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1. Monument Valley
If MC Escher designed a mobile game, this would be it. Guide a little princess through a series of buildings with gravity and physics-defying stairways, doorways, and hallways by altering your perspective on the scene. It’s gorgeous, beautifully scored, and racking up awards, like the 2014 iPad Game of the Year, and a 2015 BAFTA, to name a few. $3.99, available for iOS and Android.
Similar to Blockwick, Squarge requires the player to rearrange like colored blocks into rows or columns, but it’s more of a match-three game. The user is up against a timer, and the blocks only move right or left, up and down. There’s also the option to shake the phone as a lifeline of sorts. It’s $0.99 and available for Android.
There’s also the addictive 2048. Popularity spiked a while ago, but it might still be new to many people. The premise is combining boxes with matching number values (2 and 2 turn into a box of 4) with the goal of creating that one last box of 2048. It’s free and available for iOS and Android.
7. The Impossible Letter Game
The Impossible Letter Game requires an eagle eye and a lot of focus. It gives the user a grid of varying sizes made of letters or numbers, like all Zs, or all 5s, but somewhere in there, there’s a confederate. Maybe an F in a grid of hundreds of Es. Sometimes they’re easy to spot, other times… not so much. It’s free and available on iOS and Android.