Top Tuesday: Favorite Puzzle Games

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Even though I’m not very good at puzzles, I do enjoy them a lot. There are a few puzzle games I play here and there and have a good time with them. In no particular order, here are just a few.

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Professor Layton

I think this one is kind of a given. I enjoy games with rich storytelling and the added puzzles add more fun to the game. Professor Layton is a well-rounded great game with intriguing puzzles, good storytelling, and awesome characters. While there are similar puzzles here and there, they’re all unique from each other so that you never get the answer right away – unless you’re super smart. (Maybe I’m just bad at puzzles.) With many games in the series, you can’t go wrong with everyone’s favorite puzzle-solving professor.

Tetris

I’ll admit I didn’t really start to play Tetris until Tetris 99 came out. I had known of the game and wanted to play it, but the original game came out in 1984 and I wasn’t going to be born for quite sometime after that. Therefore, it was in the back of my mind for some time, but never really on my radar. When Tetris 99 came out, and it was free to play, I hopped on that train. I’m terrible at the game, of course, but it’s a lot of fun.

Brain Age

I haven’t thought about this game in a while, but since Japan is getting a new Brain Age game for the Switch, it reminded me the game exists. I had Brain Age and Brain Age 2 for the Nintendo DS and enjoyed them both. I have fun with the brain teasers and even the quick math facts even though I dislike math. What I really enjoyed most about the game though was that it had Sudoku. I beat those puzzles pretty quick.

Bejeweled

I haven’t played this one in such a long time, but Bejeweled was always a favorite of mine. It was simple three-in-a-row gameplay with pretty gems. You can’t go wrong with that. I think I played it mostly through Facebook and as mobile apps. I never had it for any consoles.

Picross

This is a game I got into fairly recently. By recently, I mean within the last year or so. It reminded me of Sudoku in some ways and even though you have to think, it’s kind of a mindless puzzle game… if that makes any sense at all. You make a picture in a grid coloring in certain squares and leaving others blank depending on how many the grid tells you are supposed to be colored in within that row and column. I have an app on my iPad that I’ve just about played every single puzzle. Now I need to pace myself before I run out of them.

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Picross Puzzle Game

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I enjoy my fair share of puzzles and logic games that help exercise the mind. Am I necessarily good at them? No, but I still get them done eventually and have fun doing so. 

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Word Search puzzles are fun. I’ve always been a fan of Sudoku. I love word puzzles (just not crosswords or word scrambles unless I have a word bank) and jigsaw puzzles. One type of puzzle I recently got into was Picross.

I had never heard of the game before until Pokemon Picross came out in late 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS. To this day, I’m not very far in the game. It of course has “energy” so if you use it up you need to wait a certain amount of time before you can play again. That said, I often went into puzzles, got stuck, and exited out of them to try a new puzzle. Thus, using up my energy in just a few minutes without actually accomplishing anything.

I understood the concept of the game pretty well though. The numbers on the left side and the top needed to match in the order and the numbers couldn’t touch each other. For example, if the grid is 12×12 and the numbers are 2 and 10 in that order, then you know automatically the row will have two colored squares, an X, and then then ten colored squares to fill up the rest of the row. Those rows, that equal the amount in the row, are the easiest to figure out. From there, you can figure everything else out.

Of course, it’s not easy to explain the game through a blog post. Even in person I have a hard time explaining the rules of the puzzle. It’s just something you need to play and practice in order to understand what to do.

I found a Picross app on my iPad and I’ve been playing it for a few months now. There are nearly 2,000 puzzles. There are two packs containing 64 puzzles, five packs containing 100 puzzles, and two packs containing 400 puzzles. I’ve completed them all and am about halfway done with the first 400-puzzle pack. I need to complete all those puzzles into order to unlock the second and final 400-puzzle pack.

The funny this is, while writing this post, I went onto the app to count the puzzles and noticed they updated the game. I thought I was going to beat the game fairly soon but they added a new pack that has 225 puzzles. So, I guess I’ll be playing for a while longer.

There’s a hint option for each puzzle that costs 250 coins (which you get by completing the puzzles). When I first started playing, I used the hint option a lot – to the point where I ran out of coins and I just needed to scratch my head and really think until I got more coins.

Now, though, I have a ton of coins because I haven’t needed to use the hint button in a long time. It’s amazes me how much your brain can learn and figure things out when you do the same thing over and over again. Even if I get super stuck, I sometimes exit out of the game and immediately jump back into it. Right away, my mind finds what I was missing just a minute ago.

