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10 Noise-free iPad Games


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7 Wonders: Magical Mystery Tour
The design of "7 Wonders: Magical Mystery Tour" is so bright and colorful, it's completely immersive even without sound.
The design of "7 Wonders: Magical Mystery Tour" is so bright and colorful, it's completely immersive even without sound.
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Classic computer puzzle games like "Tetris" and "Bejeweled" are available for iPad. These are fun to play without sound, since game play relies entirely on manipulating shapes on the screen. Some game designers took a cue from what made these games fun and added their own stories and graphics, recreating them for iPad as a fresh approach to the classic puzzles.

One game that's been successful in this venture is "7 Wonders: Magical Mystery Tour" by MumboJumbo. In "7 Wonders," you tour through the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, each beautifully depicted on the iPad screen. The wonders set the scene for the match-three type puzzle challenges you'll encounter during the game. The game even includes special powers that take your scoring possibilities beyond that of a classic match-three game.

While "7 Wonders" was new as of this writing, early reviews were very positive, and players seemed to feel they got their money's worth for the $4.99 app. What's more is that you can play these puzzles without sound, which is why we chose "7 Wonders" for this list.

While familiar puzzle games get these new twists, the next game gives you an innovative new puzzle to solve.