I downloaded the capx and I'm reviewing it now. This a little different than your original explanation so I want to be clear. You have conflict in your basic concept since the players cannot play the game if you just want the control panel (however you provide a selection), so you need to have or define a specific location on screen to select the control panel and stop the action.
Am I correct in this assumption?
Well, I think this is what you are trying accomplish. Try the attached.
Hey, Thank you very much for your effort. Unfortunately this is not what I was aiming for. I updated my own .capx with some more details. So, as you can see, once the player finishes the game, he/she gets the option to restart it. The yellow restart button is tappable. Unfortunately, once tapped, the game also puts the blue square on top of it, making it impossible to restart the game and just gets stuck in a loop. What I need is to somehow make touch function apply ONLY to the yellow square, and then, after the layout has restarted, make it applyable to the game itself. I hope I made myself a bit more clear this time.