1 . The Room
Youre in a room, alone, with a box. Theres something in that box, but you dont know what it is just that its locked behind dozens of puzzles that keep the box sealed, and you have to work them all out if you ever want to leave. Thats the story behind The Room, and while its demanding riddles make it well worth playing, its that extra hint of uncertainty and dread that elevates this game to the top of our list. The sound of calm yet eerie music playing as you meticulously examine the box from the light of a single work lamp leaves you feeling exposed and unsettled, heightening the tension every time you solve a new puzzle. Who put this here? Are they watching you? And what are they going to do when you finally get it open?
2 . Monument Valley
Monument Valley is all about perspective. Each level looks like an M.C. Escher painting doused in watercolor, with paths that invert on themselves to defy the laws of gravity and Euclidian geometry. And its up to you to navigate your little cone headed figure through each of its trials, fiddling with levers, pushing buttons, and spinning knobs to bend and transform each environment to your liking. The puzzles themselves are breezy and inventive, and watching each vibrant world shift as you figure them out is a rare treat.
3 . Plants vs Zombies
Plants vs Zombies is a classic tower defense title you cant stop playing. The zombie apocalypse is upon us, and theres nothing to defend us from the gnashing teeth of undead jaws except… garden vegetation? Thats right the only thing protecting your from getting your brains munched on are flowers and foods rich in vitamin C. What begins with a front yard barricade of Peashooters and Sunflowers becomes an impenetrable force one thats guarded by giant Wall nuts as your flora turrets launch flaming projectiles and devastating melons every which way. The zombies never stood a chance.
4 . Alphabear
Simple at its core, Alphabear packs a lot of pleasing attributes into a very tidy, adorable package. Letters are gradually revealed on the playfield, but each tile has a lifespan if you don t use it before its turn based timer runs out, it morphs to stone and blocks your path to the really big bonuses. Play in timed mode to give your brain a quick workout, or do a big board to challenge yourself and achieve the sky high score that will net you a rare bear. Oh, did I leave out the part where you collect immensely cute bears that give you stat buffs and bonuses? Yeah. You do that, too.
5 . Jetpack Joyride
Researchers in a top secret lab should know better than to put a Do Not Steal sign next to a kickin jetpack prototype, because inevitably, someone named Barry Steakfries is going to bust through the wall and take that baby for a chaotic, property destroying joyride. This is a simple endless runner that gives you ample freedom of vertical movement and youre going to need it, because there are plenty of floating coins to collect, electrified gates to weave around, and incoming missiles to dodge. And the rush of snagging one of the many power up vehicles including a Metal Slug esque mech and a giant dragon named Mr. Cuddles will keep you coming back again and again.
6 . Machinarium
Weve given Machinariumhigh praisein the past, even calling it one of thebest steampunk games ever, and we stand by those commendations. In addition to a responsive and smooth touch interface that makes its point and click setup work flawlessly, Machinariums grungy and unforgiving world gives you an immediate sense of place. Just by looking at the world, you feel for its little robot protagonist, lost in this wasteland and searching for his lady robot love. This is the sort of game that pulls you in and makes you want to don your gear trimmed top hat. Hey, we wont tell if you wont.
7 . You Must Build A Boat
If youre going to build a boat, you may as well go all out. YMBAB starts you out in a dinky dinghy with only a skeleton and a zombie as your crewmates but eventually, youll be the captain of your own magnificent cruiser. Like 10000000 before it, this is a fast paced match three puzzler that has you shifting entire rows and columns instead of individual tiles. But you dont have all day, because your explorer is plowing through a simplistic 2D dungeon at the top of the screen; youll have to fiendishly line up combos to help him persevere against a wide variety of monsters (which you can eventually recruit to your ships crew).
8 . Flow Free
Flow Free is the gaming equivalent of putting your hand in a bag of rice or peeling the plastic off a new electronic device it just feels so calming andright, which is perfect for anyone dealing with anxiety. The game is simple there are several pairs of colored dots on the screen, arranged along a grid, and you have to draw lines between each pair that fill up all the squares on the board. It can start to get challenging as you reach the higher levels, but its always satisfying, with delightful little popping sound effects that are like tiny voices telling yougreat job!Admittedly, the free version has some annoying ads that pop up between puzzles, but buying any $1 premium board pack removes them forever. Id say its worth it, and itll probably be the most relaxing dollar you ever spend.
9 . Puzzle & Dragons
Given that mobile phones are more ubiquitous than Game Boys ever were, Puzzle & Dragons could very well be the Pokemon of this generation (at least until the Western release ofYo Kai Watch). P&D uses a similar premise that has you capturing, leveling, and eventually evolving any of the wildly diverse creatures you encounter, hopeful to attain one of the ridiculously rare monsters froma pool of thousands. But its the addictive match three gameplay thatll really suck you in; though it initially appears to function like Bejeweled, theres a wealth of complex tactics for pushing tiles around the board to line up absurd combos. When you finally grasp the technique, each turn makes you feel like youre orchestrating a glorious symphony of colored orbs.
10 . Angry Birds
Maybe its the squeals of the evil pigs as theyre crushed by their collapsing, makeshift fortresses, or the feeling you get from nailing that perfect shot that causes a massive chain reaction. Whatever the allure of Angry Birds, itll dig its talons in deep, and youll find yourself wondering where the time went as you launch yet another feathered projectile from your slingshot. But theres a reason why Angry Birds is one of the most popular mobile games to ever hit the market its a blast. Whether you go with the original game, the Star Wars edition, or one of the many other iterations, the Angry Birds are sure to please.