Curvy

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If the game board isn't visible when you click New Game, try reloading the page once.

Curvy is a satisfyingly simple HTML5-based game where you twist a board full of hexagons in order to make each hex's lines and curves connect properly. You can customize the board layout and complexity, and take your time as you solve each Zen-like puzzle, making each piece fit as you bring order out of chaos.

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SonicLover July 21, 2011 2:37 PM

I'm clicking "New Puzzle" and nothing's happening... am I missing something?

[Looks like you missed the note below the game window: "If the game board isn't visible when you click New Game, try reloading the page once." I've successfully played the game in Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera on both Mac and Windows 7. -Jay]

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chipmunk July 21, 2011 2:50 PM

It worked for me in Chrome, but not in Firefox.

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And how nice not to have dramatic tension inducing music or a countdown clock or anything like that to spoil the relaxing pleasure.
Very nice way to pass a few minutes.

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I got home from work one evening and decided to attempt a 40x40 board. It took about an hour to finish the first 99% but it took another hour to find and finish the last 1%. The board gets so small it's hard to find the spots you missed.

Here's my final board:
http://i.imgur.com/4BpA1.jpg

FYI: in Firefox if you start in Fullscreen mode you can ONLY play in Fullscreen mode. I made this mistake on my second attempt and needed to get work done on the side.

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FF works fine... just had to reload :)

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hothotpot July 21, 2011 3:18 PM

It's certainly not hard, although I can see it being more difficult with larger boards. I'm doing a 10x10 right now and I'm doing okay though.

I find the best strategy is to start from one corner and work your way down and out from there. I go from the upper left and go move right column by column. This ensures you don't miss anything and everything lines up.

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MtDewed July 21, 2011 3:55 PM

I finally got it to load ... but how do you rotate the pieces?

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MtDewed July 21, 2011 3:58 PM

ok ... I read how but I guess it's not working : /

[What OS and browser version are you using? Make sure you're using a browser with HTML5 support. I suggest Firefox 5 or Chrome. -Jay]

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MtDewed July 21, 2011 4:17 PM

Using IE9 ... I finally got it going after a few refreshes

I like this ... Nice Find!

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I agree that having a way to lock down the tiles you know you've positioned right would help a lot. I'm thinking something like holding down the Shift key while clicking, and having the tile turn light gray to show it.

Someone know how to get hold of the author and suggest this?

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hothotpot July 21, 2011 6:06 PM

@Hero - I think that would make the game WAY too easy. Part of the point is that you can't really be sure you have right until the last one clicks in. If they locked in automatically that would eliminate a lot of the challenge.

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SonicLover July 21, 2011 6:08 PM

Oh... go figure. I could've sworn I'd tried refreshing before.

(Firefox 5.0.1 and Mac OS X 10.6.8.)

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SonicLover July 21, 2011 6:10 PM

@hothotpot: HeroForge didn't mean automatic locking, he meant manual locking. Like Net has.

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@hothotpot: I'm not suggesting that they lock in place automatically, no. What I suggested was a way for the solver (as in, the guy with the mouse) to have a way to flag tiles as okay, and to keep those tiles from being accidentally moved without removing the flag.

Simon Tatham has a puzzle called "Net" that works in a similar manner to this game, albeit on a square grid and with a single, fully-enclosed pattern. His game allows this sort of tile-flagging; with the largest puzzles, I don't really see them being solvable without doing this.

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mr1black July 21, 2011 6:43 PM

The concept is ancient on PCs. I remember fondly one tiny, tinsy-winsy app back in the Win98 era called Linkz I snached from CD of one computer mag (so in my country that's literally Older Than Internet). It was crudely programed in c++, I'd assume, could be scalable to gigantic proportions (lije poster Johns pic) and used the same premise, just with squares instead of hexagons and even had few different skins, and all under 200kb..
I think I'm going to play that kind of games till I die, long live the simple logic!

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flowerdoggie July 21, 2011 9:08 PM

When I click a tile a different one moves, is anyone else having this problem?

[What OS and browser version are you using? Make sure you're using a browser with HTML5 support. I suggest Firefox 5 or Chrome. -Jay]

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shadowmax July 22, 2011 1:00 AM

Very nice. 2 color dense, 20 by 10. Did about 3 in a row. Arthritic thumb a little sore from gripping mouse to rotate but brain suitably 'fuzzy-numb' enough to fall asleep anyway. No sleep meds needed tonight :)

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It might be just me but I'm finding that the single colour grids are harder than the two colour with the two colour dense being the easiest.

In most games it is the other way around.

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Svarta Svansen July 22, 2011 8:26 AM

I tried taking up your challenge of 200x200 just now, but Firefox crashed trying to render the game. XD

Let's see how big we can make it...

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Svarta Svansen July 22, 2011 8:37 AM

Just tried 100x100, which also crashed Firefox. But I figured out the limit now. It created the 100x100 empty tile board and only managed to render 17 short of 64 columns of those tiles. That comes to 6,383 tiles before it asks you to continue or stop the script.

Trying 100x60 and seeing if that's any safer. :P

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I like it. It's easier than it looks!

I would add a flag system, so we can mark the ones we know are right.

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Svarta Svansen July 22, 2011 9:43 AM

But isn't it half the fun trying not to click the ones you already have in place? :P

Yeah, I agree that would help. You could also more easily find that one last piece that's not turned right by narrowing it down to the tiles that aren't locked.

100x60 didn't work either for some reason, and I tried doing 50x50, but the tiles are so small, and zooming in won't help because the tiles are rendered using bitmap instead of vector graphics. So I'm doing an eye-safe 20x20 and hunting down those last few tiles now. :D

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RedBlue July 22, 2011 2:21 PM

It's unfortunate that the only color choices are Red/Blue for those of us on the color blind spectrum it makes the game hard to impossible to play.

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Czaerana July 22, 2011 4:14 PM

Nice game. No obnoxious music (my default now before opening a new game is to mute my audio since loud music is so ubiquitous). No timers. Just calm logic.

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fuzzyface July 22, 2011 6:28 PM

c.defaultView.getComputedStyle(h, null) is null
[Break On This Error] (function(a,b){function cw(a){return f...a:a+"px")}}),a.jQuery=a.$=f})(window); jquery.min.js (line 16)

Firefox 5.0 on Windows. Refreshed plenty, after 10 refreshes it started working.

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I like this one. No rush, no reflexes, no pixel hunting, no annyoing BGM...

First it didn't seem to work under Firefox 5.0, but after reloading now it works fine.

bio

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Anonymous July 23, 2011 1:43 PM

Not a fan of HTML5. It constantly rotated the wrong piece. Otherwise fun game.

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I have found one strategy to be particularly useful:

Think of the white edges as a third color. When you're working on the edges, for example, if a tile only has three white edges and the other three have colors coming to the edge, the white edges *have* to be to the outside. Same thing applies when you're working on the interior and are sure of the placement of a few around a tile. If you've got several you're sure of in an area and there's part that has a white edge, the tile in that direction also has to present a white edge.

Also, if you've got a tile with a blue edge and only one of the tiles around it has a blue line, guess which two tiles have to be aligned in a certain way?

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fuzzyface July 24, 2011 2:30 PM

JIGuest, this isn't HTML5's fault, but the implementation. However, I wonder how this game also with its failures in proper loading logic (e.g. to wait in a proper way for all libraries to be loaded) is doing HTML5 a favor.

In the long run HTML5 _will_ replace flash.

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Great game it reminds me a lot "Loops of zen" excepted that I prefer not generate puzzle myself randomly.

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