About Bran McMillin


Bran McMillin is the founder and senior editor for the puzzle news site Puzzle Pile. From 2007 - 2010, he served as editor for the magazine Panopticon: Puzzles & Games. He is the inventor of the Itachi and Hairetsu puzzle forms and has created hundreds of puzzles. Disclosure: Bran is a member of the National Puzzlers' League.


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Hidden Folks Releasing On Android Dec. 14

Hidden Folks is set to land in the Google Play store on Dec. 14, finally bringing the Where’s Waldo-style puzzle game to Android mobile gamers.

Scribblenauts Showdown Outed On Taiwan Rating Board

Taiwanese rating board exposes next outing from the puzzle game series Scribblenauts Showdown as coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Hand-Drawn Puzzle Adventure Gorogoa Coming Dec. 14

Jason Roberts’ illustrated puzzle adventure game Gorogoa will be released by publisher Annapurna Interactive on Thursday, Dec. 14.

The Griddle Cancels Puzzle Advent Calendar 2017

Owner and operator of The Griddle website David Millar, came out on social media announcing the cancellation of this year’s Puzzle Advent Calendar.

Calendar Lineup – December 2017

The upcoming December puzzle events, puzzle hunts, puzzle tournaments, and featured new releases for the puzzle community.

Puzzazz 6.0 Update Adds Diagramless Crosswords

Puzzle app developer Puzzazz continues to expand its digital capabilities, adding Diagramless Crosswords support for its 6.0 update.

Review – RollerCoaster Challenge

Puzzle Pile reviews Thinkfun's puzzler RollerCoaster Challenge, taking a deeper look to see if this stalwart toy company has another mega-hit up its sleeve.

Zendo Hitting Store Shelves December

The second edition of inductive reasoning puzzle game Zendo from Looney Labs is scheduled to begin hitting U.S. store shelves this December.

The Room 3 Planned Desktop Development, Out 2018

Fireproof Games revealed its plans to bring The Room 3 to desktops via Steam next year, beginning development following the release of The Room: Old Sins.

Scrap Opens Holiday Shop For The Season

Scrap Entertainment has launched an online for the holiday season, opening pre-orders for several puzzle minded gift items.

The Gardens Between Sprouts On PS4, 2018

The Voxel Agents confirmed at Sony’s Paris Games Week that its next effort The Gardens Between will be coming to PlayStation 4 next year.

Calendar Lineup – November 2017

The upcoming November puzzle events, hunts, tournaments, and featured new releases for the puzzle community.

Shadow Of The Colossus Remaster Gets Feb. Release Date

Sony revealed during the Paris Games Week that its remastered edition of Shadow Of The Colossus will be coming to PlayStation 4 this February.

Crosswords LA 2017 Puzzles Go On Sale

Puzzles from this year's Crosswords LA tournament have become available for purchase online through the Crossword Nexus store.

The Room: Old Sins Opens To iOS Jan. 25

Fireproof Games announced that the fourth game from The Room series, The Room: Old Sins, will be released to iOS on Jan. 25, 2018.

Framed Collection Gets Impaneled To Desktops, Early 2018

Comic book puzzle game series Framed will be heading to desktops via Steam in “early 2018,” through the Framed Collection package deal.

Red Bull & Rubik’s Cube Teaming Up For Competitions

Rubik’s Cube has joined forces with Red Bull, bringing it under its Mind Gamers arm, to help host and promote its worldwide speedcubing events.

AuroraBound Gets Deluxe Version For Desktops Nov. 2

Developer Final Game Studio is launching a new deluxe version of its jigsaw style puzzler AuroraBound to desktops on Nov. 2.