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Stroke!: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Puzzle app players: you know that I like topology type puzzle apps. Nicola Salmoria alerted me to Stroke! The object is to make one stroke (swipe) through the entire grid so that the colors match the sequence on top. Stroke! is similar to Chemin and Mortal Coil. It’s tough!
Look at the tiny squares on top. The first 5 are: red, blue, yellow, green, yellow. Now look at the big grid. See those red squares that are outlined? You do NOT have to start your sequence in them. However, those two must be red.
There are 162 puzzle levels. They start out very simple with 2×2 grids. Some of the 3×3 grids get tough. There are 2 other modes in the game. Look at the second image. See the arrow? When you pass over that square, your next move is up.  See the yellow/pink curved arrows? That means that when you pass over that square, the pink & yellow outlined squares will switch to the other.

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At first, I thought that the Curved Arrows mode was a gimmick just to remember that to do the opposite. However, some of the puzzles have multiple Curved Arrows like this: blue/yellow and yellow/red. In this situation, a red could become just a yellow, and it could then become a blue – depending on the sequence. Extremely hard.
Each puzzle can be solved with a hint: if you choose, the first and last square will be revealed.
I really like Stroke! Stroke! is definitely one of the Best Puzzle Apps of 2014.
For some reason, nobody is playing it. I guess the $ .99 is just too prohibitive for some folks. The author is Ryo Takanezawa. He’s got some other games too. Must investigate. Fortunately, they do not have titles like Heart Attack! or Cancer!
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id890725690?mt=8
Read Nicola Salmoria’s review
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LaserBox: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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LaserBox comes from Eugene Dimitriev. Yes, it’s another Laser puzzle app game. I’ve played a couple dozen of these types. However, LaserBox is really well done.

The graphics are very good. There is a good number of easy and medium levels that I solved pretty quickly. There are no ads! However, you can buy hints.

What’s different: some crystals have to be activated by more than 1 laser beam.  Some squares must not be hit with a laser.
Many levels have boundaries so that pieces cannot travel just anywhere.

There are 100 levels and I have done them all. Although I admit I used hints for 2 of the problems. When using a hint, the game will show you 2 or 3 regions and you get to choose which region the pieces go. LaserBox offers a few hints for free.

https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/laserbox/id914323144?mt=8
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Blokkology: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Blokkology is a free puzzle app game from http://www.blokkology.com/. You can play it on any device – even a regular old fashioned computer. You are the bright blue square. Your task is to move to the square with the tiny black and white checkerboard inside. See the numbers on top: 33945?

Blokkology is really a maze puzzle. You must figure out in which direction to travel those first 3 steps, then the next 3 steps, and 9 steps….you get the idea.

Blokkology has green portals. There are also bombs that might spoil your day.

Altogether, there are 250 levels. The first 100 are free.  Of those, I’ve solved 99. For some reason I could not access 100 but was urged to get the full version. Unfortunately, the full version is not available right now. Nor can one do an in-app purchase.
I have some qualms: the graphics could be better. The info on the right of the screen should be smaller and make the board larger. Why can’t I undo a move if I swipe in the wrong direction accidentally? The first 100 levels should have 5 & 6 steps to really whet my appetite for more.
Nevertheless, Blokkology has a certain appeal to many puzzlers: novice and pro


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blokkology-lite/id879955651?mt=8
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Fiz: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Nozomu Suzuki is the author of Fiz, a free puzzle app game for the iphone, ipad. The objective is to get all the discs to be either red or blue by jumping over each other. Look at the second image. See the red disc in the top right? Slide it toward the left – over the two blue discs. They will turn red.  Then slide the third red disc on the second row to the right.
An alternate solution is to turn everything blue.

What makes Fiz interesting is that you never know whether it’s easier to get a red solution or a blue solution. For the harder levels, only 1 solution exists.

There are 50 levels and I’m stuck on level 45, which I’m convinced is impossible. I believe that I’ve tried every combination of moves. If you manage to solve 45 – send me the solution please.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fiz/id902142288?mt=8


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Grid Puzzle the Brain Training Game: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Maiaz Rahman recently contacted me about his puzzle app game: Grid Puzzle the Brain Training Game.

It is a Nonogram type puzzle, which we’ve seen many times before.  One nice feature: you can get a hint about where one of the pieces goes. Another nice feature, which I believe is unique among the Nonogram type puzzles: a randomizer. If you’re stuck, you can push the randomizer button and that will scramble the tiles while preserving the ones that are correctly marked. It’s very cool.

I played/solved about 20 levels. On more than 1 occasion, there were multiple solutions. There’s a lot of interesting graphics & bells & whistles. If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I always deem that as secondary to the actual puzzles.  In this case, it takes too much time to go from 1 puzzle to another. But I understand and appreciate that others would like that. The credits show that a lot of people worked on this.

Did I mention that Grid Puzzle the Brain Training Game is free?
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grid-puzzle-brain-training/id845110271?mt=8
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Pokergreen Puzzles: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Ronald Stewart recently contacted me about his puzzle app game Pokergreen Puzzles.
The objective is to fill the grid with the cards to make specific poker hands.

Look at the image shown. The tiles that are already in the grid can NEVER move. You can only move the grayish cards.

The first 13 levels are free and I enjoyed solving them. I have not played the harder levels. I’d venture to guess that they could get really hard if certain poker variations are enacted like: deuces wild.

If you’re into Sudoku, then take a break from that and play Pokergreen Puzzles. 2015 is off to a good start, I’d say.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pokergreen-puzzles-next-sudoku/id906543727?mt=8
http://ronald.gl/


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BitLogic: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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I was very curious to see a puzzle app game that involved Bit Coins. Unfortunately, BitLogic will teach you nothing at all about it.

BitLogic is a clone of 2048, which is a clone of Threes!, which I’ve played extensively. The main problem with BitLogic is that it’s impossible to memorize the sequence of merging. The lowest coin is the golden one and 2 of them merge into 1 of the blue ones.

It would be handy to have that merging guide of all 12 coins on the same screen.

http://www.sembrodevelopment.com/ is the home company and after watching their video of what they do, I still have no idea what they do. Must delete this immediately.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bitlogic-bitcoin-trading-game/id912683955?mt=8
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Connect Infinite: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad There is a surprise

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We’ve seen many ‘connect the pipes’ type puzzle apps. Connect Infinite comes from Glen Dizon.

The object is to rotate the pips, in their fixed places, so that no steam escapes. I did the first 25 or so levels rapidly while watching the news. I checked the leaderboard and saw only 50 players.

A couple of things are different: see the double pronged gray pipes? That’s new. Look at the yellow shapes: those are pipes that must be connected – but you don’t know what the opening/closing valves look like.

Big surprise: see the red circles? Tap on them once and that whole square region will rotate. Very interesting.

One negative element: each time you start a new level, the top of the puzzle is obscured by that blue bar with the time. I didn’t realize, until level 60, that you’re supposed to drag the playing field down. Ugh.

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Major Surprise: Starting at level 76, there are red circles, whose squares share some pipes. This means that pipes can migrate from one square region to another. At this point, Connect Infinite becomes a serious, hard set of puzzles.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/connect-infinite/id717071107?mt=8
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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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Swipe Dash!: free game for iphone, ipad

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Swipe Dash! tests your reflexes. Swipe as fast as you can in 3 different game modes. Great for warding off Alzheimer’s.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/swipe-dash!/id880482693?mt=8


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