Posts tagged ‘Puzzle’

Review: Spectra – Camera Painting for iOS: Complete Paintings Using the World Around You

If you’re like me, you enjoy casual puzzlers. However, they all seem to run together after a while. Wouldn’t it be great to be faced with a new challenge? Enter Spectra – Camera Painting for iOS. This puzzler challenges users to complete on-screen paintings by using their iOS device’s camera to capture colors from the world around them.

Overview

Spectra offers an unusual twist on puzzle/color matching games. Users are presented with an unfinished work of art, and are challenged to help complete the image by pointing their device’s camera at various real-life objects to complete a selected color. Beginner images begin with matching four colors, while later images require quite a few more colors to be found and matched.

Review: Spectra – Camera Painting for iOS: Complete Paintings Using the World Around You

The game sounds simple, but players will quickly find the game to be an interesting challenge, especially in later rounds. I quickly discovered that matching colors isn’t an exact science, and I found my self finding objects that I thought were an exact match, but required a bit different lighting to match the required color.

 

I got some funny looks from friends and family members while playing the game, but when I explained it, they asked for me to send them a link so they could try the game! Then we were all pointing our iPhones at various objects in the room, (sometimes even each other), trying to complete the coloring in our images.

 

Early levels make it pretty easy to match the colors, but once you’re on the expert level, you’ll find it a devilish challenge to make just the right match. The three levels of challenge are Novice, Expert, and Master. (I never did quite reach the Master level. But, I’m still trying!)

 

The game also makes use of the iPhone’s built-in flashlight to allow capturing colors in dark environments, like dark corners, or even behind furniture. (The brighter light offered by the flashlight can also help you create various shades of colors to match just the right hue in later levels. Make use of the “pinch-to-zoom” feature too, which helps you find just the right color hidden in other objects.)

 

The app is free, and offers 8 paintings to get you started. That, may not sound like a lot, but the three skill levels for each painting will definitely keep you challenged for a while. And when you do run out, you’ll find a large number of additional painting packs, all available via coins, which purchased in-app for $0.99 to $3.99. (You also earn coins by completing each painting.)

 

Additional Painting Packs include:

* Abstract
* Art Nouveau
* Cakes
* Cartoons
* Cubist
* Folk Art
* Futurism
* Graffiti
* Impressionist
* Natural World
* People
* Pets
* Pointillist
* Pop Art
* Sport
* Surrealist
* Transport
* Travel Art
* Wildlife

 

Verdict

Honestly, I have been playing this game for quite awhile before I was ever asked to do this review. I have to say it’s the type of game I wasn’t sure I would like, but has proved to be a winner. I won’t say I play it every day, but it is certainly a great game to play while you’re in the waiting room at the doctors office, or while waiting for an oil change to be completed. (Just be prepared for a few odd looks!)

 

I highly recommend Spectra – Camera Painting to anyone who is looking for an offbeat puzzle challenge that really is unlike anything they may have played before. And, for the rock-bottom cost of “free,” it doesn’t cost a dime to try it out.

 

Rating: 4.0/5.0

 

Spectra – Camera Painting is free, and it’s available in the iOS App Store. [GET IT NOW]

 

Note: The above review was commissioned by the developer, and has been written in an objective, unbiased fashion.

Exercise Your Brain with Innecto, The Puzzle Game for iPhone and iPad

45RPM Software today is proud to announce the release of Innecto 1.2 for iOS. Research shows that too much sugar rots your mind as well as your teeth, making it hard to concentrate. Put the Candy to one side and give your brain a real workout with Innecto.

 

Innecto seems so easy and relaxing; the little tiles twist satisfyingly into place as you race against the clock to complete each board in the least time with the least number of moves. The difficulty ramps up though – and you’ll need all your skill to get to the end.

 

There are more than 100 levels and each one is calculated by the computer so no two games will be the same – giving Innecto great replay value. The game design, code, tile graphics, and segment typeface are all the work of Pascal Harris (45RPM Software) and the music and sound design is the work of Richard Hanson (Highfish Recordings) with additional music production by David Jamieson. Many people have tested Innecto – and we really hope that you enjoy the final result.

