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Best Brainteaser and Puzzle Apps of 2021

Puzzles, logic games, brainteasers - call them what you will - they are always fun to play. We had a ball testing them - and quite a challenge picking the best of the best.

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Best Brainteaser and Puzzle Apps of 2021
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"Diamonds are forever", goes the song and to this, we may add - so are puzzle games. Seriously, these things seem to be indestructible. They always have their fans, always draw a substantial crowd, and are favorites of people from all walks of life. Your preschooler as well as your grandma can just as easily fall in love with them - especially if the app also has a good story to boot. 

Nowadays, there is such a huge number of these games, it seems borderline impossible to pick just one. Which platform should you go for? How much should you pay for it - if at all? To these questions - and a few others - we seem to have found the answer, starting with the game The Room Three.

Our Pick

The mystery within

It is as much of a puzzle as it is a proper adventure in the tradition of good old Myst. Immersive, deeply fascinating, and ever so slightly chilly - just the way we like it.

Why we chose The Room Three?

  • Only $3.99 for a fantastic world full of all the escape room puzzles you could possibly need
  • A superbly crafted atmosphere that will draw you into a somewhat spooky yet seductive world of mystery
  • The combination of graphics and music is borderline perfect
  • The gameplay promises great longevity and is something you will enjoy for months
  • Brainteasers are sure to keep your little grey cells in shape

Despite not being a free game, we simply couldn't help but make this our winner. It's a 10/10 on every front. Well worth the price.

Read The Room Three's Full Review
Runner Up

A magical adventure

  • Redesign a beautiful old garden and solve matching puzzles!
    4.6 Ratings 1M+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases 1M+ Reviews
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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Perhaps a total opposite to The Room Three, this one is light, airy, fragrant, and ideal for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Why we chose Lily's Garden?

  • A traditional match-3 puzzle game with a twist
  • Colorful graphics and a cozy atmosphere set it apart from other, more somber titles
  • It is extremely relaxing yet fun, always spicing up the storyline with new, zany adventures
  • The game is totally free to play, something which we will always appreciate

If you're looking for an innocent, romantic, sweet, fantastical adventure - this is the one you should go for. You won't be disappointed.

Read Lily’s Garden's Full Review
Also Groovy

Feel the rhythm

Puzzle games and brainteasers have a natural tendency to blend into one another, becoming a huge amorphous mass of indistinct apps. It is truly amazing to find something way outside the box - something truly innovative and fun.

Why we chose ELOH?

  • A refreshing, unusual, brand new approach to gaming
  • A good selection of 98 musical puzzles
  • An increasing level of difficulty that will keep you on your toes as you progress through this magical world
  • Beautiful, hand-drawn graphics and quirky audio-visual effects

If you're in for something new - you simply cannot afford to skip ELOH. Just don't say we didn't warn you - it can be terribly addictive.

Read ELOH's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick

    The Room Three

    4.9 Ratings 136K+ Reviews 500K+ Downloads
    “Probably the Best Mobile Game of 2015” - Vice.com

    “With its rich atmosphere and clever puzzles, The Room Three is engrossing and hard to put down.” - Game Informer

    “A triumph. We fully recommend immersing yourself in this atmospheric mystery” - Stuff.tv

    “Much bigger and longer than the previous titles, more of a full-blown adventure game” - Touch Arcade

    “A brilliant, uniquely tactile experience packed with incredible puzzles. Just go and buy it.” - Pocket Gamer

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    The eagerly awaited sequel to the BAFTA award winning 'The Room' and 'The Room Two' is finally here.

    Welcome to The Room Three, a physical puzzle game within a beautifully tactile world.
    Lured to a remote island, you must draw upon all your puzzle-solving ability to navigate a series of trials devised by a mysterious figure known only as “The Craftsman”.


    PICK-UP-AND-PLAY DESIGN
    Easy to begin yet hard to put down, enjoy a unique mix of intriguing puzzles with a simple user interface.

    INTUITIVE TOUCH CONTROLS
    A tactile experience so natural you can almost feel the surface of each object.

    EXPANDED LOCATIONS
    Lose yourself in a variety of stunning new environments, each spanning multiple areas.

    INTRICATE OBJECTS
    Rotate, zoom and examine dozens of artifacts to discover their hidden secrets.

    ATMOSPHERIC AUDIO
    A haunting soundtrack coupled with dynamic sound effects create an unforgettable soundscape.

    MAGNIFIED WORLDS
    Use the new eyepiece ability to explore the world in miniature

    ALTERNATE ENDINGS
    Return to a persistent environment and change your fate

    ENHANCED HINT SYSTEM
    Re-read hints to get the full picture

    CLOUD SAVING SUPPORTED
    Share your progress between multiple devices, and unlock the all-new achievements.

