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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

3Doku: puzzle app game for iPhone, iPad

Tired of Sudoku? Me too. But recently Simone Tellini sent me a promo code for his 3D version of Sudoku which he calls 3Doku.


It's MONSTER SIZED. The idea is to solve 27 Sudokus simultaneously. 9 in each direction.


Look at the bottom right image. All of those white dots represent numbers that have already been filled in.  Now look at the other 3 images: you will view those grids at the same time. So, if a 6 works on the x-axis grid, you will have to confirm/prove that it works on the y & z axes.


I solved 1 puzzle at the 'Easy - I'm just learning the game' level and it took a while.  A few minutes to figure out the controls.  Then I'd say it took another hour or so to complete it.


I felt the need to document solving it so I took a screen shot. (Am I being insecure? And why won't  BlogSpot let me copy and paste it so I can show the world.)


If I didn't have so many other puzzle app games to play, I'd give the harder levels a go.


3Doku is $.99.  Do it to prove your brainpower. At the very least, it'll impress your friends. Especially if they're playing that stupid Candy Crush game.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/3doku-for-iphone/id452799900?mt=8

Monday, April 14, 2014

Croco's Escape: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

iPhone Screenshot 1
My instinct when seeing this kind of graphic - stay away - it's just for kids! Nevertheless, I got an email - spam, really, talking about how there are 120 levels and you have to get Croco to escape.

Here's the deal, it's a rectangular version of Rush Hour.

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Croco starts on the left and must get to the exit. You have to move the obstacles.  I did the first 20 levels and the program told me I couldn't go on because I didn't get 3 stars for each level. I don't know how I didn't get 3 stars. Nor do I really wish to go back to earn them. The graphics are a bit clumsy and I've already done a few thousand of these Rush Hour types before. There was one thing that was cute - when Croco gets tot he exit, he looks up at you, presumably to say thanks. Croco's Escape is strictly for kids.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crocos-escape/id787410621?mt=8

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pathle: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Simone Tellini recently contacted me about his puzzle app game Pathle.  (The word is a combination of Path & Puzzle.)  Essentially, it's a topology puzzle game.  We've seen many of these types before.




Here's what you have to do: trace your finger over all of the dots passing over the lines once. Sorry, no image available now.


When I was a kid, drawing a house using these rules was quite popular. It consisted of 4 dots making a square and a fifth dot above the square.


I studied some topology in college and can do these types puzzles very quickly.  There was a similar app from about 2 years ago - any time I couldn't sleep, I'd do them. I don't remember the name of that app.


Interesting feature: some lines must be passed over twice, or three, four and five times.


Pathle is fun, free and definitely worth some of your time. There are 250 levels.  Right now I've done about 105 of them and took 2 hours. At the moment I'm second on the leaderboard.
http://blog.tellini.org/2014/04/pathle-for-iphone-and-ipad/


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pathle/id850545047?mt=8


Update 4/14/14: I finished all 250 puzzles with an average time of 39 seconds per level. However, those times did not include the times where I made a mistake. Altogether I spent a little more than 3 hours.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Caveboy Escape: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Desmond Lee recently contacted me about his puzzle app game Caveboy Escape. It's a maze game. The object is to get the caveboy from the bottom star to the arrow on top.  He must travel on like colored tiles in groups of three. For example, he can travel brown, brown, brown, gray, gray, gray, tan, tan tan. I have 1 qualm. When I step on a brown tile, it changes its shade so I sometimes loose track of things. But it's a minor complaint.

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There is a time limit to solve these puzzles in groups of threes.  There are some 500 levels which translates into 1500 puzzles. But they go pretty fast. I played the game yesterday for about an hour and solved about 75 levels. They're fun! I did get stuck a bunch of times, so that's good.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lost Lands - a Treasure Hunt Puzzle Game: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Ryan Ding recently contacted me about his puzzle app game Lost Lands - a Treasure Hunt Puzzle Game. It's very similar to the game Turnstile from ThinkFun: http://thinkfun.com/turnstile  What's different? Lost Lands has a bigger board and a whopping 168 puzzle levels.