While I have nearly 800 puzzles left to solve, I’ve completed more than half of what’s on the app. I’ve been playing for months, but it tracks how long you’re on the app for. According to it, I’ve played the app for almost four days. This means that it’s taken me a little less than four days to solve all the puzzles I’ve solved. I’m pretty impressed with myself.

Picross isn’t an easy puzzle to solve or to even understand in the beginning. I never thought Picross would be my go-to puzzle, but I’ve been enjoying it more than I thought I would. I definitely need to look up the Picross games on the Nintendo Switch and give those a try.

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Building our Pokemon Mega Construx Collection

Despite our love of video games, sometimes you just need a break from staring at the screen. About a year ago, Rachel and I discovered Pokemon Mega Construx at our local GameStop and we’ve enjoyed building them whenever we each have a couple of hours to kill. Gyarados had been our first masterpiece, and we’ve built a few more since then.

Last night, we started building Blastoise and Charizard, two Construx kits that Rachel had gotten for her birthday earlier this month.

Blastoise had almost 100 pieces more than Charizard, so Rachel was also going to build Wartortle — which we’ve had for a few months at this point — when Charizard was finished, but we didn’t have the time to break open the Wartortle box (don’t worry, Wartortle, we will build you one day!).

We both really enjoy these puzzles and Lego-like building kits, so with Twitch’s Pokemon anime marathon playing in the background, we got to work. Initially, I think we started building like a race, but that didn’t last too long, especially since I needed Rachel’s help in finding certain pieces among my pile of blocks and Rachel needed my help in snapping some pieces together.

With the Construx, the pieces all come in several bags, and Rachel was smart to keep the pieces all in piles according to the bags. I just dumped them all out together, because that’s how organized I am. Luckily our cat Chase didn’t appear to try to “help,” since he tends to pounce on the puzzle pieces.

We’re definitely looking forward to growing our collection!

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Friday Favorites: Pokemon Gym Puzzles

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I’ve been playing more Pokemon lately, finding the series to be rather relaxing after a week of work. I prefer the regions with gym challenges rather than Alola, both for the challenging battles and the puzzles that some gyms had in order to reach the leader. This week is all about my favorite Pokemon Gym puzzles!

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Mahogany Gym (Johto)

Mahogany Gym is the Ice-type gym in the second generation of the Pokemon games. It has one of those classic ice-sliding puzzles where one misstep can mess you up. While the original Gold/Silver/Crystal trio had just one room of this puzzle, the HeartGold and SoulSilver remakes had three.

Vermilion Gym (Kanto)

Lt. Surge’s Electric-type gym was a fun puzzle in which there are two switches hidden in trash cans that the player needs to press in order to open up the electric doors that the gym leader is behind. While the switches are always adjacent, if you guess the second one incorrectly, the switches reset.

Fuchsia Gym (Kanto)

This Poison-type gym used invisible walls that you had to walk around in order to reach the gym leader. As a kid playing the original first generation games, I was a little frustrated with this gym until I realized that you could very faintly make out where the walls are. Nevertheless, it was a good challenge.

Mistralton Gym (Unova)

In Black and White, this gym uses freaking cannons to blast the player around the room. Your character is supposed to be, what, a young teen? I feel as if this gym would get sued for human injuries. In Black 2 and White 2, there are giant fans that blow the player around, and I’m not sure they’re much better. While not particularly challenging, this is probably one of the gym designs that I found the most amusing while playing!

What are your favorite Pokemon Gym puzzles? Or did you prefer the gyms that were straightforward and led you immediately to the gym leader?

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11 Things to do When You Don’t have the Nintendo Switch

Considering we don’t have the Nintendo Switch just yet, we’re trying to figure out ways to keep ourselves occupied until we are able to get one. Here’s a silly little list we complied as a way to cope. If you’re in the same boat as us, let us know what you’re doing to pass the time until you can get a Switch console in the comments below!

1. Wallow in self-pity.

2. Do a puzzle, preferably one of your favorite video game franchise.

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3. Create an Amazon wishlist of all the Switch games you’re going to get once you have the console.

4. Count your money and don’t let go.

5. Cry.

super-mario-bros-movie-poster6. Watch old video game TV shows (Mario Bros or Legend of Zelda) or movies (Super Mario Bros or Professor Layton).

