Chain of Thought

Posted 26 June 2012 by

From the husband and wife team that brought you RhymieStymie comes Chain Of Thought – the free association word chain game!

http://itunes.apple.com/app/chain-thought-free-association/id503575375?mt=8

It’s super easy to learn and super fun to play.

Each puzzle is a journey for the mind. Travel from “safe sex” to “love child” along this word chain: “safe>sex>drive>in>love>child.”

You never have to do any nasty typing. Just tap the words in the word pool to complete the Chain of Thought.

There are 50 free puzzles to get you started. And additional puzzle packs for purchase if your brain begs for more.

___FEATURES___
*easy to learn
*will keep your brain happy and healthy with clever puzzles
*3 different modes of play:
*solo play mode – perfect for the supermarket line
*pass ‘n play mode – perfect for lying in bed with your sweetie
*online play mode – perfect for that friend on the other side of the country
*achievements to earn and a leaderboard to show off your mad skills
*no typing – just tap the words in the word pool
*2 levels of hints so you never get stuck

We hope you will love this word game as much as we do. Thanks so much for taking our new app out for a spin.

Best wishes,
Jay & Julia

86 Opinions have been expressed on “Chain of Thought”

  1. Shirley commented:

    How do I get additional levels to play in Chain of Thought? I’m willing to pay for them but can’t see where to do. Please advise.

    • admin commented:

      Hi Shirley,

      If you go to the home page you will see a button called “levels”. Tap this button and you will be able to purchase either the “pastry” or “vacation” puzzle packs. You will need to have an Internet connection to make the purchase.

      Thanks for trying the game,
      Jay

  2. Shawn commented:

    I just updated chain of thoughts. I had played all levels prior to today’s update. Upon updating and buying the new level, I discovered that when you play it, it does not accrue your score with your previous score and instead starts you zero. Please fix this. I was ranked in the top ten and had slipped to 27 while waiting for new levels and now I’ve been playing and nothing happens. This is a huge disappointment.

    • admin commented:

      Hi Shawn,

      I’m sorry for the loss of your high score. I will look into this issue for the next update.

      Best wishes,
      Jay

    • admin commented:

      Hi Shawn,

      A few questions for you. Did you delete the old version of the app before installing the new version? Or did you update on top of the existing version by simply pushing the update button in the app store?

      Are you certain that the “total score” was reset to zero? The “round score” does get reset to zero whenever you switch to a different puzzle pack. But the “total score” should remain intact and then continue to increase as you play through new puzzles. The “total score” is the number that is sent to the game center as your high score.

      Usually, the only thing that resets the total score is choosing to replay a level you have already finished. An alert pops up and warns you that everything will be reset if you replay the level. Did you try to replay any of the completed levels?

      Finally, would you mind sharing which device and generation number you are using. How much memory is in the device? Also which version of the iOS is installed?

      Thanks so much for your help tracking this problem down.

      Best,
      Jay

      • Shawn commented:

        64 gb iPad 3 With most recent iOS installed I don’t recal the number off the top of my head, but when they put the update out a few months ago I updated it. and I just hit update in the app store. I did not delete the program and reinstall. I am sure nothing has added to the previous score I am now listed as number 29 with 1,422,244 points (this number has not changed since the update) in the game center stats (mailscf) but my total score in the game is now showing as only 77528 . I also have not replayed a level that was already done, I mearly purchased the new levels you made available today and began playing them. Everything else is complete and untouched.

        • admin commented:

          Thanks Shawn for the additional info. Hopefully I will figure out the cause of your score issue and fix the bug for the next update.

          Best wishes,
          Jay

        • admin commented:

          Hi Shawn,

          2 more questions for you if you get the chance.

          When you go to the “stats” screen, does the “Total score for solo play” display your old high score or the new lower figure?

          Did you post a comment on the app store under the name “LeftBlue.” I’m trying to get a sense of how wide-spread this bug is.

          Thanks very much for your help,
          Jay

          • Shawn commented:

            Yes that’s me. And no it shows that score of 77,528. Thanks for having such an open line of communication. I appreciate it. I’ve been going through withdrawal for the game while awaiting the new rounds.

  3. Stephan commented:

    Round 9 Puzzle 5 of ‘Kittens’ works fine until the only options left are “day” and “tripper”. When I click day, it doesn’t register and there’s no way to move to the next round.

