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Move the Stone: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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There are way too many clones of Game About Squares. However, Move the Stone is very good and worthy of your time.

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Here’s why
1. Bombs. Activate a bomb to repel all adjacent objects 1 square away. Some solutions involve activating 1 bomb next to another.
2. Wormholes
3. Temporary arrows. Some squares have fixed directional arrows. Meaning, if your red square is moving to the left and it passes over an up arrow, then the red will go up of course.  The Temporary arrows disappear after the first square lands on it.
4. The graphics are just about perfect.
5. Challenging, but not impossible levels to solve.

There are 100 levels and at the moment, I’ve solved about half.
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100 Spots: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Jean-Michal Batty recently contacted me about his puzzle app game 100 Spots. The objective is to fill the grid with spots. Start anywhere. The next dot can move horizontally or vertically by skipping 2 dots.  Alternatively, your next spot can move diagonally, but this time only 1 dot is skipped.

The objective is to fill the grid!

We’ve seen these game rules before in other puzzle apps. But the titles have long vanished from our memory. I remember getting to 100 back then.  On this game, I got as high as 98.
These types of games are good for anybody who enjoyed the Knight’s Tour puzzle.
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RIBBONS – Puzzle Game By J BRUCE

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RIBBONS – Puzzle Game by J Bruce is very similar to the many laser puzzles I’ve reviewed over the years. The object is to place reflectors along the grid so that the colored ribbons will get to their destinations at the exact same time. Numerous times I solved the puzzle, but didn’t get the timing right. But eventually, I solved them all.

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There are 40 levels. Some have 3 and 4 ribbons.

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A lot of levels already have reflectors in place. Those were really meant to restrict movement.

I really like this game, and it’s FREE.

Very Similar Puzzles
Route Out
Route Out 2
7 Park Puzzle

Other Ribbon Puzzles
The Weaver
Ribbon Puzzle
TAPES - similar to Colorbind. Excellent
Woven - easy
Colorbind - the first of its kind. Genius
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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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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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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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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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Five Nights in Prison: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Five Nights in Prison is one of many, many ‘Escape the Room’ type puzzle apps.  I downloaded it because I thought the title was interesting.

There are 15 rooms to escape from.  Each room has all the clues you need to escape that room only. So that made it kind of easy.

What I didn’t like: when picking up an item, I could not zoom in to get a good look at the object.
Also, the first 8 rooms are free. After that, it’s $ 1.99.  I played the next 7 rooms over 2 days. Each time I started the program, I had to tap ‘restore purchase’ to access those rooms. Annoying.

In room 14, I figured out the combination to the lock without finding all the blue clue.

Five Nights in Prison is an okay ‘escape the room’ adventure. It’s good for first timers..

Hey!  If you’ve played other Escape the Room puzzle apps and liked them, please tell us in the comment box.

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HexaChroma: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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HexaChroma is an interesting puzzle game.  The objective is to eliminate the spokes by swiveling them around the hexagons against a matching spoke.

The levels start off very simply.  Actually, way too easy.

Very gradually, new mechanics are added.  White spokes can move, but they don’t get eliminated. Black spokes can’t move or get eliminated.

Other elements: spokes normally stay on their hexagons, unless they pass through a portal. Also, when a spoke hits a certain node, other hexagons will shift across the board, quite unexpectedly. Similarly, invisible hexagons suddenly appear.

I don’t know how many levels there are. But I got up to 8-4. There might even be other game elements that I haven’t gotten too yet.  Other games are beckoning.

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