In the late 19th century this puzzle drove the entire world crazy. When Sam Loyd introduced the game to the public in 1878 he used a trick to arouse interest for it – he offered a thousand dollars to the one who could solve it. The puzzle consisted of a little box with 15 numbered square pieces that could be slid around to be arranged in rows from 1 in the upper left corner to 15 last on the bottom row. But then only the last two tiles 14 and 15 were scrambled which made the puzzle mathematically unsolvable and [Read More...]
Visitors to the Science Museum in west London can expect to find mentally challenging games and memory-enhancing tips.
Experts from the Alzheimer’s Society, King’s College London and the Forget Me Not Centre, which cares for people with dementia, will also be there. It will take place at the museum’s Dana Centre on Tuesday evening.
More information at BBC
Following a previous post about the Perplex City Boardgame and Cards this time some more about Perplex City itself.
Perplex City is a cross between a treasure hunt, puzzle game and a story. The first player to solve all the clues and track down the buried treasure will win £100,000. The method of distributing clues are the mysterious silver packs of cards with puzzles on them. The solutions to these give clues as to where the treasure is hidden. This page on Firebox explains the Perplex City in a little more detail.
Cmetrick is a puzzle that has nine colored balls in a 3×3 square. As you move the columns or rows of balls, the colored faces get scrambled! The goal is to develop an algorithm for bringing the puzzle from any scrambled configuration to its “Initial Configuration” (IC), in which all spheres are positioned in the same orientation. In the IC, the same color shows on top, right, left, front, back, and bottom of all spheres. There is [Read More...]
Well to be honest Plastic Balls is not really a puzzle game, put in my opinion you at least need to figure out how to get to the next level.
Plastic Martians developed Plastic Balls and can be seen as a circlular version of Arkanoid. Do you still remember that one? I still have the list for each level on which side to exit to have a less difficult level. You can play five levels of Plastic Balls for free online.
Via Macworld I found the following press release. Big Fish Games on Friday announced the release of Atlantis Sky Patrol, a sequel to last year’s action puzzle game. Atlantis Sky Patrol costs $19.99 and a downloadable demo is available.
Taking a page from the “Zuma” and “Luxor” style of “marble popping” games, you must complete each puzzle by matching marble colors in sets of three. You’re knocking out doomsday devices on each of 100 levels in the game. Atlantis Sky Patrol introduces new game mechanics, such as the need to destroy static orbs that [Read More...]
Courage, Taste, a Brain, a Heart, a Home. If you know the odd one out of this classic grouping then perhaps you should be playing the brand new game based on the enigmatic world of Perplex City.
Gameplay involves players (or teams) answering a range of questions against the clock, including anagrams, potluck, number trivia, word play and visual puzzles. The object of the game is to collect six colored glass stones scattered across the “city”. Opposing teams can then challenge opponents and relieve them of their stones. The first team to collect all six wins.
Fun and challenging, the [Read More...]