iOS Puzzle App Lover


RubiCube: fee puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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RubiCube is another ‘slide the rows & columns to match the pattern’ type puzzle. We’ve seen at least a hundred of these.  RubiCube has 200 levels. I did the first 14 levels in about 15 minutes. I wanted to jump to the harder levels, but didn’t want to pay for that privilege.

Right now I’m playing another new app that’s more worthy of your time. Nevertheless, here’s the link to this game.
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Find The Way by Kexin Jin FREE

 Find The Way comes from Kexin Jin. The object is to move Your Men, the ghosts, to the portals.  Both ghosts travel in tandem.  Along the way: pick up the stars while avoiding the deadly bats.

We’ve seen this type of game numerous times. See list below.  I’ve solved about 20 levels.  According to the leaderboard, not many are playing this game.

Similar games (this list is incomplete):

Movez  Pretty much the same as Block Mania but it has 1680 levels. I’ve solved 592 of them. That’s probably enough.
Frozen Ice Cubes  What’s different: there’s a point of ‘no return’
Escapology, reviewed by Nicola Salmoria. He told me about this game ages ago. I played it and enjoyed it, but never blogged about it.
Block Mania Similar to Movez
Move Puzzle – A Funny Strategy Game, Matching Tiles Within Finite Moves 
Vubu What’s different: the vubu men have different powers. Very sophisticated, very intelligent. Possibly the very best in this genre.
Move: A Brain Shifting GameUnmind
Puzzle Dots Game
Box Home Love to play Hexagonal grid
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Huebrix & Socioball by Yellow Monkey Studios Free and Free

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Huebrix came out in 2012 but was recently listed as newly free on Apps Gone Free. It’s a puzzle app game where the objective is to fill the grid with ribbons. 
The 2 diagrams above show the basic premise.  However, it gets very sophisticated.

Very Interesting:
1. Plus and minus signs: A plus sign may have a 4 on it.  That means, if your purple ribbon goes over it, its length will increase by that amount.

2. The X.  A ribbon can land on it, but that’s where it must end.  Some levels have an equal number of X’s as ribbons. But not all.

3.The side portals: They act like wormholes, but they’re always on the outer edges of the puzzles.

There are 400 levels, which is way too many.  At the moment, I’ve solved about 100 levels at various levels of difficulty, including ‘insane’.

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The object in Socioball is to place various tiles onto the board so that the blue ball will get to the blue square. 

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The various tiles include orange curves, a high wall, small trampoline, big trampoline, red button that activates the red block, and the red block.

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There are about 61 levels by my count and they can get tricky. But many are obviously too simple. For example, a level may have only 3 blank spaces in the grid. Which means, without even thinking, there are 6 permutations.

At the moment, I’ve solved about 40 levels.
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Dot Square By #App Free

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Dot Square is an interesting puzzle app game.  The object is to fill the empty circles with the correct colored ball.

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Two reds will crash into each other to form a single yellow.  Two yellows become a blue. Two blues become a purple. 2 purples become…..see for yourself.  All moves are swipes where everything travels until they hit an object.

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There are 100 levels and each one must be completed within a given number of moves. I’ve noticed on multiple plays that certain levels were not possible only because the random reds that pop up after every move never appeared in certain corners.  Level 41 is one example.  But given enough replays, they’re very do-able. Level 90 took me about 25 tries. Maybe even 50.

I’ve solved all 100 levels which is an indication of the addictive element and fun. But this is not a pure puzzle.

Definitely try this game.  If you know somebody who’s hopelessly addicted to Candy Crush, this could help.
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Not a puzzle today.

I posted this a couple of months ago: on the last day of school, I chopped off my very long beard at a school assembly.  Watch it here:

Last week Nancy Ray Taylor, artist extraordinaire, (also my partner!) painted my profile before the chopping. I am honored and humbled by her talent.  She does everything: murals, portraits, and art classes.

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Complete Ripoof

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Eugene Dmitriev published Laser Box Puzzle a few months ago. I liked it enough to solve all the levels! Read my review of it here.

Luu Trong has published a complete rip-off. Almost everything is the same. Both games are free. Download the original. Of course, you could go the extra mile and download the ripoff too and then leave negative feedback. - the Real McCoy - the ripoff
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Teeter Slope by Miroslaw Zielinski Free

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The objective in Teeter Slope is to tilt the balls until they hit a wall and hopefully get the white balls into the black square.  It’s very very similar to Tip & Tumble by some friends of mine at

There are 45 levels which I solved pretty quickly.
This is a great concept. However, the graphics really should be better.  Also, I found that some of the ‘hardest’ levels to be actually quite simple.
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Squares: A Game about Matching Colors: by Simple Machine, LLC Free

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Squares: A Game about Matching Colors is a point scoring puzzle app.

Look at the second image.  At the top are 3 little squares: Yellow, Orange, Yellow. You must place them in the grid as a connected string so that there will be a group of 3 matching colors. They disappear and you score points.

The game ends when you cannot fit a new string.

Why this game is good
1. It starts out very easy with just 3 colors.
2. Gradually, more and more colors are added.
3. Combos: if you manage to get a cluster of 2 colors at the same time, you get more points. This leads to a bit of gambling. Should you take the easy points or go for combos?
4. The game takes no more than 15 minutes to play.

At the moment, my top score is 2100.
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Recently I’ve been watching CrazyBadCuber review some twisty puzzles on his youtube channel.

He’s definitely a good puzzle egg. He has 463 videos to watch. Now you have no reason to say you’re bored.
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Degboard by Hieu Nguyen FREE

 Degboard come from Hieu Nguyen.  The object is to create loops  so that all the tiles on the board are covered and each numbered square has that many paths emerging from it.

It’s very straight forward.  Except for 2 things: Numbered tiles that happen to be next to each other cannot be connected.  Also, it’s possible to fulfill the given parameters and not get a star because a loop is not connected to the other loops/tentacles.

I’ve done about 100 levels, which places me 3rd on the Leaderboard.  Out of just 28.
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