Diagnil is a GUI application to help solvers of diagramless crossword puzzles. It accommodates puzzles distributed electronically using several file formats (puz, jpz, xpf, and ipuz) as well as those distributed in print form. Although software for conventional crosswords has existed for years, the diagramless variant has received little attention. Diagnil attempts to fill that void. It lets you solve puzzles by entering words, placing them on a grid, and moving them around the screen until the final shape is achieved.
Zaz is an arcade action puzzle game where the objective is to get rid of all incoming balls by rearranging their order. Currently it includes 20 different levels and two modes of gameplay. The engine allows for easy custom level creation with unlimited number of paths, different speeds, ball-sizes, and rules. A 3D accelerator is needed for decent gameplay.
Primrose is a game that presents a deep puzzle that is completely fresh. Primrose's gameplay is deceptively simple: Surround tiles of one color with another color to clear them. The surrounding tiles flip color, leading to possible chain reactions. Larger groups cleared and longer chain reactions are awarded more points. This simple setup has many interesting emergent properties, creating a challenging game without resorting to external gimmicks like time pressure. The game also features a world-wide online high score board complete with instant replay, move-by-move, of all top-scoring games.
Omnitux aims to provide various educational activities based on multimedia elements (images, sounds, and text). Possible activity types are associations, puzzles, counting activities, etc. There is support for multiple languages and multiple screen resolutions (by using SVG vector graphic files and high quality bitmap files). Omnitux activities are described in XML files, so it is possible to create new activities without modifying the program.
Tickle Bomb is a fun puzzle game that runs on practically any platform. The rules are the same as Minesweeper or XBomb, but the tile patterns are far more complex. It can use not just the square grid, or even triangles and hexagons, but octagons and other interesting combinations.
Cradle of Rome is a game in which you build ancient Rome, the most legendary city of all time. In the game, you must conquer 100 intuitively designed levels by swapping tiles and matching three or more in a row. You can collect supplies and build 5 historical epochs. It lets you reconstruct masterpieces of Roman architecture, build the Coliseum to train gladiators, and even rebuild the Pantheon, the temple of all the Roman gods.
On a Tuesday night, the author had a dream. In this dream, Michael Sweet, frontman of the 1980’s glam-rock hair-band “Stryper”, appeared...except he was wearing a business suit, and standing on the front lawn of a public library. He challenged the author to play a game, a strange game that he had never played before. StegaVorto is that game.