Monument Valley ($4)
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.
The Room Two ($3)
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.
Flow Free (Free)
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.
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?
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.
Tetris Blitz (Free)
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.
Puzzle Craft (Free)
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.
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?
Paint it Back (Free)
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.
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.