Puzzle grid is about, well, puzzles in a grid(I'm somewhat obsessed with both puzzles and grids; the best four games I've made all involve at least one of the two). Once you've created your grid, you start in a bit of a grid of grids. From there, you must click a grid to play. After that, you can select a square in that grid. The game will then display a randomly-generated* puzzle that you need to solve.
Press escape to exit a puzzle without solving it. Answer the puzzle either in the text box below the canvas or however the instructions specify, and the square will turn black. After the square is solved, it will display a hint as to whether a square should be on or off.
Each grid needs to be "solved" in order to complete the game. In order to solve a grid,
- every square in the grid must be solved, and
- each square must be on or off in the right combination. The hints given to you after each square is solved signify this solution (just click the solved square again to receive the hint).
*There are a couple of preset puzzles that may be scattered throughout the grids.
Saving your Progress:
This is a bit different in puzzle grid than in any other game. Your progress is saved as a text file containing your grid and what you've solved in it. When you're ready to take a break, press the "Download Grid" button below the grid and have your grid downloaded. When you want to play it again, press the "Choose File" button below the "Load Previous Game:" text. Choose your previously downloaded grid file, and then press "Play" and your previous grid should work perfectly!
Just three other little side notes:
- The game was actually posted on June 30, I just haven't gotten around to finishing this blog until today.
- It is easily possible to cheat on some puzzles by either reading/using the console or reading/editing your downloaded text file. I didn't try to make it hard for people to cheat, since I knew that with some of my puzzles (some don't generate a solution until the puzzle is being checked) since I know that if somebody really wants to cheat at this game, they can. It's meant to be a challenge for the player to solve it on their own, and when you remove the challenge or the rules from a game, it can no longer be considered a game.
- Sorry for the lack of styling(font color, size, etc.). I wrote this in one application and then published it to two separate locations.