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Top 5 Enigmatic Games on iPhone

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There's room for the weird, the inscrutable, and the enigmatic in all media - including in video games. Yes, even on your gorgeous pick-up-and-play iPhone.

While everyone loves a simple screen-bashing casual timewaster, sometimes you want something a little different from your games. Something with a mysterious narrative or an off-kilter art style. Something that doesn't feed you all the answers straight away.

Check out our Top 5 enigmatic games on iPhone list and prepare to be perplexed.

Chins will be stroked and brows will be furrowed. You mark our words.

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Micro quite rightly tops this list. Why? Because EVERYTHING about it is odd. For one thing, it looks like no other game out there - its beautiful pixel-art landscapes are a joy to behold. For another, its gorgeous sound design is vital to solving its mysteries. The only way to fully understand it is to play it, and even then...
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All puzzle games are pretty off-kilter when you think about it. The use of abstract geometric shapes, esoteric rule-sets, and floating numbers are just three of the elements you should be thinking about. But Semi Secret's Hundreds is the oddest of the lot. Playing with its core spatial-conundrum setup in countless creative ways, the creator of Hundreds also folds in some truly befuddling cryptic ciphers for you to discover and decode.
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8.9
How about this: a video game with no video? That's the official brain-frazzling description for Papa Sangre. And it's not misplaced. Using ingenious sound design to guide you through its weird and wonderful world, Somethin' Else has forged a truly enigmatic journey into darkness here. Oh, and it's REALLY cool.
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8.9
1112 is unusual in the way in which the focus is on things you wouldn't normally associate with video games. So, characters are emphasised over plot, while the completion of mundane tasks is given top 'billing'. Much of your time will be spent doing extremely ordinary things like fixing a boiler, though the game's subtle characterisations and unsettling atmosphere make for a truly enigmatic experience.
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8.4
"It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." Winston Churchill might have been talking about communist Russia at that point, but he might just as easily have been describing The Room. This mystery-puzzler is one of the spookiest and most atmospheric games on iOS. Trust me.
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8.3
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