kevan + puzzles   37

This artist uses jigsaw puzzles, with the same die cut pattern, to make these terrific mashups / Boing Boing
"I favor puzzles from pre-digital years, when the picture was typically a photograph of a single subject, such as a galloping horse or a ballerina or the Empire State Building."
art  mutation  puzzles 
9 weeks ago by kevan
Untrusted - a user javascript adventure game
"Untrusted is a JavaScript adventure game that requires you to modify its source code as you play in order to complete puzzles."
games  puzzles  programming 
april 2014 by kevan
Puzzle Script - an open-source HTML5 puzzle game engine
"Programming puzzle games isn't all that hard in the grand scheme of things, but the barrier to entry is way higher than it needs to be."
puzzles  games  design 
october 2013 by kevan
CUBESMITH - Rubik's Cube Twisty Puzzle Replacement Stickers - Home
"We now offer over 45 different colors of vinyl and over a dozen different colors of Lexan tiles to customize more than 30 different twisty puzzles, as well as many sets to replicate original color schemes."
puzzles  hacking 
may 2013 by kevan
DefCon 20 Badges, the Big Reveal: A Secret Society, Crypto Challenges and Easter Eggs | Threat Level | Wired.com
"The badges measure about six inches by two inches and use a general-purpose circuit that is designed to be a building block and development platform."
technology  secrets  puzzles 
july 2012 by kevan
Action Half-Life: The 5 a.m. | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
"Looking away from the monitor it was with no small amount of gut-terror that I realised something was very wrong and turned back to type a message to my friends. [...] Our real worlds had turned monochrome. Some optical trick involving those red and white tiles had broken our eyes, and we could only see in pea green, sickly yellow and all the shades in between."
games  design  illusions  eyes  light  colour  puzzles  via:weir 
april 2010 by kevan
The Reverse Geocache Puzzle | Arduiniana
"Let's assume, then, that they go outside and push the button again. This time the series of messages is different: This is attempt 2 of 50. Distance 391km. Access Denied. Powering off..."
puzzles  gps  arduino  france  via:jodi 
november 2009 by kevan
How We Caught Missing Wired Magazine Writer Evan Ratliff - The NewsCloud Blog
"On August 15th, Ratliff disappeared. According to the contest rules, the first person who photographed Ratliff and said the word "Fluke" to him received a password to claim the $5,000 prize. The winner was Jeff Leach of Naked Pizza in New Orleans."
mysteries  puzzles  travel  via:waxy 
september 2009 by kevan
Return to sender: Artist puts Royal Mail to the test - This Britain, UK - The Independent
"Among the initial batch of envelopes was a letter with the address written in mirror writing. But it was not until sorting office staff forwarded one in which her street name and number were the answer to a series of crossword clues that she realised someone was taking their job very seriously indeed."
puzzles  paper  crosswords  via:lmg 
february 2009 by kevan
Play Auditorium
Diffuse-mirror puzzle game. "The Primary Goal of Auditorium is to guide your Flow into the various Audio Containers presented before you."
games  flash  puzzles  sound 
december 2008 by kevan
Audio Puzzler - Intro
"In the process of playing the game, players contribute transcriptions of snippets of video - the better the transcription, the more points the player earns."
games  puzzles  sound  via:waxy 
september 2008 by kevan
Project Euler
"Project Euler is a series of challenging mathematical/computer programming problems that will require more than just mathematical insights to solve. Although mathematics will help you arrive at elegant and efficient methods, the use of a computer and programming skills will be required to solve most problems."
maths  programming  puzzles 
august 2008 by kevan
Portal (Xbox 360)
A great curve of lateral thinking puzzles, and one of the best game endings I've played. Striking how much difference good writing can make, that the final scenes were a thousand times more memorable and movingly sympathetic than anything in Halo 3.
gamelog  5stars  puzzles  physics  science  surveillance  weapons 
october 2007 by kevan
Science Museum - Launchpad Online - Launchball
A suitably scientific machine-building puzzle game from the Science Museum, with a nice mix of simple square components and pinpoint ball physics.
games  flash  science  simulation  puzzles  via:tim 
october 2007 by kevan
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (Nintendo DS)
Ingenious generic-fantasy framework for a match-three puzzle game; different colours generate mana, to cast spells from a CCG-style rack. Idly addictive, and nice for having a shared board, but the percentage bonuses can make it uncomfortably random.
gamelog  ds  5stars  puzzles  magic  monsters 
june 2007 by kevan
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Nintendo DS)
A simple, plodding show-item-to-person detective adventure game, brightened up by the ridiculous manga styling - presenting evidence during witness testimony in court, with a triumphant text-flash "objection!" explosion. Linear but time-killing.
gamelog  2stars  law  crime  puzzles  lies  death  mysteries 
february 2007 by kevan
Rubicon : A Machine-Building Puzzle Game
My Java implementation of Chris Pressey's classic cellular-automata esolang RUBE, with enough additions for it to double as a fixed-goal, Incredible-Machine-style puzzle game.
