As a friend said recently, there are many things I am not good at, but I seem to have the combination of skills required to do this well.
He was talking about something business related of course, but these same words might apply to me and a curious game that I recently loaded onto my phone.
You may recall that I was dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century, phone wise, recently with the purchase of a Huawei Ascend Mate II. Wonderful phone. Got it because of the 40 hour battery time.
But I digress.
After some weeks of using the phone for phone things … then messaging … then checking out Facebook, I decided to try some games.
One or two obsessive games installed and uninstalled later, I came across this one. Infinite Loop. Actually it goes by the infinity symbol.
The idea is to connect (or not connect) all the little pieces on the screen so there are no remaining open loop pieces. No loose ends so to speak. Some solve symmetrically, some do not.
Whether it is my out-of-the-box thinking, or my math skills, or my vaguely OCD tendencies from time to time that get the credit … the fact remains that for over 500 of these levels I have consistently “solved” each one in a minute or two … occasionally as many as five … but no more.
I have no idea if that is typical or not. It is just very apparent to me when I first look at it what the solution, for the most part, will be.
A friend has “loop envy”. He has only gone to level 120 or so.
But there was one level early on which stopped me for a while. I forget which. And I searched online for images of the solutions. Very few were to be found.
There was a point which shook me though. I naturally assumed that there were several ways in which each level could be solved. And that it was up to the creativity of a person to come up with one of many solutions.
Turns out there is only one solution to the many teeny tiny pieces on the screen. So as you spin each piece into position, you might or might not be assembling them to the proper end.
I’d be curious to hear from anyone as to whether one minute or two is typical for this. But in the mean time, I am going to post the images of the solutions.
Yes, I’ve been taking screen shots as I went along.
If I get industrious, I might post how long it took me to solve each level. I can tell for many of them by the upload time stamps on the pictures. But for now I’ll just upload the pictures.
Here are levels 1-50
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Whoa…I’d like to amend my previous comment. I just did a bunch of puzzles in the late 20’s-early 30’s. They do not match at all your solutions–not even an out of order type thing. They’re entirely different puzzles. Which is weird because I look at the first dozen or so solutions you posted & I totally remember doing all of them, in that order. I’ve been taking screen shots to try to compare or see if the solution matches a different puzzle from your screen shots. Nothing matches. Why are my puzzles different???
Thank you!! Your service has not gone unnoticed. I scanned the words in your post as well. I just downloaded this game a couple days ago as Google’s recommendation algorithm suggested it to me & I’ve found it to be fairly precise when it comes to sussing out my tastes (on which I have yet to form an opinion. Also I can’t believe I just used the word suss…). Anyway, my solving time seems to be approx the same…probably 2-5 minutes, but I am still in the 20’s. Unfortunately, I seem to be more adept at its inverse–taking things apart; maybe I am a deconstructionist at heart. Anyway, I was somewhat anxious there were no hints & that the infinite part might then become a self-fulfilling prophecy. I’m now comforted knowing that if I get stumped, I have this page bookmarked.
Also, might I suggest Color Zen? That’s my absolute favorite game so far.
I’m on level 1038, and yes 1-2 mins is average for me too, also, there are some that have multiple possible solutions but the differences are usually minor. I’m curious about the other game that is included “dark mode” I think it’s called, I can’t seem to find any rules for it anywhere.
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Yes, there are several that have multiple solutions and, as you said, the differences are minor. I got some screen shots for some subsequent ones with duplicate solutions but haven’t posted the ones into the 1000’s … yet.
The dark mode game, such as it is, appears to be the inverse of the regular game. I’ve not seen any rules posted either. Looks like you strive to UNcouple all the links to get to the solution. Doesn’t do it for me. I miss the simple zen-like original version without all the bells and whistles. sigh