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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

A Match-3 game with a fun twist

Disney Emoji Blitz

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.

Gummy Lab - Match 3

Gummy Lab is a juicy new match-three puzzle game with a twist.

Gummy Lab - Match 3

Match-three to win

For those who like a little action with their match making.

If you like cute graphics and sound effects in your match-three games, then Gummy Lab is perfect. It also has some special twists to make the game more challenging, and there is plenty of content.

Why we love it

Gummy Lab differentiates itself from the crowd by adding things like paths that the gummies travel on, so more thought is required in making your matches. There are also plenty of objectives, swag, and Super Gummies to use to meet your goals.

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.

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.

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.

Angry Birds Blast

Tap and match colorful balloons to free birds and pop piggies

Angry Birds Blast

Tap to match

For fans of tap-to-match games and the Angry Birds franchise

In Angry Birds Blast, the titular furious fowl have been trapped inside colorful balloons by the bad piggies. As the player, you have to tap to match at least two balloons of the same color to set them free before hogs turn their eggs into omelets. The game includes more than 250 levels and dares you to earn three stars in every level, probably with the help of a variety of ballon-bursting boosters that may be unlocked by making special matches. Angry Birds Blast also features daily missions with rewards and Facebook integration allowing you to challenge your friends and get help from them.

Why we love it

Angry Birds Blast is far from an original game, what with its significant similarity to Candy Crush Saga and its use of widely familiar characters. But it still offers hours of puzzling fun with the high quality of gameplay, graphics, and sounds that players have come to expect from the Angry Birds franchise.

Blyss

Look no further for puzzle bliss

Blyss

Find your zen

Anyone who likes relaxing puzzles, especially about connecting and clearing out lines.

Blyss is a puzzle game about connecting the dots and clearing them out. Just trace your finger on the blocks to connect the blips, but make sure that they're in groups of at least three and no more than four, because otherwise it won't count. Some blocks have multiple dots on them, so they'll leave some dots behind even if you connect them, and will remain that way until there are no more dots left on the tiles. You'll have to think strategically to clear them out without making a mistake. Get coins as you play to unlock new themes and soothing music tracks for them, and solve enough puzzles to get the other two game modes available. Blyss is pure puzzle bliss.

Why we love it

Blyss features a gorgeous aesthetic and captivating ambient tunes for each theme. The gameplay is challenging but relaxing at the same time.

makenines

Make Nines to Win in This Challenging, Ambient Logic Puzzle

makenines

Challenging puzzles

For anyone who likes numbers, logic, and puzzles.

