Puzzle games are perfect for the mobile platform. They utilize minimalist design, exercise your brain, and function incredibly well across all types of devices. Case in point? Even your grandmother’s old flip phone had Tetris way back when! I think it’s safe to say that puzzle games are a mainstay for on-the-go gaming.
If you want to enjoy visually unique and thoughtfully designed titles that transform traditional puzzle mechanics, we’ve got you covered. For this list, we’ve rounded up a diverse mix of the best puzzle games for Android from the last few years. These titles either embrace and refine traditional puzzle elements, take a fresh approach, or bring your favorite AAA experiences to a new format.
Sound like a plan? Here are our ten favorite puzzle games available right now on Android devices.
Top 10 Best Puzzle Games for Android
Please note that there are hundreds of fantastic puzzle games available on Android. These simply represent a mix of the best titles and should be seen as a greatest hits list to get you started.
10. Lara Croft Go
- Developer: Square Enix Montreal
- Release Date: 2015
- File Size: 23 MB
Any of the Go titles are worth checking out (See Hitman Go and Deus Ex Go), but if we had to recommend one it would be Lara Croft Go. Mobile tie-ins for AAA games are a dime a dozen and often play like cheap, throw-away experiences to hype up a new release. But when Lara Croft had a sequel set to release in the mid-2010s, the folks at Square Enix Montreal didn’t settle for a lesser-than experience with Lara Croft Go.
Lara Croft Go brings the high-profile action series to the realm of 2.5D, turn-based puzzle games. The gameplay is incredibly simple but visually striking. You guide Lara between different connection points on a grid to complete various tasks while avoiding enemies and hazards. As you progress, new one-off items and enemies are introduced, and the difficulty and complexity of the maps increase to challenge your puzzle-solving skills.
Lara Croft Go represents one of the most refined Android puzzle games on the Play Store with over 40 levels and purchasable bonus maps to explore.
9. Total Party Kill
- Developer: Adventure Islands
- Release Date: 2019
- File Size: 26 MB
Sometimes to succeed, sacrifices must be made. And in the case of Total Party Kill, that means sacrificing members of your party to traverse and escape precarious situations. Each character comes equipped with unique abilities that you must put to good use (and in the right order) to succeed.
Total Party Kill embraces a nostalgic 16-bit art style and recently added a time trial mode, updated soundtrack, and new levels. A unique take on the traditional dungeon crawler, Total Party Kill is a funny, quirky, and challenging puzzler that’s perfect for bite-sized play sessions.
8. All That Remains: Part 1
- Developer: Glitch Games
- Release Date: 2017
- File Size: 12 MB
You wake up in a fallout bunker, unsure of how you got there. A familiar voice radios you, as your sister (in a similar situation) explains that you’ve both been locked up! Now it’s up to you to comb through the environment, solve puzzles, and uncover clues to escape and find her before it’s too late for both of you.
If you’re a fan of escape rooms or point and click adventures, you’ll definitely want to check out All That Remains. Developer Glitch Games is no stranger to the genre and cranks up the intensity and mystery-solving with their latest title. All That Remains is worth getting invested in with dedicated cut scenes, truly challenging environmental puzzles, and a follow-up adventure to release in the near future.
7. Bridge Constructor Portal
- Developer: ClockStone
- Release Date: 2017
- File Size: 88 MB
Fans of Valve’s Portal franchise have been clamoring for a sequel since the release of Portal 2, way back in 2011. In traditional Valve fashion, the chances of a true sequel seem very slim, but we did get a follow-up of sorts with Bridge Constructor Portal. Set in the Portal universe, Bridge Constructor ditches the first-person puzzle rooms of past games for an engineering simulator that wraps in the characters, mechanics, and environments from the series.
You’re tasked by GlaDOS to design, construct, and test bridges capable of getting one or more shipments across a level. While the goal is simply to get one across, the more that make it, the better you rank within each level. And while there’s no building limit, each item has a monetary value that you have to budget and allocate when building.
The game features the tried and true humor of the Portal franchise as well as franchise favorites such as Sentry Turrets, propulsion and repulsion gels, and plenty of other familiar elements. While it may not be the next true sequel in the Portal franchise, it’s still a fun adventure in the world of Aperture.
- Developer: Loju
- Release Date: 2017
- File Size: Varies
Time is both your enemy and ally in this challenging puzzler, where you work to guide a group of astronauts to safety. Rather than being fully defined environments, each level encapsulates a specific moment in time. Your goal within each is simple: guide each astronaut to a particular exit that matches their color before time runs out.