    • Stephan commented:

      Nm. Just saw the updated discription in the iOS app store. I’ll be anxiously awaiting the fix!

      • admin commented:

        Hi Stephan,

        I’m very sorry that this bug slipped by me. I will do everything I can to prevent it from happening again. The fix is just waiting for Apple’s approval. Unfortunately, there has been a 2 week waiting period for their approval lately. But I am crossing my fingers that they will approve this fix a bit more quickly.

        Best wishes,
        Jay

      • admin commented:

        Hi Stephan,

        Apple approved the fix in record time. Please download the update and have fun!

        Best,
        Jay

  4. shanae commented:

    on the ‘kitten’ level I think it’s 35 the one where it has two words the same, “day” I go click the second one an it don’t do anything. I can’t move on to the next level. so if you guys can fix the glitch that be awesome! ps. I love this game!

    • admin commented:

      Hi Shanae,

      Yes, this was a problem but it has now been fixed. Please download the latest update (version 1.11).

      Best wishes,
      Jay

  5. Denise commented:

    I am trying to purchase the other three topics, pastry, vacation or kittens but they have the word null on each option and I am not able to purchase. What gives?

    • admin commented:

      Hi Denise,

      I’m sorry you are having trouble. Could you tell me which device and generation you are using? Several people with older devices (iPod touch 2nd gen and iPhone 3G) have reported the same problem.

      If you are using a newer device, please make sure you are connected to the Internet when you are trying to make an in-app purchase.

      Best wishes,
      Jay

  6. John commented:

    Just downloaded and finished free level. Want to check my stats but the achievements and scoreboard won’t load for 2 days now.
    iPhone 4 running latest iOS. Thanks!

    • admin commented:

      Hi John,

      Here are few things to double check. Make sure you are connected to the Internet. Make sure you have set up a game center account and that you are currently signed into your game center account. You can do this by tapping on the game center icon on the first page of apps on your iPhone.

      I hope this helps,
      Jay

  7. John commented:

    Thanks! I had somehow become logged out of game enter.
    Thanks for the help!!

  8. tcpeak40 commented:

    Trying to play chain of thought but every time it goes to game center screen. Do not want game center. Just want to play chain of thought. Please advise.

    • admin commented:

      Are you playing the solo version of the game when this happens or the online version of the game? Can you supply a little more detail about what you are seeing happen.

      Thanks,
      Jay

  9. harrythompson commented:

    Does anyone know who plays the Sitar between levels of Chain of Thought game?
    I want to purchase that artist….
    HELP if you can please

    • admin commented:

      The sitar music is from FreeSound.org. The user name of the performer is “Kaiho”. I hope this helps.

      Best,
      Jay

  10. Nate Barker commented:

    Hi Jay and Julia!

    I hope all is well. Is there an email I can use to get in contact? I noticed that you weren’t cross-promoting any of your apps from Chain of Thought. We have a great free tool if you are interested. Should be a 10-20 min integration with Cocos2d.

    Thanks!
    Nate

  11. Linda commented:

    In solo play, I was wondering if there was a way to reset a level so that after if I’ve completed a puzzle, someone else in my family could then try the same puzzle on their own.

    Thanks.

    • admin commented:

      Hi Linda,

      The closest thing to what you’re asking is the “Pass & Play” mode. In this mode, 2 people take turns solving the same puzzle. You simply pass the device back and forth between the players. Test out this mode and see if this satisfies your need.

      There is also a reset button (the button with the 2 curved arrows) on the Options screen. Pressing this button will reset the game back to the starting state for all the levels. I don’t think this is what you want, but it may come in handy after you have finished all the puzzles and you (or someone else) want to play again.

      I hope this helps you.

      Best wishes,
      Jay

  12. Stacy commented:

    Hi! I just started playing and I like the game, but how do I play with a friend that is also playing?

    Thanks,

    Stacy

    • admin commented:

      Hi Stacy,

      Press the play button, then the Online Play button, after the Game Center window pops up press the square “+” button, finally press “invite friends” and choose one of your Game Center friends to challenge.

      I hope this helps,
      Jay

  13. Stacy commented:

    Hi Jay, Thanks but when I do this, I hit “invite friends” it tells me “no friends” I know of one friend that is playing right now, but not sure how to play….Sorry but I still need help!!

