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Block Boss – puzzle game for all devices

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Block Boss has been on my radar for a couple of months.   The object is to shift the tiles around each other and then slide them to the borders to catch the stars.

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Not sure about this game. It’s a good idea. But I don’t understand why I can’t make certain moves.

I have not play tested this enough.

2015 PAGY Awards – December 30th & 31st. Exciting.  Oh! I have a little surprise for December 29.
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Route-Out 2: A Thinking Puzzle

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Route-Out 2: A Thinking Puzzle is the sequel to Route-Out from 2 years ago.
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In order to play this game, I had to install the latest ios version – something I was very reluctant to do.  But this game is a worthy of it.

I haven’t solved all the levels yet. In fact, I still haven’t solved 3 levels from the previous version, which I think makes it very close to perfect.

2015 PAGY Awards – December 30th & 31st. Exciting.  Oh! I have a little surprise for December 29.
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EnigmOn: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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EnigmOn is a puzzle app game that is similar to 100 Floors and all of its clones.  There are 28 levels to solve.  See the key? That’s level 1.

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See the safe? That’s where I’m currently stuck.

Right now the price is $ 1.99.  I got it for free because AppsGoneFree keeps track of cool apps – of all types – that become free for a limited time. About 2 weeks ago, they featured Can’t Stop about a week after I paid $ 1.99. Oh well.

On another note, looking at newly published puzzle apps – there is a deluge of clones of Threes! and 2048! There must be at least 100 of these. What’s disappointing is that it’s harder to find the real gems under the rubble.  If you find something good, do send me an email.
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Puzzle Wizard (IQ 130+) – puzzle app game for all devices.

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Loyal Blog Follower William Hu told me about Puzzle Wizard (IQ 130+)

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This is unquestionably, one of the hardest maze games around. Most maze solvers know the essential hint: work backwards.  Impossible here.

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Your goal is to pick up the key to exit.
When your man is on the green field, he can only transfer to another field via a portal. However, the fields can change colors.

I did not get far in this game. Probably because I’m trying to play test other worthy games to keep blogging 5x/week. 

Puzzle Wizard (IQ 130+) demands your full attention for a solid week or more. If you have played this game, share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Sharp Minds: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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The object of Sharp Minds is to swipe/add the blue tiles into the yellow ones to eliminate the yellow tiles.
When I played the first 40 levels of Sharp Minds, I didn’t like it because it was too easy. Nevertheless I kept playing to experience the ‘special powers’. The ‘special powers’ didn’t start at the beginning. I think they start at level 41.

Some tiles have a little circle in the corner.  Let’s say a 3 has that symbol. If you use that 3 with other numbers to eliminate a 12, for example, then all the yellow 12′s will be eliminated.

Other tiles have a little arrow in the corner. That power: if you swipe/add blue tiles up to eliminate a yellow tile, then all of the other yellow tiles – going in that direction – will also be eliminated.

Each level has a fixed starting field of numbers. However, when the blue tiles get replaced, they are replaced with random numbers.

Sharp Minds has ’hundreds’ of  levels and I’ve solved 141. This took about 3-4 hours to achieve. Yesterday I was in a 2 hour staff meeting, so I got a lot done. (Hope the boss doesn’t follow this blog.)
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Lines Numeric Fun: free puzzle app for iphone, ipad. Also, my thoughts on ripoffs.

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John Adams has created an interesting set of topology type puzzles. Look at the first image: the objective is to cover all the squares from the starting square to the ending square. Make sure you fill up all the squares and of course the 1 square must come before the 2 square. You get the idea. I did those 24 levels very quickly.
The green levels have 2 paths that must be connected simultaneously. Here’s what’s interesting: because there are 2 paths, there are two sets of numbers.  You don’t know which numbers are for the green path and which are for the orange path. These puzzles are more difficult.

There are 24 blues levels where there are 3 paths.  The 24 yellow levels have 4 paths! Very challenging and fun.
Recently, a puzzle app developer was asking for my advice/opinion. I generally want to stay positive. However, since this game is a ripoff from, I feel I can vent. So, let’s talk about the negatives. First are the ads that will interrupt your game. Beyond annoying! Turn off the wifi!  The graphics are old school. I’m not crazy about them. For example: the board does not fill up the screen. Why not take advantage of the full screen?  I also don’t like the font and have trouble distinguishing a 2 with a 3. Maybe I need reading glasses.
Those complaints are really minor. I positively love these puzzles. Right now I’ve done 81 out of the 96 levels.
According to my fellow puzzle app blogger Nicola  this game was originally published here: and that this game is a blatant clone. That’s unfortunate. It also makes me not want to complete all of the levels. Or do I?
The hard lesson for everybody who’s developing a great puzzle: if your game is successful, there is a 100% certainty that you will be ripped off by cloners. There is no entity that will protect your intellectual property.
Numeric Paranoia Space Dots are similar games. The former is better. The latter is easier and more colorful.

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Knotty Ropes: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw Knotty Ropes listed as a puzzle game app.
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It’s actually just another Planarity type game where you have to move the points around so that no lines intersect.

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I’ve played hundreds of levels of this type of game before. So I’m kind of done with this genre. However, I actually love the user interface. it’s elegant, appealing and I actually enjoyed these.
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Incredible Box Brainstorm Puzzle Game – free for iphone, ipad

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Incredible Box Brainstorm is a rolling box puzzle app. The object is to move it to the target area. If you look closely at the image above, you’ll see a ghost image of the target.
The graphics are very good. You can rotate the playing board.
The puzzles themselves are well designed. I’m impressed.
There are 30 levels and I’ve done 14 of them.

Other Cube-Rolling puzzle apps
Cubot - really great
Dice Jockey
Qvoid - one of the best puzzle apps ever
Cubler - fantastic
ODMO – okay
Bloxorz – one of the originals

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Caveboy Escape: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Desmond Lee recently contacted me about his puzzle app game Caveboy Escape. It’s a maze game. The object is to get the caveboy from the bottom star to the arrow on top.  He must travel on like colored tiles in groups of three. For example, he can travel brown, brown, brown, gray, gray, gray, tan, tan tan. I have 1 qualm. When I step on a brown tile, it changes its shade so I sometimes loose track of things. But it’s a minor complaint.
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There is a time limit to solve these puzzles in groups of threes.  There are some 500 levels which translates into 1500 puzzles. But they go pretty fast. I played the game yesterday for about an hour and solved about 75 levels. They’re fun! I did get stuck a bunch of times, so that’s good.

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Number Combine Puzzle: free puzzle app for iphone, ipad

Number Combine Puzzle is a rip-off of a pretty good puzzle called Even Up. I believe that Number Combine Puzzle has new puzzle levels. However, the author has totally taken the same graphics.  C’mon!

Play this game instead.
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