Word in the street is hardcore gamers have been spotted playing match-three games while on the go. Vicious rumors are going around that casual players are evolving into mid-core gamers, and have left behind the simplicity of candies in exchange for dragons and epic quests.
Welcome to Puzzle & Dragons-land. Yes, we all know that PaD wasn't the first, but it serves to identify a distinct subgenre nowadays.
If you love Puzzle And Dragons, here are the next free games you're going to download.
6. Hordes of Heroes
Hordes of Heroes can be proud to start this list off because it portrays best what we are looking for: witty match-3 action, leveling up, and pixelated monsters. Mercilessly addictive, perfectly enjoyable for RPG players seeking the zen balance of an empty mind, as well as for casual players enjoying that thing we call "options."
Gem Fighters is more of a Tetris-like game. It may have gotten low score in our review, but it serves the same purpose as others games in this list, and it does so pretty well. It will keep you entertained with familiar mechanics, but the duel-like system and unlockable characters are hard gameplay tweaks to resist.
Witch's Workshop could be the "advanced edition" of many match-3 games. It follows the same rules, but it gets devilishly complicated and twisted so fast, so soon, that it makes perfect sense to be in this list. It's ready to be played by those who dislike the easy nature of casual gaming and want to put their brains to the test.
Elements Battle gathers together all the elements you clamored for when you first saw the hordes of match-3 gaming landing on the mobile shores. Includes not only a map and quests and RPG-ish stuff, but also gear that's reflected on your character, plus a lot of critters and monsters to defeat.
Dungeon Gems is what happens when Gameloft makes a match 3 game: lots of stuff to explore, a storyline and cutscenes, beautifully animated bosses, and remarkable artwork. It also includes gameplay slightly simpler than its counterparts. It's a safe bet, as nearly everything the industry giant does.
Alien Hive may not be the prettiest game around, and it doesn't even deign to have a fantasy setting. But it's the most clever, suited for advanced minds who are looking for a brainy game where every move counts instead of frenetic gameplay.
It's at the top of this chart, though that's something that can change anytime, given the vast amount of competitors struggling to be the first in the line to inherit the P&D throne it will eventually bequeath.