Relaxing Puzzle Game: Block x 3

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Sometimes “life” gets in the way of blogging. :shock:

This is one of those times.

and so….

as I take an unexpected blogging break, I leave you with a nice, relaxing puzzle game to keep you busy until my return…..

Block x 3 is FREE in the iTunes store.

No need for advice from me about how to approach this game. As you start from the beginning, they take you slow and easy and you learn as you go.

Be back soon….

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Weekend Distraction: Vexed (an old old old game revisited)

Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 8.57.03 PMAnyone remember the old Palm Pilot? Back in the 90’s? As a lover of gadgets, I had one of those. (No surprise, there, right?) :) Amazing for the time.

I only had one game on my Palm Pilot but I used it often. Obviously back in those days, the graphics were quite plain, and if I remember correctly, my Palm screen wasn’t even in color. But that all mattered not…. I just loved this game.

Recently I was reminiscing, and although I remembered this game in detail, I could not remember it’s name.

I thought to myself that buried among the thousands of apps available for the iPhone and iPad, someone must have recreated this game for the devices of today. I had to do some pretty creative googling …. but …. yay! I found it!!

And for me, it is just as enjoyable as I remember. It’s not flashy. You will not gasp with oohs and ahhhs for stunning graphics or clever moves.

But if you enjoy a challenging-yet-possible puzzle, you’ll love Vexed.

The premise for Vexed is really incredibly simple. You’ll be presented with blocks, set about the screen. Your goal is to match up blocks with matching shapes. When you do, they disappear. When you clear the board, you move to the next level.

But oh…. it can get tricky!!

There are many many many levels, and many many “packs”.

Here is a screen shot of the first board for the classic series.

Notice there are THREE checks and THREE O’s. You can’t move the check over the other check, because they will disappear and you’ll still have one check left. But if you move the top “O” and let it drop, you can move it over to the left and all three O’s will disappear. Then drop the check and all three checks will disappear. Ta da!!! You just completed screen number one.

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I’m stuck on this board below right now:

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I’m sure I’ll figure it out …. eventually. :)

Vexed DLX Old School Puzzler is FREE in the iTunes store and works on both your iPad and iPhone

Let me know how you do!

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Weekend Distraction: Threes!

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I don’t have a terribly long attention span for games.

But yet I enjoy pulling up an app and playing with it for a bit of challenging fun.

Threes! is the perfect go-to when you have a few minutes to kill.

(and… before I go any further, this app has NO ads, and NO in-app purchases! Yay!)

It is a lovely game. It is deceptively simple, works flawlessly and is surprisingly challenging.

You can choose to be taken through a bit of tutoring to get you started, and then away you go.

The challenge is to get the highest score you can (and then next time….beat your score.)

What to do? Combine 2’s and 1’s to make 3’s. Combine 3’s to make 6’s. Combine 6’s to make 12’s. Combine 12’s to make 24’s. Combine 24’s ….. you get the picture.

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Once you try it a few times, you’ll be drawn back again and again.

I’m not alone in my enjoyment. The reviews are all quite positive:

Threes is a puzzle game with absurd amounts of charm

Threes App Review: A cute, casual and challenging puzzler

Threes! is what every indie App Store game should be!

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Threes! for the iPhone or iPad is $1.99 in the iTunes store.

p.s…. my best score (so far) is 2,397 :)

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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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Where in the World is …… You! Explore the World with GeoGuessr

Screen shot 2013-05-27 at 7.13.23 PMRecently I was told about an addictive new game on the internet (thanks, Jason!) and in spite of having a long list of things I should be doing, I haven’t been able to stay away from this new diversion for very long. This is not an app. It is a website, to enjoy on your computer or any other device.

Remember Where’s Waldo? There’s no fellow in a striped shirt in this game. Instead, you have to figure out where YOU are, and that could be anywhere in the world (actually, to be very specific, you could be anywhere in the world that google has mapped.)

The game screen opens up with a Google-street view of …… someplace.

It is YOUR job to figure out where in the world you have been dropped.

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You can look for clues. Well, actually, you SHOULD look for clues (unless of course you have been dropped in front of something obvious, like the Eiffel Tower :lol: )

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You can do all the things that you can normally do with Google street view. You can continue down the street. You can read street signs. Move around. Look around. Are there palm trees? Snow? Mountains? Sea? Look left, look right, look all around, 360 degrees.

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Once you think you know where you are, it’s time to take a guess.

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When you are ready to make a guess, look at the map on the screen. Just zoom in to the spot where you think you are and click on it. Tap on “make guess” and the game will show you where you (virtually) are AND draw a line from the actual spot to the spot where you guessed you are. I’ve missed most times by thousands of miles.

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A complete game is 5 guesses, but of course you can just stop in for just one or two.

The best I ever did was guess within 800 miles. (I picked Germany, but the google map had dropped me in Finland) Oops.

Explore the world with Geoguessr. :)

Geoguessr Asks The Question ‘Where The Hell Am I?”

GeoGuessr Tips: How To Master The Internet’s Amazingly Addictive New Obsession

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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: Skill Game for your iPad and iPhone

Screen shot 2013-04-19 at 10.21.38 AMI enjoy games that have a short tiny itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny learning curve. This game is one of those. Just download it and start to play.

The only problem is that you may find yourself sucked down a rabbit hole. You may plan to only play for a few minutes and suddenly you find that a great amount of time has passed. :)

The challenge? Connect the dots.

That’s it.

Connect the dots in numerical order.

Here are the rules:

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Sounds simple, right?

It is surprisingly challenging. I’ve been stuck now several times, but I always want to go back and try another.

As you can see on this screen, I am not in a very good position to connect to dot number 7. Some forward planning is important as you tackle each challenge. Clearly I didn’t give this one enough thought.

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Here I took it a little further. I got to the number 7 …. but now, getting to number 11 looks daunting. I think I’m going to abandon this game and start again (with a little more planning).

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This is a great go-to when you have a few minutes to pass while you wait for something going on in your real life. :)

Rated with 4 1/2 stars in the iTunes store with over 2 million downloads.

Skill Game is currently FREE in the iTunes store.

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