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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Squares - impossible puzzl‪e by Christopher Hermann FREE

Squares - impossible puzzl‪e comes from Christopher Hermann. This game is GREAT.
The object is for the Pink Man to pick up the pink stars and the Green man to pick up the green stars etc. However: the Pink Man cannot travel on the pink squares. But when he travels over the green or blue squares, those squares become pink.  Similar rules apply to the Green Man and the Blue Man.
There are only 40 levels, but that's perfect. I've solved all but 5 levels.

This game reminds me of two other gems that were previously publishing on this puzzle app blog. But I don't recall their names!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Mind by Wolfgang Warsch $13

There's a new trend in the gaming industry: cooperating so that everybody either wins or loses.

The rules of The Mind are very simple: each player has the same number of cards. Cards are numbered from 1-100 with no duplicates.

Suppose there are 3 people and it's Round 5. Therefore, each person is dealt 5 cards and together, without talking or making any sign language, the group must discard their cards in ascending order.

No spoilers here!  This game is absolutely fun.  

The company is Pandasaurus Games. I have not seen them at the NY Toy Fair. Hopefully, I'll run into them there in February. The company is based in Austin, TX - one of the coolest cities in the US, except for the summer months.

https://pandasaurusgames.com/collections/shop/products/the-mind

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Threes - Update

Alan Hazelden recently tweeted about the game Threes! It's now on Apple's 'Arcade'. 
Threes! truly is an exceptional point scoring puzzle app.  It's terribly addictive. Multiple times, I've had to delete it, to get my life back.

After it came out, a slew of clones emerged, almost all of them called 2048.  Many had slightly different rules. But none could match Threes! The graphics were far superior.

When it first came out the rules of Threes! were slightly different. Back then, the next card was either blue, red or a 3 or a 6.  Now, sometimes the next card can be much higher. I believe it can be as high as 1/8th of your highest card on the board.


Alan's games:

Cosmic Express  2018

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/threes-freeplay/id976851174 Free version with ads

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/threes/id779157948  $5.99 (I'm guessing this high price is to entice users to do the Apple Arcade monthly deal.)

Monday, April 5, 2021

Hexa Slitherlin‪k by FTSix Studios FREE

Hexa Slitherlink is the hexagonal version of Slitherlink. The object is to create one closed loop so that each number indicates how many links are adjacent to it.
There are 300 levels. I've done 50.  It's fun and it's free.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hexa-slitherlink/id1551532019

Friday, April 2, 2021

Slitherlink - Classi‪c by FTSix Studios FREE

FTSix Studios has produced a slew of puzzle apps recently.  Slitherlink - Classic is an old game. The concept is at least 20 years old.  The object is to create one chain link so that each number in the grid indicates how many links touch that particular square.
Many years ago I bought a book of these puzzles in Japan.  The puzzles were fine......but this game needs a good pencil/eraser.  Therefore, a computer version is far superior.

The grids start very small.  I solved 136 levels. That's probably enough for now.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Mitoza FREE

 

Mitoza is an old game that expired.  The folks at Rusty Lake have partnered with Gal Mamalya to bring it back.
'It's not a game. It's a toy It all starts with a seed. Explore all cycles and prepare yourself to accept the inevitable effects of Mitoza. Mitoza is a surreal choose-your-own adventure game.'
That was their description.  Mine: The puzzle is to keep track of all the paths and go down each one to see every single graphic.
This is really more of an art/animation display than a puzzle.  Charming. Delightful. Fun.
You'll need about 1 hour to explore all the paths.

Friday, February 12, 2021

MultiTarget by IBA Puzzles FREE

My Puzzle friend Glenn Iba has been a regular attendee of the annual New York Puzzle Party.  The last couple of years, he has shown everybody his progress on making this game.  Finally, it’s published.

The object is to swipe up/down/left/right to get all the balls to the targets at the same time. 

There are approximately 350 levels and they get plenty hard.

Yes, some levels have just 2 or 3 balls.  Others have 5 balls. Hard stuff.

This game is free. So go for it.

Glenn’s old game Monorail from 2011.

