Puzzles


Windows Phone Central's Roundup of Puzzle Games

Windows Phone puzzle games are a great way to pass the time with. Find the right puzzle game and you may lose track of time.

We've looked at puzzle games before in the Windows Phone Central Roundups and thought thought we'd take another glance at what's available in the Windows Phone Store. We've got a small collection of games that require you to solve the puzzles in a certain manner where you can move this way or that.  However, one wrong move will end your chances at success and send you searching for the reset button.

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Panel Panic! is a puzzle game for your Windows Phone that has a little bit of a Bejeweled flavor to it with a touch of Tetris. You have colored squares that you are trying to shuffle about to create a combo of three or more of the same color. As you play the game, the columns rise from the bottom adding more squares to the mix.

As you create the combos, the squares dissolve and you earn points. Panel Panic! has four game modes and it's a very enjoyable, challenging game for your Windows Phone.

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Tile Path: Windows Phone Game Review

Tile Path is a simple yet enjoyable puzzle game for your Windows Phone. It has a bit of a Tetris feel to it but unique enough not to feel like Tetris. The goal is to place colored blocks on the gaming board and create a path between similarly colored markers. When you connect the two points, the blocks disappear, you earn points and new markers are generated. There are a few gaming modes but in general, if you run out of moves the games over.

From gaming controls to graphics, Tile Path doesn't have much flash to it but that's not to mean the game is without challenge. If you're looking for a challenging way to pass the time, Tile Path is worth a try.

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When it comes to gaming on your Windows Phones, puzzle games are great options to help you pass the time. In this week's roundup we'll take a look at five of the top rated puzzle games that call upon your skills of evaluation, strategy and observation.

These are Windows Phone games that if you don't get things just right, you're doomed from the start.  Most are challenging, entertaining ways to pass the time with.  We pulled five titles from the best rated puzzle games in the Windows Phone Store.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Ghost Motel

Ghost Motel is a puzzle game for your Windows Phone that lays out a collection of riddles and puzzles that are dying to be solved.

The storyline has the Ghost Motel filled with over fifty ghosts that inhabit the various floors of the Motel. The ghosts are in need of help and it's your job to work your way through the Motel, solving the puzzle and in turn helping out the ghosts.

The puzzles are one to a room and each floor has five rooms. The word puzzles are rather challenging and as you help the ghosts, additional floors become unlocked.

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If your are a fan of the Xbox Windows Phone game Tetris but the $4.99 price tag has given you cold feet, now is your chance to save a couple of bucks.

We aren't sure as to the why or the when but the price tag for Tetris has dropped from $4.99 to $2.99. You still have a trial version to let you try things out and we have no idea if this is a permanent price reduction.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Pegs 'n Holes

Pegs 'n Holes is a puzzle game for your Windows Phone where you are presented with a series of colored boxes and circles. The goal is to match the circles (the pegs) with the boxes (holes) to eliminate them from the playing field. Complete the matches until all of the pegs and holes are removed.

Pegs 'n Holes sounds like a simple game but remember, this is a puzzle game and there is sequence present to remove all the pieces. Pegs 'n Holes ended up being an entertaining, challenging, time waster of a game. Add on-line rankings and multiple board sizes Pegs 'n Holes is an attractive game for your Windows Phone.

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Windows Phone Game Quick Look: Pixelated

Pixelated is a popular Blackberry game that has migrated to the Windows Phone Store. Pixelated is an interesting game where you have a limited number of moves to eliminate the pixelation on the screen and create a solid color. It's not a difficult game to get a handle on but with the limited moves, it can be rather challenging.

Pixelated's game screen has the pixelated color pattern (your game board) with colored tiles lining the bottom of the screen. Button controls are present to access the Help screen, Pixelated options, your game stats, and the developer's About page.

Game options cover language, difficulty levels, grid size, color scheme, and layout options. Game stats cover your best scores, win percentage, and achievements earned (there are fifteen of them).

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Windows Phone Game Review: Word Sleuth

Word Sleuth is a Find-a-Word type puzzle game for your Windows Phone that dares you to find the 25,000+ words that are spread across 35 word categories. Word Sleuth adds a decent amount of customizations to give a very simple word puzzle a little pop.

You'll find Scoreloop integration for your leaderboards, customizable backgrounds, three difficulty levels, and four game modes to keep things interesting. If you like find-a-word type word puzzles, Word Sleuth is worth a try.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Pandoodle

Pandoodle is an enjoyable, relaxing Windows Phone puzzle game that has enough challenge to keep it from getting boring. Pandoodle is a multi-level puzzler with the goal being to connect color sources with their corresponding colored symbol.

The challenge comes in that you can't cross paths unless you need to combine colors to match the color of the symbol you are connecting. Pandoodle has 75 puzzles or levels that span three worlds or books. Pandoodle is nice time waster and even has a bit of an addictive quality.

