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Friday, March 23, 2018

Algemy by Kenny Young FREE

Algemy comes from Kenny Young. The object is to light up all the squares in the grid while also lighting up the crystals with the matching light beam.
The puzzles start out very easy with small grids and just the primary colors.  The grid sizes increase, colors need to be mixed. Hexagonal grids are included.
Algemy has more than 1000 levels. That's a lot more than I want to do. However, I've done about 150 levels.  Maybe there should be a Leaderboard to keep us competitive.  I'm also just curious to see how many other people are playing this. Good job Kenny.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Golden Sum by Alexander Stewart FREE

 Golden Sum comes from Alexander Stewart. It's a pure math puzzle.  The instructions were not written clearly. With trial & error I figured it out.

Each of the 3 images shown is an actual solution.

At the start of each puzzle, there are 3 numbers. 2 are beige and they are adjacent. 1 is gold. The gold number can be anywhere on the board. Your task is to add the 2 beige numbers and place their sum on another adjacent cell. The new cell will be beige.  Keep picking 2 beige numbers to create another number and eventually create a number whose sum will be adjacent to the gold number.

I don't know how many levels there are. I've done about 40.

Oh yes, starting at level 33 there are 2 gold squares to solve.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Pinball Breaker Forever by XperimentalZ Games Temporarily FREE

Pinball Breaker Forever comes from XperimentalZ Games.  It's a cross between the old Space Invaders video game and pinball.  The colorful blocks gradually descend while you must use the pinball to knock them out.
Maybe the flippers have too small a gap. Also the overall screen is extremely busy. Still, it's a fun game.

Other Pinball Apps
Pinball Sniper
Pinball Star

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Colorzzle by JU HWAN KIM FREE

 Colorzzle comes from JU HWAN KIM.  The object is to energize the crystal squares with the appropriate light source.
 Most of the time, the crystal needs to be placed next to the power source.
 Later on, light beams come in. Crystals and sometimes the power sources, can swap places.
 There are 107 levels and I actually solved them all in about 2 hours.  It's easy!  But a few levels were tricky.  #98 in particular.
The graphics are great!

Monday, March 19, 2018

LoKo Puzzle by Kobayaashi Studios $.99

 LoKo Puzzle comes from Kobayaashi Studios.  The object is to create a single path that uses each node once.  The Plus node must have horizontal/vertical lines.  The X uses only diagonals.
The blank nodes must use 1 diagonal and either 1 horizontal or 1 vertical.

Once I got the hang of this, I cruised through about a dozen levels.  I timed myself on level 76 (there are 78 levels and you can jump around).  2 minutes was my time.

Big Negative: when I opened the program later, all of my progress through those dozen levels were wiped out.

Still, I like this game.  Reminds me of Monorail from 2011.

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.