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Candy Crush

If You Like Candy Crush, These Games are a Perfect Match

Do you love the matching action that Candy Crush offers, but could even go for something different? Then you should check out these other match-three puzzle games, as they are bound to keep you occupied for minutes or hours.

Swap Out Candy Crush

Candy Crush lets you swap candies to make matches. That style is present in many games, and here are a few direct alternatives to Candy Crush.

Swapperoo

Swap tiles to make matches in this unique puzzle game with colorful twists.

Swapperoo

Swap To Make Matches

For those who like games that require thinking ahead.

Swapperoo brings fun twists to the matching game genre that make it a pleasure to play. The challenges of matching shiny stars and giant eyes as well as the armored tiles and those with a move limit keep the game fresh with every level. The jazzy background music adds a nice touch and the sound effects are lively.

Why we love it

For puzzle fans, Swapperoo is a great addition to your game list. With enjoyable objectives to meet, the game will challenge your puzzle-solving skills while entertaining you with snappy music. Swapperoo is also available for Apple TV and a must-have for puzzle fanatics.

Disney Emoji Blitz – Lion King

A Match-3 game with a fun twist

Disney Emoji Blitz – Lion King

Time to start

For Disney fans who love to play Match-3 games.

From The Muppets to Monster's Inc and more, there's an emoji for everyone in the game. Gamers can blast the board with super powers and fun combos. You can also play missions to boost the score and earn different prizes. Gamers can even challenge friends' high scores.

Why we love it

The combination of Match-3, Disney, and emojis is definitely a hard one to beat. Even if you're not a fan of other games like Candy Crush, the ability to unlock Disney-themed emoji should keep most players coming back for more.

Cascade: Fun Spin and Match Puzzle Game

Slots meets match-three.

Cascade: Fun Spin and Match Puzzle Game

Spin and line them up

For those who like slots and match three, as this game combines them both.

Cascase is a unique match-three game because it makes use of a spinning slot system rather than just going and making swaps on the board. Spin for your gems, line them up and match them to clear them out of the board and rack up the points. It's a fun and interesting new take on the genre and it is sure to delight everyone.

Why we love it

Rather than go with the traditional swapping gameplay, Cascade makes use of a spinning slot system for matches. It is different, and breathes new life into a tried-and-true genre.

Bejeweled Stars

Swap gems until you reach the stars in this fun take on a match-three classic.

Bejeweled Stars

Complete level missions

For those who enjoy match-three games.

Bejeweled Stars is a fun, colorful, and exciting take on the classic Bejeweled game. Being able to create magic powers is definitely what sets this one aside from its predecessors. Little extras like completing constellations for rewards and collecting charm sets to suit your style are nifty add-ons that just add to the experience.

Why we love it

Bejeweled Stars is a shiny match-three game from Electronic Arts with the same classic Bejeweled gameplay, but with some exciting twists thrown in with it. Collect SkyGems to create your own special powers, fill constellations with stars to earn rewards, and express your style with unique charms.

Bejeweled Classic

Bejeweled Classic is the one-and-only.

Bejeweled Classic

Classic match-three

For those who want the original match three in all its glory.

Bejeweled Classic is a staple puzzle game for all devices, and that applies to iOS especially. This is the latest full version of Bejewled and features seven different game modes that all have their own unique style and gameplay concepts, but remain true to the match-three formula. How high of a score can you get?

Why we love it

Bejeweled is the match-three game that started it all, and it is still a fantastic game even now. With plenty of different game modes in this version, you're bound to lose a few hours a day to it.

Candy Crush Soda Saga

Soda goes great with some Candy Crush.

Candy Crush Soda Saga

Match 3 candies to clear them

For those who enjoy match 3, or the original candy crush, and want more.

Candy Crush Soda Saga is a followup to the original Candy Crush Saga. This version features more of the challenging puzzle gameplay of the original, but with some new and interesting game mechanics thanks to the magicla power of soda and fizz. Make matches, rack up points, fulfill goals, and earn stars as you climb to the top of the leaderboards and reach impossible levels. This is a must for any Candy Crush Saga fans or those who want a fun time waster.

