is a chess teaching website modelled on Codecademy
. As such, it gives a sequence of short puzzles and exercises which help you build up knowledge of everything from how the pieces move to the intricacies of positional play. Sections of each 'course' are introduced by a short video. It's like a well-written chess book with interactive diagrams!
This tech demo video
from Pillow Castle Games (of Carnegie Mellon) showcases an innovative first person puzzler using the optical illusion of forced perspective.
They told me this was the Transformer. The Hodge-Podge Transformer, en route to the Ossuary. I don't understand what any of that means. I wish I could go to the Ossuary. The place of bones. That sounds simple and quiet, unlike this terrible place. [more inside]
(Java required) is a terrific site for puzzle players. [more inside]
an open-source HTML5 puzzle game engine [GitHub
[Henry] Hook has come to be known as the Marquis de Sade of the puzzle world: a brilliant and oddly beloved misanthrope, administering exquisite torture through dozens of puzzle books and syndicated crosswords.
The Jerry Slocum Mechanical Puzzle Collection
, given to Indiana University in 2006, is now online, with images and descriptions of some 24,000 puzzles, from an 18th century Japanese puzzle
to nearly 300 kinds of Rubik's Cubes
. [more inside]
was an idiosyncratic crossword setter who, under the pseudonym Crosaire, ran the Irish Times cryptic crossword singlehandedly for almost 70 years. He died in April 2010
at the age of 92, having compiled over 14000 daily crosswords. The last puzzle completed before his death, number 14605, runs in today's Irish Times
. [more inside]
Great news: Broken Picture Telephone
lives, it's called Teledraw
Marina Abramovic's 2010 MoMA exhibit, "The Artist Is Present"
adventure games. (No word yet on whether the game has made anyone cry
Thoughts from the creator
In the spirit of taking things too far, here is a fully functional 5-dimensional analogue of Rubik's cube.
92 years young, the delightful Raymond Smullyan
is a mathematician, logician, magician, concert pianist
, and Taoist philosopher
- who also pioneered retrograde chess problems
offers you 9 spot-the-difference games. The 3 categories are Graphic Novels and Comics
, Play With Mum
and Difference Xtreme!
My favorite is The Dragon and the Wizard
, which makes failure interesting.Difference Games
offers you 9 "spot the difference" games. The three categories are Graphic Novels & Comics
; Play with Mum
and Difference Xtreme!
My favourite is The Dragon and the Wizard
, which makes success interesting.
Walter Randelshofer's Pretty Patterns collection
(for Rubik's cubes up to 5x5x5) is one of the nicest twisty puzzle
sites going. It's based on his CubeTwister software, which you can download
(including a lovely OS X standalone). If you really want a treasure trove of twisty polyhedra, check out gelatinBrain's enormous collection
of java applets (which unfortunately don't do so well on macs). Are those things even physically possible
? Mini bonus: Randelshofer also hosts an archive of fondly-remembered Amiga animations
has hundreds of problems in six difficulty classes from novice to fiendish [java]
Created by flash artist and graphic novelist Mateusz Skutnik
, Submachine is one of the class acts of the point-and-click Web-game genre. Mesmerizing, layered and absorbing, the latest chapter in the series has just been released. [more inside]
A virtually unlimited supply of randomly-generated logic puzzles, in a variety of sizes and difficulties: Nonograms. Slither Link. Nurikabe. Bridges. Light Up.
Bored on your summer vacation? Well, the US government has lots of fun stuff for kids to do on line
. Learn fascinating facts about cows
(and agricultural marketing
!) from the Department of Agriculture. Take a ride to Money Central Station
with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. If you live in a federally-funded housing project, HUD wants you to learn more about being a good citizen
. Want something more action-packed? Help FBI Special Agent Bobby Bureau go undercover
, or become one of America's Crypto-Kids
at the NSA. Play thrilling puzzle games
or visit the world's most secret museum
at the CIA. Play more games
or become a Disaster Action Kid
at FEMA! And no list of government kids' pages would be complete without revisiting the children's art contest from the ATF, which I've linked to before...
is a puzzle writing company created by three former editors of Games
Magazine. Start with their puzzle sampler
and come back for a set of regularly updated games
. Puzzability is also responsible for creating the New York Times' intricately crafted Op-Ed Puzzles. Unlike the Times' daily crosswords, these wonderfully elaborate puzzles are available in a free archive
is a sliding block puzzle invented by Nob Yoshigahara
and manufactured by ThinkFun
. The goal of the game is to get the red car out of a six-by-six gridlock of vehicles by moving the other vehicles out of its way
(youtoob). There are several online versions in Java/Flash
(bottom of link)- my favorite
has the first 2 complete sets from the board game. It's a gentle warm-up for your brain.
has come out, crossword puzzles have been on the rise. If you want to join in on the fun, read this primer
by Will Shortz to get started, then download Across Lite
, head to Cruciverb
, and do free puzzles in the right-hand sidebar. Will Johnston's page
contains a huge repository of Across Lite puzzles. If you get stuck, can't figure out why an entry is correct, or just want to chat about a grid's brilliant construction, try reading the crossword blogs. The best two are Diary of a Crossword Fiend
and Rex Parker Does the New York Times Crossword Puzzle
. (Caution! Spoilers abound!) And, if you want to try your hand at constructing some crosswords of your own (submission guidelines for various papers here
), Crossword Compiler
is an outstanding piece of software. [Via this AskMetafilter question]
AcceleRacers: Track Mod
is a fun little Pipe-Dream-esque Flash game in which your object is to manipulate sections of track in order to get each of your six racecars to the finish line inside the time limit. Gets a lot harder as you go up in levels and more obstacles are added. Yes, it is a HotWheels game.
