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Friday, March 16, 2018

puzzlement by $.99

 puzzlement comes from gamebra.  As soon as I saw the author, I didn't even bother looking at the description - I knew this would be wonderful.  I was right.
 The object is to get Your Man/Men, the big red square/s to scoop up the little red squares.  Not shown in these images is that Your Man has little feet.  He can travel to his right or left.
 Your Man must be re-oriented in order to be able to get to everything. Oh yes, he can always jump up 1 square.  When he comes upon a blue square, he's flipped upside down and shot to the ceiling.
 The real beauty of this game is traveling across/along the other faces of the cubes.
One little problem is when Your Man needs to do a double jump by tapping to the right at the same time as jumping. Often, it didn't quite work and I was forced to restart.  Also, it's a bit illogical that Your Man can do a double jump to the left/right, but can only jump straight up 1 square.

Minor complaints.  puzzlement is an absolute gem.  50 levels. I did them in about 3-5 hours.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Unpuzzle by Pavlo Sich FREE

Unpuzzle comes from Pavlo Sich.  The object is to remove dismantle everything piece by piece. Look at the first image.  The top right slides up & out. Then the piece to its left would slide to the right. And the piece to its left would then slide up.
In the second image, blue arrowed pieces can only travel in 1 direction.  The red pieces will turn completely white after a certain # of prior moves have been made.
The green hooks add another element of restrictions.
The squares with a red outline can rotate.
The blue dots travel together.
The yellow triangles - any piece that crashes into them disintegrates, which is good.

There are 150 levels and I've done about 40 of them.  Unpuzzle is not very hard but it's very relaxing.
The graphics perfect.

Monday, March 12, 2018

It's a Trap! by ayush singla FREE

 It's a Trap comes from Ayush Singla. It's a point scoring puzzle app game.  The green square is Your Man. Your Man must score points by attacking the other pieces before they surround you or poke you.
The graphics and instructions could be better.  Essentially:
The yellow squares never travel.
The red squares rotate and travel.
The blue squares can push you to the next square. Unless there's already another square there, and then you're poked dead.
The black squares appear if you have poked 5 other squares on that spot.  Black squares can never block everything and will end your game.

I really did not want to like this game.  But I do! Somebody on the Leaderboard has a fantastic score, which means I have not perfected my strategy.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Levity by Neon Play FREE

Levity comes from Neon Play.  It is quite unusual.  The object is to rotate your perspective on the fragmented lines & curves and somehow align them into a single shape to match something else.

This is done be rotating the whole view and zooming in/out.  This is definitely a very cool concept.

I've only solved 3 levels.  This is very hard.

Monday, March 5, 2018

1SlimePlz by Saran Siripuekpong

 1SlimePlz  comes from Saran Siripuekpong.  The object is to tap on an empty square which is adjacent to 2 or more slime objects and watch them merge.
Ideally, you'll want to end up with just 1 slime pile and hopefully it will land on the star.

40 levels - they go fast.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Dissembler by Ian MacLarty $2.99

 Dissembler comes from Ian MacLarty.  It's a match 3 game. The objective is to eliminate all the squares. Each move is a vertical or horizontal swap of 2 pieces. As long as there is a 3 color combo anywhere on the board, the move is legal.
Some squares have multiple colors. In those, the outer color must be matched first. There are approximately 125 puzzles. I've done about 100.

There is a point scoring version too.  In that version, all squares have 3 colors. So there's a lot of strategic planning to stay alive as long as possible. My only qualm with this part of the game is that the playing field is too small and could be increased probably by 50%.

The graphics are great. The puzzles go pretty fast, but I have stumbled.  These are well crafted.

Dissembler is a little gem. Great job Ian!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Memory Line. by Daichi Nagahamaya FREE

Memory Line. comes from Daichi Nagahamaya. The object is to quickly memorize the line path and retrace it.

