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Croco’s Escape: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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My instinct when seeing this kind of graphic – stay away – it’s just for kids! Nevertheless, I got an email – spam, really, talking about how there are 120 levels and you have to get Croco to escape.
Here’s the deal, it’s a rectangular version of Rush Hour.
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Croco starts on the left and must get to the exit. You have to move the obstacles.  I did the first 20 levels and the program told me I couldn’t go on because I didn’t get 3 stars for each level. I don’t know how I didn’t get 3 stars. Nor do I really wish to go back to earn them. The graphics are a bit clumsy and I’ve already done a few thousand of these Rush Hour types before. There was one thing that was cute – when Croco gets tot he exit, he looks up at you, presumably to say thanks. Croco’s Escape is strictly for kids.
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Nokori – free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

Stephen Henney’s Nokori is very similar to The Chain Free from last year.

The object is to combine elements along the same row or column and eliminate all but one. For example, look at the first image.  The blue square can shift onto the blue circle. Then the green square can land on it, then the green diamond.  Then the purple square will come on it.

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There are 21 levels with each level having 7 puzzles.  They start off pretty easy.  I’m in the middle of Level 13 and they’re tough!  My only criticism is the leaderboard. Instead of the fastest time each level, it should be just total levels solved. Keep it simple.

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Happy Hexagons: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Happy Hexagons is very similar to Flood It.  The object is to turn all of the hexagons into the same color.  You start with your man being in the top left corner.  If the hexagons adjacent are red, then you turn yourself red and absorb the newcomers.  Like the Borg in Star Trek.
We’ve seen this type of puzzle many times before.  Nothing great. But you get a smiley face when you succeed with a certain number of moves.

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aa: free game app for iphone, ipad

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My students recently urged me to give ‘aa’ a try. No, I am not an alcoholic!  ‘Aa’ is the name of a ‘test your reflexes’ game.  Look at the image.  The big wheel is turning, sometimes at a constant rate, sometimes at a variable rate.
When there is room, you must shoot the next number so that it does not crash into a spoke.
The Good: ‘aa’ is fast, fun and very addictive.
The Bad: The game doesn’t vary much. Sometimes the wheel will spin clockwise, sometimes counter clockwise. That’s basically it.
The Ugly: multiple times, I was very patient, waiting for the wheel to spin and shoot into a gap…..when suddenly, the program thinks that  there’s been a collision. This has happened maybe 10 times to me so far.
The miscellaneous: I was stuck on level 26 for at least an hour.  Now I’m stuck on level 49 and I don’t think I’ll get past it.  Would you believe that there are 525 ‘entirely unique’ levels? Once you’ve done 48 levels, that’s enough.  If you want to play a genuine variation, look for their other apps: ff, au, rr and uu.

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Buttons & Scissors: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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A friend recently told me about Buttons & Scissors – another fine puzzle app game.
The object is to swipe groups of buttons – of the same color – and cut them off until there are no more buttons on the screen.
This concept is  not exactly new. But strangely, I can’t name another puzzle app that’s exactly the same. BoxOff is similar and definitely more sophisticated.

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The 5×5 levels of Buttons & Scissors were helpful for me to start on because I figured out what not to do. The 6×6′s are not much harder.  The 7×7′s are pretty tough. Fortunately, there’s a good undo button that allows you to undo as many times as you want. ‘More than 1000 levels!’ I actually think that’s a bad thing. Better to give us anywhere between 50 & 150 levels.
I have to admit, I really love the graphics. If you know the solution, you can get or 6 pairs of scissors moving across the board at the same time. But you have to be fast.
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Frown Icons: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Loyal Blog Follower Joel, from Germany is a fan of Frown Icons. He’s done 30 of the 130 levels. I must confess that I’m not a big fan of these types of puzzles.
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Kindly Colors: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Yan Fauriat contacted me recently about his point scoring puzzle app game Kindly Colors.
The object is to group adjacent colors by themselves or in pairs of colors to get points.

Look at the second image How to Play: you may group purple with red or purple with blue, but never all three at the same time.

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See green plus in the third image? If you can group that with some green/blue or green/yellow, then it will eat up all the cells in the column and row.  Now, do you see the red vertical line just under it? Getting that will only eat up the column.

This took me a while to get: if you swipe the longest possible chain on the board, one of the new tiles will be a plus sign. 

My top score is 3900 which puts me in the top 20% of players on the Game Center. When your game ends, you can buy more moves. Which means that you can buy your way to the top.

Still, I like Kindly Colors and will play it some more.
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Noda: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Multiple people have recently contacted me about Noda, a free puzzle app game. Look at the first image. In the top left corner is a yellow 4 times 3. This means that the object is to create three 4′s on the yellow circles.

See the yellow 5? Swipe that up or to the right, and it will divide into 3 & 2. Other rules: you can’t add above 9.  A single 1 cannot move to a vacant circle. See the 4 & 2 in the first image? If you swipe from the 4 to the right, you’ll get 6 on the yellow circle.

There are 48 free levels. I’ve solved them all – pretty quickly. However, I have not solved them all using the least number of moves.  You get a star if you solve a level with the least # of moves. The leaderboard will only record your score based on your stars.  At the moment, I have 36 stars.

There are another 72 levels and they cost $ .99. Noda has a serious number of players, based on the leaderboard, so it’s quite popular. Because it’s fun, easy to learn with good graphics.
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Shapist: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

Shapist is an interesting puzzle app game from Ori Takemura and Dmitry Kurilchenko. As you can .
see, they wear cool glasses
The objective & rules are never described.
However, I’ll tell you: you must slide the pieces around so that the gray field is not covered by any of the  pieces. See the yellow bars? They act as temporary magnets that bind pieces together. They can also repel each other.
Very Cool Element: A block that has a diagonal line can be squeezed smaller like an accordion, if it is pushed by another piece.
There are approximately 50 puzzle levels. I’ve done about half of them. I’m stuck right now.
If you liked Blockwick, which I recommended about 2.5 years ago, you will definitely like Shapist. Shapist is not just another sliding tile puzzle: it’s original, clever and just plain fun.

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Blocks! The Most Addictive Game: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Blocks! The Most Addictive Game is one of those, make a chain and watch the top blocks fall down.
We’ve seen this type of point scoring puzzle app so many times. However, this one’s got a time element. How many can you string together in 60 seconds.
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I must confess: I really like this speed challenge.!-most-addictive-game/id799029998?l=es&ls=1&mt=8

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