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Those of you who have been following the site over the years may remember this next game. It’s a fun logic game called Pochle, and it’s the first game I ever made way back in 2004 when I was teaching myself how to program. This new version plays essentially the same sp those of you [...]

This game is a test of your spatial sense. You will be presented with a number of shapes arranged in a pattern – this is your template. Below this template is a blank workspace where you need to try to recreate the pattern as accurately as possible. Drag the shapes into the workspace and position/rotate them to match the template.

This is a memory game that requires you to remember the arrangement of objects in space. You will start each round with a few seconds to memorize the board before moving onto the recall phase in which you need to recreate the pattern from a blank slate.

Quadrants is a tetris-style game in that you need to strategically place the falling blocks, and prevent the pieces from building up to the top of the playing board. However, in this game, the pieces are all shaped the same – as squares, so you are not trying to fit them in spatially. Instead, you are trying to match their colors, as each piece has 4 colors (one per side).

This fun typing game rewards consistency and accuracy over speed. If you can get in a ‘typing zone’ and go long stretches without mis-typing any letters or missing any words, your score for each word will increase and increase. However, as soon as you make a typo or fail to complete a word before it [...]

This is a difficult math game in which you need to arrange the numbers on the board such that they form the maximum number of mathematical relationships. The numbers are taken in groups of three, vertically, horizontally and diagonally. Strategically adjust the grid to create sums, products, straights, GCDs, prime sets & even/odd sets.

This is a variation on the Zirch theme where all the letters move in straight lines across the gameboard. The general premise is the same – seek out the letters Z,I,R,C & H – except this time you get a limited opportunity to catch them as they will vanish one they pass across the gameboard. You are essentially like a goalie trying to prevent any of the letters from passing you by.

The goal of this word game is to arrange the letters into a grid such that you make as many vertical and horizontal words as possible. Each round of the game begins which a number of fixed letters along the diagonal which you need to build your words around using the letters available to you. Add, remove, and otherwise tweak the letters until you have created a board with at least 5 words.

This word game is similar to the classic game of Hangman, except with a little more strategy. In this version, you are still trying to guess a sentence, but you want to try to do so as efficiently as possible, using as few of the available cheats as you can.

Pitch Black is a fun and unique game in which you need to simultaneously track a number of different balls and try to collect them as they pass beneath a target, hidden to your view. The game board consists of balls bouncing around a box containing a target in the middle, and when they move over the target, the become invisible, so you need to extrapolate their motion and time your plays such that you catch then when they are contained within the high-scoring zones.

Wording is one the best word games I have made. It’s simple to learn/play yet very challenging to play well. The goal is to build words with the set of 18 letters you are given, using each letter just once and trying to plan your words so that they include all the letters (while also trying to make long words).

Broken Words in an fun online word puzzle in which you need to assemble English words from broken-up segments. Each round you will be given a number of letter chunks (such as ‘ch’, ‘ap’, ‘st’) and you need to properly group them to rebuild the original words.

This is a math version of the Chinese tile game mahjonng. The goal is to eliminate all the tiles in groups of three that are mathematically-related (via sum, GCD, product etc). Play the tiles carefully and you may be able to clear them all.

Keyball is a fun typing game in which you need to try and capture balls with timely keystrokes. The gameboard consists of a a bunch of red and blue balls careening about within a keyboard layout. You need to pay close attention and press the appropriate key when a region contains only blue balls and no red balls.

Pokler is a logic/strategy game involving poker hands. Arrange the 5×5 grid of cards so that the vertical and horizontal hands make up as many power-hands as possible.

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