Best Android puzzle game apps

May 11, 2012
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    Puzzles can be fun, exciting and rewarding, and they can also exercise your brain cells in the process. Mobile puzzle games extend to a wide variety of games from block-version Tetris games to memory pairing card games. All of these games have one characteristic in common: they are so addictive that players have been reportedly spending huge amounts of time on them.

    With Android leading the pack in mobile gaming, puzzle games have also evolved from simple, ordinary games to visually stunning brain-bending games that eat your time away. Here are some of the best mind and puzzle games to keep you entertained, as well as recharge your brain in those boring hours of the day.

    Cut the Rope

    Undoubtedly, the best puzzle game of all time has to be Cut the Rope by ZeptoLab. The charming green monster Om Nom and the candy that dangles around at every level have made the app highly successful. Though it’s a simple puzzle game, it’s also highly addictive.

    The objective of Cut the Rope is simple. Simply feed the candy to Om Nom by cutting the rope attached to it while collecting bonus stars in the process.  As the levels progress, the game becomes challenging with obstacles and other contraptions being added such as spikes, a wheel that extends the rope’s line, magical hats, saws, bees, and so much more. Cut the Rope has 100 levels so far with more levels being added in future releases. There is also another version of Cut the Rope which is known as Cut the Rope Experiments.

    World of Goo

    Slime balls everywhere and a whole lot of them are in World of Goo. If you thought goo balls were used for throwing around, in World of Goo, you can actually make structures using them. These addictive slime balls were once famous on the PC and have finally been ported to the Android platform.

    In World of Goo, players have to construct and do a little balancing with the goo balls until they reach the exit tunnel to complete the level. Sounds simple? It is actually easy during the first few levels, but once you progress to later stages, the game adds a variation of goo balls to make the game more interesting and fun to play with. Not only that, elements such as wind speed, sticky balls, spikes, balloons, and fire traps are added into the gameplay, making the game challenging during later levels.

    World of Goo is a clever little puzzler that aims not just to exercise your mental power but to entertain you as well.

    X Construction

    Like most construction games that revolve around blocks and construction materials, X Construction separates itself by letting players build train tracks and bridges while keeping an eye on your budget as construction is going on.

    X Construction is all about bridges and how good you are with your physics. Players build bridges for the train to cross from one point to another. The challenge is that players are limited with a small amount of cash to build tracks.

    To create tracks, players need to tap on the small white dots and drag their fingers across the screen to place metal rods for the foundation of the bridge. Design is crucial in X Construction as one false move could spell disaster. Building a stable bridge needs a clever design and in this classic physics-based puzzler, X Construction truly stands out a gem in balancing acts.

    Slice It

    Geometry isn’t that difficult once you’re having fun and at the same time learning the craft. Slice It from Com2us is another brain-bending puzzler that has reached worldwide acclaim for its simplicity, and fun and challenging atmosphere.

    Slice It, from the name itself, basically lets players slice different shapes into equal parts. It may sound simple but the game has added a couple of twists by throwing in some elements that make the game even more challenging. Certain obstacles, like a restricted area, are strategically placed on the surface of the shape which prevents the player from slicing that part.

    Slice It has over 60 levels for you to solve and as you progress, the game becomes increasingly challenging. The only issue with the game has to be the slicing, as the game may not accurately pin point your move. Overall, Slice It is a fun way to learn geometry while making it insanely fun to pass out time.

    The Moron Test

    While brain tests actually stimulate our brain into thinking, here’s one puzzling game that actually fulfills its purpose in a devilish way.

    The Moron Test, developed by DistinctDev Inc, is a tricky, fun, and whacky puzzler that takes away the word “serious” in puzzle games. This is the only game that makes failing a fun part of learning. The Moron Test never fails to amaze as players are put to certain tests, which “measure” whether they are a complete idiot are not.

    The game takes you through a series of tests, from a simple press of a button to solving mathematical word problems. Other types of puzzles include memory-teasing questions, visual analogy, and even silly challenging questions that you would surely love and enjoy. At many times, the game also gives you subtle hints and clues to keep the game even more challenging and interesting to play with.

