Posts tagged ‘puzzles’

Review: Spectra – Camera Painting: Complete Paintings With Your iPhone’s Camera

There are a number of unique games available for iOS devices these days, endless runners, puzzle games, Pokemon, and more fill the screens of the devices around us. I was given the opportunity to try Spectra – Camera Painting, a new game that offers puzzle fans, and even Pokemon players, a unique challenge.

Review: Spectra - Camera Painting Complete Paintings With Your iPhone's Camera



The concept of Spectra – Camera Painting is simple. Select an image from the game’s library of 8 images, (you get 8 free, you can buy more later, if you’d like), and then point your iPhone’s camera at real life objects in the world around you to match the colors found in the images to completely “paint” the illustration.


While the concept is simple, finding just the right color to match the colors found in the image can be frustrating, yet entertaining. Any object around you is fair game for use in the game.


Point your camera at objects containing the color selected on screen, and when you match the color, you hear a click, and a check mark appears, marking that color as found. That piece of the image fills in on screen, and it’s onto another object to match a new color from the image. If you like, you can tap any on-screen color to select it as the color to search for.


The game also allows users of iOS devices that include a flash to use it as a flashlight, aiding in finding just the right color anywhere in any lighting condition. You can also pinch to zoom, to fill the lens with the correct color.


I found the game to be an enjoyable time passer, particularly when I was waiting in line, or sitting in my dentist’s office waiting for my appointment. I did get a few odd looks from those around me, but once I explained what I was doing, they seemed to accept it. (A few even asked me for the name of the game.)


While the free app only offers 8 illustrations to begin play with, it does offer 3 levels of challenge, so most players will get hours of fun from the first batch of images before needing to consider the in-app purchase of additional illustrations.


When it comes time to buy additional images, they are available in packs ranging in price from $0.99 to $3.99. Available 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


I would like to see a feature that allows users to select images from their own camera rolls as the source image, but I could see how it might lead to frustration and complaints if the player selected a photo containing an overload of colors that would be difficult to match.




Spectra – Camera Painting is an enjoyable game for the iPhone and iPad. I found it to be a great time waster in situations where I was waiting on someone or something. Plus, it makes a great way to unwind in the evening after work.


While I wish the app included more images, (without an in-app purchase), or allowed you to use your own images, the game offers enough playability (with three skill levels), that an occasional in-app purchase for more images really isn’t a big deal.


Rating: 4.5/5.0


Price: FREE – Available in the App Store. In-app purchases are available, ranging from $0.99 to $3.99, that allow players to purchases new images, in a number of categories, if they so desire. [GET THE GAME HERE]



  • Unique color matching challenge
  • Easy to learn
  • Three levels of challenge



  • I wish the game allowed players to use their own images



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

Ouroboros – A Fun-to-Play Puzzle Game for iOS and Android

OA+, a small independent studio, today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Ouroboros 1.1.0, a major update to its casual puzzle game developed for iOS and Android devices. Ouroboros is named after the mythical snake symbol of eternal renewal. This ancient creature inspired our fun, addictive puzzle game that will constantly challenge players to think differently and create anew from destruction.


The gameplay is straightforward:
* Place tiles on the board
* Create and complete loops
* Gain points and progress as far as you can


As the player progresses further, limited space, randomly-placed tiles, and various obstacles will present new challenges to solve. Version 1.1.0 offers very minor bug fixes. This new version also introduces 4 new themes available to unlock, and players can now choose a starting level when restarting a new game.


Noteworthy features in Ouroboros:
* Free to play
* Easy to learn: Place tiles / Create loops / Gain points to progress
* Endless puzzles to solve
* Create the biggest loops
* Relax and play at your own pace
* Beautiful themes to unlock
* Invite your friends to play and challenge them to beat your score


“This is our first game,” explained Olivier Lee, founder of New York based OA+ LLC. “We wanted to start by creating a simple game that could be played both by gamers and non-gamers alike. People can relax and play without the constant pressure of time.”


Ouroboros 1.1.0 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. There is also an Android version is available on Google Play. For more information, please contact Olivier Lee.

Drop Theory is here – A Silly Dropping Physics Game

Houston, Texas – Appdore, LLC today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability ofDrop Theory 1.0, its latest new physics game based on the excitement of falling physics. This game was designed to be great for casual and competitive players as it has 2 leaderboards and over 10 achievements.


Drop Theory has some similarities to our popular ricocheting game, Ricochet Theory. In Drop Theory, players will start with a square and must journey across several challenging unique levels created by the Dev. Along the way, players will learn about the power of flipping, shifting, dragging and manipulating shapes and objects to complete these levels. Players will be rewarded with stars as the levels are completed.


Drop Theory features a Best of 7 Arcade mode that allows players to play 7 random levels in an attempt to get the highest score. Each of these levels will have a maximum of 10,000 points to collect but every failed drop attempt will lower the possible points to collect. There are no timers or time limits in this game, just a casual observative challenge for everyone.


This game takes place in 2018, a simplistic future that has turned complex 3D objects into flat minimalistic shapes. Players will have the opportunity to experience these challenging levels with the bouncier Circle or the dense Hexagon. Collecting all the stars will be difficult as things will be quite different when playing the game as the Circle and Hexagon.


Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later
* 29.6 MB


Pricing and Availability:
Drop Theory 1.0 is Free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games > Puzzle category. There is also an Android version available on Google Play.


Drop Theory 1.0
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Appdore, LLC is an independent game development company run by Cartez Augustus and is operated out of Houston, Texas. Cartez has been developing apps since 2012, including work on several iOS apps. Copyright (C) 2016 Appdore, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

Jelly Bean Blast – Match 3 Mania Puzzle Games Offers Slider Game Fun for iOS Devices

Indie developer, Nada Fahim has released Jelly Bean Blast – Match 3 Mania Puzzle Games 3.05, her first slider game developed for iOS devices as well as Facebook. The game offers 100 levels and challenges players with a a sliding mechanic where players must slide entire lines to match the jelly candy in order to achieve the goal of the mission.


* Match jelly candy in many existing brainstorming puzzles – each one is unique and full of fun and amazing challenges
* Dazzling Puzzles like smashing glass and digging for treasure keep the fun flowing
* Create Combos by matching rare jelly candy and create amazing cascades
* Discover rare Magic Diamonds and bombs by making big matches
* Easy to Learn – hard to master; Can you score high enough to earn 3 stars on every level?
* Beautiful backgrounds as you solve puzzles at amazing places
* Top-Notch performance – Animated jelly candy, effects, and characters
* Free updates with new puzzles, boosts, and more


Jelly Bean Blast – Match 3 Mania Puzzle Games 3.05 is free, and is available through the App Store in the Games category.

Popular Action Puzzler iSlash Heroes Reaches 1M Downloads in 3 Days

Duello Games’ iSlash Heroes, the popular and addictive slashing puzzler for iOS devices has reached the 1 million downloads milestone in just 3 days. The game is currently the #1 puzzle game in over 50 countries. Gamers are attracted by the slashing action that uses their finger as a weapon. Players swipe and slash pieces into smaller pieces while avoiding deadly Ninja stars. Read more