    Thanks again,

    Stacy

    • admin commented:

      Hi Stacy,

      Press the “Game Center” icon on the home screen of your Apple device. Then press the “Friends” tab, then press the “Add Friends” button and enter the email address or Game Center nickname of your friend. This will send your friend an invitation to become friends with you. Once they accept your invitation their name will appear in the “invite friends” section of Chain of Thought. You only have to do all of this one time for every friend, then you will be able to play with them whenever you want and in all the games that support multi-player.

      Let me know if this solves your problem.

      Best wishes,
      Jay

  14. Cheri commented:

    I am unable to buy additional levels for this game. My apple account is fine no problems but when I try to by the puzzle packs I get a message saying see iTunes support to complete this transaction. I have NO restrictions on this account. What gives?

    • admin commented:

      Hi Cheri,

      I am not sure why you are having trouble. But I’m sorry you are experiencing this frustrating situation.

      Perhaps the problem is a temporary problem with Apple’s servers that will clear up shortly. Try to make the purchase again in a few hours.

      Also make sure you have a good Internet connection when attempting to make an in-app purchase.

      Which Apple device are you using? Which version of the iOS is running on the device? How much memory does the device have? What is the exact wording of the error message you are receiving?

      Hopefully we can figure out a solution to your problem soon.

      Best wishes,
      Jay

  15. Bridget commented:

    How do I clear the alerts?

    • admin commented:

      Hi Bridget,

      Are you referring to the red numbered badge attached to the app icon? This badge indicates that you have new Game Center related activity inside the app. Perhaps another player has finished their turn in an online match or perhaps a friend has sent you a new match invitation. Press the play button then the online play button then review the new activity by tapping on it in the pop-up “games” window. This should clear out the numbered badge from the icon.

      Best wishes,
      Jay

  16. Hannah commented:

    Hi there! I love this app and I want to play more levels. I have an Internet connection but it still says null next to the levels. What should I do? Thanks!

    • admin commented:

      Hi Hannah,

      Here are some things to check.

      Make sure in-app purchases are switched on under Settings>General>Restrictions>In-App Purchases.

      Make sure you are logged in to the App Store (Settings>iTunes & App Stores).

      If you still have trouble please write back with your device and iOS version.

      I hope this helps,
      Jay

  17. Hannah commented:

    It still didn’t work. I’m using the new iPad mini with iOS 6.0.1.

  18. Hannah commented:

    It worked! Thanks

  19. Hannah commented:

    It stopped working again

    • admin commented:

      Hi Hannah,

      I’m sorry this issue is causing you so much trouble. I haven’t done any testing on the iPad mini (cause I don’t own one yet). But since it did work for a little while on your device, my guess is that Apple may be doing some work on their servers over the holidays. Perhaps try again in a day or two.

      I wish I had a more definite answer for you.

      Happy New Year,
      Jay

  20. Katie commented:

    Will you be offering this game app to Android users at any point in time? I recently switched from Ipod to Android and it’s such a bummer that the game is not offered.

    • admin commented:

      Hi Katie,

      Yes, we do plan to eventually release all our word games for the Android platform. Unfortunately, this will likely take quite a long time.

      Sorry to make you wait,
      Jay

      • Katie commented:

        Hello Jay, and thank you for the response. I am willing to wait. I love android so I will definitely keep a watch out for game release.

  21. Jasmine commented:

    I’ve noticed there is an inconsistency when using peoples names. Sometimes the name is capitalized such as in ‘Elizabeth Taylor’, and other times it is not capitalized such as in ‘Taylor swift.’
    I can send you a picture if you like – just let me know how to do so.
    Thank you.

    • admin commented:

      Hi Jasmine,

      You are correct. But here was my thinking. If a word is almost always and only used as a proper name then I capitalized it (Elizabeth). However, if a word can also be used as a “regular” non-proper word then I didn’t capitalize it even if it is used to make a proper name in the puzzle (Taylor swift).

      That was my crazy logic.

      Thanks for taking the time to write to us. We love hearing your thoughts.

