iOSapps

iOS Puzzle App Lover

rainbow

Posts Tagged ‘free’

CONNECTION By WebAvenue Unipessoal Lda FREE

 How many times have we seen a puzzle app game where the object is to trace a path that covers all the squares?  So many times. CONNECTION is another one with some nice features.

1. Some grids need to covered with 2 or 3 different lines.
2. Some spots can only be traversed with one color.
3. Some spots must be covered twice. It can be the same color, twice.
4. Wormholes

I started this game on my phone (iphone 4 small screen). Way too small a screen.  I did about 50 levels in 30 minutes, which included ad time.  And there are too many ads. So turn off your data & wifi and the ads seem to disappear.

Overall, the graphics are good, but the puzzles are not that hard.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/connection/id1361313065?mt=8
The Best iphone, ipad Puzzle Apps and Mechanical Puzzles

Pluszle: Brain Logic Game by Huckleberry BV FREE

Do you remember the game Qwhizzle? I loved it! Unfortunately, it’s no longer available. Hopefully, if you’re a Loyal Blog Follower, you downloaded it.

Recently Eljo Bosman contacted me about his team’s new game: Pluszle: Brain Logic. It’s another math puzzle.

The object is to highlight numbers in the grid so that the selected numbers add up to the numbers on the right and the ones down below.

What I particularly like is that each level can be solved in 6 degrees of difficulty. 
(This concept is not new. Tower Locked comes to mind.)



Pluszle has an excellent feature which makes this more manageable & fun: one button adds up only the numbers already selected.  Another button adds up all the numbers which makes it easier to see which numbers must be eliminated.

At the hardest setting, I need about 10-15 minutes.  At level 5, I’m gotten my time down to 3-4 minutes.

At the moment, I’ve done about 35 levels.

Whereas Qwhizzle had me very hyped, Pluszle has a more calm feel to it. Definitely a fun math puzzle.

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pluszle-brain-logic-game/id1327839430?mt=8
https://www.pluszle.com/
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pluszle.game


The Best iphone, ipad Puzzle Apps and Mechanical Puzzles

Math Puzzles – IF, THEN… by Viacheslav Komarivskyi FREE

 Math Puzzles – IF, THEN… comes from Viacheslav Komarivskyi. The object is to look at a set of numbers, find the pattern and then prove that you have cracked the code.

There are 30 levels and they get hard pretty quick. I spent way too much time on level 11.

At the moment, I’m somewhere around level 18.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/math-puzzles-if-then/id1367115275?mt=8
The Best iphone, ipad Puzzle Apps and Mechanical Puzzles

2 Cars: free reflex game for iphone, ipad

iPhone Screenshot 2      iPhone Screenshot 3       iPhone Screenshot 4

The images above tell the whole story. I have to admit, I love this little game. It’s too fast for me though. My high score is only 40. Often, when changing lanes, I sideswipe a square. 

To really appreciate this game, first play it a few times. Then check the high scores on the Leaderboard. Who are these people and how do they do it?
https://itunes.apple.com/app/2-cars/id936839198

Update 2/20: my new high score is 60.
The Best iphone, ipad Puzzle Apps and Mechanical Puzzles

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 


The Best iphone, ipad Puzzle Apps and Mechanical Puzzles

Sharp Minds: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

iPhone Screenshot 1  iPhone Screenshot 3

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
The Best iphone, ipad Puzzle Apps and Mechanical Puzzles

Lines Numeric Fun: free puzzle app for iphone, ipad. Also, my thoughts on ripoffs.

iPhone Screenshot 1                           iPhone Screenshot 4
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


The Best iphone, ipad Puzzle Apps and Mechanical Puzzles

Knotty Ropes: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

iPhone Screenshot 5
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
The Best iphone, ipad Puzzle Apps and Mechanical Puzzles

2D1B – Free Addictive Game for iphone, ipad

iPhone Screenshot 2 iPhone Screenshot 1

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.


The Best iphone, ipad Puzzle Apps and Mechanical Puzzles

Incredible Box Brainstorm Puzzle Game – free for iphone, ipad

iPhone Screenshot 2

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


The Best iphone, ipad Puzzle Apps and Mechanical Puzzles