Blue Ox Says Goodbye to Some Classic Apps

After careful consideration, we have decided to streamline our offerings so we can focus on developing exciting new products. Regrettably, that means that Blue Ox is removing certain apps from different stores, including:

  • 7 Little Words from Windows and Windows Phone
  • 7 Petits Mots from all app stores
  • 7 Palabritas from all app stores
  • 7 Little Words Adventures from all app stores
  • Moxie Classic from Google Play and Amazon
  • Moxie 2 from all app stores
  • Red Herring from Mac, Windows and Windows Phone
  • Super Quadra from iTunes
  • Trivia Hound from all app stores

Of course, you can continue to use these apps if you have previously acquired them. Daily Puzzles in 7 Little Words, 7 Petits Mots, and Red Herring will continue to be available to you as long as the apps continue to work on your device.

While it's never easy to part with such meaningful (and fun!) elements of our legacy, we are excited about the opportunities ahead and invite you to stay tuned for our next adventure!

Blue Ox App Challenge Winners Announced

Blue Ox Technologies, Ltd. is excited to announce the winners of its first-ever app contest for Maine students:

FIRST PRIZE: Ryan Topham, an eighth grade student at Massabesic Middle School in East Waterboro, Maine, took top honors with his flexible, full-featured “Homeworker” app.

SECOND PRIZE: Devin Christianson, a senior at Mount Desert Island High School in Bar Harbor, Maine, nabbed second place with his streamlined “Chord Calculator” app.

“We’re excited to recognize the great work done by Ryan and Devin,” said Blue Ox CEO Christopher York. “Of the almost two dozen students from Caribou to Saco who registered for the contest, these two students created very useful finished products. We hope that all those who participated in the contest will continue to explore the important field of computer science.”

“Homeworker” by Ryan Topham enables students to track homework due dates and make notes about the work to be done. The app also includes a screen with inspirational sayings to give students a little motivational push when they’re stuck. For his organized, well-executed design, Ryan will receive the $1000 first prize.

“Chord Calculator” by Devin Christianson plays basic chords, as requested by the user, to familiarize a student with chord structure. For his streamlined approach to solving a problem for beginner students, Devin will receive the $500 second prize.

Blue Ox Technologies gratefully recognizes the valuable support provided for this contest by the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (http://mmsa.org), Project Login (http://projectlogin.com) and the Association of Computer Technology Educators in Maine (http://www.edline.net/pages/actem).

Play All 10,000+ Puzzles With New 7 Little Words All Access Pass!

Since we released 7 Little Words, many puzzle fans have asked about an option to play all the puzzles without having to buy packs individually.

We’re excited to say that with the release of 7 Little Words 4.0 that will now be possible! Our new All Access Pass option allows you to play every new, monthly pack as soon as it is released — plus all the puzzles (more than 10,000) that are already in the app. This new Pass also includes unlimited, free hints! You may choose from weekly, monthly, and annual All Access Pass options.

Choosing All Access Pass does not affect packs you have already purchased. Those will remain under “My Puzzles” in your app whether you continue with All Access Pass or not. In addition, puzzle fans still have the option of buying individual packs instead of All Access Pass.

Available now on iOS, 7 Little Words 4.0 with All Access Pass will soon be added to Android (Google Play and Amazon) as well.

With the release of All Access Pass, we are adding two new puzzle packs, "Whirlpools" and "Quills" — 100 new puzzles immediately available (at no additional charge) to All Access Passholders. The addition of these packs means that we now have more than 10,000 puzzles in the 7 Little Words app. We're very excited about this major milestone!

Blue Ox Employees Create “I Spy” Game in One-Week Challenge

Challenged to dream up, create, and finish an app in one week, Blue Ox employees decided to make a twist on the classic family road trip game “I Spy.”

The result, Road Trip I Spy (available for free on iOS here), gives you more than 1000 items to find (from “campground” to “person wearing polka dots”) and tracks the points for each person or team playing. The game also has an endless single-player mode that allows everyone in the car to find items cooperatively for as long as they wish.

