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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I hate Candy Crush Part II

There are so many great puzzle apps out there.  This one is crushing them all.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Tile Chain by Arthur Davidian Free

Снимок экрана iPhone 1  Снимок экрана iPhone 2
The object in Tile Chain is to slide the tiles to their respective goals.  Important: all the tiles must always be connected. 

There's a  little sokoban feel to this game, but not quite. You can fiddle around and maybe solve some levels. Eventually, you'll have to bear down and plan.

There are only 24 levels and the first 9 are free.  After that: $.99. Definitely worth it.  At the moment, I'm stuck on level 19. Tile Chain is a little gem.

I always save the best game for Friday.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Burokku by Entity3 Limited Free

iPhone Screenshot 1  iPhone Screenshot 2
From the App Store:
Burokku is a brand new unique and addicting puzzle game

Simple tap the coloured blocks to move them left, right, up or down

match 2 of the same colour blocks to remove them, clear all the coloured blocks to complete each puzzle

Burokku is stylish, addicting and a great workout for your brain

iPhone Screenshot 5  iPhone Screenshot 3
Look at the 2nd image.  The blue piece on the right only travels up and down.  The other blue travels left/right.  The orange at the top moves horizontally while the one at the bottom moves vertically.

These puzzles are trickier than I thought they'd be.  There are only 28 levels, which I really like, and at the moment I'm stuck on 12.

Regarding the graphics: generally fine. But I'd like there to be some markings that signify which direction a piece can travel.  It's not always obvious.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Kakurasu (Sudoku like Japanese Puzzle Game) by Ancientec Co., Ltd Free

iPhone Screenshot 1  iPhone Screenshot 2
From the App Store

1. Find all of the Blue squares such that all of the totals match the clues.
2. The clues are on the right and across the bottom and are the totals for the respective rows and columns.
3. The numbers across the top and on the left are the values for each of the squares.

E.g. The first square in a row or column is worth 1, the second 2, the third 3, and so on.
Marking a square in Blue will add that square's value to both the row's total and the column's total.

My thoughts

This game is really easy. Perfect for young puzzlers. I did 30 puzzles in about 20 minutes.
The icon for the game shows a 6x6 grid. But all of the puzzles are 4x4.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ladybug Pathfinder by Yutaka Onizuka Free

iPhone Screenshot 1  iPhone Screenshot 2
Ladybug Pathfinder comes from Yutaka Onizuka. It's a topology puzzle app game where the object is to place the Ladybug on any node and then trace a path that covers every  line once.
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We've seen dozens of these types of puzzles. However, this is the first one that has a 3D perspective.  Also, the graphics are simply terrific.
iPhone Screenshot 5
There are 110 puzzle and I've done 32 of them. I have to stop because these are too easy. Nevertheless, the visuals are, again, wonderful.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Roll the labyrinth ball by Ruslan Goncharenko Free

iPhone Screenshot 1  iPhone Screenshot 2
Roll the labyrinth ball comes from Ruslan Goncharenko, who's produced a number of puzzle apps.

The game is more like a 'pipe' puzzle where the objective is to rotate individual squares so that the red ball will have a path the silver square. Some squares are bolted in a fixed state.

What's interesting?
1. There are wormholes that theoretically make things extra hard.  But not really.
2. The Grid sizes are 4x4, 5x5, 6x6, 7x7 and 8x8. Each grid sizes has 1000 levels ranging from Beginner to Expert.  That's right, there are 5000 levels in all.

I solved the first 8 Extreme levels in the 8x8 size. Not so hard.

Roll the labyrinth ball would be good for novice puzzlers.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Treple - Original Number Puzzle Game by Fluid Pixel Limited Free

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Gareth Slack: Game Developer/Artist and Stuart Varrall: Designer/Chief Complainer are the brains behind Treple - Original Number Puzzle Game , which is a point scoring puzzle app game.

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The game board is a 5x5 grid with numbers 1-5. The object is to change 1 number to form a string of 3 consecutive numbers.

Look at the last image. The instructions: add 1.  Obviously, tap the 2 on the right.

Adding 1 to a 5, makes it a 1.

Scoring Points: There is a multiplier that is essential. Your first set will likely yield 3 points. The string disappears and new numbers randomly fall in. If you can find/make a new sequence, you'll get those 3 points times two. After that, times 3. Etc.

According to the game makers, the highest multiplier so far was times 212. Phenomenal!

How is that possible? Pops. These are earned and then used - strategically.

The Leaderboard has 2 categories: Total High Score and Total High Score without Using Pops. I played this game for a week, without even realizing Pops existed. At the moment, I'm #2 in that department.