Simple idea, good execution Kind of fun too.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Rusty Lake Hotel by Rusty Lake $1.99

 I'm not a big fan of Room Escape apps. But the series produced by the good puzzlers at Rusty Lake keep producing good fun games.
 The theme in Rusty Lake Hotel: you must visit each of the 5 guests in their rooms, solve some puzzles and kill the guests so that dinner can be served the next night. Yum.
This is the first of their games where stars are awarded for solving each level.  I didn't get all the stars so I could not play the bonus room. Rather than replaying the whole thing, I'll watch the bonus room on youtube.
The puzzles themselves still run from simple to weird. None is hard.
The simple: finding things behind a picture frame.
The medium: solving an algebraic systems of equations with 4 variables.
The odd: give the rolling pin to one of the puppets so he can beat the other puppet.
The disgusting: taking care of the boar. You'll see.
The boring: seems like every Rusty Lake game has a dresser with a box of matches inside 1 drawer and a knife in another. Another theme that gets repeated is getting a seed, planting it, watering it, watching it grow, then harvesting it to obtain something that has little to do with the plant.

Other Rusty Lake Games I've played/reviewed:

Cube Escape: Birthday
Cube Escape: Case 23
Cube Escape: The Mill
Cube Escape: Harvey's Room
Cube Escape: The Lake
Cube Escape: Arles
Cube Escape: Seasons
Cube Escape: Theater
Cube Escape: The Cave

Friday, February 23, 2018

cohex by Adem KAYIRCI FREE

 cohex comes from Adem KAYIRCI.  The object is to get the colors in the grid to match the pattern on top.  There's a Lights-Out component which makes things very tricky.

I solved the first batch of levels pretty quickly.  Then the 3 and 4 color problems showed up.  That's when I realized how interesting and complicated this game is. In cohex if you've lost your last green tile, you can never get it back. This game is really for serious puzzlers only.

There are 77 levels and I've done about 20.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Rotopath Classic by Michael Woodard FREE

 Rotopath Classic comes from Michael Woodard.  The object is to swap the colored discs and rotate them so that the path from start to end matches the color sequence at the top of the screen. The only thing that is obvious is the start color and end color.
The 'Easiest' level is not so easy.  The numbers on the right are powerups. If you wish to be given some hints, it'll lower your score by that number. The first hint taken would be knowing which color is in that specific spot. The second hint would rotate the disc to the correct orientation.

There's a lot to like about this game. Good concept & good graphics. However, starting with 7 discs is a bit too complicated.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Cubor by Jan Rigerl FREE

  Cubor- screenshot thumbnail        Cubor- screenshot
Cubor comes from Jan Rigerl.  The object is to get the colored cubes to their respective targets.
   Cubor- screenshot       Cubor- screenshot
All of the features in this game have been done before. But that's okay. This a very solid game.
The features:
1. Rolling Cubes
2. Cubes are sometimes connected to others.
3. A specific face must sometimes land on the target.

There are 30 levels and they go pretty fast.  There are 'daily' levels.  I tried yesterday's and they were too easy.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tiles² by Andrew Abosh FREE

Tiles² comes from Andrew Abosh. The object is to quickly memorize where the numbers are and then tap their locations.

It's a fun game. My only criticism is that the numbers always go down. The 1 tile would never be at the bottom.
Andrew's description: 
Tiles² is a memory game.

You have three (3) seconds to memorize a numbered sequence of tiles.
When ready, tap the tiles in the correct order to complete a round.
The difficulty will increase as the rounds progress.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Unicycle Hero by Unept FREE

Unicycle Hero has been classified by the Apple Itunes  People under 'New Games We Love.' It's a dexterity puzzle where the object is to get Your Man to throw a projectile as far as possible.

First, Your Man must rock forward and back and get to the line with good speed & momentum.

This game is terrible.  The graphics are 'old school'. I did the first 10 tutorial levels and then a couple of the regular levels. It's just annoying.

However, according to the leaderboard, this game has become hugely popular.

Friday, February 9, 2018

A Hollow Doorway by Kenny Sun FREE


Kenny Sun has made some interesting games recently.  A Hollow Doorway is a dexterity game. The object is to rotate the center door so that it aligns with the next doorway as it shrinks down in size.  Keep doing this over and over.