The object is to move your man from the top left corner to the bottom right corner by swinging through some gates at the intersections.  Note: the gates only move 90 degrees, so it's possible that you won't be able to push a gate.


Right now, I've done 38 of the 168 levels. I got stuck on a bunch of them, but persevered.
Here's how the game could be improved - graphically. The squares - make them smaller and make the intersections larger.
Lost Lands is a good puzzle game app. Young puzzlers will like this.


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lost-lands-treasure-hunt-puzzle/id494313743?mt=8

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Another Clone of Threes!

You may have noticed that I've been slowing down on the puzzle app reviews lately.  That's because I've been playing Threes! every day.  My highest tile: 768, which I've gotten at least 75 times.  As soon as I get the 1536 tile, I'll quit.


iPhone Screenshot 2


Slide Five is the latest clone.  The first successful clone was 2048, whose rules are a bit different. I got up to 1024 after playing it 4 or 5 times.  I'm sticking to Threes!


I will say this, the graphics on Slide Five are faster and they're pretty slick.


Slide Five sticks pretty closely to the rules of Threes!  The differences are pretty obvious based on the images.


Here's where I'm stuck at Threes! and Slide Five: what's the highest new tile that will be given. I'm pretty sure that in Threes!, it's 1/8 of whatever your current high tile is. In Slide Five, there is no '+' hint that signals, you'll be getting something higher than a five.


I've said many times, if you like a game, go ahead and pay for the upgrade - at least as a reward for the time you've been entertained already. In Slide Five, the game is free and you can pay $.99 to remove the ads.  In this case, spend $1.99 to the true authors of the original game - Threes!
iPhone Screenshot 1

Monday, April 7, 2014

Eights! Match Pairs or Add Fives and Threes 2048: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad


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If you've been following my puzzle app blog lately, then you know that I positively love Threes!  2048 came out about 3 weeks ago and may have overtaken Threes! in popularity because it was available to play online and now that it's an app, it's free.


iPhone Screenshot 1


Eights! Match Pairs....is another clone of this game. I'm not crazy about this for 2 reasons. First, the graphics are not as good. Second, look at the title! It's not just trying to piggyback on Threes!, it's also hanging on to 2048.


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eights!-match-pairs-or-add/id830152738?mt=8

Friday, April 4, 2014

Slidercrash: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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If you've been following this blog for the past 4 years, then you know that I'm a big fan of Lunar Lockout, Fling! and other games where pieces slide across the board, until they hit an object.


Slidercrash comes from Joachim Merten. It's got some interesting elements.


First, you must crash the reds together, and the blues etc. Look at the first image. See the top red circle? There's a ring around it. That means it can't move on its own. It can be crashed into and then travel.


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Other features: Arrow squares that can change the direction of a piece. Some of them are fixed. Some you can rotate.


There are 60 levels altogether. I got stuck on Rookie #2!  I really like this game! Hey, it's free too.
Actually, you get 15 free tutorial & 15 Rookie levels. I was happy to pay $.99 for the next 30 levels. Right now I've solved 46 of the 60 puzzles.


Slidercrash is definitely worth your time.


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/slidercrash/id770145513?mt=8

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Can't Stop: gambling game app for iphone, ipad

Can't Stop on iPad and iPhone
Does the name Sid Sackson mean anything to you? Sid invented hundreds of board games.  About 5 years ago I got a chance to play Can't Stop which is a gambling game that doesn't involve money.

You are given 4 dice and must use them in pairs to advance your men up the board. You will want to keep rolling, but if you don't make your numbers, you will lose the progress you made on that turn.

The app version is a whole lot cheaper than the Real McCoy on ebay - usually in the $20 range.  I like this game app.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Buzzle Ball - new mechanical twisty puzzle

Some people like the smell of freshly printed money.  Or the smell of Napalm in the morning. Others crave a brand new plastic twisty puzzle. Aaahhhhhhhh.

