# Tagged Questions

A gameplay element that tests the ingenuity of the player. It can have one or more logically-concluded solutions.

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### Creating puzzle on libGDX

Good afternoon. Help me please to add the code for the game. This game is puzzle. Everything works good, but I would like to have not just ordinary puzzles with numbers, but also the puzzle with a ...
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### How can I ensure a grid can be filled with Tetris-like pieces?

I'm thinking of making a puzzle game where the objective is to fill a grid with shaped puzzle pieces (for example, the classic Tetris shapes). How can I go about generating a set of pieces that can ...
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### How can I generate Sudoku puzzles?

I'm trying to make a Sudoku puzzle generator. It's a lot harder than I expected and the more I get into it, the harder it gets! My current approach is to split the problem into 2 steps: Generate a ...
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### How do I make educational games engaging not boring?

We make educational games for school students, age 7-18; we can't have any violence or blood in them. I have scoured Google Play and YouTube for good examples of educational games. So far I found ...
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### How can I stop players from cheating on puzzle levels by finding solutions on the web?

In a level based, puzzle-like, game, how can we prevent the gamers to be searching on the Internet for solutions to a specific level? I'd like to let players fairly compare their scores. I've thought ...
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### match-3, 4, 5, 6? Algorithm for a puzzle match game that will change the number of matches required

I was wondering if someone had an idea or had some thoughts behind creating a match-3, match-4, match-5... all the way to match-10 just by changing a variable. I think it is easy to do a match 3 or 4,...
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### How to visually represent a time span?

I am making a puzzle game. The puzzle in question needs to be solved in advance, with the final solution being given as a series of commands which will instruct an object to navigate a maze. This ...
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### 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? [closed]

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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### Procedural Turn Based Puzzle Generation?

Alright, we have a large set of possible moves (what the player is allowed to do). We also have a well defined state of success that defines the desired goal. We want to generate a configuration where ...
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### Why do adventure game puzzles often have a single clue/solution?

When recently playing an adventure game (Dreamfall Chapters) it hit me that most adventure games I've played have had only a single solution to the "puzzles" they require you to solve. This frequently ...
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### AI for Minesweeper like game

I am currently developing a Puzzle/RPG game which works a little bit like Minesweeper. You have a Field of Tiles and 2, 3 or 4 different colors from which you can choose. Now you have to uncover tiles ...
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### Gamemaker - Change the fired bullets' direction using objects as guide

So I am trying to create a shooting-ship-puzzle game at sea on gamemaker. There is a playership that must shoot the enemy ships using only the available "whirlpools". There are many whirlpools in the ...
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### Hinting at Steganography

I'm working on an ARG which will be implemented mostly through a standard website. I'd like to give some of the images on the site steganographic content (hidden content stored in an image, e.g. an 8 ...
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### How do I recognize squares, rectangles … (like in TwoDots)?

I currently working on a small mobile game. Not a clone of TwoDots(!) but I need to recognize patterns like they do and I use the game as an example. How the game works? Players have to connect dots. ...
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### How can I do optimal pathfinding for a Tetris piece?

Imagine a standard Tetris board (10x20) using the standard set of 7 tetrominos. Given a Tetris game state and a target position, how can I find the optimal sequence of moves that will get the ...
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### What is the approach of creating an image puzzle game with libgdx

I would like to create a game which consists of taking a random image, slicing it up into some number of pieces (according to a selected difficulty) and letting the player solve the puzzle. I've ...
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### Avoiding singletons for puzzle system [closed]

Say for instance I have a puzzle with 3 switches that need to be in some configuration (say all on) in one room, that opens a door in another, with a load screen separating, so I can't link the ...
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### Approach to puzzle generation

I have a task in hand about making a puzzle generator, that can fill a game board with colored pearls, that then needs to be solved by the player. The core rules are Pearls are placed in a grid, ...
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### How to implement a hint-system for nearby matches (in a Match-3 puzzle game)?

Taking Candy Crush as an example: In a Match-3 game, how would you figure out which nearby tiles are 1 move away from creating a match? Do you basically have to do it by trial-and-error on every ...
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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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### How do I make an XML-specified animation show completely?

I want to add animation to my game board when updating tile positions. I can start an animation at the right point, but there's a catch: When the translate animation starts, it seems like the ...
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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 case,...
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### How to be sure that a target goal in a match 3 game level will not be impossible?

This is clearly not a coding problem but the logical one. I am starting to learn how to make a match 3 game. but there is a question rising in my mind. when i will set goal to complete the level, how ...
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### Approaches to timed puzzle elements

I'm working on a side scrolling game that has a number of timed puzzle elements. As a simple example: I have a number of moving platforms that have been setup to transition in a pattern. Ideally I'd ...
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### How to glow a UIButtons in sequence

I am working on a memory based matching puzzle game. For that I need to glow buttons in a sequence that's generated randomly. I am glowing the buttons by changing its background images. I'd like to ...
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### How do I make a puzzle piece move smoothly between locations?

