September 8th, 2021: Updated the best match-3 puzzle games list, added download links

There are few genres that have become as deeply ingrained in mobile gaming culture as the match-3 games.

Shuffling around colourful blobs on some kind of abstract grid has become an obsession for many - even (perhaps especially) those who wouldn't necessarily class themselves as gamers.

It's easy to get sniffy about these casual time-fillers games, but they have their origins in classic console gaming. And let's be honest here: who of us hasn't been hooked on a match-3 game at some point in their lives?

There's a surprising amount of variety to these match-3 games too. Over the years some have incorporated RPG and strategy elements. Some even have stories.

Here, then, is a selection of the best and most popular match-3 games on iOS. Go on, give them a whirl. You know you want to.

Original list by Jon Mundy, updated by Pocket Gamer Staff.