Best Match-3 Games For iPhone, iPad And Android
Mix and match for hours on end.
Match-three games are a lot more common than you think. In fact, there are hundreds to choose from through both Google Play and the App Store, leaving many to wonder which ones they should play first. A lot of them are free, so there's no harm in downloading these games and giving them a try.
If you don't have time for that, however, we have five recommendations that will surely feed your match-three addiction. Warning: these games may cause you to spend hours on end clearing stages, and may even require you to drop a few bucks in the process. Thankfully, the investment is certainly worth it.
The Treasures of Montezuma ($1.99)
Alawar Entertainment perfected the Treasures of Montezuma for years on the mobile front, and the third edition (http://www.modojo.com/games/iphone/the-treasures-of-montezuma-3-iphone) is easily the best. Featuring fun match-three gameplay, 160 arcade levels, a slew of hidden treasure rooms and chests to uncover and a beautiful motif that will whisk you away to ancient lands, this is as good as puzzle gaming gets. Plus, there's an Expert mode to go along with the Casual mode, in case you're up for a real challenge.
Download The Treasures of Montezuma 3: iPad & IPhone (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-treasures-of-montezuma-3/id475298522?mt=8) | Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alawar.treasuresofmontezuma3full&hl=en)
Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign (free)
One of the best comic book-licensed games you'll find on the market, Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign comes with plenty of goodies to unlock, including heroes and villains from the Marvel universe. Along the way, you'll need to use every bit of your gem-matching techniques in order to save the world, while improving the strength of your team of heroes. Fans of the Marvel universe will definitely want to add this to their libraries.
Candy Crush Saga (free)
It's one of the most popular video games on the mobile front, and it's easy to see why. Candy Crush Saga attracted millions of players with its match-three concept, built around pairing pieces of candy and eliminating unnecessary gunk from the boards. It sounds simple, but as new stages open up, you'll see how crazy the action can get. If you haven't checked it out yet, be sure to do so - and make sure you have lots of friends who can provide lives.
Frozen Free Fall (free)
Considering that Disney's Frozen made over a billion dollars at the box office worldwide, its popularity is immense. That makes Frozen Free Fall one of the most approachable games on the mobile front. It utilizes the familiar match-three format built around the beautiful universe from the film, including characters like Anna and Olaf. You may have to pay a few bucks to reach the later levels, but when it comes to money well spent, it's easy to "let it go."
Bejeweled HD (free)
Finally, we'd be complete fools if we didn't mention one of the originators behind the match-three format, PopCap Games. Bejeweled HD is still one of the best games available, thanks to its many modes, such as Poker and Butterflies. You may have to pay a few dollars to unlock everything, but anyone will tell you - diehard PopCap fans and casual players alike - that it's certainly worth it.
Download Bejeweled HD: iPhone and iPad