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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Primal Legends

Match-3 meets collectible cards in a battle to the end

Primal Legends

Pick a hero and attack

For those who like match-three games with a twist.

Primal Legends has wonderful graphics and sound effects. You are walked through the tutorial which is helpful at the beginning to get the hang of all of the game parts. Then when the battle begins, study your game board and choose colors for the heroes in your army that will benefit you the most, from attack to healing power, they all have their skill.

Why we love it

Do you love match-three games, but are ready to move onto one without colorful candies or cookies? Primal Legends is a new challenge where your mission is to make matches to defeat your opponent. Collect hero cards, upgrade them for more power, and battle players from around the world.

Swap Sword

Master the Art of Bushido in Roguelike Puzzler Swap Sword

Swap Sword

Tactical puzzle solving

For anyone who likes roguelike games and match-three puzzles.

Swap Sword ($2.99) by Alec Thomson is a fantastic mashup of the traditional match-three puzzle game (http://appadvice.com/appnn/tag/match-three) and a roguelike (http://appadvice.com/appnn/tag/roguelike-games) battlefield. If you enjoyed games like You Must Build A Boat (http://appadvice.com/review/you-must-build-a-boat) and Hero Emblems (http://appadvice.com/review/hero-emblems), then you will love Swap Sword. Even though a lot of my time these days has been spent on my 3DS for Pokémon Moon, I still can’t resist some great gems on iOS for whenever my 3DS is not handy. For my mobile gaming cravings, I can’t help but always return to some kind of puzzle or roguelike game for quick gaming sessions whenever I have a spare moment. With my love of both genres, it’s not surprising that I can’t resist a new match-three roguelike RPG game, so when I saw Swap Sword on the App Store, I knew I had to check it out for myself. Needless to say, I’m not disappointed and it’s well worth the money. Visually, Swap Sword has an awesome retro aesthetic, featuring a highly detailed pixelated art style. Seeing the game in action on my screen definitely takes me back to my childhood with the classic consoles like Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. Despite the pixel art style, I found the game to be packed with incredible detail due to the textures and shadows on each individual game piece, characters, and enemies. The colors used in the game are bright and vivid, which is certainly pleasing on Retina screens. Animations are rather smooth and fluid, so I had experienced no lag on my iPhone 7. While the game doesn’t have a soundtrack playing in the background, it does have some delightful sound effects that are fun to listen to while you match and slay your foes, but of course, you can turn them off if you prefer as well. And while there’s no background music, you can always provide your own, which is nice. Overall, the developer did a great job with the visuals, because they’re one reason I keep coming back. Since Swap Sword is a roguelike game, that means that you’ll be starting from the beginning no matter how far you got previously before you died. If you’re not a fan of the roguelike system, then this game is not for you. But if you enjoy an always-different experience thanks to the procedurally generated dungeon layouts, then this game is packed with the good stuff. The game features several different types of terrain that you’ll come across, and while the order that they appear seems to be preset, the layout for each run is different. So while you may have done exceptionally well before, there is no guarantee that you’ll get the same results again. The goal is simple: get as far as you can through all of the different terrains and dispatch your enemies as quickly as possible until you find the door to the next area. While that sounds easy enough, the stages get increasingly difficult as you find new environments and foes that come with the territory. The mechanics and controls in Swap Sword are pretty straightforward, especially if you’ve played any match-three RPG before. To swap adjacent pieces with each other, just swipe on top of the piece you want to move in the direction you want. For it to be a valid move, the piece must line up to make a match of at least three or more in a row or column. If it does not, the game won’t allow you to swap the piece. The game board will consist of various types of pieces, such as green mp diamonds, shields to protect you from a hit, keys to reveal the stage exit, dynamite to blow up a row or column (watch out — this hurts you too), and walls that can protect you from enemies. If you’re ever confused about a game piece and what it does, you can long press on it to get a tooltip that explains it. Speaking of enemies, they will show up as eggs at first, but as you take your turn, they will soon hatch into various creatures that are out to get you. Once they’ve hatched, they will be able to move a space after you make a match, so the key is to plan strategically. You can swap with an enemy to attack, or line up three or more to clear them out in clusters. If you stay on a stage long enough, “Death” eventually arrives, and your sword isn’t fast enough to kill them off, so your only option will be to run through the door to escape. When you clear the current stage, you’ll be presented with one of three random power-ups or upgrades for your character, and it’s recommended to read them carefully and choose wisely. To use a power-up in the next level, just tap on the green diamond button (mp) at the bottom to bring up your available stash and then pick the item you want to use. When you run out of your three hearts by taking hits from foes, then it’s game over. Your score is determined by the amount of coins that you end up collecting over the run, and the coins only appear once you collect enough keys to reveal the exit. I’ve only started playing Swap Sword since I downloaded it yesterday, but so far I’m enjoying the game a lot. I’ve always had a love for match-three roguelike RPGs, and Swap Sword is a refreshing take on the standard fare that is out there. There is much more strategy required if you want to get far, and it’s a fun high score chaser. Plus, who can resist the charm of such great pixel art graphics and the way of the bushido? I highly recommend checking out Swap Sword if you’re a fan of match-three puzzle games and love a dash of roguelike RPG action. You can get Swap Sword on the App Store as a universal download for your iPhone and iPad for just $2.99 (http://getapp.cc/app/1069162618). There are no in-app purchases.

