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August 9, 2016
ABOUT Puzzle Lovers

Welcome to Puzzle Lovers! - Play Hard. Think Harder.

Puzzle Lovers is for people who enjoy working through games that rely less on reflexes, and more on using your cerebral cortex. It's a place to share game recommendations and offer different, creative solutions. From 1st-person puzzlers to point & click adventures, nonograms to sokoban, word games to number games, etc. It's all welcome here. Even games that do rely on reflexes.

Thanks for dropping by, look around and join if you like what you see. Here are some of the things we can offer.

Friendly discussions on the forum
- New to the group? Introduce yourself!
- Tell us what you've been playing, puzzler or otherwise.
- Open a thread for your favorite puzzle game.
- Ask for help if you get stuck.
- Post your puzzle-related creations in the Community Corner.
- Are you a developer or publisher? Please scroll down!

Brainrack, our weekly newsletter
- Check out the newsletter archives
- Posted every Monday as an announcement (morning US time, evening EU time)
- Puzzle game news (Steam or otherwise)
- New and upcoming releases on Steam
- Screenshot of the week
- Deals and bundles (Steam or otherwise)
- Giveaways (see below)
- Spotlight on lesser-known or forgotten games
- Community Corner pick (see above)

We have giveaways every week via SteamGifts (some are open, some only for group members) and special giveaway events during major Steam sales, the group's birthday, or whenever we feel like it (e.g. 'Advent in Advance', a month-long chain of daily giveaways in October). Details and links are in the current issue of the newsletter.

Our curator page
- Follow us for recommendations throughout the Steam store, often with detailed reviews.
- Browse 40+ lists for various themes and subgenres.
- Write a short review (max. 200 characters) about games not yet curated for our Group Member Recommendations list.

For developers and publishers
Feel free to open a thread on the forum for your games on Steam or elsewhere to facilitate discussion and gather feedback.

You can also add Dohi64 (admin) on Steam to discuss promotions (giveaways, content updates, upcoming releases to be mentioned in the newsletter, etc.)

Thanks for your attention, enjoy your stay and tell your friends!
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Brainrack, Issue #102 (April 12, 2021)
New on the Curator
Ideally, every group member would follow our curator and vice versa, but until then here's what happened there since last time.

New curatees with full reviews: As explained earlier, not much is gonna happen until the end of May. 24 full reviews are ready and waiting to be posted, though a few games could use some patching first. And there's this:
Unblock Me Car (sliding/gridlock)

New curatees with mini-reviews: Two 1st-person adventures this time.
Gone Home (less spooky)
The Park (more spooky)

Please let us know below if you'd like to write mini-reviews (max. 200 characters, positive or negative) for puzzlers that aren't curated by us yet. Examples and inspiration can be found on the Group Member Recommendations list.

List highlight from the curator: Nonogram/Picross Games. Last year exactly one recommendable nonogram came to Steam (in previous years there were 2 or more), so the big question is, are we getting a good one this year as well?

Giveaway: Jigsaw Pieces 2 + Move 'n' Bloom
The giveaways are on SteamGifts, but no need to create an account, just visit the site and log in through Steam. Good luck!

Jigsaw Pieces 2[] is a new jigsaw available for everybody, Move 'n' Bloom[] is one of the best games from last year, available only for group members, both courtesy of the developers.

Puzzle Game News
Got your own puzzler, adventure, demo or some new content coming out on mobile or PC? Let us know in the forum or by adding Dohi64 on Steam.

New on GOG:
Broken Reality[] (-66% until April 19)

New demo:
Puzzle Dazzle 3D (tetris, coming in fall 2021)

New mobile (Android):
Bouncy Physics Puzzles[] (physics-based)
The Captain is Dead[] (tactical board game, also on iOS[])
Hack the Matrix![] (programming)

New and Upcoming Releases on Steam
And the rest:
Blocksplode (physics-based)
Cobots (control multiple robots)
Day Repeat Day (text adventure/match-3)
Grim Tales: The Final Suspect Collector's Edition (HOG)
Kombi Travels: Jigsaw Landscapes (jigsaw)
Newton's Life at Home: Pixel Art Jigsaw Puzzle (jigsaw)
Samurai Chess (chess)
Storm Tale 2 (match-3)

Screenshot of the Week: Shapik: The Moon Quest
Puzzler screenshots are mostly for providing hints or solutions, but they can still be beautiful, funny, or some other adjectives, so post your own below, include a caption if you want, and we'll put it in the next issue. Non-curated games are fine, can be old or new, but no spoilers, please!

