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Monday, July 16, 2018

Solve - Decrypt Logic Kyung-Hun Kim FREE

Solve - Decrypt Logic comes from Kyung-Hun Kim. It's one of those games where each level is a completely different puzzle. Can you figure it out. Hints are available.
I don't know how many levels there are.  The concept has been done before. Still, it's interesting.

Friday, July 13, 2018

logi. by ÇİZGİOFİSİ $.99

 logi. comes from ÇİZGİOFİSİ. At first, it seems like another laser/rolling ball, with mirrors/bumpers, maze puzzle. But it's much more and very cool.
The blue bumpers can be rotated.
The red bumpers can be rotated, but once the ball taps that bumper, it disappears.
The orange squares are basic walls. Unless there's an X inside. If that's the case, it will act as a red bumper after being hit.
The gear bumper rotates 90 degrees after it's hit.
The green bumpers are dotted on one side, solid on the other.  If the ball approaches on the dotted side, it will pass through as if there is no bumper.
The orange square with the double arrow: when it's hit, will advance 1 space in the direction of the arrow.

There are 70 levels, at the moment.  I've done all 70.  Not impossibly hard. But definitely tricky clever.

Great graphics. Great job.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Rolling Bolts - Logic Puzzles by LÖVLUND INNOVATION AB FREE

 Rolling Bolts - Logic Puzzles  comes from LÖVLUND INNOVATION AB. It's a gear puzzle where the object is to rotate the sections to match the rims.
1. All the gears are connected.
2. Each gear can rotate in either direction. A key element to solve is changing the direction in between moves.
3. The fewer moves, the more stars to accumulate.
4. The big gears move once per move.  The smaller gears move two steps for each move.
5. The smallest gears move 5 spaces. In essence, they're really just moving 1 space, but in the opposite direction.

I like this game.  However, there are ads. Also, I had accumulated a certain number of stars to open the next section.....and mysteriously, my stars were gone and I had to start over again. Another problem: you have to swipe across a gear to make it change direction. Unfortunately, when doing so, you might actually tap it and make a move. This happens more on the tiny gears.

I like the concept. The graphics are okay.  But it's not clicking with me.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Hexa Knot by Michal Gorny FREE

Hexa Knot comes from Michal Gorny.  The object is to swap tiles so that all the edges match and various loops are formed.

There are 500 levels broken into grid sizes of Tiny, Small, Medium, Large, and Huge.

I've been cruising through the Tiny levels. Fast and fun.  The Small levels are not that small!
I've also done a few of the 'Huge'.
Hexa Knot is very relaxing.

Well done Michal.

Monday, July 9, 2018

turn, by Adem KAYIRCI FREE

 turn, comes from Adem KAYIRCI. I like this puzzle developer.  See links to his other games below.  The object in this game is to get the arrows to match the image above.
The puzzle is similar to Rubik's Clock where turning one arrow will turn its neighbors in the opposite direction.

There are 3 modes, each with 60 levels. In the first mode: all the elements are straight lines. As a result, there are only 4 positions for each space. I've done 52 levels.

The second mode: each element is an angle that opens and closes. Each element has 8 distinct positions.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Flow Water Fountain 3D Puzzle by Maria Vegas Gallego FREE

 Flow Water Fountain 3D Puzzle comes from Maria Vegas Gallego. The object is to transport the different colored water faucets to the matching fountains.
 What makes this game particularly interesting is that the elements can be stacked.
 There are 250 levels, of which 150 are free.  On the 50 Easy levels, I definitely struggled on the last 5. I'm stuck on #50.

 Right above this text is level 6 from the Mix set. Right below is the solution.

The graphics are great. The hidden pipes in the blocks definitely add a good 'aha' piece. The puzzles are challenging but not overly so. I'm doing the Mix levels now. A few a day. Give it a try.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Real Life Escape Room

We've been traveling in the Lone Star State and pulled out of a Walmart to find a storefront called The Great Escape of Corpus Christie.  We were lucky that one of their 3 rooms 'The Heist' was available.

The Heist 
Pierre De La Vie, considered to be “The Stone of Life,” is the most coveted stone in the whole word. The Pierre De La Vie was thought to have been lost for centuries.  The precious stone has finally been found and is now on display in a private collector’s museum. The first team has already gone in and disabled the security system for sixty minutes.  Now it is up to you and your team to go in and finish the job! Will you succeed?

