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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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New web page to explore new puzzles

My old friend Rod Kimball has a new web page: https://www.enigami.fun/

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.
https://itunes.apple.com/app/thermometers-puzzles/id1071003654?mt=8
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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:
http://wordplay.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/08/path-3/?module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog+Main&contentCollection=Numberplay&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs&region=Body&_r=0

Read my review of his Path Puzzles app & book:
http://gottasolveit.blogspot.com/2014/02/path-puzzles-puzzle-app-game-for-iphone.html?showComment=1410504164730


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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!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/creek-puzzles/id1001685594?mt=8
http://www.openplanetsoftware.com/creek/
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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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https://itunes.apple.com/app/baffles-classic-puzzles/id921805059

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The graphics are terrific.
http://bafflesthefox.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Baffles_PlayItNow60sec_1280x720_HD.mp4
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
http://bafflesthefox.com/
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Doug Engel’s Online Puzzles

My friend Doug Engel has created some very interesting puzzle apps, on his web page below. I’ve played 4 of them, and they’re good!  Sorry, no James or descriptions today.  Back on Tuesday.

Mix N Match

Reverse Three

Gopher Cover

Rotate X

http://www.puzzleatomic.com/GAMES_1.htm
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Want to make some money in puzzles? Are you a great programmer?

Want to make some money in puzzles?  The Grabarchuk family is world famous for creating all types in vast quantities. I particularly liked their app: Strimko. It’s a Latin Square puzzle. Each row & column should have the numbers 1-5. Also, each string of circles should also have the numbers 1-5. I particularly like the larger grid sizes.

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/strimko/id328286124?mt=8

Let’s talk business: Peter Grabarchuk is looking for investors for their MASSIVE COMPENDIUM OF PUZZLES, which they call PUZZLIUM. 2 months ago, they came to the New York Puzzle Party Symposium and made their demonstration/pitch.  I was the guinea pig that day.  Puzzlium is beyond humongous and good.

‘Puzzlium’s mission is to release people’s creativity to make the world smarter. Founded in 2014 by Serhiy Grabarchuk, Serhiy Grabarchuk Jr, Peter Grabarchuk, and Mehmet Murat Sevim’.

So far they’ve raised $ 72,000.  I’m friends with 3 of the investors. Also, they are looking for great programmers.  Go to the link at the bottom to see more. If you do end up working/investing with them, do let me know.

The main goal of Puzzlium is digitizing the puzzle world in order to:
1) transfer all puzzles from the current non-interactive media to multitouch interactive platforms;
2) preserve and give an easy access to the world puzzle heritage and achievements;
3) sparkle creativity in creators and developers to bring brand new modern puzzles;
4) avoid an ad-based mechanism of monetization;
5) build all social algorithms based solely on the participants’ interaction.

The Puzzlium network comprises three main elements:
I. Solving puzzles – interactively.
II. Creating puzzles – easily.
III. Competing with other – socially.

About Puzzlium Inc.
Puzzlium’s mission is to release people’s creativity to make the world smarter. Founded in 2014 by Serhiy Grabarchuk, Serhiy Grabarchuk Jr, Peter Grabarchuk, and Mehmet Murat Sevim.
angel.co/puzzlium
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Twisted Lines – Mind-twisting Puzzles by Megagon Industries $2.99

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I’m a big fan of Ribbon Puzzles when they’re well done. The first such game is Colorbind (see link below). Twisted Lines – Mind-twisting Puzzles by Megagon Industries is a fantastic addition to this genre.

 

The objective is to get Your Man (the colored square) to meet its matching target square.

Here’s what’s cool. As you stretch your ribbon, it leaves behind a double colored tail. When you cross over your tail, the square’s color trades with the first line.

More: many levels have Two Men, each having a different square. Which leads to very complicated swapping because One Man can cross over the tail of the Other Man.

There are also wormholes with optional exits – very interesting.  And Erasers that will eliminate the tail of One Man.

 

There are over 100 levels and at the moment I’ve done about 85 levels. Level 3.5 was the first real tough one for me.

Graphics: I’m not crazy about these.
1. Pillars are always the same color as Your Man. They change color with it.  I’d rather they be black.
2. Outside the grid, the space also changes with Your Man. I’m guessing this takes up too much battery.
3. Music: I always turn this off for every game. For Twisted Lines, I have to turn it off every time I open the program.

All of those are minor complaints. This puzzle app game simply rocks.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/twisted-lines-mind-twisting/id1064910015?mt=8
http://megagonindustries.com/
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0465C1


Other Ribbon Puzzles
Ribbons Puzzle Game
The Weaver
Ribbon Puzzle
TAPES - similar to Colorbind. Excellent
Woven - easy
Colorbind - the first of its kind. Genius
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Download these Free Puzzles Today

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Hook

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Maciej Targoni’s 3 games, all terrific, are temporarily FREE.
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