Best iPhone games: puzzle

The best iPhone apps are often the games. It's probably the largest category in the App Store and they're the one's that seem to come and go on our handsets more frequently than any others as in turn each is downloaded, mastered and discarded. The bottom line is that you're going to need a lot of them, which is why we at Pocket-lint have compiled a list of what we think are the very best iPhone games.

Naturally, that list is absolutely enormous, so today is the turn of the best iPhone puzzle games. If you like to bend your mind around a problem until it hurts, then these are the teasers to test yourself with, and do tell us what you think should make the best iPhone puzzle games list because we will be adding to it.

Siege Hero

Okay, let's get the obvious out of the way first. Siege Hero is a bit of an Angry Birds rip-off. Or it appears to be, at least until you know its back story. You see, Armor Games, the maker of Siege Hero, has been knocking out games where the idea is to, well, knock over things long before the Rovio gang came to the iOS party - remember Crush the Castle? Probably not, but it was a physics based puzzler along the Angry Birds line that hit the App Store about 6 months before the 'Birds did.

So whilst Siege Hero borrows heavily from the most successful mobile game ever, ever, ever - it is only borrowing from a title that borrowed heavily in the first place. Origins aside, it's addictive as hell - just like those birds. The idea is to knock over structures and kill the bad guys, made up of various historical tribes such as Huns or Vikings. But you don't catapult your birds, sorry weapons, in from the side. No, it's all front ways on and you'll even get a crosshair for precision aiming. Read More

iTunes: Link

Price: Free

Rating: 4/5

 

Rail Maze

This puzzle game from Spooky House Studios mixes the wild, wild, West with pirates, so you automatically know it's gonna be good - providing, that is, you like that particular combination. You have to help a train get from start to finish in this top-down puzzler, dodging various obstacles and overcoming increasingly hard difficulties along the way.


From the start, which offers simple directional puzzles, the game develops to seeing you build tunnels and bomb obstacles while dodging those dastardly pirates. Fortunately this means that interest is kept up and although the format remains roughly the same you won't find yourself getting easily bored. Accompanied by a distinctively cowboy-themed background music (you might want to employ headphones if you're playing this on the commute) the graphics are retro-boardgame and great for a free game. Read More.

iTunes: Link

Price: Free

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Scarabeus: Pearl of Nile

Based on a game previously available for Windows Mobile and PocketPC devices, Scarabeus: Pearl of Nile is a cunningly simple puzzle game in concept, yet becomes fiendishly difficult after a few levels. And as there are 40 of them, it'll certainly keep you going for a while. You have to spin rotating dials in order to guide coloured marbles through an interlinked maze.

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Bubble Ball

This free app was created by a 14-year-old with the help of his mum. No, really. The aim of the game is to get a ball from one side of the screen to the chequered flag. Sounds easy, but with gaps and gravity in your way, maybe not so simple after all. To help, you get a series of wooden planks and, later, other elements - such as a speed-up icon or change gravity button, and metal blocks that will lead you to success if you create the right course for your ball.

The first few levels are fairly simple before the heat starts to get turned up, and you’ll soon find yourself wasting an entire ride home trying to fathom where to put that bit of wood to bridge that annoying gap. It looks pretty basic but what we love, however, is that first and foremost this game embraces gameplay over graphics. Read More

iTunes: Link

Price: Free

Rating: 3/5

 

Cut the Rope: Experiments

Like the original Cut The Rope game, this involves getting as many sweets as possible into the mouth of your Om Nom. Rope cutting is of course also central to the premise of the application, though there are now plenty more special items that are thrown into the mix to make feeding your Om Nom harder. Things like the rope gun and suction cup holder now mean you can take more direct control over the path of your sweet. This doesn't, however, mean things are any easier than they were. In fact all this new controlmakes the game a little bit tougher, which we definitely like.

Game Centre integration means all the usual social niceties, which is crucial to Cut The Rope: Experiments for those who want that clean 3 star rating. There is a sort of secret selection of photos left in each level pack as well, which players can track down and share. Like Angry Birds, the formula is just so spot on that you want to keep coming back and play more. Read More

iTunes: Link 

Price: 69p

Rating: 4/5

 

Angry Birds Seasons

For starters, Angry Birds Seasons is an updates for the previously released (on Apple devices, at least) Angry Birds Halloween and HD apps. A quick download turns the previous theme into just one of the modes within the new version. So, if you already own the aforementioned edition(s) you get this new update completely free of charge. As the name suggests (and as you no doubt know) the the game is updated for every season - we've already seen Christmas, Halloween, and Easter versions and lots more besides - all of which come as free updates for exiting users.

However, if you don't already own the game in any of its guises, you can purchase the new Seasons version for 69p. You'll definitely want to. Read More

iTunes: Link

Price: £1.49

Rating: 5/5

 

Countdown

The first TV programme ever to be shown on Channel 4 has been ported over to the iPhone and is sure to appeal to fans of the show. The Countdown app lets you play on you own, or with a pal (turn by turn, or over Bluetooth) with short and long games available. The short term game has one letters round and one numbers round followed by a Countdown Conundrum and the longer term doubles the rounds with a Conundrum at the end.

It's a shame that the long version doesn't give you a full-on multi-round Countdown experience, and it's also unfortunate that you can't play against a virtual CPU as the one player option can be a bit lonely, but these little faults don't take away from what is a great little title though, and a bargain at just 69p. Read More

iTunes: Link

Price: 69p

Rating: 3/5

 

Cell Bound

Cell Bound is a super-simple game to get into; the task in hand being to match-up the various coloured cells emerging from the wall by rotating the point to which they will attach - this point being in the centre of the screen with the wall surrounding it. On creating a group of five cells of the same colour you'll see them burst, leaving you more space to replace them. 

You can also chain bursts together which will get you more points. As you progress the cells emerge at an ever increasing rate, and you'll find yourself struggling to rotate the attached cells in time to match them up, fortunately there's various modes along the way which will - for the most part - aid your progress, and if you earn enough points you'll also be granted with an extra power burst thingy which gets rid of all cells currently attached. Read More

iTunes: Link 

Price: 69p

Rating: 4/5

 

Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

Back in 1982, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain hit bookstores and created a huge sensation. It was a cross between the Choose your own Adventure novels coming into the UK via the States (giving multiple options, and subsequent page numbers, after each chapter), and a role-playing game, with character stats and dice-rolling aplenty. Its success spawned a run of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks that lasted for 59 separate titles and 13 years. Now it has found a new medium and audience in the guise of an iPhone (and iPad) app, and it’s not just a nostalgic look back for a grown-up geek, there’s proper gameplay in there too.

Keeping true to the original, the heart of the application is an ebook. The text is identical to the original paperback, as are the pics, albeit tarted up and coloured in. However, the dice rolling is integrated (shake the device and they spin across the screen), as is character management. And the choices at the end or during the chapter, including fight or flee, are hot links.That’s really all there is to it. If you’re not a big reader, you won’t get on very well with TWOFM, if you are, there’s plenty of entertainment therein. Read More

Market: iTunes

Price: £1.99

Rating: 4/5

 

Which games do you think deserve to make this list? Let us know in the comments.



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