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Friday, October 20, 2017

Cubiques 2 by Dilmer Valecillos $.99

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Not long ago I reviewed Dilmer Valecillos's game CubiquesCubiques 2 is even better.  The object is to get Your Men - the white cubes - to roll over to their target squares.
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There's a lot to like about this game. For example, the gray squares can only be rolled over once. This is sometimes advantageous and disadvantageous.

The cubes are sometimes on the same grid, but often are offset.

The graphics are mostly good. But my criticism of Cubiques holds true for Cubiques 2. Namely: I want more color variety and I want the ability to rotate the whole grid so I can more easily see the rectangular holes within the grid.

There are 70 levels and I've done about 60.  According to the Leader Board, not many people have tried this game. That's a pity.

Announcement: -Pila- is temporarily free.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Color 6 by Tigrido FREE

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This past weekend I saw the image of Color 6 and just passed it by. Seemed like another 'packing puzzle' and I didn't scrutinize this properly. Big thanks to Loyal Blog Follower David Cole for alerting me about this game. It's seriously good.

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Color 6 is a point scoring puzzle app. The object is to make perfect hexagons of a single color. Each one made is 1 point, then it disappears. I played this game 3 times last night. This morning I played it once and almost got to work late.

One feature I really like is the color-blind mode. I wish other games would adopt this idea.

My high score is 169. This places me in the middle of 55,000 people. The game came out last week. How did it get so popular? Maybe it was featured by the App Store.

It is possible to form 2 hexagons at the same time. If they overlap, only 1 point will be given.  If the 2 hexagons do not overlap, only 2 points are given.  I'm a bit mystified as to how so many people have scores in the thousands.

Warning: this game is very addictive.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cube Loop by Marcelo Pars

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Cube Loop comes from Marcelo Pars. The object is to form paths that connect the start and end points of each color.  I played a game almost identical to this about 7 or 8 years ago. Unfortunately, I don't remember the title.

Cube Loop seems too easy at first because the the size of the cube never gets above 4x4x4. However, I jumped to the last 3 levels, and struggled mightily.

Monday, October 16, 2017


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Mind Cache comes from IGOR POSTNIKOV. It's a memory game. An image appears with a Star, a Square, and a Circle.  Then they disappear. Your task is to place them on the board in the general area of where they were.

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This is the type of game to play a few times and then forget about.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Glowish by The One Pixel, Lda $.99

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Glowish is a puzzle that has a Lights Out element.  In Lights Out, the object is to light all the tiles. Tapping one button will toggle on/off that tile and its surrounding neighbors. In Glowish, the objective is the same, but the rules are different.

The Essential Rule: Tapping a green triangle will toggle all the triangles and all the other greens.

The first levels are pure easy: Just tap each element. Look at the first 2 images.  There are 2 blue squares. The second blue square does nothing to add the complexity. The second image is a Venn diagram of the situation.  Since none of the elements intersect: just tap each one.

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As things got more complicated, I needed to transfer the information to Venn Diagrams to better see the Big Picture.

Level 59:
1. Tapping the blue triangle lights up all the triangles and the blue square.
2. Tapping the orange square turns off the blue square, turns on the other squares and itself. And turns off the orange triangle.

You get the idea.  I the actual solution was: tapping everything once.

There are 100 levels and I'm on level 61 or so.

I can't think of another puzzle concept that utilizes Venn Diagrams.  Glowish is definitely unique & fun.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Color Fence by McPeppergames

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Do you remember the game Ins and Outs? Color Fence is essentially the same thing: create one loop where some tiles are 'inside' and the rest are 'outside'.

I love the concept, but after you've done a 100 or so, they're all too easy. But still fun.

I had some trouble with Color Fence in terms of the colors. The orange & red squares are too similar.

Even worse: I wasn't able to figure out which colors should be inside and which outside. Look at image #1. In the top right corner are 3 colors. Are they supposed to all be in or all out? I've tried it both ways and neither worked consistently.  I think they've debugged this now.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cubiques by Dilmer Valecillos $.99

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Dilmer Valecillos recently sent me a promo code for his game Cubiques.  Thanks! The object is to roll Your Man, the red square, over all the white squares and end up on the yellow square.

We've seen this concept many times before.

