among the best.
Get Two Dots on Android on iOS today.
How does the idea of an app that lets you pay money or play for free, with no change in the content sound? Confusing? Okay, so let’s explain Okay? The attractive minimalistic game is made up of flat geometric shapes. The goal is to angle a small black ball so that it bounces off the shapes on the screen, resulting in them disappearing. It’s trickier than it sounds but once you’ve mastered it, it’s so rewarding. Once you’ve completed level 20, you’ll be asked whether you like the game and how much you’d be willing to pay for it. If you choose ‘£0’, you can continue playing as if you’d paid. The idea is to give customers a game they like so much, they’re willing to pay solely to support the developer. And people have been donating – so you know it must be good.
Give Okay? a go for free. Download on Android and iOS.
5. Words With Friends
If words are more your thing, we think the world’s most popular mobile word game, Words With Friends, should do quite nicely. It’s a free word game that lets you connect with your friends while expanding your vocabulary. Test your brain with weekly challenges and solo play (which also works offline). The ‘hindsight’ feature uncovers the best word you could have played after each turn – so you’ll learn while you play. It’s even available in six different languages, which is great if you’re currently learning a new one.
Download Words With Friends on Android and iOS today.
Which apps can’t you wait to try? Do you already play any of them? If you think there’s anything we’ve missed, post a reply below to share it with the iD Community.