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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Loopse by Ruff Robot FREE

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Loopse is a point scoring puzzle app game from Ruff Robot. The object is to form closed loops and score points.
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Pieces are given 1 at a time. They are either 1x1 or 1x2 in size.  Sometimes you can use a piece to eliminate a row or column.  The game ends when there are no more empty squares in the grid.

I've played this game just once.  There's a bit of a gambling element: try for a bigger loop to get extra points, but risk losing.

http://ruffrobot.com/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/loopse/id1281858584

Monday, September 25, 2017

Box Home - Love to play every day by shanshan li FREE

The object of Box Home - Love to play every day is to move all the green dots onto the targets.  All the pieces move together at the same time. We've seen this concept many many times before. However, it's ususialy done on square grids. Hexagonal grids for this concept is rare.

There are 37 levels and at the moment I've solved 17.

I think this game is pretty good and I especially like that there are only 37 levels.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/box-home-love-to-play-every-day/id1276948244?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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
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

Announcement: 'kubic' is temporarily free. I thought it was okay, but never reviewed it. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Smashy 4 by Funvelous FREE

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Smashy 4 is a point scoring puzzle from Funvelous. Look for an adjacent pair that match. The pair could be both inside the square. Or, 1 could be outside. Tap on one of them. The other will disappear  and the row/column will shift in one specific direction.  If you tap on the other one instead, the row/column will shift in the opposite direction.  This element is key to keeping your game going for as long as possible. The game ends when there are no more legal moves.
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Smashy 4 is a very solid game. The graphics are good. Good rules. Relatively fast game. However, I have noticed that the game often ends even though I still have legal moves to make. That needs to be fixed.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smashy-4/id1260316703?mt=8

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Roll the Dices by Kevin Chooramun FREE

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Roll the Dices comes from Kevin Chooramun.  The object is to roll the two dice - separately - onto 2 squares in the checkerboard so that the numbers match on the top and sides.  Look at the first image.

Obviously, we need the 5 & 6 to be in the same column, but they must line up with the #s on the side.
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Images 2 & 3 show blue squares which cannot be rolled on, and wormholes.

I think there are 30 levels. Of those, I've done more than half.

This happens a lot to me: I download an app, then play test it, but then cannot find it on the App Store. Such was the case when I searched Roll the Dices. Fortunately, Kevin's email was listed in the game itself. I contacted him for the link and he's thrilled that over 2000 people have played his game.

Overall, this is a nice first game. What would make this game very challenging would be if the dice (plural of die) would move simultaneously. That would make the blue squares even more important.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/roll-the-dices/id1249611969?l=fr&ls=1&mt=8

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Colorist by Daniel Krautwurst

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Daniel Krautwurst sent me a promo code for his game Colorist.  Thanks Daniel! The object is to drag the ribbons to fill the entire board.  We've seen this type of game before. Huebrix is the one that's most similar.  See link below.

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Arrows must be landed on from behind. Once landed on, the path can go anywhere.

Look at the second image.  See the little blue square? The blue ribbon must traverse it.

There are 70 levels. I solved the first 30 levels in about 10 minutes. After that, things took longer. At the moment I'm on 65.

I like the graphics a lot. Good game Daniel.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/coloristic/id1264648057?mt=8

Very Similar:
Huebrix

Monday, September 18, 2017

Jerry Slocum's new book on ancient puzzle padlocks





Jerry Slocum and  Dic Sonneveld  just finished their new book that tells the story of the oldest secret-opening puzzles ever found, from the 2nd century BC to the 4th century AD. It shows high quality sets of photos of 156 Mask Padlocks that we found in Museums, Libraries and private collections. This is the first book about these incredible puzzles.



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Crossy Path Puzzle by ZhengTao Xing FREE

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Crossy Path Puzzle comes from Zheng Tao Xing.  It's very similar to Hocus from Yunus Ayyildiz. (See link below.)

What's new: wormholes.

There are 48 levels and they go very fast.  The only issue: lots of ads. But they are not the 30 second variety. More like 5 seconds.  I did all 48 levels in about 20 minutes.


http://www.jianshu.com/p/f9f623136eaa
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crossy-path-puzzle/id1202074023?mt=8

Similar games
Hocus The Original
Hocus Valley okay clone
Illusion Maze  nice graphics

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

0h n0 by Q42 B.V. FREE

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0h n0 comes from Q42 B.V.  The goal is to fill the board completely with blue and red circles. A number in blue refers to how many blue dots it can see in the horizontal & vertical paths.  A red circle blocks the view of the blue circles beyond it.
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This concept is not new. There was an old game from a Rubik's CD game that was similar called Lighthouse.

I've done 1 or 2 puzzles in each grid size. This game is fairly easy. But the graphics are good. And it's good for young puzzlers.

http://0hn0.com/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/0h-n0/id957191082?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.q42.ohno

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Puzzle Dots Game by Kejia Li FREE

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Puzzle Dots Game comes from Kejia Li. It's one of those 'all the dots move in the same direction at the same time' type games where the object is to get the dots to their respective rings.
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The graphics are excellent. The level of difficulty does not seem to vary very much.

I did the first 100 in about 10 minutes and part of those 10 minutes was used to fast forward through tv commercials.  I did the last 100 levels in about 20 minutes. Altogether there are 1200 puzzles.

