This is the first of a series of posts on original puzzle games. The idea of the post came from futile searches for original puzzle games on the app store. This made me go to the gamedev forum on reddit and ask if there are original puzzle games out there, and surprisingly out popped a number of them, which I really enjoyed playing.

So here’s the first list of games I’ve played and enjoyed. More coming up in the next article:

Puzzle of Jellies

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Challenging from level 1, Puzzle of Jellies is a 2D platform puzzler where you need to merge all same colored jellies in a level. Each level presents jellies at different locations. Jellies move and fall but cannot jump. Your job is to move each jelly such that all jellies of the same color in the level are merged. This is a challenging puzzler, and every level gives you a high when you finish it.

 

Hex VRFR

Screen Shot 2016-07-10 at 3.54.42 pmThink of Hex VRFR as tetris in a hexagon. You get three shapes in each turn, and what you need to do is position shapes to form lines from one edge of the hexagon to the other. What makes the game tricky is that you don’t always get the shapes you need to complete lines, forcing you to plan out piece positions carefully. The game just lets you go on until you reach a point where you can’t place any of the pieces in the hexagon.

 

Shapeout

Screen Shot 2016-07-10 at 3.56.29 pmA very addicting game similar to tetris. Pieces come as triangular cutouts which you need to match to create shapes rather than lines. I ended up playing this game for almost half an hour before realizing that I was supposed to finish up the article. Great game overall.

 

 

Mix And FIll

Screen Shot 2016-07-10 at 3.58.37 pmMix And Fill is another great game where you need to combine colors and get them to a spot marked by ‘X’. Its starts off simple but quickly gets complicated when you realize that similar colors move together as a group. Of all the games, I loved the way Mix And Fill starts you off nice and easy and slowly builds on the difficulty, making the learning comfortable while playing this game.

 

Hanks Adventures

Screen Shot 2016-07-10 at 3.59.59 pmHanks Adventures is an engaging 3D puzzle where the objective in each level is to get Hank to his cat. The 3D nature of this puzzle really adds to the fun while solving each level. You can move and jump to get to the cat. You can also  carry boxes and place them in positions where they get out of the way or help you jump on to ledges. Convenient buttons to rotate the view while solving the puzzle help you handle the 3D part comfortably.

 

This is just a small sampler of some great puzzle games out there. Read our post on reddit to see all of the games. I’ve only had time to review these games for now. I plan to write on more of the  games in that post in the coming days.

 

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