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Path Puzzles: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

 Path Puzzles is a puzzle app game that comes from Rod Kimball. You may recall that Rod wrote a book of these.    Click here to read that blog entry.

Look at the second image.  See the 4? That means that the path must traverse 4 of the squares. In this case, 2 below (separated, one on top, one on the bottom) and the two squares to the right.

Now Path Puzzles is available as an iphone, ipad puzzle game app.  If a number turns green, you have fulfilled that number. If a number is red, you’ve covered too many squares. 

The first 20 rooms are free.  Of those, I’ve solved 16.

Loyal Blog Readers: do me a favor and download this. Besides being very good, Rod is a friend of mine.

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Who Can Get Z by Ruijun Li Free

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Remember the puzzle app game Subara City? It’s a great point scoring puzzle app game.  Who Can Get Z from Ruijun Li is very similar. 

What’s different?
In Subara City The objective is build up your houses into hotels and skyscrapers. Then merge the skyscrapers.

In Who Can Get Z, the objective is simply to get Z.

Both games are quite good and both will take a long time to play.

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Flat Cubic by Sergey Shulga FREE

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Sergey Shulga’s Flat Cubic is solving Rubik’s Cube, by seeing all 6 faces at the same time.

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I have not seriously played this app. But it’s definitely interesting and extremely disorienting, and I’ve been solving Rubik’s Cubes since 1981.
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Sokoban Evolution: puzzle app for iphone, ipad

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My friend and Loyal Blog Follower  David Cole recently contacted me about Sokoban Evolution which he insists is quite good. Having solved thousands of sokoban levels, I was not itching to try it. But I trust David!

There’s good and bad in this puzzle app game.

The Positives:
I like the submarine, helicopter and lunar rover pushing the blocks. Good graphics. Playful.
Something new: I think this is the first sokoban puzzle which has some targets hidden by blocks. In particular, I thought level 30 was quite challenging because there were only 2 targets and finding them was a preliminary challenge. I doubt whether anyone could solve that on a first attempt. Unless by pure luck.
The more interesting of the 54 levels have specific targets for specific tiles.

I downloaded the free version which offers 36 puzzles. Solved them all then paid $ .99 or $ 1.99 for the next 18 levels. 

The Negative:
The author, Grettel Monteagudo Garc’ia, has taken some liberties. As I said at the top, I’ve solved countless sokoban levels in other games over the years. It’s impossible to remember each one. However, Grettel has copied levels 37, 44, and 51. Howe do I know? Because I struggled on those mightily and had to truly study them. I believe those came from BoxWorld.

Level 54, I’m fairly certain, is original and good for Grettel. Grettel, don’t be lazy! Remove those that aren’t original and add new ones.

Other Sokoban Games:
Go to Gold - superb
Pepe Porcupine
Sokoban Cargo
Push Box Sokoban
Push Around
Boxed In – loved this.
Pengu Push
BoxWorld – awesome. I still remember struggling through levels 26 and 35 for days.
Fireman Arcade
Paper & Light
Square Push Square
Jewel Keeper – the only puzzle app that needlessly inserted a beautiful woman.
Professor Max
Puzzling Cubes
DJ Mole

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Daily Heggies Puzzles

Ron Mentink recently contacted me about his puzzle concept called Heggies.  It’s very similar to Monorail produced by Glen Iba more than 5 years ago.
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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.’
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Update on Value Maximum from Loyal Blog Follower Joel

I have something to add to your new blog entry about Value Maximum. 
This is a quite interesting game with unique rules. I haven’t figured it out to 100%, but I think I understand the most of it. 
Here are some screenshots of the tutorial. 
You have to paste numbers from 1 to 4 on the grid. If there are two equal numbers in the same row or column, the numbers (and stars) between them will be added to one number, which appears at the place you have pasted your number before. The other part of the pair of numbers becomes a star. And if there are two stars in a row/column the numbers between them will be added in the same way as before (like the pair of numbers). 
After pasting a number on the grid, you are allowed to move one number to a star next to it. 
The game ends, when the score gets higher than the sum of the numbers (on the whole grid). 
I hope, you can understand my explanation. ;-) With this I reached a score of 73, which places me on rank 4 on the leaderboard.
By the way: I have send you a friend request on Gamecenter. I would be happy to have you on my contact list. :-)
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Politaire by Pine Entertainment Free

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Politaire is a point scoring puzzle app game.

