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Friday, December 9, 2016

Queue Ball - Free Minimalist Puzzle Challenge by Digitype Agency Free

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Queue Ball - Free Minimalist Puzzle Challenge is the name of game. Do you remember Sequence Nine from a few months ago?  The two games are extremely similar, just different graphics.
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The object is to get the ball - Your Man - to pick up the stars.  Look at the last image.  See the 4 empty squares on top? Those are the 4 steps for that problem and they will repeat over and over until the objective is met, or Your Man falls off the grid. You must choose which direction each step should be. The third image shows an example of the steps.
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I don't know how many levels there are, but I'm stuck on level 25 or 26.  Good game.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Lift by Sparky Entertainment India Free

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The Lift by Sparky Entertainment India is a charming little puzzle. The objective is to get everybody to their correct floor without running out of energy.
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Look at the 2nd image.  The top bar shows the energy.  Moving the Lift without anybody on it, uses 2 bars.  With somebody on it, just 1 bar.

The first 15 levels are straight forward and not too hard. I had to redo some levels to get 3 stars.
The next batch: things get harder. More floors. The elevator can hold multiple people.  Although Tubby counts as two people.

I love the graphics. On the harder levels, you can't see the entire building, you must scroll up and down and try to see the big picture. The levels definitely get more challenging.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mind Mould - Block Puzzle Game by LAI Global Game Services Free

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Karin Skoog recently contacted me about a new puzzle app game Mind Mould - Block Puzzle Game.
The object it to fill the given space (looks like a tangram) with the random shaped tiles at the bottom middle.
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Made a mistake? The rocket targets the specific piece that you want out of the grid. The bomb will take out a big chunk.

Technically, this is a 'packing puzzle'. I've never been a huge fan.of these.

The icon that represents the game is Anime of a woman with cleavage. This has nothing to do with the game.
Mind Mould block puzzle game

There are 80 levels and I've done about 25 of them.

Swatches - Puzzle Game by Ian Clawson Free

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Swatches - Puzzle Game comes from Ian Clawson.  It's a maze puzzle.

The object is to start at one of the black squares and get to the other one. The path must cross through all of the cells. That's the suggested route. You could start at any cell. Just find a path that crosses each and every cell.

Each cell has an inner square color and an outer color.  One of the 2 colors must match either color of a neighboring cell in order for them to form a path.

24 Easy Levels
24 Medium Levels
24 Hard Levels

I did all the Easy & Medium levels and maybe 5 of the Hard ones.  I like this concept. The only problem I have with it is the actual colors. It's an explosion. I've actually solved many of the levels without really paying attention to the colors because drawing a path through every cell - there aren't that many possibilities.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Warship Solitaire by Nexx Studio No longer Free! $1.99


Did you play Battleships when you were a kid?  Great game.
For many years, Games Magazine published a slew of Solitaire Battleships. I think that was the title.

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Warship Solitaire is exactly the same thing. You must find where the 5 ships are: one 3 units, two that each 2 units, and three of 1 unit.  Ships can never be adjacent, not even diagonally.  The numbers on the bottom indicate how many squares above have a ship.  Same for the numbers on the right.  It's all logical.

There are 125 levels. I've solved all of the Seaman and almost all of the Lieutenant levels.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Similo by Nicolas Beaudette Free

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I've never seen The Bard in a puzzle app. Though I did read a fascinating article that pointed at some clues that implied that he did not write all those plays.

The object of Similio is to draw a connecting line among similar shapes or similar colored objects in order to achieve various objectives.  Kind of like Candy Crush, but not necessarily in a grid pattern.

Smaller objects will fall through the cracks via gravity.

I played maybe 5 or 6 levels. It's not a pure puzzle because when objects link up and disappear, random ones appear.  You might need some reds with 10 moves left and get them, or not.

If you like Candy Crush, give Similio a try.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Level: A Simple Puzzle Game by Starch Inc. Free!

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Starch is short for Stacie Archer, who recently contacted me about Level: A Simple Puzzle Game.
The object is to level off the rectangles by transferring the circles, squares & triangles from beam to beam.
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1 triangle = 2 circles.  1 Square = 1 triangle + 1 circle.  I think!  The black shapes never move.  The white shapes with the blank centers are negative valued.

There are 80 levels and I've done about 25.  They go pretty quickly, then get tricky.
The graphics are very good.  Give it a try.  Add your thoughts to the comments down below.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Colored Path by Santiago Castroman $.99

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Colored Path comes from Santiago Castroman.  The object is to draw a single path to match the colored pattern on top. If a square is hit only once, it will be light blue.  Twice - dark blue. Then purple, then red.
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There are so many other puzzle apps that are like this.
What I particularly like is that there are only 54 levels and I solved all but 3. So close.