We didn’t invest our typical amount of time (obviously) into Road Trip I Spy, but we think it is an enjoyable little game for whiling away time in the car — perhaps even replacing “Are we there yet?” with “I found it!”

Blue Ox Sponsors Maine Student App Contest

We are excited to announce an app development competition for Maine students that will take place during the 2016-2017 academic year. As a Maine-based software studio, we hope the contest (with 3 cash prizes for the best apps) will foster interest in technology among young people from around the state and promote their use of STEM skills through creative problem-solving.

The Blue Ox App Challenge asks junior high and high school students to create mobile apps that can help them in school. Registration for the challenge via the Blue Ox Technologies website is now open, and completed apps must be delivered to Blue Ox by March 22, 2017.

“We feel the App Challenge will provide valuable experience for Maine teens,” says Blue Ox CEO Christopher York, “They can choose to work individually or as part of a team in building an iOS or Android app that will address real-world needs.”

Details about the Blue Ox App Challenge may be found on our website here: www.blueoxtech.com/appchallenge2017/ . Support for this contest is being provided by the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (http://mmsa.org), Project Login (http://projectlogin.com) and the Association of Computer Technology Educators in Maine (http://www.edline.net/pages/actem).

7 Little Words Included in New Puzzle Book

A new puzzle book from the USA Today Network will include two new, previously unpublished 7 Little Words puzzles in each weekly issue.

The new book, called USA Today Network Weekly Puzzles, is now being offered in select markets around the US by newspapers owned Gannett Company, Inc. Each 28-page issue includes crosswords, sudoku, word searches, and other puzzles in addition to 7 Little Words.

If you enjoy solving puzzles (and of course you do – you're a 7 Little Words fan), check to see if you have a Gannett newspaper that is offering the new USA Today Network Weekly Puzzles book in your city!

Some of the newspapers currently offering USA Today Network Weekly Puzzles include:

  • The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ)
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH)
  • The Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC)
  • The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
  • Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY)
  • The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA)
  • The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Lansing Sate Journal (Lansing, MI)
  • The News Journal (Wilmington, DE)
  • The News-Press (Fort Myers, FL)
  • ... and more coming soon!

Monkey Wrench Now Available for Android Devices

We're excited to announce that the newest game from Blue Ox, Monkey Wrench, is now available for Android (including Kindle) devices.

Monkey Wrench is no ordinary word search – before you can find the words in our newest game, you need to figure out what they are by using the clues provided. With three difficulty levels and terms from pop culture, science, geography, history and so much more, Monkey Wrench is word-puzzling fun for the whole family!

The Monkey Wrench app comes with a free pack of 50 puzzles, free daily puzzles, and more than 1000 additional puzzles available for purchase – by far the most puzzles we've ever had ready for fans on launch day! 

"The Mini Page" — a New Place to Play 7 Little Words for Kids

Beginning with the December 19, 2015, issue of The Mini Page, a puzzle from our 7 Little Words for Kids game will be included biweekly in this classic children's newspaper.

The Mini Page was founded in 1969 and appears in hundreds of newspapers throughout the U.S. each week. Now, every other issue will include one of our puzzles, and we couldn't be more excited!

Monkey Wrench, Our New Word Search With a Twist, Now Available on iOS

We're excited to announce that the newest game from Blue Ox, Monkey Wrench, is now available for iOS devices.

Monkey Wrench is no ordinary word search – before you can find the words in our newest game, you need to figure out what they are by using the clues provided. With three difficulty levels and terms from pop culture, science, geography, history and so much more, Monkey Wrench is word-puzzling fun for the whole family!

The Monkey Wrench app comes with a free pack of 50 puzzles, free daily puzzles, and 1000 additional puzzles available for purchase – by far the most puzzles we've ever had ready for fans on launch day! 

7 Little Words Tops 10 Million Downloads

We are very grateful to all of you who have played 7 Little Words – and told your friends! 7 Little Words has just passed 10 million downloads (combining all platforms and languages), and it's only because you have continued to find the game worth playing. We look forward to continuing to provide you with our little quiet little word puzzle for years to come.

