Thursday, May 31, 2012
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Monday, May 28, 2012
Update (June 19, 2012): I've solved all 70 puzzles. Never did I think that I would have so much fun with a jigsaw puzzle app.
There 4 basic themes in the puzzles: moving footprints; bouncing balls, squares and ladybugs; and seeds that sprout into flowers. The grid sizes get larger, which makes it harder. Now I think I'd like to see more themes.
Now I want more puzzle levels!
Friday, May 25, 2012
Click here for the solution. Cast Dolce is this week's Hanayama Mechanical Puzzle of the week. The object is to take apart the male & female symbols. I have no idea about the origins of these symbols. But I can tell you that the solution involves 4 or 5 steps. This type of disentanglement puzzle is more pleasant than the string and ring puzzles. Great price!
Thursday, May 24, 2012
View this video of how to play.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Major thanks to everybody who is buying Lab Mice Puzzles from Mindware.com. If you decide to buy more copies to give as gifts to nieces/nephews/grandchildren, please do it at night. I like the idea of making money while I sleep. CLICK HERE.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Kimmo Lahtinen recently contacted me about his new puzzle app Puzzle Bonsai. There are 3 versions of games here. The Numbers version: place the plus, minus, multiplication and division signs onto the orange circles to create an 'Order of Operations' equation that will equal the number at the trunk. The Word version is basically the same. Operations for this: 'swap left with right' and 'un-anagram'. While you're thinking, the tree sways gently back and forth and in the background are some Chinese characters midst a village scene. Quite nice artwork. It's a very serene atmosphere that contrasts radically from another puzzle app I'm playing now that has a frantic time element.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
Here's the link.
Look at the icon to the right - cool and elegant. So I downloaded it. There are 15 puzzle levels. The object is to swap the gray bars with each other so they match the green bars above the reflecting line.
I've solved all 15 levels in about 15 minutes. Strictly for kids. Still, love that art work.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
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Friday, May 11, 2012
Click here for the solution Puzzle Master sells Baroq and describes it this way: "This Akio Yamamoto creation consists of two pieces fashioned after the image of intertwining Bach melodies. Following the dynamic build up is an inspirational finale when the two pieces elegantly release from each other. You may even want to choose a somewhat luxurious and relaxing ambience when attempting this puzzle. The key word is 'music'." Myself: I had no idea there was a musical theme and I enjoyed solving it.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
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Friday, May 4, 2012
Click here for the solution. Cast Keyring comes from Oskar van Deventer. There are 2 pieces which are almost identical. Or maybe they are identical. I'm not sure now. It's actually a maze disentanglement puzzle. It's very cool and clever and I've solved it numerous times over the years. My advice: buy 3 copies. 1 for yourself, another for a niece or nephew, another for an office grab-bag Christmas party.