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Number Array by an zhuona FREE

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Number Array comes from an zhuona.

His description: The goal of number array is to arrange the numbers into four rows ordered from top to bottom, 1 through maximum, each row having a different color.

At the beginning of game, you have 4 blank spaces to place the numbers. A blank space can be filled by the next value of the same color as the number to its top. For example, the 4 of red can be placed in a blank space to the right of the 3 of red. No numbers can be placed to the right of a maximum. If there are multiple blanks to the right of a maximum, none can be used without moving the maximum.

My thoughts: this is an interesting game that involves interesting strategy.  Multiple times I ran into trouble and had to restart. 

My only complaint is that the shades of blue are a touch too similar.

2 questions:
1. How are these puzzles generated?
2. Are there multiple solution paths?
3. Is every situation possible to solve?
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Two Dots: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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If you look at the first image of TwoDots by Betaworks One, you’ll think like I did: another connect the dots point scoring game.  Not exactly.
Look at the second image. If you can get 4 yellow dots to form a square, that will knock out all the yellow squares on the board. 
The object of the game is to solve the 130 levels. Each level will have a slightly different objective. For example, you may be given 20 moves to somehow eliminate 15 yellow dots and 15 red dots. The key strategy, almost always, is to get those square chains, which can be difficult.
At the moment, I’m on level 105 or thereabouts.
Is there a Candy Crush element to TwoDots? Yes, but because there is a lot of randomness and invitations to purchase more lives.
When I run out of lives on TwoDots, I switch to Folt, until I run out of lives on that game.
Both games have a much better than Candy Crush.
TwoDots is fun!

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Divisor by G vector FREE

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Divisor by G vector is a reverse-point scoring puzzle game. The object is to place the numbered tiles at the bottom onto the grid so that 2 or more adjacent tiles will a factor of each other. The game ends when there are no more tiles. Doing this with the least # of moves is the objective.

Look at image #1.  Place the 9 at the top right corner. See the two 18′s? They will turn into 2′s. Then both 2′s will divide into the 42, making it 21. Chain reactions like that are key.

At first I didn’t like this game, but I do now.

Late Announcement: there’s an annual Celebration of Mind dinner to honor Martin Gardner. Various people are hosting dinners around the country/world. It was this past Sunday. Sorry for forgetting to post this.

If there’s not a dinner where you live, you can plan to host one. 
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The Impossible Dodging Game: free point scoring game for iphone, ipad

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Diego Acevedo is the author of The Impossible Dodging Game. The object is to place your man, a small square, anywhere on the board and then dodge the oncoming traffic of rectangles that fall from above. You can slide your man side to side & up and down.

I like this game a lot because things start off nice and slow and very gradually speed up.  My high score so far is 279.

This is the kind of game where I say I’ll play it a few times, but end up playing it for a month.

Diego also created the Impossible Cube Maze Game,
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Short video on how computers draw curves.

A smart colleague of mine passed this on to me recently:
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Tiles – Relaxing Puzzle Game

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Andrew Kite and Joseph Falzon’ Tiles – Relaxing Puzzle Game is a topology puzzle app game.

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The object is to start at one yellow square, end at the other and pass through all the orange tiles. When an orange tile is passed over, it turns blue and can no longer be traveled on again.

Look at the second image. See the orange square with the red border? It must be traversed twice.  Also, see the black squares all connected? They act as train tracks.  The orange square on it will travel to pick you up and will drop you off anywhere on the tracks.

I’ve done a lot topology puzzle apps.  See the list below. Yes, I’ve done thousands of levels.
I like this game – particularly because of the train tracks.  I solved all 75 levels of this game, but they took a while.

One thing I thought was a bit confusing at first: look at the last image.  See the arrows that point down? They must be landed on from the tile above.  Once you’re on those squares you do not have to continue downward.

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
Flow Draw A Line
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Folt: update

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It’s taken me a while, but I have finally finished all 175 levels of FOLT. This game is not for everybody because there’s an element of luck involved. Regarding my high score on the Endless mode, others have surpassed me and now I’m down to 12th place or so.
Read my previous post.
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Similo by Nicolas Beaudette Free

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I’ve never seen The Bard in a puzzle app. Though I did read a fascinating article that pointed at some clues that implied that he did not write all those plays.

The object of Similio is to draw a connecting line among similar shapes or similar colored objects in order to achieve various objectives.  Kind of like Candy Crush, but not necessarily in a grid pattern.

Smaller objects will fall through the cracks via gravity.

I played maybe 5 or 6 levels. It’s not a pure puzzle because when objects link up and disappear, random ones appear.  You might need some reds with 10 moves left and get them, or not.

If you like Candy Crush, give Similio a try.
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IQube Lite: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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IQube Lite is a rolling cube puzzle game. I’ve seen numerous mechanical versions and a bunch of virtual games.  The object is to roll your cubes around to create various patterns.
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Definitely okay, but not original or particularly fun. Then again, I’ve done so many of these in the past. Give it a try.
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The Best Puzzle App Games of 2013

Ladies & Gentlemen: here are the Best Puzzle App Games of 2013. Tomorrow’s list will be ‘The Very Best Puzzle App Games of 2013. 

What’s the difference? The Very Best Puzzle App Game: I’ve played them a lot more.

Judging all these puzzle apps was subjective. During 2013, I played every one of these. And a lot  more that did not make the cut.

The order of these puzzle apps is based on approximately when they came out.

Let’s talk money. Nobody has paid me anything.  A lot of these puzzle apps are free. None cost more than $ 3. Please download these.

The Angel’s Cube
Word N-Puzzle
Book Tower
Nonogram Style Lite
7 Planets
Snake Walk
Put The Dot
Find the Mafia
Make Me Blue
Zen Sand
Quantum Game
Super Bubble Crush
Block Path
Dizzy Squares
Temple Trap
Flip Stones
Brain Twirler
Amigo Pancho
Blinkys Escape
Paint It Back
Tip Tap Overlap
Dice Jockey
Super Squares
Mystery Lighthouse
Critter Fitter
Arrows XD
Move Dots
Spooky Manor

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