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 Post subject: Stormy Seas
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:40 pm 
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I would like to bring to your attention a series of some very underrated puzzles. One of them is called "Stormy Seas", and there are a few other puzzles similar to this one, but I chose the "Stormy Seas" because I love the sea. :)


(click on the image to view a larger version)

The goal of this puzzle is simple.

1. You have a red boat which you can move around in any way you want, provided there is space to do it, until it reaches the port down in the middle (and the boat must also have the correct orientation).
2. There are boats of other color. Those can be moved left, right, up, and down, but they cannot be rotated.
3. Each row is of size (1 cube) times (9 cubes) and can be moved left or right, provided it is not blocked by a boat.

Puzzles of this type have many challenges, and there is some "bandaged sliding puzzle" logic behind them which I find very interesting. Plus, they are new and can be found in affordable prices.

Someone may say that it is not a "one piece" puzzle, which is a very important requirement for twisty puzzles. Still though, I believe this belongs to some "multiple piece *but* stabilised" puzzle category, as you need to bring it to some really bad angle for the pieces to fall off. Plus, in this case, it is not really a disadvantage, since the pieces are mobile enough to "construct" many challenges.

In total, Stormy Seas has 40 challenges (I placed the most difficult one in the photo), and trust me, you will find yourself tangled between those waves!

And I must say, I certainly had (and will have) a great time with it!

:)


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Hey Pantazis,

There's a similar puzzle game online: http://www.ebaumsworld.com/games/play/916/

Not as creative as your puzzle, but hey, it's fun to play. ;)

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I think I have stated the "one piece" rule. But I also enjoy these type of things from Binary Arts/ThinkFun. They're straight forward and the rules are clear, it's just up to you to figure out the solution.


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reeeech wrote:
Hey Pantazis,

There's a similar puzzle game online: http://www.ebaumsworld.com/games/play/916/

Not as creative as your puzzle, but hey, it's fun to play. ;)


Hey, nice game! :)


During the ZX Spectrum days in the 80s, there was also a well known game called Boulderdash. It had similar principles, but together with gravity and with stones who were blocking the way (and could be destroyed after a fall). Dig Dug was a more arcade version.

"Bandaged" puzzles/games can always be intriguing, that's for sure!


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I got "River Crossing" (a plank puzzle) and "Rush Hour" (a sliding puzzle) by ThinkFun for my last birthday and enjoy them both! They both have a set of cards with challenges like the cards seen in the picture of Stormy Seas. For further challenges there are expansion packs and new pieces (a different car in Rush Hour and a dog in River Crossing).

Here are online versions of Rush Hour
http://www.engineering.com/content/community/puzzles/game_files/rushhour/rushhour.htm

River Crossing
http://www.clickmazes.com/planks/ixplanks.htm

and Lunar Lockout
http://www.puzzles.com/products/LunarLockout/LunarLockoutStart.htm.

I recently saw strategy games by Smart Games which are called "Hide and Seek - Safari", "Camouflage - North Pole" or "Airport - Traffic Control". I haven't tried them yet. They seem to be more for children. In those games you have a board with pictures on it, four pieces in different shapes and cards with pictures on them. The aim is to place the pieces on the board so that only the pictures that are on the cards remain visible.

Here's the link to "Camouflage" on Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/Educational-Insig ... B000NNLNVE


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 6:32 pm 
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I love Binary Arts puzzles, but they are too easy. :(

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ferrari wrote:
You can cheat pretty easy, thats why the Rubik's cube is so great because you have to work to cheat.
Turn one face 45 degrees, lift under edge, remove pieces.


Or option B. Peel all the stickers off.

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