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Relaxing puzzle games for tablets

These are the games for iPad that I find particularly relaxing and keep around to replay after enough time has passed that I’ve forgotten how to solve most levels.

Monument Valley
This is a stunningly beautiful and simple game that plays with Escher style geometry and has a slightly spooky story. For iOS, Google Play and Kindle Fire.

This is a short and exceedingly sweet game about what a dog dreams about. An especially stylish version of a point and click style adventure. For iOS, Google Play and Kindle Fire.

Find the Line
In this game you slide a few lines until they compose a picture and watching the lines dance through their patterns, which work as hints, is beautiful and mesmerizing. One downside: while the game is free the distributor has put video ads between each level and you cannot pay to make the ads go away. Bummer. Just in iOS.

Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake
A cartoonish and funny puzzle game with a surprising amount of levels. I thoroughly loved this game and the levels are satisfyingly tricky while the story is well developed. For iOS, Google Play, Amazon Apps and Steam.

See also the previously mentioned: Tiny Thief and Little Inferno.

· comments [8] · 11-6-2014 · categories:technology ·

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 shawn // Nov 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Yay thanks!!! This is just the kind of list I need!

  • 2 Lauren // Nov 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you! I was looking for something like Tiny Bang Story and these look like they will fit the bill. :)

  • 3 Margaret // Nov 12, 2014 at 3:02 am

    You should also try cut the rope 2. It is really funny.

  • 4 Lisa // Nov 13, 2014 at 9:04 am

    After reading this, I bought Monsters Ate MyBirthday Cake for Android. I’m loving it so much! My productivity at work has really suffered. It is clever and engaging and funny and tricky… so good. Thanks from me and curses from my boss.

  • 5 megan // Nov 17, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Shawn – I’m very happy to be able to provide the list! Don’t tell anyone but I try out a lot more games than I mention here.

  • 6 megan // Nov 17, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Margaret – I enjoyed Tiny Bang Story but was a little hesitant to include it because I’m not sure if my brain considers hidden object games the same as adventure-ish puzzle games. Tiny Bang is really well done though and it’s on my list of games to return to.

  • 7 megan // Nov 17, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Margaret – Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll have a look at the game!

  • 8 megan // Nov 17, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Lisa – I’m so glad! It’s really entertaining and I think it hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention as it deserves. The App store agrees and put it in one of those “underrated” lists.

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