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Can’t Stop: gambling game app for iphone, ipad

Can't Stop on iPad and iPhone
Does the name Sid Sackson mean anything to you? Sid invented hundreds of board games.  About 5 years ago I got a chance to play Can’t Stop which is a gambling game that doesn’t involve money.
You are given 4 dice and must use them in pairs to advance your men up the board. You will want to keep rolling, but if you don’t make your numbers, you will lose the progress you made on that turn.
The app version is a whole lot cheaper than the Real McCoy on ebay – usually in the $ 20 range.  I like this game app.’t Stop´╗┐

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Move: A Brain Shifting Game By Nitako LTD.

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Loyal Blog Follower David Cole alerted me to Move: A Brain Shifting Game. It’s one of those games where all the men move at the same time. The objective is to get the red man to the red square etc.

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We’ve seen this type of game many times before.  See list below.

What’s particularly good about Move: A Brain Shifting Game? The easy levels are super easy. I did about 100 levels in 25 minutes.  The graphics are very good. There’s almost no delay between puzzle levels. Little ads pop up, but they are a minor burden.
I don’t know who WarrenO is, but he solved all 1200 levels and rated it 5 stars on the App Store.
I did not buy the full version but I did sample 10 levels from the hardest levels. They didn’t seem too hard.

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.

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Zobrist Cube: mechanical puzzle of the month

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A story: almost 20 years ago I bought a Burr Set of puzzles from Interlocking Puzzles.  The set consisted of 30 to 40 pieces and made 314 6-piece different burr puzzles. It cost $ 150. I was hesitant because I didn’t really understand what a burr puzzle was.  When I got it, I worked my way through all 314 puzzles.  Took about a month.

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The Zobrist Cube comes from Al Zobrist. I saw an advertisement for it in Discover Magazine.

Al Zobrist is the brain behind this monster set. At first glance, the Zobrist Cube looks like an ordinary Soma Cube: assemble the pieces to form a 3×3 cube.  However, The Zobrist Cube should be renamed as The Zobrist Cube Set because it comes with 33 pieces – most are unique, some are duplicates.

Each pieces has an embossed letter on it.  The Zobrist Cube Set comes with a manual that describes over 20 THOUSAND  cube combinations.  Fortunately, these are grouped into easy & hard levels.

At the top of the hard levels is a great quote from Stewart Coffin who describes these harder puzzles as ’30-minute’ puzzles.

Having done a bunch of Soma Cube variations over the years, I instantly headed to the hard ones.  The first one I did in 10 minutes.  The next one – I gave up after 30 minutes.  I skipped to somewhere in the middle and solved the next 3 in about 5 minutes each. I may have been lucky.

Al has turned this puzzle set into a game: 2 people square off, and select 2 random puzzles (with different pieces of course) and see who solves their first.

Zobrist Cube Classic I and II Cubes

Somebody, somewhere in this great land, is going to take the time to solve them all. It won’t be me.

$ 35: perfect gift for a kid, adult, a graduation present and for yourself.

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Mr. Square

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If you’ve been following this blog, then you know that I like Topology puzzles. The objective in Mr. Square is to find a path that will cover all of the squares.  When I did the first 9 levels, after 60 seconds, I thought: good graphics, but too easy. Should I waste my time on this? (I still haven’t finished the expert levels of Mortal Coil.) However, JE from Germany recommended it. So I kept going and was glad that I did.
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What’s different? Using 2 squares at the same time.  Totally new concept in this genre. On some of those problems, the square with the question mark on top will move in the opposite direction of where you swipe.

Other elements: directional arrows & worm holes – those have been done before.

Mr. Square has a lot going for it. Most importantly, the puzzles are well designed & fun.

87 levels – perfect number.  I’ve done 64.
Daniel Moreira is the author.