    Burn The Rope

    Satisfy your pyromaniac tendencies with Burn The Rope.  If you have played Cut The Rope before, then you already have an idea of what the game has in store for you. Burn The Rope is a unique puzzler game that is pretty straightforward.

    The gameplay is simple and players are only required to burn as much rope in each level. Easy right? But, there’s a catch: the fire only burns upwards leaving you to tilt your phone to guide it. To make it more interesting, certain elements have been added to affect the core gameplay. For example, the ant’s color changes the flame’s hue, or the spider can shoot a web that helps players access difficult areas not normally present during the start of the game.

    With over 170+ stunning levels, beautiful fire effects and unique controls, Burn The Rope is surely going to burn your time playing this addictive game.

    Apparatus

    For all of you wannabe inventors, here’s your chance to prove your stuff with Apparatus by Bithack. Apparatus is a puzzle building contraption game with a simple objective: get the marble and place it into a blue bucket.

    Apparatus is a great game for creating complex machines without spending for real building blocks. Players can take the role of a designer and create a simple or complex machine to complete their objective. Players can connect cables, motors, batteries, set up ropes, build vehicles or just let their imagination run wild and build the perfect apparatus that will meet the game’s objective. Creativity is the key here if you want to succeed.

    Apparatus is a great sandbox type game that slowly chips away at your time as you create machines into a working prototype. For now, the game features an early level mode that lets you go through some basic concepts as you progress and go into freebuild mode for unlimited opportunities.

    Bonsai Blast

    Experience gaming pleasure at its finest with this addictive puzzler shooter called Bonsai Blast by Glu Mobile. Bonsai Blast lets players take control of a catapult that shoots marbles into the air.

    The gameplay is simple; players just need to shoot and match 3 of the same marble color to progress through the levels. Bonsai Blast also features certain obstacles that make the game more challenging. Players can ricochet marbles off the walls, use chutes to guide marbles on narrow paths, or even swap shooting catapults to other locations.

    Bonsai Blast has over 90 themed levels that are beautifully rendered, making marble blasting a fun and addictive experience.

    Sprinkle

    Fire fighting couldn’t be more entertaining with Sprinkle by Mediocre. Sprinkle is a water physics puzzler game that takes players on a firefighting crusade on a martian planet.

    Players must extinguish flames before the fire completely burns the villagers’ houses. Players take control of a water cannon that is adjustable to any height and angle to douse out flames. Water is limited, so players have to be careful in managing their water. Time is crucial and the game pressures you to extinguish the flames as quickly as possible.

    The game gets a bit more challenging as there are some places that you can’t reach and you must solve some puzzles along the way. Puzzles could involve moving huge chunks of blocks, spinning wheels or activating certain switches. Sprinkle has over 72 water filled levels for you try out and solve.

    Where’s My Water

    Here’s another water-themed puzzle that will surely suck your time dry.  Where’s My Water from Disney revolves around an alligator named Swampy who needs to take a bath but has found out that someone is screwing his water supply.

    Players take the role of an excavator or plumber digging away dirt for the water to travel to Swampy’s bath tub. This isn’t your ordinary pipe game which involved connecting pipes; Where’s My Water is a different game with special environmental conditions that you have to solve. Players start out with a pool of water on each level; it could either be stagnant or it could run through a pipe or tap. The objective is simple and that is getting the water for Swampy to use. Along the way, players can meet different obstacles like mines, bombs, pipes, acid, or pit falls that make the game more challenging.

    Where’s My Water has seven chapters with each chapter comprising 20 levels. In a nutshell, Where’s My water is a refreshing puzzler with amazing graphics and physics that packs a lot of punch in gaming.

    You’ll never have an excuse to be bored again. Download one or all of these apps for you Android phone and watch your time get sucked dry as you try to conquer level after level. If your favorite puzzle game didn’t make it to the list, share it with us in the comments section.

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