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Dir Square by Zhuoliang Fu FREE

 Dir Square comes from Zhuoliang Fu. The object is to slide the tiles up/down & left/right so that all the colors line up either in rows or in columns.



We’ve seen this type of puzzle many many times. It’s often described at a 2D version of Rubik’s Cube.
What’s different? To make a row shift right, there must be an arrow that’s pointing right. Alternatively, if there’s no such arrow, tap on an arrow that’s pointing to the left.  This concept is definitely cool. But it does not make these puzzles much harder than the other versions.
The grids go from 3×3 to 7×7. According to the Leaderboard, I’m the only person who’s done them all.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dir-square/id1374881580?mt=8
Similar Games (This list is very incomplete.)
Slangle
Rubik’s Block
Cryptic Cross
Digits Square Puzzle Game
iRectangle
Align It!
Cube 2D
Pixel Shift
Mezzo Puzzle
Flat Cubes a 2D Rubik’s Cube
Shuttle Shuffle
Walzing Tiles 


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Sharp Minds: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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The object of Sharp Minds is to swipe/add the blue tiles into the yellow ones to eliminate the yellow tiles.
When I played the first 40 levels of Sharp Minds, I didn’t like it because it was too easy. Nevertheless I kept playing to experience the ‘special powers’. The ‘special powers’ didn’t start at the beginning. I think they start at level 41.

Some tiles have a little circle in the corner.  Let’s say a 3 has that symbol. If you use that 3 with other numbers to eliminate a 12, for example, then all the yellow 12′s will be eliminated.

Other tiles have a little arrow in the corner. That power: if you swipe/add blue tiles up to eliminate a yellow tile, then all of the other yellow tiles – going in that direction – will also be eliminated.

Each level has a fixed starting field of numbers. However, when the blue tiles get replaced, they are replaced with random numbers.

Sharp Minds has ’hundreds’ of  levels and I’ve solved 141. This took about 3-4 hours to achieve. Yesterday I was in a 2 hour staff meeting, so I got a lot done. (Hope the boss doesn’t follow this blog.)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sharp-minds/id915786949
http://www.dreamvis.com/SharpMinds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGzYxQhkfBE&feature=player_embedded
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Lines Numeric Fun: free puzzle app for iphone, ipad. Also, my thoughts on ripoffs.

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John Adams has created an interesting set of topology type puzzles. Look at the first image: the objective is to cover all the squares from the starting square to the ending square. Make sure you fill up all the squares and of course the 1 square must come before the 2 square. You get the idea. I did those 24 levels very quickly.
The green levels have 2 paths that must be connected simultaneously. Here’s what’s interesting: because there are 2 paths, there are two sets of numbers.  You don’t know which numbers are for the green path and which are for the orange path. These puzzles are more difficult.

There are 24 blues levels where there are 3 paths.  The 24 yellow levels have 4 paths! Very challenging and fun.
Recently, a puzzle app developer was asking for my advice/opinion. I generally want to stay positive. However, since this game is a ripoff from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jadams.lines, I feel I can vent. So, let’s talk about the negatives. First are the ads that will interrupt your game. Beyond annoying! Turn off the wifi!  The graphics are old school. I’m not crazy about them. For example: the board does not fill up the screen. Why not take advantage of the full screen?  I also don’t like the font and have trouble distinguishing a 2 with a 3. Maybe I need reading glasses.
Those complaints are really minor. I positively love these puzzles. Right now I’ve done 81 out of the 96 levels.
According to my fellow puzzle app blogger Nicola  this game was originally published here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jadams.lines and that this game is a blatant clone. That’s unfortunate. It also makes me not want to complete all of the levels. Or do I?
The hard lesson for everybody who’s developing a great puzzle: if your game is successful, there is a 100% certainty that you will be ripped off by cloners. There is no entity that will protect your intellectual property.
Numeric Paranoia Space Dots are similar games. The former is better. The latter is easier and more colorful.



https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lines-numeric-fun/id904711649?mt=8


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Hyspherical 2

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Hyspherical 2 looks like a clone of the original Hyspherical that came out about a year ago. I never played that.  But I have played Hyspherical 2.  It’s quite fun.

