The Great Erno Rubik has written an autobiography:
Monday, August 10, 2020
Tiny Islands comes from David King. The object is to place houses, churches, forests etc onto a grid, trace out 3 islands, and optimize your points.
The scoring system is fairly straight forward. I won't go into that here.
Very Interesting: for each move, you have the option of playing 1 of 2 pieces.
You can play the 'Daily Shuffle' game multiple times. Memorize the cards and then optimize your strategy.
Warning: this game is highly addictive. Not for gamers who move quickly. Take your time!
Play it online only - I think.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Interesting new puzzle. The inventor, Greg Pfennig has a long history of making fantastic twisty puzzles.
Monday, August 3, 2020
I'm waiting for the new ipados to come out. The rumor is that it will be available on Sept 13.
At the moment, my ipad 4 is not allowing me to download new/current puzzles because it's not able to download the newest software. (I suspect Apple does this intentionally to force people to buy new ipads.)
So I'm on Steam. The first thing I notice is that the prices for games are higher than on iOS. Why?
Another thing: are there games that are available only on Steam and not on iOS?
Most importantly: throw some puzzle recommendations in the comments section.
This game: https://store.steampowered.com/app/801380/MOVIT/ Movit is a total ripoff of a game called Deadlocked which I reviewed in 2011. What I later learned is that the author of Deadlocked ripped somebody else off!
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
QiYi Duomo Cube Pyraminx Magic Cube - Black Link $6 This puzzle comes from Justin Eplett. The internal mechanism is a skewb. I used my pyraminx algorithms to solve it. Kind of easy. Very attractive design. Even cheaper price here.
JS Eagle-Eye Magic Cube $5 Link This puzzle is similar to Smart Alex from 1992. If you can solve Smart Alex, this one's a no-brainer.
Shengshou Magic Tower Magic Cube $5 Link I was overthinking this!
Monday, July 20, 2020
Parker: keep up the great work.
Logisquares is Parker's very good puzzle app from 2013. It's no longer available.
Friday, July 17, 2020
Friday, July 10, 2020
The graphics are a bit out-dated. But that's not important here. The levels have been designed with utmost care. I don't know who made it either! He/She/They did a great job.
7/16/2020: Addendum: this game is available https://toucharcade.com/community/threads/newtons-cradle-puzzle-game-by-peter-hijma.409172/
The author is Peter Hijma.
Thursday, July 9, 2020
It's a very cute story. Kind of short. And besides, it's free.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
'Only 32 puzzle pieces give 892.616.806.656.000.000.000.000 combinations.' Fortunately, each level has 3 free hints.
There are 100 levels. I've solved about 6 levels. They are not easy. However, this game is so much easier than his last game One Line Weekly.
Keep up the good work Marcelo!
Marcelo's other games
Save Planet Cube
One Line Weekly
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Trinagon 3D Intuitive Logic comes from Lucas Pradlwarter. The object is to swivel/rotate circles of triangles to create specific patterns.
Mad Triad from 2010. This is a mechanical puzzle that operates on the same principle. The concept was first developed by Doug Engel in the 80s.
Trinagon Sample which was only 2D.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
When my high score was 1800, I couldn't believe that anybody could do much better. At the time I was # 7 or 8 on the Leaderboard.
I came up with a modified strategy and now I'm at the top of the Leaderboard with 5600.
1. Whenever you have a choice, always opt to score points with the balls that are caged in place.
2. Whenever you score points with 4 in a group, it eliminates 3 of them and leaves 1 with wings that can go anywhere. That winged ball must always be used to knock out another piece. Never put it in a blank space.
3. Always try to get a group of 5. 4 will be eliminated. The 1 that remains will be a bomb that will wipe out a 3x3 area. Make sure the bomb is activated in the middle, not on the edges.
4. When things get very crowded - you're in trouble. You may have a choice to eliminate 3 reds or 3 blues. Choose the color that is more in the center. If your last holes are on the edges, it's bad news.
5. Once you've cracked 3000, then you've done everything right. The game can theoretically go on forever. Take breaks. I'm looking forward to my high score getting smashed.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Nice job Domas!
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
I was hoping for some new element. Orixio is basically the same, and later came out with Orixio with wormholes.
