Essentials: 10 match-3 games you must play

Best Match-3 GamesWe know, sometimes you just want to turn the world off put some jewels or gems or bubbles in groups of three or more. It's science. Luckily for you, we've collected some of the very best match-3 games that you can play right here on No need to go searching, just click away ... and then click some more. It comes with the territory.Candy Crush

Candy Crush

Sweet! That's the word you'll hear ad infinitum as you match away in's gorgeous, treat-themed puzzler. But don't rush your way though-patience and planning are key to the highest scores around.

Play Candy Crush on >Bejeweled 2

Bejeweled 2

There's not much more than can be said of PopCap's ultimate match-3 distraction. Its grandiose tone and graphics will lure you in, but Bejeweled's speedy, explosive play hook will keep its claws in you for a long, long time.

Play Bejeweled 2 on >Galactic Gems

Galactic Gems 2

This Big Fish gem (last pun ... promise) takes a level-based, structured approach and fuses it with the speed and explosiveness of more fast-paced match-3 games. The end result is crystal-crushing romp that makes ever click feel like a blast-literally.

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Bubble Mouse

Bubble Mouse

A mouse is on a mission to help the mayor save the city by putting on shows of bubble-shooting bravado in Masque's take on match-3. Bubble Mouse brings some much-needed cute factor to the genre, so vote with your mouse. (We lied.)

Play Bubble Mouse on >Trizzle


This Arkadium puzzler distills what made critically acclaimed hit Triple Town so addictive into a simpler, more digestible experience. Before you know it, you'll be matching matryoshka dolls like a maestro for hours.

Play Trizzle on >Bubble Town

Bubble Town

Sometimes, you just want the tried-and-true, the tested, the proven. It doesn't get more reliable than I-Play's Bubble Town, a bubble shooter served to you straight and chock full of match-3 goodness.

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Jewel Quest 2

Jewel Quest II

If you consider yourself a completionist, then this might be the match-3 for you. Rather than simply matching gems, it's up to you to turn the entire play field to gold. Fans of symmetry and, well, completing things, say hello to your new best friend.

Play Jewel Quest II on >Eggz


Need more twitch factor to your bubble shooter? Arkadium's take certainly requires a healthy amount of dexterity, with a shootout against the clock to reach the board behind the various colored eggs. It's time to mix up your approach to match-3.

Play Eggz on >4 Elements 2

4 Elements

Ever had a match-3 game take you on a journey? Well, that's essentially what Terminal Studio's stone matching romp is all about. Rather than simply match for points, you must carve a path to the exit. Prepare to get lost in this gem.

Play 4 Elements on >Zumas Revenge

Zuma's Revenge

Arguably the finest there is, PopCap's fusion of match-3 and bubble shooter has few true rivals. Aside from its near-blinding sheen of polish, its simple-yet-addictive hooks (i.e. power-ups, combos and chains) will keep you pushing for the high score.

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