(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.

029 Star Battle030 Star Battle031 Star Battle032 Star Battle033 Star Battle035 Star Battle

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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.

(23.) Tapa / Pata

I was hoping to make a puzzle with a perfectly symmetrical clue layout, the asymmetry stemming from the Tapa/Pata division, but try as I might, I couldn’t get this one to work satisfactorily. I’ll probably revisit this kind of puzzle, but for now it shall do.

By the way, do these kind of puzzles that combine many puzzle styles, have a name for themselves? I’d hesitate to call them hybrids, since each section is vanilla on its own.

023 Tapata

Regular Tapa and Pata rules. The clues on the left side are Tapa clues, while the clues on the right are Pata clues.