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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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Snakebird by Noumenon Games Free

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Loyal Blog Followers Daniel and Joel and others have sung high praise for Snakebird.

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The object is to get your snake/snakes to stretch out and get to the rainbow hole.

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I have not solved many levels. Each one takes a lot of time, which I don’t necessarily have to devote to a single game. Nevertheless, each level that I did solve had a fun ‘aha’ moment. If could focus on just 1 game for a month, it’s be Snakebird. It’s excellent.
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2015 Puzzle App Games of the Year Award Winners (The Famous PAGY Awards)

Best Dexterity Puzzles
Pop the Lock   
Double Juggle       
2 Cars     
Pinball Sniper                
Make Them Fall            

Best Point Scoring Puzzle Games
Four Straight Lines    
Put Number

Best Escape the Room Puzzle Games
Cube Escape: The Lake     
Cube Escape:Seasons                                           
Cube Escape: Arles

Best Physics Puzzle

Best Hardest Puzzles
Puzzle Wizard    
Chess Light   
Test Chamber   
Good Fences                      
Hard Logic

Best ‘I have to solve all the levels’ Puzzles
Maze 11    
The Weaver  
Factory Balls    
RGB Express  
Route-Out 2
Blue Box X       
Rect Pushers    
Tile Enigma
Cubot The Complexity of Simplicity
One Line Circle & Conquer  
Foot Prints !   
The Chain Free

Best Sokoban Puzzles
A Good Snowman is Hard to Build     
Go To Gold   
Go To Gold 2

2014 PAGY Winners
2013 PAGY Winners
2012 PAGY Winners
2011 PAGY Winners

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Pinball Breaker Forever by XperimentalZ Games Temporarily FREE

Pinball Breaker Forever comes from XperimentalZ Games.  It’s a cross between the old Space Invaders video game and pinball.  The colorful blocks gradually descend while you must use the pinball to knock them out.

Maybe the flippers have too small a gap. Also the overall screen is extremely busy. Still, it’s a fun game.

Other Pinball Apps
Pinball Sniper
Pinball Star
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The Room by Fireproof Games $.99

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The folks at Fireproof Games recently came out with their fourth game The Room: Old Sins.  I figured it was high time that I go back and finish playing their first game The Room.

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A lot of my mechanical puzzle friends loved this game because it’s essentially a secret opening box with a million components.

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This past week I restarted the game from the beginning and finished it in about 3-4 hours spread over 3 days. Good quality entertainment for only $ .99!

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The art work is fantastic.

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The puzzles themselves were okay. But not outstanding. When a puzzle solution gets repeated later on – that’s a big no-no for this type of game.  For example: certain keys have to be manipulated/spun to match a key slot. That was done 3 times.  Another: 2 dials had to be spun at the same time. This puzzle concept was later repeated. Yet another example: spinning 5 dials to spell out a specific word that was revealed only by using the special goggles.

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The individual puzzles all had to be solved in a specific sequence. This made the experience more like a movie. But without a plot.

There are 7 letters from your long lost uncle or cousin. All of them talked about his finding some mystical power. None had any relevance to the actual puzzles.

I’m glad I finally played this game because everybody’s been raving about it for so long. But I wasn’t so enthralled that I’m going to play their 3 other games right away. But I will play them.

Check out Mystery Lighthouse. It’s the same idea, though much simpler. The artwork is totally different and much brighter. It also has a certain charm to it that The Room is missing.
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7 Little Words by Blue Ox Family Games, Inc. FREE

I reviewed 7 Little Words way back in 2011.  For some reason it was listed as a new game. Oh well.

There are 5000 puzzles!  I’ve done about 50 of them. The first 20 were too easy. I’ve been struggling on the last 10.
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One Touch Neon Glow Draw: Free Shape Puzzle Drawing & Connect Games (That’s one long title.)

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Some games need to be avoided. One Touch…Games is one of them. The graphics are good. But there are only 16 levels and an ad pops up after each one.

Is there a puzzle app game that you’ve played that’s simply awful?

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Logic Dots 2 by Ayopa Games LLC FREE

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Logic Dots 2 comes from Ayopa Games LLC.  The object is to place the dots in the grid to satisfy the number of dots specified for each row & column.  At the same time, the dots must form clusters that match the ones at the top of the screen.  See image #2 for an example.

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The App Store Gods highlighted this in their New Games We Love.  I do not love this game. Nevertheless, I’ve done over 100 levels. They’re fast. But I must move on to something more worthy.
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Tents and Trees Puzzles by Frozax Games FREE

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Tents and Trees Puzzles comes from Frozax Games. It’s an old concept from at least 1989. It first appeared in a Dutch puzzle magazine called Breinbrekers.  Leon Balmaekers was the inventor.

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The object is to place tents in the rows and columns such that:
1. Every tree must have a tent next to horizontally/vertically.
2. No two tents can be next to each other horizontally/vertically/diagonally.
3. The numbers at the top and on the side indicate the # of tents.

These puzzles are kind of easy. But they’re fun!  I’ve done about 120 levels. I would have done more, except I have to earn extra coins by either watching ads or waiting 6 hours!  Of course there’s an option to buy coins.  I’ve seen the same 5 second ad for ‘slider fries’ about 40 times now.

Frozax made the Thermometers game from 2 years ago and Mirrors & Reflections from 5 years ago.
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