Tomb of the Brain is a very similar puzzle, but not as colorful.

Circles Galaxy by Miroslaw Zielinski Free

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Circles Galaxy comes from Miroslaw Zielinski.  Not too long ago I wrote about his other game Tomb of the Brain.    In this game, the object is to score points by placing colored rings onto the pegs.  Get 3 in a row and you score points and those rings come off the board to make room for other rings.
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I've only played the game once.  It took a while to play.  Then, gradually, more colors were added. I don't know how many I ended up with.

Circles Galaxy is not bad. But it's competing with a slew of other point scoring puzzle app games. See list below.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Flud. By Appsolute Games LLC $.99

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Dmitry Chalovskiy contacted me - months ago!- about his puzzle app game FLUD.  It's a topology game.  The object is to flood (FLUD) the board.

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Look at the first image. The 3 white dots at the top indicate how many moves are left.  The 2 white dots on the top right indicate how many arrows you may place.

Once you've placed your arrows, you can tap on any square and swipe in any direction.

Dmitry sent me a promo code to download his game. (Thanks Dmitry.) (I didn't realize it was a beta version. For the record, I try not to play-test beta versions only because it's too time consuming.)

The graphics are good. FLUD is HARD. I don't remember how many levels I solved, maybe 20?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Kubic By Appsolute Games LLC $1.99

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Kubic has been on my mind for a while.  Description from the App Store:
kubic is a unique optical illusion puzzle game based on M.C. Escher's art, impossible objects and other geometric designs. The object is to construct the goal configuration from a number of pieces.

Presented in a simple, clean design and minimalistic art, kubic is a premium game with 60 escher-esque puzzles.

When you click on a piece, it pops to the front-most layer, and may overlap other pieces. When you combine the pieces, they do not merge. If there are extra pieces, you may hide them behind the others. If you are stuck on a puzzle you can simply skip it and re-visit at a later time. Rest assured, all puzzles can be solved.

If you truly get stuck, there is a in-game hint system. You can use it to get started or even get the whole puzzle solved.

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I'm not sure how many levels I solved. I played this during the summer. I'm guessing about one-third.  They get pretty tough!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Sun or Moon by Yuki Fujimoto Free

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Yuki Fujimoto has produced a lot of pencil puzzle apps recently.  Sun or Moon is also known as 月か太陽
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1. The object is to create a single loop that will pass through every country. The yellow lines are the borders of those countries.

2.  Within each country, the line/loop can only pass through a Sun or Moon.  When going from country to country, the sun & moon must alternate.  Also, within a single country, you can pass through multiple suns or multiple moons, but not both.

I like this game a lot.  I did all the 5x5 grids quickly, then jumped to the 10x10 levels.  And that's when I noticed a bug in the program.  No matter what loop I draw, the program says I've solved it.  Oh well.  It's still a good game and you know when you've solved it or when you're stuck.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Mystery Lighthouse 2 HD by PHB Media Ltd $.99

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Last week I reviewed Blackthorn Castle which was really long.  So I decided to redo Mystery Lighthouse (the original) and Mystery Lighthouse 2, which I never played. In the original, the puzzle of the alarm clock was amusing.
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The story is thin, but still satisfying.  You have landed on a moon of Saturn. Your task is to find Uncle Augustus.
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The graphics are charming.
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One puzzle was difficult, the rest - kind of easy.

Happy Friday!  The PAGY Awards are coming up: Nominations December 30,  Awards December 31.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

2 Great videos I've also been to Oskar's house.  Tim is a regular attendee of the NY Puzzle Party. I have an amusing story to tell about his toy collection. Come to the next NY Puzzle Party, and I'll tell it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tomb of the Brain by Miroslaw Zielinski $.99

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Tomb of the Brain comes from Miroslaw Zielinski.  It's one of those topology puzzle app games.  The objective is to pass Your Man over every square once.  If a square has two dots on it, then it must be traversed twice.
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Each puzzle has a distinct start and endpoint.
Arrows force the direction of Your Man.
Wormholes must be used.  I found one level without using the wormholes and was perplexed as to why I didn't solve the level.
There are 90 levels and I have no idea how many I did. The menu does not allow me to go back to any previous level or even determine what level I'm on.

The title Tomb of the Brain  I'm not sure what that means.  Maybe it implies that you need to dig deep into your brain to solve these.