Star Battle Puzzle - Hoshi 4+

The NYT logic puzzle classic

Simon Schuster

Designed for iPad

    • 4.8 • 52 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Hoshi (星, Japanese for star) is a free and competitive Star Battle game with daily challenges. Star Battle, also known as "Two Not Touch", is regularly published in the New York Times logic puzzle section. If you enjoy playing tricky puzzles and brain-teasing games and seek a new challenge, then you should give Hoshi a try.

If you have never played the Star Battle logic game before, don’t worry the rules are straight forward:
Similar to other logic puzzles you have a grid that you need to fill. In a normal 2 star “Two Not Touch” game each row, column, and region must have exactly 2 stars. Stars are not allowed to touch, even not diagonally.

Hoshi includes Star Battles with 1, 2 and 3 stars, but games with more stars are yet to come ;)

Hoshi offers you:
- Everyday we release a new number game (daily puzzle challenge)
- Track your solving time and compete against other players (leaderboards)
- There is also a weekly challenge for geniuses (3 star plus games)
- There are 5 different difficulties (easy to diabolical)
- Packs with hand-selected logic puzzle (e.g. for beginners)
- Guide with solving strategies
- Profile with stats about your skill level & progress

Coming soon:
- Add your friends and play with them a numbers puzzle
- Star Battle games with more than 3 stars

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What’s New

Version 1.3.5

- Bug fixed: Pack loading problem.
- Bug fixed: Highlighting colors on game board.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

tinyMonkey248 ,


What a wonderful game. It’s challenging and also gives detailed instructions. The beginner games are well thought out to help you understand how to finish the puzzle.
One of the best games I have come across in a long while. Great job to the Creators, many thanks!

Solo pat ,

Great game if you enjoy 2 dot game in NYT

Weekly games are 1 or two dots and vary from very easy to very hard. Weekly games are 3 dot games and vary for hard to f•••ing hard.

GollyFizz ,

Paid for ad free membership for a year and still have the ads

I paid the $20 but it did nothing. It’s supposed to remove the ads but it didn’t.

Developer Response ,

Feel free to shoot me a mail to, usually such problems can be fixed easily with a bit more of information from your side. As you can guess, reviews are not the best way to get support :/

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