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Flat Cubes: a 2D Rubik’s Cube by Christophe Scholly FREE

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Flat Cubes: a 2D Rubik’s Cube comes from Christophe Scholly. How many times have we seen puzzles described as a 2-dimensional Rubik’s Cube?

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The object is to slide/transfer the colored tiles onto their targets.

Interesting: not all the rows/columns can slide.  Only the ones that have the black borders can slide.

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There are 100 levels and I solved the first 25 in about 30 minutes.  Last night I solved the next 40 levels in about 45 minutes. 

If you’ve never done this type of puzzle, then definitely give this a chance. The graphics are really very polished.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flat-cubes-a-2d-rubiks-cube/id1303173025?mt=8
https://www.chrisscholly.com/

Similar Games (This list is very incomplete.)
Slangle
Rubik’s Block
Cryptic Cross
Digits Square Puzzle Game
iRectangle
Align It!
Cube 2D
Pixel Shift


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Cube Escape: The Cave FREE

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I’ve been a fan of the Rusty Lake people for a while now.  See the list below of their games that I’ve played. The artwork is good. The puzzles are generally fun. And there’s usually a creepy element.

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Cube Escape: The Cave continues the horror-story/puzzle-room experience.

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Bonus Points: See the man in the Fedora hat? He’s been a fixture in these puzzles: always give him a drink. Or two!  I’m not sure if he’s been in every Rusty Lake game. He should be though.

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Demerit Points: the puzzle with the key is the same as in The Mill. A mold of the key is given and you must pour molten ore to make a copy.

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Weird: in the submarine portion of this game, I was fiddling with the controls at random and moved the sub to a spot that led to my skipping a whole section.

The Cave is an okay game. Not nearly as good as Seasons, which is their masterpiece. What’s definitely missing is one of those ‘what the hell is going on?!’ moments like the ones in Birthday and Arles.
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1209468207
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.RustyLake.CubeEscapeTheCave

Sometimes it’s okay to consult a video walkthrough!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d80AQGv7BfE  Part I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCkc-nMAKa4  Part II

Other Rusty Lake Games I’ve played/reviewed:

Cube Escape: Birthday
Cube Escape: Case 23
Cube Escape: The Mill
Cube Escape: Harvey’s Room
Cube Escape: The Lake
Cube Escape: Arles
Cube Escape: Seasons
Cube Escape: Theater
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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.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pop-the-cube/id893364230?mt=8


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Watch this couple assemble the 17x17x17 Cube

Want to buy one for yourself? It will cost you $ 1599.73
http://www.shapeways.com/model/64058/over-the-top-17x17x17-read-instructions.html
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Cube Escape: Theater by Rusty Lake B.V. FREE

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It’s been a while since I played a Rusty Lake game. I’ve been saving Cube Escape: Theater for a miserable rainy day. Sunday was it.

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The premise: you are in a bar/cabaret room with a bartender, another patron, and various performers behind the curtain.

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All Rusty Lake games have a certain creepy theme that implies a past murder with some kind of present ghoul.

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I’m not a huge fan of Room Escapes: there are too many of them and the whole concept of finding clues to mysterious locking mechanisms – they all come from that CD-ROM dinosaur game Myst. The novelty wears off after a while.

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Cube Escape: Theater is solid, but not great.

My qualms:
1. Using a Rush Hour puzzle.
2. A very cool element from the game Arles was used in Theater. It was great the first time.

This game plays quickly. About 90 minutes.

(It’s okay to consult a walkthrough! For example: if a key piece is obscured in a tree, do you really need to wander the entire island, tapping on every object?)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cube-escape-theatre/id1092261317?mt=8

Other Rusty Lake Games I’ve played/reviewed:

Cube Escape: Birthday
Cube Escape: Case 23
Cube Escape: The Mill
Cube Escape: Harvey’s Room
Cube Escape: The Lake
Cube Escape: Arles
Cube Escape: Seasons

Announcement: this week is International Games Week. http://games.ala.org/international-games-week/
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Cube Loop by Marcelo Pars

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Cube Loop comes from Marcelo Pars. The object is to form paths that connect the start and end points of each color.  I played a game almost identical to this about 7 or 8 years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the title.

Cube Loop seems too easy at first because the the size of the cube never gets above 4x4x4. However, I jumped to the last 3 levels, and struggled mightily.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cube-loop/id1291759086?mt=8
http://www.cubicks.com/
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.marcelopars.cubeloop&hl=en
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Zen Cube by Umbrella Games LLC FREE

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Zen Cube is a very casual slow moving dexterity game.  Your platform already has some holes. A shape descends slowly while your platform spins. Your task is to tap out other holes to match the shape that’s falling down.

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Over 15,000 players are on the Leaderboard playing Zen Cube. I’ve only played this game twice, with my high score being 33.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zen-cube/id1206655696?mt=8
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Cube Escape: The Mill

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The good people at  Rusty Lake have produced 7 terrific ‘Escape the Room’ type puzzle app games. I’ve played 5 of them so far. The first one I played: Cube Escape Seasons was outstanding.

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Cube Escape: The Mill is the latest one. Like the others, there’s an element of horror.

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I actually can’t wait to play the remaining 2 games. But I’ll save them for a rainy day.
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1022292932
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Fastest Robot Solving Rubik’s Cube

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/robot-solves-rubiks-cube_us_56a5d134e4b076aadcc71acb

About 18 months ago I attended the Rubik’s Cube exhibit at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey.  It had a video showing the history of robots that could solve Rubik’s Cube.  I believe the fastest machine did it in 6 seconds. Or maybe it was 3 seconds.

Well, there’s a new robot in town that is blazing fast.
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Another Robot solves Rubik’s Cube in record time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0pFZG7j5cE&feature=player_embedded

I’ve lost track of how many robots have broken the record for speed cubing. This record is going to stand for a while.
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