The growing Android Market is loaded with apps to while away time with. However, if you are game for some brain teasers, then it has a slew of puzzle gaming apps that you could look forward to. Puzzle games can be quite addictive and keep you glued to your phone screen for hours. We have picked 10 such addictive puzzle games for the Android operating system.
Bejeweled 2 (Rs. 168.33)
Bejeweled, the original match-three-gems style game has taken a step further with the new Bejeweled 2. In this game, its publisher Electronics Arts (EA) and developer Pop Cap Games have added three game modes – Classic, Action and Endless. In the Classic mode, you match three or more of the same type of gems and earn points as usual; the Action mode adds a timer to the game; and the Endless mode is an unending game of Bejeweled. Players can match four or five gems to win rewards. By matching four gems of the same colour, an explosive gem of that same colour can be earned, which when matched with two gems of similar colour will blast and destroy the surrounding gems. What we miss is the online leaderboards, but that won't stop us from keeping this game, which has almost turned into a three-gems-match genre away from our list.
Amazing Alex (Free, Rs. 54.81)
Alex is amazing
Whether it’s the luck that runs with the makers of Angry Birds or the addictiveness of physics-based puzzlers, Rovio’s next, the Amazing Alex has made it to the top charts quite quickly. Yes, it is addictive and we liked the way the player has to interact with objects and figure out the best possible way to complete the level. Though the early stages appear easy, the complexities increase gradually. The cartoon-inspired world of this game has good graphics with 35 interactive objects and more than 100 levels that will keep you glued to your mobile screen.
Where’s My Water (Free, Rs. 54.8)
Where is my water
The central character of this puzzle game is Swampy, the alligator. This cute Disney character often faces enmity from his fellow gators who try to stop the water supply to this clean freak. The player has to dig pipelines in order to restore the water flow to his shower, while keeping algae and other contaminants at bay. This is a fun-imbued multi-touch game with some cool animation. The game has a blend of classic and modern feel, and players can swipe, slosh and splash to guide water through increasingly challenging scenarios in this water-physics game.
This is a simple yet addictive puzzler with some pulsating spy music. You are trapped in an experiment and have to find your way out. After the initial few levels, you'll gradually need to master the art of Shift. Shifting flips you beneath the floor on which you are standing and reverses both your body colour and gravity. So, the onus is upon you to spot the paths that are available using this mechanism, and also figure out how to make it to the exit for each level. Those yearning for more can opt for the premium version and get ad-free gameplay of more than 50 levels, unique control mechanics and a customised sound track.
Cryptica (Free, Rs. 103.79)
This is truly a classic puzzler, which walks you through ancient events. The story of the game is that mysterious crypts were created thousands of years ago to protect the temple relics. You have to solve the crypts and find the lost relics. It is mind-boggling and fun. The Lite version will bring to you 35 unlocked levels. For more puzzles, you can choose the premium version. The ad-free paid version of Cryptic brings along 20 puzzles in 4 levels of difficulty, 4 ancient relics to achieve and 24 rare coins to collect.