Your homework sits on a platform surrounded by monsters. Luckily you have balls to throw at them and knock them off. Charming and addictive. Free “for a while longer” at the Mac App Store.
Slide atoms through the maze-like structures of Aquatomic to create molecules.
Type in the word you can’t figure out, with wild cards in place of the missing letters. Crossword Puzzle Helper comes up with a list of suggestions. It contains a list of 48,000 words that you can edit.
Match the tiles in Double to eliminate them — a good mahjong clone.
A puzzle game the object of which is to uncover pairs of identically colored Oxyd stones. It features hidden traps, vast mazes, laser beams and countless hairy puzzles.
Solve protein-folding puzzles and help scientists working on cures for AIDS, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. “We’re collecting data to find out if humans’ pattern-recognition and puzzle-solving abilities make them more efficient than existing computer programs at pattern-folding tasks. If this turns out to be true, we can then teach human strategies to computers and fold proteins faster than ever!”
Float your Glider Pro paper airplane through rooms in a house with many obstacles.
Work your way to the middle of four concentric rings using 32 game tiles with various colours and symbols. The rules make it tricky, though. Maybe even darned near impossible.
Create strings of balls by nudging them together with your cursor. Beautiful graphics and soundtrack combine with challenging game play.
Rebuild images chosen from your albums or the Internet by moving and scrolling random cells that hold portions of each photo. The game can be easy or hard depending of the content of the images you choose, how many you pick and the puzzle size you set.
Push the boxes around a maze to their final destination without getting stuck. You’ll like the cute Nintendo-style graphics. If you don’t, have a look at SYASokoban, which is basically the same game.
This 2D physics game has to be played to be understood: “Harness gravity with your crayon and set about creating blocks, ramps, levers, pulleys and whatever else you fancy to get the little red thing to the little yellow thing.”
Tile matching game tests your memory as you race against the clock to find identical pairs of pictures. Includes a number of tile styles and three difficulty settings.
Help the chicks escape by blowing up obstacles in their path with a limited number of bombs.
Control a square that collects smaller squares on the way the level’s exit. Touching surrounding walls drains your health. Layouts shift and undulate as you move. The tip of your tail of pixels must also avoid touching walls.
The only limitation with Sudoku Daily is that you only get one free puzzle a day. If you’re OK with that, you’ll like the features — hints and solutions, give up or start over, bookmarks and rotations. And lots more. At the Mac App Store. (If you know of a better free sudoku app, please let us know.)
Here’s a sudoku app that goes out of its way to help you solve the puzzle with tons of hints and shortcuts. It comes with several puzzles, but you’ll want to find more and import them. One method — amazingly enough — is to take a screenshot from a website such as this one and drag it onto the app. It actually analyzes the numbers and creates a puzzle based on it. Very impressive. Sudoku Susser is freeware, but the developer makes a strong plea for donations.