creations  games  puzzles  physics  emergence  design  programming  technology 
october 2006 by kevan
Impulse - Taparo, fresh casual games
Bouncing-ball physics puzzle game with a satisfying level of precision - a draggable timeline slider lets you review where things will be at given moments, and set up timed reactions appropriately.
games  puzzles  physics  time  via:jay 
august 2006 by kevan
CombinationLock.com - number puzzle - number game
Simple algebraic puzzle game where you deduce a padlock combination from a few clues; nice that the clues are infinitely autogenerated, although you occasionally get absurdly easy ones.
puzzles  maths  via:mcios 
february 2006 by kevan
Alphabox: Crossword Pushing Puzzle
Crossword-style Sokoban game from Zarba, pushing lettered blocks together to form whatever words you can find.
games  puzzles  crosswords 
january 2006 by kevan
Sixteen Across : 1 down
Holly's crossword-forming thesis short stories have started. "All of the stories are set in Adelaide, and they're appearing twice a week, one every Monday and Thursday, with each story acting as a crossword clue."
books  crosswords  puzzles 
december 2005 by kevan
Bilateral Thinking Puzzles
"Q: Everyone else at the party who drank the punch subsequently died of poisoning. Why did the man not die?" "A: The man is a priest." Bored, wondered if this would be amusing. Still not sure. But 'the man was playing Monopoly' is another good catch-all.
creations  humour  random  puzzles 
august 2005 by kevan
ChessRogue
"Your army has been defeated and the forces of the Black King are spreading across the world." Nice ludemetic hybrid of chess and Rogue, where capturing a piece lets you inherit its powers. Slight unsatisfying air of "randomly generated puzzle", though.
chess  games  nethack  puzzles  via:leonard 
august 2005 by kevan
Michael Kelly's Page of Misery: Lateral thinking test
Extreme-lateral-thinking answers to the usual problems. "The aquatic baddies from Stingray killed him." Fun how catch-all a lot of the proper answers can be.
puzzles  humour  fish  via:holly 
august 2005 by kevan
Adrian Fisher Mazes Ltd - Multi-Sensory Mobility Maze for the Blind
"Training opportunities include a section of brick wall with 4 gaps in it; blind people can be trained to detect the gaps without touching, mainly by different sound echoes, and partly by changes in air pressure on the face."
children  puzzles  eyes  sound  mazes  via:holly 
july 2005 by kevan
China Daily: A novel without a word telling a love story?
"Although the novel consists of only 14 Chinese punctuations, he insisted that it tells a touching love story, with ups and downs and a complete outline, which he spent a whole year on the novel."
china  love  books  puzzles  mysteries  lunacy  via:quin 
july 2005 by kevan
UK Audiences wanted > Vorderman's Su Doku Live
"We need contestants for an exciting live national TV event for the first ever Su Doku game show - the logic puzzle that has swept the nation." Nine team of nine is quite amusing, but Armando Iannucci got there first.
television  puzzles  lunacy  via:mcios 
june 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Can you digit?
Tim Dowling being exasperated by Sudoku. "He suggests one might even colour-code one's jottings, but I think that would be weird, or cheating, or both."
maths  puzzles  via:lmg 
may 2005 by kevan
Nonosweeper
Minesweeper variant where the mines are marked out in nonogram notation.
puzzles  games  download 
april 2005 by kevan
Griddlers Net
Nonogram puzzles, another Japanese non-crossword genre - a grid where each row and column is labelled with the sizes of its pixel clumps, leaving the solver to build up the hidden picture.
puzzles  japan  maths 
april 2005 by kevan
Wikipedia: Sudoku
Grid-filling logic puzzle which is apparently in a few UK newspapers these days, although I'd never heard of it until recently. Invented in America and given popularity and a better name in Japan, where crosswords don't work.
puzzles  maths  japan  crosswords 
april 2005 by kevan
Guess-the-Google
Excellent game built from Google images - given twenty thumbnails, you have to give it the search word that produced them.
games  web  puzzles  via:holly 
april 2005 by kevan
The Gostak
Excellent language-puzzle interactive fiction; the game uses a constructed language to describe its world, and forces you to respond in it if you want to get anywhere. The gostak distims the doshes.
if  language  games  puzzles 
april 2005 by kevan
The Language Game
An unfolding language-decoding puzzle, building up an understanding of a constructed language through simple demonstrations of it. Not as good as The Gostak, though.
language  puzzles 
april 2005 by kevan
Maze Navigation by Honeybees: Learning Path Regularity
"Performance was best in the constant-turn mazes [...] and poorest in the variable irregular mazes. These results demonstrate that bees do not navigate such mazes simply by memorizing the entire sequence of appropriate turns."
bees  puzzles  maps  brains  mazes 
march 2005 by kevan
Zen Puzzle Garden: The Japanese Rock Garden Game
Relaxing and infuriating Ricochet-Robot-style surface-covering; download for PC or Mac. "The monk can not walk over sand he has already raked, so be careful not to rake yourself into a corner!"
games  religion  puzzles  download  stone  japan 
february 2005 by kevan
Maarten Steurbaut - Rubik's magic Cube
An astonishingly engineered Rubik's Cube, made from 3kg of Lego.
design  lego  puzzles 
october 2004 by kevan

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