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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Kel Snake, master puzzle box maker.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Amazing Dot - The Fun Game - not so amazing game for iphone, ipad

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Amazing Dot - The Fun Game is a vertical jumping game that's very similar to Flappy Bird. I couldn't do that and I can't do this. I got through 3 levels and I'm giving up!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Swipe Master - Swipe The Arrows like a Pro!: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Swipe Master - Swipe the Arrows like a Pro! - is a point scoring puzzle app game. The arrows scroll down from the top and you must swipe in the correct direction.

Zebra striped arrows must be swiped in the opposite direction.
This game is not original. It's been done before. Nevertheless, we should all be playing these types of games to keep the brain synapses lightning fast.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cubecode: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Cubecode comes from Montgomery Guilhaus. It's a point scoring game.  You must swap pairs of cubes in order to get like cubes in a column.  When that happens, you score points and gain time.  I'm not really sure how the scoring system works. But my high score is 120 and that game lasted maybe 1 minute. Think fast and move your finger faster.

Montgomery's description: 'The aim of the game is to swap different cubes by dragging them around the screen and completing a column with the same colour. This has to be done before the timer runs out, but do not worry, the timer will get faster and faster and faster. And just to be nice, the shapes on the screen will also change, becoming more complex as time goes on.'

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Scribologic: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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From the iTunes store: 'Scribologic is an addictive path-finding puzzle app in which you get a graph paper sheet, partly filled in with pen. Your goal is to scribble in all of the remaining blank squares of paper in a single, continuous line. The path must go through all available ink drops and end on the last one. There is no backtracking, so you must plan your route carefully! As a bonus food for thought, after each level of the app you will reveal an inspiring and witty quote of a famous person.'

Here's the deal: you are the mushroom and must draw 1 continuous path that will cover every square. The last square must land on a water drop. I downloaded the Lite version & solved all 10 levels. They're good! However, I'm in the middle of a similar game: Number Painting, which is more epic/insane with 500 levels. This is the Lite version.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Line Rush! - free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Line Rush is a good reflex game to ward off Alzheimer's. Colored bars scroll down from the top. Tap the match color on the bottom of the screen to knock out the lowest bar.

Here's what I particularly like about Line Rush! - it starts out very slowly and the speed builds up very slowly.  My high score is 365.!/id928270377?mt=8

Friday, November 21, 2014

Twelve - Hardest Puzzle: free puzzle app game

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Cetin Caglar has created a point scoring game that's a combination of 2048 and Tripevo and Moskeez. The object is to combine pairs of numbers and upgrade them.  Two 7's will combine to make a single 8. After each turn, a new number will randomly appear.

Similar to a lot of other games, the numbers will combine if there's a clear path.

If you cannot make a match, then 2 new numbers will randomly appear. This is bad.

The game ends when you have no more room and cannot make a match.

After every 24 moves, all of your tiles will be rearranged in a new location. Also when that happens, you don't get a new tile. This is critically important.

The highest tile that can be achieved is 12.
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Twelve - Hardest Puzzle is a seriously good puzzle app. Quite possibly one of the best of 2014. My only criticism concerns the random tiles that pop up. They are only 1, 2 or 3. This makes the game go  too slowly. At times it feels like solving a Chinese Rings or Tower of Hanoi puzzle.

The game Threes! has a formula: whatever your current high tile is, divide that by 8, and that's the highest random tile that can pop up. My suggestion to Cetin: make the random tiles rise up to 3 less than the highest tile.

My high score is 6539 which places me at #22 out of 29,000 players. That particular game took more than an hour. Not because I took my time. Getting the first 11 can take about 30 minutes.

Addendum: I just found out that this game was updated. I've been playing the 'aggressive' version. There is now a 'normal' and 'hard' option. I'm not sure how they are different.

Housecleaning: The List of Best Puzzle Apps of 2014 will be published on December 30 & 31.  Get your party hats ready.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Slide It+ - free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Kevin Brain is the author of Slide It+. It's the traditional 15 puzzle, just presented differently.  Nothing truly original. Good for young puzzlers.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Square Lines: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Square Lines is a free point scoring game that's designed to test your reflexes. Look at the very top of the image.  See the square? From the right, a green line is coming. You must quickly rotate the square so that the green side will catch the green line.

There are 4 levels of difficulty. The easiest: there is only 1 square to deal with.  The hardest: 4 squares at the same time.
We should all be playing games like this every so often to ward off Alzheimer's.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Yottaminx: giant twisty puzzle

This video is only 5 minutes long. Matt Bahner is in HS and has invented and prototyped a magnificent twisty puzzle.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Puzzlations: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Puzzlation comes from Kevin Brain (Good last name.)  As you can see from the images, it's an edge-matching puzzle app game.  Here's what's particularly good: you can adjust the settings from easy to hard. Kevin makes a distinction between Corner Match & Edge Match, but they're really the same thing.  When he means Corner Match, he's referring to each side having 2 colors.

Tiles can be swapped. On the harder levels, tiles can only be slid. A lot harder.

