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Friday, October 11, 2019

Stack Me Challenge by eDoc LLC FREE

Stack Me Challenge comes from eDoc LLC.  It's a point scoring game.  The object is to slide all the tiles up/down/right/left and not fill up the board.

In the beginner mode, only primary colors are used.

In the advanced mode, primary colors merge, and points are awarded for only secondary colors combining.  

In the beginner mode, I had to intentionally lose.

In the advanced mode, I'm in the middle of 1 game.  My score is 1800. I would be #2 on the leaderboard, but I think I have to lose for that to show up.

This is an interesting game. However, the game is unending.  Multiple times I made a silly mistake and easily recovered. 

The #1 score is over 6000, which I'm estimating took at least 5 hours to play.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/stack-me-challenge/id1476944808

Monday, October 7, 2019

Drop Drop! S by Adem KAYIRCI FREE

Drop Drop! S comes from Adem KAYIRCI.  It's a point scoring game.
The object is to drag the 3 pieces onto the board to match colors and score points.  The pieces fall upwards from the bottom.  Each match yields points, the tiles disappear and you're ready for the next round.

Adem is definitely one of the more interesting puzzle app developers who is still going strong.  I particularly liked his game cohex (see link below).

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/drop-drop-s/id1472487835

Adem's other puzzles
turn,
maze cube
cohex
-look-
block dock!
eceo

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Sixy Sudoku by PZZL.com FREE



Sixy Sudoku comes from Peter Ritmeester at PZZL.com.  I know what you're thinking: Not another Sudoku variation!


This version has a lot of charm, because the grids are so small.

Also, I really like the element where each shaded region must contain 1-6.

There's a 'wacky' version which is similar to 'jigsaw sudoku' and is also known as 'squiggly sudoku'.

Best of all: each version has difficulty levels ranging from very easy to very hard.

There are 500 levels, but there is no system of checking off which ones you've done.

I've bought 3 of the puzzle books at Peter's website.  I've shared some of the puzzles with my math students.

Nice job Peter!

Update 10/7/2019: Peter informed me that there is an update to the game that includes level progress.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sixy-sudoku/id1471766658
https://pzzl.com/

Monday, September 23, 2019

Hanoi Stack by Sergii Nagin FREE

Hanoi Stack comes from Sergii Nagin. Th object is to flip rings and stacks of rings to eventually land on the pole is size order - largest on the bottom.
I did the first 25 levels in about 15 minutes.  They start getting interesting around level 50, as more rings are added to the grid.

Interesting:
1. Multiple rings of the same size are frequent.
2. When a stack joins another ring, it will invert completely.  Look at the last image. The green ring on top - that whole stack will flip onto the light blue ring.  That will leave the red, largest ring, on top. 

I have no idea how many levels there are.  I've done about 120.  The last 25 took about 20 minutes.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hanoi-stack/id1478998981

Friday, September 20, 2019

Rope Rescue! - Unique Puzzle by Coda Platform Limited

Rope Rescue! - Unique Puzzle comes from Coda Platform Limited.  The object is to get Your People from the top to the bottom safely while avoiding the red wheels and the lasers and various other obstacles.
This game came out in July and has 39,000 reviews.

This puzzle play pretty fast. I've solved about 90 levels over 2 days.  No idea how many levels there are. 

Important: you must turn off your wifi or you'll be bombarded with ads.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/rope-rescue-unique-puzzle/id1474676263
https://coda.xyz/

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Sandwich Sudoku by Nick Carney $4.99

Sandwich Sudoku comes from Nick Carney. This game was popularized in the spring by Alex Bellos via his puzzle column in The Guardian. 

It's a standard sudoku with one significant difference: the numbers above the grid, and to the side of the grid, are the sums of the numbers that separate the 1 and the 9 in that column or row.

Puzzlers who have played Killer Sudoku (see link below) and Kakuro should be able to jump right in.

The game has only 40 levels, but that's okay! These games have been taking me a long time to solve.  At the moment I've solved 13 levels totaling about 6 hours of fun.  By that measure, $5 is cheap.

This game is fantastic.

