20. Triple Town (iPhone/iPad)
Triple Town tasks you with building a city on a tiny grid-based board, using a match-and-combine dynamic that has a curious grasp of evolution. Three bushes make a tree! Three tombstones make a church! All the while, bears roam about, making a nuisance of themselves and blocking spaces. Your free moves slowly replenish (you can buy unlimited turns for £2.49/US$3.99), but that won’t bother you as you stare at the screen, trying to think a dozen moves ahead.
19. Royal Revolt (iPhone/iPad)
A young Prince is sent to Bogsmarts to learn about magic. While he’s gone, unruly relatives carve up his kingdom. That just won’t do. A total of 58 castles are therefore ripe for the taking as the Prince and his army set about hacking, smashing and magicking their way to victory in this charming and generous real-time strategy title.
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18. Dots (iPhone/iPad)
As minimal as they come, Dots tasks you with removing sets of dots from the screen that are joined by vertical or horizontal lines. Manage to draw a square and all dots of that colour vanish. The developer’s aim is to hook you with power-ups and get you using IAP to buy more dots; but play against your own scores rather than global leaderboards and you can have plenty of fun without the aid of your wallet.
17. Super Monsters Ate My Condo! (iPhone/iPad)
Part Jenga, part match-game, and all bonkers, Super Monsters Ate My Condo!gives you two minutes to feed giant monsters apartment floors, while combining sets of three condos into gems, cats, clocks and piggy banks. Fling gems into a monster’s maw to fire-up its special power, then collapse in a heap as your condo finally crumbles to dust while the fat lady sings on the spinning Monster Wheel. Like we said: bonkers.
16. New Star Soccer (iPhone/iPad)
If you've ever fancied yourself as the next Wayne Rooney, you can work your way through the footie leagues in New Star Soccer. The simplified abstraction of life (keep everyone happy via success in minigames; buy all of the things) and matches (score goals; intercept passes; grumble as your teammates lack barn-door hitting abilities once again) are perfect for mobile play.