Best Android Puzzle Games Android Central 2020

Smartphone touchscreen controls offer a unique opportunity for puzzle game developers. Our pocket devices are uniquely suited for clever puzzle games because they're easy to pick up and play whenever you have a few free moments. If you're looking for a game to test your brain, check some of these out.

Beautiful and haunting: The Room series

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The Room is a widely celebrated puzzle franchise developed by Fireproof Games for mobile. There are four games in the series that each offer hours of challenging puzzle fun. These games are very reminiscent of point-and-click classic adventure series like Myst and Siberia that you can easily sink many hours into. The latest game in the series is The Room: Old Sins, which we've linked to below, but the whole series is worth checking out if you love a good puzzle.

$5 at Google Play Store

Minimalist joy: Mini Metro

Mini Metro is an award-winning subway simulator that is steeped with puzzle elements. You're tasked with drawing up subway lines that connect the various stations that pop up as your city expands. You need to make sure passengers arrive where they need to go in a timely fashion, which often requires re-drawing your lines to be more efficient. With a brilliant minimalist aesthetic, a responsive soundtrack that's fleshed out by the subway lines you build, and a ton of different game modes to enjoy, you will absolutely fall in love with Mini Metro.

$1 at Google Play Store

Now you're thinking with portals!: Bridge Constructor Portal

Bridge Constructor is a great physics-based puzzle game in its own right, but this spin-off takes the concept and adds in all the wacky elements from Portal and Aperture Laboratories. There are 60 test chambers to complete using portals, along with propulsion and repulsion gels all while avoiding deadly lasers, pits of acid, and sentient turrets. It's an outstanding cross-over title that provides a challenge that will delight fans of Bridge Constructor and Portal alike.

$5 at Google Play Store

A word puzzle institution: NYTimes - Crossword

The New York Times' daily crossword puzzle is arguably one of the most famous ongoing puzzle games of all time, and you can play them all right on your phone — no pencil or pen required — with this free app. To get access to the daily big puzzles you need to be subscribed to the Times, but you do get daily Mini puzzles on a 5x5 board for free. Each puzzle only takes a minute or two to complete but they're really fun and satisfying ways to start your day. Other puzzle packs are also available via in-app purchases.

Free w/IAPs at Google Play Store

Super addictive!: Threes!

Threes! is a fun and surprisingly cute number-based puzzle game where your goal is to swipe around the grid and match like numbers. You have to be strategic because if you fill-up the board and run out of moves it's game over! For a truly unfettered experience, you'll want to buy the full game for no ads or distractions. If you'd prefer to save your money, there's a free-to-play version, but you have to watch ads to earn more plays.

$6 at Google Play Store

Solitaire with a puzzling twist: Twenty48 Solitaire

Twenty48 Solitaire is an excellent mash-up between the 2048 puzzle game and classic Solitaire. It's varied enough to stand out from 2048's tile-swapping gameplay while adding in some of the more satisfying card tricks from Solitaire games. You sett up a row with the right sequence to create a waterfall of cleared cards, which is so satisfying. You need to be strategic about card placement because it's easy to box yourself in. To prevent those situations, you're given a discard pile that you can use twice before you need to clear them out by watching a video ad.

Free w/Ads, IAPs at Google Play Store

For the art: Monument Valley

Monument Valley is an award-winning puzzle game that features outstanding art and sound design. You play as Ida, a princess who must find her way through fantastical structures, which you must manipulate and change to complete the path and help her reach her goal. The controls are simple: tap to move the princess while discovering the different ways you can move the surrounding structures. It's an intuitive experience that forces you to look at things from a different perspective.

$4 at Google Play Store

Colorful chaos: Dissembler

Dissembler is a colorful and relaxing puzzle game that's deceptively simple to play and features fantastic puzzles. It's essentially a tile-swapping match-three game, and each level requires you to flip the tiles to match up colors. It starts nice and easy, with the game laying out basic principles before gradually presenting you with more complex puzzles. There are over 120 puzzles included with no time limits, move limits, ads, or in-app purchases to deal with.

$3 at Google Play Store

Connect the dots: Two Dots

Like all the best puzzle games, Two Dots is simple to learn, difficult to master, and highly addictive. This is the sequel to the wildly popular Dots game, and the objective remains the same: connect as many dots of the same color as you can. The sequel brings new skills to the table, along with 900+ levels to work through. Once you've completed the first 10 levels, which act as a tutorial, Two Dots offers a linear adventure of sorts in Treasure Hunt, and you unlock a new mode called Expedition once you've reached level 35.

