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Math Puzzles – IF, THEN… by Viacheslav Komarivskyi FREE

 Math Puzzles – IF, THEN… comes from Viacheslav Komarivskyi. The object is to look at a set of numbers, find the pattern and then prove that you have cracked the code.

There are 30 levels and they get hard pretty quick. I spent way too much time on level 11.

At the moment, I’m somewhere around level 18.
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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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Crosses Puzzles: Unlimited Domino Free!

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Crosses Puzzles: Unlimited Domino comes from Yufeng Long. The object is to get all the crosses to become white. Each cross can be in 1 of 4 positions: Red (right), Green (down), Yellow (left) and White (up).

When a green cross becomes yellow, if it points to another cross on its left, then that cross will rotate too. Solving 1 cross can lead to the un-solving of its neighbors because there is often a chain reaction.
There’s a lot to like about Crosses Puzzles: Unlimited Domino. The graphics are nice. The puzzles start out easy and gradually, I was able to come up with a system.  But then the harder questions made me rethink that. 
I especially like that there are only 60 levels.  Of those, I’ve done 29 and am stuck on 30.
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Pictograffix: picture puzzles for ipad and kindle

Pictograffix Puzzles

Laurie Andriot contacted me 6 months ago about her iBook: Pictograffix Puzzles. ‘Pictograffix Puzzles contains brain teasers that  will exercise your mind in a fun way. Pictograffix Puzzles have appeared in Games magazine. Now with Volume 1, you’ll have 50 word games – either picture puns or traditional rebus puzzles to decipher. The object is to guess a name, place, title, or phrase by the pictures presented. Be careful, these puzzles are addictive!’

These puzzles are divided into easy, medium & hard puzzles. Some of them are very hard, and I had to look at the solution. Here’s what’s really good: you can tap on a single image to get that word. For example, if the picture is showing an arrow pointing at the top of a bed. Is the word: bed, blanket, cover?

Pictograffix is perfect to do with somebody else.  Really fun!

This book is only $ .99 at iTunes.

$ 1.99 at Amazon

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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.

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New web page to explore new puzzles

My old friend Rod Kimball has a new web page:

Rod is definitely one of the coolest people I know. Check out this photo of him: he’s the one on the extreme right.
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Thermometers Puzzles

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Do you remember Thermometers which I covered back in September? I really liked it and wanted it to be turned into an app. Thermometers Puzzles recreates it but not quite.

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The object is to place the mercury or alcohol on the segments so that the total number in each row and column match the numbers outside the grid. 

The grid sizes go from 5×5 to 11×11.  For the most part, they’re fairly easy, which is okay because I like feeling smart. The other game which I played 6 months ago was harder because some of the thermometers were curved. Also, some of the grids had funky shapes.
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Rod Kimball’s Path Puzzles

My friend Rod Kimball is a true renaissance man: juggler, musician and serious puzzler. His Path Puzzles are featured in the NY Times:

Read my review of his Path Puzzles app & book:

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Creek Puzzles

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From the App Store:
‘How it’s played:
The aim of the game is to fill in the correct squares to find the unique winning pattern. The numbers in circles tell you how many of the surrounding squares should be filled. Every circle must be surrounded by the correct number of filled in squares. At the same time all the unfilled squares must be remain connected to one another.
That’s all there is to it! But beware, it’s harder than it sounds.’

My observations:
1. There used to be a game called Atsumari which was almost identical, but played on a hexagonal grid. I hope it comes back.
2. There are hundreds of levels at the Starter, Easy, Medium, Hard and Killer levels. About 20 are free.
3. Even the Starter levels are difficult!
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Baffles Classic Puzzles

The gentlemen at Baffles the Fox contacted me about a month ago about their new compendium of puzzles: Baffles Classic Puzzles.

It’s a collection of old puzzles from Sam Loyd and other sources. It includes lots of modern puzzles too.

Let’s pause here. If you don’t own this book by Sam Loyd, you simply must.  Loyd was America’s first great puzzler. For each puzzle he created a story with a charming drawing.

Back to Baffles Classic Puzzles: there is historical information about each puzzle. These guys know their puzzle history!

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The graphics are terrific.
My only complaint is that to advance, one must either be perfect at solving these puzzles, in order to collect chickens (points) or watch a lot of ads to add more chickens. At the moment I’m thinking of a certain dexterity puzzle that I think is impossible to solve at the minimum speed. But dexterity’s never been my primary skill.

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The modern puzzles include some good relatively new Lateral Thinking Puzzles.

Baffles Classic Puzzles is definitely a fine introduction to the general World of Puzzles
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