      Best wishes,
      Jay

  22. rhonda Wright commented:

    hi trying to play with a friend but each time we click on the play when it is our turn. It appears to be starting but then disappears and kicks me out of the game. I am playing on ipad 3rd generation version 6.1.2 (10B146). the same thing happens with another friend both are listed in the game center as my friends but we are unable to take our turn. I can play random with no problems
    Please help!!! we all absolutely love this game and want to play each other

    • admin commented:

      Hi Rhonda,

      Sorry you’re having this problem. I will try to reproduce it on one of my Apple devices. If I can make it crash on one of my devices then there’s a very good chance I can fix the problem.

      So it only happens when you’re playing a Game Center friend? Does it crash when you start a game with a friend, or when a friend starts a game and invites you to take your turn? What exactly is happening on the screen just before it crashes?

      Thanks so much for sharing any additional details.

      I hope I can fix this issue soon.

      Best wishes,
      Jay

  23. rhonda Wright commented:

    thanks for your prompt reply. so far it only happens when a friend starts a game and invites me to take my turn. I see the list and it says my turn, i cllick on the > to the right of the friends name, next screen ask do i accept or decline (sometimes this screen doesnt appear, the next thing happens) i accept and then it shows the brain as if it is about to start and then immediately crashes. if it doesnt show the option to accept or decline after i click on the > it just crashes immediately,

    Regards;

    Rhonda

    • admin commented:

      Hi Rhonda,

      Thank you for the details. I have a few more questions. Does the app ever work properly or do you always experience this crash when accepting a friend’s invitation? Does it happen with every friend or just one friend? Have you tried to completely shut down your device ( hold down the top power button until the option to shut down appears)? Sometimes a device can get into weird state and shutting it down completely can “magically” correct the problem.

      Thank you for trying to help me figure out this problem,

      Jay

      • rhonda Wright commented:

        Hi again Jay,
        when i attempt to accept a friends invitation from the two people who are on my friends list. i can play a random game with no problem. but not able to play when “my turn” with anyone And yes when i called into Apple the rep who was extremely nice, had me to do a few troubleshoots one of which was shutting complete down until i saw the silver apple. i did the update as well and closed all of the apps that were running.
        my contact # is 310-210-5047 feel free to contact me if that works better,

        Regards;

        Rhonda

  24. rhonda Wright commented:

    Hey Jay any new updates regarding my issue?
    Rhonda

    • admin commented:

      Hi Rhonda,

      I sent you an email and a Game Center friend invitation. Please let me know if did not receive them.

      Thanks,
      Jay

      • Rhonda commented:

        Hi Jay I did receive it and accepted are you going to send me a challenge
        Rhonda

        • admin commented:

          Hi Rhonda,

          I sent you a match. See if you can take your turn. Also please invite me to a match when you get the chance.

          Thanks,
          Jay

  25. Joe commented:

    How do I play a friend I know in online mode

    • admin commented:

      Hi Joe,

      Tap on the Game Center icon on your device home screen. Tap on the “requests” tab on the bottom. Then tap on the “add friends” button. This will send your friend an invitation to become your Game Center friend. Once they have accepted your invitation you will be able to challenge them to a match from within the chain of thought app.

      Now Open chain of thought app>Tap Play button> tap Online Play button> then tap the + button on the top right corner > tap the Invite Friends button> select your friend’s name> tap Next button> finally tap Send button.

      It’s easier than it sounds– no really!

      Best wishes,
      Jay

  26. Cathy commented:

    Is there a version of Chain of thought for my computer?

  27. Debra Copeland commented:

    How do I get ios5 I want to play this

    • admin commented:

      If you plug your device into a computer with iTunes on it, you will be able to upgrade your iOS version to the latest version.

      Best wishes,
      Jay

  28. Chris commented:

    I love Chain Of Thought but it recently stopped working after I installed the suggested bug-fix upgrade. Now when I start it the game’s splash screen displays for a few seconds then closes. It doesn’t allow any inputs (eg, menu button). I hesitate to uninstall as I do not want to reset all my levels. Any suggestions?
    Thanks.

    • admin commented:

      Hi Chris,

      I’m sorry to hear you’re having this problem. Very frustrating!

      When did you update the app? Did it ever work after the update? Do you remember if you skipped one of the updates?

      You could try completely shutting down your device by holding down the power button and home button simultaneously for 10 seconds.

      But I’m afraid a reinstallation of the app is going to be the only way to fix the problem. :(

      My guess is the save file got corrupted during the update. I will have to do some investigating of the code to see if there is a bug somewhere but that won’t help with your current situation.

