It's time to see if your brain is up to snuff and solve some tough isometric programming puzzles in Kevin Gu's Cube Mayhem. The cube does only what it is programmed to do by the tiles you place along its path towards the exit portal. The game's focus is all about the cube's safe travel and brings the mayhem later so you can get shown the ropes of the different programming tiles and how to use them efficiently. Don't worry though; there is plenty of chaos and brain-bending challenge to make you grind your teeth at a few puzzles for quite some time.
The cube is your friend and key to winning, so left-click with your mouse on the particular programming tile you want from your inventory and place it on any white tile. You can press the "done" button when your tiles are all used up and it will release the cube onto the map. Whether your cube makes it successfully to the end, gets stuck in a loop of teleporters, or plummets off the map, it will follow your path blindly until you stop it or it fails. You can re-edit your tile positioning by left-clicking on a used tile to send it back into your inventory. The limited number of tiles you start with restricts the creative freedoms in your programming, but this constraint produces a degree difficulty and element of fun that attracts most logic puzzle gamers.
Cube Mayhem has a simple premise, but makes you muster up all your problem solving knowledge to utilize each of the various tile pieces effectively in a small level. You wouldn't think that moving a cube around is mentally stimulating, but when thirty minutes pass by for one level, your tune will change. A lot of the time spent on the game grid will be testing out your tiles' location and adjusting when necessary. The twenty two levels of changing difficulty introduce unique, new tiles for a few levels and then throw you into challenge levels to test your new skills out. They will boggle your brain and turn the map into a colorful mess of every tile you have seen up until this point. If you can crunch these puzzle solutions out in one sitting, congratulations! The more casual gamer would rather solve a few and save the puzzle pleasure for another time. Let the sharp graphics and single click interface draw you into a wonderful hexahedron hysteria of a game.
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And here are the first ten levels:
I'll be explaining what each new tile does as it comes up, but two you should definitely know. When you start a level, there's one grey tile with arrows on it--that's the start, and the arrows are the direction the cube comes out. There's also one with shrinking squares; this one is the finish.
Arrow blocks turn your cube to go in the direction they point. Click the block, click the tile it should go on, then click the arrow that points in the direction you want.
To beat level one, just put an arrow at each corner of the spiral. Easy!
Shifter tiles move the cube one space in the direction they point, but they don't turn the cube. It will continue on in its original direction.
To beat level 2, just shunt the block over with shifter tiles so it goes around the big hole.
Use an arrow to turn the cube to the southeast when it reaches the fork. Use shifters to get it around the winding bit, then use the other arrow to turn towards the finish.
Teleporters are placed in pairs. When the block lands on one it teleports to the other and continues on in its original direction.
Just place a teleporter to the southeast of the start and to the northwest of the finish.
Here's the first real level. Not so simple this time! Place the teleporters at the far southern and northern corners of the level, and place a southwest-facing arrow at the eastern corner. The block will take the teleporter to the arrow, then take the teleporter again to the finish.
Place the teleporters two blocks from the start and finish, then place a shifter on the far southeast corner of the island with the finish, and an arrow in the same place on the island with the start. Point both towards the teleporters.
Metal blocks don't let you place tiles on them. Put one shifter on the block three northeast from the start, then place the arrow one block northeast and one block northwest of that. You don't need all the shifters for this level.
Buttons make blocks appear on the marked spaces. Usually you have to hit them to beat the level.
Put a teleporter one space southwest of the button, and another one space northeast of the start. To prevent an infinite loop, use a southeast-pointing shifter one space southwest of the start, and a northwest-pointing shifter two blocks northeast and one block southeast of the start.
Here's where it really gets complicated! Put a shifter pointing northeast in the alcove, and another right behind it. Put one pointing northwest to the southeast of the latter shifter, and another northwest-pointing shifter immediately northeast of the start (southwest of the second shifter). Then put a teleporter southwest of the start, and its twin behind the button. Place a southeast-pointing arrow just northwest of the central shifter, and a northeast-pointing one on the far southern corner. Done!
