A great game doesn't always need big noises and garish graphics to impress us. Sometimes, simplicity is king.
Minimalism is as as trendy in the mobile world as having a beard and owning a pair of brogues is to hipsters. It's revolutionized the world of apps, giving us several superb games with clever mechanics, that may seem simple on the surface, but have a lot more to them than meets the eye.
Read on to discover our 8 favorite minimalist puzzle games for Android.
WaveRun is an extremely challenging game of reflexes which manages to introduce an innovative gameplay accompanied by mesmerizingly bright neon graphics and responsive touch controls.
There is something magnetic and completely addictive about the game: despite being incredibly challenging from the very beginning, you can't help but continue playing and playing until you become so frustrated you can't go on.
∞ Infinity Loop is so minimalist, there isn't even a menu, settings, or a tutorial to tell you what to do. Complete each of the puzzles by tapping on the pieces to rotate them. Simple, right?
The graphics are exquisite and although it might not seem like it, some levels are quite complicated. And it goes on infinitely, at least, that's what they say, and we'll take their word for it. If you reach the end let us know!
Brain Dots is a novel physics game with an original design, and interesting gameplay. This game is all about precision, and it's pretty addictive from the get-go. As you move through the levels, you collect coins which will help you upgrade to snazzy, magic pencils.
Okay? is one of the most popular games on the list, if not the most tricky. The aim is to bounce the ball to eliminate the white shapes in just one tap, which may seem straight forward enough, but sure as heck isn't.
Graphics are stripped right back to the geometric shapes you need to get complete each puzzle (and your fingers, of course).
Even oO's name is stripped-back, so called because you'll be traveling around various circles that could be construed as the letter "O". You must navigate a small white dot around various connected circles, and you can only move to the next circle where they intersect. As you do so you must flip the ball to either side of the "O" to avoid spikes, whether they are stationary or moving.
You'll be massively impressed by this "hardcore, minimal "dodge-em-up / runner" arcade game.
If you like original games that make you think,Blue Box might end up being one of your favorites. In this game, the action is based around solving the puzzle, starting with the green square and always ending on the red one.
The goal is to get rid of the blue squares, which get smaller every time you jump over them. How do you play? Just tap on the sides of the screen to jump to the left or the right and try to figure out the best strategy to wipe out all blue squares and end up on the red one.
Heroo - Color matching puzzle
Heroo is a color-based brain puzzle with simple rules and evolving difficulty. In each level there are several hexagonal elements that can rotate when you tap on them.
The goal is to match the color of the edges for each adjoining element, but you have to be careful and think ahead as moves are limited.
If you are looking for a new type of puzzle game you've likely never played before, then the Sequence is for you. It's an incredibly unique puzzle game where you must move a colored dot from enclosure to enclosure. To do so you must use a series of special modules, which dictate how the colored dot functions.