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Path Puzzles: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

 Path Puzzles is a puzzle app game that comes from Rod Kimball. You may recall that Rod wrote a book of these.    Click here to read that blog entry.

Look at the second image.  See the 4? That means that the path must traverse 4 of the squares. In this case, 2 below (separated, one on top, one on the bottom) and the two squares to the right.

Now Path Puzzles is available as an iphone, ipad puzzle game app.  If a number turns green, you have fulfilled that number. If a number is red, you’ve covered too many squares. 

The first 20 rooms are free.  Of those, I’ve solved 16.

Loyal Blog Readers: do me a favor and download this. Besides being very good, Rod is a friend of mine.

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Daily Heggies Puzzles

Ron Mentink recently contacted me about his puzzle concept called Heggies.  It’s very similar to Monorail produced by Glen Iba more than 5 years ago.
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Jellyban – Sweety Sokoban Puzzles by Lu Quoc Man FREE

 Jellyban – Sweety Sokoban Puzzles comes from Lu Quoc Man.

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The puzzles are not very hard. However, there is a time limit and a # of moves limit.  Generally, each puzzle must be solved within 1 minute.

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There are about 125 puzzles and I’ve done about 60 of them.
The puzzles themselves come from David Skinner’s Microban. Play David’s puzzles on your laptop.

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Mechanical Puzzles

 It’s been a long time since I’ve tried any mechanical puzzles.  I bought these almost a year ago, and only now have gotten around to them.  The first one is the Transparent Lock by Gary Foshee. The object is just to remove the clasp.  Not very hard, but extremely well made.

 The second puzzle is called Larva and the object is to slide the metal pieces around so that the coin can drop off. Robrecht Louage.  Not too hard, but there’s a nice surprise.

 MoYu is a twisty puzzle that’s actually 2 puzzles in one.  The circles – I first saw that feature in Smart Alex from 25 years ago.  Otherwise, it’s not that hard.

Cast Keyhole – Hanayama Metal Puzzle comes from Vesa Timonen. I’ve taken them apart but haven’t restored it yet.  Vesa has produced some very cool mechanical puzzles in the past.

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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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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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