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Array Puzzler

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Loyal Blog Follower @edderiofer recently pointed out Array: Puzzler.
Array: Puzzler is very similar to an old game LogiSquares, which I really liked.

The objective is to place tiles in the lower half of the grid to match the pattern on the top. Keep in mind that when you place a tile anywhere, it’s a 1. When another tile next to it, the old tile now becomes a 2.  There are 135 of these levels and I’ve done about 40 of them, including the last 10.  If you’ve already done LogiSquares, all of these will be easy.

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The Hexagonal version is more interesting. Again, there are 135 levels and I was not able to just jump to the end. Needed to get my feet wet on the easier levels. The easy levels are very easy and I flew by them.  The harder levels: every cell on the board is filled. The tricky part is figuring out which 1′s are actually 1′s or really 7′s.  Weirdly, after level 95 or so, they get really easy again.
I completed all 135 levels, but would have like to have seen more levels with full boards.
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Smashy 4 by Funvelous FREE

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Smashy 4 is a point scoring puzzle from Funvelous. Look for an adjacent pair that match. The pair could be both inside the square. Or, 1 could be outside. Tap on one of them. The other will disappear  and the row/column will shift in one specific direction.  If you tap on the other one instead, the row/column will shift in the opposite direction.  This element is key to keeping your game going for as long as possible. The game ends when there are no more legal moves.

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Smashy 4 is a very solid game. The graphics are good. Good rules. Relatively fast game. However, I have noticed that the game often ends even though I still have legal moves to make. That needs to be fixed.
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Nokori – free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

Stephen Henney’s Nokori is very similar to The Chain Free from last year.

The object is to combine elements along the same row or column and eliminate all but one. For example, look at the first image.  The blue square can shift onto the blue circle. Then the green square can land on it, then the green diamond.  Then the purple square will come on it.

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There are 21 levels with each level having 7 puzzles.  They start off pretty easy.  I’m in the middle of Level 13 and they’re tough!  My only criticism is the leaderboard. Instead of the fastest time each level, it should be just total levels solved. Keep it simple.

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Miscellaneous Puzzling

  1. A new world record for solving Rubik’s Cube.  Why doesn’t the New York Times Report this?
  2. This Puzzle App Blog is about to get its 1 millionth hit soon.  If you’re the one, please take a screen shot and send it to me for a prize.  The hit counter does not show up on mobile devices.
  3. The 2016 PAGY Awards will be awarded on December 31.  The Nominees – December 30.  If you would like to be on the Committee, just let me know.  The only qualification: you have to have played a lot of puzzle apps this year. Or some.  Even just 1 that you really like.
  4. Hocus, great puzzle app, is temporarily free, again.
  5. It’s election night in America.  In the spirit of this historic day, do ‘watch’ the returns while playing puzzle apps. No need to look at the tv screen.

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Happy Hexagons: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Happy Hexagons is very similar to Flood It.  The object is to turn all of the hexagons into the same color.  You start with your man being in the top left corner.  If the hexagons adjacent are red, then you turn yourself red and absorb the newcomers.  Like the Borg in Star Trek.
We’ve seen this type of puzzle many times before.  Nothing great. But you get a smiley face when you succeed with a certain number of moves.

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Baffles Classic Puzzles

The gentlemen at Baffles the Fox contacted me about a month ago about their new compendium of puzzles: Baffles Classic Puzzles.

It’s a collection of old puzzles from Sam Loyd and other sources. It includes lots of modern puzzles too.

Let’s pause here. If you don’t own this book by Sam Loyd, you simply must.  Loyd was America’s first great puzzler. For each puzzle he created a story with a charming drawing.

Back to Baffles Classic Puzzles: there is historical information about each puzzle. These guys know their puzzle history!

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The graphics are terrific.
My only complaint is that to advance, one must either be perfect at solving these puzzles, in order to collect chickens (points) or watch a lot of ads to add more chickens. At the moment I’m thinking of a certain dexterity puzzle that I think is impossible to solve at the minimum speed. But dexterity’s never been my primary skill.

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The modern puzzles include some good relatively new Lateral Thinking Puzzles.

Baffles Classic Puzzles is definitely a fine introduction to the general World of Puzzles
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Sevens Up by Lisa Burns Free!

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Do you remember the game Merged!? It’s a great point scoring game.

Sevens Up by Lisa Burns is essentially the same thing, but with an addition.

But let’s go over the objectives first.  Score points by getting 3 of the same number together.  Three 4′s will merge to form a single 5.  When three 7′s merge, all the surrounding tiles disappear.

In the original Merged! playing 1 game could take an hour or more.  Sevens Up offers the opportunity to extend the game practically forever.  Look at the third image. In the bottom right corner is a tile with 2 arrows.  Placing this on the board will eliminate the tiles in that column.  How do you get those tiles? By merging three 7′s.

I played this game for about 30 minutes without using any of these special tiles.  After 45 minutes, I realized I needed to intentionally lose the game.

Sevens Up offers a nice twist on a great game. The graphics are nice.
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Roll the Dices by Kevin Chooramun FREE

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Roll the Dices comes from Kevin Chooramun.  The object is to roll the two dice – separately – onto 2 squares in the checkerboard so that the numbers match on the top and sides.  Look at the first image.

Obviously, we need the 5 & 6 to be in the same column, but they must line up with the #s on the side.

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Images 2 & 3 show blue squares which cannot be rolled on, and wormholes.

I think there are 30 levels. Of those, I’ve done more than half.

This happens a lot to me: I download an app, then play test it, but then cannot find it on the App Store. Such was the case when I searched Roll the Dices. Fortunately, Kevin’s email was listed in the game itself. I contacted him for the link and he’s thrilled that over 2000 people have played his game.

Overall, this is a nice first game. What would make this game very challenging would be if the dice (plural of die) would move simultaneously. That would make the blue squares even more important.
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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.

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Colorist by Daniel Krautwurst

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Daniel Krautwurst sent me a promo code for his game Colorist.  Thanks Daniel! The object is to drag the ribbons to fill the entire board.  We’ve seen this type of game before. Huebrix is the one that’s most similar.  See link below.

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Arrows must be landed on from behind. Once landed on, the path can go anywhere.

Look at the second image.  See the little blue square? The blue ribbon must traverse it.

There are 70 levels. I solved the first 30 levels in about 10 minutes. After that, things took longer. At the moment I’m on 65.

I like the graphics a lot. Good game Daniel.

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