Come on, you knew there was going to be a Bejeweled clone in here. PopCap’s brilliantly simple “match-3” game is such a natural fit for touch screens that it’s easy to forget Bejewled debuted years before the first iPhone. In the years since, we’ve seen hundreds of imitators and derivatives--including a certain candy-themed life-destroyer--but my favorite has always been Puzzle Quest 2.
PQ2 takes the tried-and-true gem-matching minigame and turns it into the combat engine of a traditional fantasy RPG. Like any RPG worth its salt, players can choose classes, gain experience, and unleash new powers when they level up. During “combat” players match up colored gems to generate mana, deal damage, gain experience, and so on. Once you’ve collected enough mana, you can cast spells that drastically change the board--eliminate all red gems, for example--or even steal turns from your enemies. Matches only last a few minutes, making PQ2 great for the average Joe killing a few minutes at the bus stop.