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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

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Rotadoku by Harry Lyons FREE

Rotadoku comes from Harry Lyons. The object is to rotate the 4 rings to form a solved sudoku.

The easy levels are not so easy!
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/rotadoku/id1459439555

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Polygon Flips by Leonel R Robert


Leonel R Robert recently contacted me about his new puzzle app game: Polygon Flips. The object is to tap the space in between 2 polygons - make them flip and get the overall pattern to match the one in the upper right hand corner.
I wasn't able to download this on my ipad.  But did get it on my phone. (I generally don't play games on my phone because the screen is too small.

Polygon Flips has 33 levels and is actually a very cool little game.
Some thoughts:
1. Is it possible to get all the polygons correct except for 1?  Yes!  But what's the algorithm for fixing it? (I think I've got it.)
2. Level 9 has squares with triangles. How does that change the algorithm?

At the moment, I've only completed 10 levels!

Polygon Flips is quite a serious puzzle game.  The game that is most similar that comes to mind is turn, which came out last year.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/polygon-flips/id1465005140

Monday, July 15, 2019

100² Logic Games-More puzzles by Andrea Sabbatini

 If you only had time to download and play 1 game this year, 100² Logic Games-More puzzles  by Andrea Sabbatini  would probably be it. There are 50 new games and each one has 200 levels.
I really like the game called Planets (see first image.) Each row and column must have a sun and also a cloud to block the sun.  Of those 200 levels, I've solved about 75.

However: at least 10 levels of this game had multiple solutions. But the program only recognizes one.

This game is a nice variation on Akari from 2012.

Please read the comments section for a correction on my end.

Andrea: fantastic job!

https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/100-logic-games-more-puzzles/id1460567629
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.andreasabbatini.logicgames2tk
http://www.andreasabbatini.com/LogicGames.aspx

Also by Andrea:
Park Seasons
Hedgehog Gardens
Park Seasons

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

25 game by Bart Bonte FREE

25 game comes from Bart Bonte. I'm a big fan of his games.  This particular game is a point scoring game that is very similar to some other, more famous games.  Threes came out about 5 years ago. (It was immediately cloned and renamed as 2048 about a hundred times.)
Looking at the images if 25 game, I was prepared to hate it, for being another clone.  However, after playing it 6 or 7 times I love it.

The rules:
1. Combine two 1's to form a single 2.  Two 2's form a single 3. Etc.
2. You run out of room when the grid fills up.
3. After each swipe, in any direction, a new tile will emerge, either a 1 or a red tile.
4. Red tiles: this is what makes the game so unique because they're annoying, but also useful.
5. Red tiles will vanish when 3 are lined up.
6. Scoring: There is no significant reward for merging two 9's over two 5's.

Like the game Threes, there is an addictive quality.  My high score is 21,573. My highest tile was 11.  The game took just about an hour.

What could be better:
1. Threes has better graphics. The part I like most is the ability to swipe very slowly without making a commitment. This lets one see which tiles will merge.
2. There needs to be a leaderboard.  If my high score is not in the top 1%, then I'm going to continue to play. 

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/25-game/id847466186
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.air.A25

Other Bart Puzzles:
Factory Balls - excellent
Boo! - a mini sequel to Factory Balls
Blocky XMAS - fun and at times hard

Monday, July 1, 2019

Tap Low by Technossion FREE

Tap Low comes from Technossion. It's a 'think-fast' game.  The object is to tap on the lowest number within 3 seconds.  Keep doing it.

Obviously this game doesn't have much repeated fun value.  But it's worth playing a few times to keep the brain sharp.

The program is a bit clunky; a few times I had to repeatedly tap the lowest number for it to register.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tap-low/id1467855964

Thursday, June 27, 2019

blue (game) by Bart Bonte FREE

 Bart Bonte is back with another puzzle app game.  That's always a cause to celebrate.  blue (game) follows his theme of color games. See links below to my reviews of yellow and red. (I just discovered that black came out last year and I missed it.)
blue (game) has 50 levels. Each level is completely different from each other.  On some levels, I'm not exactly sure what I did to fill the space all up with blue.

I solved all 50 levels in a few hours.  I did consult the hints on maybe 5 levels.
https://apps.apple.com/app/blue-game/id1468076893
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.bartbonte.blue
http://www.bontegames.com/

Other Bart Puzzles:
Factory Balls - excellent
Boo! - a mini sequel to Factory Balls
Blocky XMAS - fun and at times hard

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Non Puzzle

Puzzlers: I gave another speech at my school recently, about being a Peace Corps Volunteer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU5I_NDwbpE

Friday, June 21, 2019

Number Chain - Logic Puzzle by Ecapyc Inc. FREE

Number Chain - Logic Puzzle comes from Ecapyc Inc. It's the same game as Numbrix, popularized by Marilyn vos Savant in her column in Parade Magazine. 
I've played this game about 5 times.  I did notice that there are multiple solutions to some puzzles. But that's okay.  This is a fun game and it's free.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/number-chain-logic-puzzle/id1348153114

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Netting - puzzle about Dots by Oleksii Kudriashov FREE

Netting - puzzle about Dots comes from Oleksii Kudriashov.  The object is pretty clear from the images: find a connection between the start/end points for each color without overlapping.
However, things get complicated.  There are bridges where an intersection can take place.

