Mobile gaming apps have been a source of fun for years with players able to fill a few spare minutes on the move by enjoying some gaming entertainment at their fingertips. However, some games have been developed to do more than just give players some laughs. Here are the top 5 mind-challenging mobile games.
Do you remember when you started secondary school and on your first day you might have caught a glimpse of the mathematics that the kids older than you were doing and you thought “How am I going to be able to do that?!”. Well, Hundreds is a bit like that at first glance. You see it and, to be honest, the final episode of Lost will probably make more sense.
Developed by Semi Secret, this game was released in 2013 on Android and iOS. It was originally built for the Adobe Flash platform by game designer Greg Wohlwend. It has been testing and teasing players’ minds ever since. The aim of the game is to touch circles on the screen to make them grow without overlapping other circles. There are 100 different levels and players must combat different circles in a bid to reach a score of 100 on each level. The game has since gone on to be praised as one of the classic mobile puzzle games of a generation.
Hundreds for iPhone/iPad
Hundreds for Android
If you were a fan of old school mystery games on the PC back in the day such as KGB and The Shivah then you will love this mind-challenger. The Room was originally released back in 2012 on iOS and was launched on Android devices a year later. It was developed by FireProof Studios and is considered to be one of the most innovative mobile games to hit the market during the 2010s.
The Room consists of players being given a selection of bizarre boxes that possess a number of physical mechanisms. The challenge is to work out how to unlock each of these physical mechanisms and progress to the next stage. Players must use their touch screen mobile device to look around the box, press switches, and turn keys to try and solve the puzzles. The reason for this whole mechanism unlocking process? The boxes hold clues to the whereabouts of a researcher who is believed to have discovered the fifth element of “null”.
The Room for iPhone/iPad
The Room for Android
Mind-challenging mobile games don’t simply have to be about solving puzzles and equations. Monument Valley is a 2014 mobile game release from developer Ustwo that uses perspective and visuals tricks to challenge players. It is regarded as one of the most visually-stunning mobile games to be launched onto the iOS, Android, and Windows platform and has left players addicted to its gameplay with over 26 million copies of the game already purchased.
Monument Valley puts players into the shoes of Princess Ida who must navigate her way through a series of optical illusions and tricky pathways. If you have seen the 1986 movie The Labyrinth starring the late and great David Bowie as the Goblin King then you will remember a scene where Jennifer Connelly’s character Sarah tries to escape his palace but fails to do so because he uses visual trickery to stop her. This game feels like that. It is compelling and frustrating in equal measure but the graphics and challenging aspect of the game makes it all worthwhile.
Monument Valley for iPhone/iPad
Monument Valley for Android
Bejeweled was initially released as a puzzle game by PopCap Games in 2001 for web browsers but has since gone on to be developed by Gamesys for the online and mobile casino market with the sequel soon following. The game has sold more than 75 million copies in its browser form and has gone to become one of the most popular slots at mobile casinos across the market.
These 5 reels, 20 pay-line slot takes the essence of Bejeweled and converts it into an exciting slot title. You can earn big pay-outs by simply matching 2, 3, 4, or even 5 consecutive symbols across the reels. Free spins can also be won by triggering the three Scatters on the reels. Bonus prizes are also up for grabs if you hit the right winning combinations. It has introduced an audience of mobile casino game players to the Bejeweled franchise and has shown the potential of the mobile pokies market.
Bejeweled 2 for iPhone/iPad
Bejeweled for Android
Let’s be blunt. If awards were handed out for the most attractive name of a mobile game, then Blek would not win. Released in 2013 on the iOS, Android, and Wii U platforms it has taken the puzzle game genre by storm.
Developer Kunabi Brother could never have dreamed of the impact the game would have on the mobile market. It has sold over 1 million copies and is the recipient of an Apple Design Award. The concept of the game is for players to draw a snake-like black line that repeats its pattern and velocity across the screen to eliminate coloured dots yet avoid hitting black dots. Yes, it is confusing but once you have got to grips with it you will struggle to tear yourself away from it.
Blek for iPhone/iPad
Blek for Android