 

Innecto Features:
* Gorgeous Retina graphics
* Addictive gameplay
* Randomly generated levels
* An amazing soundtrack that you’ll be humming for weeks
* GameCenter integration
* In-app purchases of extra hints (in case you run out)
* Help and hints on game play

 

Innecto 1.2 is available in two versions: a Freemium version and an up-front paid-for version is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

Christmas Mansion 3 for iOS – Puzzle Game

Notus Games Studio has released Christmas Mansion 3 (v1.0.3), a new puzzle game for iOS that the whole family can enjoy. Help the Elf to prepare your town for Christmas with beautiful ornaments and decorations!

Christmas Mansion 3 for iOS - Puzzle Game

Build cafes and shops for Christmas fair, decorate the fir-tree and town hall, get beautiful ornaments, illuminations and ice sculptures to create the real Christmas spirit. So hurry up to get dozens of upgrades and decorations for your Christmas fair and earn free diamonds to charge the powerups, blast through the puzzles and have a fantastic Christmas Puzzle holiday!

 

* Nice town to decorate
* 85 exciting levels
* Fantastic soundtrack
* New bonuses and power-ups

 

The game has been released in English with more localizations in the pipeline. It is a continuation of Christmas Puzzle/Christmas Mansion series. In previous releases players were able to decorate a house exterior and living room for Christmas. Now, the entire town square is available to prepare for Christmas fair.

 

Christmas Mansion 3 (v1.0.3) is Free (with in-app purchases) and available  through the App Store in the Games category. A PC version is also available and Mac version will be released soon.

Block-a-Pix for iOS – Find the Blocks, Discover the Picture

Conceptis today introduces Conceptis Block-a-Pix 1.0 for iOS, a new logic puzzle game that lets you reveal hidden pixel-art pictures by pure logic deduction. Block-a-Pix, also known as Shikaku, Block Pix and Blockbuster Paint doku, is a fun and addictive block-filling puzzle. Each puzzle consists of a grid containing clues in various places. The object is to reveal a hidden picture by dividing the whole area of the grid into rectangular blocks according to the rules. Find the blocks, discover the picture!

Block-a-Pix for iOS - Find the Blocks, Discover the Picture

Conceptis Block-a-Pix features over 200 puzzles in a wide range of sizes and difficulty levels, including 50 free ones to get you started and an extra free puzzle which is released each week. More puzzle volumes will be published regularly. All puzzles are manually created by artists and have unique solutions. Gaming features include a unique fingertip cursor which enables playing large puzzle grids with ease and precision, concurrently playing and saving multiple puzzles, library sorting and hiding options, unlimited undo and redo, error checking and solving times tracking.

 

Conceptis Block-a-Pix 1.0 is free and is available through the App Store in the Games category. Additional volumes are available via in-App Purchase.

Use Your iPhone’s Camera to Paint a Picture

Renniksoft today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Spectra – Camera Painting 1.1, an important update to their innovative app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices that uses the device’s camera to help paint a picture. Users fill in the colors of a selected painting, drawing, cartoon, or other image by aiming their iPhone’s camera lens at the real-life objects found all around them. Once they find a color that matches the selected hue, that color fills in, and then it’s on to finding the next color.

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Spectra offers an unusual spin on the usual puzzle or color matching games. Colors are all around us in the real world, and Spectra uses them to complete a target illustration or work of art. Users can select an easy level, where the colors are limited, and easier to match, all the way up to an expert level, where the colors are tougher to get an exact match to.

 

Features include:
* Camera Painting: Match the colors in the surrounding area to the game’s image to the using the iPhone’s camera
* Users may test their skills with three levels of difficulty: Novice, Expert, and Master
* 8 free paintings are included – Buy hundreds more in a number of themes, from Abstract to Wildlife
* Use the iPhone’s built-in flash as a flashlight to illuminate colors to capture them in low-light situations
* A Pinch-to-zoom feature helps the camera capture the perfect color

 

“Color matching puzzles are a dime a dozen on the iPhone, so we decided to put our own unique twist on them,” says Renniksoft founder Clive Skinner. “By using the iPhone’s built-in camera for color matching, we feel that we’ve turned the genre on its head. Plus, it’s completely up to the player’s imagination as to what objects they’ll use to match the target colors. A player could select a vase, whatever is on their dinner plate, or even their cat’s fur to match a desired color! One of our users called the app, ‘Pokemon Go meets coloring books,’ and I’d have to agree that is the perfect way to describe the app!”

