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The 5 best match-three puzzle games for mobile

Posted by Daniel Lipscombe on September 6th, 2018

With so many games to pick through nowadays, the sea of apps can be hard to wade through. Countless titles release every day, and they're all vying for your attention, battling it out to try and secure a position of prominence - a game that you play every day.

Match-stuff games aren't the newest genre on the App Store, but you can trace the modern refinements of this kind of puzzle game to Bejewelled by PopCap Games. But, despite first appearances, there's often more to these games than simply swiping shapes back and forth.

Sure, they're generally simple - match three or more shapes or colours to remove them from the playing board to score points - but this is a genre that often relies on skill as well as fast reactions. And we reckon these five games offer up the best examples of how to do match-stuff puzzles right. Disagree? Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments then.

Match Land review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 11th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: GENERIC NAME
This match-three can be played offline and has some nice ideas, but that's just not enough to make it stand out.
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Beglitched review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 16th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: HACK-A-MATCH
This mashup of minesweeper and match-three is charming when it isn't being confusing and overly-punishing.
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Tavern Guardians review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 6th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A GREAT MATCH
Every once in a while a match-three does enough stuff differently to stand out.
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Gunhouse review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 16th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MATCH-DEFENSE
If you combine a bizarre take on match-three with tower defense, you end up with a pretty delightful and challenging game.
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Swap Sword review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 1st, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SLIDE AND SLICE
This samurai-themed game mixes two genres in a really interesting way, but ends up feeling less satisfying as a result.
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Jelly Blast! blends dungeon adventuring with match three puzzles on mobile [Sponsored]

Posted by 148Apps Staff on February 15th, 2016
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

In Jelly Blast!, you'll head out on a fantastic adventure in the Candy Kingdom with a bunch of new friends like Lily, Mr. Hare, and Mr. Rabbit, visiting a selection of treat-themed places.

There are hundreds of difficult levels to complete on your way, and you'll know exactly what to expect If you're a fan of match three puzzlers.

That being said, you'll discover a few unique features, like boosters which turn the tide in the hardest levels, and treats you unlock everytime you complete a level.

To discover more about the wonderful world of Jelly Blast!, we spoke to Cheetah Mobile about what sets it apart from other games in the genre, the challenges faced during development, and which features the company is most proud of.

Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 14th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INVOLVING GEMS
Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest is an appealing combination of deck building and match three, but the pace is a little too slow
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Pokémon Shuffle Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 22nd, 2015
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: SOULLESS POKEMON
This match-three puzzle game suffers from a poorly realized free-to-play structure and a lack of Pokemon spirit.
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You Must Build A Boat Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 8th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: 10000000: NOW WITH MORE BOAT
You Must Build A Boat improves upon 10000000's originally fantastic match-three formula in almost every way imaginable.
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Godspeed Commander Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 4th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DIVERT POWER TO MATCHING
This competitive match-three game layers in complicated in confusing systems, but ultimately retains the simplicity of a multiplayer puzzler.
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Join the SpongeBob Bubble Party in this New Match 3 Bubble Poppin' Frenzy

Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 30th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

In anticipation of the new SpongeBob movie that's coming out soon, Nickelodeon has released a new match-3 puzzler called SpongeBob Bubble Party. Join your favorite sponge in Bikini Bottom or the Jellyfish Fields as you try to pop bubbles as fast as you can to get the high score. As you play you can earn Krabby Patties to unlock locations and characters unique powers.

You can download SpongeBob Bubble Party for $1.99 on the App Store now.

Marvel Puzzle Quest Update Adds New Episode and Mode in its Latest Update

Posted by Ellis Spice on January 5th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The latest update for D3's Marvel Puzzle Quest has arrived on the App Store, bringing in a new episode and mode into the popular match three title.

In the latest episode, 'Enemy of the State', a mission in Japan gets ambushed by The Hand, with Wolverine reprogrammed to join them. In order to stop The Hand from carrying out their plan, Elektra, Captain America, Iron Man, and more will have to fight to get him back. Meanwhile, the new Survival mode challenges players to battle their way through waves of enemies, with rewards given out for getting past certain waves.

Marvel Puzzle Quest is available to download from the App Store for free.

Real-Time Multiplayer Match-3 RPG Crusaders Quest Set to Launch Next Month

Posted by Ellis Spice on November 20th, 2014

TOAST has announced that their real-time action-RPG match-3 game Crusaders Quest will release on iOS on December 4. The 8-bit stylized title features elements from the action, RPG, and matching genres, with players able to select from six classes and recruit from a pool of over 200 unique heroes.

If players so wish, they can also pre-register for the game. Players who do so will get special characters, items, and in-game currency upon launch, with more prizes being given out depending on the number of people who pre-register.

Crusaders Quest is set to match march its way into the App Store on December 4.

Best Fiends Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Nadia Oxford on October 14th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FIENDISH FUN
Though light on innovation, Best Fiends is still a slug-squashing good time.
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