Also, sometimes a midpoint of color is given. But which of the 3 blue points is in the middle?

I've been stuck on level 36 for a long time.  There are no hints. No answer key. 
This game is much better than I anticipated.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/netting-puzzle-about-dots/id1464384101

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Magnet Brick by zhan lian FREE

This Puzzle App Blogger is back at work (play).

Magnet Brick comes from zhan lian.  The object is to tap on the correct sequence of blocks to attract the other blocks in order to match the final objective.
 What's not shown in the images is the objective for each level. To see that, one must tap on the magnifying glass on the bottom.
 Magnet Brick is definitely an interesting game.  There are over 100 levels.  At the moment, I've completed 45 levels.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/magnet-brick/id1451080348?mt=8

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Magnet Balls by Gennadii Umanets FREE

Magnet Balls comes from Gennadii Umanets.  The object is to drag the blue and green magnetic balls onto the red spots below.

There balls definitely have a quasi magnetic feel.  Try grabbing one of the blue balls in the middle and watch them bunch up.

I don't know how many levels there are, but I've done about 20.

This reminds me: there were 2 mechanical puzzles that had many magnets. Both were designed by Chris Morgan, a prominent member of the International Puzzle Party.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/magnet-balls/id1459738954?mt=8

Monday, May 20, 2019

Duo Maze by seifeddine bouhlel FREE

 Duo Maze comes from seifeddine bouhlel.  The object is to merge the blue and red balls. 
Focus on the red ball.  As you move the red ball, the blue ball moves in the opposite direction at all times.

I'm not sure how many levels there are.  I've done about 20.  It's okay!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/duo-maze/id1458993120?mt=8

Friday, May 17, 2019

Line Master Puzzle by KAU, Inc FREE

 Line Master Puzzle comes from KAU, Inc.  The object is to fill the grid from start to finish. We've seen this type of game many times.
I did the 90 Normal levels very quickly. Maybe 15 minutes.

The 90 Hard levels had some interesting elements:
The arrows force movement to the end.
Wormholes. Figuring out which wormhole to enter/exit is key.
A vertical or horizontal: the path must pass over that square and not make a turn.

I solved all the 90 hard levels and then the 90 Pro levels.  The Pro levels did not have any additional features. Drat.  But they were still fun.

Definitely a good game.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/line-master-puzzle/id1450932322?mt=8

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Supreme Court Rules Against Apple Regarding App Store

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/13/supreme-court-rules-against-apple-in-app-store-antitrust-case.html

Puzzlers:
read this article.  I think that the ruling means that everybody who ever paid for an app on the App Store will be given a refund, probably in the form of a credit toward future purchases.

Exciting news for puzzlers and the developers.

Sisyphus Mini Tables are now for sale!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Trinagon Sample by lucas pradlwarter FREE

Trinagon Sample comes from Lucas Pradlwarter.  The object is to rotate sets of 6 triangles in order to rearrange the dark purple triangles to match a given pattern.

Tap once on a circle and the surrounding 6 triangles will rotate clockwise. Tap twice - anti clockwise.

This game reminds me of Mad Triad which was a failed mechanical puzzles because it broke too often. (I think I have a copy.)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trinagon-sample/id1456473052?mt=8

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Button ON! by 2 Star Games FREE


Button ON! comes from 2 Star Games.  It's a dexterity rolling ball game.

I solved about 20 levels.  Then deleted it.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/button-on/id1462064800?mt=8

Monday, May 13, 2019

Merge into One by Jose Varela FREE

Merge into One comes from Jose Varela. The object is to combine the elements until only 1 remains.  Look at the second image to see the rules.
This game goes pretty fast.  I think there are 40 or so levels.  I solved them all very quickly.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/merge-into-one/id1460578569?mt=8

Friday, May 10, 2019

Unfoldit by Clifford Panos FREE

Unfoldit comes from Clifford Panos.  Imagine a square piece of paper has been folded and some holes have been punched.  Can you determine where the holes would be if the paper were unfolded?  That's the object.
Sure, some of the folds are easy: horizontal & vertical and perfectly diagonally.  But things get complicated when there are multiple folds. I particularly like the challenges where a vertical fold is followed by a partial diagonal fold.

I solved all the 'easy' levels. 272 of them!  I waited about a month for Clifford to upload the medium levels.  Of which, there are some 500 levels!  They're much tougher!

The graphics are outstanding. This game is a winner!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/unfoldit/id1248922247?mt=8