gonna be slowly mulling over the remaining puzzles for the rest of the week
It’s hard to pick out any particular puzzle for being clever when they are all so delightfully, maddeningly clever, but I will say that a certain interaction I ran into while trying to solve level 40 (Unravel) had me grinning from ear to ear.
I finished SOLAS-128 a little while ago, haven’t posted about it yet but one thing I liked was its hint system. you could ask for a hint and the game would put some sparkles on a grid square; no indication of what went there or why, “hmm what’s the significance of this spot, what if I put, ah”. also it was on a 60 second cool-down so using the hint to solve the puzzle was faster than waiting for another.
got some comments on twitter & itch (and on a japanese site) all indicating they’re on the last level, so some folks are getting close to beating this. i only had one tester 100% it and it took them 20+ hours.
Yeah, I got half of the 40s down at this point, and two unsolved puzzles from the 30s.
I’ve dabbled a bit with all of the remaining puzzles, and from what I can tell it I think I can solve them all if I spend 30-60 minutes of deduction time on each of them (barring a lucky break). At this point, finishing everything is as much a game of endurance as it is of brainpower (5/5 stars).
Organizer (level 45) was a lot of fun to figure out in particular.
what would be awesome would be something like the difficulty tagging from Pipe Push Paradise, where the levels were organised by mechanic but with an Easy/Medium/Hard/Impossible icon to set your expectations
yeah, i considered that, but it would have required a lot of changes to make it fit that structure. if i hadn’t already designed it linearly, it would have been easier to make the levels and mechanic introductions succinct given a non-linear structure, but it was hard to do retroactively.
a lot of puzzles in the game pull in a lot of mechanics (and in some cases assume you’re good at using previous mechanics). i would have had to scrap or split up or rework a good portion of the levels to fit the new structure, and it didn’t seem worth it to undo a lot of work that i was already mostly happy with.
it’s definitely more player hostile this way, but i sort of like a little antagonism in game design, so it’s true to me at least.