Friday, November 14, 2014

aa: free game app for iphone, ipad

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My students recently urged me to give 'aa' a try. No, I am not an alcoholic!  'Aa' is the name of a 'test your reflexes' game.  Look at the image.  The big wheel is turning, sometimes at a constant rate, sometimes at a variable rate.
When there is room, you must shoot the next number so that it does not crash into a spoke.
The Good: 'aa' is fast, fun and very addictive.
The Bad: The game doesn't vary much. Sometimes the wheel will spin clockwise, sometimes counter clockwise. That's basically it.
The Ugly: multiple times, I was very patient, waiting for the wheel to spin and shoot into a gap.....when suddenly, the program thinks that  there's been a collision. This has happened maybe 10 times to me so far.
The miscellaneous: I was stuck on level 26 for at least an hour.  Now I'm stuck on level 49 and I don't think I'll get past it.  Would you believe that there are 525 'entirely unique' levels? Once you've done 48 levels, that's enough.  If you want to play a genuine variation, look for their other apps: ff, au, rr and uu.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

LaserBox: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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LaserBox comes from Eugene Dimitriev. Yes, it's another Laser puzzle app game. I've played a couple dozen of these types. However, LaserBox is really well done.

The graphics are very good. There is a good number of easy and medium levels that I solved pretty quickly. There are no ads! However, you can buy hints.

What's different: some crystals have to be activated by more than 1 laser beam.  Some squares must not be hit with a laser.
Many levels have boundaries so that pieces cannot travel just anywhere.

There are 100 levels and I have done them all. Although I admit I used hints for 2 of the problems. When using a hint, the game will show you 2 or 3 regions and you get to choose which region the pieces go. LaserBox offers a few hints for free.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The I of It: free online puzzle game

Yesterday I was giving a math test to my 7th graders and discovered The I of It.  I solved the whole thing in about 1 hour. Loved it! It's cute, delightful and sometimes quite challenging.  One element that I particularly liked is the fact that you must use the arrow buttons on your keyboard. So much fun! I don't know if the program will save your game mid stream. I was afraid it wouldn't, so I kept playing.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Choo Choo Puzzle: free online puzzle game for any computer

Did you like Snake Slider?   How about Wriggle? Or TRUpuzzlE? These are all classified as shunting puzzles. 

Choo Choo Puzzles are essentially the same thing. Except it's played on a hexagonal grid. What's different? The Choo Choo Trains cannot make sharp turns.

There are 24 levels - I solved them all in about 1 hour.  I think I'd like to see this turned into an app; it's a bit awkward manipulating the trains with a mouse.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pordlla: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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I saw the image of the fairy and wondered: is this a puzzle app game? Yes puzzlers, Pordlla is a genuine puzzle. Look at the second image. The object is to slide the rows back and forth until you think that things are lined up properly.  When you've set it up, you click on the red button at the bottom and all the tiles will fall straight down.  If there is a group of 3 or more tiles - of the same color - touching, they will disappear.  The object is to clear the entire board - all at once.
There are 100 levels. I've done about 60 of them. (Stuck on 41). The first 25 are fast and easy. Then they get harder. The last 20 - hard!
I have no idea why Yuichiro Hoshi has chosen to use a fairy or angel. What's with the title?
What I particularly like about this game is that Yuichiro has taken an old concept and added a nice variation.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Arrowed: The Arrow Puzzle - free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Remember Game About Squares? Arrowed: The Arrow Puzzle is very similar.  The object is to tap on the arrows and move them in their stated direction to the black holes.

An arrow can push 1 other arrow, but not two arrows.  There are 60 levels. That's a perfect number to solve! I've solved 27 of them. I really like this game.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Speedy Numbering Chips

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Speedy Numbering Chips is a point scoring puzzle app game. You are given 3 poker chips and must tap on them in ascending order within 2 seconds. According to the Leaderboard, there are only 6 people playing this game. 6 people!  It's free! This clearly shows that there are too many games available.
At first I thought Speedy Numbering Chips was awful. Then I played it a second and third time. I do believe that this game has some good brain-speed-action-value for people who are going through Alzheimer's.
We should all be playing these types of games.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

9x9 Puzzle: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Ruan Shilong has created an interesting set of maze-type-roll the ball puzzles. The object is to roll the balls until an obstacle has been reached and then get to an exit.
We've seen this type of puzzle app game many times before. Here's what's interesting: most of the levels have multiple balls to exit. As soon as 1 ball goes through an exit, that exit becomes walled-off. So the real puzzle lies in figuring out which ball should use which exit. Also, you will want to minimize the number of moves.
There are 30 levels in each grid size.  I did 10 in the 6x6 grid and 2 in the 9x9 grid. 
I like this set of puzzles. If you've never played this type of game before, give this a shot.

Monday, November 3, 2014

D-Box: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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D-Box is a puzzle app game, whose objective is to score points. Your task is to move the squares 1 at a time to form a line of 5. When that happens, you score points and they disappear. After every turn, 3 new squares enter the board randomly.

I played this a few times. My high score is 119 - not so great.

D-Box is similar to a lot of other games. Bee Cells comes to mind.
If you have not played a game like this, you can't go wrong with D-Box.