We stole the gem within 60 minutes. Actually, they gave us some bonus minutes because we were so close.

The proprietors have explicitly asked that we not reveal anything.  But, we can say this: it cost $85 for 3 people, which included the promo codes. The puzzles incorporated a wide variety of genres. 

The set was decorated superbly.  It felt like being in a movie. The Hot Rock from 1972 comes to mind.
During the game, we were in walkie-talkie mode with the game facilitator who offered us hints if we needed them.  We did!  Afterwards we debriefed and they were a little surprised that we didn't ask for a specific hint. Reason: there was a mechanical puzzle that I knew very well. I think it's in my collection.

The ending had us laughing and we left with big smiles. These folks have 2 more escape rooms and hopefully, we'll do another.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Voro! by Abstratum FREE

 Voro! comes from Abstratum. This is the company that produced Voro - 100% unique and addictive from 2013. The original game is a masterpiece in computer programming and wondrous gameplay. I can't believe I never reviewed it.
The new game works exactly like the original but points are mysteriously awarded.
Complaint #1: the game does not save your position for another time.
Complaint #2: there's no leaderboard. 

My score of 120,000 took about 1.5 hours to play. Which is really complaint #3 because a good point scoring game shouldn't go past 30 minutes.

Stick to the original. But you'll probably want to down this too. Fantastic graphics. New Game Original Game

Monday, July 2, 2018

maze cube gravity by Adem KAYIRCI $.99

maze cube gravity comes from Adem KAYIRCI. The object is to get the red cube to the target. Each time the maze is tilted clockwise, the gray segments fall all the way down.
 It's not terribly hard. But there's an element that's very important for some levels: once you swipe the red cube on its way, it won't stop until it reaches an intersection or a square region that is bordered by a white line and a gray line. It will stop in a region bordered by 3 white line segments.
Once you've done 10 levels, you've pretty much done them all.  The other 67 levels are more of the same. The grids get a bit larger. There are some traps to avoid: the 2x2 regions where Your Man will keep rotating in an endless circle. 

The last 10 levels were easy.  Definitely worth $.99.

cohex is another game from Adem which I really liked. I did finally complete all the levels of this too.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Up Left Out by Maciej Targoni $.99

 Up Left Out comes from Maciej Targoni. Any time I see his name, I know the game is going to be artistically and intellectually pleasing.
There are 51 levels. I solved them in about 1.5 hours. Not too hard. One particular element, which I won't mention its nature, is really cool.  Well worth $.99. Keep up the good work Maciej.

Other games from Maciej that you must download.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Path to 9 by Halil Ozdemir FREE

Path to 9 comes from Halil Ozdemir.  It's a point scoring game.  The object is to place the 3 pieces at the bottom to fit on the grid and score points. When the pieces don't fit, the game is over.

When adjacent squares match, the square of the tile being placed disappears and the existing square/s will increase by 1.  When a tile gets to 9, it disappears and you have more room for future pieces to fit.

I like the concept of this game. Smaller board sizes make it much harder.

But this game has problems. First, the scoring seems to be cumulative from previous games.  Second, the game has ads which I think interfere with starting the program.

Tomorrow I'll complain about another game.  But Friday: I've got a winner.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Solitaire Cube, Classic Cards by Tether Studios FREE

When I was a kid, my father mentioned that he had heard it was possible to win money playing the standard Klondike Solitaire game. We were always intrigued by that notion.

Solitaire Cube, Classic Cards is an app that somehow enables you to make money by playing solitaire. Essentially, you play against other people and your score is determined by how many cards you got on top. Your score also increases by ordinary play: placing a black 4 on a red 5. 

You have 5 minutes to play a game.  If you use less time, that's more points for you.

Very intriguing concept.  I've played for a few nights and won no money. The 5 minute time limit definitely helps set up the 'just 1 more game' feeling.

Must delete this.

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Futoshiki by Aliaksandr Uvarau FREE

Loyal Blog Followers: I'm back. I wish I could say that I've been swamped with so many great new puzzles. Unfortunately, the hits are harder to find. I've also noticed a significant decline in the number of puzzles being published on the App Store.