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The object is to place a ball on each shape and watch them travel along the perimeter, hoping that they’ll be no collision.  On some levels, this is easily figured out.  On other levels, where the shapes are different, there’s a lot of guesswork.

I’ve done about 15 levels.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hyspherical-2/id1052792518?mt=8
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Knotty Ropes: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw Knotty Ropes listed as a puzzle game app.
iPhone Screenshot 1

It’s actually just another Planarity type game where you have to move the points around so that no lines intersect.

iPhone Screenshot 2

I’ve played hundreds of levels of this type of game before. So I’m kind of done with this genre. However, I actually love the user interface. it’s elegant, appealing and I actually enjoyed these.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/knotty-ropes/id777324303?mt=8
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2D1B – Free Addictive Game for iphone, ipad

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Jignesh Bhensadadia has created another test-your-reflexes game called Two Dots One Brain. The object is to catch the balls with the matching hemisphere.

We’ve seen this type of game a lot recently. It’s fun for about 10 minutes. Play it with a partner – each person is responsible for just 1 circle.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/2d1b-free-addictive-game/id953763595?mt=8

Jignesh created another puzzle which I played but never got around to posting a review. It’s better:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/square-colors-puzzle/id944385999?mt=8  But now that I think about it, this game might be a clone of another game.


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Incredible Box Brainstorm Puzzle Game – free for iphone, ipad

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Incredible Box Brainstorm is a rolling box puzzle app. The object is to move it to the target area. If you look closely at the image above, you’ll see a ghost image of the target.
The graphics are very good. You can rotate the playing board.
The puzzles themselves are well designed. I’m impressed.
There are 30 levels and I’ve done 14 of them.
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id997582467?mt=8

Other Cube-Rolling puzzle apps
Cubot - really great
Dice Jockey
Qvoid - one of the best puzzle apps ever
Cubler - fantastic
ODMO – okay
Bloxie
Amtalee
Bloxorz – one of the originals


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Cotrio by Bartosz Bialek FREE

Bartosz Bialek’s game Cotrio is pure math. The object is to get each of the 6 circles in the big triangle to be colored. To color one circle, it must be the sum of 2 other numbers, provided that all 3 circles form a triangle.

Each round consists of 33 moves. Each round consists of just 3 numbers. Image #4 shows an example.

Solving for the extreme circles is easiest because they are part of the Big Triangle. One rule that is important is that no two adjacent circles can have the same number.

Cotrio is a very serious, yet simple to learn, pure math puzzle.  I’ve done only 12 levels but will certainly do more.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cotrio/id1217055123?mt=8
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Caveboy Escape: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Desmond Lee recently contacted me about his puzzle app game Caveboy Escape. It’s a maze game. The object is to get the caveboy from the bottom star to the arrow on top.  He must travel on like colored tiles in groups of three. For example, he can travel brown, brown, brown, gray, gray, gray, tan, tan tan. I have 1 qualm. When I step on a brown tile, it changes its shade so I sometimes loose track of things. But it’s a minor complaint.
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There is a time limit to solve these puzzles in groups of threes.  There are some 500 levels which translates into 1500 puzzles. But they go pretty fast. I played the game yesterday for about an hour and solved about 75 levels. They’re fun! I did get stuck a bunch of times, so that’s good.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/caveboy-escape/id718644916?mt=8



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Number Combine Puzzle: free puzzle app for iphone, ipad

Number Combine Puzzle is a rip-off of a pretty good puzzle called Even Up. I believe that Number Combine Puzzle has new puzzle levels. However, the author has totally taken the same graphics.  C’mon!

Play this game instead. http://gottasolveit.blogspot.com/2013/12/even-up-puzzle-app-game-for-iphone-ipad.html
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