If you like this genre, definitely try the harder games listed below.

https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1279626780
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.top.puzzledots

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
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 Game
Unmind

Monday, September 11, 2017

English Country Tune by increpare $.99

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English Country Tune came out in 2011 and I didn't learn about it until about a year ago.
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The game is similar to sokoban.  The first series of of puzzles introduces a 3D field where the object is to push balls onto their targets.  Gravity is a factor, which means a ball can travel far. What makes it confusing is that gravity does not necessarily work in a consistent direction. It depends on the orientation of Your Man moving the individual balls.  I was stuck on one level forever. Until this weekend when I thought about finding a solution via a youtube walkthrough.
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My favorite section of puzzles is the one depicted in the first image. Your Man does not push the actual cubes. Rather, Your Man pushes the horizontal & vertical light beams that emanate from those cubes. Fantastic concept and challenging and fun.

I slowed down considerably on the more advanced levels, primarily because of the 3D graphics.


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/english-country-tune/id476962614?mt=8
http://www.englishcountrytune.com/
Not available for android devices.

Friday, September 8, 2017

YANKAI'S PEAK by Kenny Sun $2.99

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YANKAI'S PEAK comes from Kenny Sun. At first I thought that it was merely a triangular version of Sokoban where the object is to push the triangles onto their targets.  It's much more.
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The blue triangle is Your Man.  The first levels are fairly easy.  Then things get seemingly impossible until you discover an alternate way of pushing/moving.

There are 130 levels and I've spent a lot of time solving maybe 50 puzzle levels.  Many levels require a lot of trial and error and discovery.

New elements are added in the second round including green triangles & orange triangles that have their own properties.

$2.99 is a bargain. The graphics are outstanding and the levels were created with devilish care.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yankais-peak/id1139603153?mt=8

Thursday, September 7, 2017

GyroCube - Time Attack by Anders Schou FREE

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A few weeks ago I wrote about GyroCube and was just plain wrong.  I though that the cube could not be rotated and that in order to solve it, one must memorize the unseen portions.

The reason I thought that was the case was because I held my ipad in a stationary position. In fact, the ipad should be rotated in all dimensions to see everything.

I still haven't solved it, but marvel at the concept and implementation.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gyrocube-time-attack/id1236499766?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.trixxr.cube

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Causality by Loju $1.99

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Causality comes from Loju and was featured prominently by the App Store Editors.
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The object is to get the astronauts to their portals.
* They mustn't bump into each other.
* Arrows must be rotated.
* There's a limited # of moves.
* Portals

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What's most interesting is that there's a time-travel component.
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There's a clunky element that's a bit annoying: every step of the journey must be swiped singly.

I can see people really getting into this game. But I'm not feeling it.

I've solved about 15 of the 60 levels.

Lojo made another game Transmission which I reviewed about 2 years ago.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/causality/id928945016?mt=8
https://loju.co.uk/

Friday, September 1, 2017

Doug Engel's Online Puzzles

My friend Doug Engel has created some very interesting puzzle apps, on his web page below. I've played 4 of them, and they're good!  Sorry, no James or descriptions today.  Back on Tuesday.

Mix N Match

Reverse Three

Gopher Cover

Rotate X

http://www.puzzleatomic.com/GAMES_1.htm

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Big Cat Lion Free by Alexey Kuzmin

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Alexey Kuzmin contacted me more than a year ago about his game Big Cat Lion Free.  I feel very guilty about not playing/reviewing his game in all that time.

Here's the deal: the game is an old concept where letters are substituted for numbers and your task is to figure it out.

Definitely good for kids who love math!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/big-cat-lion-free/id1124065560?mt=8
https://aakuzmin.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/bit-cat-lion-free/

Monday, August 28, 2017

Blokken by Teleformar / IdeaFactory FREE

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Anytime I see an image similar to the ones here.....I run! I've done enough packing puzzles. I also was never a fan of Tetris.

Blokken surprised me though.  The object is to score points by completing rows & columns.

My high score is around 2500.  Over 13,000 people are on the Leaderboard. The highest score is over 37,000. Which means I've played this game too quickly.

Amusing: the game is officially called Blokken, but the title in the game itself is Blokke.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blokken/id997903486?mt=8

Friday, August 25, 2017

Piece Out by Kumobius FREE

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Way back in 2010 I played a game called Gold Mine by Boaz Feldman and Alex Polonsky. It was great! Unfortunately, it's no longer available. I was very excited to see Piece Out.  It's very similar.
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The object is to rotate the pieces, slide them when possible if there are arrows, and get Your Man/Men to the target/s.

The concept is great.
The graphics are very very good.
There are 744 puzzles. Plus a daily puzzle. That's probably too many.

I was happy to pay $.99 to skip the ads.

At the moment, Piece Out has over 125,000 players on the Leaderboard. That's because it was featured by the App Store.  I've solved about 280 levels. That places me at #16.  But that won't last.  Because there's a massive race to the finish line.  And I'm dropping out after 300. Two people have already crossed the 600 line.

The game was developed by brothers Tom & James Greenaway and Ivan Neeson. I contacted Ivan who informed me that the puzzles are generated by a computer program. But the guys went through them all to curate the good puzzles.


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/piece-out/id1228004705?mt=8
http://www.pieceoutgame.com/

Gold Mine Read my review from 7 years ago.