7 Little Words 3.0 and a BIG Thank You!!!

Hello Everyone,

This May we're celebrating two important milestones for 7 Little Words. It's the 4th anniversary of our game, and we've reached the 10,000,000 download mark.

Back in 2010 when I first started prototyping 7 Little Words on the living room floor with a pack of index cards and a marker, I had no idea it would grow to be so successful.

Today our game is available as an app on almost every mobile device. You can play it at the table in many Chili's restaurants across the USA. You can play a print version in over 50 newspapers or in our books. There's even an award-winning version for kids.

It takes many people to make all this happen, including 11 employees at Blue Ox plus well over a dozen puzzle writers. I give my heartfelt thanks to the entire 7 Little Words team.

But most of all, it's our fans that make all of this possible. So this month we present a special update to 7 Little Words as a way of thanking you and celebrating together.

We've created an all-new updated look for 7 Little Words. Months of hard work make this the best-looking and easiest-to-read version of our game yet. Also there's a new blue color theme that will make the game even more cheerful. Plus we have a new large print feature that will put an end to the squint.

I'm so excited to release this new update to 7 Little Words. Without a doubt, it's our best ever. Thank you so much for being a fan of 7 Little Words and for being a part of our family!

Sincerely,

Christopher York
CEO
Blue Ox Technologies Ltd.

Exciting Changes in 7 Little Words 3.0

In the four years since we first offered 7 Little Words, we have worked hard to continuously add features that improve game play, make the game more fun, and meet the needs of our fans. We're proud to say that in our soon-to-be-released version 3.0, we feel we have created the best version yet!

Here are some elements you can expect to see in 7 Little Words 3.0:

  • Better legibility: we have adjusted the clue panel to make each line more distinct. In addition, you can now opt for a darker font for clues. Finally, with one tap you can now increase the size of the font for the clues and word chunk letters.
  • More color: We made it easier to change the colors, and we added a new, sky blue background (and we're not done...).

Regular Print

Large Print

We hope that you will find that these new features make the time you spend with 7 Little Words even more enjoyable, and we look forward to rolling out additional exciting features in the future!

Red Herring App Now Available for Windows Phone, Mac Computers

Our new breakout word game, Red Herring, is now available for Windows Phone 8 and Apple computers running OS X 10.8 or later. In addition, the latest update added bonus packs for everyone, allowing players to earn a free pack with every five purchased.

Red Herring has been an outstanding success since its May 2014 release, with over 800,000 downloads on iOS and Android (including Kindle Fire) and more than 60,000 people playing each Daily Puzzle. With the new Windows Phone and Mac versions we are excited to provide even more ways for fans to have fun putting things into the right categories!

Find the Windows Phone version in the app store here and the Mac version in the app store here.

Android “Best App Ever” Award Received by 7 Little Words

Following a solid showing in the iOS Awards, 7 Little Words did one better among fans on the Android platform, coming in second place in the "Best Brain and Puzzle Game" category of the 2013 Best App Ever Awards from 148Apps/Steel Media.

The Best App Ever Awards are promoted as 'honoring the best, not just the best-selling,' so we are very appreciative of the nominations, votes, and support of all kinds that we have received from the fans of the game. We're working on exciting new developments that will continue to make 7 Little Words a better and better 'Best App Ever.' For more information about the awards, including other winners, visit the Best App Ever Awards here.

New Red Herring Version Adds Bonus Packs

The latest update of our breakout word game, Red Herring, added bonus packs for everyone, allowing players to earn a free pack with every five purchased. Currently, there are two bonus packs available: "Divertimento" unlocks when you purchase 5 puzzles packs, and "Quest" becomes available after your 10th pack. Of course, we will be adding more bonus packs when the content becomes available.

Also, the app is now available for Windows Phone 8 and Apple computers running OS 10.8 or later in addition to the original versions for iOS and Android (including Kindle Fire).

Red Herring has been an outstanding success since its May release, with over 800,000 downloads and more than 60,000 people playing each Daily Puzzle. With the new Windows Phone and Mac versions we are excited to provide even more ways for fans to have fun putting things into the right categories!

Find the new Windows Phone version in the app store here and the new Mac version in the app store here.