100 Floors: A fiendish puzzle-solver for iPad/iPhone

100 Floors: A fiendish puzzle-solver for iPad/iPhone

How to play 100 Floors

A friend recently mentioned that she was hooked on "100 Floors," so of course I had to give it a try. It's an understatement to say that the game is baffling at first. You find yourself looking at an elevator lobby, with no clue as to how to proceed or what's happening. I have to confess, I went online to find a walkthrough for floor 2. It was the only way I could figure out what was going on.

How do you play 100 Floors? The conceit is that you are working your way up to the top of a 100-floor building. At each floor, you must solve a puzzle in order to get the elevator doors to open. The puzzles use not only logic and lateral thinking, they also take full advantage of your iPad or iPhone's multi-touch and accelerometer. Some puzzles are solved by shaking your device, others by tilting it back and forth, towards you or away, or even holding it perfectly flat.
 
(I solved one floor entirely by accident. I got frustrated and flopped back on the sofa in exasperation with my iPad in my hands. When I did so, it tilted the iPad forward such that the solution was revealed.)
 
Rated one of the "Top Apps" in the iTunes App Store, 100 Floors is also available for Android and Kindle Fire. It is free, with the ability to pay 99 cents to have the ads removed from the bottom. (I found the ads unobtrusive, but oddly specific. They seem to be scraping the content of my Amazon wish list, or maybe it's just a coincidence that I happen to have a lot of popular titles on my wish list.)
 
As you play, occasionally an item will end up down in one of the boxes at the bottom of your screen. This is your inventory, and you may need to use those items in later levels. Simply tap the item's box to highlight it, then tap on the screen wherever you want to use it. Beyond that, I shall say no more.
 
The puzzles grow in complexity as you get higher in the building. I peered over my friend's shoulder as she worked on solving Floor 91, and was blown away. Frankly, I'm still stuck on Floor 28. You can easily find walk-throughs for each of the floors, although these walkthroughs just give you the solution. It's a pity no one has a hints guide, it would be nice to get pointed in the right direction instead of simply handed the answer.