Five brain teasing puzzle games to give a shot

When it comes to the universe of games available on the Google Play Store there is something out there for everyone. If you're the type who is always looking for a new game to try out, and you love puzzles, then these are the games for you. These games are fun, addictive, and on occasion trickier than they need to be.

There are hundreds of games out there to try, but these are the five puzzle apps that caught our eye.

Sudoku

S6 Edge Sudoku

If you've never tortured yourself with a game of Sudoku, then you really don't know what you're missing. The game is easy at first glance, before devolving into a bout of numbers that will have you banging your head against the wall in frustration. While there are plenty of Sudoku apps on that right now, our favorite is Sudoku by Brainium Studios.

Sudoku

It's a free app that gives you dozens of Sudoku puzzles at a variety of difficulties. You'll earn yourself points, along with being able to view your stats and see your best time on a particular puzzle. If you get stuck you can enable tips to help you out, you can pause an active game at any time without being penalized, and you can keep yourself amused even if it's only for a few minutes at a time.

Download: Sudoku (opens in new tab)

Cut the Rope

Nexus 5X Cut the Rope: Time Travel

The Cut the Rope series of games are just as cute as they are tricky. Your aim is to cut the ropes surrounding various obstacles to drop pieces of candy into the mouths of small green beasts called Om Noms. The premise itself, and the earliest levels are about as easy as it gets. Cut a single small rope and drop those candies to beat each level, acquiring stars to boost your score along the way.

Cut the Rope: Time Travel

Now as you might expect, those obstacles get extremely difficult as time goes on. You'll have to juggle multiple ropes, metal chains, and bubbles that will make your candies float away if you aren't careful. With multiple games in the series there are hundreds of levels to clear, and getting stuck in one game leaves you the option to try out one of the others.

Download: Cut the Rope: Time Travel (opens in new tab)

Where's my Water? 2

S6 Edge Where's the Water 2

Where's my Water 2 is a physics based puzzle game put out by Disney. Your goal is to trace a path for water to follow down to the drain so a family of Crocodiles can get a shower. It sounds kind of ridiculous, and it is, but it's also a good bit of fun. You'll have to avoid tunnels that drop off the sides of the level, deal with different kinds of water for each different Crocodile, and fill up switches to open up lower parts of each level.

Where's the Water 2

The levels grow increasingly difficult as you go along, particularly once you're dealing with clear water, steam, and polluted water all in the same level. You'll need to collect duckies on each level to unlock each subsequent set of levels, and after you play a level once you'll open up challenges that allow you to replay under different circumstances to get more duckies.

Download: Where's my Water? 2 (opens in new tab)

Best Fiends

Nexus 5X Best Fiends

Best Fiends is a game in which you are attempting to help a slew of forest insects to overthrow the evil sludge that has erupted from a nearby volcano. Your goal is to clear out the sludge, by chaining together items of a particular color. As you play, you'll be able to find multiple insects that will help you on your journey, by attacking the sludge when they have powered up. Spoiler: those power ups are linked to the color of each insect, and are a huge help in clearing each level effectively.

Best Fiends

Unlike match or swap puzzle games, you aren't limited here by a number of items you string together. So long as all the items are the same color, and touch in at least one direction (up, down, left, right, or diagonally) you can connect them. This can lead to some seriously powerful attacks. As you move through the game you'll collect in-game items that allow you to upgrade the insects that are helping you during this journey.

You'll find various bugs that all have a special ability to be used during levels, and considering how frustrating the levels can get it's necessary. If you get grumpy at the main levels the game also gives you side quests for certain insects, and occasionally opens up bonus levels that let you acquire new bugs, or a plethora of in game items.

Download: Best Fiends (opens in new tab)

Cryptica

Nexus 5X Cryptica

Cryptica is an interesting take on a tile puzzle game, one that is sure to drive you just a little bit mad until you get the hang of it. Each level has multiple tiles you will need to move into designated spaces. It sounds pretty easy, until you realize that the tiles will move in tandem. When you move one, you'll move both. So you will need to use the walls and obstacle tiles to rearrange things until you can settle each tile where it is meant to be.

Cryptica

There are four sets of levels in easy, medium, hard, and expert difficulty. You'll need to accumulate enough points to unlock the higher difficulty level sets by playing, and this game doesn't make it easy on you. The game will show you how many steps you've taken in your attempt to unlock each puzzle, and it will grade you on that. When you finish each level you'll see your number of steps, your record number, and the absolute minimum needed to complete the level.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of puzzle games available right now. Each game here is sure to keep you entertained for a while whether you're sitting down to play for an hour, or you just need a distraction for a few minutes. What are your favorite puzzle games? Is there one we should check out? Let us know in the comments!

Jen is a staff writer who spends her time researching the products you didn't know you needed. She's also a fantasy novelist and has a serious Civ VI addiction. You can follow her on Twitter.

23 Comments
  • I love a good sudoku puzzle. I've been using Holoku, formerly a holo styled sudoku app, now updated to material design. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So....they had to change the app's name?
  • You would think so, but no. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You missed Monument Valley! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because it takes 30 minutes to finish that game and walking Ida down the only path possible hardly counts as a brain teasing puzzle.
  • Ok so cut the rope and where's my water are perfect , how about Bounce N Bang : https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F...
  • Threes, world of goo Posted via Android Central App
  • World of Goo is amazing, but its a game for be played in maybe a tablet or a PC
  • MMshafiei1st@gmail.com Posted via the Android Central App
  • A link to cryptica would have been nice...but...¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Posted via the Android Central App
  • If you like Sudoku style puzzle game and don't mind an extremely basic user interface, I recommend the free Simon Tatham's Puzzles. There are a lot of great games in there, with a wide range of difficulties.
  • I would like to say that "The Room" and "The Room 2" are also an amazing graphical puzzle system that provides some good amount of fun in three dimensional space.
  • And now The Room 3 :) Pretty addictive... but to another user's point, these seem to be less time-consuming games... something The Room series isn't. But it IS an awesome game to pick up if you're a fan of puzzles and brain teasers.
  • My favourite is "2048". Posted via the Android Central App
  • Currently hooked on Unblock Me and Forest Home. Posted via TCP/IP
  • I love "Best fiends", great game!
  • Atomas is quite good. A periodic table based game where you combine matching elements to make bigger elements, e.g 2 hydrogen to make a helium. It's similar to Threes or 2048 in that respect, but based on a circle instead of a grid. Great to just pick up and put down whenever you have a moment. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Really liked this game until I got good enough to regularly get to element 20 or so. That's when I realized that almost all of the element names were wrong past that point, which really disappointed me when it was such a basic thing to screw up. Yes, it doesn't really change the game mechanics, but here I was thinking that I was learning element numbers...
  • for everyone who loves sudoku I recomend game Real Kakuro. It's amazing! :)
  • I am a fan of Fling!... though, it has been a couple years since an update... FYI, careful doing a search for this, your work filters may not like the results. lol
  • I've been enjoying Hitman Go and Lara Croft Go.
    For a quick hit, I love Infinite Loop: https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F...
  • It's not a puzzle game, and it's not for Android (and frankly it NEVER actually existed), but you missed the best game out there: Desert Bus. http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/desert-bus-the-very-worst-video-g...
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