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26. Unblock Me Free

You've probably seen similar "parking lot" puzzles before, where the object is to strategically move cars of different sizes, vertically or horizontally, to allow your vehicle to leave the lot. Unblock Me Free offers the same concept but with wooden blocks. There are four difficulty levels (from beginner to expert), two modes (Relax and Challenge), a hint system and a total of 4,200 free puzzles, in all. (Android, iPhone)

27. Shanghai Mahjong Free

Relax with this new spin on an old favorite. Shanghai Mahjong Free challenges you to remove a board of tiles by selecting pairs, but only the tiles on the top and sides of the pile are accessible. This free version adds intuitive touch controls, a variety of game modes and the ability to customize the tile and background artwork by downloading new images or importing pictures from your smartphone's photo album. (iPhone)

28. Words With Friends Free

The game that's so addictive Alec Baldwin was kicked off a flight for refusing to stop playing (lucky for him, the plane hadn't taken off yet). Zynga's Scrabble-like game challenges you to create words using tiles on board. Take turns against your opponents at your own pace. Words With Friends Free supports up to 20 simultaneous matches — and you'll be notified when it's your turn for each game. Chat with friends while playing via the in-game text messaging. (Android, iPhone)

29. Magic Piano

Music lovers, listen up. This free music-playing app is part game, part piano lesson. As you hear familiar songs — be it pop hits or traditional melodies — you must tap beams of light at the right time, either single notes or chords, to play along with the ditty. While you'll start with a number of free songs, you can purchase additional song packs or play enough that you earn in-game currency to pay for new music. Part of the fun is listening in on other players' performances from around the world. (iPhone)

30. Angry Birds

If you haven't heard of this free app, it's time to come out of your nest. The endearing, addictive physics-based strategy game gives you a giant slingshot to launch an assortment of birds with various destructive powers toward reinforced forts built by scheming green pigs. With more than 500 million downloads across all platforms, it's the most popular mobile game ever. (Android, iPhone)

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