Rotating rings of sweet little cartoon animals close in around your catapult with a shuffle of furry paws. What's an animal lover to do? Why, launch their own feral pals back at them before they tan your hide, of course. That's the game in the Zuma-like Riot Rings, a match-three action-puzzler for iPhone.
The ingenious Puzzle Quest, which hit the Mac in 2008, the iPhone in 2009, and the iPad in 2010, was essentially a role-playing game, only all the "combat" is turn-based match-three face-offs against AI-controlled opponents. Bejeweled battles, basically. The formula was addictive, satisfying total RPG newbies and more hardcore players alike. Puzzle Quest 2, a universal app for iPhone and iPad, is more of the same, but it's cranked up the "epic" dial.