Similar games (this list is incomplete):
Movez  Pretty much the same as Block Mania but it has 1680 levels. I've solved 592 of them. That's probably enough.
Frozen Ice Cubes  What's different: there's a point of 'no return'.
Vubu What's different: the vubu men have different powers. Very sophisticated, very intelligent. Possibly the very best in this genre.
Escapology, reviewed by Nicola Salmoria. He told me about this game ages ago. I played it and enjoyed it, but never blogged about it.
Block Mania Similar to Movez
Move Puzzle - A Funny Strategy Game, Matching Tiles Within Finite Moves

Zink




 


https://apps.apple.com/us/app/multitarget/id1491795156

Friday, January 15, 2021

GAN Robot solves your Rubik's Cube $55

 This robot will scramble and solve your Rubik's Cube. $55. But you must have a 'GAN' model Rubik's Cube with holes around the center squares. It has 5 spindles to grip 5 of the 6 faces. Reminds me of the record setting machine that had 6 spindles and solved the cube in under 1 second.


http://www.ziicube.com/Brand/Gan-Puzzle/GAN-Robot



Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Pushing Machine 3D (Original) by Rafal Roszak FREE

Rafal Roszak came out with an amazing game in 2017. See link below.  The new game is a 3D version of the same game. 
There are10,800 levels spread over 12 classifications. I'm doing the 'Experienced' levels which is only the 5th. Which means there are 7 levels that are harder.  I'm having some difficulty!
As I said about Rafal's previous game, there should be ideally about 200 levels. Total.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Arrower Puzzle - Brain Game FREE

Arrower Puzzle - Brain Game comes from 

Shanghai Youyi Electronic Technology Co., Ltd.  The object is to get the arrows to the yellow targets.

The arrows will travel until they hit a wall. The red tiles will allow you to create a wall, virtually anywhere.  The blue ones will either create a wall vertically or horizontally.  There are also diagonal keys.
At first, I thought these were too easy. But I'm stuck on level 2-8, which is really level 24 out of 32.  On that particular level, there are 3 arrows and 3 targets and I can't determine which should go where.  Also, on that level there are green tiles which allow me to place a wall vertically or horizontally, but once it's placed, it's fixed.

This game has a lot of potential for many more levels. 

Happy New Year Everybody.

 https://apps.apple.com/us/app/arrower-puzzle-brain-game/id1546804114

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Snavi by Billy Clack FREE


Snavi comes from Billy and Mary Clack. The object is to get Your Man, the snail, to pick up the stars and keys and get to the exit.
After playing the first 5 or 6 levels, I thought: yawn, another maze game where everything slides until they hit a wall.  But no!  Snavi has many interesting elements that make for some fun and very challenging puzzle levels.
Interesting Features;
1. The board can rotate 90 degrees.  See the first image.
2. The green rectangles can fall as the board gets rotated. Your Man can get crushed/killed. Be careful. See the second image.
3. Wormholes & electric fences. See the third image.
4. Magnets lock the green blocks in place. See the sixth image.
5. The purple squares with white trim: Your Man & Green rectangles cannot cross the white line, but can traverse those squares in the 3 other directions. See the fifth image.
6. The red & blue rectangles: they toggle on/off. When the blue rectangles are active, the red ones become invisible. 
7. Lasers need to be blocked in order to get by. See the fourth image.
There are over 100 levels. I've done most of them. Many have taken repeated attempts.  Look at the first image. That's level 2-14. I've tried about 25 times and still have not solved it.

Billy & Mary: great job!  

https://apps.apple.com/app/id1540408584#?platform=iphone

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Unit 404 by Maxim Urusov $2.99

Unit 404 comes from Maxim Urusov. Whenever Maxim publishes a game - you know it's going to be hard. Scroll to the bottom to see his other games.  
The object is to get Your Man, the robot, to the destination.  The basic function is for the robot to walk onto a square. That square will be zoomed along a horizontal or vertical axis if there's another square on that axis.  Very similar to Luma Link from 2012, which is also fantastic.
Unit 404 adds a slew of elements to make things even harder. There's the purple arrow square which always advances one unit after it has been zoomed.
Not shown in these 5 images: one type of square grabs all the surrounding squares in a 3x3 grid and rotates them.
I've solved about 60% of the levels. That's about 4 hours of entertainment for just $3. A bargain. On many levels, I probably had 20 attempts.

One very interesting feature: the robot will want to travel either right to left or left to right. Sometimes, changing his direction is part of the puzzle.

