Friday, September 22, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Obviously, we need the 5 & 6 to be in the same column, but they must line up with the #s on the side.
Images 2 & 3 show blue squares which cannot be rolled on, and wormholes.
I think there are 30 levels. Of those, I've done more than half.
This happens a lot to me: I download an app, then play test it, but then cannot find it on the App Store. Such was the case when I searched Roll the Dices. Fortunately, Kevin's email was listed in the game itself. I contacted him for the link and he's thrilled that over 2000 people have played his game.
Overall, this is a nice first game. What would make this game very challenging would be if the dice (plural of die) would move simultaneously. That would make the blue squares even more important.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Look at the second image. See the little blue square? The blue ribbon must traverse it.
There are 70 levels. I solved the first 30 levels in about 10 minutes. After that, things took longer. At the moment I'm on 65.
I like the graphics a lot. Good game Daniel.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Jerry Slocum and Dic Sonneveld just finished their new book that tells the story of the oldest secret-opening puzzles ever found, from the 2nd century BC to the 4th century AD. It shows high quality sets of photos of 156 Mask Padlocks that we found in Museums, Libraries and private collections. This is the first book about these incredible puzzles.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Crossy Path Puzzle comes from Zheng Tao Xing. It's very similar to Hocus from Yunus Ayyildiz. (See link below.)
What's new: wormholes.
There are 48 levels and they go very fast. The only issue: lots of ads. But they are not the 30 second variety. More like 5 seconds. I did all 48 levels in about 20 minutes.
Hocus The Original
Hocus Valley okay clone
Illusion Maze nice graphics
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
I've done 1 or 2 puzzles in each grid size. This game is fairly easy. But the graphics are good. And it's good for young puzzlers.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
I did the first 100 in about 10 minutes and part of those 10 minutes was used to fast forward through tv commercials. I did the last 100 levels in about 20 minutes. Altogether there are 1200 puzzles.
If you like this genre, definitely try the harder games listed below.
Similar games (this list is incomplete):
Movez Pretty much the same as Block Mania but it has 1680 levels. I've solved 592 of them. That's probably enough.
Frozen Ice Cubes What's different: there's a point of 'no return'.
Escapology, reviewed by Nicola Salmoria. He told me about this game ages ago. I played it and enjoyed it, but never blogged about it.
Block Mania Similar to Movez
Move Puzzle - A Funny Strategy Game, Matching Tiles Within Finite Moves
Vubu What's different: the vubu men have different powers. Very sophisticated, very intelligent. Possibly the very best in this genre.
Move: A Brain Shifting Game
Monday, September 11, 2017
My favorite section of puzzles is the one depicted in the first image. Your Man does not push the actual cubes. Rather, Your Man pushes the horizontal & vertical light beams that emanate from those cubes. Fantastic concept and challenging and fun.
I slowed down considerably on the more advanced levels, primarily because of the 3D graphics.
Not available for android devices.
Friday, September 8, 2017
There are 130 levels and I've spent a lot of time solving maybe 50 puzzle levels. Many levels require a lot of trial and error and discovery.
New elements are added in the second round including green triangles & orange triangles that have their own properties.
$2.99 is a bargain. The graphics are outstanding and the levels were created with devilish care.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
A few weeks ago I wrote about GyroCube and was just plain wrong. I though that the cube could not be rotated and that in order to solve it, one must memorize the unseen portions.
The reason I thought that was the case was because I held my ipad in a stationary position. In fact, the ipad should be rotated in all dimensions to see everything.
I still haven't solved it, but marvel at the concept and implementation.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
* They mustn't bump into each other.
* Arrows must be rotated.
* There's a limited # of moves.
I can see people really getting into this game. But I'm not feeling it.
I've solved about 15 of the 60 levels.
Lojo made another game Transmission which I reviewed about 2 years ago.
Friday, September 1, 2017
My friend Doug Engel has created some very interesting puzzle apps, on his web page below. I've played 4 of them, and they're good! Sorry, no James or descriptions today. Back on Tuesday.
Mix N Match
Mix N Match
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Alexey Kuzmin contacted me more than a year ago about his game Big Cat Lion Free. I feel very guilty about not playing/reviewing his game in all that time.
Here's the deal: the game is an old concept where letters are substituted for numbers and your task is to figure it out.
Definitely good for kids who love math!
Monday, August 28, 2017
Blokken surprised me though. The object is to score points by completing rows & columns.
My high score is around 2500. Over 13,000 people are on the Leaderboard. The highest score is over 37,000. Which means I've played this game too quickly.
Amusing: the game is officially called Blokken, but the title in the game itself is Blokke.
Friday, August 25, 2017
The concept is great.
The graphics are very very good.
There are 744 puzzles. Plus a daily puzzle. That's probably too many.
I was happy to pay $.99 to skip the ads.
At the moment, Piece Out has over 125,000 players on the Leaderboard. That's because it was featured by the App Store. I've solved about 280 levels. That places me at #16. But that won't last. Because there's a massive race to the finish line. And I'm dropping out after 300. Two people have already crossed the 600 line.
The game was developed by brothers Tom & James Greenaway and Ivan Neeson. I contacted Ivan who informed me that the puzzles are generated by a computer program. But the guys went through them all to curate the good puzzles.
Gold Mine Read my review from 7 years ago.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Anders - stunning achievement.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Over 15,000 players are on the Leaderboard playing Zen Cube. I've only played this game twice, with my high score being 33.