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Friday, December 31, 2010

Pengu Push: iphone puzzle app review

Very similar to BoxWorld and other sokoban puzzle sets. Cool penguin though!

Boxworld: iphone puzzle app review

In 1995, this Mechanical Puzzle Correspondent spent $5 for Boxworld. It's sokoban. 100 levels. Took maybe 20 hours to solve. That comes to .25/hour. Compare that with a new film: $10 for 2 hours = $5/hour.

Level 26, see image below, solved after maybe 20 attempts!

Now it's available at the itunes store for your iphone/ipod/ipad for only $1.99. Guess I overpaid 15 years ago!

Jeng-Long Jiang produced the original Boxworld. Dat Pham Van produced the iphone version with the same exact levels. Let's hope they're friends!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mad Triad

Mad Triad was invented by Heng-Chun Ku. It is becoming very rare. But it at

or download the iphone puzzle app version. (See below.)

Note: the physical version of Mad Triad and Handy Mad Triad are a bit fragile. Don't let small children play with it because the twisting knobs will break.

Tessellate: iphone puzzle app review

Arseniy Banayev created this interesting app. He calls it a 2D version of Rubik's Cube. His version has over 4,500,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 permutations.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Zealot Cube: iphone puzzle app review

Do you aspire to learn how to solve Rubik's Cube? Li Zhijian has produced a new iphone puzzle app to teach you! Very nice job!

Cube Wizard: iphone puzzle app review

There are innumerable Rubik's Cube app games on the itunes store. Recently Ingo Eichenseher, from Germany, produced this gem. Open the application with your unscrambled cube nearby. Transpose your real life physical cube's sticker colors to the virtual one. Press solve and the app will not only solve it, but it will do it super slowly so that you can restore your real-life physical cube to perfection.

Bravo! And it's free!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Intersection: iphone puzzle app review

Bobby Nakanelua has created an interesting version of the 8 Queens puzzle. The original 8 Queens puzzle: place 8 queens on a chess board so that they do not attack one another. In this version, the same rules apply but if a space is marked with an X, a piece cannot be placed on that spot.

50 levels for .99

Dots & Lines: iphone puzzle app review

Object: move the dots around and make the lines not cross any more. There is an online version called planarity.

Overall - good fun from Rosen Genchev

Monday, December 27, 2010

Super Flood: iphone puzzle app review

The object of the puzzle is to flood the board just 1 color. The top left corner is the starting point. If the neighboring polygons are blue, tap the blue icon and now that polygon has now been absorbed into the family. Like the Borg in Star Trek

One of the most popular free puzzle apps: Flood It. It's terrific. Now comes Super Flood by Yongkai Lee. Super Flood is a nice improvement with the addition of hexagonal and triangular playing boards.

Get Me Out: iphone puzzle review

Get Me Out is similar to dozens of 'Rush Hour' apps that are available. This version has a sleek interface. The 'Lite' version has 20 levels while the full version has 99 levels. See image above. The puzzles are not new. Of course, some are very challenging. $2.99 will net you about 4 hours of entertainment.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

NY Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz

Will Shortz is interviewed, yet again, this time by his own employer.

Binary Sudoku Puzzle iphone puzzle app

Sudoku has become a phenomenon. Dozens of variations have been produced. Michiel Allessie has produce an appealing new version called Binary Sudoku. Only 0's & 1's are used. Each row & column must have an equal number of 0's & 1's. A number can never be used consecutively more than twice. So, if a row contains 0, blank, 0, then the blank must be 1.

The puzzles come in 3 grid sizes: 8x8, 10x10 & 12x12. On the ipod, the 8x8 is a manageable size. 10x10 & 12 x 12 would be better for the ipad.

Keep your brain sharp! Spend .99 & play this game while listening to music.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Game Magazine article

The February issue of Games Magazine is now on the newsstands. This Senior Mechanical Puzzle Correspondent has reported on the Mother Lode of Puzzle Designs.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Chess Puzzles

The Huffington Post has expanded their menu. Yes it is pro-democrat & anti-republican.

More importantly, Ariana is educating/entertaining readers with these chess puzzles.
Click here.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Puzzling way to mulitiply & divide

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rave Review of Lab Mice Puzzles

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Blockoban: iphone puzzle app

Blockoban is an outstanding puzzle app that belongs on every serious puzzler's iphone/ipod/ipad. The object is to move the colored squares or open circles onto their matching targets. Think of it as a combination of Sokoban and Lunar Lockout.

But there's so much more. On some puzzles, squares will have a notch in the upper left hand corner. This means that they travel together. If one of them gets moved, they all move in the same direction.

Like Lunar Lockout, moved objects will travel until they hit a wall or another object. However, some puzzles have sticky squares.

If a square hits another square, it will stop in that position. However, if a square hits a circle, the square will stop normally, but the circle will absorb the momentum and keep traveling until it hits a wall.

Jean-Philipe Sarda is the brain child. You can create your own levels and then send them in.

720 easy levels
880 medium levels
420 hard levels
160 big map levels.
One of the best bargains in town.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dedalo: iphone puzzle app

Mama Mia! The Dedalo iphone app is red-hot in Italy right now. And the reviews are steller!

Dedalo is the Italian version of Lab Mice Puzzles

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Try Cube Iphone Puzzle App

Try Cube is a cross between MonoSpace (another great puzzle app) and Rubik's Cube.
Object: turn the layers to line up the blue cubes to match the pattern on the right.

96 levels in all

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

NY Times Science Section

The entire section of the NY Times Science section is devoted to puzzles. This story could come from the pages of an Oliver Sachs book. Dr. Sachs is a neurobiologist and has written about his unusual patients. Do read The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat! There's an incredible story about twin autistic savants with a penchant for prime numbers.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Stone Flood Iphone Puzzle App

Andreas Katzian has produced a nice, fun series of puzzles. 54 levels. The object is to make all the stones 1 color. The bottom left corner stone represents the starting stone. If the adjacent stone is blue, tap blue and your the stone becomes blue and it absorbs the neighboring stone. Like the Borg of Star Trek. 10 seconds to learn. Stone Flood is almost identical to Flood It - another iphone app.