Space-trippy iOS puzzler splices Bejewelled with Tetris

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Abantus Saga 2
Abantus Saga 2's sliding mechanics are deceptively simple.
Screenshot: Evan Killham/Cult of Mac

You’d be forgiven if you took one look at Abantus Saga 2 and confused it for yet another tedious match-three game. But if you can get over your prejudice, you’re in for hours of enjoyment. And some frustration. But mostly enjoyment.

The puzzle title, which is out now for free in the iOS App Store, has you sliding around colored and patterned “cubes” (they’re squares, but the on-screen text calls them cubes) to complete full rows and columns. And that’s it — that’s the only mechanic. But what the developer does with it will have you playing and replaying Abantus Saga 2 for hours on end.

Animated game AZZL will bust your brain out of the real world

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AZZL is a  brain-teasingly clever puzzle game featuring lovingly designed animations and characters.
AZZL is a brain-teasingly clever puzzle game featuring lovingly designed animations and characters.
Photo: Jutiful

Energize your brain with REBUS, a stylish but absurd logic game

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New iOS game REBUS will get your brain firing on all cylinders. Photo: Jutiful
New iOS game REBUS will get your brain firing on all cylinders. Photo: Jutiful

Pixelz Is Pure Tranqulity Through Color [Review]

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Pixelz is a puzzle game because the developer Dariusz Cieśla says it is. The playing field is a autumnal spread of colored blocks, and a little indicator in the top right of the screen says “target 19.”

Pixelz by Dairusz Cieśla
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone
Price: Free

Pixelz wants nothing from you (it’s free), offers no instruction on how to play it, and exists in a soundless tranquility many commuter gamers might appreciate.

Moody Puzzler Platform Game Limbo Is Coming To iOS July 3

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Limbo

Limbo is an atmospheric platform puzzle game which has sold over three million copies across several gaming platforms, including PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Steam, and the Mac App Store.

Developer Playdead announced recently that Limbo will now also be available on the iOS platform for iPad 2 and up, as well as the latest generation iPod touch and iPhone 4S and 5.