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.


Bran McMillin

The Indie 500 Fourth Tournament Details Announced

Crossword tournament officials have announced the details for the fourth running of independent Crossword tournament The Indie 500.

Professor Layton Anime Gets Air-Date, Trailer

Level-5 announced the final spring air-date for Japanese television for its upcoming Professor Layton anime series, Layton’s Mystery Detective Agency.

Dissembler Assembles On Desktops & iOS, Feb. 22.

Ian MacLartywill be bringing his tile-flipping puzzle game Dissembler to desktops and iOS on Feb.22, with Android following close behind.

Scrap Entertainment Opening Pacific Rim Escape Room

Scrap reveals that it has teamed up with movie studio Legendary Pictures to create an escape room based on the sci-fi film franchise Pacific Rim.

Rusty Lake Movie Details Begin To Surface

More details from the Rusty Lake movie have been released by its series creator, just a week after the project's big reveal.

Bridge Constructor Portal Coming To Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One

Headup Games revealed the release dates for Bridge Constructor Portal console versions, all coming to digital store fronts in just a weeks.

Puyo Puyo Tetris Coming To Windows, Feb. 27

After a day filled with teasers, Sega has officially announced it'll be launching Puyo Puyo Tetris for Windows on Feb. 27

Sega Teasing Puyo Puyo Tetris For Desktops?

Sega has posted images of Puyo Puyo blobs and Tetris blocks on its Steam community forums, possibly teasing a desktop version of Puyo Puyo Tetris.

Exit The Game Series Four More Titles, July & Oct.

Kosmos announced its expanding the company's Exit The Game series with an additional four titles that are set to arrive at stores in July and October.

Chuchel Bouncing Onto Desktops March 7

The design studio behind Machinarium and Samorost has announced the release date for its next puzzle adventure game Chuchel.

Calendar Lineup – February 2018

The upcoming puzzle events, puzzle hunts, puzzle tournaments, and featured new releases for the puzzle community from February 2018.

Bring You Home Quietly Debuts On App Store

The developer behind Love You To Bits, have quietly released their latest puzzle adventure game Bring You Home to iOS and tvOS via the App Store.

Rusty Lake Short Movie & Game Announced, Kickstarter Future

Rusty Lake revealed it's coming out with a short movie based on its escape room franchise, along with a new game form the series, though details are slim.

Crossword Movie Coming From Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

The Crossword Mystery, a movie co-created by Will Shortz, receives greenlight for development by Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Layton’s Mystery Journey Gets Free Starter Kit

Level-5 is offering Layton's Mystery Journey Starter Kit as a free way for puzzlers to try out the puzzle game without balking at the $15.99 price.

MIT Mystery Hunt 2018 Puzzles Open To Solve

All of the over 150 puzzles from the 2018 MIT Mystery Hunt have been opened for free by Team Death And Mayhem through the MIT website.

7 Billion Humans From World Of Goo Developer, Nintendo Switch & Desktops

World Of Goo developer Tomorrow Corporation revealed its next puzzle game 7 Billion Humans will be coming soon for Nintendo Switch and desktops.

Nathan Curtis Summons Verwald’s Treasure To Kickstarter

Nathan Curtis is returning to puzzle hunt design and hoping to wizard up some of that old Kickstarter magic with his latest Verwald’s Treasure.