Why we love it

Candy Crush Saga has made quite an impact on the mobile game industry, and it's hard to ignore. Once you get a taste of how fun Candy Crush Soda Saga is, it will be hard to put down.

Futurama: Game of Drones

A match-four featuring your favorite Futurama characters.

Futurama: Game of Drones

Futurama is back

Futurama: Game of Drones is the Futurama mobile game we've been waiting for. Complete objectives on levels by matching at least four drones or more, do battle with spy drones, clear toxic waste, destroy boxes, and much more as you join the Planet Express crew on otherwise mundane tasks throughout the universe.

Why we love it

It is Futurama and match-four gameplay — it's perfect for fans of the show and genre.

Angry Birds Match

Collect more than 50 Hatchlings for the perfect party

Angry Birds Match

Match the toys, goodies, and trinkets for the Hatchlings

In order to gather the Hatchlings and the stuff they want for their party, you'll have to do some heavy-duty matching. Donuts, popsicles, and pieces of cake are definitely on the menu, so you'll find yourself trying to match the yummy treats. Unfortunately, it's not as easy as all that. The Pigs have done their best to make life miserable for the Birds and their Hatchlings since day one, and Angry Birds Match is no exception. You'll find that the pigs have put mud and glass blocks in the way, so you'll need to get rid of them by matching. You can clear glass blocks either by matching next to them, or by sending big birds crashing through them. Match enough items at a time, and you'll get Chuck, Red or Bomb on hand to help. Red can smash through a single line of blocks or trinkets, either clearing the space or gathering the items. Chuck clears tiles in an X, and Bomb takes out a wide swath of glass blocks, mud patches, pigs, or collectibles. You'll find Hatchlings along the way, bring them to the party, and help them get the right outfit on. In return, they'll reward you with a key to a treasure chest. Those treasure chests will give you things to help your matching game, like extra lives or gems.

Why we love it

This isn't your typical matching game, and you'll see some serious challenges pop up. It sounds easy to "Pop the Pigs" and "Clear All Mud," but then the level opens up and it's not all fun and games. With the glass blocks getting in the way, and the pigs moving around, matching becomes a real challenge. You'll need to keep your strategy shifting constantly as the level changes, and make the most of the big birds when you get them. This is a seriously fun game, but it's a big challenge. Most of the time, you'll only have a certain number of moves to finish a level. If you fail, you can buy five more turns for gems, but try not to have to do that! Along the way, you'll collect Boosters to help you out, but those are later in the game. Remember, if you match at least four items, one of the Angry Birds will come out to help, so try to match as many as you can. If you connect the game with Facebook, you can even synchronize your progress across devices. This is terrific if you like to play on your iPhone when you're out and about, but on your iPad when you get back home. Just remember, like the game description says, there are critical levels of cuteness in store for you as you rescue the Hatchlings. You've been warned.

Match Three In New Ways

There are other ways to make matches of three. You can connect lines, merge tiles, stack blocks, and more. All of these games are still match three, but go beyond swapping items to make matches.

twofold inc.

Create a path by unraveling tiles in this challenging puzzler.

twofold inc.

Shift the lines

For those who like fresh puzzle ideas that combine familiar mechanics for new challenge.

Twofold inc. is an interesting puzzle game made enjoyable by the acoustic soundtrack and little alien guide. It has the right amount of challenge, attractive visuals, and fun sound effects.

Why we love it

If you like challenging puzzle games, then Twofold inc. is definitely worth your time. It is fresh, unique, and a great game to sink your teeth into.

Cubis Creatures: Match 3 Games

Slide, stack, and crack colorful cubes in this addictive puzzler.

Cubis Creatures: Match 3 Games

Tons of levels

For those who want to make matches vertically as well as horizontally.

