Weekend Distraction ….. (a Review, because this weekend, I’m distracted)

Screen shot 2013-10-31 at 5.33.55 PMIf you have been a reader of this blog for a while, you know that I often throw out a mindless, pass-the-time type app for your weekend consideration.  I tag this series as the “Weekend Distraction.”  

This weekend I am not supplying a weekend distraction because I am,   uh  ……..    distracted.   :lol:

I will be away for a few days,  and probably will not post again until mid-week.

Considering that so many new readers have joined this blog over the last few months, I thought this would be a good time to link to many of the previous Weekend Distractions. (Following these links should be pretty darn distracting.)   :)

Wishing you all  a nice weekend (plus a few days)!

(prices quoted may be different now, altho they were accurate when they were originally posted)

Weekend Distraction: Fairway Golf

Weekend Distraction: Falcross  a Logic Puzzle Game 

Weekend Distraction:  Flow Free

Weekend Distraction: Super Stickman Golf 

Weekend Distraction: Video Time Machine 

Weekend Distraction: Tap the Frog 1 and 2 

Weekend Distraction :  Wordsplosion

Weekend Distraction: Photo Hunt HD for iPad

Weekend Distraction: Little Things for your iPad

Weekend Distraction: RoboSockets Link Me Up

Weekend Distraction:  Greedy Spiders

Weekend Distraction:  Mahjong Towers for iPad

Weekend Distraction: Spider the Secret of Bryce Manor

Weekend Distraction: Blockwick

Weekend Distraction:  Flow Free Bridges

Weekend Distraction:  Spell Rift

Weekend Distraction:  Montezuma Puzzle 

Weekend Distraction:  Trailers

Weekend Distraction: Cryptogram for iPhone or iPad

Weekend Distraction :  Short Stories w Paragraph Shorts

Weekend Distraction: The Great Gatsby for iPad

Weekend Distraction: Finger Piano for iPad

Weekend Distraction: Jar of Marbles

Weekend Distraction: iPoe 

Weekend Distraction: Word Mess

Weekend Distraction: Skill Game for your iPad and iPhone

Weekend Distraction: Stroll Through the National Gallery

Weekend Distraction: Van Gogh Tiles and Monet Tiles

Weekend Distraction: Can Knockdown 3

Weekend Distraction: Dots

Weekend Distraction: Across Lite Crosswords

Weekend Distraction: Beatwave 

Weekend Distraction:  NPR music for your iPhone and iPad

Weekend Distraction: Spirodoodle

Weekend Distraction:  Retail Therapy, Find and Save

Weekend Distraction : TanZen for iPad or iPhone

Weekend Distraction: Swell Radio

Weekend Distraction: Unolingo

Weekend Distraction:  Jigsaw Box

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Weekend Distraction: Jigsaw Box for your iPad

Screen shot 2013-10-25 at 5.37.25 PM I have tried a number of jigsaw puzzles on the iPad, but most of them haven’t held my attention for very long.

THIS is a goodie. :)

To my delight, there is virtually no learning curve.

Open the app, and you’ll see several categories full of puzzles.

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Tap on a puzzle to select the number of pieces you would like …. and away you go!

There are several selections of music available to listen to as you play, including access to your own iPad music.

It is also really easy to select a photo of your own to turn into a puzzle.

I tapped on “create” and was linked to my own photo library, where I picked a photo of my dog, Zoe.

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Then I was asked how many pieces I would like to make my puzzle.

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And finally, my dog was broken into pieces for me to put back together…. :)

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When you actually join two pieces together, there is a very satisfying “snap”. The pieces are easy to move and place.

This video will show you Jigsaw Box in action.

Jigsaw Box is FREE in the iTunes store. Additional puzzles are available for purchase within the app.

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Weekend Distraction: TanZen for iPad or iPhone

Screen shot 2013-09-27 at 5.23.46 PMIt’s the weekend, and you want to relax. Find your zen.

TanZen is a classic tangram game. It is so well done, that you can just lose yourself in the solving. It works smoothly and the controls are very intuitive. Just slide the pieces in place. Tap to flip, spin to rotate. There is even some soothing background music if you care to enjoy that, too.