The graphics are excellent.

Even better: in the control panel, the sensitivity of your thumb movement can be adjusted.  Calibrating this to your needs is essential.

I felt very proud when I solved all of the levels. Then I realized that those 100 doorways was just level 1.  I've since done 4 levels and am quite proud.  Those other guys on the leaderboard who've done 60 & 70 levels? They're like gods.

Kenny must be a philosopher/poet.  His description:
A Hollow Doorway is a meditation on the meaningless. A love letter to nothingness and an introspective look at the heart of purposeless infinity. Desperately swipe and spin your doorway in a futile attempt to match the rotation of rapidly approaching concentric walls as sweat pours from your armpits and your soul pours into your trembling thumb. It's fun!

Kenny Sun also made YANKAI'S PEAK.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Scale Sticks - Hardest Game! by Jan Brelje FREE

Scale Sticks - Hardest Game!  comes from Jan Brelje.  It's a dexterity game.  The object is to tap the bar that is shrinking as fast as possible and then move on to the next bar that is shrinking.   The game ends when any single bar gets to zero.

Interesting idea. I've only played it a few times.  Too fast for me.  Also, the bars should be separated more.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Only 3 Words by Blue Boat FREE

Only 3 Words is described as 'one of the best word games for kids.'  Before I saw that, I thought to myself, hey this is really good. I'm semi embarrassed.  I like this game. In particular, I like the wording of the clues.

For example: 'Low digit' was not 'one' or 'two'. The answer was 'toe.'

7 Little Words is similar, but tougher.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Video & Book  Greg has been making some fantastic custom twisty puzzles.  The Farm by Tom Rob Smith is the perfect book when you're trapped on an airplane.

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Room by Fireproof Games $.99

  The Room- screenshot thumbnail
The folks at Fireproof Games recently came out with their fourth game The Room: Old Sins.  I figured it was high time that I go back and finish playing their first game The Room.
   The Room- screenshot
A lot of my mechanical puzzle friends loved this game because it's essentially a secret opening box with a million components.
   The Room- screenshot
This past week I restarted the game from the beginning and finished it in about 3-4 hours spread over 3 days. Good quality entertainment for only $.99!
   The Room- screenshot
The art work is fantastic.
   The Room- screenshot
The puzzles themselves were okay. But not outstanding. When a puzzle solution gets repeated later on - that's a big no-no for this type of game.  For example: certain keys have to be manipulated/spun to match a key slot. That was done 3 times.  Another: 2 dials had to be spun at the same time. This puzzle concept was later repeated. Yet another example: spinning 5 dials to spell out a specific word that was revealed only by using the special goggles.
   The Room- screenshot
The individual puzzles all had to be solved in a specific sequence. This made the experience more like a movie. But without a plot.

There are 7 letters from your long lost uncle or cousin. All of them talked about his finding some mystical power. None had any relevance to the actual puzzles.

I'm glad I finally played this game because everybody's been raving about it for so long. But I wasn't so enthralled that I'm going to play their 3 other games right away. But I will play them.

Check out Mystery Lighthouse. It's the same idea, though much simpler. The artwork is totally different and much brighter. It also has a certain charm to it that The Room is missing.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sweet Drmzzz by Bart Bonte $.99

iPhone Screenshot 1
 All of Bart Bonte's games are fun.  Sweet Drmzzz came out in 2014 but was updated last year.
iPhone Screenshot 2
50 puzzles include a little bit of everything.  Rockets have to be steered to collect the yellow stars while avoiding the red stars and red rockets.
iPhone Screenshot 3
Sand has to be funneled to containers.  (Zen Sand from 2013 is only this type of puzzle and also very good.) Very interesting: in Bart's game, the sand can flow upward and downward.
iPhone Screenshot 4
I think I've played Bart's other games for free. So I was happy to shoot him a buck.

At the moment I'm stuck on level 26.

There's a lot of charm to these puzzles.

Other Bart Puzzles:
Factory Balls - excellent
Boo! - a mini sequel to Factory Balls
Blocky XMAS - fun and at times hard