I'm building a 2048 clone to sharpen my Libgdx skills, but I don't know how to ease a tiles between board locations. When I slide my finger, the tile moves rather swiftly. How I can make the movement ...
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### What is the average team size for mobile games like these? [closed]

I know that it is maybe too broad question but please give me at least some guidance. What is the average team size for mobile games like in https://play.google.com/store/apps/category/BRAIN?feature=...
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### Layer depth problem

I try to create Puzzle JigSaw,and I want to display the selected piece on the first layer, the pieces that are on the original positions(solved) on the last layer and the others on the middle. I ...
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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 ...
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### How do I match and clear sequences 3 adjacent coloured blocks?

I'm making a game with elements of a match-3 puzzler (such as Columns, Bejeweled or Tetris Attack). I don't know where to begin creating an efficient algorithm for matching and clearing. My ...
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### How to create my first game? [closed]

I'm entering the world of game development. I'm comfortable with C++ and Java. I'm okay with algorithms. How should I start out with game development? I'd love to start from creating simple puzzle ...
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### How can I estimate the difficulty of user-generated content in my puzzle game?

I'm making a puzzle game where one player makes a puzzle, and other players attempt to solve the puzzle the first player made. The puzzles are a grid of squares that may contain different kinds of ...
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### How do I animate pieces between puzzle states?

I'm developing a simple C# puzzle game as a learning exercise, using OpenTK. It's similar to Puzzles and Dragons' puzzle part: The aim is to match 3 pieces to remove them. Removed pieces are replaced. ...
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### Algorithm to produce 'Lady or Tiger' puzzles?

What my problem is: There is a puzzle by Raymond Smullyan that works something like this: You are in a room with many doors. Behind some of those doors, there are ladies; behind the others, there are ...
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### What algorithm to use to fill a KenKen square board with cages?

I am working on recreating KenKen, a popular math puzzle involving a blank grid that is divided into "cages". Each cage is just a collection of adjacent squares and has a clue which is generally a ...
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### Tetris-like wall-kicking not working [duplicate]

So I'm making a falling-block puzzle game. It's not a Tetris clone, but the block clusters move in a similar fashion. I want to make it so that if you rotate against a wall, or against another piece,...
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### Locating point on a closed path to maximize sum of distances to a sample of weighted points

I'm doing AI for a simple puzzled game and need to solve the following problem efficiently (less than 1 sec for the range specified since I need to do many iterations in a game). A sample of N (1 ...
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### Logic For Puzzle Game - How do I do it?

What is the game all about? It's a puzzle game. I am using AndEngine to build it on Android platform (currently). I have divided the game into various World, with each World containing various Levels....
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### Which is better: More puzzle apps in Store or more puzzle levels in a single app [closed]

The Question: Given a freemium model (ad-supported with in-app-purchase of additional levels/hints)... are chances of overall success better with a single puzzle app with lots (but varied) levels/...
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### Algorithm for optimising a match game with known queue

I'm trying to write a solver in C# .NET for a game known as Flowerz. For your reference, you can play it on MSN, here: http://zone.msn.com/gameplayer/gameplayer.aspx?game=flowerz. I'm writing it for ...
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### Hardcore or casual? Help me understand please

I am working on an easy casual physics puzzle on iOS for kids and thought of this question. In my honest opinion casual kids games must have simple gameplay - one tap or command for a step, several ...
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### Cost of changing scene in andengine

I'm working on a simple 2d puzzle with small textures (in count and quantity). Now after I finished the game logic I'm considering tow options to switch between levels: Remove all objects manually ...
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### Last level of puzzle games - hard or easy? [closed]

Currently I am creating a puzzle game, and I am finishing all the levels... and then I run into this problem: From puzzle games that I played, I find that the design of the very last level goes into ...
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### Identifying quad patterns in a two-dimensional array

In the tech demo I'm trying to make, tetrominoe-style blocks will be placed by the player, at which point the game checks to see if they've made a quad with any existing shapes on the board (a 2D ...
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### Data Structures for Logic Games / Deduction Rules / Sufficient Set of Clues?

I've been cogitating about developing a logic game similar to Einstein's Puzzle , which would have different sets of clues for every new game replay. What data structures would you use to handle the ...
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### Creating practically solvable 15 puzzle inputs

I am now developing a 15 puzzle game. I know the method to detect unsolvable puzzles. But unlike 8-puzzle, solution for 15-puzzle takes quite long time for some input states and can be solved within 5 ...
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### Why is this 8 puzzle unsolvable?

I am developing a 8 puzzle game. I went through the rules in this (see Detecting Unsolvable Puzzles) link, which tell you how to detect if an initial state is unsolvable. It says that if the number of ...
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### Creating an interactive grid for a puzzle game

I am trying to make a slitherlink game, and am not too sure how to approach creating the game, more specifically the grid structure on which the puzzle will be played on. This is what a empty and ...