Brain Burn

Players 1
Length 20 minutes
Equipment Requiredsingle standard piecepack
Designer Mark A. Biggar
Version 1.1
Version Date 2004-07
License GNU FDL 1.2


This is a solitaire sliding block puzzle like the classic 15-puzzle. The player is required to rearrange two different sets of values simultaneously, that move in different but related ways.



Design Notes

  1. The game borrows some aspects from RonHaleEvans and Marty Hale-Evans' game EasySlider.
  2. The name comes from a comment my nephew Lewis made the first time he played: "My brain is burning!".
  3. Leaving the last row of null tiles order free, guarantees that the game is always solvable. Otherwise if the order of the null tiles was specified then only half the initial random setups would be solvable. All puzzles of this type have the property that you can only reach the even permutations of the initial setup.
  4. Adding the coins does not effect the solvability of the game, but does make it more interesting then just a 5x5 version of the classic "15" puzzle.

Reviews & Comments

This was an entry in the SolitaryConfinement contest. -- Mark A. Biggar

Comments from the contest judge Phillip Lerche

Brain Burn: A solid game that, I think, is an always solvable puzzle as long as you are careful (at least, I solved it in the 5+ times I played it). I have no other specific comments, although on the whole I did tend to prefer playing the games that were not puzzles.

Yes, it's always solvable. But it's still a nice solitaire diversion that's different enough from other solitaire games to merit repeated play. (./) (./) -- ClarkRodeffer


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