Therefore, we decided to compile the TOP “three in a row” games for Android and tell you exactly how they differ from each other. Of course, all the games from our list are available for download in the Play Market absolutely free.
Candy Crush Saga
This simple and colorful game managed the almost impossible – to bypass Clash of Clans, Fruit Ninja and Hill Climb Racing in the TOP of the most downloaded games on iOS and Android. And this despite the fact that the developers were not even bothered to add to the game popular in the genre of “three in a row” troubles like a story campaign, activated for collecting certain colors of “spells” and other curtsies towards the legendary Puzzle Quest. Instead, we are waiting for simple and additive gameplay, a minimum of complexity and long sequences of exploding candies.
Unlike the top spot on our list of the best Match 3 games for Android, which doesn’t even try to pretend to be anything more, Homescapes goes out of its way to pretend that it’s not just a puzzle but an ancient mansion renovation sim. There is a story company that tells about the renovation of the once abandoned estates, and many additional mini-games, such as decorating the rooms opened during the story.
This match-3 game on Android also tries its best to dress up as something else – in this case, as an aquarist simulator. Therefore, we collect shells, pearls and fish in rows for a reason, but to open a new decor for our aquarium and settle our scaly wards in more comfortable conditions.
Empires & Puzzles
Perhaps no game has done more to revive the Match 3 genre in the 21st century than the Puzzle Quest franchise. Empires & Puzzles can be called its ideological successor in the form of a mobile application.
We have to go on an epic adventure through a fantasy world and collect a collection of powerful heroes. Fights with numerous enemies, of course, take place in the form of turn-based “three in a row” sessions with the possibility of using skills and items.
Simon’s Cat — Crunch Time
If a match-3 game has a story, they usually try to make it as epic as possible. We regularly have to save kingdoms, explore mysterious caves and even build our own Empire. The creators of Crunch Time took a different path, and our main goal in life is to feed the famous white cat to its full, and at the same time his furry friends and girlfriends.
If the cat from the previous game had enough sweets to be happy, then the local tailed one is not at all so simple. To satisfy his appetites, you will need not different types of food, but gems.
Another difference between this project and most analogues is that in order to pass a level, you need not only to score a certain number of points, but also complete a task that is unique for each level (collect the required number of stones, free blocked stones, destroy all spiders, etc.).
Angry Birds Match 3
The Angry Birds franchise has been hard at work in recent years reclaiming its place as the premier mobile game on Android, releasing feature-length films and spin-offs in other genres to do so. The “three in a row” mode here differs little from other games from our TOP, except that birds familiar from the main franchise like Red and Bomb act as consumables. But this project is full of unexpected additional activities like collecting a collection of chicks or regular bingo games.
Despite the primitive plot in the spirit of “feed the cats as tasty as possible” and bright cartoon design, in terms of gameplay, Cookie Cats manages to surprise even seasoned connoisseurs of the “3 in a row” genre. After all, instead of rearranging the stones (cookies) around the field, lining them up in lines, here you need to circle the combinations that already exist on the field.
It looks simple, but you need to take into account that the circled lines disappear, and higher cookies fall in their place. Therefore, the consequences of your actions here need to be calculated a little further than in other games from our top.
Lost Island: Blast Adventure
The gameplay of this game is based on a variation of “three in a row”, in which, instead of moving stones, you need to “undermine” areas of adjacent stones of the same color. Completed tasks help us get new decor items and gradually restore the abandoned island. And making our way further into the jungle, we are step by step closer to unraveling the ancient mystery.
Cradle of Empires
In this interesting game, you will find as many as 6 different modes, as well as many other mini-games and activities such as restoring ancient cities from ruins and collecting numerous collections. All this is flavored with a strong story about the fight against ancient Evil and a huge number of additional tasks. In addition, the graphics here are worked out much better than in most similar projects.
In terms of gameplay, The Clockmaker has nothing to surprise us with – most of the games here differ little from other games from our TOP. But the atmosphere of this game turned out to be really unique – thanks to stylish graphics and an interesting plot, we literally plunge into a mystical fairy-tale world, where there is a place for heroism, friendship, love, and Ancient Evil.
The basic gameplay and even the design of the playing field here are blatantly copied from Candy Crush. This project is saved from our well-deserved indignation by colorful graphics and cute fairy-tale surroundings. As you progress through the story campaign, you will be able to meet the heroes of your favorite childhood fairy tales like the Three Little Pigs, Aladdin and Cinderella.
Here we again have to restore a dilapidated park, only it is located not on a tropical island, but in the center of the metropolis. Of course, the evil officials dream of selling the land of our park for development. To save the park from such an unenviable fate, we will have to fill it with attractions, trees, decor and exotic animals.
