Contre Jour is a lovely puzzle-style game that has you using your finger to manipulate the landscape of a spooky silhouette style world in order to move your character and complete each level. Not only is the gameplay engrossing, but its soundtrack is as haunting as its visuals.
Speaking of games starring cute and cuddly characters, we’re not sure if they get any more saccharine than Cut the Rope. In this puzzle title, you must — surprise — cut ropes and use a variety of mechanisms like sliding rails and balloons to ensure that a piece of candy reaches Om Nom, its adorable star.
Similar in many respects to Bad Piggies, iBlast Moki 2 has you building contraptions in order to get critters the the level goal. On top of this, you use exploding Mokis to send the creatures flying towards the exit, adding to the challenge.
Instead of birds, Land-a Panda was you launching pandas through the air. The idea is to get Yang Guang to each level’s goal, avoiding obstacles and using others to his advantage for ricocheting, while making use of different types of cannons.
Keeping with the theme of launching things through the air, Ragdoll Blaster 2 does what its name suggests: It has you sending limp ragdolls soaring through the air. The idea is to hit a target to win the level, but a variety of obstacles, switches and other objects are present in each level to interact with in order to solve the puzzle.
This comical puzzle game has you using a catapult to clear levels of pesky foxes who’re out to get your militarized sheep forces. You’ll need to switch from sheep to sheep in order to fire past obstacles that incude more than just walls — they’ll actually modify the flight of your projectiles. What’s more, you can build your own levels and share them with friends.
Siege Hero might look surprisingly similar to Angry Birds at first glance — and it is. You fire vikings at enemy structures in oder to destroy them and knock over bad guys. The twist is that rather than flinging your forces across the screen, you flick them into the screen in 3D. It actually requires more precision, but feels more natural at the same time.
If you think Snuggle Truck sounds like a weird name for a game, wait ’til you see how it plays. In it, you race a pickup truck from one end of a dip- and jump-filled level to another while carrying a cargo of fuzzy animals. The trick it to make it all the way to the goal without any falling out. You can also build your own levels and play more than 200,000 that’ve been created by other players.
This classic iPhone game recently received a huge, free update and now runs on iPad, too. The charming title sees you controlling a small bird with especially tiny wings — hence the title — as you race against the run setting along dips and jumps on randomly generated islands. Holding down your finger makes you duck into dips, and releasing it on time to perform long jumps is crucial. There’s also a mode where you race against three computer-controlled opponents.
Trucks and Skulls Nitro is a high-octane, four-wheeled take on the Angry Birds formula. Rather than launching birds, you’re launching massive monster trucks into piles of bones and other heavy-metal-themed structures. There are several different types of trucks to use, each with their own special abilities, and you can unlock modifications that change the way they look.
This incredibly charming title from Disney is a physics-based puzzle game that plays off the way water moves to create its challenges. You have to manipulate the levels so that water flows to Swampy the Alligator’s shower — something that seems easy at first, but as these things usually go only becomes more difficult with time as elements such as acid and traps are introduced.
If you like how it plays, you can also check out a spin-off called Where’s My Perry? starring the fedora-wearing penguin from the show Phineas and Ferb.