Shapik: The Moon Quest is a nice little sci-fi point & click adventure, probably among the 25 best games I played last year.

Bundles and Freebies

Humble Bundle:
  • Their April Choice[] is available until May 4 (moved to Tuesday recently) and offers Simulacra 1-2 (found phone shenanigans) and a bunch of other stuff.


Deal of the Week: PIVO
A FEZ-like at a new historical low until April 25. Looks great, but I think I saw some combat in the trailer. No key remapping and only arrows work, wasd doesn't, plus apparently no jumping in 3D and no moving in 2D other than jumping, so it might not be for everyone (or me personally), but might be worth a shot if you're not deterred by the above.

You can always check our curator page for currently discounted curated titles (Specials on the front page is incomplete, click the Discounts tab for more), but here are Steam's week-long puzzle deals with not necessarily curated highlights in bold. Prices are in EUR, but numbers are often the same in USD, sadly. Powered by PuzzleBot-3000! (Thx, kertitorpe!)

1001 Jigsaw: Earth Chronicles 2 (-90%, 0,39 EUR)
A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build (-70%, 2,99 EUR)
A Monster's Expedition (-20%, 13,43 EUR)
Algo Bot (-75%, 2,49 EUR)
Alice's Jigsaw Time Travel (-90%, 0,39 EUR)
Appease the Spider (-34%, 0,52 EUR)
Arcana Sands of Destiny (-50%, 3,69 EUR)
Aura: Fate of the Ages (-75%, 1,24 EUR)
BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition (-90%, 0,99 EUR)
Balls and Magnets (-55%, 0,89 EUR)
Bars and Balance (-55%, 0,89 EUR)
BlackJack Math (-41%, 0,47 EUR)
Bomb Defense (-30%, 3,15 EUR)
BOTvinnik Chess: Opening Traps (-41%, 0,47 EUR)
Caliper (-33%, 0,66 EUR)
Chess Knights: High Noon (-30%, 1,67 EUR)
The Chess Variants Club (-25%, 2,46 EUR)
Code Brown (-75%, 0,99 EUR)
Colortone (-80%, 0,65 EUR)
Cosmic Express (-70%, 2,99 EUR)
Current (-25%, 0,59 EUR)
Dark Fall: Lost Souls (-80%, 2,59 EUR)
Darkness Within 1: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder (-80%, 1,59 EUR)
Dig Deep: Race To The Core! (-30%, 11,75 EUR)
DotLine (-50%, 1,49 EUR)
Empathy: Path of Whispers (-80%, 3,99 EUR)
Etherborn (-55%, 7,64 EUR)
Fairytale Mosaics Beauty And The Beast 2 (-90%, 0,39 EUR)
Fairytale Mosaics Cinderella 2 (-90%, 0,39 EUR)
Freddi Fish 5: The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove (-50%, 3,49 EUR)
The Game is ON (-40%, 2,39 EUR)
Hex-Up (-25%, 0,74 EUR)
Hexon (-25%, 0,59 EUR)
How Buddy's parents met - a jigsaw puzzle tale (-30%, 1,11 EUR)
Hyper Treasure - The Legend of Macaron (-30%, 2,30 EUR)
Iconoclasts (-60%, 7,99 EUR)
Inmates (-80%, 1,99 EUR)
Inside The Gear (-55%, 0,89 EUR)
Kosmonavtes: Escape Reality (-25%, 2,24 EUR)
THE LONGING (-20%, 11,99 EUR)
LUNA The Shadow Dust (-20%, 15,99 EUR)
LX Patterns (-51%, 0,39 EUR)
The Magnets (-50%, 0,79 EUR)
Mahjong Carnaval (-90%, 0,39 EUR)
Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy! HD (-50%, 0,99 EUR)
Night Lights (-50%, 4,49 EUR)
Pahelika: Revelations (-65%, 3,46 EUR)
Path of Memory (-51%, 0,39 EUR)
Pixel Puzzles 2: Christmas (-63%, 1,47 EUR)
The Preposterous Awesomeness of Everything (-80%, 1,39 EUR)
Re:Turn - One Way Trip (-50%, 4,99 EUR)
Reflection of Mine (-75%, 1,99 EUR)
Retrowave Hexon (-25%, 0,59 EUR)
RoboSkate (-50%, 2,99 EUR)
Sandmason (-75%, 0,99 EUR)
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter (-90%, 1,99 EUR)
Slayaway Camp (-66%, 2,51 EUR)
SLI-FI: 2D Planet Platformer (-30%, 4,19 EUR)
Sokobond (-70%, 2,99 EUR)
Somewhere on Zibylon (-55%, 4,49 EUR)
Spaceslingers (-60%, 2,79 EUR)
Spinny's Journey (-30%, 5,59 EUR)
Spirit of the North (-50%, 8,39 EUR)
Squishies (-60%, 3,59 EUR)
Star Vikings Forever (-80%, 1,59 EUR)
Still There (-50%, 6,24 EUR)
StopTime Drive (-75%, 0,39 EUR)
Sweep'n'Sweep (-25%, 2,24 EUR)
Tales of Esferia: Araxis (-25%, 9,74 EUR)
Tales of the Tiny Planet (-30%, 6,99 EUR)
Time Machine - Find Objects (-15%, 2,79 EUR)
TurnTack (-35%, 8,11 EUR)
Typoman (-80%, 1,79 EUR)
Unforeseen Incidents (-33%, 13,39 EUR)
Until Sunset (-25%, 1,19 EUR)

