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Stroke!: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Puzzle app players: you know that I like topology type puzzle apps. Nicola Salmoria alerted me to Stroke! The object is to make one stroke (swipe) through the entire grid so that the colors match the sequence on top. Stroke! is similar to Chemin and Mortal Coil. It’s tough!
Look at the tiny squares on top. The first 5 are: red, blue, yellow, green, yellow. Now look at the big grid. See those red squares that are outlined? You do NOT have to start your sequence in them. However, those two must be red.
There are 162 puzzle levels. They start out very simple with 2×2 grids. Some of the 3×3 grids get tough. There are 2 other modes in the game. Look at the second image. See the arrow? When you pass over that square, your next move is up.  See the yellow/pink curved arrows? That means that when you pass over that square, the pink & yellow outlined squares will switch to the other.

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At first, I thought that the Curved Arrows mode was a gimmick just to remember that to do the opposite. However, some of the puzzles have multiple Curved Arrows like this: blue/yellow and yellow/red. In this situation, a red could become just a yellow, and it could then become a blue – depending on the sequence. Extremely hard.
Each puzzle can be solved with a hint: if you choose, the first and last square will be revealed.
I really like Stroke! Stroke! is definitely one of the Best Puzzle Apps of 2014.
For some reason, nobody is playing it. I guess the $ .99 is just too prohibitive for some folks. The author is Ryo Takanezawa. He’s got some other games too. Must investigate. Fortunately, they do not have titles like Heart Attack! or Cancer!
Read Nicola Salmoria’s review
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LaserBox: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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LaserBox comes from Eugene Dimitriev. Yes, it’s another Laser puzzle app game. I’ve played a couple dozen of these types. However, LaserBox is really well done.

The graphics are very good. There is a good number of easy and medium levels that I solved pretty quickly. There are no ads! However, you can buy hints.

What’s different: some crystals have to be activated by more than 1 laser beam.  Some squares must not be hit with a laser.
Many levels have boundaries so that pieces cannot travel just anywhere.

There are 100 levels and I have done them all. Although I admit I used hints for 2 of the problems. When using a hint, the game will show you 2 or 3 regions and you get to choose which region the pieces go. LaserBox offers a few hints for free.
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Blokkology: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Blokkology is a free puzzle app game from You can play it on any device – even a regular old fashioned computer. You are the bright blue square. Your task is to move to the square with the tiny black and white checkerboard inside. See the numbers on top: 33945?

Blokkology is really a maze puzzle. You must figure out in which direction to travel those first 3 steps, then the next 3 steps, and 9 steps….you get the idea.

Blokkology has green portals. There are also bombs that might spoil your day.

Altogether, there are 250 levels. The first 100 are free.  Of those, I’ve solved 99. For some reason I could not access 100 but was urged to get the full version. Unfortunately, the full version is not available right now. Nor can one do an in-app purchase.
I have some qualms: the graphics could be better. The info on the right of the screen should be smaller and make the board larger. Why can’t I undo a move if I swipe in the wrong direction accidentally? The first 100 levels should have 5 & 6 steps to really whet my appetite for more.
Nevertheless, Blokkology has a certain appeal to many puzzlers: novice and pro
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Conde Deluxe by Evil Indie Games $.99

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Conde Deluxe is a pipe connecting puzzle app game.  The object is to use the pipes to get the electricity to each of the nodes.

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Pieces can be rotated, but not flipped.
There are 42 levels and I’ve solved 23.  This is a good game!  Thanks to Loyal Blog Follower Joel for pointing this out.
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3 things

Hey! My niece won an Esports Award:

Interesting talk about the dangers of technology addiction: 

Brian Pletcher’s blog about mechanical puzzles is always insightful about new puzzles:

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Nevergrid comes from Benzi Ahamed.

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The objective is to move your man 1 square at a time to collect the stars.
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However, the red square is going to try and capture you.

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This game reminds me of a few other games (I forgot the titles, but they involved minotaurs.)

What’s different: this game has some interesting new elements. For example: the red circles. If the evil red squares land on them – poof! 

There are 50 levels and I’ve done about 15 of them.
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Fiz: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Nozomu Suzuki is the author of Fiz, a free puzzle app game for the iphone, ipad. The objective is to get all the discs to be either red or blue by jumping over each other. Look at the second image. See the red disc in the top right? Slide it toward the left – over the two blue discs. They will turn red.  Then slide the third red disc on the second row to the right.
An alternate solution is to turn everything blue.

What makes Fiz interesting is that you never know whether it’s easier to get a red solution or a blue solution. For the harder levels, only 1 solution exists.

There are 50 levels and I’m stuck on level 45, which I’m convinced is impossible. I believe that I’ve tried every combination of moves. If you manage to solve 45 – send me the solution please.

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WordBubbles! by Apprope FREE

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WordBubbles! comes from Apprope and is very popular. The object is to find words, use up all the letters and then move on.  The concept borrows from Boggle. (I once heard a story about 2 sisters who, whenever they get together, have a marathon Boggle competition.)

WordBubbles! has a lot going for it. Unfortunately, they have a lot of ads.

Very Interesting: I was stuck on a 6 letter word. I showed it to 4 others. They couldn’t get it.  The next day, that puzzle was replaced with another.  It appears that Apprope wants to keep me going at all costs, hoping that I’ll maybe buy some hints.
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Grid Puzzle the Brain Training Game: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Maiaz Rahman recently contacted me about his puzzle app game: Grid Puzzle the Brain Training Game.

It is a Nonogram type puzzle, which we’ve seen many times before.  One nice feature: you can get a hint about where one of the pieces goes. Another nice feature, which I believe is unique among the Nonogram type puzzles: a randomizer. If you’re stuck, you can push the randomizer button and that will scramble the tiles while preserving the ones that are correctly marked. It’s very cool.

I played/solved about 20 levels. On more than 1 occasion, there were multiple solutions. There’s a lot of interesting graphics & bells & whistles. If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I always deem that as secondary to the actual puzzles.  In this case, it takes too much time to go from 1 puzzle to another. But I understand and appreciate that others would like that. The credits show that a lot of people worked on this.

Did I mention that Grid Puzzle the Brain Training Game is free?
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Trees of Life HD

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Trees of Life HD by Kevin Bertman is one of the most intriguing puzzle app games of 2016.

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The objective is to place your red circles in a strategic way so that when the tree grows – in a fractile pattern – it captures the blue dots.

In terms of strategy, I haven’t come up with something that is foolproof.  If there are 15 dots scattered around – where do we aim?  My high score is 404, which I’m quite proud of. But I haven’t come close since.  Which means luck’s a big factor.

I’m also usually a bit impatient when puzzle game have slow mechanics.  This one is intentionally slow and is quite calming. 

Thanks to Loyal Blog Follower Joel from Germany for pointing this game out.

Trees of Life HD is free and there are no ads.
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