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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Solokus by Ken Watanabe Free

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Solokus is a packing puzzle from Ken Watanabe.  The object is to fit all the blocks into the grid, obviously.
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1. Some pieces can be rotated.
2. Some pieces can be rotated and flipped.
3. The most interesting rule is that when pieces are the same color, they must be connected at a corner. See 2nd image - reds and greens.

There are 120 free levels and I've done 109.  The 'advanced' puzzles are not free, but I haven't gotten to them yet. I honestly didn't think I'd like this game, but I do. I've spent 2-3 hours on this.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Word Sudoku by Charles Reinke Free

Word Sudoku comes from Charles Reinke. The game combines anagrams with sokoban.
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The most interesting part of the game: where is the word going to be spelled in the grid?
500 levels - just too many for me to tackle.  I solved about 10 levels.

Charles also made the game Flip's Challenge.  I know that I played it, but never blogged about it. It's good too.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Galaxy Numbers Pro by Yoav Slimobich FREE

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Yoav Slimobich recently contacted me about his puzzle app game Galaxy Numbers Pro. The object is to get groups of similar numbers together.

Each of the 129 levels has different objectives.  One might need to score three 3's or four 4's etc.

There are numerous features. Here's a few
1. Adjacent tiles can merge: 1 + 3 = 4
2. A minus tile can merge with another and subtract 1.
3. Periodically, a set of new tiles will emerge at the bottom. If the board fills up, you lose.
4. At the top, you will see some symbols.  Tapping on one of them will make that the next item to fall to the grid.
5. Like Candy Crush, there's a limited number of moves to solve each level, which makes it addictive because on those levels that you failed, you just needed 3 more moves!

Galaxy Numbers has a lot going for it: every level seems do-able, but will take some doing.  Nice graphics and the right amount of difficulty and strategy makes this game worth checking out.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New York Puzzle Party

The annual New York Puzzle Party will be Saturday February 18, 2017.

If you are interested in attending, please send me an email & I'll send more information.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tiltspace by Logicnap Oy Free

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Timo Jokitalo and Vesa Timonen are puzzle from Finland. I've known them over 10 years via the International Puzzle Party.  I am still going to be objective about their new game Tiltspace.
   Tiltspace- screenshot        Tiltspace- screenshot
Tiltspace is a tilt maze puzzle app game. We've seen a bunch of these over the years (see links below). Balls travel all the way, until they hit a wall. The object is to get the colored balls to their respective holes.

Features include:
1. Gray balls. If they fall in the holes - you lose.
2. Worm holes. Some have as many as 3 wormholes at once.
3. Fences that can be unlocked if another ball lands at another key square. I've never seen this in a tilt maze game before.
4. Getting 3 stars for a level - use the minimum number of moves in the shortest time.

There are 100 levels and they get pretty hard. At the moment, I've done about 55 levels and am stuck because I didn't get 3 stars in all my levels. What I don't know is whether my solutions were done without using minimal moves or without minimal time.

Graphics are cool.

Other Tilt Maze Puzzle Apps
Monster Swipe
Exodus Free
Zuki's Quest
Squarescape - very polished
Woodhead - love the humor
Block Obox
Tip & Tumble
Clickmazes - not an app. Online puzzles.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Zenge by Michal Pawlowski Free

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Zenge comes from Michal Pawlowski who came out with a very cool fun game last year called Blue Box X. (See link below.)
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Zenge is a very charming little puzzle. The object is to slide the pieces - along the lines-  into the target area.
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The pieces must go in a certain order to avoid collisions.  Some pieces must be flipped, rotated, shrunk, expanded and sent through portals.  The reward for each puzzle: a charming vision of another peaceful world.
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There are 70 levels and I've completed about 60.  This is a good game, but not as good as Michal's other one.

Blue Box X

Friday, January 6, 2017

Buckets: A Puzzle Journey by Jeffrey Quach Free!

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Buckets: A Puzzle Journey by Jeffrey Quach is yet another in a series of very good point-scoring-puzzle apps.
The object is to slide the tiles row by row or column by column to line up the tiles to go into the buckets. After every move, a new tile is placed randomly. However, if you score points, no new tile is added.
There's no rush. Patience is critical. A single game could last a very long time.  My high score is 851, but it didn't make it onto the Leaderboard. But that's okay. I really like the graphics.

Definitely download this and get on the Leaderboard. There's a definite addictive feel to it.

Black Boxes

Thursday, January 5, 2017


Micron was missing in action from the App Store, but now it's back.  The hard levels are excellent. I posted a review in 2012.

The making of Snakebird

The Never Ending Jigsaw Puzzle

Twin Beams will soon be delisted on the App Store. I played this game a lot back in 2012.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Tower Locked by Miroslaw Zielinski Free

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Tower Locked comes from Miroslaw Zielinski.  It's a math puzzle. The objective: delete some of the red circles so that numbers left in each row add up to the number matched on the sides.  Same with the columns.

I have no idea how many levels there are. But the grids go from 4x4 to at least 8x8. That's at level 8, which I did not solve.

