(29.–36.) Star Battle

Hello again! It’s been brought to my attention that it is yet again time to post something on this blog.

To apologise for keeping quiet, here’s a slew of Star Battles I’ve made as presents for various people on various occasions. As they were made for casual puzzlers, please don’t expect them to be too hard.

I really like making Star Battles as gifts: the rules are very simple to explain and grasp, even for non-puzzlers, and they allow for theming well. I offer no explanation for the themes of these puzzles.

Given how I didn’t have to worry about inducing difficulty while making these, I concentrated on trying to make the regions look as aesthetically pleasing as possible. I think I did well in most cases.

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I got a bit carried away when constructing that last one so it may be a bit harder than the rest.

Regular Star Battle rules. Note that the shading and extra lines within regions are purely aesthetical, and are to be ignored when solving.

(28.) Cave

I thought it was high time I made one of these.

Because I wanted the layout to stay symmetric, and that all the clues appear in pairs, and that the clues in a pair have a difference of 1, forcing uniqueness was tricky and the puzzle ended up being a lot easier than what I was going for. Oh well.

028 CaveRegular Cave rules.

(25.) Skyscrapers Snake

I got the urge to write a snake puzzle, and this came out. I’ve made one of these before, and I haven’t seen them elsewhere, so I suppose I’m the originator (please correct me if I’m wrong).

EDIT: The puzzle had a big issue with uniqueness that I missed, thanks for Prasanna Seshadri for pointing it out.

025 Skyscrapers Snake
Regular Skyscrapers Snake rules.

(24.) Heyawake

Happy New Year!

Here’s a 20×16 Heyawake to celebrate the occasion. I think it’s on the easy side, so despite the size it might make for a good introduction (but I’m also horrible at gauging puzzle difficulty, so maybe not).

024 Heyawake

Regular Heyawake rules.

EDIT: Fixed a small ambiguity in the top left corner.