The 5 Older Puzzle Games.

The 5 Older Puzzle Games.

Before I started writing puzzles and games for everyone, I wrote some Logic puzzles. These puzzles are not for everyone. I wrote them mostly with myself in mind and the biggest mistake I made was in not making starter levels easy enough and in not having really good tutorials.

So here’s the deal. They all work fairly well (although some of them do some things that are annoying, like the “un-uh” sound when you make a mistake or try to do something that’s not allowed. I also added “nagware” and put a 30 minute timer on them. Thankfully, I’ve removed all the “nagware/adware” stuff in them.

My guess is that if you like Sudoku puzzles or Games Magazine or Pencil and Paper puzzles of any kind, or even hooked on Free Cell or Mind Sweeper, you might just enjoy these games and be able to figure them out. And if you have any questions at all, when you play them, just pop in here and ask me a question (or make a suggestion for improvements).

The good news is that they are all Free and they come with enough variations and levels of difficulty that if you do like one of them, you’ll be playing them for hours (or maybe even years).

And I’m going to do a shout out to Everet Kaser and www.Kaser.com who’s excellent puzzles first inspired me to make my own brand. I still play his Honeycomb Hotel and Knarley Works just about every day. (along with Free Cell, of course).

So here’s the order I’d recommend you try them out.

Rack’Em: A logical Pool Ball game where you move Pool Balls in a straight line to make 3 in a-row (which then can’t be moved). It has the Free Cell feel. You look around using logic, trying to find “safe” moves that will let you move forward and complete the puzzle.

Recon: A one person logical solitaire Battleships game that is the most like Sudoku. These puzzles have shown up every month in Games Magazine for years. On 3 separate occasions, puzzles from Recon made it into Game Magazine.

GapWar: My oldest puzzle, based on a puzzle I was given in 3’rd grade (and I still own it – I think it’s my oldest possession – Take That Leon (Mr. Clutter Advice)). All I can say about this tile matching game is that some people really, really love it.

Noah’s Arc: This is probably the most difficult game to understand, but it’s very rewarding to play in Gatherer mode. It was my closest effort to a Kaser-like puzzle and again, some people just loved it.

FitTris: This was my quickest effort, and it’s lacking in any pizazz and there are many things I would do differently. One of the variations survived and became the Coin puzzle in Clutter. A couple of the other variations are making it’s way into Clutter-II. You simply fit Tetris like pieces into a square grid. Simple, yes…but with enough variations and levels of difficulty that anyone should be able to find a puzzle-type and level to challenge them.

They all install easily and in less than a minute you can be playing.

Again…if you have any questions at all, when you play them, just pop in here and ask me a question (or make a suggestion for improvements).

The decision to make them free was an easy one. If you like any of them, come back and tell me about it…and/or tell your friends. Enjoy!!!

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