1. Black squares can be crossed many times.
2. Gray squares must be crossed twice.
3. Wormholes
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The graphics are very slick and well polished. Unquestionably this aspect is strong.

What could be better:
The game board utilizes a small fraction of the screen. I'd like the option to enlarge this.
At first, I had some trouble seeing the areas where I couldn't roll the cube. It would be great if the entire board could be rotated.
Look at the first image. See the white pillars? That should be a different color.

There are 70 levels. Last night I was on the phone for almost an hour and tackled about 40 levels.  I ended at level 58.  Had the phone conversation gone another 30 minutes, I think I could have completed them all. The puzzles are not too hard.

There is a Leader Board for Cubiques. Which I don't fully understand.  I'm # 160 out of 3700 on the levels.  But on the Points section, I'm around 15. I'm guessing that the points accumulate by solving the puzzles in a short time and/or solving the levels on the first or second try.

Announcement: Subway Shuffle is going to reappear one of these days. The old version no longer works on iOS 11.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Slices by Midnight Tea Studio

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Slices is a dexterity puzzle that tests your speed. Look at the first image.  See the blue slice in the center circle?  You've got about 3 seconds to transfer it to one of the surrounding circles that has that wedge empty.

When a circle is completed, you get points.  More points if the circle is completely 1 color.  That's it.

There are over 14,000 players on the Leader Board.  Definitely fun. I've only played it twice.  Good concept, great graphics. If it were the only speed/time/dexterity around, it would be huge.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Best Illusion of the Year - Vote Today!  Today is the last day to vote for the best of 10 illusions.  Very cool stuff.  Anne Cole is a longtime Loyal Blog Follower. Scroll to the bottom to check out the PBS video of her making violins.

Considering all the horrific incidents in the news, these 2 items form a nice respite and hope for humanity.

As always, if you're playing a good puzzle app that I have not blogged about, let me know.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Slide!! by Red Chain Games Ltd FREE FREE

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Slide!! is one of those many puzzle app games where the object is to get the colored tiles to their targets by sliding them until they hit an obstacle.

What's different? 
1. There's a timer. In order to get your time low, you must slide multiple blocks simultaneously.  

2. I'm stuck on Easy Level #5! Obviously I'm missing something. Because the credits indicate that 25 people have play tested this game. This Puzzle App Blogger is often humbled.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Colorzam: An Update

Last week I reviewed Colorzam by Pedro Navarro. He emailed me about my review and indicated that he would implement one of my suggestions.

So now the '5 rule' is '6'. The game is significantly harder! It might be too hard now.  I checked the Leader Board & I'm still #1. But is that fair? I attained that score under the easier rules.  Can I still claim the glory?

Pedro: I think if you make the grid a bit larger, the game might hit that perfect sweet spot of difficulty.

Everybody else: play test Pedro's game and send him some feedback.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Unblock Bomb by Kejia Li FREE

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Unblock Bomb comes from Kejia Li who also made Puzzle Dots Game which I reviewed recently.

The gray squares are fixed. The object is to move the blue squares to complete the circuit.

I've solved about 40 levels. I was hoping the game would get more interesting or difficult.  It did not.  This game is strictly for kids.

What could be done to make this better.
1. Change the colors every so often.
2. I solved some levels in fewer moves than the  supposed minimum.
3. Don't allow more moves than necessary.
4. How about an explosion after each level is solved.
5. I didn't listen to the music, but a good selection would be the theme from Mission Impossible.
6. All the blue squares are 1x1. Maybe some pieces could be 1x2

Friday, September 29, 2017

Color Merge by ImpactBlue Studios FREE

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Color Merge comes from ImpactBlue Studios. The object is to merge all the colors so the entire board ends up being 1 color which is specified at the top of the screen.

Look at the first image. Near the top you'll see a small green dot in between the blue & yellow circles.  That means, first, that the circles can merge and second, that they will merge into green.

Seems kind of obvious except that red & yellow can never merge. It took me a while to figure the pattern out.  At the top are the 5 circles. A color cannot merge with its neighbors. But when it merges with the other 2 colors, the result will be the color in between.

For example: purple cannot merge with blue or red. When it merges with yellow, the result will be red. Not very intuitive. When purple merges with green, it will become blue.

