5 excellent free-to-play mobile puzzlers for iOS

By , on September 13, 2018
Last modified 5 years, 7 months ago

Alright, going all in with action-oriented games is fun, but sometimes you just fancy kicking back with something that'll work your mind more than your reflexes.

You don't have to be a genius to have a go with most puzzlers and in today's list you don't even have to spend a penny to jump in and start playing. No, these are simple, easy to get into, and overall rather fun.

Obviously five is a small number, so let us know what some of your favourite other titles are in the comments down below.

Infinite Westdownload on iOS

With a style similar to the ever-loved GO games, this isn't just another grid-based puzzler. It's a little bit like chess, a little bit board game, and throws a few roguelike elements in the mix too.

Infinite West is a turn-based strategy game where you have to navigate a seven-by-seven board and manoeuvre your way in close to all the tricksy bandits. Once your foe is in range you'll be able to knife them.

You do have a gun, but with limited ammo you can't just point and shoot willy nilly. You've got three hearts and when you die, you die for good. Better not screw up, Cowboy.

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Two Dotsdownload on iOS

Two Dots is a game everyone should download and play at some point. There aren't any fancy bells or whistles, but there is good, solid match-stuff gameplay.

You've got a set amount of colours you need to collect at the top of the screen in each level. Once you've reached your quota you'll be able to move on to the next challenge.

Bear in mind that there are over 1,600 levels, so don't expect to finish in a single sitting. You can also play against a friend on Facebook if you fancy being competitive. Go on, I won't judge.

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Box Boss!download on iOS

The instructions may be simple, but the experience is always fun. You've got over 100 arena levels and you'll need some seriously quick fingers.

Sure, you've got boxes to collect, but this one's more of a game of avoidance. There's a variety of big, angry bosses throwing all sorts of bits and pieces at you and if you're quick enough you'll be able to dodge them all.

It's got a bit of arcade flair about it. More than anything you need to figure out the best way to get around the challenge. Brain, engage. 

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Alphabear 2download on iOS

This may only be a couple of weeks old, but it's already up there in the charts and it's a really impressive puzzler.

It doesn't matter if English is your first language or not, Alphabear 2 packs a serious word-related punch and it's so adorable. You need to spell out words using letters on the grid. The more you spell out, the bigger your bears will be and the more points you'll earn.

If you fail to use up letters before they lose their value, however, they'll turn to stone and hinder your progress. Cheeky things.

Candy Crush Sagadownload on iOS

An oldie but a goodie, Candy Crush Saga remains a consistently brilliant time-waster and genuine challenge at times. If you haven't played the game at some point you probably don't have a smartphone. Quite frankly it's the Mac Daddy of match-stuff gaming.

With thousands of levels available, you need to switch and match sweets, make killer combos, and meet goals to progress through each challenge.

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