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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Stack & Crack by Jambav, Inc. $.99

 Stack & Crack comes from Jambav, Inc. The object is to slide the tiles around the grid and stack them into 1 pile on the glowing endpoint.
When 2 pieces are stacked, the tower moves in the direction of the tile that's on the bottom. That's a bit awkward.
The puzzles are well designed.  The graphics are good too. 
Landing on certain squares makes your tower invert.

There are approximately 100 levels.  I have not done many, but I do like this game.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Andre Almeida FREE comes from Andre Almeida. The object is to get your snake to avoid collisions with others while gobbling up the remnants of dead snakes to make your tail grow longer and score points
I caught 2 students in a class playing this game. Instead of being remorseful, they wanted to know if I'd give it a try.
 This is definitely an interesting game. But it's hard to stay alive for more than 5 minutes.  10 minutes is like an eternity.
Interesting: you can kill your opponents by snaking close to them.  If you do, your speed increases and you can cut across in front of him. Apply defensive maneuvers!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Erno Rubik Attends Gathering 4 Gardner RIGHT NOW

I've attended the Gathering 4 Gardner 3 times. It's a bi-annual event.  The last time in 2012. I stopped going because there wasn't enough puzzling going on and I do get my fill via the International Puzzle Party, which meets every year.

My puzzle friend Tanya Thompson posted this photo of herself with Erno Rubik.

I was given a Rubik's Cube for Christmas in 1980. I fiddled with it for about 2 weeks.  One Sunday, I woke up and declared: Today is the day that solve this.  9 hours later: triumph.  For the last 20+ years, I've been teaching my students how to solve the cube during a 3-week mini term course.  I teach them my method. It's not the fastest, but it works. We have a solving competition with a winning time of about 2:30.

I can't believe I'm not at G4G.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Mom locked me home by fei li FREE

Mom locked me home comes from fei li. It's a series of 50 puzzles that pass as 'escape room' puzzles.

The puzzles are actually okay.  I watched video ads to get hints every so often. Sometimes the hints didn't materialize and I had to rewatch an ad.

My brother ate my pudding is similar but better. It also has more charm.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Flipominos by Ultramegatronic FREE

Flipominos comes from  Ultramegatronic. It's a rolling cube maze puzzle with lasers that turn on/off and restrict movement.
 What's different is that the shapes are not 1x1 or 1x2 pieces.

This game is quite good, but because there are over 4 billion levels, my urge to do even 100 is diminished.

I've done about 40 levels.  They start getting hard around level 20.

From the developer:
A procedurally generated puzzle game with infinite levels! (Actually only about 4.3 billion, but who’s counting?) Move the cube structure so its base matches the marked area and move onto the next level. Can you make it to the last level? (Unless you are immortal, you cannot.) Watch out for lasers!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Huetopia by ZealTopia Interactive $.99

 Huetopia comes from ZealTopia.  It's a shunting puzzle.  The object is to pivot the individual pieces so that the circles lie on a matching area. Pieces can only be rotated in a clockwise manner. They can also slide forward and back.
I contacted Eko Mirhard who is the brain behind Huetopia.  According to him, there are 99 levels. I've done 77 levels, which is more than enough. This game is hard!

Zealtopia also made Noda which I liked.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Lotus Romance by Boltfish FREE

 Lotus Romance comes from Boltfish. The object is to place the lotus flowers onto the grid to match ones on top and eliminate all of them.  Some lotus flowers are multi-colored and this often leads to a chain reaction.
 Behind the individual puzzle levels are little boats.Tap them to collect the letters and discover the romantic plot behind the game. (I didn't get that far.)
The puzzles themselves are generally not too hard. But they're fun.  Very calming too.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Baba Yaga by Gamewright $11.48

Baba Yaga 
Baba Yaga comes from Gamewright. It's a card game where the object is to get minimize your points to 4 or less. Once you figure out the rules, a typical game goes about 15 minutes. Good combination of luck & strategy.

Announcement from Rod Kimball:
Path Puzzles, 3rd Edition Needs Test-solvers!
The 3rd edition will be better in a lot of ways, but the best way to be better is just to have 50% more puzzles.  To help make this happen, we need test solvers.  These special people will receive the full collection of puzzles, a mention on the "Thank you" page, and a free copy of the book when it's out.  Send an email if you're interested in being a test solver.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018


Burn Mind comes from VALENTIN FROLOV.  His description:

"Burn Mind Puzzle" is a very difficult puzzle. From the 3rd level of the game, you start problems. Will begin incredible problems. "Burn Mind Puzzle" will require you not only logical thinking! You will need an incredible ability to remember many details of the puzzle and their location. To place one piece of the puzzle you will have to break already assembled parts. Lay down back everything, you need to be very, very attentive to detail and remember your every move.

The first five levels are free. It gives the complete idea of the difficulties awaiting you at the following levels. You would have known the difficulty of the tenth level...

When you are ready to join us, to test ourselves for 10-15 levels. Or maybe you capable of more?

My thoughts:
1. Burn Mind is tough!
2. I've done 7 levels. There are 25 altogether.
3. The object is to trade the largest number (the black circle with its neighbors until order is restored.)
4. This drives me crazy: if I want to swap places with the number above - swipe down.  Similarly, trading places with the left neighbor means to swipe right.  If that feature alone were changed, I would do more levels.
5.  Look at the first image. The 21 is already in place and can never move.