Puzzle and match games
The best puzzle or match game for Android is... Gorogoa (£3.79)
Gorogoa is a game that messes with your head – and any sense of time and place you might assume would stay put in a four-by-four grid of animated comic book panels. That’s because these panels can be manipulated and overlaid, to create new pathways through a wordless story packed full of mystery and beauty.
Naturally, this works best on a larger display, but even on a decent-sized Android blower, Gorogoa has the gaming chops to smack your brains in, massage your imagination, and in a few key set pieces, give your arcade smarts and dexterity a stern test. Top-notch stuff.
Bring You Home (£3.19)
A few seconds into Bring You Home, blue-skinned protagonist Polo has seen his faithful pet stolen, set off in pursuit of the nefarious fiends, and painfully fallen out of a window to the ground below. Fortunately, the game then rewinds, so you can break his fall rather than his face.
This is achieved by sliding panels around to load new scene elements – in this case, a barrel of hay – and prodding play to see what happens. Over 40 or so further scenes, you get what amounts to a bizarre logic test fused with classic cartoons, where it’s as much fun to fail as help Polo progress.
A match game with a penchant for abstract minimalism, Dissembler does away with gems, instead having you swap flat tiles. As ever, the aim is to match three or more, whereupon the tiles vanish. Only no new tiles take their place, and your ultimate aim is to transform the pattern before you into a blank canvas.
Rather than an arty Bejeweled, then, Dissembler is more a marriage of match mechanics and tricky puzzling, where you must figure out the precise sequence of moves that will lead you to victory. Pitch-perfect controls and infinite undos give you a fighting chance, but this Android puzzler will nonetheless be punching your brain in the face for weeks.
Photographs - Puzzle Stories (£3.99)
Google Play is chock full of puzzlers that offer more of the same. Photographs technically adds to the pile, but it subverts straightforward challenges and familiar mechanics by welding progress to an emotionally charged underlying narrative.
Here, whether you’re placing Tetris shapes, mapping out angles in a shooting game, or swiping objects towards a goal, everything is wrapped up in storylines about choice and consequences. This moves Photographs beyond the vanilla competition, resulting in a game that simply feels far more urgent, essential and interesting.