The small grids are too easy. The perfect grids are 6x6 and 7x7.  But there's no way to select just those.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Lost City by Fire Maple Games $1.99

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Are you a fan of Myst?  There's been a slew of similar games in recent years published on the App Store.  The Lost City is yet another one.  It's fine.
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The most interesting feature in The Lost City, is that there are 4 seasons that must be activated. Which means that if you want to open the treasure chest, it will have to be done in the correct season.
iPad Screenshot 2
Fortunately, like Blackthorn Castle (link below) there's a map that will speed up your travels if you forget where the cave is. Hints are available too.

Where the game loses its appeal is that there's no plot.  After solving 1 puzzle, something slid open and revealed.....a hammer.  Of course the hammer is needed to smash open something else.  But seriously, I would have used a big rock.

Similar Games
Blackthorn Castle
Spooky Manor
Mystery Lighthouse short and fun. Play this game first.
Mystery Lighthouse 2
Dreams of Spirit: Fire Gate
Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 PAGY Awards

About Love, Hate and the Other Ones                                    
Tile Chain
7 Park puzzle
Grow - Expand & Conquer                
Ribbons - Puzzle Game                              
Unmind Match Puzzle Game                      
Dot Square                                                  
Colored Path
Color Kakuro
Conde Deluxe 
Link Mind Bending Puzzler                       
Blocky XMAS

Point Scoring                     
Black Boxes                          
Lines 123                                          
The Power of Two                                      
Sokoban Element 

Brain Puzzle Game 2525                            
March: Simple Chess                                                     

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 PAGY Nominations


below is the list of nominees for the Puzzle App Games of the Year awards, known around the world as the famous PAGY Awards.  This year's nominees are all good puzzle games as deemed by an illustrious, diligent team of puzzle solvers.

On their behalf, I must admit one thing: it's very possible that there were other worthy puzzles that are not on this list.  Every week there are approximately 225 new games published on the App Store with a classification of 'puzzle'. It's impossible to scrutinize them all. But we did our best.

If you know of a great puzzle app: let us know in the comments section below.

Tomorrow, I will post the PAGY winners.

7 Park puzzle  
Push the Squares
Warship Solitaire
Blocky XMAS
Roll the labyrinth ball
The Lift
Slide Tetromino
Queue Ball
Light Up the Grid
Six Logic Use Your Brain
Thermometers Puzzles
Cube Escape: Harvey's Room
Escape Puzzle
About Love, Hate and the Other Ones
Sudoku Maze
Polarity Puzzle
Loop 101
Brain Puzzle Game 2525
Side by Side (Game)
4 Way Puzzle
Cube Escape: The Mill
Black Boxes
Winter Color Spin
Super Sharp
Merge Number Free
Open Bar - Keep 'em coming
Tiles Relaxing Puzzle Game
March: Simple Chess
Lines 123
Hex Merged
Quantum Moves
Clever Frog
Block Obox
Tower Maze
Slide 123
Trees of Life
Men's Room Mayhem
Cube Escape: Case 23
Beyond 14
Binary Stack
Number Push
Ribbons - Puzzle Game
Move - A Brain Shifting Game
Duck Roll
99 Clocks
Art of Perception: Ravioli
Next Numbers
Color Fill Line Drawing Puzzle
Link Mind Bending Puzzler
Sevens Up
Tomb of the Brain
Mystery Lighthouse 2
Color Labyrinth
Blackthorn Castle
Colored Path
Shifty Bits
Linum Free Puzzle Game
The Power of Two
Color Shift Puzzle
Circles Galaxy
Enso Brilliant Puzzle Game
The Fourth Dimension
Zig Zag Number
Color Dotz
Hocus Valley
Three Buttons
Move on Green
Unmind Match Puzzle Game
Chain Linker
Side by Side
Motif Mask
What's Inside the Box?
4 Colors
Levels Addictive Puzzle Game
Dot Square
Squares: A Game about Matching Squares
Teeter Slope
Cube Escape: Birthday
Arrow Domino
Imago Transformative Puzzle
Who Can Get Z
Crazy Container
Pop 8
Edges -A Puzzle Challenge
Snakes - Move Snakes, Fill Board
Conde Deluxe

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Reading List 2016

Puzzlers, below is my reading list for the past year.  The ones in bold/green are the best.

Ravished Armenia by Aurora Mardiganian
Unbroken: A WW II Story of Survival, Resilience & Redemptoin by Laura Hillenbrand
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
The Red Scream by Mary Willis Walker
Hunted Past Reason by Richard Matheson
Firebreak by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake)
The Black Sun by Jack Williamson
The Bottoms by Joe Lansdale
Empire of Deception by Dean Jobb
Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich
The Road to Ruin by Donald Westlake
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
The Bookmaker by Michael Agovino
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
Revival by Stephen King
The Invitation-Only Zone: True Story of N Korea's Abduction Project by Robert Boynton
Disclaimer by Renee Knight
Superthief: A Master Burglar, the Mafia and the Biggest Bank Heist in US History by Rick Porrello
The Whore's Child by Richard Russon
Joyland by Stephen King
Why I Left Goldman Sachs by Greg Smith
The Boys on the Boat By Daniel James Brown
Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie
Dead Man's Folly by Agatha Christie
Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh
Bookless in Baghdad by Shashi Tharoor
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories by Stephen King
PT 109 by William Doyle
The Mosque of Notre Dame by Elena Chudinova
High Stakes by Dick Francis
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
The Dog Who Wouldn't Be by Farley Mowatt

