10 jigsaw puzzles on Apple Arcade

Possessions is one of the many mind-bending puzzle games on Apple Arcade.

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Jigsaw puzzles with thousands of tiny pieces and Rubik’s Cubes are fun, but mobile gaming has taken jigsaw puzzles up a notch, and AppleArcade has some great ones. Apple’s $5-a-month gaming service has something for everyone, and creatively pushes the boundaries of jigsaw puzzles. Dig and build in the vastness of infinity, see the world from a different perspective and mend broken treasure and broken hearts.

In his Catalog with over 200 gamesApple Arcade has more than two dozen titles in the puzzle category (and New games are added weekly). Here are 10 of my favorites.

possessions

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Possessions is a calming, minimalistic puzzler with a surprisingly deep story. The trick to solving each puzzle is perspective and spatial awareness – you need to look at the room from different angles. A lamp might look like it’s floating, but when you tilt the room in a certain direction, it suddenly seems like it’s standing on a side table. Each level is a bit more challenging as you have to “arrange” more objects – flowers need help to get into vases and wires need to be plugged into the wall. You’ll also learn each character’s story by watching the cutscenes and paying attention to what objects are in each room.

Patterned

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Patterned is like a jigsaw puzzle combined with a coloring book – simultaneously calming and challenging. Each puzzle starts as a sketch, and you drag colored pieces onto the screen to overlay the sketch. The game was harder than I thought, with intricate patterns like this hot air balloon image. If you don’t get the puzzle piece in the right place, it will turn red and you can try again. The more colored pieces you place, the easier the puzzle will be. You’ll find the pattern emerges as you add more pieces. The patterns are created by artists from all over the world.

Where cards fall

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Where cards fall is a Coming of age puzzle game used the cards to convey what it’s like to grow up. You navigate the world by building and collapsing houses of cards. Some cards become doors through which you can see different memories – happy, painful, and everything in between. As the levels progress, the doors get harder to get to – “pinch” the screen to collapse cards and spread your fingers on a deck to build a house.

Assemble with care

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In Assemble with Care you play as Maria, an antiques restorer who arrives in the city of Bellariva on her world tour. Abroad, Maria makes a living by repairing things. The game unfolds like a storybook until Maria meets someone who needs to fix something. The game allows you to rotate objects, change batteries, press buttons, turn screwdrivers and much more. In addition to repairing physical items, Maria learns about the problems facing the people of Bellariva and realizes that their jewelry isn’t the only thing that needs fixing.

The Enchanted World

The Enchanted World

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The Enchanted World is about a young fairy whose world is being destroyed by dark forces. You help her on a journey to repair and heal what has been damaged. Guided by a red songbird along the way, you’ll get help from a web-spinning spider, quirky robots, a hungry frog and more. Through Sliding block style gameplayyou reroute rivers, mend tree roots, rearrange gears on a factory floor and save your world from darkness.

hue

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Soar in tint by mixing watercolors to match colored origami paper creations in your own garden studio. Each “page” of your sketchbook becomes a little more challenging, but doesn’t lose its comforting theme. There’s no rush, no timers, and no one to beat. Each chapter brings something different – the sounds of the rain, the warm sunlight, the chirping of the birds and more. There is also a mode for color blind and visually impaired people.

Simon’s Cat: Story Time

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Simon’s Cat: Story Time is a match-three game that lets you unlock chapters of a story. The game features an entertaining narrative and soothing quests to clean up and design a garden (without breaking a sweat or getting dirty) and casual, easy-to-learn Candy Crush-style gameplay. In Story Time, a construction project threatens to disrupt the tranquility of Simon and Cat’s neighborhood. Simon, Cat and their friends – some human, some four-legged – begin restoring a wasteland of nearby historic parks to protect the community.

whetstone

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In Grindstone, you strategically make your way through the bowels of Grindstone Mountain, which is infested with vermin-like creatures called Creeps. Each of the 150 levels will be more challenging than the last with more devilish creeps and boss fights. Similar to Simon’s Cat – only with a lot more cartoon gore – in Grindstone you navigate and master levels by creating chains of matching creeps for your burly character to slice through. The longer you stay in a level, the more volatile the creeps become. Keep an eye out for loot to redeem and weapon upgrade blueprints to use as you top up your health at the Howling Wolf Inn.

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In Lumen, when you open a mysterious box in an old attic, the recorded voice of Olivia MacLumen, a great inventor who lived in Scotland over 100 years ago, lures you on an adventure. She tells you that all the stories about her inventions are stored on film frames in the box and you need to restore them with light. Players learn how to bounce light rays off lenses and mirrors Solve each puzzle and uncover Olivia’s story.

Down in Bermuda

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In Down in Bermuda you play a pilot named Milton who has crashed on what appears to be a deserted island in the Bermuda Triangle. Thirty years later you’re still trying to get home. Travel around interconnected islands and solve various interactive puzzles to collect special orbs while avoiding less friendly sea monsters. With the help of a wise turtle, a friendly robot and others, you will learn the mysteries and magic of the islands.

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