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Flud. By Appsolute Games LLC $.99

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Dmitry Chalovskiy contacted me – months ago!- about his puzzle app game FLUD.  It’s a topology game.  The object is to flood (FLUD) the board.

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Look at the first image. The 3 white dots at the top indicate how many moves are left.  The 2 white dots on the top right indicate how many arrows you may place.

Once you’ve placed your arrows, you can tap on any square and swipe in any direction.

Dmitry sent me a promo code to download his game. (Thanks Dmitry.) (I didn’t realize it was a beta version. For the record, I try not to play-test beta versions only because it’s too time consuming.)

The graphics are good. FLUD is HARD. I don’t remember how many levels I solved, maybe 20?
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Kubic By Appsolute Games LLC $1.99

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Kubic has been on my mind for a while.  Description from the App Store:
kubic is a unique optical illusion puzzle game based on M.C. Escher’s art, impossible objects and other geometric designs. The object is to construct the goal configuration from a number of pieces.

Presented in a simple, clean design and minimalistic art, kubic is a premium game with 60 escher-esque puzzles.

When you click on a piece, it pops to the front-most layer, and may overlap other pieces. When you combine the pieces, they do not merge. If there are extra pieces, you may hide them behind the others. If you are stuck on a puzzle you can simply skip it and re-visit at a later time. Rest assured, all puzzles can be solved.

If you truly get stuck, there is a in-game hint system. You can use it to get started or even get the whole puzzle solved.

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I’m not sure how many levels I solved. I played this during the summer. I’m guessing about one-third.  They get pretty tough!
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Slide!! by Red Chain Games Ltd FREE FREE

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Slide!! is one of those many puzzle app games where the object is to get the colored tiles to their targets by sliding them until they hit an obstacle.

What’s different? 

1. There’s a timer. In order to get your time low, you must slide multiple blocks simultaneously.  
2. I’m stuck on Easy Level #5! Obviously I’m missing something. Because the credits indicate that 25 people have play tested this game. This Puzzle App Blogger is often humbled.

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Blackthorn Castle by Lone Wolf Games, LLC $1.99

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Recently Blackthorn Castle was listed as free.  It’s similar to the famous Myst.

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Your task to to wander around, pick up things, utilize them in other places and solve random puzzles.

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There didn’t seem to be much of a plot.  And the puzzles themselves weren’t too hard.  No need to consult a walkthrough.

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Interesting: there are about 65 different scenes.  At any time, you can ask for a clue and it will reveal which scene to go to.  The map on the bottom right lists the location for each scene which is very helpful.  If you pick up a horseshoe, you could wander around and around and try to remember exactly where you might use it. Or you could save all that time with a clue to the location. The game still takes at least 2 or 3 hours to play.

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The artwork is good. Navigation is a bit awkward in some locations: tap on the bottom center to reverse.

At the very end, I was surprised because solving a certain puzzle and getting the object inside was no different from 20 other puzzles.

Mystery Lighthouse is very similar. There is a bit more plot. The ending is wonderful.
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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.
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Rubek by Xigma Games $1.99

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Himanshu Manwani and Goverdhan Gosavi are the brains behind Rubek. Rubek is a Cube Rolling Puzzle most similar to Qvoid – see link below.

The objective: Your Man, the white cube, will pick up red, blue and green faces at the squares with plus signs. Those colored faces allow you to land on certain squares. They also: lift up squares and rotate sections of the grid.

If you’re a perfectionist and want to earn 3 stars, you will have to restart some levels to get the minimum number of moves. There is no undo button.

There are about 70 levels and I solved about 25 levels. I like this game.

Other Rolling Cube puzzles:
Incredible Box Brainstorm
Block N Roll 3D
QVoid - masterpiece
Cubot - excellent
Cubler 2 - ingenious
Dice Jockey
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Edges – A Puzzle Challenge by Clearly Puzzled Games LLC Free

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Edges – A Puzzle Challenge is an Edge-Matching Puzzle.  The object is to rotate each square so that all the edges match.

You didn’t think the game was just going to be turning squares… did you?

  • Snowmen will give you hints. Sweet!
  • Ghosts will obscure your sight. Spooky!
  • Actors will turn squares themselves. Seriously?!

And more! We’ve got to keep a few cards up our sleeves…

I solved 19 levels. It’s certainly colorful and if you’ve never tackled this genre, give it a try.
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Splashy Dots by Crimson Pine Games FREE

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Splashy Dots looks like an abstract art game. In essence: it’s a maze game.

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The object is to start at the black dot and move horizontally and vertically and get to the black ring. Along the way, every other circle must be visited once and only once.

There have been other games similar to this one. However, Splashy Dots does not allow jumping over dots.

There are thousands of levels.  I’ve done about 10.
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ZenFold by OverHook Games FREE

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ZenFold is a very charming puzzle app game.

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The object is to fold the individual squares & rectangles to match the image.

There are 42 free levels. I’ve done 40.  This is a nice game.
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Sudoku Spin by Bathroom Break Games LLC FREE

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The smart folks at Bathroom Break Games LLC have produced their first game called Sudoku Spin.

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The object is to get each ring and each sector (see the third image) to get the numbers 1-8.

Critical: each ring can spin. By my calculations, there are 64 permutations of arranging just the rings. Fortunately, if there is a conflict, it’s highlighted in red.

I’ve tackled about 20 of the easy levels.

Numerous times: I’ve rotated the rings, then started filling in the grid, only to discover that my rings were wrong. Back to square one. Still, I wonder if there are multiple solutions in terms of ring rotation.

In a regular sudoku grid, every single square must be one and only a distinct number.  That’s not the case with Sudoku Spin. If a sector is missing only a 3 and a 7, and they both land on the same ring, then the order is not important.

The graphics are very good.

Other Innovative Sudoku Puzzle Apps
Kropk’i Sudoku  This is really a Latin Square with a couple of innovative ideas. It plays fast.
Quindoku Same as Logi5Puzz
Logi5Puzz  Same as NumDom. But NumDom has larger grid sizes.
Spindoku is totally different, but still very cool.
Hi-Lo Sudoku is one of my favorite variations.
Cryptdoku I played it so long ago, but it’s cool. Long gone from the App Store.
Stimko Gold - outstanding version of squiggly Sudoku.  Handcrafted puzzles.
Kakooma - interesting for about 3 levels
RollDoku - never even solved 1 level, so hard
Cohabit- played this on my ipod touch – before ipad was invented
FlowDoKu - one of my favorites. Will not delete this.
Sudoku Mine combines Sudoku with Minesweeper
Sudoku Killer  combines Sudoku with Kakuro. I’ve spent a lot of time on this one. I can do the easy levels in about 10 minutes.
3Doku - a cubic version of Sudoku
Pokergreen Puzzles - a poker version of Sudoku
Star Sudoku
Sudoku Maze
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