IQ-STARS - SmartGames 2018

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATION OF IQ-STARS!                               


Originally I designed IQ-Stars for 2019. SmartGames so far published 8 different IQ-puzzles, and maybe it was time for a break. But people at the office got more and more enthusiastic the closer the concept came to the final product. And so it ended up as a novelty for 2018 anyway. This IQ-games are becoming a nice subcollection of SmartGames. They all share the same size of game board and a similar “fill up the grid” concept, but they all look different and each game has it’s own characteristics. Like nobody in a family is the same, but you can still see that they are relatives.


When I choose a concept for SmartGames I always try to find a balance between more complex/ original ideas and very simple ones. Last year I developed IQ-Focus, which was one of the most difficult IQ-games. So this year I choose something more straight forward.


I wanted to do something with an hexagonal grid, because all current IQ-games are being played on an orthogonal grid (except IQ-Link). But I didn’t want to use hexagons, because they look boring in some way. Hexagons create pattern that is too much in-your-face. I can’t help it, but for obvious reasons they always make me think of honeycombs.



example of a easy challenge/solution of IQ-Stars


I also wanted to design an IQ-game that looked less “adult” and “more fun”. That’s how I ended up with 6 pointed stars. By rotating each star a little bit, I could arrange them in an hexagonal grid, but avoided that it looked like a honeycomb.


A NEW STAR IS BORN


People have much more problems with hexagonal than with square grids. Probably because each puzzle piece can be orientated in 6 instead of 4 orientations. That’s why I choose puzzle pieces that can only be used on 1 side. The bottom side of the puzzle pieces is white. Part of this white is also visible in the centre of each star on the top side. The side of the puzzle pieces is slightly angled. This way the stars have an hour glass shape when you look at them from the side view. This makes placing and lifting up the puzzle pieces easier.



example of a difficult challenge/solution of IQ-Stars


GAME RULES


The object of IQ-Stars is to fit all of the star puzzle pieces on the game grid.


1) Select a challenge. Place the star puzzle piece(s) as indicated (most challenges show you the position and color of one or more pieces to help you get started). 


2) Place the remaining puzzle pieces on the game board:

- All pieces are single-sided. Always use the side with the colored stars facing upwards.

- Challenges in the advanced Wizard level show only the position and color of single stars (not full pieces). Players must figure out the orientation of the piece that star is a part of.

- Puzzle pieces cannot overlap each other or the border of the game board.


3) There is only 1 possible solution, shown at the end of the booklet.

 


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Raf Peeters, January 2018

English/

2018

SQUIRRELS GO NUTS!

ASTEROID ESCAPE

IQ-STARS

GOLDMINE

SLEEPING BEAUTY

CUBE PUZZLER GO

CUBE PUZZLE PRO

JUMP’IN XL


2017

TEMPLE CONNECTION

SNOW WHITE

JUMP IN’

IQ-FOCUS


2016

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

PENGUINS POOL PARTY

PARKING PUZZLER

DEDUCKTION

DINOSAURS MYSTIC ISLANDS

WALLS & WARRIORS

SMARTCAR 5x5

IQ-XOXO

HIDE & SEEK PIRATES JR

HIDE & SEEK JUNGLE

NORTH POLE EXPEDITION

GHOST HUNTERS

ANTI VIRUS MUTATION

IQ-PUZZLER PRO


2015

THREE LITTLE PIGGIES

BUTTERFLIES

IQ-BLOX

IQ-CANDY

PENGUINS PARADE

TANGOES PARADOX


2014

QUADRILLION

BRAIN CHEESER

CITY MAZE

IQ-STEPS

2013

BUNNY BOO

VIKINGS BRAINSTORM

BACK 2 BACK

IQ-LINK


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