My Solving Times
Level   Time
1          14:07
2          31:04
3          26:32
4          26:05
5          11:40
6          44:40
7          23:07
10        26:50
11        31:23
13        28:44
14        23:36
16        21:50
17        24:22

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sandwich-sudoku/id1476116705

Other Innovative Sudoku Puzzle Apps
Kropk'i Sudoku  This is really a Latin Square with a couple of innovative ideas. It plays fast.
Quindoku Same as Logi5Puzz
Logi5Puzz  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 levels
RollDoku - never even solved 1 level, so hard
Cohabit- played this on my ipod touch - before ipad was invented
FlowDoKu - one of my favorites. Will not delete this.
Sudoku Mine combines Sudoku with Minesweeper
Sudoku 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 Sudoku
Pokergreen Puzzles - a poker version of Sudoku
Star Sudoku
Sudoku Maze
Sudoku Spin
Sudoku Sweeper
Joint Number Place
Futoshiki
SudoCubed
Rotadoku

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Path of Giants $3.99

Andrew Farrell  from Journey Bound Games sent me a promo code for Path of Giants. The object is to get Your 3 Men, to their targets.  About 50 times. 
Each level is a 3D maze filled with ladders, portals and all sorts of contraptions including pulley elevators various buttons that activate random stairs.  Sometimes paths rotate.
The key element to Path of Giants is that Your Men must rely on each other.  Mr Yellow has to activate his button in order for Mr. Blue to get going.  Throughout the levels, each character will need to climb on the shoulders of the others in order to ascend to a higher step.

The puzzles are not too hard. Though I did have to restart some because I was in an impossible position. (The program told me!)

The graphics are charming and well done.  This game must be played on a large screen.

I did the first half of the game while watching 2 programs on C-SPAN.  I finished the game in 3 days.

If you like Monument Valley, you'll like Paths of Giants.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/path-of-giants/id1475781647

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Flow Fit: Sudoku by Big Duck Games LLC FREE

Flow Fit: Sudoku comes from Big Duck Games LLC  The object is to place the numbered pieces into the grid to form a Latin Square. (Technically, this game should be called Flow Fit: Latin Square.)
This game has over 2000 levels.  Many are easy.  Many are tough.

I particularly like the levels that have a question mark on one square.  It means that the value is not the same for both the horizontal and vertical.

This game is strangely addictive.  I think it's because the graphics are so good.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/flow-fit-sudoku/id1475678781

Monday, September 9, 2019

.Connect. by Kishor Berde FREE

.Connect. comes from Kishor Berde.  Recently I blogged about Kishor's other game SARKWO. I liked it so much I thought I'd try his other game.
The object is to swap adjacent marbles one at a time until similar colored marbles are all grouped together within a certain # of moves.

The first 20 levels were so easy and I wondered why I was still playing.  But gradually, new elements were being added and things got more interesting. 

The black squares with a marble: they're fixed.
The black squares with multiple colors (see the third image) can be rotated.
The connecting lines have their own button not attached: tap on it and the corresponding buttons will swap.

There are 170 levels and at the moment I've done 87 levels. I did these all on my phone while killing time. 

Advice to all puzzle app developers: Don't publish more than 100 levels.  
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/connect/id1416467796

Friday, September 6, 2019

SARKWO by Kishor Berde $.99

 SARKWO comes from Kishor Berde. The object is to slide the colored tiles to get to their targets.
It reminded me at first of an old java game that was a multi-ball maze.  This game goes pretty fast.  And then things get more interesting with wormholes.

The very last level took me a long time. I kept finding my pieces in the same unsolvable situation.  

My only regret is that I played this game on my tiny phone.  I would like to see some more levels similar to that last one!

(Hey!  You've probably noticed that I've slowed down my review of puzzle apps these past 2 months.  All is good. I'll try to post more frequently.)

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sarkwo/id1462867280

Monday, August 19, 2019

Platonic Opaline by Sean McKean $1.99


Sean McKean contacted me months ago about his new geometry puzzle Platonic Opaline.  It's a very sophisticated 3D jigsaw puzzle.  Your task is to first choose what kind of solid you want to solve for. Then choose how many pieces it should be dissected into.  Then solve.    
Each Platonic Solid (Tetrahedron, Cube, Octahedron, Dodecahedron and Icosahedron) can be dissected from 3 to 16 pieces, depending on the difficulty setting. Add the first piece.  Then spin the big piece and little pieces to find a match.

Sean is obviously very smart & creative. Platonic Opaline is an artistic, geometric labor of love. (There is a demo version that is free!)

About 10 years ago I bought the All Five Puzzle from Wayne Daniel.  It's a treasure. Below is my review of it for Games Magazine. 

Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/platonic-opaline/id1442178657?ls=1&mt=8 Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.soundshape.opals&hl=en Youtube playthrough video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT9rUFD3PS8


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Pyraminx Duo by Shenzhen Magic iNet 3D Cloud Technology Co., Ltd. FREE


Pyraminx Duo comes from Shenzhen Magic.. It's a virtual representation of the mechanical puzzle that is also known as Rob's Puzzle.  Rob Stegmann came up with the idea of this puzzle and Oskar van Deventer then made it happen.

Of all the twisty puzzles, this could be the easiest.

You don't have to buy the Real McCoy, because this version is quite good.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pyraminx-duo/id1445874445

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Blue Donut by Just So FREE

Blue Donut comes from Just So.  It came up in the search of new puzzles on the app store.  

The object is to rotate and swivel up/down/around the gold figure in order to release the blue rings.

I solved 30 levels in about 10 minutes.  As a puzzle: this is for kids. But in terms of design and programming, it's elegant.

Deleting it now.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/blue-donut/id1471914434

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Puzzle Ten Dark by Eugeniu Curcudel FREE

Puzzle Ten Dark comes from Eugeniu Curcudel. It's a point scoring puzzle game.  The object is to place the blocks to form rows and columns of 10.  There is a scoring system for getting multiples, but I haven't figured it out.
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I've played this game 6 or 7 times.  It's good, but has a problem. 

Suppose you've place a 2/5 piece on the board.  It's the last of the set of 3 pieces.  Now you're given 3 new pieces and they're simply awful: 6/6 and 6/5 and 5/6/6. Click undo, watch a 30 second ad, replace the 2/5 piece and get 3 decent pieces.  Still not satisfied? Click undo again!

My high score is almost 800 and I confess, I clicked undo at least 10 times.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/puzzle-ten-dark/id1472714166

Other Point Scoring Games Worthy of Your Time (Some are no longer available.)
NumberMania
Four Straight Lines
Pushopolous
Stickets
Folt
Nineout
Nineout II
BeeCells Lite
Kindly Colors
HexAgony
Domino Drop
Put Number
Tripevo
Triple Town
Kindly  Colors
COLORswipe
SubaraCity
Virus Pop Smash
+1 Number
4 Way Puzzle
Merged!
Enso

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Fit Maze by BIGFRAMES FREE

Fit Maze comes from BIGFRAMES. The object is to slide each tile to an exit in the correct order. 
This is an interesting game because each exit can only be used once.
The first thing to determine: which tile will use which exit.  This has to be done backwards because the last tile cannot move until all the other tiles have exited.  The penultimate tile cannot move until all the previous tiles have exited. You get the idea.

I've done 29 levels.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fit-maze/id1466923497

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Cham Blocks by Manolo Mazariegos FREE

Cham Blocks comes from Manolo Mazariegos. The object is for Cham to eat all the food. However, Cham can only eat food if he's wearing the same colored sock.
I'm surprised out how solid this game is.
1. There's a moves limit.
2. Blocks can be placed to hinder the bad guys.
3. Bombs cause havoc.
4. Teleports
5. Magnets stop your progress.
6. I haven't gotten to the slingshots yet

I've solved about 25 levels.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/cham-blocks/id1469315385

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Logic Puzzle! by Artur Zhyvkovych FREE

Logic Puzzle! comes from Artur Zhyvkovych. The object is to get all the squares to be the same number.  

Your Man starts on the square that's outlined in black. Every time he steps on a block, it increases by 1.

This is not a hard game at all. But there's a time limit: how many can you solve without running out of time?  After each solve, a time bonus is awarded.

I've played this game once. I solved 47 grids.  There should be a leaderboard.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/logic-puzzle/id1469063440

Monday, July 22, 2019

Snake Hobble - Maze Way Out by Nguyen Kiem FREE

Snake Hobble - Maze Way Out by Nguyen Kiem. The object is to have your snake eat up all the white dots without crashing into its own tale. 
I did 11 levels. Lots of ads and strictly for kids.  Deleting it now.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/snake-hobble-maze-way-out/id1471775607

Friday, July 19, 2019

Chirp Books by Pubmark Inc. FREE

Chirp Books by Pubmark Inc. offers very good deals on popular audio books.  Much cheaper than Audible or Amazon.  Great for long car rides. But you must be able to connect your device to your car's radio via bluetooth.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/chirp-books/id1438652819

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Retro Island by Someshwara FREE

Retro Island comes from Someshwara. It's a dexterity game where the object is to move Your Man from the start to the end points without dying.
The World's Hardest Game is very similar, but better because the movement of Your Man could be done with the arrow keys on a keyboard.

I stopped at level 8.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/retro-island/id1453961158