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I have had the TanZen game on my iPhone since the day I got my first iPhone. (The iPad hadn’t been invented yet. :lol: Obviously I’ve had this game for a long time, and it has never crashed or given me grief in any way.)

There are several versions of the game available. One for the iPhone, and another HD version for the iPad. In both cases there is a free version (I’ll provide links to the free ones). If you enjoy it, and want more puzzles, you always have the option to buy more.

But the free versions give you close to 50 puzzles, so you can thoroughly enjoy TanZen without laying out any $$$$$$. :)

TanZen HD Lite for the iPad is Free in the iTunes store

TanZen Free for the iPhone is free in the iTunes store.

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Weekend Distraction: Can Knockdown 3 for iPhone and iPad

Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 6.26.31 PMI enjoy a game that requires little or no learning curve, and something I can dip in and out of without any thought or fuss.

Can Knockdown 3 is a game that meets these criteria.

You are given three baseballs and your job is to knock down some cans. Simple, right?

It is simple at first, as you are given the opportunity to learn how to toss the ball, and get comfortable with the ‘weight’ of the ball, and figure out the best tosses to get it to your target.

But as you move along, the cans (of course) grow in number, and are stacked creatively, making it more difficult to knock down the batch. Continuing on, you’ll come across more challenges, such as swinging obstacles, or special switches. There are cans that blow up and cans that score you an extra ball.

This is a physics puzzler, and it’s up to you to figure out the best spot to place your shot in order to tumble the most cans.

It’s a good go-to when you have a few moments of time to kill. But be warned… you may find yourself spending far more time tossing balls than you expect!

Can Knockdown 3 is 99¢ in the iTunes Store and works on both the iPhone and the iPad

Weekend Distraction: Van Gogh Tiles and Monet Tiles for iPad and iPhone

Photo Skitch Document-4Last weekend, I suggested a tour through an art museum as a “Weekend Distraction.” This weekend I’m continuing the “art” theme as I share two puzzle games: Van Gogh Tiles (and Monet Tiles).

One of my readers, Christine, suggested that I try Monet Tiles. (I love to get recommendations!) I downloaded it at once, along with it’s companion app, Van Gogh Tiles. Same game, just (obviously) two different artists.

You are given 3 different ways to solve the puzzle of a scrambled painting. Easiest to hardest. That’s 3 different puzzle approaches to EACH painting. And there are many paintings to solve in each app.

The easiest puzzle presents you with a tiled picture, and you must rearrange the tiles to solve the puzzle. Just tap two tiles to swap their positions. As you work, if you need a peek at the actual painting, just touch the “view” button on the bottom right side of the screen, and the painting will appear so that you can develop your plan to solve the puzzle.

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Here (below) is the screen view of the full painting after tapping “view”. Just tap the picture again, and it returns to your puzzle.

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The “medium” puzzle requires you to rotate the tiles. Again, you can always tap “view” to give yourself clues.

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And finally, the hardest puzzle form is a combination of both rotate AND swap the tiles.

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This is a lovely, relaxing puzzle game. (My only objection disappointment is that when you initially open the game, you are greeted with an advertisement that you have to close. Not a big deal, but, note-to-developer: it seems to me that if you are paying for a game you should not have to close an ad.)

Van Gogh Tiles is $1.99 in the iTunes store.

Monet Tiles is $1.99 in the iTunes store.

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Weekend Distraction: Cryptogram for iPhone and iPad

Screen shot 2012-12-28 at 8.55.55 PMI enjoy word games, and I am finding this one delightfully different. Not too much thinking needed, but just enough to keep me interested for a screen or two.

You are presented with a quote, all blanks, with a jumble of letters beneath the blanks. Each letter stands for another letter, and it is up to you to de-code it.

By starting with a short word, you can begin to puzzle your way through the code. When you get a letter correct, it will appear all throughout the quote. You can see here on this screen shot that I filled in “AND” and as I did, the “a” the “n” and the “d” all appeared properly throughout the quote, giving clues for solutions to other words.

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Simply word-fun-goodness!

