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Top 5 Match-Three RPGs on iPhone

Best ways to mix and match on iPhone

If we could define early 21st-century video game culture in any one way, then we'd probably say it's been the decade (or so) of the mash-up.

Rather than just rehash the old genres of the '80s and '90s, developers seem to be taking genres and splicing them together in new and interesting ways. Nowhere can this be better demonstrated than with the match-three RPG.

Here, we have the simple pleasures of matching coloured objects with the in-depth strategy systems of the classic role-playing game. Here are Qi's Top 5 match-three RPGs on iPhone.

It's time to mix it up a little.

Neither the match-three puzzler nor the RPG genre is exactly known for its bountiful humour, so it's refreshing to see the maker of Scurvy Scallywags mixing them up with a healthy dollop of yucks. It's from the warped brain behind Monkey Island, so there are loads of pirates here, too.
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Arguably the most strategic game on this Top 5, Might & Magic Clash of Heroes also sports the most unique matching system of the lot. Here, you're forming individual soldiers into columns and phalanxes according to their type in order to attack, and defend against, an opposing army.
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Puzzle Quest is arguably the game that 'kicked off' this whole match-three RPG craze. And this sequel is even better than the influential original. Unlike some game creators in this genre mash-up, Namco Bandai hasn't skimped on the RPG systems. It's deep, man. Deeeeep.
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8.4
Pixel Defenders Puzzle is a glorious mixture of RPG, puzzle, strategy, and even chess elements. Match coloured pixels to form fantasy warriors and outmanoeuvre your foes. Lovely stuff.
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Puzzle Trooper is perhaps the most vibrant game on this list, with Kabam combining classic match-three action with squad-based strategy mechanics and a super-sharp cartoon art style. It's also highly customisable, delightfully social, and free to play.
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8.1
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