Ever since its introduction on Facebook in 2012, Candy Crush Saga (Android, iOS) has amassed a major, loyal fan base. Match-3 games are popular for two reasons. One, they're easy to play but hard to fully master; and two, they can be picked up, played for just a few minutes on a lunch break or when commuting, and then saved for later. Candy Crush Saga tasks players with swiping candies in any direction to create sets of three or more matching candies. Once matched, the confections will crush and shift the candies above them, allowing players to create special combos and more matches.
But face it: Even the sweetest games lose their taste after half a decade. If you want to get back that after-dinner mintyness, sample one of our picks for the best match-3 games like Candy Crush Saga for iPhone and Android.
Candy Crush Soda Saga, also by King, tasks you with switching and matching candies and soda bottles to create rows of three or more confections or bottles in this thirst-inducing puzzle adventure. Create special combos and keep progressing through 1000-plus soda-themed levels.
Candy Crush Soda Saga is free with in-app purchases.
Bubble Shooter is a matching puzzle game that has you blasting three of the same-colored bubbles to clear the board and win coins. In Classic Game Mode, just drag the laser, aim, and lift it to shoot same-colored bubbles. Once you've mastered this mode, you can also play in unlimited Arcade Game Mode and Levels Game Mode.
Bubble Shooter is free to play, with in-app purchases.
Candy Crush Jelly Saga, like King's other Saga games, puts you toe-to-toe with the Jelly Queen. Play as Jenny and take turns switching confections, which causes jelly to spread. Whoever spreads the most jelly wins the level, but there are over 700 to play. Candy Crush Jelly Saga is free to play, with in-app purchases.
Farm Heroes Saga, from the makers of Candy Crush Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga, and Candy Crush Jelly Saga, has you banding with the Farm Heroes and collecting Cropsies (which you do by matching suns, water, and produce) before Rancid the Racoon steals them all and spoils the Farm Lands. Play through hundreds of levels. Farm Heroes Saga is free to play with in-app purchases.
Match three of the same numbers in this endless puzzle game. Get high scores by swiping like numbers together to make 3s, 6s, 12s, and so on. Keep combining like numbers to make room for new numbers and to conserve space, so you can continue making moves as the board keeps filling up. You can suffer ads or pay $2.99 to remove them.
1010! is a simple puzzle game that has you clearing lines. A series of three shapes, comprised of one to nine blocks, appears at the bottom of the screen, and you must strategically drag each shape to the board (an empty space of 10 by 10 tiles). Arrange 10 blocks in a row, and make the row vanish. If you're unable to place one of the shapes on the board, then you lose. 1010! Is free, with in-app purchases.
Tetris-like Bejeweled Blitz is a particularly frenzied puzzle-matching game. Match three or more gems to create explosions of color and sound in one action-packed minute. Score even bigger with rare gems and boosts. Whoever gets the most points wins. Bejeweled Blitz is free to play, with in-app purchases. If you enjoy it, you may also like Bejeweled 2 and Bejeweled 3.