Buzzle Ball http://www.buzzleball.com/ is the latest.


The green and blue hemispheres can slide around within their own section. Think horizontal movements, but not vertical movement.

The white pieces and the narrow green & blue rectangles can slide around when a complete circular route has been established.  This is done by swiveling the north & south poles.

Here's what I really like about Buzzle Ball: I've fiddled around with it for an hour or so and have not solved it! Also, I should add that Buzzle Ball has a good feel.

Here's what I think could be improved on. First, the colors. Is it green or aquamarine or teal? Second, the size is a bit too large.


According to the developers, Buzzle Ball will soon be in Walmart. I just did a search on their site, it's not available there yet. However, you can order it on the website: www.buzzleball.com 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Minesweeper The Movie

Back in the old days, like 1994, when I got my first Gateway Computer, I became an expert at Minesweeper.


For a variety of reasons, I've moved on.


Nevertheless, I love this little movie.  If you haven't played minesweeper, play it for an hour before you watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHY8NKj3RKs


You should also watch this video from Crazybadcuber: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9Lc_Q7Grps&feature=em-subs_digest

Monday, March 31, 2014

Symbol Link: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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You may know Alexey Pajitnov as the inventor of Tetris. (I was never good at it.) Alexey has recently come out with Symbol Link which is very similar to Flow.  More than 1 person emailed me about this.


Here's Daniel Scher's review which sums up the 'Auto Complete' feature:
A Nice Twist on Flow

This game could really use a clean explanation of its rules, so here goes: Connect identical symbols in the grid by drawing paths. Your paths must not cross, and you must traverse every empty grid space. So far, this is identical to Flow. But here's where it gets better: If you can figure out a way to draw as short a path (or multiple paths) as possible so that the game can auto-complete the remaining paths, you'll score higher and receive more stars. When will the game auto complete a path? If it can travel between two identical shapes without ever having to decide which way to turn. So if a path contains an empty 2x2 grid of squares, the game will not recognize this path as one that can be auto completed. Remember, just because you can see the simple way to connect two identical shapes doesn't mean the game can.


I've played the game. I like the Auto Complete feature. But not enough to continue playing. However, I highly respect Daniel's opinion and know that some of you will especially like this version of Flow.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/symbol-link-new-puzzle-game/id818245884?mt=8

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Amazing jugglers


These kids are so good at juggling they must be sorcerers





There seems to be a high correlation between jugglers & puzzlers. Click on the link to watch these guys do some phenomenal club-passing.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Black Hole: puzzle game app for iphone, ipad

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The object of the Black Hole puzzle game app is to spin the black hole to get clusters of the same colored stars together. When that happens, they disappear and you score points and move on to the next round.

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I played this for about 20 minutes and got bored. Nevertheless, the graphics are kind of cool.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spam from Hamza Ghafoor

You may have noticed that Hamza Ghafoor has left some spam in the comments section recently. I have been deleting them, but he may turn up again. Do not click on any of his links.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Astro Mined: Galactic Bombsquad! - free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Astro Mined: Galactic Bombsquad is a terrific puzzle app game that combines minesweeper with sokomind.

Your task is to walk your man across a moonscape (the yellow part) and get to the blue circle. Each step you take converts that colored yellow square to the green/blue.  Also, when a square has a 1, that means that of the horizontal./vertical adjacent squares, one of them is a mine. (With minesweeper, the squares diagonally adjacent count.)

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See the coins? You get extra stars for picking them up. Importantly, mines cannot be on those squares.

The Sokomind part: there may not be a path to the exit. You will need to push the gray squares (bolders) over those mines. Each gray square can go over exactly 3 mines before disintegrating. And by the way, you will often need that gray square to disintegrate.

