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[GAME] Swap — A unique and fun puzzle game
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fuzzyastrocat

I've always enjoyed puzzles, but I've noticed a pattern in difficult puzzles — puzzles tend to be difficult because of how much stuff they have. Whether that's tiles, pegs, cubes, or anything else, the difficulty of the puzzle is always due to the amount of things it contains.

So, naturally, I decided to try the opposite: making a difficult puzzle with very few things. In my opinion, I've achieved this goal: I can't even solve my own puzzle sometimes, and it only has 4 tiles! (Yes — a difficult 2x2 tile puzzle!)

Each tile is numbered, and each number corresponds to a correct position. They can also be "flipped" (lighter) or "regular" (darker). The goal of the puzzle is to get each tile to the correct position (tiles will become green when they are in the correct position) and green-side-up (tiles in the correct place but the wrong side up will show up as pinkish-red).
There's instructions in-game: just click the "help" button.

Hope you enjoy! (And yes, all puzzles are solvable — the random initial state is made by repeated random moves, all of which are valid moves.)

EDIT: Proof that it is solvable — by blindly fumbling around I solved it in 52 moves. Can you do better?

Screen Shot 2020-09-09 at 12.56.05 PM

EDIT: Current record: 1 (!) moves by @poetaetoes

(Site design inspired by @rjlevy's "Sliders", but all CSS and HTML was written from scratch aside from a little borrowed html from w3schools.com.)

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hotnewtop
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fuzzyastrocat

If anyone finds a reliable solving method, post it here!

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LoganB2

What does it mean when it turns pink, I got it in the right position, but then 2 blocks turned pink

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LoganB2
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@LoganB2

(tiles in the correct place but the wrong side up will show up as pinkish-red)

Each time you move a block, each block that is not diagonal from it (ie, in the same row or column) "flips over". You need to find a way to flip over those bottom two without changing their position (or by changing their position and then moving them back). I would help you if I could, but I honestly don't know how to do that from here. (I know it's possible though, so just mess around and you might figure it out!)

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FlaminHotValdez

arrgh this is so hard, I got 46

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FlaminHotValdez

Great work though, this certainly is unique!

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fuzzyastrocat

@maxyang Thanks! I designed it to be hard, so don't feel bad... I have trouble solving it myself! (If you really enjoyed it, feel free to upvote! :D)

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SiddhantKcode

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in 11th trial, amazing work buddy !

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fuzzyastrocat

@SiddhantKcode Nice! 18's pretty low, I'll add you to the main post.

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@fuzzyastrocat
I BEAT HIM SO YOU BETTER PUT ME UP THERE THIS INSTANT!!
May you please add me on the leaderboard?

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fuzzyastrocat

@poetaetoes Sorry about that, I was not on repl talk at the time :)
(If you liked it, feel free to leave an upvote :D)

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DynamicSquid

Wow! Nice CSS work!

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fuzzyastrocat

@DynamicSquid Thanks! It definitely took a while :D

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fuzzyastrocat

I've fixed some bugs along with some stylistic issues (i.e, the scrambling being harsh on the eyes). Enjoy!

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gibbsfreenergy

Nice, but it can be sensitive to photosensitive-eplliptic viewers!

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fuzzyastrocat

@JosephSanthosh Oh, you mean the scramble? Yeah, I just noticed that — it wasn't happening during testing but now it seems to happen a lot :P I'm trying to fix it, when/if I do I'll get back to you on that!

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fuzzyastrocat

@JosephSanthosh I've made the blocks fade away when scrambling and get replaced by a "scrambling..." message. Hope that helps!

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gibbsfreenergy

Nice! Good job! @fuzzyastrocat

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Rayanami

I like it. Swap has always been one of my favorite games. It is a logic game that requires a lot of concentration and attention. This model that you put into practice is perfect, I tried it, and it is solvable. Sometimes I play with friends or alone online; that's why I found an excellent site https://online-jigsaw-puzzles.com/ for playing jigsaw puzzles online for free. I also like that it is accessible to everyone, regardless of age. My grandmother also loves this game very much. So I recommend it to all those tired of ordinary and monotonous games.

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fuzzyastrocat

This gave me a good laugh, love the fact that it pretends Swap isn't just a game that I made up

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minwalles

Wow! I also love puzzles! I solved your puzzle in 34 moves, but I understand that it can be done much faster. By the way, I was also looking for new types of puzzles that could captivate me and found paint by numbers https://journeyofsomething.com/collections/1000-piece-puzzles. My wife and I really liked them. We usually sit down to solve puzzles at dinner in the evenings. A great family vacation and helps to relax and chat with each other and sometimes laugh. So there will be something else to let me know, I will be happy to try something new and interesting.

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i got it in 62

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fuzzyastrocat

@bowmand117 Great! See how low you can get it! :D

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fuzzyastrocat

@poetaetoes Now that's luck, but good job regardless!

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IGotGot

@fuzzyastrocat i got it in 2 lol guess i got the record
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fuzzyastrocat

@IGotGot Heh, nice. Probably luck, but still good job.

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@fuzzyastrocat hey i got one

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@fuzzyastrocat
and for proof i didnt inspect, here is a ss
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@fuzzyastrocat
im on school account so thats why i cant inspect :)

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icelite

Hi, @fuzzyastrocat ! I am remixing this to make some changes, I just wanted your approval. I put you in credits! Is it OK?

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icelite

@fuzzyastrocat Thank you!!

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icelite

@fuzzyastrocat Can I share it with you? I actually have some sponsor requests pending!!

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fuzzyastrocat

@Ravens0606 Uh, not sure what you mean by "sponsor requests". I'd prefer if you don't share it with me since there is a multiplayer limit :P

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icelite

Ok! And I mean like youtube sponsors @fuzzyastrocat

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lol
first click any two squares, then spam the other two and...

Bam! Your done!

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fuzzyastrocat

@poetaetoes Ha! That usually works, but it's pretty inefficient.

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@poetaetoes

WOW. NOW ME THE LEADER. YEEEEEE

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@poetaetoes

Nah

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@poetaetoes
lmfao nobody will beat me,

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fuzzyastrocat

@poetaetoes WOW Nicely done! Not sure if it's luck or skill, but regardless I'll put you on the main post!

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IGotGot

@poetaetoes i beat ya boiii

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MemeManHimself

I got 50 and I honestly had no strategy. This game is too hard to have a strategy in! XD

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fuzzyastrocat

@MemeManHimself Yeah, I can't seem to find any strategy for it that works reliably. But who knows, maybe someone will!

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MemeManHimself

@fuzzyastrocat maybe lol

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RolandJLevy

Hey @fuzzyastrocat, well done on your swap game. It's great! It's much harder than it looks. I'm still trying to solve it! 😀

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fuzzyastrocat

@rjlevy Thanks! I've only solved it once (picture now included in main post), so don't feel bad if you can't solve it yet! :D

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RolandJLevy

@fuzzyastrocat haha! thanks. I really like the swap animation - very nice 👍

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fuzzyastrocat

@rjlevy Thank you! The CSS animations definitely took a while to get right.

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mwilki7

it does not say the puzzle is complete

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fuzzyastrocat

@mwilki7 That's because all the blocks have to be green-side-up. Notice how when you click on a block it "inverts" the colors of all the blocks except the one diagonally across from it? That's how you can make those two on the bottom become green-side-up. In doing so, you'll move some blocks around, but that's part of the puzzle! :D
Unfortunately, I can't tell you exactly how to solve the puzzle from this position, since I actually don't know how to! (But I know it's possible)

There's more info on this in the in-game help and the post above.