Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Pictologic: How to play this game?

Previously i have introduced the game Pictologic, a simple yet addictive game. In this post, I would like to reveal more insights about how to play this game.

At first, we have to be aware that, this Pictologic game is NOT just a random number game. Right, the 10-second tests the dexterity. However, this game does also present different difficulties. More often than not, the time consumed for the levels beyond 15th is getting longer (don't you?). And the thing is, the Practice Mode in the game is purposely designed to train us the "Basic" only. It doesn't contain the levels that we are used to come across after the 15th level in the normal Mode.

So, what do I mean by "Different level of difficulties" in this Pictologic game?

Before that, let's have a look at the table below, regarding all the possibilities of the displayed numbers:

NumbersPossible orientationsExamples (Horizontal)
51xxxxx
1 31xoxxx
3 11xxxox
2 21xxoxx
1 1 11xoxox
42xxxxo
oxxxx
33xxxoo
oxxxo
ooxxx
1 23xoxxo
xooxx
oxoxx
2 13xxoxo
xxoox
oxxox
24(draw yourself)
15(draw yourself)
1 16(draw yourself)

Why this understanding is important? In short, it helps us determine the priority of scanning when playing this Pictologic. 

First, we prioritize those Numbers having the least Possible orientations - (5), (1 3), (3 1), (2 2), (1 1 1). After touching those tiles, we follow by (4) which have 2 possible orientations. With these sequences, we are most likely able to clear the levels easily.

For the numbers such as 2, 1 and (1 1), they are only considered when you have finished scanning all the others.

Hence, we can deduce that at the beginning of playing this Pictologic game is that, says the Number (4), you could guarantee that those 3 tiles in the middle are valid (to be touched). While in the Number (3), the middle tile (3rd) is valid. In the Number (1 2), we can simply touch the 4th tile (without any consideration). Then, in case it is (2 1), we can touch the 2nd tile. These little hints would be significantly helpful if you can make decisions faster during the game play.

Let's have a look at the example below:
Alright, at first sight, you will definitely do the same as mine - the horizontal Number (5) and the vertical Number (1 3). Then, what is the next?

Theoretically, you can quickly touch the 2nd and the 4th tile in the 4th row due to the Number (4). Then the attention goes to the Number (2 1). You can easily touch the 1st tile in the second row, and the 2nd tile in the 3rd row. With these, the picture of the solutions are crystal clear now (do i need to state the next? ;))

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