Puzzlers can be the hardest games to review. Beyond just explaining the raw mechanics of the game, it can be very difficult to convey the "fun" aspect of the game. Fortunately, here are a couple of puzzle games with trial versions that are worth your time.

Theseus

Theseus [App Store, $3.99] is a puzzle game that has been bouncing around the App Store since September but hasn't really gotten a huge amount of attention.

The game pits you against the Minotaur and your goal is to escape the maze. The catch? The Minotaur moves twice as fast as you do, however, he follows a strict set of rules that you can use against him.

For each move that you make, the Minotaur makes two moves. He always tries to get closer to Theseus. If he can move one square horizontally and get closer, he will do that first. If he can’t move horizontally, then he will try to move vertically.

The full version of the game offers 85 levels of play. Meanwhile, there's a Lite [App Store] trial version that offers 17 levels to give you a taste of the full game.

If you like logic/puzzle games, this one's worth a try.

App Store Link: Theseus Lite, Free, Theseus, $3.99

Gudeballs

Gudeballs [App Store, $0.99] is a new iPhone puzzle game that appears to be another Flash port. That means you can try the Web/Flash version for free before you buy the iPhone game.

The game involves grouping 4 like-colored marbles onto various plates. You can rotate each plate and send balls down the set paths. Later levels introduce some interesting obstacles such as one-way paths and color-specific locks.

Both Flash and iPhone versions appear to be written by the same developer and include identical levels (at least for the first few stages). The iPhone controls could use some improvement (tapping targets are a bit small) but are functional.

App Store Link: Gudeballs, $0.99

TouchArcade Rating

  • Big Albie

    Theseus is great puzzle/strategy game that I don't think gets the recognition it deserves. You have definitely have to remember the rules of the minotaur if you're to escape. It's a challenging game which I play all the time.

  • Big Albie

    Theseus is great puzzle/strategy game that I don't think gets the recognition it deserves. You have definitely have to remember the rules of the minotaur if you're to escape. It's a challenging game which I play all the time.

  • http://puzzlingiphone.wordpress.com Michael Cysouw

    For more background on Theseus, see my discussion of this puzzle (and links to similar offerings in the app store) on http://puzzlingiphone.wordpress.com/2008/12/08/theseus-a-multi-state-maze-by-paired-movement/.

  • http://puzzlingiphone.wordpress.com Michael Cysouw

    For more background on Theseus, see my discussion of this puzzle (and links to similar offerings in the app store) on http://puzzlingiphone.wordpress.com/2008/12/08/theseus-a-multi-state-maze-by-paired-movement/.

  • Daniel Glover

    The Theseus game needs some mummys. The graphics are a bit simple.

    • WolfgangHendrix

      I found another one called "Theseus Vs. The Minotaur" with better graphics and it's free.

  • Daniel Glover

    The Theseus game needs some mummys. The graphics are a bit simple.

  • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zak

    Theseus was fun at first, but there was hardly any ramp-up between "trivial" to "impossible."

  • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zak

    Theseus was fun at first, but there was hardly any ramp-up between "trivial" to "impossible."

  • Ahiru

    theseus is great, gudeballs is lame (played the flash version, more of a match-x game)

  • Ahiru

    theseus is great, gudeballs is lame (played the flash version, more of a match-x game)

  • Bruno

    Hey, Gudeballs looks like an "unofficial conversion" of an old Commodore 64 game called Logical! :-)

    http://www.lemon64.com/games/details.php?ID=1536

  • Bruno

    Hey, Gudeballs looks like an "unofficial conversion" of an old Commodore 64 game called Logical! :-)

    http://www.lemon64.com/games/details.php?ID=1536

  • snow_mani

    Theseus is a great puzzle game. It's challenging at times but can definately be done... one day I might even be able to solve the last 3 levels!! ;)

  • snow_mani

    Theseus is a great puzzle game. It's challenging at times but can definately be done... one day I might even be able to solve the last 3 levels!! ;)

  • MartiNZ

    The theseus graphics are much better than they were in the original release. The gameplay is pretty good. I've managed to get to about level 30 several times ... and then each time that has coincided with a need/desire to restore the phone. I'm not really so keen on seeing the really hard levels anyway :).

    Gudeballs, cool. I tried 'Revolver' which is very similar but not very polished. I originally played the game as 'Bamboozle' 15 years ago at school. It took us ages to work out that to complete a level you just had to clear four of one colour in each of the 'plates', and then it turned out that was a demo with only two levels.

    It was more fun to just play it as a survival game; I forget if it even had high scores. I'll give this one a go.

  • MartiNZ

    The theseus graphics are much better than they were in the original release. The gameplay is pretty good. I've managed to get to about level 30 several times ... and then each time that has coincided with a need/desire to restore the phone. I'm not really so keen on seeing the really hard levels anyway :).

    Gudeballs, cool. I tried 'Revolver' which is very similar but not very polished. I originally played the game as 'Bamboozle' 15 years ago at school. It took us ages to work out that to complete a level you just had to clear four of one colour in each of the 'plates', and then it turned out that was a demo with only two levels.

    It was more fun to just play it as a survival game; I forget if it even had high scores. I'll give this one a go.

  • shawdoggamer

    Yes,,,really a good game to try, I got the lite version and bought full version and it surprised me with clean and nice graphics, a sound that keep in your brain and levels that increase the challenge. Addicitive!

  • shawdoggamer

    Yes,,,really a good game to try, I got the lite version and bought full version and it surprised me with clean and nice graphics, a sound that keep in your brain and levels that increase the challenge. Addicitive!

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