Cubis is a match-three with a different perspective. Players will need to slide, stack, and crack vivid cubes and make matches to rack up the points and clear stages. In addition to the single player campaign mode, there are daily challenge tournaments as well, so you can compete with players from all over the globe. Make use of explosive power-ups to clear the space and get through stages faster. There's plenty of reason to keep coming back to Cubis.

Why we love it

Unlike many other match-three games, Cubis has an angled, 3-D top-down perspective that adds some new flair to the genre. Plus, having to slide, stack, and crack through cubes in a 3-D space makes for some interesting and challenging gameplay.

Domino Drop

Make them drop.

Domino Drop

Domino drop tails mode

For those who like relaxing puzzle games with matching ideas.

Domino Drop is a soothing puzzle game where you must drop the dominoes onto the board and match the like-colored pieces together. With no way to rotate them, the game may look simple, but it's much more challenging than you think. There are also three game modes that are bound to keep you busy for a long time to come.

Why we love it

It’s for fans of casual logic-based puzzle games.

Triple Town - Fun & addictive puzzle matching game

Triple Town is a matching puzzle game about building the greatest town there ever was.

Triple Town - Fun & addictive puzzle matching game

Match resources

For those who want a charming blend of match three and city building.

The game is a match-three puzzler where the objective is to build the biggest and best town you can build with the resources that you have. While it sounds easy, there are the pesky but adorable bears that are out to get you, so watch out!

Why we love it

Triple Town is a cute puzzle game that makes you think before you match. It also shows that you can have adorable bears that are up to no good.

Lynk.

A path drawing puzzle game with a variety of mechanics.

Lynk.

Complex puzzles

In terms of visuals, Lynk is as barebones as it gets. It's super minimal with just basic lines and geometric shapes set against a black background. If you're into simple and clean designs, then Lynk should be appealing in terms of graphics. Everything is rendered in 2D, so there's nothing too fancy. However, despite the simplicity, there's mesmerizing particle effects that are fun to watch as you successfully solve the puzzles. Since everything's set against a black background, the vibrant colors provide nice contrast. Animations are smooth and fluid, so there was no lag on my iPhone 7. While the game does not have a background soundtrack, there are soothing sound effects as you draw and make the links. Even though the game's audio and visual design is fairly basic, it works out well for what it is. Like other puzzle games, Lynk is level-based. Players must go through each stage one-by-one in chronological order. The game does not provide you with a tutorial or hints, so it's all up to the player to discover the rules and mechanics of Lynk on their own. The goal is pretty straightforward: connect the blue circles together, while getting all of the other objects and avoiding obstacles in the process. Oh, and your line can't cross over itself, so you'll have to be careful! Fortunately, the game doesn't penalize you for messing up, so it's rather relaxing. Lynk evolves over the 130 levels it provides in the initial download, so you learn the objectives as you go. Controls in Lynk are simple and intuitive. To connect the blue circles, just draw a line with your finger from one to the other. Things start off easy enough, but then you'll have walls and mazes to maneuver through, green squares to collect, and more. Eventually, you'll also get red circles, but the only way to connect them is to connect the blue ones first, as the red ones mimic the blue line. This is trickier than it seems, because walls and other obstacles stand in the way, but it's entirely possible to have multiple solutions to a puzzle.

Imago - Transformative Puzzle Game

Merge blocks to make them evolve and achieve a high score.

Imago - Transformative Puzzle Game

Drag pieces to merge them

For those who like matching, but want a new twist for all new puzzle challenge.

Imago has wonderful visuals and amazing sounds. The gameplay is challenging but enjoyable once you get the hang of it. With Game Center support you can earn great achievements and climb your way up the leaderboards for some added fun.

Why we love it

If you enjoy scoring puzzle games that bring a challenge, then check out Imago. Merge your pieces wisely and your score will soar. But, be careful not to get gridlocked.

YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble

A bouncy and fun puzzle game.

YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble

Connect and pop

Wibble Wobble is a matching puzzle game that features the yokai from the popular 3DS game, Yo-Kai Watch. Connect your yokai to grow them into bigger forms, then pop them to attack the enemy yokai. Defeat them and there is a chance to befriend them so they join your army. Choose your favorite yokai for your team and defeat bosses and climb the leaderboards. It's a bubbly and charming puzzle game that will delight fans of all ages.

Why we love it

It is a fun and challenging puzzle game that features Yo-Kai Watch characters.

Laps - Fuse

A match and merge game with action based timing mechanic.

Laps - Fuse

Match and merge

Visually, Laps - Fuse features a simple and clean design that feels elegant and minimal. The game is in 2-D, but because of the depth and texture of the circular board and rotating circle knobs, it feels more like 2.5-D. There’s a rich navy blue background that helps make the colored circles pop, and there are some fun bubbly effects that occur when matches happen. All animations in Laps - Fuse are buttery smooth and fluid, with no issues of lag on my iPhone 7. There’s also a soothing ambient soundtrack that is a pleasure to listen to, and the effervescent sound effects are just fun. There are two game modes in Laps - Fuse. The Normal mode gives players a set amount of “laps” around a circle to make matches and merge numbers together. Once the last lap finishes up, then the round is over (unless you choose to continue by watching an ad) and your score gets tallied up. Your final score is determined by the number of matches you made, combos, and higher number values equal to more points. Each round you play gets you experience points, and you’ll “level up” after getting enough to fill the gauge. When you advance in rank, normal mode receives more laps, giving you an opportunity to get better scores and have longer games. Once you reach level 12, you’ll unlock “Endless Mode.” In Endless, players will just match-and-merge until the board fills up and there’s no space for any more matches. The Endless Mode can also be unlocked through an in-app purchase of $2.99. As you play, it’s possible to earn a multiplier bonus for quick matches and merges. If you’re able to fill up the bar at the top before it disappears, then the multiplier increases. If you fail to do so, then it resets. Controls in Laps - Fuse are simple and allow the game to be played entirely with one hand. It’s also a test of your hand-eye coordination, which I like. The gameplay is simple: a numbered, colored circle will rotate around the larger, circular grid with spots for the numbered pieces to go into. When you tap on the screen, that rotating circle launches in a line towards the center, and fills up a node. You have to match three like-numbered circles together in order for it them to merge into the next number, which is always double the previous one. So it goes from 1 to 2, then 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, and so on. This number merging concept definitely reminds me of Threes!, but the circular matching mechanic makes it different enough to be worth checking out. When matches get made in the game and combos happen quickly, then the highest value gets pulled towards the center, and you repeat the process. It’s a straightforward gameplay mechanic, but Laps - Fuse has high replay value, because you’ll have plenty of reason to come back and beat your score while leveling up.

Color Magnet

Color Magnet is a unique puzzle game because it adds a fresh new concept to the traditional match-three formula that we all know and love.

Color Magnet

Classic with a twist

Visually, Color Magnet features a minimalist aesthetic that is pleasing to the eyes. The game appears in 2-D throughout, but there’s a slight depth to the tiles due to the perspective, so it pops out a bit more than you’d expect. There’s two color modes: Day and Night. Day features a grayish, off-white background with a soft, pastel-like color scheme that stands out well. Night features a pitch black background with brighter and more vibrant hues that provide excellent contrast. When tiles get cleared out, there’s a subtle explosion to go along with it, and the particle effects are fun to watch. Animations are smooth and fluid with no lag on my iPhone 7. To top it all off, there’s a quirky and catchy jazz-like soundtrack, which I found to be soothing. The clicking sound effects are fun to hear too. There are three game modes in Color Magnet: Classic, Universal, and Puzzle. Classic Mode gives players five turns per level (at which another row comes in from the top) and you must shoot both magnets and locked blocks. Universal grants three turns per level, and you only get to shoot magnet blocks. Plus, everyone who plays this mode gets the same sequence of blocks, so it’s almost like a daily challenge. Puzzle allows players to choose the color magnets that they want to use in order to clear the board. This mode involves the most thinking, because you want to clear everything in one shot. Controls in Color Magnet are simple enough: just drag your finger along the bottom of the screen to move the next tile and align it with the column that you want to shoot it into. Color magnets will change the color of blocks in between the magnet and another color block in the row or column. To get matches and clear out tiles, you need at least five of one color to make them pop off. Locked blocks change to a random color if they’re between two color magnets, and cross blocks will stop any color changes going past them and can’t match. Your clusters of like-colored blocks can be both horizontal and vertical, with bigger groups causing chain reactions that lead to more points. The more chain reactions and combos you can pull off, the more points you earn. When the tiles cross the threshold at the bottom of the screen, that means it’s game over. Your score depends on how many tiles you’ve cleared out, and combos reward more points. Color Magnet features leaderboards so you can compete with friends and other players all over the globe. There’s also achievements that keep you coming back for more.