The images here look busy & not very appealing, at least to me. In fact, when I'm thinking of my next move, the silly coins/fruit dance in place. Annoying. But trust me, this game is worth your time. The puzzles are quite challenging.


I paid $.99 for the full version.  There are 17 free levels.  Altogether there are 54 levels.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sudoku Adventure: puzzle game app for iphone, ipad

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Scott Maramo recently contacted me about his new puzzle app game Sudoku Adventure. Needless to say, it's Sudoku!  However, I must say, there's a funny animation at the beginning that's kind of cute.

iPhone Screenshot 2

Having done thousands of sudokus, I'm kind of tired of the genre.  Sorry Scott!


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https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sudoku-adventure/id793587106?mt=8

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CrazyBadCuber




Recently I've been watching CrazyBadCuber review some twisty puzzles on his youtube channel.


He's definitely a good puzzle egg. He has 463 videos to watch. Now you have no reason to say you're bored.

Chainphoria: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Amir Michail recently contacted me about an update to his puzzle app game called Chainphoria. It's pretty popular.


A serious puzzle friend of mine really likes this puzzle game. I see the attraction. But don't feel the game play. It's a chain reaction type game. It's almost impossible to see all the moves that placing 1 piece will occur. Okay, it is possible. If you haven't played this in a while, get the update.


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chainphoria/id538195955?l=en&mt=8

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

iceMazeAD: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Years ago I found http://clickmazes.com/newtilt/ixtilt2d.htm and did all their tilt mazes. Recently, iceMazeAD came out. There are approximately 500 levels. The object is to tilt the blue ball to the target.  Note, the ball will travel in any direction and will stop when it hits a wall.

These are kind of easy. Most of them can be done in 9 steps.  Even the ones that require 15 steps are not tough.  I thought that I would quit & delete after 50 levels. Strangely, I've done about 250 of them.  Mostly when I'm taking a break from something that requires more thought. Those 250 probably took about 90 minutes. I tell myself that I won't finish all of them...but who knows.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Recent Twitter Conversation

After playing 1 game of Stickets for almost 3 weeks, I got a score over 3000 and moved into second place on the leaderboard.  Then I got this message from the person who is #1.

Mr Top Gnu@TopGnu Mar 7
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?! STOP IT AT ONCE

My response:

I have retired from playing Stickets. Now I'm playing Threes! And am struggling. Check out Tripevo,

His response:

@LabMicePuzzles this sounds like subterfuge. I've got my eye on you.

Threes! - new clone

I simply cannot stop playing Threes! My high score remains about 27,000. My highest number: 768, which I've gotten almost 2 dozen times.


Recently somebody told me about this clone: http://gabrielecirulli.github.io/2048/


It's very similar. You only get 2's & 4's and must crash them into each other.  I played it once and got to 512 which is 2^9. I thought that was good. But I'm sticking with Threes! Sorry Gabriele.


2048

     
Join the numbers and get to the 2048 tile!

Created by Gabriele Cirulli. Based on 1024 by Veewo Studio and conceptually similar to Threes by Asher Vollmer.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sudoku/Magic Square Challenge



A partially filled 16x16 grid is given below.


11




 10




9




12

  4


 1






 2


 3



 6




7
 8




 5





13


16


15


14




 2





10
 9





 1

 9





 1
  
 
 2





10

 

15
 
 7




 8

16



  

8

16






15

 7



 
 5

 13






14

 6
 




14

 6




5

13


 
12





 4


 3





11

 3
 




11
12




  
 4




16


13

 
14


15
 




 7




 6
 5




 8



 1


 4





  
 3


 2

10
 


  
11




12
 


  

9

                                                                                GIANT SUDOKU 16x16
Fill in the grid with numbers from 1 to 16 in such a way that every row,every column ,every 4x4 box,each corner to corner diagonal accommodates numbers 1 to 16 without repeating any. Also,each 4x4 box is a magic square of order 4.


http://puzzlebrainex.blogspot.com/