Thursday, January 19, 2023
Monday, January 16, 2023
Suguru VLA comes from Vincent Lewis. The object is to fill each region with a different number so that: adjacent numbers - horizontally, vertically, diagonally - are not the same.
Grid sizes go from 5x5 to 9x9.
64,000 levels - in case you develop a serious addiction.
I've solved about 20 5x5 levels and maybe 6 of the 9x9's.
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Jerry Slocum is a LEGEND. He's written numerous books on mechanical puzzles. He transferred his massive puzzle collection to the Lily Library at Indiana University. And he's the founder of the International Puzzle Party. I'm proud to call him a friend.
Monday, July 11, 2022
This game is different. Each time you merge 3 #s - 2's or 3's or 4's or 2-3-4 in that order & direction - you score 1 point tile. Those 1 point tiles have to merge also.
According to the Leaderboard, not many people have given this game a chance.
Trust me, it's worth your time.
Hung Do - great game! I'm shooting for 200 points.
Friday, July 8, 2022
Logica Emotica comes from Bart Bonte. If you've been following this blog, you'll recall that I'm a big fan of Bart's. Logica Emotica is his latest. It's filled with a variety of puzzles.
Look at images 1, 2 & 4: these are essentially 2 & 3 ball mazes where the monkeys have to land on the fixed objects at the same time. Old concept, done with charming images.
Look at the 3rd image with the yellow circles. This particular puzzle is a new variation of Sokoban. The object is to push the yellow hands onto the white spots. First, it matters which hand lands where. Second - and more importantly - Your Man - the Smiley Circle - cannot traverse over the same spot more than once. All of these types of puzzles were simply great. The very last one, level 50, took me way too long.
Other Bart Puzzles:
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Other games from Maciej that you must download.
Monday, July 4, 2022
The publisher of Hard Case Crimes sent me a free pdf version of The Next Time I Die by Jason Starr in exchange for an honest review.
I positively loved it. Our main character gets knifed in the stomach and wakes up in a hospital where things are different. The Star Trek episode Mirror Mirror comes to mind.
In the last few years I've become a big fan of the Max Allan Collins series called Quarry - also published on Hard Case Crimes. Now I'm going to have to get Jason's other books.
Thursday, June 30, 2022
My friend Marcelo Pars is a prolific puzzle app designer. He's got 2 new puzzle games that are very challenging because of their size.
Marcelo's other games
Thursday, April 28, 2022
A.J. Jacobs is funny! I read his introduction on the train home. I also skimmed what I think is the most important chapter: Rubik's Cubes & Variations. I particularly liked page 39!
A.J. had very ambitious goals: there's a lot of history, a lot of new puzzles, and a lot of 'story'. This is not the type of book to pore through in a week. Rather, it needs to be savored.
At the publishing party, there was a cake with icing depicting a Rubik's Cube. Yum. I had seconds.
Judith Newman of the NY Times wrote a great review.
I think this book is going to turn many semi-puzzlers into hard-core puzzlers.
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
I'm guessing there are 100 levels.
Friday, March 18, 2022
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Monday, March 14, 2022
You are a detective and your mission is to find clues, pick up tools and of course solve puzzles.
Friday, March 11, 2022
The object is to get the blue & green circles to their targets. Look at the 2nd image. You need to find 4 points that make a rectangle. Connect them all at once and all of the circles will shift 1 space along the rectangle.
Yo Leon: I solved all the levels. Then I paid $.99. Can't wait for your next game.
Monday, March 7, 2022
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Monday, January 31, 2022
- The good people at Rusty Lake have been promoting Milo and the Magpies. These are the same people who brought us Mitoza which I played last year.
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Sliding Edge: Total Sliding Madness comes from Haraldur Dadi Thorvaldsson. The object is to get Your Man, the white cure, to the yellow cube.
However, the red cubes slide back and forth and will kill you. The red cubes move horizontally, vertically and sometimes diagonally.
Definitely not a hard game. But some levels are hard. I paid $.99 for the extra 100 levels. But only 25 are ready at the moment.
I think it's fun!