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The Best iPad Puzzle Games

Great iPad Games to Test Your Brain

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Do you love puzzles?  Ever since the breakout popularity of Angry Birds, the Apple App Store has been overloaded with different puzzle games, from simple puzzles to physics-based puzzle games.   Unfortunately, not every game is made equal, and some of them are just plain outright bad.   

This guide will help you find the best iPad puzzle games, whether you want to test your brain by solving Sudoku puzzles over your morning coffee or you are interested in wasting a few minutes waiting in the doctor's office by helping out those angry little birds.

Angry Birds Star Wars

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The Angry Birds series are the definitive physics-based puzzle games on the app store.   Each game presents a fun challenge wrapped in both humor and style, with easy entry levels quickly giving way to brain teasers.  The Star Wars version mixes in one of the best space operas in history, giving the game a lot of charisma, and now that the sequel is available, the original is set at a discounted price.  

Price: $.99

Tetris Blitz

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Tetris doesn't need much of an introduction. The game has been dragging people into the depths of game addiction for three decades now, and with a rather nice variation on it, Tetris Blitz feels new and old at the same time. Tetris Blitz is a timed version of the game where you shoot for the highest score within the time limit. There is also a more traditional version available.

Price: Free

Puzzlejuice

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Have you ever wondered what you would get if you put Tetris into the teleporter from The Fly, but a Boggle piece was in the teleporter as well, turning it into a crazy gene splicer that spits out a Tetris/Boggle hybrid? Probably not. But if you ever do wonder what that would look like, it's Puzzlejuice. This game is one of the most addicting on the list. Like Tetris, you arrange shapes to make lines, but after they land, you search through them to form words. Amazingly simple and yet amazingly fun.

Price: $1.99

Bubble Ball

Bubble Ball for iPad

Bubble Ball is one of the top physics-based puzzle games on the iPad.  The game play is simple: you place wooden and metal beams in order to guide a dropped ball to the finish line.  But while the premise may be simple, actually solving the puzzles can be quite a challenge.

Price: Free

Cut the Rope HD

Cut the Rope HD

Do you like candy? Who doesn't?  Especially monsters.  Or, at least the Om Nom, the monster inside a mysteirous package that arrived at your doorstep.  And it is up to you to feed the monster the candy it craves by using your rope cutting skills combined with neat effects like reversing gravity.  Just look out for the spiders and jagged spikes.  Cut the Rope is a mix of physics-based puzzle solving and cute game play.

Price: $1.99

Dots

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Dots is about as minimalist as it gets on the app store. The game consists of a screen of dots and game play consists of matching the dots by drawing a line between them. Sound simple? It is. And that's perhaps why it is so addicting. It might sound like a simple game of connect the marbles, but what puts Dots apart is the special move of making a square, which takes out all dots of that color. This small addition changes the entire strategy of the game from getting the biggest connection to setting up making square after square.

Price: Free

Big City Adventure: New York City HD

Big City Adventure: New York City HD

The Big City Adventure series combines fun puzzle-solving with scavenger hunts where you search for hidden objects.  In the New York City edition, you'll find yourself traveling  from Central Park to Times Square in a mad dash across Manhatten.   Integrated with Facebook and supporting multiplayer game play, Big City Adventure: New York City is great for those who love casual puzzle games.

Price: $4.99

Shanghai Mahjong

Shanghai Mahjong

Mahjong has long been an addicting puzzle game, and it really comes to life with over 50 different beautifully-rendered tilesets in Shanghai Mahjong for the iPad.  And with over 200 layouts, you'll have plenty of different puzzles to solve.   Shanghai Mahjong also supports the Game Center, so you can show off your best scores to all of your friends.  This is definitely a must-have app for Mahjong fans.

Price: $.99

Sudoku HD

Sudoku HD

No list of great puzzle games would be complete without a version of Sudoku, and CrowdCafe's Sudoku HD will be the best buck ever spent by the Sudoku addicted.  The game includes thousands of grid designs, so you won't run out of puzzles anytime soon.  It also has a lot of neat features, like the ability to let the iPad solve the puzzle for you.

Price: $.99

Want More Adventure?

If you love puzzles wrapped around a story, check out the best puzzle-adventure games on the iPad.
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