Makenines (Free) by Force of Habit is an ambient logic game about the number nine. Even if you’re not a math person, but just get a kick out of logic puzzles, then makenines is worth a look, especially as it’s free with a unique pay-what-you-want system, like a tip jar. Regardless of whether you decide to pay or not, makenines is a fun and challenging puzzle game that makes you think, so it will appeal to fans of the genre. It is similar to other games out there, such as Noda (http://appadvice.com/review/quickadvice-noda), Threes! (http://appadvice.com/review/quickadvice-threes), Divide By Sheep (http://appadvice.com/review/divide-by-sheep), and The Mesh (http://appadvice.com/review/the-mesh). Even though I did relatively well in math classes while in school, I was never particularly fond of it. Math was not too difficult for me (with some exceptions), but as I went to school mainly for the liberal arts side of things, I’ll admit I got a bit lazy when it came to mathematics. As a writer, I don’t deal with math too often, so I got rusty. But I’m a huge sucker for puzzle games, so even if numbers are involved, I’ll give it a go anyway. And since I’m actually going back to school for computer programming, refreshing my brain with math-related things is not a bad thing. Even with all of the hubbub around here lately with the release of new iPhones, Apple Watches, and their respective software updates, I’ve been finding time to sit down with makenines, and it’s definitely worth a look. Visually, makenines sports a gorgeous, minimalistic look and feel that reminds me of Threes, except with much more color. The dark black and gray houndstooth background is nice and subtle, with some fantastic animations as you go through the game’s menus and level selection screens. The number tiles themselves are colorful with various pastel shades, and the other types of tiles are easily distinguishable from the rest due to their color (gray) and special symbols. Even though makenines appears to be flat, there’s a bit of depth added due to the angle of the tiles, as well as shadows. All animations, like when you go through the level selection screen to combining tiles in each puzzle, are buttery smooth and fluid, and there is no lag on my iPhone 6s Plus. The game also comes with an captivating, atmospheric soundtrack that is rather calming, so it will help you focus on finding the solutions for every puzzle. Overall, I’m impressed with the quality of the visuals and sound for makenines, especially since it’s such a divergent path for the developers, who are known for the popular Toast Time (http://appadvice.com/review/quickadvice-toast-time) game. At the moment, makenines has three difficulty levels: Easy, Medium, and Hard, and all of these have 20 puzzles each. The greatest thing is the fact that you can start wherever you want, and you can also play the levels out of order, since everything is available to you from the get-go. The goal of the game is simple enough: clear the board of all number tiles by combining the tiles so that they make nine. It sounds easy enough, but things get more challenging as you progress — think of the game like sudoku, as it is a process of elimination. And while there are no hints at all in the game (like a true challenge), you can undo and redo moves as many times as you need, or just restart the puzzle without any penalties. Once all of the tiles have been cleared out, you can move directly to the next puzzle or go pick your own. There is also a set of daily casual puzzles for those who prefer something new every day. So how do you play makenines? It’s rather elementary. Each board will be filled with number tiles that are not nine, so your job is to combine tiles until they equal nine to clear them off from the board. To do this, just slide your finger on a tile to make it move up, down, left, or right into an adjacent number tile. In the beginning, the patterns are pretty easy to spot, but the puzzles get trickier as you go, so you have to spot the patterns before you make your move. There will be different tiles introduced, which include: slides, pushers, exchangers, rotators, and stacks. But these are all implemented at a fairly gradual pace, so it’s never overwhelming. During the little downtime I have nowadays, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying makenines. It is reminiscent of Threes, but that’s not a bad thing considering the different gameplay mechanics, and the fact that it is level-based. It’s great that it’s not linear, so you can dive into the good stuff right away, and having daily puzzles is nice for variety. I’ll be keeping makenines around on my devices for a while, and I think it’s worth contributing a few bucks to the developer for continued support and even more content in the future. I highly recommend giving makenines a try if you’re a fan of logic puzzles and don’t mind numbers. You can find makenines on the App Store as a universal download for your iPhone and iPad for free (http://getapp.cc/app/1143920874) with a pay-what-you-want system.

Why we love it

makenines is beautiful with the simple visuals and the music is calming. The gameplay is unique and challenging with new mechanics introduced gradually, and you can play at your own pace.

LUMINES PUZZLE & MUSIC

Match Tiles to the Beat in Lumines Puzzle & Music

LUMINES PUZZLE & MUSIC

Flashy new graphics

For anyone who likes Lumines or musical puzzle games.