Monday, December 26, 2016

o:anquan by Pine Entertainment Free

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o:anquan is a point scoring puzzle app game.  It's has a very unique concept. Not easy to explain. According to the author: 'The idea of ​​o: anquan is inspired by the control of a traditional Vietnamese children's board game (Spread the number to score). '  Ell Tee is the author who also did numDance, see link below.
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You score points by getting 2 or more identical numbers. Suppose you have a 6. You can spread it out into all 1's or maybe a single 4 and two 1's.

After every move, 3 new numbers are added.  Also, higher points are awarded for large clusters and for higher numbers.

This is a very serious point scoring game.  Patience is required. The top scorer has 306,420,695 which is beyond phenomenal.

My high score is 13,756 which places me at 273 out of 52,927 players.

Black Boxes

Friday, December 23, 2016

numDance by Pine Entertainment Free

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Ell Tee is the creator of numDance, which is a point scoring puzzle app game. It's tough to explain.
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1.  Only 1's or 2's can be tapped.
2.  They can be tapped if and only if there are 2 identical numbers adjacent to it.
3.  Two 2's will merge to form a single 3 in the space between them.

The first tap will automatically lead to a massive chain reaction.
Coming up with a strategy is tougher than I thought.
My high score is 1164 and my highest tile is 8.
numDance definitely has an addictive element because you can play one game in about 5 minutes.
If you manage to get a 9 tile, take a screen shot and post it in the comments section.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Conde Deluxe by Evil Indie Games $.99

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Conde Deluxe is a pipe connecting puzzle app game.  The object is to use the pipes to get the electricity to each of the nodes.
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Pieces can be rotated, but not flipped.
There are 42 levels and I've solved 23.  This is a good game!  Thanks to Loyal Blog Follower Joel for pointing this out.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Snakes - Move Snakes, Fill Board

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Wan William recently contacted me about his company's new puzzle app game Snakes - Move Snakes, Fill Board. The object is to fill the board with snakes of different sizes.  The first 40 levels are very easy.  5 minutes was all I needed, and that includes watching a couple of ads.
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There are 400 levels split into 10 worlds.  Worlds 9 & 10 are where things get interesting.  Why? Because that's where the snakes can overlap. That's where the game, to me, is more of a Ribbon Puzzle.

Yes, I did solve all 400 levels. Some of them are hard, but not nearly as hard as some of the other Ribbon Puzzles listed below.

Other Ribbon Puzzles
Ribbons Puzzle Game
The Weaver
Ribbon Puzzle
TAPES - similar to Colorbind. Excellent
Woven - easy
Colorbind - the first of its kind. Genius
Twisted Lines - very hard
Spreadset Easy til you get to level 7 or 8

Friday, December 16, 2016

Blocky XMAS by Bart Buie Free!

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Bart Buie recently contacted me about his newest puzzle app: Blocky XMAS. It combines the famous sokoban element with a sticky ingredient.  The objective is to transfer the green square and rectangles to the destination to make a perfectly shaped Christmas tree.
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You control the green square with the star. It will stick to the other green bars.  You will have to pry it off multiple times for each level.

There are 40 levels. Perfect number.  What's the best thing about Blocky XMAS: the puzzles are designed
extremely well.

Other Bart Puzzles:

Other Very Good Puzzles that have a sticky element (not quite the same though):

Denki Blocks I believe this was the original puzzle app that introduced this concept.
Tile'M All This version is crazy hard.
Blockoban - a must have
Move on Green

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Waiit by GalacticThumb Free

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Waiit is a point scoring puzzle app. The game is a tilt maze: swipe in any direction and the two pieces will travel until they hit a wall.  Your Goal is to get the men to traverse through their respective gates.  Again and again, as fast as possible.  The grid at the bottom of the screen is constantly disappearing. If Your Men are on it: game over.

Waiit is immensely popular.  Probably because the iTunes store highlighted it. I think this is a good game.  It's brings out the frantic in you.  Especially when you've got the Red Man past his gate and you're trying to get Green past his gate and then you realize, Red has returned.

The PAGY Award are fast approaching.  If you want to nominate some puzzle apps, contact me: (my last name)  The final awards will be announced December 31.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Push The Squares - Puzzle Game by Pixel Points

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Push The Squares - Puzzle Game is another version of Game About Squares from 2 years ago.

The object is to push the colored tiles in the direction of the arrow that's on them and get to the colored stars.  Lots and lots of wormholes.
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97 levels for the free version.  I've done about 25 levels.  Good puzzles, good graphics, good price.  But there are so many other versions of this.

The PAGY Award are fast approaching.  If you want to nominate some puzzle apps, contact me: (my last name)  The final awards will be announced December 31.