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joyeLinxConnections are important, whether it's between people or between shiny pixelated blocks. You can make one hundred and twenty levels of connections in Retrocade's puzzler Linx, along with its expansion packs Linx: Easy Set and Linx: Hard set. You might connect the concept with the well-received 3D Logic series of spatial logic games. This one is just in a 2d package. And the game's developers have even sought to make connections with the colorblind community by including a colorblind mode! Are you feeling warm and fuzzy connections to all of life yet? Because you should be.

Pick a color (or a texture in colorblind mode) by clicking on a node, then click or click and drag to draw lines with that color. You can also select an "eraser" mode on the left or hold the [spacebar] while clicking to erase lines. This button can also be changed in the options. The idea is to connect all nodes of the same color without any differently colored lines crossing each other. That is, every tile contains either one color or no colors.

The easy set is so easy that experienced spatial logic fans will probably want to skip straight to the hard. In some levels, the trick is figuring out how to connect the rainbow of different nodes without anyone getting boxed in by other colors. The game calls these levels "routing" levels. In other levels, you're only dealing with one color but you have an extremely limited number of tiles. The game calls these "limiting" levels. The switch-off between the two different types helps keep the player stimulated since they call for different strategies. The interface is simple and extremely intuitive and user-friendly. The only potential drawback is that you have to solve the puzzles strictly in order, so if, for example, you prefer the routing type to the limiting type, you can't just skip the kind you don't like. But both types are likely to appeal to the same kind of player, so connect with your inner genius and play away.

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Linx Hard Solutions

Levels 1-10

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Linx Solutions

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Levels 31-40

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15 Comments

shadowmax Author Profile Page August 24, 2011 5:50 PM

Arrrrrggg! Any puzzle game over 10 levels should save progress, especially if it presents the player with what looks like a level selection screen. Played about half way through the levels and got dumped from a public server. Logged in somewhere else and could only select level one. Seriously???? On to the hard puzzle set.

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shadowmax Author Profile Page August 24, 2011 5:53 PM

Ok, I've calmed down :). Looks like progress *is* saved in the hard puzzle. Phew!! I was really enjoying this one.

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Linx Hard Solutions

Levels 1-10

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Levels 11-20

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Levels 21-30

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Levels 31-40

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Puzzle 35:

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OMG, I need to put this down before I stay up all night playing these! :)

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If you have an iPhone and you like this game, check out Colorbind. It's almost the exact same mechanic with the caveat that you can travel under certain paths. Both games are very fun :)

Jayisgames write up on Colorbind:http://jayisgames.com/archives/2010/02/mobile_monday_57.php

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The main disappointment I have with this game is that it's usability pales compared to the CGDC9 game Monsterz - Chainz of Friendz. In Lynx, if I am accidentally hovering over another colored node while my mouse button is down, it changes its color. This is a hassle to have to change it back, while in Monsterz they smartly don't change color until I decide to actually make another click. Also, in Lynx it's way too easy to accidentally overwrite a line compared to Monsterz. I think these two points make Lynx much more cumbersome to play and more frustrating than fun.

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One other point of annoyance - the tooltip in some levels completely obscures the bottom row. I was playing hard set 1 and was having the hardest time trying to understand how to beat the level for almost five to six minutes before I realized there was an additional row hidden in the tooltip, along with another blue tile. Absolutely poor design.

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Pixelated Author Profile Page August 25, 2011 7:07 AM

Fun game. Stuck on level 7 in the hard set, but I'm determined to stay away from the answers...so far. Solid little puzzle game, though.

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Pixelated Author Profile Page August 25, 2011 7:10 AM

Ah, never underestimate the power of posting. Spent 25 minutes or so working on 7, posted, then got it in the next 2. Lovely.

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LeeshaJoy Author Profile Page August 25, 2011 12:19 PM

I'm stuck on Level 22 of the "regular" set. No matter what I do I seem to run out of tiles just shy of my goal. Please help?

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LeeshaJoy Author Profile Page August 25, 2011 12:25 PM

Nevermind, just got it. ^^;

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Linx Solutions

Levels 1-10

Puzzle 1:

Puzzle 2:

Puzzle 3:

Puzzle 4:

Puzzle 5:

Puzzle 6:

Puzzle 7:

Puzzle 8:

Puzzle 9:

Puzzle 10:

Levels 11-20

Puzzle 11:

Puzzle 12:

Puzzle 13:

Puzzle 14:

Puzzle 15:

Puzzle 16:

Puzzle 17:

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Puzzle 19:

Puzzle 20:

Levels 21-30

Puzzle 21:

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Puzzle 23:

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Puzzle 27:

Puzzle 28:

Puzzle 29:

Puzzle 30:

Levels 31-40

Puzzle 31:

Puzzle 32:

Puzzle 33:

Puzzle 34:

Puzzle 35:

Puzzle 36:

Puzzle 37:

Puzzle 38:

Puzzle 39:

Puzzle 40:

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wow, I was flying though the easy levels until I hit 29 and stuck HARD. Ouch.

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@Laur: Easy 29:

Connect the nodes in the "left group" in the intuitive way. Do the same for the "right group" and "bottom group".

Extend all the red out to the edges, and circle around the bottom to connect them. Connect the white with a C shape: connect the white in the bottom group to the white in the left group, then go over the top to connect to the rest.

This will leave some one-square gaps in the middle that you can use to connect the cyan/turquoise group. :-)

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I played through to Level 28, where I found a different solution than the game (using fewer links). It did not grant me "solution," so I could not move on to Level 29. Seems like a flaw to me: you can only "solve" their single version?

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