There are a lot of mobile games out there — last year more than 100,000 iOS games alone were released in North America. With so many out there, how do you know which are worth downloading? Here are a few recent ones worthy of exploration.

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SUPER PHANTOM CAT (iOS/Android) Cats! Robots! This game takes the weirdness of Super Mario Bros., gives it a zany feline-meets-sci-fi makeover, and uses slick touch controls to create a freshly retro experience delivered with a gooey feel-good message and some rainbow-hued prettiness.

STORY WARRIORS: FAIRY TALES (iOS) “Snow White,” “Cinderella” and the like get remixed in this text-driven puzzler for grade-school age kids about a young woman who gets trapped in folklore. Tap on words to bring them to life, and piece together nouns and adjectives as if they’re math problems. The right solution inspires a cutesy animated sequence.

SPL-T (iOS) Swedish studio Simogo is one of the most adventurous companies out there, specializing in head-scratching, text-heavy games. SPL-T is a back-to-basics puzzle game, in black and white, no less. Players place a horizontal line and then a vertical one, trying to create as many splits as possible.

THE SWORDS (iOS) Imagine a scene in an action movie, one in which one swordsman is surrounded by an army on all sides. Now imagine all the action is presented in a minimal ink wash art style. By zeroing in on the blades, The Swords emphasizes the chaos of battle. Swipe fast, and do so with precision.

LOVE YOU TO BITS (iOS) Breakups stink. They’re worse when your girlfriend is scattered around the galaxy. In this game, a young boy tries to put back together his first love, a female robot, and learns to live on his own along the way.