Unit 404 is a gem. There should be a Leader Board feature in order to see if/who has solved them all.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.onemanband.unit404&hl=en_US&gl=US

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/unit-404/id1518191729

Max's other games:

the Sequence [2]

Hard Logic

Friday, December 4, 2020

Straight Lines 3D by Omer Faruk Hilal FREE

Straight Lines 3D is a 'minimalist' puzzle from Omer Faruk Hilal. The object is to  swap the lines to make connections.

I'm not sure how many levels there are. And I'm not sure if I completed them all. At the moment, the program is taking me back to the beginning.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/straight-lines-3d/id1539204591

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Ball Slider: Fill Box Puzzle by XINGMING HUANG FREE

Ball Slider: Fill Box Puzzle comes from Xingming Huang.  The object is to slide all the balls until they hit a wall or into an empty space.
I solved about 60 levels in roughly 30 minutes.  After doing 3 or 4 levels, there is an ad.  Usually the 5 second type.
This game is strictly for beginning puzzlers who need to build some confidence. 

Doing the last 25 levels I was curious: could I play it badly so that there would be a position that could not be solved? The answer is no!  Which means this game's main purpose is to generate ad revenue.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ball-slider-fill-box-puzzle/id1542183253

Monday, November 30, 2020

hocus 2 by gamebra.in $2.99

Whenever Yunus Ayyildiz publishes a puzzle game, it's time to celebrate. Scroll to the bottom to see his previous games. 
hocus 2 picks up from the original hocus (2016) but adds zesty elements.
The object is to roll Your Man, the red cube to pick up the various tokens.
The black bars expand and contract. The black Ls rotate. The pink bars shift locations. The gold squares rotate when Your Man lands on it.
I pre-ordered hocus 2 and was the first to get on the Leaderboard.  There are 66 levels

 https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hocus-2/id1532229040

Yunus Ayyildiz's Other Games

hocus 2016

voi 2016

Puzzlement  from 2018

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Logic Flow by Armen Grigoryan FREE

 

Logic Flow comes from Armen Grigoryan.  The object is to slide the rhombi to their targets.
We've seen many many games just like this.  At least that was the first impression.  Yes the game has wormholes and reflectors and blockers. But there are surprises.
Scrutinize the second image closely which describes all of the elements.
Very very interesting: the wormholes and bumpers can sometimes travel like the rhombi.

At the moment, there are 184 levels created by Armen.  Other users are creating their own levels and uploading them.

Logic Flow starts out very easy and gets tough very quickly. At the moment, I'm stuck on #52.

Fans of Lunar Lockout: this game is up your alley!

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/logic-flow/id1540648480




Friday, November 20, 2020

Symmetrica: Minimalistic arcade game Semi Free

Symmetrica: Minimalistic arcade game is fun! There are 16 free levels. 36 extra levels cost $.99.  

Each level has multiple guns that must shoot targets.  Sounds boring! It's not because the guns are rotating slowly and often traveling around a defined path.  Sometimes the targets are moving too.

Yes it's a shooting game. But I would classify it more as an artistic game.

Sorry, no images to display. Trust me, this game is a winner. I completed all the levels over 2 days.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/symmetrica-minimalistic-arcade-game/id1102182044

Monday, November 16, 2020

Jelly Merge - Puzzle Game by Xin Peng FREE

 

The object of Jelly Merge is to swipe in all directions until all the greens merge and all the blues merge etc.

We've seen this type of game many times before.  The graphics are great. About 30 levels.  Not hard at all.  Unfortunately, ads.

Strictly for novice puzzlers.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/jelly-merge-puzzle-game/id1539371964

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Really Bad Chess by Zach Gage FREE

 

Tired of regular chess?  Really Bad Chess truly shakes things up.  Imagine starting with 3 queens or with 7 knights.  I'm not sure I understand how the program does the ranking.  I played it maybe 3 times. It's fun in a comical way.

Zach's got some other games that I'm going to look into.
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/really-bad-chess/id1109751921

Monday, November 9, 2020

Drop Drop! by Adem Kayirci FREE

 

Adem Kayirci has a long history of producing good games.  Scroll to the bottom to see his other games that I've reviewed. My favorite is cohex 

Drop Drop! is a point scoring game. You have to match colors.  I played it last night and the game would not end!  Every time I was on the verge of losing, I would get good pieces that cleared the board.  I checked the leaderboard, and I was #1. I was also the only person on the leaderboard. Ha!

The graphics are very good.

Adem's other puzzles

turn,
maze cube
cohex
-look-
block dock!

eceo