- Twenty different puzzles with many being entirely unique.
- Advanced challenge and highscore search menus.
- Untangle is more fun than it ought to be.
- Some puzzles suffer for their poor explanations.
Some of the individual puzzles in Puzzle Maniak are better implemented than those in games available for $0.99, so with 20 puzzles available this is well worth trying.
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I'll confess, it's not often that I truly enjoy a puzzle game because I honestly prefer my games to be more... 'gamey'. Puzzle Maniak by Alexandre Minard is an assorted collection of borrowed puzzle ideas with some unique ones thrown in that keeps you pulled in through its sheer polish and clever online features.
Instead of being a hodge-podge of half-finished games Puzzle Maniak manages to implement each puzzle completely along with customizable difficulty levels. You're almost guaranteed to find something worth playing, from the intensely logical puzzles like LightUp to the sublimely zen-like Untangle. Controls are varied for each puzzle, but often make good use of the touch interface. Additionally, players can submit their scores online to challenge players around the world to beat thier score and even use an advanced search interface for highscores.
The only real big flaw is the game's learning curve. Puzzle Maniak includes basic rule explanations for each puzzle, but only sometimes identify the logic required to reach solutions. The menus are slick with a smooth cut-out design and alternate themes are available if you want a bit of a change.
Puzzle Maniak isn't an 'ultimate collection' of puzzle games, but it is an extremely polished attempt at being the only puzzle app you'll need. It's all the small things that prevent this from being truly great, but even if you only like a handful of the puzzles it's still a great investment.
DescriptionPuzzleManiak is a collection of 20 puzzle games: Sudoku, Pattern (Picross like), Bridges, Dominosa, Filling, Galaxies, Loopy, LightUp, Mines, Net, Rectangles, Slant, Tents, Unequal, Untangle, Blackbox, SameGame, Pegs, Mastermind and Map.
All games are generated on-the-fly with a unique solution, thus you’ll never play the same puzzle twice.
All games offer multiple levels from easy to hard.
Statistics are maintained for each game, and each level of difficulty.
For each game, a daily web challenge is available: in this mode, everyday, players from around the world can play the same puzzle and compare their scores with other players.
There is also a 'special web challenge' in which all players play a unique puzzle game, but without knowing which one it is before starting it.
New online game mode: "Players challenges". After any (local) game, you can submit it to the website, so that every other players can play it and so you can compare your scores to other ones.
A ranking is available on the website for this "Players challenges" mode.
Current puzzle is always saved when exiting, so you can resume it later, whenever you wish.
10 best scores of each game are saved locally.
New: Graphic themes are now available.