Windin

The added element of wind keeps things fresh and interesting throughout this match-three game, and you never know what's coming next, which just adds to the challenge.

Windin

Rack up points

Visually, Windin has some gorgeous minimalist graphics for a casual puzzle. While it looks like it’s 2-D at first, because of the depth that the two layers of game pieces provides, it’s more 3-D than what you may originally think. Plus, the shadowing on each piece makes everything pop out more, and the angled perspective for everything (including the backdrop) makes it easy to see it all in a single glance. The color palette in Windin features a nice mix of soft pastels and bolder hues, and it’s easy to tell everything apart from each other. The gem tiles are shiny and appealing to the eyes, kind of like mesmerizing pieces of (eye) candy. The game has an upbeat and quirky soundtrack in the background that is rather soothing, and helps you focus on making precise moves. The sound effects are fairly realistic as well, which is a nice touch. Overall, as the developer’s first release so far, they’ve done an excellent job with Windin’s cutesy visual style and sound design. There’s only one game mode in Windin, but honestly it’s all you need since the game is more of a high score chaser, and it’s similar to Tetris. Plus, this game is perfect for bite-sized breaks throughout the day. At the moment, Windin’s game mode is basically just see how high of a score you can get before you run out of space on the game board. The objective is to match up like-colored gems, either horizontally or vertically, in groups of at least three or more. The larger the match, the more points you get for each piece. You can also match top pieces with adjacent pieces that are on the bottom level. You also rack up more points for multiple matches in one turn, such as cascades (when you match both the top and bottom layers in a single turn) and combos. However, since each piece is a stack of two, you’ll need to plan ahead, especially since the direction of the wind changes each turn and will blow the top piece into an empty space after you place them on the board. It sounds easy enough at first, but the wind is rather unpredictable and is definitely a challenging obstacle, though it can also work to your advantage at times. Controls in Windin are a simple affair. For each turn, you have two varying game pieces at the bottom. You must drag them onto the game board with your finger, and once you release your finger, the game piece will stay in the empty space that you place it on top of, if available. If you make a mistake, you can use the “Undo” button that appears where the second game piece was, but you are limited to three undos per round. Once you place both pieces onto the game board, the wind will blow and the top piece of the gems that you placed will blow over, as long as there’s an empty space. You can tell what direction the wind will blow by observing the arrow in the campfire on top of the board. While the controls work out well enough, I did find it a little annoying that the game automatically moves the game piece to the bottom of the board the moment your finger touches it, and has a target crosshair that tells you where the piece is going to go. I can see why this is done, because then your finger is not going to cover up the piece and you can see where it’s going, but it has led me to accidentally place a piece in a wrong spot because I was thinking it would be going where my thumb is instead. There are also power-ups that you can get in the game, but you’ll have to reach a certain point threshold to unlock them before they’re available to use. There are four available at the moment, and you will need to reach 2500, 5000, 10000, and 25000 points to get them, respectively. They do things like change the wind direction, turn a stack of gems upside down, break gems, and can turn selected gems into Rainbow Gems, which match with any color. If you are impatient and want to unlock these boosts now, then they will cost $0.99 a pop, except for the Rainbow one, which is $2.99.