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Monday, September 15, 2014

Trebene: free puzzle app for ipad only

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Not too long ago I reviewed a terrific puzzle app game called Stroke!  Ryo Takanezawa has created some other puzzle apps so I decided to check them out.
Trebene seems kind of easy but is trickier than it appears. Your objective is to score points by grouping 3 or more similar colors in a group. New tiles slide in a la 2048 and/or Threes!
If the board fills up completely, game over. Here's what's interesting: if you empty the board completely, your game ends. Which means that playing perfectly will yield a low score.
Practically nobody is playing Trebene, even though it's free. There are maybe 15 players on the Leaderboard.
Trebene is definitely worth 20 minutes of your time.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Light Weaving: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Dapeng Liu has created an interesting puzzle app game called Light Weaving. I meant to post a review of this game - months ago! But, as most of you know, there is a constant avalanche of new puzzle apps that have me a bit disorganized.
The object is to get a closed loop for each colored light. This is done, at the early levels, by rotating individual pieces.  Look at the second image. To get the blue light you'll have to rotate the corner piece, the pipe above it and the terminus.
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In the harder levels, tiles can swap positions. In the third image, can you can see the arrows under the purple/orange tile? Tap on that tile: the piece above it will swap with the one below it. Same effect for the tiles to the right and left of it. The third image is from a complex level because in that case, the arrow tiles themselves can swap locations. Very complicated.
The 4th image shows gears - meaning that you if you rotate one, they all rotate. Think about this: what if you want just some of them to rotate, not all?
The 'mirror' tile (not shown in any of these images) will reflect the image of a neighboring tile.
There are 100 levels of Light Weaving.
I stopped at level 73. And just for good measure, and some fun, completed all 100 in the last couple of days. Surprisingly, the last 10 are kind of easy.
 There's a lot of fiddling with this game. To get 3 stars - you must concentrate.
We've seen this type of puzzle before - but just at the basic levels. Dapeng has really made some great innovations here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Logisquares: update

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Every so often I have to spring-clean my ipad and delete old puzzle games to make room for new ones. Logisquares was a recent victim. However, before I did that, I decided to complete all 64 levels. I only needed to do 5 more. Once you get the hang of the game, they go pretty fast. But, those last ones I had to do very slowly & carefully. Read my old review.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Oddity: reflex game app for iphone, ipad

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Description from the App Store: 'Oddity is a simple arcade style puzzle game which is inspired by a neuropsychological test of "set-shifting". It tests the intact cognitive functions of the player including attention, working memory, and visual processing.
Tap the odd shape or colour from a row of three and progress through 8 levels with increasing difficulty.'
This game should be a good test to for researchers studying Alzheimer's patients. It would make for a good baseline test to see if participants could match their baseline score. And it could measure how far it's fallen.
As a reflex game, you won't want to play Oddity more than a few times. The rows fall down in a jumpy manner. It would be much better if they scrolled down continuously.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Five Colors: reflex puzzle game app for iphone, ipad

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 Max Glockling has created an interesting test-your-reflexes puzzle app game called Five Colors.

The objective is to swipe your rainbow band so that the colored ball will be captured by the matching hole.
Whoa! This is hard. I think there's some good potential for this game. However, Max must allow us to start at a slower speed and gradually increase it. Click on the link below to see the video. If it doesn't work, go to his webpage. He also talks about how this game is not making any money.
Note to Max: nobody is making money. I can name 15 outstanding puzzle apps that have made less than $100. Don't be discouraged: keep making games with no expectation of instant (or ever) riches. Do it for yourself and your friends and for the handful of folks who follow this blog.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Space Crystals: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Kelvin Peach has come up with a fun puzzle app game called Space Crystals.  The object is to get your red plane to fly over all the red crystals. Then, fly the plane to the blue pentagon - see the first image. When that happens, the plane will turn blue and the final objective is to fly over all of the blue crystals. The harder levels have more colors and the puzzle part if figuring out the correct sequence.

On some levels, your plane will have to dodge other planes and/or meteors.
The puzzles are not too hard, but they're fun!  There are 15 levels, and I solved them all. I wanted more!
Space Crystals reminds me of another game called Blockswipe. See my review.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Pushopolus: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Pushopolus is a terrific point scoring puzzle app game for the iphone, ipad. The blue arrows indicate that a pair of identical symbols can be combined/stacked.  When that happens, you score points.
Scoring: let's say you've got 5 hearts in a row. Only 2 symbols will combine/stack when you tap a blue arrow. The new heart stack will now say 2. The others will not move/stack.
If you combine a green 2 with a green 3, obviously you'll get 5 points.  There is a distinct strategy to maximize your points when you have the option of stacking up/down. The direction you choose can matter, but not always. 
Let's say you've got 3 blue diamonds next to each other. Left to right, their values are 1, 1, 12.  If you tap left, the 1 & 1 will combine. Then the new 2 piece will combine with 12 for a total of 14 points.
However, if you tap the right arrow, the 12 & 1 combine for 13 points, then the new 13 piece will combine with the other 1 for 14 points - yielding a total of 27 points.
The game ends when you have no more identical pairs to match.
Pushopolus has a healthy element of randomness/luck and is extremely fun. I'm very impressed.
My first game: I scored only 21 points.  My second game, something like 85.  The next day and a half, my high score grew to 3435. I could not stop playing this game.
The following day, I showed it to somebody and they pointed out to me that in the bottom right corner of the screen is the next piece! Somehow, I never noticed this, probably because my right hand simply blocked it. And I didn't read the rules thoroughly!
Since you know what the next piece will be 3 out of 4 times (the 4th time is a mystery), my strategy changed significantly and I scored 45,115 in a game that took over an hour. I think I could have kept going, but it was getting late and I got careless.

I hope the developers make another version of this game where you never know what the next new piece is.