Where the unique nature of this puzzler comes into play is the addition of time travel once you’ve completed a level. You can send yourself back in time to help your past selves improve your completion time, solve paradoxes, and find overall better solutions.
Causality is an exciting puzzle game with countless hours of time-bending content. We highly recommend it to puzzle players looking for a challenge.
5. Twofold inc.
- Developer: Grapefrukt Games
- Release Date: 2016
- File Size: 28 MB
From the developer that brought you the well-renowned realtime strategy game Rymdkapsel comes a unique take on the color match puzzler. Introducing Twofold Inc.
Hiding under the bold, colorful, and minimal design of Twofold inc. is a challenging game all about sliding and building color chains that can be removed with a single swipe. Hop into the game and enjoy the elegant acoustic soundtrack across three different modes, including Standard, Master, and Endless Challenge Mode. Twofold inc. provides plenty of playtime with just a single purchase and is sure to keep you entertained for hours.
4. Mini Metro
- Developer: Dinosaur Polo Club
- Release Date: 2016
- File Size: Varies
Have you ever thought that transit map designs would make for a great video game? Yeah, we haven’t either, but that didn’t stop the team at Dinosaur Polo Club from doing just that. In Mini Metro, your goal is to develop the infrastructure of over 20 different real-life cities by establishing and refining various types of transit lines.
You start with just three railway stations that are represented by differently shaped nodes. From there, you establish connections between them that are shown with unique colors to help you keep track. Seems pretty simple, right? Well, it becomes more complicated when additional stations pop up, travelers have different needs, and the city expands.
Mini Metro is a complex game wrapped in a minimalist aesthetic as you work to keep your new city as efficient as possible. Using a responsive soundtrack, you can enjoy hours of play with unique experiences across multiple modes. Try Normal Mode for a quick and easy game, Endless Mode for a relaxing experience, Extreme to test your planning skills, or just jump into the Daily Mode for new challenges.
3. Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle
- Developer: Blue Wizard Digital
- Release Date: 2018
- File Size: 97 MB
Who would have thought that puzzle games could be so gruesome and deadly? Well, the good folks at Blue Wizard Digital sure did with an excellent follow-up to their equally great 1980’s slasher based puzzler, Slayaway Camp.
In Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle, you take control of the iconic Jason Voorhees, as you navigate an isometric map to directly or indirectly take out your victims. Pulling in various locations from across the Friday the 13th franchise, it’s a nostalgia-fueled challenge that keeps you coming back with new weapons and skins that you can unlock across hundreds of maps.
With character designs reminiscent of 3D modeled South Park characters, you can embrace R rated gore or opt for a family-friendly PG experience as you map out your killing spree. It’s a fun, challenging, and rewarding mobile title that embraces the full history of the franchise, both the horrifying and campy. It’s a perfect title for horror and puzzle fans alike.
- Developer: Jason Roberts
- Release Date: 2018
- File Size: 96 MB
Like most of what Annapurna Interactive publishes, Gorogoa isn’t just a game — it’s an experience meant to convey emotion and feeling. Developed by just one individual over six years, Gorogoa features 1,000s of meticulously hand-drawn illustrations that you observe, alter, and combine within a 2×2 grid to uncover solutions. But it isn’t just another puzzle game. Instead, the silent story found in Gorogoa is just as important as the challenging gameplay.
You experience the journey of a small boy that continues all the way through his life in pursuit of a divine beast. It explores themes of war, peace, rebirth, and reflection with a combination of elegant imagery and complex puzzle elements. It’s a game worth experiencing, even if you don’t typically enjoy point-and-click style adventure games.
1. Monument Valley
- Developer: Ustwo Games
- Release Date: 2014
- File Size: 36 MB
Monument Valley incorporates much of what makes each game on this list so great. It perfectly utilizes the strengths of mobile gaming to create a captivating and challenging experience perfectly suited for an on-the-go platform. You’ll want to be sure that you have some high-quality headphones to capture the beautiful and rhythmic sounds produced as you play.
Influenced by the work of M.C. Escher, Monument Valley introduces a stunning visual style and innovative gameplay mechanics. Your goal is to work your way through impossible architectural designs, altering, flipping, and interacting with various optical illusions. It’s an incredible journey across a beautiful land that’ll have you yearning for more.
Overall, Monument Valley is one of the best puzzle games for Android in 2021.