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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Make Square by Claudio Sassaki FREE

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Make Square from Claudio Sassaki is a point scoring puzzle app game. The object is to place the pieces, 3 at a time, onto the grid to make squares.
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At first, it seemed that this game would take forever to play. But as more colors get added, things get crowded.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/make-square/id1247689529?mt=8

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Make Me Yellow by Peng Wan FREE

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In May of this year Bart Bonte published Yellow (Game). Great little game.

I'm not sure if Peng Wan's Make Me Yellow is a clone. The concept is the same, but the levels appear be different.  I did the first 6 levels of Peng's game (stuck on 6) and then redid the first 20 levels of Bart's game. I saw no identical puzzles. But of course, there could be.

I emailed Peng to ask him about this. No response. I also emailed Bart, who said thanks for the alert.

At the VERY LEAST, Peng: you should acknowledge that you were inspired by Bart.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/make-me-yellow/id1208915737?mt=8

Monday, July 17, 2017

Zame by Squadventure FREE

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Zame is a reflex testing puzzle app game. The object is to quickly tap the mirror image of the shaded figures.
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What's interesting about this game: the hexagonal layout. I think that's why I can't just keep going.  Also, the mirror line alternates between horizontal and vertical. My high score, at the moment, is 19.
I emailed George Faraj, who made Zame, and his high score is 25.

Good game, good fun. Hey, maybe playing these types of games will help ward off Alzheimer's.

FREE.

http://www.squadventure.com/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zame/id1237871082?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.squadventure.ProjectMirror&referrer=utm_source%3Dsqweb

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pushing Machine (Original) by Rafal Roszak FREE

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Back in December 2016 Ruslan Goncharenko came out with Push It. Sokoban Edition. I played it, but did not review it. I should probably go back and play it some more.

Rafal Roszak has created another version of this with 12 ranks of difficulty ranging from Practice to Impossible. Altogether there are 10,125 levels.

The object is to push the boxes onto the targets. The machines can push 1 box, or it can push another machine. Very similar to sokoban.

These puzzles are absolutely fantastic.  At the moment, I solved just 2 of the 675 Impossible levels. Each took me about 15 minutes. I've also solved a bunch of levels in the other categories.

Improvements
1. There should only be 200 levels grouped into 4 categories.
2. There should be a Leaderboard feature to motivate people to keep playing the game, for bragging rights.
3. There needs to be a better Undo button.
4. There should be a video tutorial that shows how to solve a few easy levels and 1 Impossible level.

This is a great game and great concept. But it's unlikely that I, or anyone, will solve all 10,125 levels.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pushing-machine-original/id1252393538?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.reactor.pushingmachine

Push It, Puzzle Edition same mechanism, different objective, also from Ruslan Goncharenko

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Video from Japan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07gHAmW91Cc

I'm not sure if I posted this already.  I saw this about 3 months ago.  Don't skip forward.  The magician steals the show.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bubble Unblock by Mikolaj Gucki FREE

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Bubble Unblock comes from Mikolaj Gucki.  The object is to slide the bubbles to their correct targets. It's a sliding tile/shunting puzzle app game.
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The graphics are excellent.  The bubble creatures make eye contact with each other.

The puzzles are just too easy.  The first 25 levels - no ads.  After that, every level is followed by an ad.

These puzzles could potentially get very difficult, but so far, after solving about 65 levels, they're still too easy.

Bubble Unblock is really a good game for kids.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bubble-unblock/id1123793631?mt=8

Monday, July 10, 2017

Triangle Flip by Code Handwerker GmbH FREE

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Triangle Flip is a unique interesting puzzle app game.  The objective is to get all the triangles to be the same color.
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Swipe over entire rows to change all the colors.  That's the only mechanism. Pretty simple, but things get tough.

According to the Leaderboard, there are about 300 people playing this. I've solved about 100 levels. HRubasch  is #1 with 560 levels solved.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/triangle-flip/id1250921695?mt=8

Friday, July 7, 2017

SuprinO by Denis Volchenko FREE

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The objective in SuprinO from Denis Volchenko is "Adventure a little ball called SuprinO, that has an abillity to fly. Help him find his big Father ball. That's it."
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Tap on the screen to make the ball expand and rise. Untap to make it shrink and fall.  Quite simple.

But the graphics are terrific.  The walls, ceilings and floors have critical angles and indentations that provide the dexterity puzzle element. There is no tilting the device.

There are only 27 levels with more 'coming soon'. I've solved them all.  SuprinO definitely falls into the Weird and Wonderful category.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/suprino/id1247442966?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.MandelArtPlains.Suprino&hl=ru

Thursday, July 6, 2017

22 x 22 x 22 Rubik's Cube

About 6 years ago Oskar van Deventer premiered his World Record 17 x 17 x 17 cube at the New York Puzzle Party. I was one of the 'expert witnesses' who wrote a letter to the officials at Guiness to confirm that this was indeed the largest n x n x n Rubik's Cube.