Color Merge is a serious puzzle concept.  At the moment I've solved 18 levels. I'll do more, but definitely not more than 50.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Colorzam by Pedro Navarro FREE

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Colorzam comes from Pedro Navarro. It's a point scoring puzzle app game. Your task is to place the pieces at the bottom onto the grid to form groups.  Look at the first image.  See the red 3 on top? When you've gotten 3 reds, they disappear. The next goal for red will be 4, then 5.  When 5 reds are grouped, all of the other reds on the board come off.
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As your score increases, 'boosters' become available to get you out of a jam.

Colorzam has great graphics. Love the concept too. However, this game just never ends.  It's too easy.  I had to intentionally lose. I tried to end my game at 50,000, but I went over just a bit.  That places me 1st on the Leader Board out of just 12 others.  A few months ago I reviewed another point scoring game that was similarly too easy to lose called 5+ (five plus) and it has maybe 30,000 people playing it.  So obviously games of equal skill/value/fun are not marketed in the same way.

If Colorzam used 1 extra color, it might be perfect. Alternatively, instead of all the tiles of a color disappearing when a group of 5 is formed, 6 would be more challenging.

Announcement: Open Bar - Keep 'em Coming! is temporarily free. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Loopse by Ruff Robot FREE

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Loopse is a point scoring puzzle app game from Ruff Robot. The object is to form closed loops and score points.
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Pieces are given 1 at a time. They are either 1x1 or 1x2 in size.  Sometimes you can use a piece to eliminate a row or column.  The game ends when there are no more empty squares in the grid.

I've played this game just once.  There's a bit of a gambling element: try for a bigger loop to get extra points, but risk losing.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Box Home - Love to play every day by shanshan li FREE

The object of Box Home - Love to play every day is to move all the green dots onto the targets.  All the pieces move together at the same time. We've seen this concept many many times before. However, it's ususialy done on square grids. Hexagonal grids for this concept is rare.

There are 37 levels and at the moment I've solved 17.

I think this game is pretty good and I especially like that there are only 37 levels.

Similar games (this list is incomplete):

Movez  Pretty much the same as Block Mania but it has 1680 levels. I've solved 592 of them. That's probably enough.
Frozen Ice Cubes  What's different: there's a point of 'no return'
Escapology, reviewed by Nicola Salmoria. He told me about this game ages ago. I played it and enjoyed it, but never blogged about it.
Block Mania Similar to Movez
Move Puzzle - A Funny Strategy Game, Matching Tiles Within Finite Moves 
Vubu What's different: the vubu men have different powers. Very sophisticated, very intelligent. Possibly the very best in this genre.
Move: A Brain Shifting GameUnmind
Puzzle Dots Game

Announcement: 'kubic' is temporarily free. I thought it was okay, but never reviewed it. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Smashy 4 by Funvelous FREE

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Smashy 4 is a point scoring puzzle from Funvelous. Look for an adjacent pair that match. The pair could be both inside the square. Or, 1 could be outside. Tap on one of them. The other will disappear  and the row/column will shift in one specific direction.  If you tap on the other one instead, the row/column will shift in the opposite direction.  This element is key to keeping your game going for as long as possible. The game ends when there are no more legal moves.
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Smashy 4 is a very solid game. The graphics are good. Good rules. Relatively fast game. However, I have noticed that the game often ends even though I still have legal moves to make. That needs to be fixed.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Roll the Dices by Kevin Chooramun FREE

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Roll the Dices comes from Kevin Chooramun.  The object is to roll the two dice - separately - onto 2 squares in the checkerboard so that the numbers match on the top and sides.  Look at the first image.

Obviously, we need the 5 & 6 to be in the same column, but they must line up with the #s on the side.
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Images 2 & 3 show blue squares which cannot be rolled on, and wormholes.

I think there are 30 levels. Of those, I've done more than half.

This happens a lot to me: I download an app, then play test it, but then cannot find it on the App Store. Such was the case when I searched Roll the Dices. Fortunately, Kevin's email was listed in the game itself. I contacted him for the link and he's thrilled that over 2000 people have played his game.

Overall, this is a nice first game. What would make this game very challenging would be if the dice (plural of die) would move simultaneously. That would make the blue squares even more important.