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Puzzle Games for Mobile App Store Users

Long gone are the days when you would sit down with your family and play a good puzzle game at the dining table. Sure, you can still do that, but for most kids (and adults) nowadays, the puzzle is a much more personal game. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn, then, that most puzzle games are no longer bought in stores, but online. If you have a smartphone, computer or tablet and wish to get in on the act, though, where do you begin to look for puzzle games?

App Stores for Mobile Users

One of the most frequently visited places to snap up the latest puzzle games is the Google Play Store. Sure, you can look for iOS-based puzzle games in the Apple App Store, too, but given Apple’s tetchiness with third-party apps, you don’t get a wide a range to choose from. Regardless of what you may have heard (from Apple), the Android-powered operating system does excel Apple’s offering in many areas, such as when it comes to apps and puzzle games.

The Google Play Store is littered with countless puzzle games for you to play, and they also span a pretty broad age range, too. You can find puzzles which are ideal for 3-year-olds if you are the type of person to trust a toddler with your tablet or phone. Brainboxes aren’t left out in the cold, either, with a solid collection of real mind-bending puzzle games up for grabs provided you know what it is you want from your puzzle game.

Visiting Google Play will see able to select games by genre, and then you have an ocean of puzzle games at your fingertips. Many of these puzzle games are free to play, although you are likely to be subdued by ads throughout your playing time. Those puzzle games which aren’t free are a lot cheaper than some of other professionally designed games in the Play Store, so you are likely to be able to pick one up for under $5, and play it without ads, unlockables or purchases.

Steam for PC

If tinkering with apps on phones and tablets is not your cup of tea, you can always try your hand at Steam gaming. If you’re a bit of a gamer, the chances are that you will at least have heard of Steam, even if you don’t already have it installed on your computer. Steam is much more than a place to find the latest PC games, though. You can also find puzzle games aplenty there, and most of them cost less than $5, too.

Steam’s library is a bit less orientated towards children (at least the younger ones), so adults are more likely to find their ideal puzzle games here. With literally hundreds of titles to choose from, and many more added each month, the world is your ocean for puzzle games with Steam. Of course, you can always try your hand at those table-top games, too, but playing at a table with family members is a time-limited affair (and one which requires a great deal of patience in many cases). Playing Steam or Google Play puzzle games on your lonesome, now that’s the way to go.

Puzzle Games

Puzzles have come a long way from jigsaws and crosswords. You might not think of yourself as a puzzle person, even as a child, you were probably trying to work out how to stuff triangular shapes into square holes. You got it in the end, and you learnt a lesson to boot. Well, adult puzzles are perhaps not as important in terms of what you learn – and are certainly described by some naysayers as a waste of time – but there is something intriguing about puzzles which we all find appealing (even if we don’t all admit it). If you’ve got time to kill, and you face boredom, why not give a puzzle a go?

The Classics

One classic puzzle that most of us have had a crack at (and duly given up on) is the Rubik’s Cube. This nasty cube has been thrown across rooms more times than we can count, but still, our old trusty favourite comes back into play. People have spent years trying to solve one, but that’s not the only puzzle out there you can enjoy.
If you like jigsaws, have you tried 3D jigsaws? These are far more challenging than your ordinary 2D table-top games. They require finesse and patience, as well as skill. If the whole jigsaw genre is a no-no, perhaps something a little more mathematical is for you?

Sudoku is one of the more modern puzzles we have grown to love in the West. Each 3×3 box (9×9 grid) contains the numbers 1 through 9. Each row and column must have all nine numbers involved and no duplicates. As well as that, each 3×3 grid must only use each number once. It’s a mind-bender for sure, but once you get to grips with it, Sudoku can provide hours of fun – often for free.

Other classics you can play include old favourites such as Tetris, Hangman, and Scrabble. While favourites from the nineties such as Magic Eye and Where’s Waldo/Wally are still hugely popular. If you want something more modern, there is always the online puzzle world.

New Puzzles for a New Generation

Apps seem to be the new way to go for puzzles. Most of us have a tablet or a phone, and there is no better way to kill time than by trying your hand at an online puzzle. A few of the more successful ones, you may already be familiar with include 100 Doors, Candy Crush, and Logo Quizzes.

Games such as 100 Doors are genuine puzzles. These games typically involve IQ testing style puzzles with progress to higher levels only assured once you beat each puzzle and ones which can be incredibly frustrating. However, the feeling when you complete a puzzle is unrivalled.

Candy Crush Saga and other “social media games” are very much modern-day puzzles, too. These games do not have to cost money (although you can cheat and buy boosts if you wish) and can genuinely keep you at them for hours, often in frustration.

If none of that works, logo quizzes, ball balancing games, flash images, memory games, and digital jigsaws, or tilting ball-maze apps are all modern-day puzzles which can make even the oldest of us feeling like children once more.