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Windows Phone Game Review - Dream Sleuth

Dream Sleuth isn't your run of the mill Windows Phone game. It's part I SPY, part puzzle game, and party mystery novel. You play the role of Catherine, who must figure out all the clues to a mystery through her dreams.

Dream Sleuth start out a little on the slow side but once you get into the game portion of the adventure, it picks up a little steam.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Pairanoia

Pairanoia is a Windows Phone puzzle game from Beautiful Mind Games, the developers of Triangula, Quadrata and other puzzle games for your Windows Phone. Pairanoia is a game that calls upon you to match up tiles with assorted colors and shapes. As you create the matches you earn points in an effort to out score you opponent.

Pairanoia does take a few games to get the hang of things but once you do, it's an entertaining way to pass the time.

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Quick Shift is a puzzle game for your Windows Phone that was recently updated to bring two new game modes to the table. There is also a free, ad-supported version now available.

Quick Shift presents you with a five by five grid of numbered tiles. You have to find numbered straights that run vertically or horizontally. You earn points by collecting the straights and each round has a target score that must be met before you can advance to the next level. Rows and columns can be shifted to line up the straights. The game is played in timed rounds with the challenge coming with a secondary timer that will shift the tiles around every eleven seconds.

Key features include:

  • 90 levels of play
  • In-game achievements
  • Game statistics
  • Local leaderboard filtered by each game mode
  • Live tile support

The new games modes are unlocked as you complete the first game mode.  You have the original numbers mode and now there is an alphabet mode (create letter straights) and a mix mode that combines numbers and letters.  As you progress through the levels, the game gets a little more challenging by adding more numbers and letters into the mix.  For example, with the numbers mode you start out working with one through five but more numbers come into play the further you advance.

All in all, Quick Shift is a nice game for your Windows Phone that not only challenges your powers of observation but speed skills as well. You can find the free, ad-supported version of Quick Shift here and the ad-free version ($.99)  the Windows Phone Marketplace.

                     

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Windows Phone Game Review: ChalkMaster

ChalkMaster is a simple, yet entertaining game for your Windows Phone. Graphics are unique, game play interesting and overall ChalkMaster is nice game to pass the time with.  The chalkboard graphics are nice, game play challenging enough to prevent the game from getting boring, and with almost a hundred level there's plenty of gaming with ChalkMaster.

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Windows Phone Game Review: I Spy Spooky

I Spy books have been around for years and I Spy Spooky is the latest installment of the series for your Windows Phone. I Spy Spooky is a search and find game where you, search and find objects that are hidden in plain sight in various pictures. I Spy Spooky is set in a spooky mansion with twenty one I Spy riddles and puzzles.

The goal of the game is to escape the mansion by solving the picture riddles in order to reveal seven hidden keys. The keys are needed to advance to the next area and eventually escape the mansion.  I Spy Spooky may not be everyone's cup of tea but I found it to be a fun, entertaining game for your Windows Phone.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Laser Leisure

Laser Leisure is a rather interesting game for your Windows Phone. The game is challenging, yet mildly frustrating. Game play is simple but requires well thought out strategy. I'm still not sure if I like Laser Leisure. There were a few glitches along the way and some of the levels are down right frustrating. However, if you like puzzle and logic type games, it's worth a try (glitches and all).

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Windows Phone Game Review: Atomix

Here's a short look at an interesting game for your Windows Phone, Atomix. Atomix is a puzzle game where you are presented with a series of colored dots that are connected to each other. The patterns resemble molecular or atomic structures.

Your job is to eliminate all the dots and to do so you tap on one of the highlight dots that will start a chain reaction that will merge and destroy the adjacent dots. Atomix is a multi-level game (100 of them) and the further you progress, the more challenging the puzzles get. You have a set time to solve the puzzle and your score is based on how fast you eliminate the dots and the number of clicks you use.

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The Windows Phone version of Gerbil Physics was officially unveiled on Wednesday as part of a big batch of upcoming Xbox Live titles. Now WPCentral is pleased to bring you this exclusive preview of Pencel Games’ Gerbil Physics.

Gerbil Physics is a physics puzzler. In each level, players are presented with one or more stacks of gerbils and an allotment of bombs. The goal is to use careful bomb placement in order to knock the gerbils below a yellow line. If a gerbil remains above the line when you run out of bombs, you’ll fail the level and have to try again. Some levels throw addition kinks into the mix, like structures that must not be knocked over.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Solvr

Looking for a painfully challenging game for your Windows Phone? Give Solvr a try.

Solvr is a math game where you are given a group of numbers and a target value. You have to match the target value by adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing the provided numbers. It sounds easy until you get started solving the puzzle.

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