The match-stuff puzzler genre is one of the biggest on mobile, and has been for quite a line. There are plenty of uninspiring experiences out there, and plenty of IAP-gouging lose-and-snooze-fests that aren’t worth your time.
But there are some really awesome games that fit into the genre as well, so we thought it was a good idea to round up what we think are the ten best match three puzzlers available on the Play Store.
Whether you’re looking for a sci-fi experience, a soothing matcher or a game about building a boat, you’re going to find something to love here. You can click on the name of any of the games below to download it from the Play Store, and make sure you let us know if you’ve got your own suggestions in the comments at the bottom.
A charming and engaging match-stuff puzzler that’s as soothing as at is challenging. It’s not frantic or super difficult, just a lovely game that you’re going to play with a contented smile on your face.
An interesting twist on the match-stuff genre that uses bubbles instead of solid objects. There’s a more malleable feel to the experience, and it makes for a really refreshing change. This one will make you think about matching in different ways.
A deep and intriguing match-stuff RPG that sees you building a boat. After all, that’s what the game’s called. It’s got a sharp indie glee to it, and at times it’s almost impossible to put it down.
This is probably the most simple game on the list, but it’s a lot of fun at the same time. Plus it’s packed to the gills with Pokemon. Swipe and match, get in fights, have a jolly old time. It’s a snack of a game, but it’s a tasty snack. This one’s free with IAP.
This one mixes up sliding and matching to make a sharp and intriguing puzzler that will keep you playing for a good long while. It plays around with its own mechanics pretty regularly and you’re going to enjoy every second of it. It’s free with IAP.
A mix of matching and merging, this is a gorgeous experience packed full of deeply enticing ideas. It’s fresh and familiar at the same time, and it’s hard not to fall in love with it. It’s free to start with an IAP to unlock the rest.
A mixture of turn-based strategy and color matching with a brilliant sci-fi story about trying to escape a doomed planet. There’s so much to love here, and it’s hard to encompass it all in a single paragraph. Just give it a try and find out for yourself.
Another simple one with enough twists to make sure there’s a smile on your face. It’s regularly updated with new characters to unlock and there’s enough charm and cheer here to keep you upbeat through some of the grindy sections. It’s free with IAP.
One of the best free to play match-stuff RPGs. It’s packed full of heroes and villains, there’s some smart twists to the gameplay and it gets regular updates. It’s free to play, like we said, and there are IAP.
An oldie but a goody. This one’s all about matching items together to build a town. It’s surprisingly deep for such a simple experience, and it’s still as addictive as it was when it first launched more than a decade ago. It’s free with IAP.