PentoMind - Pentomino Puzzles 4+

Relaxing but challenging

David P. Sumner

Designed for iPhone

    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings
    • $2.99

iPhone Screenshots


Looks and plays well on the iPad and Mac as well as the iPhone!
Great for standing in lines or sitting in a doctor's office.

Previously featured on Apple's What's Hot in Board Games for over three months and also in What's Hot in Puzzles.

"Pentos app is educational and addicting… the gameplay in Pentos is solid, self-explanatory, and definitely engaging. You can play some easy ones while standing in line at the DMV, may want to up the difficulty to help keep your mind strong and lively!"
Sara Haley,

You have to see it to believe it. Relaxing, yet challenging.

• Smooth animated piece movement, with rotation and 
flipping (in 3D).
• Thousands of puzzles!
• Choice of board and difficulty level.
• Hints for all puzzles.
• Option to time puzzles.
• All settings preserved if you quit the app; timing even resumes when you return.
• Shake to reset a puzzle; shake again to undo the reset.

The puzzle consists of a rectangular checkerboard and twelve pieces called pentominoes. These pieces represent all the possible ways to arrange five unit squares together so that their edges align. Your objective is to cover the board using the pentominoes.

After you choose a board size and difficulty level, PentoMind will generate an appropriate new puzzle for you to solve. Your job is then to place the pieces at teh bottom of the screen so that each white square of the board is covered by some pentomino.

You may choose to have your games timed. Then you can replay the same puzzle with a friend to see who can solve it the fastest. If you quit PentoMind during a timed game (or if you’re interrupted by a phone call), then the timing for the puzzle will resume the next time you start PentoMind.

Some puzzles may have more than one solution, in fact if you start with an empty board there may be hundreds or even thousands of possible solutions. The sole exception to this is the smallest board which has only a few solutions.

The pieces you may use are initially shown at the bottom of the screen, and you simply touch a piece to drag it onto the board. When you touch a piece, it will grow to a size that fits the dimensions of the squares on the board.

You may rotate a piece by tapping it, or you may flip it (in 3D) by double-tapping it. Alternatively, you may use buttons provided to rotate and flip the currently active piece. All piece movements are realistically animated. PentoMind is geared towards ease of use and playability.

Pieces are not allowed to overlap; should an overlap occur, a star icon will appear above one of the overlaps.

To return a piece to its original spot at the bottom of the display, simply drag it down off the board.

You may reset a puzzle by shaking your iPhone/iPod, and if you shake it again before moving another piece but after a pause, the pieces will return to where you had them.

What’s New

Version 3.4

Bug Fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

neurorunner ,

like Tetris but even better in some ways

PentoMind is a great app for passing time while standing in line or waiting for an appointment. It has elements of Tetris but is more self-paced, so interruptions are not problematic. It’s a fun way to take your mind off of the stresses of the day.

Stiltryin ,

A Great Challenge and Fun Also!

Looking for one of the best ways to keep your mind
active and still have fun? THIS IS IT! With so many
apps to choose from - start here.

quovademus ,

Wonderful and addicting puzzle game!

Pentos is a excellent puzzle game that provides great gameplay for iPhone, perfect for when you have a few minutes to fill because it can easily stop and start without any difficulties. Pentos is the implementation of the classic Pentominos puzzles where the object of the game is to completely cover the board with a set of twelve individual pieces. Pentos provides a range of puzzle difficulties, which is great since I can tailor the puzzle to the amount of time I have to spend working on the puzzle. It also has a timer option which allows for more "competitive" gameplay. All in all it is a great puzzle game that I have thoroughly enjoyed playing and has earned a permanent spot on my iPhone.

App Privacy

The developer, David P. Sumner, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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