BUTTERFLIES - Sliding Puzzle

 

THE MAKING OF THE SLIDING PUZZLE “BUTTERFLIES”


Butterflies is a new puzzle game with 48 different challenges from easy to hard that I designed for SmartGames this year. Like all other new SmartGames is will be available in spring 2015.


GIVE YOUR MIND WINGS

It looks like a simple 3 x 3 sliding puzzle. But there is a catch. You have to figure out yourself what the right end position of the puzzle pieces is. The object of the game is to slide the puzzle pieces until all butterflies are whole again.


A problem with standard sliding puzzles is that you can’t change the position of the puzzle pieces when you start a new challenge, because the tiles are fixed inside the grid through ridges and grooves. You can of course solve this by using loose pieces, but they have exactly that disadvantage: they are loose. To prevent this I created a game board with a border that covers part of the puzzle pieces. This way you can still change the position of the pieces, but they will not accidentally fall off when you are playing.



top: example of a Starter challenge (left) and solution (right) of Butterflies


To make it possible to have both easy and difficult challenges with the same puzzle pieces, all puzzle pieces are double sided. On one side there is artwork of butterflies, the other side is always empty. When you start, you place all puzzle pieces with artwork according the image shown in the challenge. Pieces with artwork that you don’t need for that specific challenge are flipped upside down can and be used anywhere there is an empty square. Easy challenges often have more than 1 possible solution, harder challenges not. Each puzzle piece has 4 little “feet” on both sides. These are added to protect the artwork from scratching when you slide the puzzle pieces with the artwork face down.



top: example of a Master challenge (left) and solution (right) of Butterflies


I always try to do my best to minimize the amount of packaging material. When the product is still inside the packaging, the puzzle tiles with artwork are visible through the transparent bottom of the game tray. This way we could avoid the need for a blister.


It’s very easy to make different versions of this puzzle, just by changing the artwork. So if this puzzle is a success, you can expect other versions in the future.


update May 2015: there is now also a version with SpongeBob available: SpongeBob Mix Up




 


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Raf Peeters, January 2015

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