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More Rush Hour Clones

A couple of months ago I was thinking to myself: haven’t seen a clone of Rush Hour in a while. 

Last week I found 3 free clones.  Each one was worse than the next.

The free ones are called Unblock Car, Woblox Puzzle and Gold Fever. 

I believe I saw 2 or 3 other clones – but they cost money.  The whole situation is enough to put me in a bad mood.

Speaking of clones, do watch the tv show Orphan Black, from the beginning. The lead actress plays 5 or 6 clones of herself, each with a completely different personality. Tatiana Maslany is the name of the actress and she’s phenomenal.
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This is good advice

Developing a good puzzle app?  Read this article. 

http://pepperstormapps.com/six-secrets-of-successful-gaming-apps/?utm_source=All+Subscribers&utm_campaign=83e5769bb5-Pepperstorm_Apps_Welcome_Blog_Email4_13_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d7be0cbfdc-83e5769bb5-259090085


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13 Balls by Bimza LLC FREE

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13 Balls comes from Bimza LLC.  It’s a dexterity puzzle app game.  The object is to drop balls from the top and watch them bounce around the bumpers. Kind of like Pachinko.

The number of dots in each bumper indicate how many times it must be tapped.

This game is hard! But it’s also surprisingly fun.  I got to level 10 and gave up before the addiction set in.

Tomorrow’s game is a winner.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/13-balls/id1329162354?mt=8
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Escape the Room NYC

Seems like yesterday when I did Escape from the Werewolf Village.

On Saturday I participated in Escape The Room NYC with 10 other people.  This was much more interesting/interactive than Escape from the Werewolf Village. Lots of moving around in a tiny apt to find clues, open locks etc. Our group was headed by Brett Kuehner. He’s done a bunch of these room escapes before. Because of him, our group escaped in 38 minutes. Which broke the record.

$ 30 is a bit steep, but you’ll never forget the experience.

http://escapetheroomnyc.com/
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Tiny Aliens Escape

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Tiny Aliens Escape comes from Cir Az. The object is to get the red tiles onto the red stars at the same time and in the correct sequence. When that happens, the aliens escape. On harder levels, there are yellow & green tiles & stars.

Look at the blue squares. Tap once on  a blue square and all the tiles in its column and row will shoot out to the perimeter.   Tap it a second time and they will shoot inward toward the blue square. You will need to tap some blue squares 3 or 4 times.

I’ve never seen this concept before and it made me want to complete all 60 levels. And I did solve them all. The puzzles are not terribly hard, but that’s fine.  A future edition might include wormholes.

Miscellaneous: I especially liked the fact that this game is not counting my moves and awarding me 1, 2 or 3 stars.

Also: when I opened the program with the screen horizontally, the banner ads were stuck in the middle. So only turn it on with your screen vertically.

I like the concept of aliens because they’re fun. But there should be some story background. Perhaps the aliens could make a joke when they’re free.

These are minor complaints.  Tiny Aliens Escape is free and fun.
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https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tiny-aliens-escape/id983901107?mt=8
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Logic Dots 2 by Ayopa Games LLC FREE

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Logic Dots 2 comes from Ayopa Games LLC.  The object is to place the dots in the grid to satisfy the number of dots specified for each row & column.  At the same time, the dots must form clusters that match the ones at the top of the screen.  See image #2 for an example.

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The App Store Gods highlighted this in their New Games We Love.  I do not love this game. Nevertheless, I’ve done over 100 levels. They’re fast. But I must move on to something more worthy.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/logic-dots-2/id1160013432?mt=8
http://www.ayopagames.com/
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Move the Stone: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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There are way too many clones of Game About Squares. However, Move the Stone is very good and worthy of your time.

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Here’s why
1. Bombs. Activate a bomb to repel all adjacent objects 1 square away. Some solutions involve activating 1 bomb next to another.
2. Wormholes
3. Temporary arrows. Some squares have fixed directional arrows. Meaning, if your red square is moving to the left and it passes over an up arrow, then the red will go up of course.  The Temporary arrows disappear after the first square lands on it.
4. The graphics are just about perfect.
5. Challenging, but not impossible levels to solve.

There are 100 levels and at the moment, I’ve solved about half.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/move-the-stone/id998549939?mt=8
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PixelMaze by Juhapekka Piiroinen FREE

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PixelMaze comes from Juhapekka Piiroinen. The object is to collect all the gems and get to the final checkerboard. It’s a maze, but it’s also a bit of a dexterity/time puzzle game.

There’s a sokoban element in some levels.

Level 14 had me stumped.  I emailed JP for a hint. (Then I realized that I hadn’t read the full description on the App Store!)  Subsequent to JP getting back to me, I realized there was a genuine problem.  He fixed it and the App Store people approved it within 48 hours.

There are 37 levels altogether. I definitely like that.  I’ve done about 19 levels.

There’s an infinity mode where most of the grid is hidden. As Your Man travels, the immediate are lights up. This element was programmed very well.  Overall, this is fun.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pixelmaze/id1252617787?ls=1&mt=8
http://www.jppiiroinen.com/pixelmaze/index.html
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100 Spots: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Jean-Michal Batty recently contacted me about his puzzle app game 100 Spots. The objective is to fill the grid with spots. Start anywhere. The next dot can move horizontally or vertically by skipping 2 dots.  Alternatively, your next spot can move diagonally, but this time only 1 dot is skipped.

The objective is to fill the grid!

We’ve seen these game rules before in other puzzle apps. But the titles have long vanished from our memory. I remember getting to 100 back then.  On this game, I got as high as 98.
These types of games are good for anybody who enjoyed the Knight’s Tour puzzle.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/100-spots/id975226674
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RIBBONS – Puzzle Game By J BRUCE

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RIBBONS – Puzzle Game by J Bruce is very similar to the many laser puzzles I’ve reviewed over the years. The object is to place reflectors along the grid so that the colored ribbons will get to their destinations at the exact same time. Numerous times I solved the puzzle, but didn’t get the timing right. But eventually, I solved them all.

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There are 40 levels. Some have 3 and 4 ribbons.

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A lot of levels already have reflectors in place. Those were really meant to restrict movement.

I really like this game, and it’s FREE.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ribbons-puzzle-game/id1056671070?mt=8

Very Similar Puzzles
Route Out
Route Out 2
7 Park Puzzle

Other Ribbon Puzzles
The Weaver
Ribbon Puzzle
TAPES - similar to Colorbind. Excellent
Woven - easy
Colorbind - the first of its kind. Genius
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