The Futoshiki comes from Aliaksandr Uvarau. The object is to create a Latin Square where each row/column has different numbers.  The black triangles are actually 'greater than signs'.

The 4x4 grids are incredibly easy. Perfect if you're listening to a tv show that's all dialog.  The 9x9 grids are really terrific.  I've only done a few and each has taken about 30 minutes. These puzzles reminded me of Sudoku Killer.

Altogether there are 12,000 levels - completely free.  I tried to contact Aliaksandr about how he generated these. I was unsuccessful. Surely he didn't do them by hand!?

Also interesting, the 'greater than' symbols always point down or right and never left or up. Hmmmm.

Similar Games & Other Latin Square Puzzles
Sudoku Sweeper
Futoshiki  also known as Hi-Lo Sudoku
Kropk'i Sudoku
Futoshiki Light
Futoshiki Game
Joint Number Place

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Lateral Puzzles : Series #1 by HYBRIONA TECHNOLOGIES LLP FREE

I've been a fan of Lateral Thinking Puzzles since I was about 12.  The coining of the phrase Lateral Thinking was done by Edward de Bono.

This particular game Lateral Puzzles : Series #1 has 100 puzzles with a few ads thrown in.  I've done 50 in about 30 minutes. Many are old. Some have spelling mistakes.

I'm attaching just 1 image. The solution made me laugh.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Hexologic by MYTHICOWL SP Z O O $.99

 Hexologic comes from MYTHICOWL SP Z O O.  It's a math puzzle. The object is to fill each hexagon with either 1, 2 or 3 dots so that the cells, in a row, add to the corresponding numbers. All tiles that have more than 3 dots are already given to you.
The game starts very easy and continues to be very easy until about level 45.

Cells that have a red border must have the same number of dots. I like this feature. Makes things more challenging.
Hexologic was featured in the New Games We Love section of the App Store. I'm not going to rate it quite so high. But it's very good. Think of it as a hexagonal version of Kakuro. Definitely worth $.99. I solved all the levels and was a bit sad when it all ended. Looking forward to more levels.

Other Math Puzzles
Math Puzzles If, then
Golden Sum
Factors Game
Tap the 3s
Social Sessions
Tower Locked
Number Chef
Divide By Sheep
Zeroed Out
Quick Route

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

9 Maker by Cho KwangHyeon FREE

 9 Maker comes from Cho KwangHyeon. It's a point scoring puzzle game. The object is to place the random numbers into the grid to make sums of 9 or to make 3 of the same number in a row/column/diagonal.
Look at the 2nd image.  Just under the grid are 4 buttons: +, -, ?, *.  Those are power-ups.  Power-ups can be earned by getting, say three 2's within the next 10 moves.  Power-ups can also be earned by watching a 15 or 30 second ad.

9 Maker is a fast game. Unless you end up watching all those ads.  At the moment, my score is over 1000 and I'm first on the Leaderboard. Fewer than 100 people are currently on the Leaderboard.

I really like the graphics.  But the ad watching skews the playing field.  When the game starts, the random #s are just 1, 2 & 3.  So earning a power-up is not too hard.  Once the 5's, 6's & 7's appear, earning a powerup is almost impossible.

Other Point Scoring Games Worthy of Your Time (Some are no longer available.)
Four Straight Lines
Nineout II
BeeCells Lite
Kindly Colors
Domino Drop
Put Number
Triple Town
Kindly  Colors
Virus Pop Smash
+1 Number
4 Way Puzzle

Monday, June 4, 2018

Exiled Digits by Jordan Goulet

 Exiled Digits comes from Jordan Goulet.  It's a point scoring game.  How fast can you tap the number that is NOT exiled. Look at the first image.  That means that the number to tap in the next image must be 8.
8 is now the Exiled Digit that cannot be tapped in the next screen. That leaves 749 to be tapped.  The next screen: the number to be tapped cannot have 7, 4 or 9.

I played Exiled Digits once yesterday and was proud that I was #2 on the Leaderboard. At the same time, I felt a bit inadequate because I was also last.

