IQ-Focus - SmartGames 2017

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATION OF IQ-FOCUS                                  


After the very straight forward concepts like IQ-Blox and IQ-XOXO, this year I wanted to create a new IQ-puzzle that offered something really different.


THE PERFECT MATCH

All existing IQ-games I designed so far had a few things in common:

  1. -the challenges show the position of some puzzle pieces

  2. -each puzzle piece is made in a specific color

  3. -the segments of each puzzle is based on a circle (except for the X shape of IQ-XOXO)

  4. -puzzle pieces are double sided


In IQ-Focus the object of the game is still to fill up the grid, but now the challenge only shows a part of the solution. This is the 3x3 area in the middle of the game board, which is also visible through the glossy window when you close the lid.


Each puzzle piece is now one-sided. The topside has little cubes in different colors. That means that a specific color is no longer tied to a specific puzzle piece. Some puzzle pieces have just 1 color, others have 2, 3 or 4 different colors. This makes identifying which part of a puzzle pieces is visible in the central 3x3 grid a lot harder. There are some similarities with Bend-it, which is also a game in pattern recognition.


example of a difficult challenge/solution of IQ-Focus


The position of the colored cubes and puzzle pieces was carefully chosen, to make sure that the puzzle pieces could create a lot of different patterns in the central 3x3 grid. To avoid that you constantly need to look inside the challenge booklet, these patterns also needed to be simple, for example because they are symmetrical or because they use only 1 or 2 colors. This makes it much easier to memorize which pattern you need to create.


I also wanted to have challenges with only 1 color. I managed to find a specific layout of the colors on the puzzle pieces, so that a challenge with a white, red and green 3x3 grid is possible. I couldn’t find one with 9 blue squares, but did find one with 8 blue ones and a white in the centre.


example of a easy challenge/solution of IQ-Focus


But if you only know the color of 9 of the 43 cubes, it’s still very hard to figure out how to fill up the grid. So to get started I included the position of some puzzle pieces in the easier challenges. Because every puzzle piece has it’s own specific shape, I only show the outlines of these puzzle pieces. This way all challenges look consistent, showing only the central 3x3 grid in color.


In this game “white cubes” are also considered as “a color”. So when the 3x3 grid shows a white square it needs to be white. This is different to SmartCar, where white squares only indicate that the color is not revealed.


When you start playing, you probably need to open en close the lid a few times, just to check where exactly if the colors indicated in the challenge are indeed visible on the right place. But after a few challenges, you know where this area is and you only do this when you want to check your solution.



NOT FOR BLOCKHEADS


IQ-Focus is definitely one of the most challenging IQ-games. If you just use trial and error, you will need a lot of patience to find the solution. But if you stay focussed on 1 specific location on the game board (the one that includes the central square of the 3x3 grid), logic and deduction will bring you much further than in most other IQ-games. So the real difficulty depends greatly on what your typical strategy is to tackle these kind of challenges.

 


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Raf Peeters, January 2017

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2017

TEMPLE CONNECTION

SNOW WHITE

JUMP IN’

IQ-FOCUS


2016

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

PENGUINS POOL PARTY

PARKING PUZZLER

IQ-XOXO

DEDUCKTION

DINOSAURS MYSTIC ISLANDS

WALLS & WARRIORS

SMARTCAR 5x5

HIDE & SEEK PIRATES JR

HIDE & SEEK JUNGLE

NORTH POLE EXPEDITION

GHOST HUNTERS

ANTI-VIRUS MUTATION

2015

THREE LITTLE PIGGIES

BUTTERFLIES

IQ-BLOX

IQ-CANDY

PENGUINS PARADE


2014

QUADRILLION

BRAIN CHEESER

CITY MAZE

IQ-STEPS


2013

BUNNY BOO

VIKINGS BRAINSTORM

BACK 2 BACK

IQ-LINK

AB UNDER CONSTRUCTION

AB ON TOP


2012

TEMPLE TRAP

BILL & BETTY BRICKS

BEND-IT

IQ-FIT

NOAHS ARK

AQUABELLE


2011

PENGUINS ON ICE

TRUCKY 3

TROY

IQ-TWIST


2010

CHICKEN SHUFFLE

ANACONDA

CANNIBAL MONSTERS

SMARTCAR

SMARTPHONE


2009

TITANIC

DAY & NIGHT

2008

ROADBLOCK

METROVILLE

ALCATRAZ


2007

CAMELOT JR

CASTLE LOGIX

GOGETTER 4


2006

AIRPORT TRAFFIC CONTROL

HIDE & SEEK PIRATES

TOWER OF LOGIC INFERNO

DUOPUZZLE


2005

CAMOUFLAGE

HIDE & SEEK SAFARI


2001

GOGETTER 1, 2 AND 3