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63 awesome iPhone games you need to play

Puzzle Games

Monument Valley ($4)

Monument Valley

Can you guide princess Ida through a series of impossible architectural wonders in this Escher-inspired puzzler? It’s a relaxing, gorgeous, accessible game that never gets too challenging.

Available on:

iTunes

The Room Two ($3)

Room Two Screenshot

This is a mysterious journey into the dark as you attempt to unravel the creepy truth by solving a series of elegant, multi-layered puzzles in a highly-polished environment full of curiosities.

Available on:

iTunes

Flow Free (Free)

Free Flow Screen

As the name might imply, Flow Free has you connecting matching colors with a pipe to make a “flow” that covers the entirety of the board. It may seem simple at first glance, but 100 levels later, it’s anything but.

Available on:

iTunes

Threes! ($2)

Threes Screenshots

The aim is to swipe combining matching number tiles and building the biggest number that you can manage. It may be aesthetically and tactically simple, but it’s also instantly addictive. Who needs 2048?

Available on:

iTunes

SpellTower ($2)

SpellTower Screen

SpellTower is a complex hybrid of Scrabble and Boggle. You trace over letters every which way to form words, which then disappear and cause the remaining tiles to cascade down a la Bejeweld. 

Available on:

iTunes

Tetris Blitz (Free)

Tetris Blitz Screen

Everyone knows Tetris, but Blitz is a bit different. You’re given a mere two minutes to clear lines and rack up your score using the one-touch controls, whether competing against the AI or a friend.

Available on:

iTunes

Puzzle Craft (Free)

Puzzle Craft

An empire-building game with a reliance on matching, Puzzle Craft lets you farm, mine, collect taxes, and hire workers as you build a populace. It’s also far better than Farmville, with perks in the long run.

Available on:

iTunes

Drop7 (Free)

Drop 7 2

Bugs aside, Zynga’s subtle puzzler is as addicting as it complicated to read. You drop numbered balls into or on a line that will create a total number of balls equal to the number on the dropped ball. Got that?

Available on:

iTunes

Paint it Back (Free)

Paint it Black screenshot

This is a game of deduction. The goal of the title is to fill in specific squares in order recreate photos, with each row and column indicating the number of square you need to fill. Expect to spend 30 minutes a piece.

Available on:

iTunes

Blek ($3)

Blek Screenshot

Blek is minimalist and beautiful, with no instructions whatsoever. You guide a slinking squiggle around obstacles in order hit colored targets and complete the level. Precision is of the utmost importance.

Available on:

iTunes

Rise of the Blobs (Free)

Rise of the Blobs Screenshot

Playing as a marshmallow, you throw bits of fruit at creeping pieces of jelly, popping identical lumps once they absorb the appropriate fruit. Helpful power-ups and rewards only add to the frantic fun.

Available on:

iTunes

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