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Friday, April 21, 2017

Omino! by Seth Caliskan Free

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Omino! is a point scoring puzzle app game by Seth Caliskan. The object is to place the circles on the grid - carefully! - in order to get 3 of the same color in a row (horizontally or vertically). Key Point: some of the circles have an inner color. Look at the first image.  When that green circle is place, all 5 will disappear, but then that red inner circle will take over that cell.
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Very Interesting: creating combos yield extra points. My largest combo was 4 strings. At the time, I thought: okay, there cannot be a combo bigger than 4.  But that's definitely wrong. I'm wondering what the longest combo was and who achieved it  That should be a Leaderboard category all by itself.

On the Leaderboard is the highest score.  Out of 1300 players, I'm #2.

One more thing: every 24 moves you make, you are given a gift. You can't always use the gifts right away.

Omino! is definitely a fun game. Graphics are perfect.  Give it a try. And if you beat my score, let me know.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/omino/id1196834851?mt=8

Black Boxes


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Chinese-Puzzle by Yufeng Long FREE

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Yufeng Long has produced a very mathematical puzzle game app called Chinese-Puzzle.  The object is to change the color of groups of circles so that all the circles will be the same.
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There are 99 Yin levels and 99 Yang levels.
Without a doubt, they get pretty tough.  I did about 25 levels altogether.
I really like Yufeng's own description:
A CHINESE PUZZLE, A WORLD PROBLEM.
Last week, More than 130,000 Chinese testers, no one can solve the all levels.
Finalist of GMGC2016 Indie Pitch Arena.
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I am a Chinese independent game developer, six months ago I designed a puzzle game "bdpq", fortunately it was featured by Apple in "Challenge Your Brain". This six months I have been thinking about how to design a new game that can go beyond it, more able to challenge the limits of human intelligence. After dozens of program attempts, I seem to find the way.

The source of Chinese civilization wisdom is Tai Chi of I Cing, it uses the most simple yin and yang conversion to explain the secret of all things change, thus affecting the Chinese civilization development for thousands of years. I have been thinking about how to make such a thought can be understood throughout the world as a simple game, so that everyone can experience this ancient wisdom, infinitely changing from simple changes

HOW TO PLAY

Swipe to select some dots.
Click the Tai Chi to change the color of the dots.
Change all dots to into the same color.

In the testing process we found that the Yang levels of the game is relatively simple, but the difficulty began to rise sharply in Yin leves, I even suspect that no one can solve the last level. Last week, More than 130,000 Chinese testers, no one can solve the all levels. So I made a "most expensive purchase" to remind you that it may be the world's most difficult puzzle, I hope you can solve it with your own brain.

Forgive my poor English :)

Sleeeeepfly Studios
Yufeng Long
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chinese-puzzle/id1157805434?mt=8

If you like Chinese-Puzzle, then you will certainly like the mechanical version known as Writer's Block from Oskar van Deventer. The object is to push the buttons using a certain key. The key pushes the buttons for 2 different groups of numbers.  Challenging.
Image result for oskar van deventer pencil puzzle  
http://www.passionforpuzzles.com/2013/11/writers-block.php

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Plumber Connect: Hexa Puzzle by Le Oanh FREE

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Plumber Connect: Hexa Puzzle comes from Le Oanh. I've done enough plumbing puzzles in the past. But this is the first one that has hexagonal cells. Unless I'm forgetting another one, which is quite possible.

There are 150 levels with triangle tiles, 150 with square tiles and 150 with hexagonal tiles.  Even the 'Hard' levels are easy.

There is another 'pipe' puzzle game that I've been doing.  I'll report on it within the next 2 weeks.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plumber-connect-hexa-puzzle/id1223045440?mt=8

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

What's the name of this game? FREE

  
Puzzlers, I downloaded this game, but I don't know the title or the author. There is no menu, description or anything. Just the puzzles.

I downloaded this about 1 month ago.  The object is to roll the red cube, Your Man, and cover every square.  The orange squares are wormholes. The orange circle: landing on it will add new squares somewhere on the border.  Landing on the yellow circle: automatically blocks out squares so you don't have to land on.

There are 180 levels, I think. Of those, I've done about 100. It's not terribly hard. Also, the entire playing area takes up a tiny portion of the screen.

Sorry, no link. If you have played this game and can provide even a title, please do so in the comments.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Cosmic Hare by Simon Broggi FREE

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Cosmic Hare comes from Simon Broggi. It's a peg jumping solitaire puzzle app game.
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The object is to jump all the hares so that only 1 is left.
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What's different:
1. The Red Eagle will swoop down, 1 cell at a time to devour a hare. Be careful.
2. Some levels show have a 3D element. (See last image.) That is, solve one face with 1 hare left, then rotate the shape, utilize that lone hare from the first face, to get the other faces.
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What I really like: there are only 39 levels! I solved them all. I also like the intro graphics.

You know, I normally only mention the puzzle designer. Today, I'm listing the other people because it takes a team to make a good puzzle app.
Raffaele de Lauretis did Illustration.
Mark van Raai did Sound Design.
Ursina Wirz did Marketing, Communication.
Kai Jauslin did Original Light Installation.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cosmic-hare/id1137163709?mt=8

Friday, April 14, 2017

Compel by Simon Eastwood Free

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Simon Eastwood recently contacted me about his puzzle app game Compel. There are 3 games in one but they're very similar.