Free w/IAPs at Google Play Store

Challenging logic puzzles: Patternz

The best puzzle games are deceptively simple to play while offering a brain-busting challenge. This describes Patternz, a game that has you rotate pieces to create shapes of different sizes. Each puzzle tells you how many shapes to make and how many pieces can be connected for each one. I swear, sometimes the puzzle looks impossible and then suddenly it just comes together. The game is free to play, although you can buy the developer a cup of coffee via an in-app purchase to remove ads.

Free w/IAPs at Google Play Store

MC Esher approved!: hocus.

MC Esher would be damn proud of hocus, a mind-bending, perspective-based puzzle game that is easy to play, challenging to master, and lets you create and play other user-created puzzles. Your goal is to get the cube to the red finish marker as fast and efficiently as you can. There are over 100 official puzzles, which require you to swipe to move a cube around the shape. When you hit an intersection between two paths, you can completely change direction along a different path.

Free at Google Play

That's using your head: Brain It On!

Brain It On! is an addictive physics-based puzzle game that requires you to think outside the box to solve each level. Using your finger or a stylus, you draw lines, shapes, weighted objects, or whatever else you think will solve each screen. Things get progressively challenging and creative as you progress through over 200 levels, with stars awarded for completing the level, finishing under the time limit, and minimizing the number of shapes used to solve.

Free w/IAPs at Google Play Store

Agent 47 is calling…: Hitman GO

Hitman was the first gaming franchise Square Enix converted into its clever GO puzzle format, and it holds up. You play as Agent 47 and must work your way through heavily-guarded compounds using all the same techniques found in the full Hitman games: disguises, distractions, sniper rifles, and of course, 47's iconic Silverballer pistols. There are multiple ways to beat each level, whether you want to be silent and sneaky, or forceful and deadly. You pick what kind of Hitman to be, as you work towards assassinating your main targets.

$1 at Google Play Store

This tomb is filled with puzzles: Lara Croft GO

Tomb Raider's Lara Croft is back in this challenging entry that adds new wrinkles to the turn-based puzzles introduced with Hitman Go. Lara Croft is athletic and adventurous, and her GO game reflects that with puzzles that have her dodging boobytraps and deadly enemies as you work your way through 100 levels split into six chapters. It's an award-winning game that lures you in with its outstanding visuals and keeps you playing with its increasingly challenging puzzles.

$1 at Google Play Store

Cyberpunk puzzles: Deus Ex GO

Deus Ex is the latest franchise to get the GO treatment, and it just might be the best one yet. With visuals that reflect the cyberpunk stylings of Deus Ex, along with new hacking gameplay elements, you play as Adam Jensen who's working to unravel a complicated mystery as you sneak your way through a well-guarded fortress. This one probably features the most fleshed-out storyline of the three. It also features time-limited puzzles along with a level editor, so you can design, share, and play levels from the game's community.

$1 at Google Play Store

Sacrifices must be made: Total Party Kill

Most games that present you with a small party of playable heroes with unique skills challenge you to reach the goal while trying to keep everyone alive. This is not the case in Total Party Kill, where sacrifices must be made and only one hero — either your sword-wielding Knight, ice spell-casting Wizard, or ace archer Ranger — needs to successfully reach the exit of the 60 deadly dungeons presented in this game. Total Party Kill is a must-play game for any fans of retro platformers or quick puzzle games.

Free w/Ads at Google Play Store

Totally trippy, dude: Vectronom

Vectronom is a psychedelic puzzle platformer where you'll need to stick with the beat if you want to succeed and solve each colorful level. The game features intuitive controls for controlling your cube that will have you swiping and tapping in rhythm. The levels are constantly changing in sync with the thumping beat of the music, so you'll need to keep up with the rhythm to avoid falling into traps.

$5.49 at Google Play Store

The most iconic puzzle game: Tetris

Without exception, Tetris is the most iconic puzzle game ever created. This is the new official Tetris app for Android and it offers great touchscreen controls, although only the classic mode is available. There are five fun themes to choose from, including a total throwback to the Game Boy days. All told, this is a pretty pure version of Tetris to enjoy on your phone. It's free to play with ads, but you can remove them with a one-time $5 in-app purchase.

Free w/Ads at Google Play Store

Challenge yourself with a new puzzle game!

Puzzle games are among the best games to play on your phone — though there are lots of other games we love.

Any of the games on this list are well worth the money, but if you want to puzzle for free I'd highly recommend downloading the NYTimes Crossword app for a daily dose of 5x5 Mini crosswords while you enjoy your morning cup of coffee. I'm also a huge fan of Total Party Kill which is another great free-to-play puzzle game with a morbid twist.

If you're down to spend a bit of money, you can't go wrong with The Room series, which are some of the most beautifully-designed games in the entire Play Store and feature hours of puzzle challenges. I also need to shout out Bridge Constructor Portal because it's the perfect crossover between two great games and is probably the closest we'll ever get to a new Portal game.