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HexMaze: free puzzle app for iphone, ipad


Hex Maze comes from Xia Pei Ming. It’s not a maze. There’s nothing maze-y about it! I suspect that the author used ‘maze’ as a synonym for puzzle.

Rearrange the tiles so that each one has the correct number of tiles surrounding it.  For example, do you see the yellow 2? It’s good because it’s next to 2 tiles.  Red means that too many tiles are touching it. Green – not enough tiles.

We’ve seen this type of puzzle many times before with a rectangular grid.  So it’s nice to see this.  Also, the graphics are good.

In terms of ‘puzzle [Read More...]

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Penguin Plunge: puzzle app for iphone, ipad


Penguin Plunge: Stuck in Antarctica is exactly like Lunar Lockout from ThinkFun.

ThinkFun has been getting ripped off too many times. Too often, somebody comes out with a version of Rush Hour.

This is the second ripoff of Lunar Lockout.

Nob Yoshigahara was the creative force behind Lunar Lockout.  I recall sitting on the side during an International Puzzle Party in Tokyo and he was performing a magic trick. He told me that it was ‘so simple’. But I don’t think anybody could figure it out.  He was a character.

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TouchNumber 3D: free puzzle app for iphone, ipad


If something looks like a Rubik’s Cube, I’m interested.

TouchNumber 3D has nothing to do with Rubik’s Cube.

The object is to tap on the numbers from 0 – 26 as quickly as possible. That’s it.

#0-8 are yellow, the next set is green, then purple. So that helps.

It’s fun for maybe 5 minutes. It will not make the List of Best Puzzle Apps of 2013. Not a chance!

But I like the graphics.

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GAMES Magazine reports on the Greatest Mechanical Puzzle of All Time (Not the hardest)


This Mechanical Puzzle Correspondent is reporting on the world’s greatest mechanical puzzle: The Lotus Table by Kagen Schaefer.

It’s not the hardest. But for a variety of reasons: craftsmanship, design, size and all around coolness, it is simply a masterpiece that will be in a museum one day.

I have some bad news: you cannot purchase this puzzle because they are all sold out. However, you can buy my article on it.  Strangely, the August issue is on sale now. Don’t ask me why. Suffice it to say, the September issue will soon replace it. So hurry.

GAMES Magazine can [Read More...]

Category: All Puzzles, Wood Puzzles


Put The Dot: free puzzle app game for iphone, ipad


Put the Dot is a puzzle app that I do not want to play. And yet, I’ve played it for a couple of hours.

The object is to put 1 dot on the board. It will explode, like a bomb from the old video game Missile Command. Whatever dots crash into it, will also explode.

I’ve gone through the first 68 or so levels.  Some levels are quite easy, others are super hard. Some levels require you to actually think.  On other levels, it’s mostly luck. Although, when you’re successful, you may convince yourself that it was all logic, when [Read More...]

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Go Round: free puzzle app Highly recommended!

Go Round

Go Round is a point scoring puzzle app. You must score enough points to move to the next level.

This is a difficult game to describe.  The object is to make groups of 3 on the concentric rings. 3 matching colors on the outer ring will shoot inward to become 1 on the next inner ring.

You can have a chain reaction. But I’m not sure about the exact point scoring system. This much I know: promoting a color from the outermost ring to the innermost will yield a lot of points. I have not figured out [Read More...]

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LogiSquare: puzzle app for iphone, ipad Review


The object is to match the image in the top left corner. Tap on a white cell and it turns to 1.  It will not affect its neighboring cells if they are white. However, if the neighboring cells (horizontal & vertical) are not white, they will increase by 1.

Each cell must be tapped once and only once.  If a cell reaches 4 and gets increased again by its neighbor, it will go back to 1.

There are 64 levels. Right now I’ve done 1-48. But I skipped 41.  I mostly do LogiSquares when I wake up and can’t go [Read More...]

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