Treple has a lot going for it: simple to learn, great graphics and interesting concept. If you're careful, one game can take 45 minutes.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Nulla by Logify LLC Free

iPhone Screenshot 1  iPhone Screenshot 2
Nulla is a solitaire puzzle app game.  The object is to combine adjacent numbered tiles that are the same and whittle down to just 1 tile.

Look at the 2nd image.  Combine the two 11's and they turn into a single 10. In this case move the left 11 over to the right 11 so that the resulting 10 is adjacent to the one that's already on the board.

The puzzles are not hard. However, there's a scoring system. Every correct move counts as 1 point. If you make a mistake, you back to zero.

My high score is about 200.

The graphics and overall presentation are very good.  I recommend this for novice puzzlers and for those who like peg solitaire games. Though it's not quite the same thing.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Crystalux. New Discovery by Dmitriy Vasin Free

Crystalux. New Discovery comes from Dmitriy Vasin. The object is to move the hexagons around to form a closed loop or loops.  I must confess that I almost gave up after doing a few levels because it seemed too easy. However, the patterns formed at the end of each level are quite nice. Think Celtic Knots nice.  The reward at the end: the gems glow.

There are 317 levels.  I've done 60 of the Basic Levels and 17 of the Advanced Levels. None of the Expert Levels yet.  I must admit, I'm stuck - for now. Crystallux is not addictive. It's actually the opposite: just plain enjoyable.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Zero+ by SaturnBoy, LLC Temporarily Free

iPhone Screenshot 1  iPhone Screenshot 2
Zero+ came out in 2015.  I wasn't intrigued enough to try it.  But last week it was listed as Free.
At first, I didn't think I'd like it, however I was wrong!  The object is to slide your negative numbered tiles onto the positive numbered tiles to they turn into zero.

What's Cool

1. There are blocks (the white X squares) and directional lines and curves.
2. Look at the last image. Look at the most middle white square. The right curve is darker: that is the active curve.  After a tile passes over it, it will toggle to the other curve.
3. Non Equal Tiles. A Negative 4 can go to a Positive 1. It will then become Negative 3 and then can change directions.
4. There is an undo button. Obviously, not a big deal, unless you've been playing games that don't have this.
5. The graphics are very good and most importantly, the puzzles are at a perfect level of difficulty. That is: Hard Enough that I get stuck, but easy enough that I'll solve it after 5 tries.

There are 120 levels and at the moment, I've done 60.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Oggoelement by Olivier Darmon Free

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Oggoelement by Olivier Darmon  is a puzzle app game that is similar to Lunar Lockout.

The object is to pair up Your Men by sliding them until they hit an obstacle.  They do not have to crash into each other; they simply need to land adjacent to one another.

There are 18 free levels.  After that, $.99 buys 72 more.

What's interesting:

1. Some pillars can be tapped out of existence.

2. Directional arrows force the movement to one direction.

3. The art/graphics are very good.

4. There's no undo button, which is annoying. But that's okay because I really like this game.

5. These puzzles are tough!
6. Of the 90 levels I've solved 49 and am stuck. These puzzles are very well designed.

7. Looking at the Leaderboard - nobody is playing this. Only 12 people have finished the first set of free puzzles. C'mon puzzlers, show some support. This game is free with no ads.

Similar Games

Even Up
Line's Life
Fuzzy Logic

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Dump Trump Game by wisebeetle Free

Dump Trump is available now.
Dump Trump Game is the first political puzzle app game in a long time. It's a tilt maze puzzle app.  The object is to get Donald to the skyscraper.  Getting Hillary to the skyscraper is not allowed.
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When swiping, all the heads travel together.  All the Donalds must get to the skyscraper.
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There are 20 levels and they took me about 12 minutes. The puzzles themselves are okay. But the concept is not new and these levels aren't very hard.

If you're going to download & play this game, do it during Sunday night's 2nd presidential debate. Then delete it, because it's not worth keeping. Which may be a reflection of the actual people.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Rubek by Xigma Games $1.99

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Himanshu Manwani and Goverdhan Gosavi are the brains behind Rubek. Rubek is a Cube Rolling Puzzle most similar to Qvoid - see link below.

The objective: Your Man, the white cube, will pick up red, blue and green faces at the squares with plus signs. Those colored faces allow you to land on certain squares. They also: lift up squares and rotate sections of the grid.

If you're a perfectionist and want to earn 3 stars, you will have to restart some levels to get the minimum number of moves. There is no undo button.

There are about 70 levels and I solved about 25 levels. I like this game.

Other Rolling Cube puzzles:
Incredible Box Brainstorm
Block N Roll 3D
QVoid - masterpiece
Cubot - excellent
Cubler 2 - ingenious
Dice Jockey

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

ReflecTs DS by Doublesquare LLC Free

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ReflecTs DS is a laser with mirrors puzzle app game. How many laser puzzle apps have I reviewed on this blog? I've lost count.

