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10 of the best minimalist word games available on Android in 2019

As a fan of minimal word games, I thought it might be a good idea to round up a few of my favorites. I find that I often get annoyed by busy UIs, especially in word games, so I tend to lean more towards the titles that are built with a focus on gameplay instead of bright colors and shiny buttons. This is why I've hand-selected ten of the best Android word games that offer a minimalist theme. Instead of placing these games in order of my personal preference, I've listed them out by order of price, which should make it easy for everyone to find the titles that suit them best.

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Whispers of a Machine is a fantastic sci-fi noir point-and-click adventure game out now on Android

Whispers of a Machine is a point-and-click adventure game that contains genre-fitting pixel-based graphics, over 4,000 lines of voiced dialog, and an enthralling sci-fi noir story. You'll play the part of a cybernetically enhanced special agent tasked with investigating a string of murders that are tied to a group of fanatics committed to creating an AI superintelligence in a world where the technology is outlawed. It'll be up to you to investigate and resolve the case by gathering pertinent information and decoding challenging puzzles.

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[Update: Winners] Win one of 10 free codes for the Humble Mobile Puzzles Bundle

Puzzle games, in spite of all the frustration they may cause, are a good way to pass time. Whether you're at the airport waiting for a delayed flight or just bored at work, you can rest assured that the time will fly by once you get into a puzzle game. And now, with our latest Humble Mobile Bundle giveaway, you might not even have to pay for a couple.

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The new Humble Mobile Bundle includes 9 awesome puzzle games

There's a new Humble Bundle live, and it's all about puzzles—action puzzlers, relaxing puzzlers, and everything in between. All you need to do is drop a few bucks, and you can get up to nine Android puzzle games with no DRM or in-app purchases. There are a lot of great titles this time, too.

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unWorded is a creative typography-based puzzler, now available on Android

What are letters? They have meaning, and can be combined to form words like these (and cooler ones like "kerfuffle" and "cantankerous"). They also take up space—they have shapes that can mean something else. unWorded is a new puzzle game that uses letters not to form words, but objects. It's pretty clever.

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Amanita Design (maker of Machinarium) releases Samorost 3 in the Play Store

Most people who are even peripherally interested in games have probably played Machinarium at this point. Originally released on PC in 2009, Machinarium is a stylish, relaxing point-and-click adventure. It came to Android a few years back, and was quite successful. Now, the same developer has released Samorost 3 on Android. It's similar to Machinarium, but it looks even prettier.

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Road Not Taken from Spry Fox is available in beta form on the Play Store

You might know Spry Fox from its bear-themed games Alphabear and Bushido Bear. The new Road Less Traveled isn't about bears, but admittedly there are some bears in it. Instead, it's about a ranger whose task it is to rescue foolish children who are constantly getting trapped by blizzards.

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Bit Bit Blocks is a fast-paced puzzle game with support for two players on one device

You can usually take your time with puzzle games, but Bit Bit Blocks is anything but leisurely. You have to play this puzzle game at lightning speed to have any hope of winning. By making bigger blocks, you can beat back your opponent's advances, and that opponent can be the computer or your friend/enemy.

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Perchang is a neat Rube Goldberg machine puzzler, now available free on Android

In Perchang, all you need to do is get the little metal balls from one side of the screen to the other. You can't just let them roll over there, though. There are flippers, ramps, fans, magnets, and other contraptions to control in each over-engineered level. Oh, and you're scored based on how quickly you figure it all out. No pressure, though.

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Puzzle game _PRISM unfolds its wacky sacred geometry on Android

Most games have tutorials or some sort of instructions, but not _PRISM. I don't know if there's a scrap of text anywhere in it other than the name. You're left to tease out the secrets of each puzzle in this fascinating game on your own, but that's part of the fun. It just arrived on Android after launching on iOS earlier this year.

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