The gameplay of this game differs little from the same Candy Crush, only instead of sweets we collect rows of fruits. Particularly successful combinations are rewarded with explosive bonuses, which greatly facilitates the passage. The creators of WonderMatch did a good job on the plot, which is an adaptation of the famous “Alice in Wonderland”.
Pet Clinic: Happy story
Conceptually, this puzzle is similar to Park Town, but instead of a zoo, we are restoring an abandoned veterinary clinic. A separate bonus from us goes to Pet Clinic for the design of the playing field, which brings to mind the legendary eight-bit game “Doctor Mario”, which became one of the first Match 3 games for many gamers of the early nineties.
The game is not available on official digital services
Another variation on the theme of restoring abandoned property, but instead of a mansion or a veterinary clinic, we will have to update the furniture in a family hotel. What distinguishes the game from most similar projects is an unexpectedly well-developed plot, during which we have to reconcile two competitors and make them work together for the benefit of our hotel.
A game from the creators of Homescapes in the same genre and with the same level of popularity – only here you will learn the story of Austin the butler, who has to restore the family garden. You will do this by solving traditional match-3 puzzles, the complexity of which is constantly increasing.
Like Homescapes, Gardenscapes is loved for its decoration mechanics – you don’t just click levels like nuts, but you do it for a specific purpose. When restoring a garden, you can choose different options for decorations and feel a little like a designer.
Another colorful puzzle in our selection, which will equally appeal to both young and adult audiences. It is dedicated to a charming witch who collects diamonds, gems, crystals and precious stones, and then, by combining them, gets magical amulets.
You are already familiar with the basic mechanics, and in order to motivate players to go through one hundred levels after another, the developers looked towards Homescapes and introduced the ability to transform the witch’s hideout into a pretty nice mansion.
Guitar Girl Match 3
Anime Guitar Girl Match 3 should appeal to music lovers – you have to combine multi-colored stones to the pleasant chords of the guitar, and various musical instruments are provided as a reward. High-quality anime art in the background has become not superfluous, giving the game a more comfortable atmosphere.
In addition to Match 3, Guitar Girl Match 3 also features a card game and 2048. If you get bored of completing levels alone, try challenging random users to an unusual competition and earn a rating.
Runefall combines medieval strategy and puzzle mechanics. In the role of an influential person, you visit the village of Rivermoor, which was abandoned during the war. The three remaining residents are asking for help rebuilding their home, and you can’t refuse.
With your mind, you will get materials and gradually rebuild various houses, put roads in order and attract the attention of new residents. In addition to classes in the village, quests await you that will lead you to mysterious places and introduce you to the mysterious inhabitants.
Strongblade is a classic of its genre that, like the other games in this collection, runs the risk of stealing a ton of free time from you as you progress through endless levels. Here you and Sean the Mouse will go on a long adventure, and in the course of solving puzzles, set up a camp, decorate it with artifacts, save friends and fight villains.
Family Guy Freakin Mobile Game
An indecent game based on the cartoon “Family Guy”, from which it is better to keep children away. Here you will find absurd black humor, trashy levels and inadequately funny puzzles along with characters from all seasons of the show.
The puzzle “three in a row” also turned out to be not the same as everywhere else – instead of gems and familiar items, you will have to collect alcoholic cocktails and much more. And if you are tired of thinking with your head, think with your fists – in a separate mode, you can choose a fighter and take part in epic battles with bosses in the ring.
Zuma Classic Deluxe
The classic Zuma puzzle was released in 2003 and has become one of the most popular in the match-3 section. The demand from gamers has led to the emergence of versions for various platforms, so today it will not be difficult to touch the classics.
Zuma also has gems that are destroyed when a combination of three elements is formed, but the gameplay is very different from other projects. Here you control a frog statue that shoots these stones, and you have to hit the moving chain before it reaches the finish line. If you do not calculate with the trajectory, you will quickly lose.
There is no problem that a won game of three in a row cannot solve. This time we have to return the former glory to the elite restaurant breathing its last.
The parties here symbolize the preparation of individual dishes, and the developers managed to attach some interesting and not very common mechanics to them – so, by collecting 4 chips in a square, you will get a paper airplane for your collection.
Raids & Puzzles
Both in plot and in terms of gameplay, this project is a direct copy of the much more successful Empires & Puzzles. Instead of our anger, this game got into the TOP, firstly, by the deep secondary nature of Empires & Puzzles itself, and secondly, by nice anime graphics and very stylish battle animations.
The game is not available on official digital services