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Friday, December 6, 2019

Embergram by the Gillespie Brothers FREE

Embergram comes from Matthew, Bryan and Jacob Gillespie.  Their game is very very similar to Thermometer puzzles.  (More Thermometer Puzzles).
The object is to burn the matches so that the number of embers in each row/column matches the numbers on the sides.

Each section has relatively easy levels with straight matches only.  As the matches get curvy, they get more interesting.

What could be better: there should be an element that marks squares that cannot be burnt!

There are 12 levels for each grid size: 4x4 to 12x12.  I've spent a lot of time on this game.  The 12x12 levels take about 20 minutes.

Gillespie clan: you guys rocked this.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/embergram/id1471800563
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.umvirate.embergram&hl=en
Developer website: http://umvirate.com/

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Sudoku Octangles: Numbers Game by Amr Hassan FREE

Sudoku Octangles: Numbers Game comes from Amr Hassan.  The object is to place the numbers in the spaces to form a Latin Square (very similar to sudoku).
There are two game: Sum and multiplication.  The little numbers in the grid are either the sum of the surrounding 4 numbers or the product.

The grid sizes go from 3x3 to 9x9.

According to the Leaderboard......practically nobody has played this game.  I think it's pretty good.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sudoku-octangles-numbers-game/id1480851707

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Chromoblox by Dan Bravender FREE

Chromoblox comes from Dan Bravender. This game is very similar to the card game SET. The object is to clear the board by selecting 3 tiles that are all different or are all the same.

Important: the selected pieces can only come from the bottom of the columns.

Look at the first image. Legal move: the green heart from bottom of column 1, then the blue triangle from column 1, then the red circle from column 5.

I don't know how many levels there are.  I'm guessing I've done about 25.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/chromoblox/id1480608922

Monday, December 2, 2019

Thinking Putty Puzzles from ThinkFun

 Thinking Putty Puzzles is a finalist for Toy of the Year Award in the Specialty Category.
 ThinkFun is one of the best puzzle companies in the world.  I was asked to create the challenge puzzles for their new game Thinking Putty Puzzles.  The concept is easy: connect the two yellow points, and the two blue points, etc, without crossing lines. Previously, I made similar puzzles for Mindware.com under the titles Lab Mice Puzzles and Find Your Way Gnome.
 However, in this version, there are bridges, which allow for some crossing of lines.
When's the last time you played with putty?  The putty was re-invented by Crazy Aaron.
Reasons to buy:
1. It's fun.
2. Makes for a great gift for nieces/nephews/grandkids.
3. My royalty checks will increase with your purchase.

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