Lumines Puzzle & Music ($2.99) by mobcast inc. is the new mobile version of the classic PSP title, and it’s been rebuilt from the ground up. If you were a fan of the original Lumines (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumines) games, or just enjoy Tetris (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetris)-like puzzle games, then this new Lumines title is a perfect fit for you. As I was going through high school, I remember scrounging up whatever extra money I could spare from my retail job to save up for handheld video game systems, such as the Nintendo Game Boy Advance and Sony PlayStation Portable. I’ve been exposed to video games as a young kid, but my love for games bloomed after I met my boyfriend in high school, so I began to buy the games I’ve wanted to play since then. I remember getting my very first PSP in the early 2000s, not too long after the PSP originally came out. I’ve heard of Lumines back then but I don’t believe I picked up a copy since I got my PSP after the launch, but I remember playing Lumines Mobile (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumines#Sequels_and_follow-ups) (original release in 2006) back when I went through many different kinds of cell phones. I was definitely not the best at Lumines, but I always had a blast playing it because it reminds me of Tetris, except it’s much prettier and has fantastic music. Now, about 10 years later, Lumines is back on mobile as Lumines Puzzle & Music, and it’s better than ever before. Visually speaking, Lumines Puzzle & Music is stunningly gorgeous. If you’ve played Lumines before, then you’ll feel right at home with the bright and vivid puzzle pieces (that change depending on skins), avatars, beautiful backdrops, crazy artwork for songs, and explosive, dynamic light effects that are hypnotic to watch. And if you’ve never played a Lumines title before, it may feel a little overwhelming at first, but you’ll instantly get hooked after a few rounds and watch the magic happen. Not only does Lumines Puzzle & Music look great, it also has a great soundtrack to play to. Lumines has always been about the music, as well as the puzzle aspect, so you’ll find this title to be jam-packed with amazing dance tracks that are immersive and engaging. As you put the game pieces in their place and make matches, you’ll watch a mesmerizing harmony happen between the visuals and music, and every match plays a sound that goes along with the beat. The key behind being good at Lumines is to play along in a rhythm, so this will take some time and practice if you’ve never played before. Regardless, if you’re a fan of dance music, you’ll find yourself in heaven with Lumines Puzzle & Music. The puzzles in Lumines are spread out across several different albums, and each album has three game modes: Easy, Normal, and Hard. However, as you start each album, only Easy is available — Normal and Hard must be unlocked by completing Easy first, and then Normal. While it doesn’t sound too difficult, each album is broken up into about three sections with two different skins each. After you complete or fail an album, you’ll see your completion percentage, which will be either 33, 66, or 100 percent. Because of this, it will take multiple attempts on a single album to complete it, so the longevity of the game does last a while. Depending on how you do in points, you can also earn up to five stars on an album. The game also has objectives that you’ll want to complete, because you’ll be rewarded with skins and even new avatars. The skins are essentially the sections and themes of an album that you can play separately by themselves, in case you don’t have the time to sit down and get through an entire album. Controls in Lumines are pretty simple and intuitive. For each stage, you’ll have an empty grid. At the top of the screen, you’ll see a square that consists of four smaller tiles that are a mix of two colors in different patterns. Tap on the screen to rotate the block to position the tiles as you see fit, and drag your finger around to move the block horizontally. The column that the block would drop in will be highlighted, and you drag downwards to have it fall in place. In order to clear out the pieces, you’ll have to make matches of the same color in blocks of at least four. As the “scanner” line comes in from left-to-right, it checks for these matched blocks and will clear them out, causing the tiles on top of them to fall down, resulting in either a chain of combos or new possibilities for you. While it sounds easy, the game mechanic has always been fairly challenging. The blocks will start to build up on the screen if you aren’t careful, and as you get further in the game, the pace speeds up, so things get more hectic and it’s harder to clear albums. But that’s part of the charm with the Lumines franchise, and it’s one of the biggest hooks that will keep you coming back — the challenge of beating your own scores, time and time again. And with the ability to unlock specific game boards, music, and even avatars for fun, the replay value of Lumines Puzzle & Music is indeed high. I’ve only just started Puzzle & Music, but I’ve been waiting for this mobile version of the game for a long time now, and I’m not disappointed. The game has the usual flash and charm of the franchise, the dance tunes are catchy and delightful, and the controls are nicely optimized for touch screens. The albums are challenging, and with different game modes for all of them, there is a lot of reason to keep coming back to the same song — things just get harder but much more rewarding. It’s been a long wait for Lumines Puzzle & Music, but this game was worth the wait. I highly recommend checking out Lumines Puzzle & Music if you’re a fan of the Lumines franchise or just want a fun, bubbly music puzzle game. Lumines Puzzle & Music is on the App Store as a universal download for $2.99 (http://getapp.cc/app/1131590898). There are no in-app purchases.

Why we love it

Lumines Puzzle & Music is the latest mobile Lumines game after 10 years. The game has awesome visuals, fantastic dance tunes, and simple, intuitive controls that are optimized for touch screens. The game itself is challenging and will have you hooked after the first go.