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Buttons & Scissors: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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A friend recently told me about Buttons & Scissors – another fine puzzle app game.
The object is to swipe groups of buttons – of the same color – and cut them off until there are no more buttons on the screen.
This concept is  not exactly new. But strangely, I can’t name another puzzle app that’s exactly the same. BoxOff is similar and definitely more sophisticated.

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The 5×5 levels of Buttons & Scissors were helpful for me to start on because I figured out what not to do. The 6×6′s are not much harder.  The 7×7′s are pretty tough. Fortunately, there’s a good undo button that allows you to undo as many times as you want. ‘More than 1000 levels!’ I actually think that’s a bad thing. Better to give us anywhere between 50 & 150 levels.
I have to admit, I really love the graphics. If you know the solution, you can get or 6 pairs of scissors moving across the board at the same time. But you have to be fast.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/buttons-and-scissors/id664686958?mt=8
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Plagiarism!

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/a-plagiarism-scandal-is-unfolding-in-the-crossword-world/


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Frown Icons: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Loyal Blog Follower Joel, from Germany is a fan of Frown Icons. He’s done 30 of the 130 levels. I must confess that I’m not a big fan of these types of puzzles.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/frown-icons/id999004234?mt=8
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Wappi
Theseus
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Jerry Slocum’s new book on ancient puzzle padlocks

Jerry Slocum and  Dic Sonneveld  just finished their new book that tells the story of the oldest secret-opening puzzles ever found, from the 2nd century BC to the 4th century AD. It shows high quality sets of photos of 156 Mask Padlocks that we found in Museums, Libraries and private collections. This is the first book about these incredible puzzles.




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Kindly Colors: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Yan Fauriat contacted me recently about his point scoring puzzle app game Kindly Colors.
The object is to group adjacent colors by themselves or in pairs of colors to get points.

Look at the second image How to Play: you may group purple with red or purple with blue, but never all three at the same time.

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See green plus in the third image? If you can group that with some green/blue or green/yellow, then it will eat up all the cells in the column and row.  Now, do you see the red vertical line just under it? Getting that will only eat up the column.

This took me a while to get: if you swipe the longest possible chain on the board, one of the new tiles will be a plus sign. 

My top score is 3900 which puts me in the top 20% of players on the Game Center. When your game ends, you can buy more moves. Which means that you can buy your way to the top.

Still, I like Kindly Colors and will play it some more.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kindly-colors/id879126322?mt=8
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Duck Roll by Mamau Free

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Puzzle App Friends: sorry this is my only post this week.  Just been very busy.

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Duck Roll is a sokoban game.  The object is to get Your Duck to the black hole.

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There are many innovations:
1. The red block is a 2×1.
2. The little red squares are mines that must be exploded.
3. Most of the levels have an upstairs & downstairs. Elevators.
4. Portals
5. Fire pit of death
6. Look at the 4th image: the two blue squares have to be destroyed to open the big blue one.
7. Want to solve everything using the fewest number of moves? The option is available.
8. There’s more, but I’ll let you discover them for yourself.

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Here’s what I don’t like:
1. The graphics are sometimes not clear, at least to me, especially when there are multiple levels.
2. The ads are annoying. I paid $ 1.99 to remove them. Best 2 bucks spent.

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There are 128 levels and I’ve solved about 115.  Many are very tricky and require an ‘aha’ element.

The not-so-famous PAGY Awards are coming up.  This one has strong potential.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/duck-roll/id1122682633?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mamau.duckroll

Other Good Sokoban Puzzles
A Good Snowman is Hard to Build
Go to Gold - superb
Go to Gold 2 - I hope a third version comes out.
Pepe Porcupine
Sokoban Cargo
Push Box Sokoban
Push Around
Boxed In - loved this. First in a series of 4.
Pengu Push
BoxWorld - awesome. I still remember struggling through levels 26 and 35 for days.
Fireman Arcade
Paper & Light
Square Push Square
Jewel Keeper - the only puzzle app that needlessly inserted a beautiful woman.
Professor Max
Puzzling Cubes
DJ Mole
Sokoban Evolution
Test Chamber - brilliant
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Noda: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Multiple people have recently contacted me about Noda, a free puzzle app game. Look at the first image. In the top left corner is a yellow 4 times 3. This means that the object is to create three 4′s on the yellow circles.

See the yellow 5? Swipe that up or to the right, and it will divide into 3 & 2. Other rules: you can’t add above 9.  A single 1 cannot move to a vacant circle. See the 4 & 2 in the first image? If you swipe from the 4 to the right, you’ll get 6 on the yellow circle.

There are 48 free levels. I’ve solved them all – pretty quickly. However, I have not solved them all using the least number of moves.  You get a star if you solve a level with the least # of moves. The leaderboard will only record your score based on your stars.  At the moment, I have 36 stars.

There are another 72 levels and they cost $ .99. Noda has a serious number of players, based on the leaderboard, so it’s quite popular. Because it’s fun, easy to learn with good graphics.
https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/noda/id925990663?mt=8
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Shapist: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

Shapist is an interesting puzzle app game from Ori Takemura and Dmitry Kurilchenko. As you can .
see, they wear cool glasses
The objective & rules are never described.
However, I’ll tell you: you must slide the pieces around so that the gray field is not covered by any of the  pieces. See the yellow bars? They act as temporary magnets that bind pieces together. They can also repel each other.
Very Cool Element: A block that has a diagonal line can be squeezed smaller like an accordion, if it is pushed by another piece.
There are approximately 50 puzzle levels. I’ve done about half of them. I’m stuck right now.
If you liked Blockwick, which I recommended about 2.5 years ago, you will definitely like Shapist. Shapist is not just another sliding tile puzzle: it’s original, clever and just plain fun.
http://www.playshapist.com



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Update on Merged!

Recently, I’ve been playing Merged! a lot.  One mystery that I have not solved: after playing a game, coins are awarded.  But what’s the formula for that?
Another mystery has been solved.  How many points does one get when merging three 4′s, three 5′s, three 6′s and three M’s at the same time.
 
Look at the two images above: I had 4′s, 5′s, 6′s & M’s set up. I got a 4. This led to 1588 points.
My high score is now 13,000 which places me at 57 on the Leaderboard.
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/merged!/id1055672607?mt=8
Other Point Scoring Games Worthy of Your Time
NumberMania
Four Straight Lines
Pushopolous
Stickets
Folt
Nineout
Nineout II
BeeCells Lite
Kindly Colors
HexAgony
Domino Drop
Put Number
Tripevo     
Triple Town          
Kindly  Colors    

COLORswipe     
SubaraCity
Virus Pop Smash
+1 Number
4 Way Puzzle
Twelve Hardest Puzzle
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Interesting Links


https://eyemind.quora.com/Why-have-humans-loved-doing-puzzles-through-the-ages-What-social-psychological-function-do-they-serve

Fun With Hyperbolic Space Video from Vi Hart
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