      Thanks for alerting me to the problem.

      Best wishes,
      Jay

  29. Chris commented:

    Are there any plans for including VoiceOver support for this game? I just found out about it and I know several blind people, my wife included, that would LOVE to be able to play this game independently without somebody having to read all of the options. Thanks!

    • admin commented:

      Hi Chris,

      Currently, there aren’t any plans to add voice over for the blind. But it is a good idea, so I will do some investigating.

      Best wishes,
      Jay

  30. Shirley commented:

    I downloaded Chain of Thought on my iPhone but the app is just frozen at waiting and I can’t open or delete it. What can I do now?

  31. Geo commented:

    Frustrating game, with annoying punishment as the screen locks you out whenever you make a wrong guess and you have to wait before you can guess again.

    Many associations are possible, but there is only ONE right answer, the one the game designer specifies. Also, many odd Midwestern expressions not well known throughout the USA, never mind other English speaking countries.

    Needs to allow the same level to be played again with a higher difficulty setting.

    I have no idea how the online play works, you select an opponent in the Game Center, and then you just repeat the same game over and over, you never see the other person’s move or score?

    Disappointing.

    3/5 stars ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

    • admin commented:

      I am sorry you find our game frustrating.

      After your online opponent finishes their turn you can see a summary screen that compares how each of you did on the puzzles.

      Best wishes,
      Jay

  32. Andrea commented:

    I was wondering if this game will be made available for the MacBook Pro? I love the game and would love to play on my laptop also.

  33. Linda commented:

    Hi Jay,
    Love TOT. I just upgraded from an iPhone 3GS to an iPhone 5s. TOT doesn’t seem to remember that I already bought the bundle for $3.99. How do I get it to recognize it’s still me?
    Thanks!

    • admin commented:

      Hi Linda,
      You can try tapping the options>restore buys button.

      Or you can “purchase” the bundle again on your new device. If you use the same Apple ID as before you will NOT be charged a second time for the in-app “purchase.”

      Best wishes,
      Jay

  34. Jeanne commented:

    Can’t buy any new levels, would give 5 stars if I could

    • admin commented:

      Hi Jeanne,

      What exactly is happening when you try to buy new levels? Do you have an Apple or Android device?

      Thanks,
      Jay

  35. Alex commented:

    I bought this app and completed all the levels. Then I decided to start all over. I was only asked if I was ok losing my spot on the leader board, which was fine by me, only to find that I have to purchase the app again in order to play all over. I need answers as to why this is happening.

  36. Diane commented:

    My app stopped working correctly this week on an iPad 2. It does not fill the screen so the far right word cannot be seen. I bought extra packs so don’t want to delete and reload.

    • admin commented:

      Hi Diane, could you send me a screen capture of the problem to JBacal@aol.com? You can also try deleting and reinstalling the app. Apple will never charge you twice for the same puzzle packs as long as you use the same Apple ID and password. You can also get back your previous puzzle packs by tapping “options>restore buys”

      Thanks,
      Jay

  37. Amanda commented:

    Hi,I’m playing on my android tablet and I purchased the full version. When I leave the game and come back to the levels and I’m unable to PLAY from the puzzle number I last completed. I went through the help pages and read where it shows the forward arrow to reach the last puzzle played. When i open the puzzle SCREEN there is a back arrow to go back but even though I’m up to 59 there is no forward arrow. It does show a SCREEN of level 59 so its been saved I just can’t play it.
    Thanks
    Amanda
    Please help, its pointless playing and spending the $ if I can’t progress.

    • admin commented:

      Hi Amanda,

      I’m sorry you are having this issue. Did this happen when you played the free version? Does this happen with any of our other word games or just Chain Of Thought? Can you tell me which device and version of android that you are using?

      If you’d like a refund, please send me your purchase details to JBacal@aol.com

      Best wishes,
      Jay

  38. Karen commented:

    I have tried the free version and want to purchase. But when i try to purchase the ipad just freezes.

    • admin commented:

      Hi Karen,

      Sorry for the late reply. I am not sure why your iPad is freezing when you try to make an in-app purchase. Please make sure you are signed into your account by tapping settings on your device and then tapping the iTunes and App Store tab. Also make sure you have a good internet connection.

      Please send me an email at jbacal@aol.com if you are still having trouble.

      Best wishes,
      Jay

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