There are tons of match-3 puzzle games on the Google Play Store. Most of them are downright boring and repetitive. I mean if you are stuck at level 783 in a candy-matching game and are trying your best to beat it, then I doff my hat to your perseverance.
Unending levels can really get on your nerves! Fortunately, not all match-3 games are monotonous. There are quite a few games that try something different, offering new challenges, combining puzzles with city-building and RPG genres and incorporating boss battles to puzzles.
Multiplayer match-3 puzzlers are quite a rage nowadays, thanks to Match Masters! Developer Candivore created a fast-paced game that lets you battle online players to win trophies and cool rewards. They have actually managed to turn a simple tile matching puzzle game into an intense PvP game that features multiplayer battles in real-time.
There are a few good games like Match Masters that offer real-time PvP battles. Some of these games take puzzle battles to a whole new level. Check them out:
Cat Force is match-3 with kitties! But the gameplay is very different from Match Masters. Instead of matching pieces to score points, you and your opponent will have to match cat heroes to defeat kitty enemies. The player who defeats max cat enemies and has a higher score wins the game.
The head-to-head versus battles is one of Cat Force’s game modes. There’s also a map-based game mode where you will have to play against AI opponents to progress from one stage to another.
The game lets you upgrade your cat heroes to sharpen their battle skills. An upgraded kitty hero will be able to defeat enemies much faster. There are various boosters to help you increase your score and conquer enemy cat territory.
Puzzle Brawl combines match-3 puzzle with RPG elements. It also has a “PVP Fight” mode that lets you raid other players from around the world in versus battles.
Versus battles are fun to play, but you should first practice the story mode to learn new strategies before trying the PvP raid mode. The game has over thirty heroes, each with a special skill that can help you foil enemy strategies. Puzzle Brawl’s player vs. player system allows gamers to collect chests as they win battles.
Another great player vs. player game like Match Masters, Puzzle Match has lots of new boosters, skills and some secret features that make competitive match-3 puzzles more exciting and challenging. You can block your opponent from making a move or use special boosters to score more points. The game offers a balanced matching system, so you will be matched against an opponent of the same level. Graphics are very well done, straight out of an anime movie! However, the feature to invite friends and play against them is missing in this game. I hope this feature will be added soon.
It’s a match-3 puzzle war between rival pirates! In Pirates and Puzzles you will be matched against random players from around the world. Match pieces and attack their ships, sink their sloops before they do, trap and stop them from matching pieces and unleash boosters to reduce their ships to rubble! The game also lets you collect and modify fearsome pirate ships and assemble deadly crew. Pirates and Puzzle has a unique concept. Combine this with the most popular mobile puzzle genre, and you have an action-packed game!
Dog Legends is another awesome game like Match Masters that not only lets you duel players from around the world but also collect cute doggos.
While battling opponents in real time, you will be using boosters to score more points. The game unlocks new arenas after winning a certain number of trophies. The graphics are pleasing to the eye and very cartoonish. Dog Legends has fewer ratings and I believe it’s quite underrated. Try it and let me know whether you liked it or not.
Puzzle Wars offers a unique PvP match-3 puzzle game. A player can summon heroes while playing against an opponent in real-time battles. The summoned hero will then attack his/her opponent at the end of the turn automatically. But the fun does not stop here, the player or their opponent can steal heroes to avoid being attacked. The game also offers special skill tokens. These skill tokens appear on the game board once a player matches 4 or more pieces. Tokens can then be used to score more matches and rake in bonus points.
Puzzle Wars has bright, colorful graphics and the gameplay has an easy learning curve. However, once a player moves to higher arenas, he finds winning PvP games very difficult, if not impossible. I have noticed this once I reached arena 8. I am sure developers will be looking into this issue because battling these opponents are tough and I don’t think they are human opponents. But still you should try this game at least once.
Duel Summoners is a puzzle battle game that pits you against random players from around the world. Match 3 pieces to summon magical heroes, and attack your opponent’s heroes. Your opponent will also do the same and this is where gameplay becomes very exciting. The summoned heroes on the battle board attack each other using devastating abilities.
If a player’s hero is defeated, his opponent’s hero will start attacking the player reducing his HP. The game also has boosters that lets you unleash devastating spells on opponent’s heroes, turning them to ash in minutes.
The best part of this game is its lets you turn your opponent’s heroes against them. Match strategically to move his heroes towards your territory and they will start attacking him.
With excellent 2D graphics and smooth gameplay, Duel Summoners is quite good and can be a good alternative to Match Masters if you are looking for a solid PvP match-3 puzzle game.