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Puzzle

Crossword Puzzle Helper

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.

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Enigma

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.

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Foldit

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!”

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Hot Spot X

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.

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Krank

Create strings of balls by nudging them together with your cursor. Beautiful graphics and soundtrack combine with challenging game play.

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MySokoban

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.

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Sudoku Daily

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.

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Sudoku Susser

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.

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Puzzle

Crossword Puzzle Helper

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.

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Sudoku Susser

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.

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Sudoku Daily

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.

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Foldit

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!”

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Krank

Create strings of balls by nudging them together with your cursor. Beautiful graphics and soundtrack combine with challenging game play.

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Enigma

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.

Download site Comment

Hot Spot X

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.

Download site Comment

MySokoban

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.

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Puzzle

Crossword Puzzle Helper

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.

Download site

Enigma

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.

Download site

Foldit

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!”

Download site

Hot Spot X

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.

Download site

Krank

Create strings of balls by nudging them together with your cursor. Beautiful graphics and soundtrack combine with challenging game play.

Download site

MySokoban

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.

Download site

Sudoku Daily

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.

Download site

Sudoku Susser

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.

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