Drop Pocket from 2017
Zhed from 2017
Orixio from 2019
Orixio Wormhole from 2020
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
100×3 Logic Games comes from Andrea Sabbatini. Once again produced a puzzle app that contains multiple puzzle genres. This one has 14 games.
I've spent about 2 hours on solving maybe 60 levels out of 300. Did I mention that each game has 300 levels?
Andrea: you've hit another home run.
Also by Andrea:
Park SeasonsHedgehog GardensPark Seasons
Parks and Landscapes
Monday, April 27, 2020
Your Man is the #6 tile. You have 6 moves -swapping with neighboring tiles - to create 3 in a row. As soon as that happens, Your Man is re-energized back to 6. If you cannot make a match - game over.
My high score is about 380. According to the Leaderboard, somebody has 29,000! What are they doing?
Here's the deal: as you play the game, new features get added. Unfortunately, they are never explained.
This game has so much potential. The graphics have to go. And there needs to be a tutorial.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Whey you're done, there's a second version of Paradox that costs $1.99. I've only just started it.
Watch the 18 minute trailor: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe1LNXl3yYWPNWeJT_AsP1w
Other Rusty Lake Games I've played and reviewed:
Cube Escape: Birthday
Cube Escape: Case 23
Cube Escape: The Mill
Cube Escape: Harvey's Room
Cube Escape: The Lake
Cube Escape: Arles
Cube Escape: Seasons
Cube Escape: Theater
Cube Escape: The Cave
Rusty Lake: Hotel
Rusty Lake: Roots
Rusty Lake: Paradise
Friday, April 17, 2020
The blues pieces can only move horizontally.
The orange pieces can move up/down & right/left.
The pink moves diagonally only.
Other 'Minimalist' games
Up Left Out
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
1. Some balls are locked in place.
2. See the red ball with wings in image 1? That ball can leap over and replace any other ball.
3. Bombs - when activated, they knock out the surrounding area of a 3x3 grid.
4. Because the grid is 5x5, each game goes pretty fast.
My high score is 881 which places me at #6 on the leaderboard.
Bee Cells: hexagonal grid. It tells you what colors the next 3 balls will be, but not the location.
Balls: the next 3 balls and their locations are always announced.
Gamezaur People: excellent little game.
Other games by Gamezaur that I reviewed:
Sticks I believe this is no longer available.
Other Point Scoring Games Worthy of Your Time (Some are no longer available.)
Four Straight Lines
Virus Pop Smash
4 Way Puzzle
Friday, April 10, 2020
Altogether, this game took about 2 hours.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Michal Gorny recently contacted me about his new game Shape And Hue. It's a lovely visual jigsaw puzzle.
Michal made the game Hexa Knot, which I reviewed in 2018.
Monday, April 6, 2020
The next day I solved 1 level at 'hard'. This took about 1 - 1.5 hours. I played this game on my small iphone (I have no idea which model it is.). Playing this game was very calming.
The graphics are very polished. A feature I particularly like: tap on, say 3, and all the 3's on that face get highlighted.
Note to Daniel: Good job. Thanks for the promo codes. Check out the variations below for fun and inspiration.
Other Sudoku Variations
Sixy Sudoku Small grids - perfect for beginners
Sandwich Sudoku Positively love this. Hard
Kropk'i Sudoku This is really a Latin Square with a couple of innovative ideas. It plays fast.
Quindoku Same as Logi5PuzzLogi5Puzz Same as NumDom. But NumDom has larger grid sizes.Spindoku is totally different, but still very cool.Hi-Lo Sudoku is one of my favorite variations.Cryptdoku I played it so long ago, but it's cool. Long gone from the App Store.Stimko Gold - outstanding version of squiggly Sudoku. Handcrafted puzzles.Kakooma - interesting for about 3 levelsRollDoku - never even solved 1 level, so hardCohabit- played this on my ipod touch - before ipad was inventedFlowDoKu - one of my favorites. Will not delete this.Sudoku Mine combines Sudoku with MinesweeperSudoku Killer combines Sudoku with Kakuro. I've spent a lot of time on this one. I can do the easy levels in about 10 minutes.3Doku - a cubic version of SudokuPokergreen Puzzles - a poker version of SudokuStar SudokuSudoku MazeSudoku SpinSudoku SweeperJoint Number PlaceFutoshikiSudoCubedRotadoku
Monday, March 30, 2020