7. Constantly refresh the Amazon and Gamestop homepages.

8. Buy some Switch accessories that you’ll need for when you get the console.

9. Play games you already have and forgot about already.

10. Go for a walk (the sun can’t hurt that badly, right?).

11. Buck up and realize it’s just a video game console — you’ll get one eventually!

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Top Tuesday: Professor Layton and the Curious Village Puzzles

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

Kris and I started playing the Layton games after we beat the Ace Attorney series and wanted more.

Once wonderful thing Layton has that Ace Attorney doesn’t are the puzzles! We love logic puzzles and Layton is riddled with them! (I apologize for the pun.)

Professor and the Curious Village Puzzles

5. Wolves and Chicks

There are three wolves and three chicks, all who need to get to the other side of the river. Only two can go on the raft at once and there can never be more wolves than chicks on one side or else the wolves will eat the chicks. This a trial and error type puzzle and it can get annoying depending on how long you’re working on it, but it’s fun all the same.

4. Juice Pitchers

Just like the one above, you have three glasses that hold a different amount of liquid. You need to pour the juice in all the cups to get a certain amount. Trial and error.

3. Five Suspects

You’re a detective taking statements from witnesses. All but one are lying. You need to deduce their statements and figure out who is telling the truth. I like this logic, process of elimination type riddle.

2. Bickering Brothers

Similar to Five Suspects, you need to sit six brothers at a table together. They’re all arguing with one another so one can’t sit next to two and two can’t sit next to four, and so on. It’s fun to follow the clues and figure out the correct seating arrangement.

1. One-Line

I remember doing these kinds of puzzles in school when we had a substitute teacher. You need to create a picture using only one line, not lifting your pen off the paper. It’s simple, yet challenging.

What are some of your favorite puzzles?

Memorable Maps

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

The best games are created within their own wonderful world. The worlds, of course, have maps to visualize the beauty of it all to the players.

 

I don’t know what it is about maps, but I love them. The desktop background on my laptop is the map of Middle Earth from The Lord of the Rings.

Maps are cool and I think they’re fun to look at as it shows all the depth and detail the creators put into making worlds we know and love today.

Like Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda, for example:

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This is a puzzle Kris and I put together last summer. I can’t remember how many pieces it was… maybe 1,000? It was a big one and not as hard as we thought it would be.

I love puzzles, gluing them together, and framing them. Even though we did this puzzle last year, it’s still sitting in our closet. We have slanted walls in our office and bedroom, so we’re not quite sure where to put it yet. It’s bigger than the picture makes it look.

I love collecting things. Once I have one of something, I feel the need to collect them all, even if it takes me the rest of my life (mostly because I’m cheap).

The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask map puzzle Double JumpSo when I found this puzzle at GameStop, I had to have it.

Kris and I were there for a game or for the Pokemon 20 legendary of that month anyway, so we decided to get it.

It’s the map from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, if you weren’t able to tell.

This puzzle is about 550 pieces, so it won’t be as big as the Hyrule map. Then again, it might be harder than the Hyrule map.

This will definitely be another puzzle we’ll complete, glue, and frame to hang up on the wall next to the Hyrule puzzle. Whenever that will be…

Anyway, now that I have two maps from the Zelda world, I’ve been keeping an eye out for maps of the other games. I of course have to get Ocarina of Time, and I know Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword would be gorgeous. Of course, I think all of them are gorgeous.

As Kris mentioned yesterday, we went to GameStop the other day to get the next legendary Pokemon for the 20th anniversary. Kris found a game she decided to buy and I of course found another puzzle.

Pokemon Johto region map puzzle Double JumpI should have known that maps for the Pokemon regions would exist!

It’s obviously not Zelda, but now here’s another map series I need to collect.

Kris bought it for me because she’s a nice older sister (I’m obligated to slip that one in there because she buys me things a lot).

This puzzle is also 550 pieces and shouldn’t be too hard to put together. But you never know.

Kris and I love working on puzzles. We usually marathon TV shows or a series of movies while doing them.

Now we’ve added two more to the collection and there will be more to come.

I mean, we’re definitely going to have to get the other Pokemon regions. I can’t just flaunt around the second generation and call it a day. No, there are five (almost six) more regions to collect.

And then there’s Zelda.

I hope I can buy a house with big walls.

Do you love jigsaw puzzles? If so, do you put together puzzles from video games?