This blog focuses on GREAT, FUN PUZZLE APPS for the ipad, iphone and ipod. No other apps! If you are creating your own puzzle app and want it reviewed, contact me. Tom Cutrofello
Monday, April 30, 2012
Racetrax: free iphone ipad puzzle app
How many puzzle apps use an image of a hot girl as part of their icon? There was another puzzle that involved a maze, but I don't recall the title.
The object of Racetrax is to swap adjacent tiles to form closed loops. The bigger the loop, the more points you get. After solving level 4, you get a limited time to play level 5. Then you are asked to pay for all the levels.
This is a good puzzle! I played it 4 times. You really have to scrutinize the playing board to figure out what swaps will lead to a closed loop. I may even pay the $.99 to keep playing.
But there's a problem with this puzzle. I have no idea how the program determines when I'm done with any level before it advances me. Do I get a limited number of moves? Is there a time element? A scoring issue. On that aspect, this puzzle app is a bit frustrating.
Tom Cutrofello is the Mechanical Puzzle Correspondent for Games Magazine.
He is also the author of 2 puzzles books: Lab Mice Puzzles Volume 1 and Lab Mice Puzzles Volume 2. Look for them at www.gottasolveit.com
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