Politaire is a Solitaire mixed with Poker. Your aim is to make winning hands with 5 active cards in your hand.

Choose cards that you want to discard and swipe it away. Upcoming cards will fill up your active hand and score if you make a winning hand. Discarded cards will go back to the pile, waiting to come up again. 

The minimalist visuals hide an interesting depth that will keep challenging and surprising as you master it.”

My thoughts:
1. Excellent graphics
2. My high score is 2800 after 5 games.
3. You could better maximize your score by keeping a companion deck of cards to keep track of what’s left toward the end. Expert bridge players keep this in their memory banks constantly.
4. You may be going for a yellow flush….but if there’s a blue 7 to match your yellow 7 – tough luck. That’s why this game is interesting.

Other Point Scoring Games Worthy of Your Time
Four Straight Lines
Nineout II
BeeCells Lite
Kindly Colors
Domino Drop
Put Number
Triple Town          
Kindly  Colors    
Virus Pop Smash
+1 Number
4 Way Puzzle
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Six Logic: Use Your Brain!

Puzzle screen on iPad, portrait mode

Loyal Blog Follower David Cole steered me to Six Logic: Use Your Brain! It’s a pictorial logic puzzle. The object is to sort through the Row Hints and the Column Hints to determine which figure is in which cell.

Puzzle screen on iPad, landscape mode

There are 3 levels of difficulty.  The easy ones are good to start with to understand how the hints are written.  I’ve done a dozen of the ‘normal’ puzzles and they took between 9 minutes and 45 minutes. The 45 minute game may have been shorter because - after making a mistake, a time penalty is added.

I think puzzles are generated randomly.  Also, at the end of one game, I noticed that there were 2 possibilities for the final 2 cells. But there should be a unique solution for each puzzle. That’s okay.!/id344058289?l=es&ls=1&mt=8 In Spanish!/id344058289?mt=8 In English

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Six Logic: Use Your Brain! was originally published in December 2009. It’s been updated a bunch of times, most recently in September 2014.

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BlockSwipe: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

About 2 weeks ago I saw BlockSwipe as a new puzzle app and thought to myself ‘looks like another swipe puzzle’. I ignored it. Image 1 looks a lot like past puzzles, which are usually quite good.

Then about a week ago, I got a note from the developers asking me to give it a serious test run.  Okay, I thought.

Objective: You are the blue square and must collect the yellow stars and land at the bright yellow square.

The first 5 or 6 levels – typical.  After that, things got very interesting. Besides finding the correct route to pick up the stars and then end at the big yellow square, you must dodge fast moving gray blocks.

There’s more!  Look at image #2.  See the green square? If you attempt to crash into it, you will bounce back rapidly.

Look at the third image. See the red star in the bottom left? It turns on/off every 1.5 seconds. You will have to traverse it. The white blocks are ice. You can crash into them once and they will crack. The second time, they will disintegrate.

The Red Squares (no image here) make you red-hot. If you touch another red square, you will burn up. Before you touch another red square, you will need to cool off by hitting an ice block.

I completed 25 levels perfectly. I was so proud, I wrote to the developers asking them to inform me right away of future levels.  I didn’t notice the other 125 levels! Since then I’ve completed about 130 levels. I can’t stop playing this game.

I love this game! Definitely one of the Best Puzzle app Games in 2013.

BlockSwipe is very reminiscent of The World’s Hardest Game.  I played that about 5 or 6 years ago and gave up after level 25 or so.

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