    MULTI LANGUAGE SUPPORT
    Available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Turkish and Russian.



    Fireproof Games is an independent studio from Guildford, United Kingdom.
    Find out more at fireproofgames.com
    Follow us @Fireproof_Games
    Find us on Facebook
    Cost
    3.99
    3.99
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No
  • Runner Up
    Romance? Garden? Puzzles? YES! Lily’s Garden is all this and so much more.

    Renovate the garden and solve challenging puzzles with this relaxing and romantic free match-3 blast game!

    Help Lily renovate her great-aunt’s garden to its former glory and match flowers to solve challenging blast puzzles. Dig into a romantic love story full of twists and turns as Lily interacts with a cast of colorful characters. Match flowers & start your garden makeover – play with themed boosters & renovate the areas with dozens of customization options!

    Discover hidden areas and choose among hundreds of flowers for your garden decoration project! Sit down, relax and enjoy this puzzle game enriched with a beautiful romantic story! Start your makeover now!

    Game Features:

    - RENOVATE, decorate and expand your garden with unique locations that tie into the story!

    Get ready to redesign, rebuild and customize things the way you want. In Lily’s Garden, you will manage the renovation of several parts of your estate: the facade of your home, the fountains, the old lake, beehives and dog houses and much more! Complete the makeover of the whole garden and receive tons of awards!

    - MATCH flowers and solve hundreds of addictive blast puzzle levels!

    To accomplish your design ideas, you will have to use stars. And for that you’ll need to play matching games of which there are hundreds available in Lily’s Garden. Some of them can be challenging, but luckily, you will earn rewards throughout the game (like boosters!) which can help you overcome those fun but tricky match 3 blast puzzles!

    - ENJOY plot twists in the story and uncover hidden secrets and mysteries along the way!

    Lily’s Garden is not just a decorating and matching game, what makes it unique is its exciting story! You’ll meet many characters and interact with them, prepare yourself for the most amazing encounters: from a strange (but cute!) neighbor, to new family members and even some four legged friends!

    - EXPLORE the garden with its hidden objects, dozens of flowers and unlock secret areas

    The garden you will be remodelling is large and abounds with secrets and mysteries! As you advance in the game, you will get to explore new areas, come across many surprises and be tasked with solving several enigmas!

    - RELAX and live a romantic story with funny and heartfelt dialogue!

    Besides being a fun and beautifully designed game, Lily’s Garden is also an excellent way to relax! Take a break from your stressful activities and spend some time diving into a calming world of landscaping and yard decorating. Not only will it be satisfying to revive your old family garden, you will love working alongside Lily and her many human and animal friends. You will also experience a real love story with your neighbor(s) and meet so many quirky characters along the way!

    - SPECIAL EVENTS and REWARDS: Participate in daily special events and earn great rewards! Join tournaments for even bigger wins.

    - MAKE FRIENDS: Join a family to interact and chat with other players and exchange lives and game boosters!


    Flowers are blossoming and Lily’s garden is ready for its makeover! Are you ready to decorate and renovate this beautiful garden?

    Lily’s Garden will be updated with more blast puzzles to solve and more romantic chapters regularly! Stay tuned for updates and drop us a review!

    Facebook: facebook.com/lilysgardengame
    Instagram: instagram.com/lilysgardengame
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $99.99 per item
    $0.99 - $39.99 per item
  • Also Groovy

    ELOH

    4.8 Ratings 2K+ Reviews 10K+ Downloads
    A chilled out puzzle game to help you relax and find your groove.
    From the creators of the Google Play Award winning Old Man's Journey, a new musical puzzle game about feeling the rhythm to find the solution.

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    “I can not recommend it enough to anyone”
    - TouchArcade

    “A thoroughly charming,delightfully percussive puzzler”
    - PocketGamer

    “One of those rare games that shines in every aspect”
    - AppUnwrapper

    “A smart, beautifully designed puzzler”
    - Stuff

    “The whole puzzle springs to life”
    - Eurogamer

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    Slow down, start listening and let the groove guide you through 98 levels.
    No ticking clock, no ads, no paywalls.
    Just satisfying gesture controls designed for touch, with a smooth learning-curve and pressure-free attitude.

    - Find your groove in 98 musical puzzles
    - Experiment with the positions of good spirits to solve the levels
    - Each spirit comes with its individual jam and lets you build your personal groove
    - Satisfying, intuitive gesture controls designed for touch
    - Beautiful hand painted visuals and joyful animations
    - Original and catchy soundtrack by SCNTFC and you
    Cost
    2.99
    2.99
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No
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