Elizabeth Renstrom for TIME
By Alexander Aciman
January 20, 2015

Looking for some fun new games to play on your iPhone? Here are five favorites TIME rounded up this week. Enjoy!


Shadowmatic

Shadowmatic
Shadowmatic

Shadowmatic is one of the most challenging puzzle games around, not necessarily because the puzzles themselves are impossible to solve, but because the game requires players to think differently. The goal is to contort objects in order to match a shadow cast on a wall. Use objects from your surroundings in order to solve the puzzle. It’s like a mind-bending shadow-puppet spectacle.

Shadowmatic is available for $2.99 in the App Store.


Flockers

Flockers
Flockers

Flockers is shockingly similar to the yesteryear gaming hit Lemmings, in which players must lead a flock of animals over a series of obstacles and, hopefully, not to one of many violent deaths. It’s a puzzle game in action. Take your sheep through 60 levels and see if they can survive the gruesome machines and pitfalls designed to pulp your clueless herd.

Flockers is available for $1.99 in the App Store.


Lowlander

Lowlander
Lowlander

In a world full of retro games, Lowlander is so retro that it’s nearly analog. It’s a throwback to a time of pixels the size of a quarter, and game movement as simple and as straightforward as the arrow keys. Actions are selected from a drop down menu as you try to battle your way through the Amazon. Imagine the RPG Tom Hanks plays in Big, but colorful, and on your iPhone.

Lowlander is available for $1.99 in the App Store.


1+2=3

1+2=3
1+2=3

There’s a level of inanity to this game that’s hard to stomach, were it not for the fact that it’s been near the top of the iTunes chart for the last week. Clearly players are responding to the idea that basic math equations thrown at them at top speed are not only a lot of fun, but strangely challenging. It’s literally single digit operations, and yet, it’s not hard to make mistakes. Not really a brain teaser as much as a puzzle game, 1+2=3 is a great way to spend a few minutes of free time.

1+2=3 is free in the App Store.


Hexxy Snake

Hexxy Snake
Hexxy Snake

A lot like the classic game Snake, Hexxy Snake is a game in which players control a growing snake, navigate it towards food and around obstacles, and, more importantly, away from its ever-growing tail. The added challenge to this game is anticipating the slightly fractal element of guessing the precise angle at which your snake will turn when it comes to a fork in the hex background.

Hexxy Snake is $2.99 in the App Store.

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