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Top 5 Mind-Bending Games on iPad

Best ways to melt your brain on iPad

Plenty of iPad games claim to be "mind-bending". However, that usually translates to 'a bit tricky'.

When we refer to mind-bending games, we're talking about those games that play with your perceptions and turn your sense of the world upside down - sometimes literally.

The entries on this list of the Top 5 mind-bending games on iPad have little in common beyond a shared intention to discombobulate.

I think I need a lie-down.

Evoking the works of the great mind-bender himself, M.C. Escher, Monument Valley has you twisting the level furniture in a weird fantasy land in order to create impossible new pathways for your hero to take.
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9.1
Simogo is fast establishing itself as the master of the discomfiting narrative. And Year Walk is the weirdest of the lot. Wrapped up in ancient Nordic lore and filled with cryptic puzzles, this is a deeply odd adventure upon which to embark.
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8.7
Hiversaires dumps you into an odd black-and-white sci-fi labyrinth and offers you precious few clues on how to escape. All you can do is meander through and try to decipher its weird, symbol-heavy language.
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7.8
You won't have played a first-person game like Kairo before. There's no action, for starters. Just bemused wandering through a Tron-like world of abstract shapes and colours. There are spatial puzzles to negotiate here, but the atmosphere is one of isolation and confusion.
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6.8
If you want to truly give your brain the run-around, boot up continue?9876543210. As the name suggests, it's a distinctly meta-tale of the video game afterlife. Oh, and it hands absolutely nothing to you on a plate. If stumbling around a weird nightmare world without a clue as to what's going on appeals to you, check it out.
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6.5
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