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Friday, January 18, 2019

Smack - The Puzzle Game by Ai Ayatsuji FREE

Smack - The Puzzle Game comes from Ai Ayatsuji. The object is to slide the balls along the grid to knock out other balls. If you can end up with only 1 ball, you've won.

This game is extremely similar to Fling!  Long term Loyal Blog Followers will remember this from 2010 when I first reviewed it.

I even posted an update.

So I just redownloaded Fling!  Smack is okay, but the graphics are just nowhere near as good as Fling!  Both games are free.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smack-the-puzzle-game/id1447871235?mt=8

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Color Rings! by Sphere Game Studios

 Color Rings! comes from Sphere Game Studios. We've seen this type of game in the past several times, but not in a while.  The object is to tap on any ring, which will fire 1 missile in each direction, setting off a chain reaction.
The red rings need to be hit once.
The orange rings need to be hit twice.
Yellow 3 times
Green 4 times.
Purple 5 times.

The essential point in this puzzle is which rings to tap. Then do trial and error. 

There are 100 levels.  I did the first 25 in about 10 minutes. I'm around level 40 now.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/color-rings/id1448795214?mt=8

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Tangled Networks by Timothy Dayman FREE

Tangled Networks comes from Timothy Dayman. When I saw the images, I thought it might be similar to Subway Shuffle. It's not.  Tangled Networks is actually a speed/reflex game where the object is to untangle the colored cords one by one before time runs out.
This is definitely an interesting game.  I like the graphics too.
Odd: I've done level 23 5 times, but the program is not giving me any stars and is not letting me go on to level 24.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tangled-networks/id1370268236?mt=8

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Algemy 2: All Gemmy by Kenny Young

 Algemy 2: All Gemmy comes from Kenny Young. He produced another version of this early last year and I liked it. See my review.
The new game is much the same. Except it now has 140,000 levels.  I like this game.  But 100 levels is probably enough.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/algemy-2-all-gemmy/id1438821105?mt=8

Monday, January 14, 2019

Glowing Balls - a ripoff

Do you remember the game Leapin' Lizards from Binary Arts (now known as ThinkFun)?

Glowing Balls by Saud Ahmed is an exact copy of this game.  Not surprisingly, it has exactly 40 levels.

Issues:

1. Leapin' Lizards is no longer available. But you can play a free version of this via Glowing Balls.
2. Is Saud Ahmed going to pay Larry Nichols royalties?

Poor Larry Nichols invented a 2x2x2 version of a twisty puzzle. Erno Rubik later invented a 3x3x3 version.  Nichols sued and lost. 

There's no way Nichols will sue Saud Ahmed. Primarily because Saud Ahmed is not going to make any money off his game.  He's only making money from ads.  Which won't amount to much.

See for yourself:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/glowing-balls/id1448455524?mt=8

Friday, January 11, 2019

Block Slide - Puzzle Game by Hubert Jolly FREE

Block Slide - Puzzle Game comes from Hubert Jolly. It's a point scoring puzzle app game. 

His description: Slide the red box and push the other blocks to form a line and clear them up. The more blocks you clear, the more points you get! Challenge and compete against your friends to become #1!

It’s harder than it sounds! Be the first to reach 200!


My thoughts: it took me a while to understand the rules and score any points.  After I scored 30 points, I thought: that was great. But according to the Leaderboard, not so good.  My high score is 150.  This game can definitely become addictive.  Unfortunately, it has ads
.https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/block-slide-puzzle-game/id1440422342?mt=8

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Kakuro++ Cross Sums by Chaviro Software FREE

 Kakuro++ Cross Sums comes from Chaviro Software.  I've been a fan of Kakuro since 1989 when it was called Cross Sums.

This particular game has 1430 levels in 11 categories of difficulty.

It's free and there are no ads.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kakuro-cross-sums/id1445001139?mt=8

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Bits & Pieces - Word Puzzle by Matthew Wood FREE

Bits & Pieces - Word Puzzle comes from Matthew Wood. The idea is to find 2 letters that slot into the 2 partial words.  Do that 5 times and discover a 10 letter new word.

I like this game. It's free!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bits-pieces-word-puzzle/id1426612726?mt=8

Monday, January 7, 2019

Untangle • by Aman Kapoor FREE

Untangle comes from Aman Kapoor.  It's a 'minimalist' game of puzzles where the object is to send diamonds along paths to their final destinations and hopefully not make them crash.

1. The sequence is vital.
2. Some diamonds move in pairs.
3. Some diamonds can only travel on an odd or even move counter.

I completed all the levels a few days ago. Not sure how many: maybe 40.

Unfortunately, I cannot open the program anymore!  Nor can I access the itunes link! So I cannot post any pictures.

