(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.

(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.

(22.) Tapa

The original theme for this one was going to be six columns each using only one number (you can still see it on the right with the 2s and 4s), but I couldn’t get it to wrap up so I relaxed the constraints and this came out. It’s not a hard one, but I like it.

022 Tapa

Regular Tapa rules.

(21.) Skyscrapers

Hello!

It’s been a long time since I’ve last posted here, and I assure you I’ve been feeling guilty about it. University has been keeping me busy, and I sort of lost interest in pen-and-paper puzzles for a while, but in the past few months I’ve been trying to get back into it. Most of the puzzles I’ve made since I last posted were gifts for friends and family, and I haven’t yet decided whether I’m going to put them here.

Anyways, given that today is Finnish Independence Day, I made a puzzle to honour it. I thought I’d make a larger-than-usual Skyscrapers puzzle to challenge myself, since so far the largest Skyscrapers I’ve made have been 6×6-sized. Forcing uniqueness turned out to be a real chore.

021 Skyscrapers

Regular Skyscrapers rules.