8 Addictive Matching Games for Tablets

by Eric Frederiksen

January 2 2014

And yes, there's more than just Candy Crush.

Matching games have been around for years, from classics like Columns and Tetris having their own takes to more recent games like Bejeweled and Candy Crush Saga wreaking havoc on unsuspecting victims' free time.

Here are 8 matching games, each with their own hook, that you'll want to check out.

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  • 1 Dots: A Game About Connecting
    Slide 1

    The goal of Dots is, simply, to make boxes. You can match one, two, three, or however many dots you can connect, but when you make a box, it removes every dot of that color on the screen. The hook is that you have just a minute to do this, and the better you get the tighter that time frame feels.

  • 2 Puzzle & Dragons
    Slide 2

    Puzzle & Dragons, one of the most popular games on the App Store, is notably simply for being one of the few Japanese games to reach the top of the charts, remaining one of the highest grossing games for months. Some have criticized its pay-seeking tactics as coercive, but it's still fun to play as long as you keep your wallet out of reach.

  • 3 10000000
    Slide 3

    You're trapped in a dungeon, endlessly running through it over and over again, at least until you get 10,000,000 points. In this poorly-named game, you match tiles on the bottom half of the screen to address what's happening on the top half—you'll encounter monsters, doors, and treasure chests as you run forward, even as the back of the screen is slowly catching up to you.

  • 4 Triple Town
    Slide 4

    Triple Town is, more than anything, adorable. You combine cute bushes to make cute trees, cute trees to make cute houses, and so on, while avoiding cute bears you must trap to make cute graves. Okay, I guess that part isn't cute. And more than any other matching game I've played, Triple Town requires a lot of strategy.

  • 5 Radballs
    Slide 5

    There are a lot of things I love about the 80s, even though I was only 8 years old when the decade ended. The colors, art styles, and synth-heavy music are all things I still enjoy about the decade. That and shutter shades. Radballs has all that and more! The gameplay isn't earth shattering, but it's nicely executed and the music, pulled from artists like Com Truise, fits the fluorescent graphics perfectly.

  • 6 Puzzle Quest 2
    Slide 6

    When I first bought Puzzle Quest on DS years ago, I played it until my hands hurt. The hook here is that you're not just playing against the tiles, but against an enemy who, like you, has special abilities that allow tile manipulation. On top of that, each enemy has their own character art, making it fun to find every enemy you can. Not only is there a paid version of Puzzle Quest 2, but a free version as well. There's even a Marvel Comics edition of Puzzle Quest that is free to play as well.

  • 7 Candy Crush Saga
    Slide 7

    I almost don't even have to put this in the list. You've probably played Candy Crush Saga. Despite its silly name, it seems like everyone is picking it up. It's a free-to-play match 3 game and uses heavy Facebook integration, so you can count on your friends to keep pulling you back in.

  • 8 Drop 7
    Slide 8

    Drop 7 hasn't always been free, but it is now. In a game about numbers, free is still the best number. Drop 7 is more in the Tetris style of matching—placing your tiles effectively to continue playing as long as possible. In this case, though, the tiles are numbers (1-7). When you put the number down, it'll stay where it is unless that number matches the number of rows or columns you drop it into. It makes for some awesome combos. Just don't get too many 1s and 2s bunched together or it's game over.


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