While there are plenty pure puzzle games on the iPad like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, there's nothing quite like the puzzle adventure game that immerses you in story, dazzles you with beautiful landscapes and taunts you with some of the most difficult puzzles ever to presented. But it is not all about difficult puzzles. While a few games on this list will have you pulling your hair out or searching Google for hints, others are more about the fun, the adventure, or simply the strange and eerie.
While this list is by no means in order of best-to-worst, it would be a crime not to put Apple's Game of the Year at the top of the adventure puzzle list. The Room has a simple enough concept: You share a room with a safe, and your goal is to open that safe. But don't worry, you'll have a little help. Early on you'll discover a special eyeglass that will allow you to see objects that would otherwise go unseen. Beautiful graphics and a great feel for creating a scene, the game's addictive puzzles quickly draw you in and their increasing difficulty will keep you there.
An old-school adventure puzzle game wrapped in beautiful artwork, Machinarium is not for the easily frustrated. Some of the puzzles are quite difficult in that quite addicting "I have to figure it out" way. A game without dialogue where you control a robot who is able to squish and stretch his body, Machinarium offers a unique experience and some interesting puzzles.
A great point-and-click adventure game that is perfect for the whole family, The Tiny Bang Story depicts life on Tiny Planet after a meteor crashes to the ground. A hidden object game that has you collecting jigsaw puzzle pieces, you'll need more than sharp eyes to get all of the objects together. Many pieces will require you to solve puzzles before they become available. There's no dialogue in the game, and those looking to become immersed in a story might become frustrated, but the beautiful graphics provide nice eye candy and the simplistic style works.
There aren't too many games that are extremely fun for both the youngest and the oldest of gamers. A short adventure -- don't expect to be playing this one for hours! -- it is nonetheless very entertaining. It might seem odd to pay $2.99 for a game that can be solved in a single sitting, but then again, that's much cheaper than going out to a movie. And if you live with a family of puzzle-lovers, there's definitely some value here.
Not many games cast the protagonist as an average Joe working as a plumber. But then again, not too many games use 1972 as a setting. But it works in this adventure game, with Joe the plumber crossing paths with a time-traveling stranger from future that (you guessed it) must be averted. A nice twist on the genre, The Silent Age will have you traveling back and forth between two times in order to gather everything you need to solve the puzzles.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery isn't quite an adventure puzzle, but then again, it's not quite a action-fantasy-rpg either. Designed to take into full account the unique controls of the iPad, you'll be tapping, swiping and even tilting as you explore and battle your way through the game, which is depicted in a very old-school 8-bit side-scrolling style that has gone 3D. The game is as much about the journey as anything, where even combat becomes its own puzzle.
It is not often that an Internet meme becomes a game, much less a whole host of games. And while many of the Slender Man games don't live up to the name, a few stick out. Slender Rising works best for those familiar with the legend of the Slender Man, and it doesn't have that The Room or Machinarium level of difficulty. But if you like puzzle games that are on the creepy side, Slender Rising could be your answer.
Myst was originally released in 1993 and was the best selling game of its time, holding that title until The Sims came along nearly a decade later. A surreal puzzle game, Myst was considered one of the most difficult and beautiful games of its time. And if you really love Myst, you can step into the world in the free-roaming realMyst remake of the game.