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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.

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

Monday, May 6, 2019

eceo by Adem KAYIRCI FREE

eceo comes from Adem KAYIRCI.  The object is to get all the switches to be either on or off.  Each individual switch has its own controls.  
Look at the third image.  The switch on the upper left may control the entire row.  The switch on the bottom left my control a diagonal.

These puzzles can get pretty difficult.

There are 100 levels. I've solved about 40 of them.

Below is a list of other games from Adem.  My favorite of the bunch is cohex.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eceo/id1451039042?mt=8

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

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Folding Blocks by Popcore GmbH FREE

Folding Blocks comes from Popcore GmbH. The object is to unfold individual squares to form rectangles to eventually completely cover the grid.  It's not hard.  I've done about 30 levels out of 200. 
This game is reminiscent of Rect Pushers from 2015. If you find this game too easy, try Rect Pushers. Similar concept but more sophisticated game mechanics.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/folding-blocks/id1459650728?mt=8

Monday, April 29, 2019

Flow Fit - Word Puzzle by Big Duck Games LLC FREE

Flow Fit - Word Puzzle comes from Big Duck Games LLC, the makers of the famous Flow series.
Their new game is fitting word fragments together.

The graphics are great.  The puzzle sets have themes.  I've solved about 50 levels in the easy, medium & hard modes.

A lot of puzzles are free. But the ones to purchase: too pricey.  There should be just one price, say $5.

Many of the puzzles have been created by various accomplished wordsmiths.  I like that the individuals are named.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flow-fit-word-puzzle/id1411086150?mt=8

Friday, April 26, 2019

Ten Buttons by Gamezaur Free

 Ten Buttons comes from Gamezaur.  It's a point-scoring puzzle app game.  Do you know the game Othello? White pieces are flipped to black if a new white piece is placed and it sandwiches those white pieces with a pre-existing white piece along another row/column/diagonal.
That's the idea here. However, your task is to move a pre-existing piece to an empty space and create 10 of 1 color.  When that happens, scissors appear to remove them.

The game ends when you've run out of room.

I've played this game just once. Took a while. My score was somewhere around 500.
https://itunes.apple.com/pl/app/id1439778900

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Sync Maze by Hangzhou Qingguang Network Co., Ltd. FREE

Sync Maze comes from Hangzhou Qingguang Network Co., Ltd. The object is to get Your Man/Men to their targets.  All tiles slide together as far as possible. 
I cruised through the first 30 levels very rapidly.  The next 30 too more effort and I did not get 3 stars for each level.

Altogether there are 240 levels. Which is 140 more than ideal.

Sync Maze has very good graphics and is a pure puzzle.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sync-maze/id1459596658?mt=8

Monday, April 22, 2019

Math | Riddles and Puzzles by Saltuk Emre Gul

Math | Riddles and Puzzles comes from Saltuk Emre Gul. There are 60 levels of finding math patterns and sequences.  

At the moment, I'm stuck on level 30 which reads as follows:
126 = 76
132 = 32
208 = 58
261 = ?

Never mind, I just got it.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/math-riddles-and-puzzles/id1455734504?mt=8

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Pinball Color by Spaceloom Studios AB FREE

Pinball Color comes from Spaceloom Studios AB.  There are some 50 levels with all sorts of objectives.
I spent forever on level 23 and watched in disbelief that my solutions were not working.  Until, it magically worked. 

At the moment, I'm stuck on level 34, which is the second image.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pinball-color/id1457824267?mt=8

Other Pinball Apps
Pinball Sniper
Pinout!
Pinball Star
Pinball Breaker

Monday, April 15, 2019

Orixo by Logisk Studio Inc. FREE

Orixo comes from Logisk Studio Inc.  The object is to cover the entire grid by swiping the numbered tiles in any direction.
Do you remember Zhed from 2 years ago? It's similar, but not quite the same thing.

There are 160 levels and at the moment, I've solved about 110.  This game is highly polished, fun and not too hard.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/orixo/id1449230416?mt=8

Friday, April 12, 2019

Topsoil by Nico Prins FREE

 Topsoil comes from Nico Prins. Technically, it's another 'match-3' puzzle.  But it's far more sophisticated.  Your task is to place 3 plants on the grid, and then do some harvesting (scoring points).
Harvesting
1. A single square can be harvested.
2. Better to harvest a group of plants - provided their base is the same: either blue, green or yellow.
3. Suppose you have 4 fuzzy balls connected, but only 2 have a green base and the other 2 have a blue base.  You only can collect 2.
4. After harvesting, a green base will become blue, blue becomes yellow and yellow becomes green.
5. There's an important multiplier factor.  Which essentially gives this game a gambling element. Should I collect my 5 wheat now, or hope for more?
6. The Big T's (not shown in the images) will whither and blow away after 3 rounds. Of course, there are times when they must be harvested.

My thoughts
1. The key to getting a high score is to not gamble! 
2. When the T's start coming, that's when it's safe to gamble.
3. If you play the game a lot, birds will be added to your crops and those birds will increase your harvest points.  Theoretically, this is a great.  However, I've played this game a lot!  And I still have not earned the right to get birds in my pine trees. I'll need another month to earn birds for my oaks.

This game cannot be played quickly. Reminds me a bit of Bee Cells.

There's a $3.99 fee to remove ads. 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/topsoil/id1104709870?mt=8

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Knight's Tour Puzzle by Carlos Magan FREE

Knight's Tour Puzzle comes from Carlos Magan.  The object is to place your knight on the board and move to all the squares exactly once.  Carlos has done a great job of introducing interesting shapes.
A true story: 30 years ago I was sitting in a pointless grad school class. The fellow next to me introduced this puzzle to me. The 5x5 grid.  Loved it.  The class seats were arranged in an open rectangle.  I always waited for the professor to sit first. Then I would sit on the same side, as far away as possible.  The class was stupid and pointless! But required. (Like a lot of education courses unfortunately)  I attended every class for 14 weeks. And did these Knight's Tour puzzles.  I solved all the grids from 5x5 to 15x15.  And proved that all nxn where n>4 is possible.

I wrote 2 papers and got a B+.

There's more to the story of how bad that professor was. You'll have to ask me in person for the rest. But don't we all have stories of boring/meaningless classes?
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/knights-tour-puzzle/id1454835958?mt=8

Friday, April 5, 2019

SudoCubed by Highway North Interactive Inc. FREE/$.99

SudoCubed comes from Highway North Interactive Inc.

Edges are matched from adjacent faces.

I only did the 1 free level.  What I like: there's a button that will highlight all the mistakes.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sudocubed/id1450212225?mt=8

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

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Split Puzzle by Feng Gao FREE

Split Puzzle comes from Feng Gao. The object is to split the yellow shape into 2 or 3 pieces that will then fit perfectly onto the dark shape above.

Rules:
1. Shapes can never have less than 2 units.
2. What's never clear: is how many divisions are allowed for each puzzle. Sometimes it's 2 or 3.
3.  If the dark shape has 2 squares with 2 white lines: that means the shapes that fit over them must have the same # of units.
4.  If the dark shape has 2 squares with 3 white lines: the shapes that fit over them must be identical.

There are over 100 levels.  I stopped at level 43 because there was clearly a glitch in the program. I tried to contact the developer, but was unable. So I did the next best thing and reported this glitch in the review section on the App Store.

This game is quite good!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/split-puzzle/id1412730729?mt=8