New block time! Right turn tiles do exactly what their name suggests: turn the cube right.
Put one in the middle of the level, then put an arrow pointing back towards it in the two eastern arms of the level.
Posted by: xolroc | August 14, 2012 12:28 PM
Looks easier than it is. Place your shifter in the west corner pointing southeast, then put right turn tiles in the spaces next to it.
Woah this one's complicated. Put an arrow at the end of the arm with the button pointing northwest. Then put a teleporter in the middle of each island. On the upper island, you need an arrow pointing northeast on the west corner, and one pointing northwest in the center of the southeast face. Then put a southwest shifter on the east corner, and a northeast one on the southwest face. And finally put your two right turn blocks on the remaining two spaces on the northwest face.
The purple blocks disappear when your cube leaves them.
Put a right turn tile immediately after the start, then put a clockwise loop of arrows to get it to the button and back.
Tiles placed on purple blocks protect the block from vanishing, but the tile will vanish instead.
Place shifters pointing toward the button on the purple blocks, then place an arrow pointing back towards the start on the last block.
Starting from the switch and going northeast:
Switch, blank, blank, blank
northwest shifter, empty, southeast arrow, southwest shifter
northwest shifter, southwest shifter, southwest shifter, blank
northeast arrow, blank, blank, northwest shifter.
Sorry, there was no simpler way to explain it unambiguously.
Pink clone tiles create another block traveling in the direction they point. These blocks can press switches but cannot win the level. You don't lose if they fall off.
Put a clone tile at each fork, sending the clones to press switches.
Put the three clone tiles in the first three spaces after the start, all pointing southeast, then put a diagonal of right turn tiles from the north corner to the south corner. Then put the arrow, pointing northwest, in the east corner.
This is complicated, so pay close attention:
Put inward-pointing arrows in the centers of the northwest and southeast faces of the square island. On the bottom one, put three northeast-facing shifters on the three adjacent blocks. Put southwest-facing ones on the blocks adjacent to the upper arrow. Put a northwest-facing shifter one space southeast and one space southwest of the upper arrow, and a southeast-facing one one space northeast and one space northwest of the lower one. Then put a clone tile pointing southeast one space northeast of the start, and one facing northwest two spaces northeast of that. Put the final arrow at the bend in the other island, and put the teleporters in the alcove on the first island and at the end of the second one.
This time your cube explodes if the flashing side is ever on the bottom. Don't put the flashing side on the bottom.
Put a southwest-facing arrow immediately after the start, then a northwest-facing one southwest of that. Put another southwest arrow one space northwest of that one, and a southeast one a space southwest of that one. Down at the bottom, put a northeast-facing arrow in the middle space, then a southeast-facing one northwest of that, and a northeast-facing one southwest of that one.
Still explosive cubes. Note how the right turn tiles rotate the cube, moving the trigger face.
Put a northeast-facing arrow just below the start, and put a right turn tile northeast of that. Put a northwest-facing clone tile southeast of the right turn tile, and another right turn tile two spaces northeast of the original right turn tile. Down at the bottom, put another right turn tile at the base of the hole, and in northeast-facing arrows southeast and southwest of it.
Posted by: xolroc | August 14, 2012 3:36 PM
The final two levels (really, that's it? They just introduced a new tile! I thought for sure I'd be unlocking more, else I'd've posted in sets of 11)
Paint tiles color the TOP face of the cube blue when it lands on them. Blue finish tiles require the cube to be entirely blue when it reaches them.
Just put four paint tiles before the turn, a southwest-facing arrow on the turn, then a paint tile immediately after that and another two blocks from that one.
Note that shifters do not rotate the cube.
Put a right turn tile immediately after the start, and a line of three paint tiles going southeast from there. Put a northeast-facing shifter at the end of the line, then a northwest shifter to the northeast of that, and a southwest arrow to the northwest of the latter shifter. Place a right turn tile two spaces southwest of that arrow, and a northeast shifter to the northwest of the right turn tile.
Posted by: xolroc | August 14, 2012 3:46 PM