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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Jerry Slocum - Master Puzzler & Champion Puzzle Collector

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

234+ Sliding Puzzle Game by Hung Do FREE


234+ Sliding Puzzle Game comes from Hung Do. It's a point scoring game that reminds me of the original Threes & the hundreds of clones known as 2048.

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 by Bart Bonte FREE

 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:

Factory Balls - excellent
Boo! - a mini sequel to Factory Balls
Blocky XMAS - fun and at times hard

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

HOOK 2 by Maciej Targoni $1.99

Maciej Targoni's new game is called Hook 2.  If you've never played the original Hook, stop right now, scroll to the bottom, find the link, and start playing.

Hook 2 is very similar. The object is to remove all the sword without collisions.  But, the arrangement is now in 3D.

Other games from Maciej that you must download.

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Monday, July 4, 2022

The Next Time I Die by Jason Starr - published by Hard Case Crimes

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.