Nathan Wilson has shattered that record. See for yourself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzzD1aNsLVU&app=desktop

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tumbling Cube by Yanak Limited $.99

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MS from Yanak Limited recently contacted me about his (her?) new puzzle app game Tumbling Cube.  It's a maze game. The object is to roll the cube to its final spot.
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We've seen this type of puzzle before. Tumbling Cube is good. The graphics are good. I particularly like the opening graphics.

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There are over 100 levels.  At the moment I've done about 20.

I have 3 promo codes for this game. First come, first served. Just email me.

https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1241789619?mt=8
http://yanakltd.com/

Monday, July 3, 2017

Jellyban - Sweety Sokoban Puzzles by Lu Quoc Man FREE

 Jellyban - Sweety Sokoban Puzzles comes from Lu Quoc Man.
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The puzzles are not very hard. However, there is a time limit and a # of moves limit.  Generally, each puzzle must be solved within 1 minute.
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There are about 125 puzzles and I've done about 60 of them.
The puzzles themselves come from David Skinner's Microban.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jellyban-sweety-sokoban-puzzles/id1231816949?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.JinguGame.Jellyban

https://www.sokobanonline.com/play/web-archive/david-w-skinner/microban Play David's puzzles on your laptop.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Color Combine Game by Sam Hogan FREE!

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When I was about 4 years old, I was given a toy that fascinated me. There were 3 circular clear plastic sheets stapled together in the center. Each had 1 circle of color: red, blue and yellow. From that, I learned how to combine the colors to make green, purple and orange. Putting them altogether was some kind of brown.  Color Combine Game, from Sam Hogan, is a puzzle where the objective is to combine adjacent tiles into 1 big pile whose final color matches the background.
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The first few levels are trivially easy. But then things get pretty tough. Getting the exact shade of pink or teal or cyan can be extremely tough.  My instinct is to just tap out all the permutations until I stumble on the right one.

At the moment, I'm stuck on level 19. According to the Leaderboard, there are not many other players.

I contacted Sam about the number of levels and he told me: it's infinite.

Definitely interesting and hard.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/color-combine-game/id1249397059?mt=8
http://samhogan.net/

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Blork - The Game by Diga Design FREE

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Blork - The Game came out last year.  I played it for a while, then forgot all about it.
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The object is to roll Your Man, the cube, and then paint the colored squares the correct color. Of course Your Man must first pick up the orange paint by landing on the orange square with the circle in the middle.

Cover art

Of the 150 levels, I got stuck on level 25.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blork-the-grid/id964585157?mt=8
http://blorkgame.com/
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blorkgame

QVoid has a similar feel.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Paper Folders by Pavel Smetanin

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Paper Folders comes from Pavel Smetanin. It's a point scoring puzzle app game.  There's definitely a 'Tower of Hanoi' feel to this game with 3 towers.
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Unfortunately, the rules of Tower of Hanoi do not apply. It's possible to place larger numbers on top of smaller numbers.

Even worse: it's possible to do as much shifting around as you like.
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I got bored after about 45 minutes. My score was somewhere over 4,000,000.  Later, when I went to continue the game, it was gone.

I have to believe that the author meant to enforce some rules. Right now, there are basically none.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paper-folders/id1233173968?mt=8
http://foxdata.cf/Paper-Folders/

Better Games to Play that are similar (both from Sang Moon Joo):
Lines 123
Zig Zag Number

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cubic Blocks by Pure Sprite Network Technology Co., Ltd. FREE

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Cubic Blocks comes from somebody in China. Not sure who. I went to the webpage and read about praise for the great leader of China. Whatever

This game is pretty good.  The object is to slide the colored blocks in a 3D space so they match up with the stars.

Some blocks will pass through the stars; others need a block so they land firmly on the star.

There are 80 levels and at the moment, I'm stuck on level 19.

Interesting:
1. There's no leaderboard. But there is a 'world record' for each level for the minimum number of moves on each level. The record for 17 is 9 moves; I needed 49.  Level 18: world record is 29; I needed 40.

2. The world record for level 19 is 45.

3. The world record for level 35 is 108

4. The world record for level 67 is 176

Cubic Blocks is hard! Definitely give it a chance.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cubic-blocks/id1223871517?mt=8

Monday, June 26, 2017

5+ (fiveplus) by kubra sezer FREE!

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5+ (fiveplus) come from kubra sezer. It's a point scoring game.  The object is to place tiles onto the grid to get groups of 5 or more of the same color.
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I want to like 5+ (fiveplus), but ultimately cannot.

My first game ended with a score of 980; I wasn't playing carefully. My second game is at 48,000, and counting. This game just won't end, even though I want it to. Can I catch the fellow with 69,000? Do I care? He's still adding to his score. I've spent way too much time on this and have neglected more serious, better puzzles.

To make this game better, the grid must be shrunk. Or add a 4th color. Or not allow pieces have less than 3 squares.

At the moment, there are  over 24,000 players and I'm #9 on the leaderboard.

5+ (fiveplus) is popular because of 2 things: good graphics and easiness.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/5-fiveplus/id1237328701?mt
http://www.gamebra.in/