Disctrail: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

Stefan Carlsson recently contacted me about his new puzzle app game: Disctrail. It’s a topology puzzle.

Object: start at any disc, and clear the board by traveling vertically & horizontally.

There are 16 free levels. I solved them all in about 15-20 minutes minutes. I must admit, I got stuck on a couple.

Disctrail is a free puzzle app game with nice graphics. Give it a try.



Unlock Me Free: puzzle app game

Unlock Me Free is a free puzzle app game.  Looks a lot like Rush Hour and its clones.

I was not able to open this program!  I deleted it and then re-downloaded it.  Maybe it’s because I’m still on iOS 6.

Nevertheless, the author says that there are 80 levels that will take hundreds of hours to solve.  I’m skeptical.

Compulsive: free point scoring puzzle app for iphone, ipad

Compulsive is a very popular point scoring puzzle app. At this moment it has 119 5 star ratings and only 5 ratings lower than that. Impressive.

The object is to swap tiles anywhere on the board to create groups of 4 or more of the same color. They will disintegrate and score you points. Naturally, everything falls down and the results could lead to more groups of 4, thus setting off a chain reaction.

My top score is 140,900. This puts me somewhere in the top 15% according to the Leaderboard. The top scorer has 284,300. Not sure what his strategy is.

I like Compulsive, but I’m not feeling the addiction.

Manowar: physics puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Lachlan Nuttall recently contacted me about his new physics puzzle app game Manowar.
First of all, I should confess, I’m not a fan of physics puzzle apps. Too much trial and error.

However, Manowar is really outstanding.  The objective is to fire all the cannon balls. Any colored ball can use any cannon. However, if the red cannon is used, then all the red balls will jump up to the next level if the floor is shaded with triangles.

I almost had to write Lachlan to declare that some levels were impossible. However, a lot of levels have AHA moments.

There is a negative: certain levels require very precise nudging. But that’s not too bad.

At the moment, I’ve done 30 levels.
Manowar costs $1.99. Trust me, this game is fun.
Manowar is in the running for a PAGY Award. Nomination revealed on December 30th.

Hexagonator: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

Hexagonator is a very new puzzle app game from http://www.smileygamer.com/
It’s an edge-matching puzzle with hexagons.

We’ve seen this type of puzzle many times before. What makes this puzzle game a bit easier is that the individual hexagons do not rotate.

This particular version has 25 levels. I played the game for about 30 minutes and solved 24 of them and got stuck on 25. It’s trickier than I thought. I like the graphics and user interface.

I like this game – it’s easy, fast & fun. And I got stuck on 25.

Chainphoria: puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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Amir Michail recently contacted me about an update to his puzzle app game called Chainphoria. It’s pretty popular.

A serious puzzle friend of mine really likes this puzzle game. I see the attraction. But don’t feel the game play. It’s a chain reaction type game. It’s almost impossible to see all the moves that placing 1 piece will occur. Okay, it is possible. If you haven’t played this in a while, get the update.


IQube Lite: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad

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IQube Lite is a rolling cube puzzle game. I’ve seen numerous mechanical versions and a bunch of virtual games.  The object is to roll your cubes around to create various patterns.
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Definitely okay, but not original or particularly fun. Then again, I’ve done so many of these in the past. Give it a try.
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Oskar van Deventer’s Gear Fold

I got my first Oskar puzzle back in 1988.  At my first IPP (International Puzzle Party) in 2000, he was the one I wanted to meet.  On the day of the puzzle party (buying and selling) there was a long line for another famous puzzle designer. I went straight to Oskar’s table to buy almost everything he had.

Puzzle collectors specialize in their collection: sequential movement, wood, metal, entanglements etc. My collection: I once tried to specialize in Oskar puzzles.  That was before 3D printing came to be and he started cranking out 50 puzzles per year with an average cost of, I’m guessing, $150.

Gear Fold seems very similar to Rubik’s Clock. I positively loved that puzzle for its ingenious mechanism. It wasn’t too hard to figure out.  The principles from that can be applied to Gear Fold, which is $89.40.   If I win the lottery, I’ll buy all of his puzzles.