We’ve seen all sorts of tepid free-to-play puzzlers adorned with cute, fluffy animals, but Alphabear (free) takes a different tack: Its titular bears are nestled deep within the gameplay itself. Here, you’ll build words using Scrabble-like tiles, and when used, they disappear—and the space is filled with bears. The bears combine and grow, and then open up additional tiles to use.
And the bears serve as crucial power-ups, too, which you’ll pick before each match to provide score and strategy boosts along the way. Alphabear’s unique and delightfully bear-centric approach also makes it smarter than the average word game, since the tiles have a limited life span. You’ll need to prioritize certain letters to have a chance of clearing the entire board, which then fills it with one massive bear. Like we said, it’s delightful.