Cryptogram is $1.99 in the iTunes store

Weekend Distraction: Montezuma Puzzle for iPhone and iPad

Screen shot 2012-12-14 at 8.50.55 AMAt this time of year, everyone is busy doing something. Decorating, shopping, baking, visiting, partying, traveling … whew.

No time to “learn” a new game. That’s too much effort.

But how about a real distraction? You already know what to do.

NO learning curve.

Montezuma Puzzle.

Pretty, colorful, and responds nicely to your touch.

Fit the shapes on the screen. That’s it.

Gradually gets harder, but not crazy.

Go ahead .. Zone out … but don’t forget those cookies in the oven!

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Montezuma Puzzle is free in the iTunes store.

Weekend Distraction: Spell Rift

Screen shot 2012-11-30 at 7.44.54 PMI’m always in the market for another word game, and when I saw this one, I grabbed it. (One of my favorite puzzle games, Blockwick, is made by the same people.)

They call it a ‘word-finding adventure’ because as you progress through the levels, you advance in the world. But you needn’t worry about that. It’s just levels, really.

The graphics are well done. Large letter tiles fill your screen, and your job is to make words. As you do, the words disappear, and new tiles drop.

There are ‘goals’ on each level, and the new dropping tiles bring surprises. There are many “special” tiles that make your word-finding all that much more difficult. Have no fear, each new tile is presented gradually, so that you have plenty of time to learn what it does, and how it impacts your game.

Best thing to do if you enjoy word games, is to take a peek at this video…..

Spell Rift for the iPhone is $2.99.

A version made specifically for the iPad is $4.99.

(These prices are higher than when I bought the game. Significantly higher. That is disappointing. It is a great game, though. I hope they drop the price back to where they were, or at least put it on sale, often.)

Weekend Distraction: Photo Hunt HD for iPad

We’ve all played this kind of game at some point in our lives. You know the type: Look at two pictures of the same thing, (except they aren’t really the same), and find the differences.

I downloaded this game a very very long time ago, and the app has been improved several times since then. It’s wonderful when developers keep after their apps and keep making them better. Applause for improvements!

This game is simple and quite beautiful. The photographs are stunning on the iPad. Many subjects in nature, scenery, cityscapes and all sorts of animals. And, there are ONE THOUSAND photos to play through. It’s pricy at $4.99, but the app is quality, and with so many photographs, it will keep you busy for a long, long time. You can also play your own music which is always an appreciated feature.

There are several modes of play, including a ‘beat the clock’ type, and the more zen-like ‘just take your time’ (which I prefer).

It’s one of those games that you can just pull up, spend a few minutes and move on.

All you do is gaze at the photos and tap a spot where you see a difference. If you are correct, a circle will appear around the spot.

As the picture is presented:

Differences found!

As the picture is presented:

Differences found!

One more……. only this time, I’ll just show you the screen shot. It’s your turn to find the differences! (there are 5 )

Photo Hunt HD for iPad is $4.99 in the iTunes store.

Play Golf for Free This Weekend with Super Stickman Golf for iPhone and iPad

I don’t play golf, except for the mini-kind. And since I don’t play golf, those popular golf games (like Tiger Woods) have too many bells and whistles for me to enjoy. I don’t understand clubs and wedges and slices and draws and fades, so all the extra detail that is craved by some… well, it puts me off.

But I DO like physics-puzzler games. Super Stickman Golf is advertised as a super combination of golf + puzzler.

And … it is FREE for a limited time, so with nothing to lose, I downloaded it yesterday.

So far I like it a lot. I don’t have a long attention span for games. I like ones that I can pick up, play just a bit, and set aside. I also don’t enjoy a long learning curve. I want to play and I want to play, now. I don’t want to have to suffer through long directions.

Super Stickman is quick to learn and I was swinging my way through the first course in no time at all. It takes just a few taps to adjust the swing and a double tap to choose power and hit the ball.

I played the first course twice, and this unlocked the second course.

Quick, satisfying play.

There are special balls that will be unlocked as you slug your way through a large number of courses.

I don’t expect to be disappointed, because the reviews for this game are extraordinarily positive.

Super Stickman Golf is FREE for a limited time in the iTunes Store. If you miss the free offer, it is usually 99¢.

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