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Published by Sam Eskenazi on Puzzle

Do you ever feel your brain falling asleep as you mindlessly swipe your finger playing Candy Crush? Is your new year’s resolution to challenge yourself more? If so, puzzle games for your phone or tablet are perfect to train your brain and keep you thinking.

Below are five of the hardest puzzle games to leave you truly puzzled:

Monument Valley 2 (iOS, Android)

Carrying on from the success of Monument Valley, the newest edition of this game offers a whole new world of puzzles to tax your brain and provide hours of fun and confusion. The visuals of the game are similar to that of the beautiful artwork that Monument Valley had to offer which when paired with the calming music will fully emerge you in the meditative puzzle world. The gameplay requires you to move parts of the world to help your character to the other end of the map, sounds easy but even the beginning levels will leave you puzzled for ages.

Monument Valley 2 is a standalone game, so for those who never quite finished the first game or never even started it there no need to worry as you can dive straight in and start enjoying the puzzling world of Monument Valley.

1010! (iOS, Android)

1010! Is a puzzle and brain training game with a simple concept but not so simple solution. Combine blocks and clear the board by placing them strategically to create lines. There are a number of different ways this simple task can be tackled and a number of different challenges within the app, for example, color matching and matching three. The fun doesn’t stop when you eventually manage to clear the board, as there’s always room to improve your highest score and of course challenge a friend to see if they can beat you.

Starman: Tale of Light (iOS)

Starman: Tale of Light is a sombre puzzle game that puts you in a serene, calm state as you solve physics puzzles utilizing light as a key resource. Though the tone is entirely soft and gentle, your heart will ache with aggression as you struggle to figure out a way to get those darned boxes going into the right place.

Mini Metro (iOS, Android)

For those who love city building games, Mini Metro is a must for your puzzles game collection. Your task is to design an underground metro system that runs effectively. The challenge is that you only have a limited number of resources to build your metro system. Draw lines between stations to start the trains running, monitor the lines and their efficiency. Keep redrawing the lines as new stations are opened to ensure that your system keeps running and everyone can get to work on time.

Threes! (iOS, Android)

Threes! Is a highly addictive puzzle game, that’s quick to learn but impossible to master. Match to identical numbered tiles and they will combine to show their sum, keep combining them to create the highest number possible but be careful because every time you move a tile a new one will appear and the game ends when the board is full. This game will provide you with hours of fun and frustration as you try to find the perfect combinations to place you at the top of the leaderboard.