If this game becomes available again, give it a a shot.  It's free.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/untangle/id1445131520?mt=8

artist of the year

Friday, December 14, 2018

Mindom by Peng Wan FREE

 Mindom comes from Peng Wan. It's a gem. The object is to move the yellow square in the bottom grid to control the blue square in the grid above and get to its destination.
More advanced levels include a sokoban element with wormhole for either the yellow or blue squares. 

What's particularly interesting is that sometimes the grid below is smaller than the one above. It leads to some very interesting puzzles.

There are some 400 levels.  At the moment I've done about 120.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mindom/id1256841183?mt=8

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Golf Peaks by Lukasz Spierewka $2.99

 Loyal Blog Follower Robert point this interesting game out to me: Golf Peaks by Lukasz Spierewka. It's a very solid game where the object is pretty obvious.
Look at the 2nd image.  On the bottom are 5 cards. Your task is to figure out which card to use, and in which order, and in which direction to aim the ball, to reach the goal. A  number that's underlined with a 3 means that the ball will travel 3 spaces.  If a 1 has a loop around and above it, that means that the ball will jump.  Used for sandtraps and the like.
Golf Peaks is essentially a maze game. There are 72 levels (4 rounds of golf).  I've done 36.

There's a lot to like about this game: the graphics are good. The puzzles are challenging. But all the levels can be solved almost blindly with trial and error. I'm not feeling compelled to complete them all.  This is a very very solid game.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/golf-peaks/id1419542293?mt=8  $2.99

https://store.steampowered.com/app/923260/Golf_Peaks/ $4.99

https://afterburn.itch.io/golf-peaks  $4.99

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Flow Free: Warps! Update

Check out my progress in Flow Free: Warps!

Unquestionably, some of these were tough and took a while.

I started playing this game a little more than a year ago. Now it's become a habit to solve the daily puzzles first thing in the morning.

https://gottasolveit.blogspot.com/2017/11/flow-free-warps-by-big-duck-games-llc.html





Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Rusty Lake Paradise $2.99

I'm a huge fan of the Rusty Lake series. The games can best be classified as a combination of horror/room escapes/adventure/puzzle.
 Paradise takes place on an island.  There are 10 plagues to delve into.
If you've ever played a Rusty Lake game, then you can expect: strange creatures, a ghost, weird puzzles. Animal heads.
At the moment, I'm on the 9th plague.

Update 1/5/2019: I finally finished this game.  Additional thoughts:

1. Too much time is spent going back and forth.  There should be a map which enables the user to quickly go from place to place.

2. I finished the game having only captured only half of the souls.  I have no idea how I missed them!

3. Having played so many of these Rusty Lake games (see list below), I'm starting to feel like they're all the same. what was fresh, strange with horror, and clever with puzzles, has seemingly become stale.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1253855339
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.RustyLake.RustyLakeParadise&hl=en
https://store.steampowered.com/app/744190/Rusty_Lake_Paradise/  $3.99

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

Monday, December 3, 2018

Kolumno by DevilishGames $1.99

David Ferriz recently contacted me about his new puzzle game Kolumno. It's a dexterity game.  The object is to get the ball to roll down as the column spins.  There will be gaps for the ball to pass through.  It's all about timing.
From David: This game will also test the player’s reflexes by using special abilities that will let you: stop in mid-air, fall rapidly, shrink or break the rings.  
At the beginning, Kolumno was born as a remake of our classic Zyl (a game played by millions of people in its Flash version at the start of this decade), but during the development we decided to include new abilities that have finally turned Kolumno in something absolutely different, preserving the elegant initial concept and providing a much more complex and elaborate challenge.

I remember playing Zyl a while ago. Hard!  I was impatient.  Kolumno is much the same.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1440050196
https://www.devilishgames.com/en/about/
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devilishgames.kolumno

Friday, November 30, 2018

MicMac by Alex Franciol FREE

MicMac comes from Alex Francioli. The object is to place all 9 pieces into the frame so that the M's line up.  Pieces can be flipped and rotated.
Only 1 piece is not an L, and it always has 2 M's to match.

MicMac has 36 levels and I've solved 21 of them, including #36.  Good game.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/micmac/id1438849299?mt=8

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Humbug by Dunderbit FREE

 Huge thanks to Loyal Blog Follower David for steering me in the direction of Humbug by Dunderbit. The object is to get the bugs to the stars within a certain number of moves.  Dunderbit consists of 2 brothers: Jonathan Lindvall and Christoffer Lindvall from Sweden.
1. The snail moves only 1 square at a time.
2. The ladybug moves 2 spaces, unless there's an obstacle, in which case, it can move 1 space.
3. Spiders travel until they hit a wall or another bug.
4. Bees fly across 2 spaces at a time. Unless there's a bug on the landing spot. Then it will go 3 spaces.
5. Butterflies: similar to Bees, they fly across 3 spaces.
6. Grasshoppers move 1 space but can leap over many insects if they're in the way.