"King Anfortas currently owns this magic stone, schmooze him, take him surprise, how ever you will get it, but bring me this stone! As award I promise you my daughter and a place on the crown!"
-- The Mystery of Castle Wildenburg
, a slightly goofily-translated game that combines point-&-click with classic text adventure gameplay, and photos of the lovely German countryside. Read the "Prehistory," mouseover everything, save often (though you lose your accumulated points on loading a saved game), and be careful not to die of thirst.
(Flash game) Build a city with 18 available components. The order in which those components are employed determines how they'll interact and how far the city will develop. There's one correct order that will score the full amount of points. (via
More point-n-click Flash puzzles, this time in a series: Escape to Obion, episodes one
, and four
, a point-and-click Flash puzzle game somewhat clumsily translated from the German
. Inspector Wombat has a seemingly-bottomless sack in which to store all the random crap he picks up, like banana peels, his lady friend's stereo system (dude, she's standing right there. Ever try asking?)
, and tasty foodstuffs somebody left in the street. Your object is twofold: Find and apprehend the kooky blackmailer who's messing with the museum director, and fix the museum's paintings which have mysteriously gone all wonky (hint: it's because of evil, unhappy bacteria)
Tetrod is a jigsaw puzzle and a four-sided domino game mixed together.
-- Java puzzle game; choose 3x4, 4x4, 5x4, or 5x5.
! It's just like Lemmings
! Only tinier! And faster! And you can only make three moves: Block, ramp, and other ramp! (java)
is another little "escape the locked room" Flash game along the lines of Crimson Room
, Viridian Room
, White Chamber
, The Doors
, and MOTAS
. Also by the creator of Attic Escape are Nightmare Escape
and, er, Cannibal Escape
(which is worth clicking for the lovely, cello-heavy strings music if nothing else). Click everywhere in Attic Escape; important items are hidden behind, above, and under everything.
A Case of the Crabs
, and its sequel, The Goat in the Grey Fedora
, are a couple of point-and-click black-and-white Flash games that parody the old Sam Spade-type noir films. You are Nick Bounty, private detective, and it's up to you to solve the mysteries of the counterfeit crabs and the miniature goat statue, respectively. Very, very jokey; guaranteed to induce eyerolling. Look at everything, talk to everyone, and pick up everything that's not nailed down. Hints are available, but they're crammed with jokes too.
The Flowering Nose in Slugland
adventure game. As a goblin with a flower for a nose, your ultimate goal is to find the lost sprout. Defeat enemies by throwing flowers at them; power up with hearts; teleport from level to level with such esoteric trinkets as donuts and cherries. (Java.)
"You awaken from an uneasy dream.You are in a small, bare apartment. You are alone. You have no idea how you got there. You don’t even know who you are."
Fans of Franz Kafka may appreciate Kafkamesto
, a bleak and bizarre point-and-click Flash game.
-- Arrange the colored blocks so that they cover the colored dots. (Flash.)
Yet another Flash puzzle game: Shift
. Very beautiful, with low-key music.
Things Came Up To My Brain
...Museum? A little Flash game, from the same Samorostian/Goldbergian mind that brought us Find The Treasure
. Warning: There doesn't appear to be any way to toggle the sound off.
Fsaturday Flash Fun: CryptoQuote
. Other word games featured at East of the Web
are the Tetris-like PopWord
(and its multiplayer companion [beginner and advanced, respectively]
), the MasterMind-like CodeWord
, and the vaguely Scrabble-ish 8 Letters in Search of a Word
Friday Java Fun
- Junk's Hanoi, a cool puzzle for this lovely Festivus.
- 36 cards. Turn two over. If the pictures match, both get eliminated. Else turn them back and select another two. Repeat till field is cleared. Post the number of moves you took. [via]
What do you get when you mix a fiendishly difficult and addictive puzzle game with the feel of a hack & slash RPG set in a cartoonish, slightly tongue-in-cheek fantasy world? That would be Deadly Rooms of Death
(DROD for short). The game is freakin' huge, with 25 levels filled with unique rooms, and it also happens to be free.
Go problems database
with a slick web interface
is one of the most rewarding
games I've ever played. You can play games at ItsYourTurn.com
, who also have a nice rule summary
The puzzle that ate the world?!
It's called Su Doku
. It came from Japan. It's deceptively simple, but a brief tutorial
reveals hidden depths. It's spreading like gangbusters through the puzzle-obsessed British public, where it is making major news
and being rapidly added
to the country's newspapers. Fortunately, archived puzzles
and free software
are out there to provide puzzle addicts their latest fix. C'mon... give it a try. It's only *one* little puzzle. (Heh, heh.)
'You are cordially invited to match wits with some of the best minds in IBM Research.' Monthly puzzles, with solutions, going back to 1998.
is the game responsible for a significant drop in the scores of my final exams. (Friday Flash)
Arghhhhh!!! Aghhhhhhhh! Arghhhhhhh!!!
Cheats for PuzzleDonkey4 Available here