Other Point Scoring Games Worthy of Your Time (Some are no longer available.)
Four Straight Lines
Nineout II
BeeCells Lite
Kindly Colors
Domino Drop
Put Number
Triple Town
Kindly  Colors
Virus Pop Smash
+1 Number
4 Way Puzzle

Friday, June 1, 2018

Scalak by Michal Pawlowski $1.99

 When Michal Pawlowski publishes a puzzle app game, you know it's going to be great.  His other games include Zenge and Blue Box X and "Push".
 Scalak starts off very simple: fit the shapes into the slots.
 Gradually, things get more complicated and rectangular shapes have to be rotated & flipped in order to find the empty spaces to place the edge pieces and face pieces.

There are 90 levels and I solved them all. The last 10 took a while.

One minor issue: sometimes the cubes didn't rotate quite right. The only thing to do was restart.  This was an issue for level 10 (or so) but then I downloaded an updated version. The problem mostly went away, but not completely. 

Scalak is not hard, but the graphics are really excellent.

Maciej Targoni and Michal Pawlowski have teamed up for other great puzzles including klocki.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Slash Pong! by inc FREE

 Slash Pong! comes inc. It's a physics puzzle where the object is to slice the various objects/shapes in order to make the red and blue balls collide.
There are 100 levels.  I've done 18. There are numerous ads.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

0 -zero- by Simple Numerical Puzzles FREE

I like math puzzles a lot.  0 -zero- comes from Simple Numerical Puzzles.  The object is to slide the row right/left and the column up/down as fast as possible to get a Zero Value in the center.  How many Zeros can you get in the time limit.

This is a good game.  But there should be 3 specific times: 1 minute, 2 minutes & 5 minutes. There should be a Leaderboard feature too.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Bloki by Maksymilian Michalski $.99

 Bloki comes from Maksymilian Michalski.  Yes it is a cube rolling puzzle. But it is much more.  The object is to roll Your Man so that the colors match the target/s on the board.
 There are 100 levels with many features.  Level 15 took more than 1 hour. I'm somewhere around level 20.
Your Man will have to grow & change shape in very careful strategic ways. Then it must dance all around the grid to align itself flat onto the target.

Hard, hard hard.  Elegant, cool & sophisticated.

Bravo Maksymilian!

Other Cube-Rolling puzzle apps
Cubot - really great
Dice Jockey
Qvoid - one of the best puzzle apps ever
Cubler - fantastic
ODMO - okay
Bloxorz - one of the originals
Duck Roll
Roll the Dices

Block N Roll 3D
IQube Lite
Bloxorz 2 Path Finder
Incredible Box Brainstorm

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fuse5 by Selin Caliskan FREE

Fuse5 comes from Selin Caliskan.  He mad Omino! about a year ago. I liked that game a lot.

The object of the new game is to score points and collect stars by combining tiles of the same number.  1's become a single 2.  2's become a single 3 etc.  5's become a single star.  Stars can only be collected in a group.

As point scoring games go, Fuse5 is very solid. Unfortunately, a single game can last more than 1 hour.  Omino! is better.

Both have good graphics and are well executed overall.

I've collected 375 stars and 19,000 points which puts me in the top 50 out of 16,000.

Other Point Scoring Games Worthy of Your Time (Some are no longer available.)
Four Straight Lines
Nineout II
BeeCells Lite
Kindly Colors
Domino Drop
Put Number
Triple Town
Kindly  Colors
Virus Pop Smash
+1 Number
4 Way Puzzle

Monday, May 21, 2018

Find The Way by Kexin Jin FREE

 Find The Way comes from Kexin Jin. The object is to move Your Men, the ghosts, to the portals.  Both ghosts travel in tandem.  Along the way: pick up the stars while avoiding the deadly bats.
We've seen this type of game numerous times. See list below.  I've solved about 20 levels.  According to the leaderboard, not many are playing this game.

Similar games (this list is incomplete):

Movez  Pretty much the same as Block Mania but it has 1680 levels. I've solved 592 of them. That's probably enough.
Frozen Ice Cubes  What's different: there's a point of 'no return'
Escapology, reviewed by Nicola Salmoria. He told me about this game ages ago. I played it and enjoyed it, but never blogged about it.
Block Mania Similar to Movez
Move Puzzle - A Funny Strategy Game, Matching Tiles Within Finite Moves 
Vubu What's different: the vubu men have different powers. Very sophisticated, very intelligent. Possibly the very best in this genre.
Move: A Brain Shifting GameUnmind
Puzzle Dots Game
Box Home Love to play Hexagonal grid