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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Cubesc: Dream of Mira by Cagri Gecin $.99

Cagri Gecin recently contacted me about his newest game  Cubesc: Dream of Mira. This is the second game in this type. (Read my review of his first game Cubesc here.)
The objective is the same: get Mira, to traverse all of the squares and end at the goal.
Many of the features of the first game are also present in this game.
There are wormholes.
Platforms can materialize and shift.
The artwork and music are very nice.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Hexagon Line by xiaolie ren FREE

Hexagon Line comes from xiaolie ren.  The object is to stretch the black lines to create new nodules and match the image above.
It's a fun little game. Not hard.  There are 600 levels and I've done about 50.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Red Ball Out by Abdulrahman Alharbi FREE

 Red Ball Out comes from Abdulrahman Alharbi. The object is to slide the red ball until it hits a wall and eventually reach the exit.
There are 132 levels.  I've done 36. Not too hard.  Good for young puzzlers.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Loop Loop Puzzle by Marcelo Pars

Loop Loop Puzzle comes from Marcelo Pars. The object is to rotate the individual curved pipes to form closed loops.
 The images tell the whole story.
This game is very similar to Marcelo's other game Cage it. But it seems that Loop Loop is more artistic.

There are 200 levels. I'm nowhere close to being done. This is a good game to relax to.

Marcelo's other games
Save Planet Cube
Cube Loop
Cubicks Free
Cage It

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

boul:karé by Studio Laganne FREE

boul:karé comes from Studio Laganne.  The object is to get the blue circle and blue square to gobble up the diamonds.
 Tap once to activate the blue circle and swipe in any direction.  Tap again to activate the blue square.
There are 55 levels. They're not too hard.  And they go pretty fast.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Hatch..! by Abhishek Malpani FREE

 Hatch..! comes from Abhishek Malpani. The object is to slide the colored eggs to their nests.  Moving an egg to the wrong color: game over.
I've solved about 80 levels.  Not hard. They go very fast.  Definitely check out the list below if you like this genre.

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'
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 - color merging and locked doors.
Vubu What's different: the vubu men have different powers. Very sophisticated, very intelligent. Possibly the very best in this genre.
Move: A Brain Shifting GameUnmind
Puzzle Dots Game
Box Home Love to play Hexagonal grid
Find the Way
Cube Puzzler

Monday, March 18, 2019

Kube Keeper by Jeffrey Supit FREE

 Kube Keeper comes from Jeffrey Supit. It's a sokoban puzzle.  The object is to push the blocks one-at-a-time onto the spots.  Then pick up some stars and get to the exit.
It's been a while since we played a sokoban puzzle.  Kube Keeper has 100 levels.  I solved them all in about 2.5 hours.  These puzzles are in the medium difficulty.  If you've done a lot of sokoban as I have, see list below, this game is really just to pass the time.  Nothing significantly new.

Other Good Sokoban Puzzles
A Good Snowman is Hard to Build Charming
Go to Gold - superb
Go to Gold 2 - I hope a third version comes out.
Pepe Porcupine
Sokoban Cargo
Push Box Sokoban
Push Around
Boxed In - loved this. First in a series of 4.
Pengu Push
BoxWorld - awesome. I still remember struggling through levels 26 and 35 for days.
Fireman Arcade
Paper & Light
Square Push Square
Professor Max
Puzzling Cubes
DJ Mole
Sokoban Evolution 
Test Chamber - brilliant
Duck Roll surprisingly very good
Color Labyrinth - excellent 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Gorogoa by Annapurna Interactive $4.99

Gorogoa has been on my radar for a while. It's  hard to describe.  The object is to get Your Man, the boy/young man/old man to gather 5 pieces of fruit.
 Your screen will have usually 4 picture windows.  Sometimes fewer.  The windows can move around, zoomed in/out. Most importantly, they can be aligned in a way so that Your Man can travel from 1 window to another.
 The artwork is fantastic.  The puzzles: not exceptionally hard, but very satisfying.
The story: for you to interpret. What do you see in the images and how does it relate to Your Man.  While others might say it's the strongest element of this game, I found it to be incomplete.

If you're buying the latest, biggest ipad, treat yourself to this game. Don't rush through it.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Dotstep Minimal Puzzle by Joao Trintin FREE

Dotstep Minimal Puzzle comes from Joao Trintin.  The object is to trace a path from the start point, through all of the other points and then to the final spot.
The first & second images show circles with crosses.  Those are rebounders. They can, and often will be passed over multiple times.

Dotstep Minimal has 30 levels.  I did them all in about 25 minutes.  Not too hard. 

On a side note, I've been thinking about these 'minimalist' puzzles.  They don't explain the rules. And they're calming.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Word Plus + by Hien Mai FREE

Word Plus + comes from Hien Mai. The object is to make 2 words that go together.  Letters can swap across and up/down.  The blue letters cannot move up/down.

Cute game. Fun.  I've done about 25 rounds.  The graphics are highly polished.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Cube Planet by NaraENC FREE

Cube Planet comes from NaraENC.  The object is to rotate the cubes and spot the differences, while also collecting gold coins.
 The game starts with 2x2 cubes and quickly graduates to 3x3s.
 The graphics are fantastic.
But this is not exactly up my alley.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

CMYK. by Seth S. Scott FREE

CMYK. comes from Seth S. Scott. It's a speed/dexterity point scoring game.  Horizontal lines stream downwards. Your task is to shoot them off the screen before they reach the bottom.
White lines must be zapped with each of the 4 colors.  If an error is made, all the lines advance down a notch.

Over 5000 are on the Leader Board for this game.  I've played this about 5 times.  My high score is 118, which ranks me around 1200.  The #1 position holder: he/she scored over 10,000.

This game is fun.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Zero21 Solitaire by CoPilot Games FREE

Zero21 Solitaire comes from CoPilot Games. It's a solitaire game where the objective is to get through the entire deck without Your Green Pile going over 20 or under 1.
This game takes about 5 seconds to learn.  Some cards have arrows.  An up arrow zooms your Green Pile to 20. Down arrows plummets it to 1.  The card with two arrows will send you to the midpoint, 10.
I've solved about 35 levels.  Fun & fast.  But ultimately, not a keeper.  I do like the graphics a lot.  And each level has a different configuration of card piles.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Fill In by GalacticThumb FREE

Fill In comes from GalacticThumb.  The object is to get Your Man to traverse over all of the squares.  It's okay to backtrack many times.
A much better, similar, game is Mortal Coil.   I did 180 levels of Fill In in about 1 hour. It's just too easy.

Worse: I think some of the puzzles in the early levels get repeated.  No idea how many levels there are.

Other games by Galactic Thumb


Friday, March 1, 2019

Mosaico: the new tangram by Hideki Matsui FREE

Mosaico: the new tangram comes from Hideki Matsui.  This game came out 2 years ago, and I missed it.  The object is to fill the grid with rectangles completely.  

How to make a rectangle: find two numbers that are the same and tap on them.  Those will become the opposite corners of the new rectangle.  Unless of course the width of the rectangle is 1. It still works.
There are no fixed levels. Each game is program generated.

The game does have 8 levels of difficulty.  Your task is to earn stars (based on time) to get to the next level. But you can of course keep going forever on any level that's already been conquered.

I played this game the past 4 days and got to level 5.

Good game and difficult.