Updated January 20, 2020: New entries added
Puzzle games and mobile devices go together like strawberries (preferably three in a row) and cream.
There have been puzzle games since way before the first gaming phone hit the market, so it would be disingenuous to say that the two were made for each other.
But it’s undeniable that puzzle games work beautifully on mobile. They always have.
In the early days of mobile gaming, the typically abstract visuals, simple controls, and slow pace of play from your average puzzler married well with the limited hardware on hand.
These days your average iPhone or iPad is pretty much as powerful as a PC or console, with large sharp displays rendering millions of colours. There are no such limitations.
Still, puzzle games continue to be one of the most popular genres. Indeed, today’s iOS puzzlers often utilise the extra hardware grunt to great effect, with deeper systems and better graphics.
The puzzle genre has spread out in all directions, too. The match-three puzzler continues to be popular, but these days you’ll find a number of additional genres spliced into it, from RPG to strategy.
Here are 25 of our favourite mobile RPGs on iPhone and iPad. Given the sheer number of puzzle games that are available for the platform, we’ve had to be quite brutal when it comes to what’s included, with more of a weighting towards recent releases.
As a result, there are dozens of stone cold puzzler classics that we’ve knocked off the list. If you find yourself in a state of apoplectic range, do share your own picks in the comments section below.