iOS Puzzle App Lover


Flow – Draw A Line – free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad  Hey Puzzlers – buy my Lab Mice Puzzles and give them as gifts. You know, as one of those ‘holiday’ gifts for kids who are puzzle deprived. You’ll instantly become ‘the cool relative.’

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Flow – Draw A Line is one of those topology games where I say to myself – I’ll just do a few of them. Some easy ones & some hard ones.  This particular game has 210 levels.  Having done thousands of other levels from the games at the bottom of the list, the only challenge would be: how fast can I do them all.

I started them Saturday evening. Finished Sunday morning.  In between, slept for 9 hours.

The graphics are good. I struggled with about 15 of them.  Every so often, ads would pop up.

Some other good topology games:
Lines Numeric Fun
Space Dots
Just Routes
Square Time
Numeric Paranoia
Number Painting
Water Colors
Colors the Addictive Game
Number Escape

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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.
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360 Spin: free game to test your reflexes, for iphone, ipad

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The image says it all. It’s slick and fun. But it’s not the type of game you’re going to play forever.
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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
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Puzzle from xingyun by Huan Chen

This mechanical puzzle was created by Oskar van Deventer and Rob Stegmann. I’m happy to call them puzzle friends.

Huan Chen has created a virtual version which is totally free. Of all the twisty puzzle out there, this could be one of the easiest.

Sorry, no link.  But the title is Puzzle from xingyun.
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HexAgony: point scoring puzzle app

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HexAgony is a fine point-scoring puzzle app. The objective is to place the colored card symbols in the grid to score points.  Placing a diamond next to a cluster of diamonds scores one set of points. If your diamond is blue and is next to some other blues, you’ll score points for that too.

Each time you place a symbol, a new one will pop up at the bottom, randomly.

The game ends when the grid is complete.

The game has 3 grid sizes. I’ve played the smallest grid a handful of times. 

There’s a lot to like about HexAgony: good graphics, a leaderboard, the game cannot go on forever. However, there’s something missing: an element of fun. It could be me of course, I’ve played so many games, I may be hyper critical. If more people play it, as evidenced by the leaderboard, I’d be more interested.
According to the leaderboard today: on the small grid, I’m #5 out of only 24.  The large grid: only 7 people are on the leaderboard. That’s kind of shocking. This game definitely deserves more attention.

Other Point Scoring Games Worthy of Your Time
Four Straight Lines
BeeCells Lite
Kindly Colors
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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!
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Number Painting: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Number Painting is a free puzzle app game that’s been done many times before. It’s a topology game, which I like. The object is to start at 1 and swipe through all the numbers and all the tiles and end on the largest number. The graphics are fine.

Yu JaeKwang Yu is the author and he has designed some very challenging levels here. His warning: ‘Number Painting is not given hint. don’t throw your device.’

Random thoughts:
An unfortunate thing is that you cannot go ahead or go back!  I did the first 150 levels in about 90 minutes. Keep in mind, I’ve done thousands of these before. (Sadly, that’s not an exaggeration.)  At the moment I’m stuck on level 331. I’ve spent over an hour on it.

Of the 500 levels I’ve done: some of my favorites:  levels 133, 183, 203, 205, 221, 253, 270, 300, 307, 309, 311, 319

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What’s particularly interesting: Level 147 is the first level that doesn’t use any numbers – just question marks. They are all interchangeable – meaning any of them can be 1 or 2.  In level 156, half the markers are are numbers and the other half are question marks. Interesting variation.

Another interesting feature are the X boxes which cannot be traveled on. Some levels – I see the answer instantly. Others take a little trial and error and can take 20 minutes.. Many of the puzzles have multiple solutions, but not all.
Level 301 is the first level where arrows are used. Land on an arrow and you must go onto the next square indicated.
Level 319 was annoying! I won’t tell you why. But if you get stuck on it, I can send you a hint.

Check out Numberic Paranoia and Space Dots which are both similar.
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Catch the Blue Ball By JianFeng Yao

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Catch the Blue Ball is a puzzle app game where the objective is to place 9 orange balls to surround the ever moving blue ball.  The grids start out 3×3 and quickly expand to 10×10.  It’s not so easy, or possible to always catch the blue ball on such a large grid.

I think I’ve done 40 levels.  I’m not sure why. I just kept going.  It’s an interesting idea, but not worth doing over and over.
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Nino: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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The object of Nino is to get your man, the puffy white cloud, from one side to the other without being attacked by the dark clouds. Good & evil theme.
Your man can move 2 squares at a time, while the black clouds can only move 1 square at a time.
The first set of challenges – that’s about it. Then there are a whole slew of elements. See the windmills? Land on one of them and you can move another square. See the drooping sunflower? You will need to land on the fish tank to pick up some water, then land on the sunflower. Other elements you will face: smoke stacks and electrical grids. There could be more that I haven’t seen yet. There are 200 levels. I’ve solved only 37 – because they get hard!

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