 

While the 8 free paintings that are included with the download of the app will offer hours of challenging fun, especially since players can replay each illustration on one of three different levels, the fun doesn’t have to end there. Players can also download new illustrations, images, paintings, and cartoons, all via the app’s convenient in app-purchase function. That means the fun never has to end. Additional Painting Packs are available via in-app purchase, and include:

 

* Abstract
* Art Nouveau
* Cakes
* Cartoons
* Cubist
* Folk Art
* Futurism
* Graffiti
* Impressionist
* Natural World
* People
* Pets
* Pointillist
* Pop Art
* Sport
* Surrealist
* Transport
* Travel Art
* Wildlife

 

“Players are going to love Spectra, and we can’t wait to see what they’ll point their cameras at to match the colors of the images in the game,” continues Skinner. “Although we do hope they’ll explain to everyone around them why they’re pointing their iPhone’s camera all around the room. Heck, everyone else might want to download Spectra, and join in the fun too!”

 

Spectra – Camera Painting 1.1 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Convenient in-app purchases are available for $0.99 to $3.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) to add additional painting packs for even more fun.

Knit Crosswords Puzzles 1.2 for iOS Now Available

Hi Rawr Studios have been moving from strength to strength with a series of releases of iOS apps that both help and entertain. The company announces the release of Knit Crosswords Puzzles 1.2, their latest crossword game app packed with innovative twists. For many mobile app enthusiasts there’s always a place for a smart new crosswords app. This fun app delivers not just smarter crossword puzzles, but crosswords that are interconnected like a finely woven quilt. Opening up new ways to think about and solve this crossword puzzle.

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“We are really proud to bring you this new crossword word puzzle format and hope you enjoy it as much as we in building it for you,” commented a spokesperson from Hi Rawr Studios. “As always our goal is to exceed expectations as much as possible.”

 

According to the company, the app delivers not only the innovative feature of the crossword puzzles being connected like quilts, but also in their being of different sizes offering significant changes in game play and adding to replay value. The puzzles range from 3×3 all the way up to large 7×7 knit crosswords.

 

Knit Crosswords Puzzles 1.2 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

Circuitous v1.4 is now Available for iOS, Apple TV, Android, Windows 10 Phone & PC

Magnin & Associates has updateed Circuitous, their classic iOS game. This version also marks the first time it’s been available on Apple TV, Android, Windows Phone & PC. The game was produced by Ed Magnin, programmed by Willie Johnson, Jr, graphics by Joe Eisma. and Rich Douglas created the music and audio effects. Ted Colby worked on the original version.

 

Slide and rotate tiles to complete a circuit between two terminals. 40 levels of challenging puzzles. Higher levels include multiple terminals and puzzles where you must complete two possibly overlapping circuits. Keeps best time for game and each level. Can repeat levels to improve level and total time. To play, simply tap the tiles to rotate or touch and drag to slide into place.

 

Circuitous 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. An Android version is available worldwide from both Google Play and Amazon AppStore. A Windows 10 Phone & PC version is available from the Windows Store. The Apple TV version is a Free download to previous purchasers of the iOS version.

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Circuitous 1.4
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Space Barriers 1.0 Offers Addictive Puzzle Action to Mobile Device Users

Norcron has released Space Barriers 1.0, their new game title developed for iOS and Android devices. Space Barriers offers 100 levels of puzzling action for both novice and advanced players.

 

Space Barriers 1.0 Offers Addictive Puzzle Action to Mobile Device Users

 

Players must try and get the ball into the goal, by swiping your finger anywhere on the screen to navigate the ball through the puzzle and into the goal.

User reviews are phenomenal. Take a look at what Devon L. has to say about this blockbuster new app: “Addicting … One of those games you have to play until you finally pass that level you’ve been stuck on for ages! Really fun and challenging!”

Space Barriers 1.0 is free, and the iOS version is available through the App Store. There is also an Android version available on Google Play.