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Ten monkey challenge by Miroslaw Zielinski

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Ten monkey challenge comes from Miroslaw Zielinski. He’s been publishing a lot of puzzle app the past couple of years.  See list below.

The object in today’s game is to score point by placing tiles from the bottom to the grid and make 10 either horizontally or vertically.  At the beginning, all tiles are simply 1×1 and it’s easy.  Very rapidly, the tiles become 2×1 and 2×2 (minus 1 square).

A flaw in this game is when a 2×2 (minus 1 square) pops up with two 6′s and a 5. No matter how perfectly you have played the game, that tile signals the end is very imminent.

At the moment, there are just 11 players on the Leaderboard.  My score is 295, which I think is pretty good. But somebody has over 500, which I think is exceptional.

Other games from Miroslaw Zielinski
Tower Locked
Circles Galaxy
Tomb of the Brain
Color Square Puzzle Game
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Pokergreen Puzzles: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Ronald Stewart recently contacted me about his puzzle app game Pokergreen Puzzles.
The objective is to fill the grid with the cards to make specific poker hands.

Look at the image shown. The tiles that are already in the grid can NEVER move. You can only move the grayish cards.

The first 13 levels are free and I enjoyed solving them. I have not played the harder levels. I’d venture to guess that they could get really hard if certain poker variations are enacted like: deuces wild.

If you’re into Sudoku, then take a break from that and play Pokergreen Puzzles. 2015 is off to a good start, I’d say.

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Snakes – Move Snakes, Fill Board

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Wan William recently contacted me about his company’s new puzzle app game Snakes – Move Snakes, Fill Board. The object is to fill the board with snakes of different sizes.  The first 40 levels are very easy.  5 minutes was all I needed, and that includes watching a couple of ads.

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There are 400 levels split into 10 worlds.  Worlds 9 & 10 are where things get interesting.  Why? Because that’s where the snakes can overlap. That’s where the game, to me, is more of a Ribbon Puzzle.

Yes, I did solve all 400 levels. Some of them are hard, but not nearly as hard as some of the other Ribbon Puzzles listed below.

Other Ribbon Puzzles
Ribbons Puzzle Game
The Weaver
Ribbon Puzzle
TAPES - similar to Colorbind. Excellent
Woven - easy
Colorbind - the first of its kind. Genius
Twisted Lines - very hard
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La Palette Color Ballz by Nadezhda Sidorova

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La Palette Color Ballz comes from Nadezhda Sidorova. (I’ve always liked the name Nadezhda.) It’s a ‘match-3′ game.  There are hundreds of match-3 games.  The most famous: Bejeweled and Candy Crush.

I normally ignore match-3 games. But I decided to download this only because I love the icon.

Cover art

The actual game itself is pretty good. First of all: colors mix. Second: the whites never match-up.
There are other elements, borrowed from Candy Crush, but that’s okay.

La Palette Color Ballz has a lot of charm.  There are 61 levels and at the end of each, you are rewarded with a quote. For example: don’t blame the rain, it can’t fall up.
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BitLogic: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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I was very curious to see a puzzle app game that involved Bit Coins. Unfortunately, BitLogic will teach you nothing at all about it.

BitLogic is a clone of 2048, which is a clone of Threes!, which I’ve played extensively. The main problem with BitLogic is that it’s impossible to memorize the sequence of merging. The lowest coin is the golden one and 2 of them merge into 1 of the blue ones.

It would be handy to have that merging guide of all 12 coins on the same screen. is the home company and after watching their video of what they do, I still have no idea what they do. Must delete this immediately.
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Merged! Another Update: Big Surprise

Last month I reported on the 2 before/after images here. Merging three 4′s, 5′s, 6′s and M’s yielded 1588 points.  At the time I assumed that would be the highest possible point combination.  I was very wrong.

A few days ago something new turned up.  It didn’t even occur that this could happen, or I would have taken before/after screen shots. I had another combo lined up: two 1′s, two 2′s, two 3′s, and two 4′s. An empty space would connect them all. I got a single 1 and placed it in the center. As expected, it made the other 1′s a set of three and they morphed into a single 2, which merged with the other 2′s….you get the idea.

Here’s what’s unexpected. Below everything were two 5′s. The 4′s turned into a 5 and then merged with the 5′s underneath to form a single 6.  That 5-plex combo yielded over 5000 points.  Which makes me wonder what would have happened had there been two other 6′s nearby.
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PAGY AWARDS 2014: Best Puzzle Apps of 2014

The famous PAGY awards are bestowed annually to the Puzzle App Games of the Year.
Congratulations to the winners.

Sudoku Killer


Titanic By SmartGames
Number Painting
Tip & Tumble
Game About Squares
Perfect Paths

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Connect Infinite: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad There is a surprise

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We’ve seen many ‘connect the pipes’ type puzzle apps. Connect Infinite comes from Glen Dizon.

The object is to rotate the pips, in their fixed places, so that no steam escapes. I did the first 25 or so levels rapidly while watching the news. I checked the leaderboard and saw only 50 players.

A couple of things are different: see the double pronged gray pipes? That’s new. Look at the yellow shapes: those are pipes that must be connected – but you don’t know what the opening/closing valves look like.

Big surprise: see the red circles? Tap on them once and that whole square region will rotate. Very interesting.

One negative element: each time you start a new level, the top of the puzzle is obscured by that blue bar with the time. I didn’t realize, until level 60, that you’re supposed to drag the playing field down. Ugh.

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Major Surprise: Starting at level 76, there are red circles, whose squares share some pipes. This means that pipes can migrate from one square region to another. At this point, Connect Infinite becomes a serious, hard set of puzzles.
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Pop The Cube: free arcade game for ipad, iphone

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Dror Zalman recently contacted me about his game Pop The Cube. The objective is to score points and solve each level by firing colored blocks, from the gray squares at the bottom, at the colored squares that travel horizontally across the screen. If your block missile can hit the target at the same spot as one of the fixed colored squares on the board, Pop!  Once they are all popped, you can move on to the next level.

I did the first 3 levels. There is some potential for this type of game. It’s a bit slow. The graphics are old school. Strictly for kids.

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Blocky XMAS by Bart Buie Free!

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Bart Buie recently contacted me about his newest puzzle app: Blocky XMAS. It combines the famous sokoban element with a sticky ingredient.  The objective is to transfer the green square and rectangles to the destination to make a perfectly shaped Christmas tree.
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You control the green square with the star. It will stick to the other green bars.  You will have to pry it off multiple times for each level.

There are 40 levels. Perfect number.  What’s the best thing about Blocky XMAS: the puzzles are designed
extremely well.


Other Bart Puzzles:
What’s Inside the Box?
Factory Balls

Other Very Good Puzzles that have a sticky element (not quite the same though):

Denki Blocks I believe this was the original puzzle app that introduced this concept.
Tile’M All This version is crazy hard.
Jelly Slide
Blockoban - a must have
Impossibru’s Blockoban

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