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Let's start with the Classic version. Your task is to place a marker on every single cell, without dying. Look at the third image. The 4 in the top row is being tapped.  That means that the next move must take place on the bottom row.

You die by getting exactly 3 tapped tiles in a row.

I solved the 4x4 and 5x5 grids quickly. Though I did die a few times.  The 6x6 was hard! I needed about 10 attempts to solve it.  According to Simon, each time you load the game, a new level is generated.  According to him, there is not just one correct sequence.

Some puzzlers might classify this as a maze, where you must determine the starting and end points.

The second game is Checkers. The first piece you place will be white, then black, then white.... You will die if there are 3 whites or 3 blacks in a row. I solved the 4x4 & 5x5 levels.  6x6 is tough!

Compel is they type of puzzle app game that you must play carefully!  Moving too quickly will lead to trouble. I say this from much experience.

In the two versions I played, I came up with a specific strategy. But I'm wondering: would another strategy also work?  Simon: good job! I like the graphics too.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/compel/id1212468565?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.compel.compel&hl=en_GB

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Plus Fifteen by Robert Currie FREE

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Plus Fifteen comes from Robert Currie.  The object is to link up numbers that add up to 15.
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Each level has exactly 1 solution. Grid sizes go from 6x6 to 9x9.

I like the graphics a lot.  For some reason, you can't redo a level that's already been solved.  Hmmm.

The fact that there is only 1 solution for each level leads to some interesting analysis.  Look at the first image. The top row has 11 & 4 directly in the center. Under it is 4 & 11.  If the top 11 pairs with the 4 below it or to its right, then the other 11 must pair with the 4 that's left or above it.  But because there's only 1 solution, we know that those pairings would lead to two possible solutions.  Therefore, that top 11 must pair with the 4 on its left.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plus-fifteen/id1116789526?mt=8
https://www.facebook.com/plus15game

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Blyss by Dropout Games FREE

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Blyss is listed as an Editor's Choice by the Benevolent Powers of the App Store. Unquestionably the graphics are sweet and charming.  The game concept is unique too.
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The object is to swipe adjacent tiles in groups of 3 or 4 and eliminate all the dots.

I solved 16 levels without failing. Then it sent me back to level 1 or its equivalent.

Blyss is going to be very popular with people who don't normally play puzzles.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blyss/id991563953?mt=8

Monday, April 10, 2017

KAMI 2 by State of Play Games

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KAMI 2 is one of those lucky games that the Editors of the App Store have singled out. Which translates into millions of downloads.  To be sure, this game is highly polished with impeccable graphics. In terms of originality.....it's very similar to the game Flood-It! and a slew of others. See list below.
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The object is to get the whole field to be a single color. If you tap on a red triangle to make it blue, it will change colors and then absorb the other blue shapes that are contiguous to it.

Once you've done 25, you get the idea and they go pretty fast. However, some are definitely tricky.

There are 114 levels and I've solved 1 - 71.  Stuck on 72
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kami-2/id1133161444?mt=8

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Rupiko by Niels Jansson FREE

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Ruipiku comes from Niels Jansson. It's very much like his other game Shifty Bits, which I reviewed last year. The object is to slide the rows and columns so that the colors and shapes align correctly.
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The concept is not new. I remember getting very tired of the concept about 4 years ago. But I like this. The graphics are nice.

The overall shape is rarely a rectangle.  I also like the black dots. When they appear, above a column, after your move you make, it pushes the column down one notch.

I did 31 levels. It's a fast game.  There are 100 levels.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rupiku/id1170015153?mt=8
Not available on google play yet.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Loopine by Pyrosphere, Lda FREE

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Loopine is a sweet little game that tests your timing/dexterity.  Each level has multiple shapes that intersect.  The bright line segments are constantly rotating around the perimeters.
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Your task is to suspend the movement, then restart it so that there are no collisions with the segments from the other shapes.

There are 150 levels spread out over 3 levels of difficulty.  This is a very relaxing game.  Some of the shapes have a kind of Celtic knot look.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/loopine/id1205980465?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.pyrosphere.loopine

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Train Mix a challenging railway puzzle game by Serghei Pelin

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Train Mix a challenging railway puzzle game comes from Serghei Pelin. The object is to shift/shunt the individual cars so that each chain matches identical cars.
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Look at the first image. The top left has a track that's completely unoccupied. That's key.  Some levels have 2 empty tracks, which of course makes things easier.

Cover art

Look at the second image: there are no empty tracks. Much harder.

There's a lot to like about Train Mix. The graphics are good and the puzzles are challenging.

Helpful: suppose you make a move that leads to an impossible situation, a red light flashes in the upper right corner warning you of this fact and offering the undoing of that last move. Great programming. Fun icon.

There are 234 levels. I did 34.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/train-mix-a-challenging-railway-puzzle-game/id1215846580?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.KwezitGames.TrainMix

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Norinori by Yuki Fujimoto FREE

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Norinori comes from Yuki Fujimoto. The object is to place 2 black squares in each area.  At the same time, all black squares must be part of a 2x1 rectangle which can cross the yellow boundaries.
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At first I didn't understand why my solution was wrong.  Then the aha moment: the other squares have to be turned white by double tapping them. Oh well.

I solved all the 25 5x5 grids pretty quickly.  They're fun!  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to access the higher grids. According to the Leaderboard, everybody else can! Another oh well.

The most similar game I can think of is Nicola Salmoria's Twin Beams.  Unfortunately, it is no longer available.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/norinori/id1200281949?mt=8