Spotlight: Terraform
Not to be confused with our Deal of the Week, which is just an especially good deal from the weeklies. Every week we'll pick a puzzler we really like and try to push it down everybody's throats. But with love because it's so good. Or highlight a lesser-known title that's unlikely to get curated. Comment below if you'd like to write about an undeservedly forgotten game for next time!

Terraform takes place in the future and on hex-based levels. The goal is to create conditions for life on 220 planets. Various weather conditions to play with, like in good old SimCity, where you can unleash various things on the city you spent weeks creating, but here it's necessary to make sure there's enough water, etc. Come to think of it, it's also similar to the probably forgotten SimEarth, or SimLife to a lesser extent, but with hexagons, which is superior to every other shape.

Tools help you guide water where it needs to be, plant seeds to grow forests, build settlements, etc. and it's all turn-based, so you do some stuff, like dig up some tiles, then pass a turn to see water spread all over, level complete. The turn limit is not optional, running out fails the level, but undo is available, separately for tool use and turns. As are hints, a level editor, workshop support, all this for a low price even if it's a mobile port, though that version doesn't seem to be available anymore (it came out in 2012, then on PC in 2015).

Community Corner
Show the world how good (or bad) you are at puzzle games by submitting your Workshop levels, guides, walkthroughs, mods, artwork inspired by a puzzler, or whatever, even if it's not a game curated by us, in this forum thread or below in the comments, to be featured here next time.

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Wanna help?
Here are a few quick & easy ways you can help us out. A little can go a long way, otherwise we'll never achieve world domination.
1, Feedback is important. Like or don't like something? Want more or less of something? Any other business? Let us know!
2, Follow our curator for recommendations and get notified about new additions and reviews.
3, Tell your puzzle and adventure-loving friends and your favorite developers about us.
4, Upvoting our reviews would help a lot with visibility.
5, I'll try to think of a 5th one.

Thanks for reading, spread the word, and see you next week!

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Puzzle Lovers reviews
"Minimalist, 1st or 3rd-person, point & click, escape room, nonogram, sokoban, jigsaw, mahjong, tetris, matching, hidden object, puzzle platformer, word, card and number games, etc. Check the lists for subgenres."
Here are a few recent reviews by Puzzle Lovers
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Luna - the shadow dust( one of my favorite ) :steamhappy:
Dohi64 Jul 26, 2020 @ 12:48pm 
thanks for the shoutout!
Dohi64 Jul 8, 2020 @ 6:55am 
the room 3 is on my to-play (and review) list, the rest aren't. if you write a mini-review (200 characters max), I can add pneuma (or other stuff you have played) to the curator.
Caspian Roach Jul 8, 2020 @ 5:32am 
And this game could be added to the first person puzzler list - while not doing anything spectacular, I enjoyed my time with it is also a first person puzzler with an interesting mechanic and a free demo, but I haven't tried it yet.
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August 9, 2016