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Monday, October 16, 2017

Mind Cache by IGOR POSTNIKOV FREE

iPhone Screenshot 1 iPhone Screenshot 2
Mind Cache comes from IGOR POSTNIKOV. It's a memory game. An image appears with a Star, a Square, and a Circle.  Then they disappear. Your task is to place them on the board in the general area of where they were.

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This is the type of game to play a few times and then forget about.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mind-cache/id1220925991?mt=8

Friday, October 13, 2017

Glowish by The One Pixel, Lda $.99

iPhone Screenshot 1 
Glowish is a puzzle that has a Lights Out element.  In Lights Out, the object is to light all the tiles. Tapping one button will toggle on/off that tile and its surrounding neighbors. In Glowish, the objective is the same, but the rules are different.

The Essential Rule: Tapping a green triangle will toggle all the triangles and all the other greens.

The first levels are pure easy: Just tap each element. Look at the first 2 images.  There are 2 blue squares. The second blue square does nothing to add the complexity. The second image is a Venn diagram of the situation.  Since none of the elements intersect: just tap each one.

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As things got more complicated, I needed to transfer the information to Venn Diagrams to better see the Big Picture.


Level 59:
1. Tapping the blue triangle lights up all the triangles and the blue square.
2. Tapping the orange square turns off the blue square, turns on the other squares and itself. And turns off the orange triangle.

You get the idea.  I the actual solution was: tapping everything once.

There are 100 levels and I'm on level 61 or so.

I can't think of another puzzle concept that utilizes Venn Diagrams.  Glowish is definitely unique & fun.

http://www.theonepixel.com/
https://itunes.apple.com/app/glowish/id1265323722
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.theonepixel.glowish

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Color Fence by McPeppergames

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Do you remember the game Ins and Outs? Color Fence is essentially the same thing: create one loop where some tiles are 'inside' and the rest are 'outside'.

I love the concept, but after you've done a 100 or so, they're all too easy. But still fun.

I had some trouble with Color Fence in terms of the colors. The orange & red squares are too similar.

Even worse: I wasn't able to figure out which colors should be inside and which outside. Look at image #1. In the top right corner are 3 colors. Are they supposed to all be in or all out? I've tried it both ways and neither worked consistently.  I think they've debugged this now.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/color-fence/id1263833188?mt=8
http://www.mcpeppergames.com/

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cubiques by Dilmer Valecillos $.99

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Dilmer Valecillos recently sent me a promo code for his game Cubiques.  Thanks! The object is to roll Your Man, the red square, over all the white squares and end up on the yellow square.

We've seen this concept many times before.

Features
1. Black squares can be crossed many times.
2. Gray squares must be crossed twice.
3. Wormholes
iPhone Screenshot 3  iPhone Screenshot 4
The graphics are very slick and well polished. Unquestionably this aspect is strong.

What could be better:
The game board utilizes a small fraction of the screen. I'd like the option to enlarge this.
At first, I had some trouble seeing the areas where I couldn't roll the cube. It would be great if the entire board could be rotated.
Look at the first image. See the white pillars? That should be a different color.

There are 70 levels. Last night I was on the phone for almost an hour and tackled about 40 levels.  I ended at level 58.  Had the phone conversation gone another 30 minutes, I think I could have completed them all. The puzzles are not too hard.

There is a Leader Board for Cubiques. Which I don't fully understand.  I'm # 160 out of 3700 on the levels.  But on the Points section, I'm around 15. I'm guessing that the points accumulate by solving the puzzles in a short time and/or solving the levels on the first or second try.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cubiques/id1139007807?mt=8
http://www.cubiquesgame.com/
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dilmergames.cubiques

Announcement: Subway Shuffle is going to reappear one of these days. The old version no longer works on iOS 11.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Slices by Midnight Tea Studio

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Slices is a dexterity puzzle that tests your speed. Look at the first image.  See the blue slice in the center circle?  You've got about 3 seconds to transfer it to one of the surrounding circles that has that wedge empty.

When a circle is completed, you get points.  More points if the circle is completely 1 color.  That's it.

There are over 14,000 players on the Leader Board.  Definitely fun. I've only played it twice.  Good concept, great graphics. If it were the only speed/time/dexterity around, it would be huge.

https://www.midnighttea.co/slices/
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/slices/id1263934706?mt=8

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Best Illusion of the Year - Vote Today!

http://illusionoftheyear.com/  Today is the last day to vote for the best of 10 illusions.  Very cool stuff.

annecoleviolinmaker.com  Anne Cole is a longtime Loyal Blog Follower. Scroll to the bottom to check out the PBS video of her making violins.

Considering all the horrific incidents in the news, these 2 items form a nice respite and hope for humanity.

As always, if you're playing a good puzzle app that I have not blogged about, let me know.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Slide!! by Red Chain Games Ltd FREE FREE

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Slide!! is one of those many puzzle app games where the object is to get the colored tiles to their targets by sliding them until they hit an obstacle.

What's different? 
1. There's a timer. In order to get your time low, you must slide multiple blocks simultaneously.  

2. I'm stuck on Easy Level #5! Obviously I'm missing something. Because the credits indicate that 25 people have play tested this game. This Puzzle App Blogger is often humbled.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Colorzam: An Update

Last week I reviewed Colorzam by Pedro Navarro. He emailed me about my review and indicated that he would implement one of my suggestions.

So now the '5 rule' is '6'. The game is significantly harder! It might be too hard now.  I checked the Leader Board & I'm still #1. But is that fair? I attained that score under the easier rules.  Can I still claim the glory?

Pedro: I think if you make the grid a bit larger, the game might hit that perfect sweet spot of difficulty.

Everybody else: play test Pedro's game and send him some feedback.

https://itunes.apple.com/sl/app/colorzam/id1261918300?mt=8

Monday, October 2, 2017

Unblock Bomb by Kejia Li FREE

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Unblock Bomb comes from Kejia Li who also made Puzzle Dots Game which I reviewed recently.

The gray squares are fixed. The object is to move the blue squares to complete the circuit.

I've solved about 40 levels. I was hoping the game would get more interesting or difficult.  It did not.  This game is strictly for kids.

What could be done to make this better.
1. Change the colors every so often.
2. I solved some levels in fewer moves than the  supposed minimum.
3. Don't allow more moves than necessary.
4. How about an explosion after each level is solved.
5. I didn't listen to the music, but a good selection would be the theme from Mission Impossible.
6. All the blue squares are 1x1. Maybe some pieces could be 1x2

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/unblock-bomb/id1282924062?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4