Alcazar is a new kind of puzzle with thrilling gameplay and deep logic.
This series of 100 puzzles was carefully designed and tested to offer a unique and engaging challenge of increasing difficulty.
It's new, it's better than Sudoku, and it fits in your pocket!
Includes game rules and tips in English, French and German.
Alcazar is a new kind of puzzle with thrilling gameplay and deep logic, which come from surprisingly simple rules:
Instead of just guessing, use deduction to build the solution, segment by segment. This is how you sharpen your logic skills and improve your techniques for the next level.
Small Alcazars can be solved with just a bit of intuition, but as you tackle larger levels, the many elegant and complex techniques of the game become more and more relevant.
It's much more fun to find these techniques by yourself than to read about them, so let me simply propose an exercise that may put you on the right path. Here are two Alcazar puzzles. I made the first one, and the second one was created by Edderiofer. Don't try to solve them! They are both impossible. But why? How can you prove that they have no solution?
Leave your questions and hints in the comments! You may use ROT13 (http://www.rot13.com/) to hide important clues for those who don't want to see them. I will give a complete explanation in
about a week. Have fun!
By the way: the Incredible November sale ends very soon. Make sure to order your copies of the Alcazar book before it ends!
This puzzle was made by Reddit user edderiofer, who was also one of the most active beta-testers of the Alcazar Android app.
With only 4 exits and lots of walls, it doesn't look so hard at first glance. However, you will soon realize that it's one of the most surprising and difficult Alcazars to date.
How will you approach it? If you find a simple and elegant way to solve it, please share it in the comments below. However, when you give a clue, make sure to encode it using this tool:
An easy way to talk about different techniques is to use chessboard notation: column are called A,B,C... (left to right) and rows are called 1,2,3... (bottom to top).
- C3D4 has a wall
- The room A1:D4 has 4 exits
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With an extraordinary group of beta testers, we are currently fine tuning the game. It's very exciting!
Today, we selected 8 screenshots to represent the game on the Google Play store. What do you think? Don't hesitate to leave a comment!
Thanks to everyone who asked to join the group of testers! I apologize for making you wait, but I have good news: next weekend, the app will enter a short beta test phase, and I will accept everyone who asked, as testers.
It also means that the Android app will soon be available for everyone!
If you didn't do it already, you can join the beta test by asking to be part of this group on Google+:
I made this puzzle for those who discovered Alcazar in the last week, since I released the book. By the way, I'd like to hear how you heard about the game!
Don't hesitate to post a comment. The Alcazar community is still very small.
A puzzle expert, on Reddit, solved all the Alcazar puzzles on the website with very clever techniques, and recommended that I give a preview of some advanced puzzles.
Good idea! Here are 2 pages from Alcazar - Volume I that I would normally recommend to experienced Alcazar solvers.
Warning: these puzzles are for experts only! If you feel ready to try them, feel free to print the following pdf page.
If you need to guess and erase too much, it just means that you need some practice. For that, the Alcazar book is available, and contains 100 puzzles from the easiest to the most difficult!
An Alcazar fan had the idea to print a giant Alcazar, solve it, and hang it on his office door.
It's such a great idea that I made 2 official printer-friendly posters. If you like Alcazar, here are the instructions: Download it - Print it - Solve it - Show it!
I am currently looking for testers for the alpha version of the Android Alcazar App. All you need is an Android device, a Google Play account, and a Google Plus account. Interested? All you need to do is:
For now, the test is only open to people I (know, but don't worry, it will soon be available to everyone.
Thanks in advance!
Dear Alcazar fans.
Great news! The 100 puzzles are chosen and ready to go to press. I think they are amazing.
The first ones are easy enough for anyone to enjoy and learn how to play. The last ones are way more difficult than anything I've posted on this website. They are not tedious, just surprisingly deep. I think you will love the book.
And it'll make a perfect gift, even for those who never played before!
While we wait for its publication, you can have a look at some photos of our last testing session, and try the daily Alcazar.
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