Similar Games
Mortal Coil - in the Puzzle App Hall of Fame
Stroke! - largely overlooked,  adds a color matching scheme that makes it devilishly hard.
Full House Touch
Full Monster Puzzle
Berry Puzzle
Eat A Way
Block Path
Snake Walk
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Orb-It!: Dexterity puzzle game for iphone, ipad

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Orb-It! comes from Three Simians Lab. It’s very similar to ‘aa’ which is simple and powerfully addictive. Orb-It! is superior.

The objective is to shoot balls from the bottom onto the spinning rings.  Black balls always land on the outer ring, purple on the inner ring. Can you shoot them in without colliding?

There are 125 levels and I’ve done 32 of them.!/id963857186?mt=8
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MirriM. By Jubin Antony Joseph

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MirriM. By Jubin Antony Joseph is a dexterity puzzle app game.

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The object is to move Your Man, the blue dot, on the bottom, to the green dot.  The top half of the screen is what you watch to avoid the boundary and the black dots.

Interesting: The green dot is often not shown at all. However, as Your Man approaches, his color turns more greenish.

Very Interesting: The top image is sometimes a simple mirror image of the bottom screen. Sometimes it’s a rotation.  On the harder levels, it switches back and forth rapidly.

There are 50 levels and I’m stuck on 47.
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Nexionode Lite: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Dylan from Big Round Eyes recently contacted me about a puzzle app game of his called Nexionode.
Your task is to turn the orange lights blue by making contact with another node. Essentially, it’s a topology game. Knowing where to start and where to end is key.

At the beginning, all the circles have orange lights. You must change them to blue by connecting them to another circle.

At first, I thought to myself: just another topology game. However, These can be really challenging. For one thing, there are gray squares that act as obstacles.  Later on, the tiles are in perpetual motion and everything must be connected before intersections take place.  For those levels 3 things must happen: first solve the puzzle in the normal way (only in your head), strategize how to do, then do it lightning quick.

I have not solved all of the levels. I’m not sure how many levels because of the way they’re laid out. I’m guessing maybe 125 levels. I was challenged and I had fun; that’s the bottom line right? (Notice I used a colon there?)

Behind the puzzles, there is a science fiction story, but I didn’t pay attention to it. If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I always turn off the music & sound effects – to preserve the battery.
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New York Puzzle Party: Saturday 2/17

The annual New York Puzzle Party will be Saturday February 17, 2018. 9:30 – 4:00  

At the moment, there will be 7 presentations:

1. Best Puzzle Apps of 2017  Tom Cutrofello

2. Making Optical Illusions on your computer  Charlie Deck

3. The trials & tribulations of successfully marketing your game  Michael Cahill

4. A Complete Waste of Computer Time  Bill Cutler

5. Escape Rooms  Lisa & David Spira

6. Workshop: Making Flexagons  Ann Schwartz

7. Progress on solving the ClimbPro24 Sliding Block Puzzle  Glenn Iba

All puzzlers are welcome.  If this is your first time to attend NYPP, send me a note.

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Tile Tales – Charming number puzzle: app game for iphone, ipad

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The good people at NordicEdu sent me a promo code to test out their new game Tile Tales – Charming number puzzle. I just assumed that it was a tangram-type puzzle.  Not at all.

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The object is to start at the very bottom and zigzag your way to the very top to maximize your score. There is no backtracking!

Look at the third image, yes, there are negative tiles.  Other tiles make things even more complicated.
There are 50 levels.  I did the first 25 very rapidly.  I’m at 42 now.
I should mention: the music is very nice.  After you solve each puzzle, a nice mosaic pops up.

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My brother ate my pudding – escape room by hap Inc. FREE

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My brother ate my pudding – escape room comes from hap Inc. It’s not really a room escape, but sort of.

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There are 20 levels and they go pretty fast. I needed about 25 minutes to do it all. And I did use a hint.
The graphics are not great, but that’s okay.  Some of the solutions are funny.  Definitely play this game for the last level!
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