Why we love it

Swap Sword features beautiful pixel art graphics, simple controls, and a refreshing yet challenging new game mechanic.

Good Knight Story

A humorous match-three RPG.

Good Knight Story

Epic boss battles

Good Knight Story is an epic match-three RPG that will keep you laughing and entertained. Find out why a seemingly good knight is now the most wanted man out there as you go through funny one-liners and jokes. Match tiles to attack, defend, and heal yourself against an endless army of foes. Use coins to get better weapons and upgrade your stats as you level up.

Why we love it

While it's a free game, it does not bother you with energy timers or pushes you toward in-app purchases. The game is beautiful, challenging, and packed with plenty of parodies and humor. It's also rather generous with the coins that you need for better weapons and upgrades.

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.

Flipped Out – The Powerpuff Girls Match 3 Puzzle / Fighting Action Game

Flipped Out is a mashup of match-three strategy and action brawler.

Flipped Out – The Powerpuff Girls Match 3 Puzzle / Fighting Action Game

Sugar mode

Flipped Out is an interesting mashup of strategic match-three puzzle and action brawler in one. Go into Sugar mode to use your head and be strategic, or utilize Spice Mode to beat up everything in sight. Either way, you're going to have to save Townsville from monsters and familiar foes, so use whatever is best for the situation! Get stickers and upgrade your girls with powerful new abilities.

Why we love it

It's a fantastic mashup of genres that breathes new life into the App Store.

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.

Pokémon Shuffle Mobile

Pokemon meet match-three.

Pokémon Shuffle Mobile

A new way to match

For those looking for the cross section of match three and Pokemon.

Pokemon Shuffle Mobile is a match-three game that features Pokemon characters. Swap Pokemon pieces on the board to make a match of at least three Pokemon and launch an attack on the opponent. Use type advantages to get the upper hand and watch your Pokemon collection grow!

Why we love it

Pokemon Shuffle does things differently because you must swap pieces to make matches, and it's not just adjacent swaps or move a piece anywhere on the board. This unique concept means more of a challenge when you play and you can create plenty of open opportunities for attack.

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 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.

PAC-MAN Puzzle Tour - Match 3 Arcade Game

Pac-Man takes on Candy Crush Saga.

PAC-MAN Puzzle Tour - Match 3 Arcade Game

Match fruit, catch ghosts

Bandai Namco is hoping to crush the competition in the mobile match-three puzzler arena with a game starring Pac-Man. Pac-Man Puzzle Tour, as the game is called, is essentially a version of King’s immensely popular Candy Crush Saga that stars the legendary fruit-chomping hero. So instead of candy and jelly, Pac-Man Puzzle Tour has you matching fruit and getting rid of ghosts.

Why we love it

Following the physics puzzler Pac-Man Bounce and the endless runner Pac-Man Dash, Pac-Man Puzzle Tour is yet another Pac-Man mobile game that adopts the mechanics of a genre far removed from Pac-Man’s original maze-based gameplay. As such, it features an already familiar gameplay that players can quickly learn and dive into, but with twists and turns that are sure to be appreciated by fans of the Pac-Man 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.

Muhammad Ali: Puzzle King

Create a knockout punch in this new puzzler that puts you as the champ.

Muhammad Ali: Puzzle King

Create chains of gloves

For those who like match-three puzzlers with a unique concept.

Muhammad Ali: Puzzle King brings an interesting concept to this game genre. As you succeed through each level, bits of trivia about Muhammad Ali are displayed, which is a great game extra. If you enjoy puzzles and are looking for something different in the match-three ring, check out Muhammad Ali: Puzzle King.

Why we love it

In Muhammad Ali: Puzzle King, you create chains of same-colored boxing gloves to punch, hit, and knock out opponents. Put yourself in the ring as the champ and see just how powerful you can be.

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.