I’ve been a bit negligent with my math puzzles lately, so here’s a frustrating one to make up for it:

Name two numbers with the following properties:

  • The square of the first number plus the second number equals 11.
  • The square of the second number plus the first number equals 7.

App O’ The Mornin’: Topple! Review

Grade: B

Price: $2 (lite version available)

There are two apps called Topple: one with an exclamation point, and one without. The one without a ! is a stacking game, and not a bad one at that. The one with a ! is a word game, and I have no idea why they gave it this name. It doesn’t make sense, and this just confuses me. I live in New Jersey, so I have enough confusion in my life every time I read a sign telling me to make a lefthand turn from the righthand land.

Anyway, the mysteriously enthusiastic Topple! (it almost seems like it should be written TOPPLE!!!) is a plain old word jumble game. That’s it. It’s basically Wheel of Fortune with a selection of letters at the bottom of the screen.

Okay, so it’s a little more than that. Empty blocks show where the words of a quote or saying were once spelled out. The letters have fallen into columns at the bottom of the screen, and the goal is to drag these letters up to their proper place.

The production is bare bones, and yet it’s strangely entertaining. There are 288 puzzles in the full game, and none of them will slow down serious wordies for very long. Yet the lack of a time limit or arbitrary scoring system makes this kind of appealing as a light fill-in game when you don’t want to tackle something more challenging. I find myself coming back to it now and then less as a real gaming challenging than as a nice little stress reliever.

Check out the Lite version for a free taste