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How can I manage complicated visual state over a simple model in puzzle games?

I've been encountering this design challenge making a few toys with Javascript (CreateJS, EaselJS) The scenario is that you've got some sort of puzzle game with a simple game model. For a simple ...
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1answer
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“Untangle”-Game AI

I am trying to program an AI for such untangle games like Untangle game. I tried the following possibilities: 1) Just set one node after the other to a random place. If every node was moved once, ...
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Prototyping a puzzle game for solvability of levels

I am in the prototyping phase of making a puzzle game for iOS. The basic premise of what the player has to do is get from point A to point B by navigating through a maze like setup, while moving ...
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3answers
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Time limit on puzzle games: yea or nay?

Of course, it goes without saying that this can only work when the puzzle is randomly generated (say, something like minesweeper/bejeweled) and not hand-designed levels (such as trainyard, theseus ...
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2answers
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Are there any resources for motion-planning puzzle design?

Some background: I'm poking at a set of puzzles along the lines of Rush Hour/Sokoban/etc; for want of a better description, call them 'motion planning' puzzles - the player has to figure out the ...
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2answers
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Random generation of interesting puzzle levels?

I'm making a Sokoban-like game i.e. there's a grid that has some crates on it you can push and you have to get the crates on crosses to win the level (although I'm going to add some extra elements to ...
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808 views

Does it make the game more fun when the user is forced to progress through the levels sequentially rather than letting them pick and play?

For the first time in my game, I'm stuck with a real design dilemma. I guess that's a good thing ;) I'm building a word puzzle game that has five levels, each with 30 puzzles. Currently, the user ...
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What makes puzzle games addictive? [closed]

I'm currently developing a puzzle game for Android that is sort of along the lines of Alchemy. I was wondering what makes games like Alchemy or Bejeweled so addicting? How do I keep players ...