The graphics are outstanding.

The complexity of the puzzles is just right: the first 15 -20 are easy. Thereafter, they're tricky, but not impossibly so.

I downloaded the game yesterday and go to level 60 out of 100.

Technically, I paid $2.99 'to remove the ads'. In actuality, I paid the money as a token of appreciation. Everybody: if we want good games, it is our responsibility to pay a small token.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/humbug/id1436145670?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dunderbit.humbug

Vubu is a similar game....but totally different. If it's still available, download it.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Initiative Q Coins

Initiative Q is an attempt by ex-PayPal guys to create a new payment system instead of credit cards that were designed in the 1950s. The system uses its own currency, the Q, and to get people to start using the system once it's ready they are allocating Qs for free to people that sign up now (the amount drops as more people join - so better to join early). Signing up is free and they only ask for your name and an email address. There's nothing to lose but if this payment system becomes a world leading payment method your Qs can be worth a lot.

Here is my invite link: https://initiativeq.com/invite/rW3MQl8AQ

 This link will stop working once I’m out of invites. Let me know after you registered, because I need to verify you on my end.

I signed up about 2 weeks ago. So far, no spam emails. I think it's legit. Will it actually come to fruition?  Who knows.

By the way, if you're playing any good puzzle apps, do let me know.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Antitype by BorderLeap, LLC FREE

 Antitype comes from BorderLeap, LLC.  The object is to figure out what the opposite words are and then tap on the correct sequence to get those words.
Look at image #1.  We know the answer is That/This.

This is where it gets interesting: tap on any letter. That letter will not change. But its vertical &  horizontal neighbors will become the next letter in the alphabet.

400 levels will keep you busy for a while!  At the moment, I've done about 55 levels.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/antitype/id1117100543?mt=8

Friday, November 16, 2018

top logic by Brad Hayes

 Brad Hayes recently contacted me about his newest puzzle top logic.  Brad is the author of 2 other puzzle apps: Route-Out Puzzle from 2013 and Route-Out 2: A Thinking Puzzle from 2015.  I loved them both.
The objective is to place various chess-like pieces (missile launchers) on the grid to fire their missiles into the castles and other missile launchers. A chain reaction must take place.  

Of course there are brick walls which are blockers.
Some castles need multiple missiles to bring down.

These puzzles get hard pretty fast!

Brad has the right attitude: he's creating puzzle apps as a hobby, with no expectation of making any real money.

This game reminds me of Combination from 2012.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/top-logic/id1048198469?mt=8

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Blockuku by Quan Trong FREE

 Blockuku comes from Quan Trong. The object is to place the shapes into the grid to match the numbers on the horizontal and vertical axes.
There are 78 levels and they go pretty fast. Lots of easy levels.  At the moment, I've done about 65. They're getting tougher now.

What could be better:
1. Graphics: change the color scheme every so often.
2. Each grid is a square. This could sometimes be a rectangle.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blockuku/id1439010728?mt=8

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Initiative Q: not a puzzle

Puzzlers: this is not a puzzle. But it's a free offer to get free cyber coins in a new currency. I've gone through their webpage. Seems to me that it has a legitimate shot at catching on.  Signing up will gain you instant free coins. When others sign up that you refer, you'll get additional coins.  When all the coins are distributed, then they commence actually using Qs as real money. Pyramid scheme? Not really, because you're not spending money. Waste of time? Yeah, but it takes about 5 minutes to sign up.

Initiative Q is an attempt by ex-PayPal guys to create a new payment system instead of credit cards that were designed in the 1950s. The system uses its own currency, the Q, and to get people to start using the system once it's ready they are allocating Qs for free to people that sign up now (the amount drops as more people join - so better to join early). Signing up is free and they only ask for your name and an email address. There's nothing to lose but if this payment system becomes a world leading payment method your Qs can be worth a lot.

Here is my invite link: https://initiativeq.com/invite/rW3MQl8AQ

 This link will stop working once I’m out of invites. Let me know after you registered, because I need to verify you on my end.

 This link will stop working once I’m out of invites. Let me know after you registered, because I need to verify you on my end.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Falling Moods by Marina Makarevskaya FREE

Marina Makarevskaya recently contacted me about her new puzzle app game Falling Moods. The object is to tap on the emoji faces on top and have them fall through the cracks to the bottom.

Landing on a solid yellow arrow will make that arrow move 1 space. 
The striped arrows vanish after being hit.
The half/half arrows change direction after being hit.

There are 20 levels and I'm stuck on level 11, at the moment.

Interesting game!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/falling-moods/id1436439469?mt=8