Look at the first image. The laser is in the middle of the left wall.  The two red squares inside are splitters. This particular level has 3 targets: the 2 squares on top and 1 on the bottom.

There are 50 levels and I've done about 25 of them.  What's interesting: with the splitters, you have to figure out from which direction you need to enter it.

Other Laser Puzzles (Not a complete list!)
Laser Maze 2015
Shoot & Reflect 3x3
Photon Lab
Amid Worlds
RouteOut - not a laser game, but uses mirrors
RouteOut 2
Neon Connect
Mirrors & Reflections
Guide the Light
Lasers Free
Laser Logic

Monday, October 3, 2016

Edges - A Puzzle Challenge by Clearly Puzzled Games LLC Free

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Edges - A Puzzle Challenge is an Edge-Matching Puzzle.  The object is to rotate each square so that all the edges match.

You didn’t think the game was just going to be turning squares… did you?
  • Snowmen will give you hints. Sweet!
  • Ghosts will obscure your sight. Spooky!
  • Actors will turn squares themselves. Seriously?!
And more! We’ve got to keep a few cards up our sleeves…

I solved 19 levels. It's certainly colorful and if you've never tackled this genre, give it a try.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Twisted Lines – Mind-twisting Puzzles by Megagon Industries $2.99

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I'm a big fan of Ribbon Puzzles when they're well done. The first such game is Colorbind (see link below). Twisted Lines – Mind-twisting Puzzles by Megagon Industries is a fantastic addition to this genre.
The objective is to get Your Man (the colored square) to meet its matching target square.

Here's what's cool. As you stretch your ribbon, it leaves behind a double colored tail. When you cross over your tail, the square's color trades with the first line.

More: many levels have Two Men, each having a different square. Which leads to very complicated swapping because One Man can cross over the tail of the Other Man.

There are also wormholes with optional exits - very interesting.  And Erasers that will eliminate the tail of One Man.
There are over 100 levels and at the moment I've done about 85 levels. Level 3.5 was the first real tough one for me.

Graphics: I'm not crazy about these.
1. Pillars are always the same color as Your Man. They change color with it.  I'd rather they be black.
2. Outside the grid, the space also changes with Your Man. I'm guessing this takes up too much battery.
3. Music: I always turn this off for every game. For Twisted Lines, I have to turn it off every time I open the program.

All of those are minor complaints. This puzzle app game simply rocks.

Other Ribbon Puzzles
Ribbons Puzzle Game
The Weaver
Ribbon Puzzle
TAPES - similar to Colorbind. Excellent
Woven - easy
Colorbind - the first of its kind. Genius

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Download these Free Puzzles Today




Maciej Targoni's 3 games, all terrific, are temporarily FREE.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Markoshiki by Marco Barisione Free

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Markoshiki comes from Marco Barisione.  The objective is to place the numbers in a clockwise, circular pattern.

From the App Store:
The rules are simple:
- Numbers grow in a clockwise direction following the arrows.
- Consecutive numbers are in the same row or column as the previous number, but in different quadrants.
- The numbers that are already in the board when you start the game cannot be modified.

My thoughts:
1. This game is very similar to another puzzle app I reviewed about 2-3 years ago. Unfortunately, I've forgotten the title.
2. The grid sizes go from 3x3 to 5x5.
3. The Difficulty ranges go from easy to Extreme.

I've done a few 5x5 Extremes and I'm very impressed with the graphics and controls.  In terms of difficulty, this genre cannot get too tough.

In the other version of this game, which I don't recall the title, giant grids were spread over 9 quadrants. That led to a very interesting element where any anytime, the path could veer into the center quadrant.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Bend It: Flex Your Brain - Mechanical Puzzle $10

Recently I opened up Bend It: Flex Your Brain - another puzzle from the folks at Smart Games.

The objective is to place all the pieces into the grid to match the 60 black & white challenges.

Most interesting: all the pieces bend in some way.

Even more interesting: the construction of the pieces is outstanding.

I solved about 20 levels.  These puzzles get very challenging. Probably too hard for kids under 12.

From A Reviewer on Amazon:
The secret to solving the puzzles is to find where only one certain piece can go. This can change for each puzzle but for example in Puzzle 23 there is a place where there is a lone white dot encircled by all blacks. Only one of the six pieces can be used there. There may still be a couple ways to put in that piece but you can use elimination once you know the piece you are working with.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Who Can Get Z by Ruijun Li Free

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Remember the puzzle app game Subara City? It's a great point scoring puzzle app game.  Who Can Get Z from Ruijun Li is very similar. 

What's different?
In Subara City The objective is build up your houses into hotels and skyscrapers. Then merge the skyscrapers.

In Who Can Get Z, the objective is simply to get Z.

Both games are quite good and both will take a long time to play.

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