Paradoxion Express

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Paradoxion Express is a flash-based version of Paradoxion, a download we featured back in April. Created by Russian game design team VSBgames, this free browser version features 60 levels of elegant logic-based combo-making gameplay.

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flowerdoggie Author Profile Page December 1, 2009 8:45 PM

Children make good singers!! You just need to teach them how to do it right!

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Why do some orbs not move other orbs when they explode?

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the problem with being able to remove pieces is that you can set off a reaction, and the piece can block motion, then you remove it, which is not a valid solution.

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What does the paradox do?

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Can't solve level 55, 56, and 60. Just, can't.

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My problem with the user interface is not as described in the review. Perhaps because I'm on a Mac? I am not able to simply click on the ball then click on the square to place it. I must first click on the ball, then click on the ball again to turn the button orange, then click on the ball and drag it to the square I want it on. This is excessive and totally ruins an otherwise stimulating puzzle. I've played six levels, and, unless someone is able to inform me of how utterly mistaken I am, I won't be playing any more because it takes three times as much work as it should to place even a single ball.

Rating: 1 mushroom (it would be less if it would be counted.)

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Smoke - I'm also on a Mac and one click to select the ball and one click to place it is all that's needed for me.

Have you tried updating your Flash Player?

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That's interesting Smoke, the same thing was happening to me with Side Effect earlier, which quickly made me /ragequit... I'm also on a Mac, with I think the latest version of everything, using Firefox. This game works fine for me though. Hmmm... I wonder what's causing it.

As far as this game goes, for the few levels that I had time to play (up to where the silver balls appeared, I'm not sure which level) it was fun. I really only had 2 problems with it. 1 would be that as zxo mentioned in the review, reselecting balls of the same color became slightly annoying. The other was that I was disappointed in the fact that not all of the levels were of the "Figure out where to place all but one ball, then put the last one in and watch the chain reaction happen" type, and some required a couple reactions. Maybe I just was solving them wrong, but I personally would have preferred just watching one big chain of reactions instead of having to create some little ones to solve the puzzles.

Great game though, I'll have to come back to it later.

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I like this game. The puzzles are interesting, the mechanics are unique, aesthetics pleasing, complex enough that the solution is not immediately obvious but simple enough to reason out instead of randomly trying things, no arbitrary randomness that can make you fail...
I'd have to say its the best puzzle game I've played in a long time

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Alexander [VSBgames] December 2, 2009 7:33 AM

Hi guys, thank you for feedback and I'm glad you like our game! :) (I took part in both Paradoxion and Paradoxion Express development as game designer and programmer).

Regarding the inconvenience with controls - well, it was my decision, and it was based on two things:
1)Paradoxion Express levels are smaller and has less inventory items, compared to downloadable version. So less to place on the board - less problems with controls.
2)It is kinda difference between free Paradoxion Express version and premium downloadable Paradoxion that is packed with more convenient controls (mouse wheel for selection, hot keys for easy re-selection), among other features.

And one more thing is that Paradoxion Express is our first flash game, and actually I thought that flash game players audience will ignore keyboard hotkeys, so they weren't added. Looks like I was wrong, and we'll keep this in mind in our next games.

Speaking of difficulties with solving levels - try googling for Paradoxion Express solutions, some time ago I saw somebody posted full set of 60 video solutions online. Speaking of downloadable Paradoxion levels - solutions can be easily viewed via Menu->Online Solutions.

Once again, thank you for feedback and for playing Paradoxion! :)

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I can't complete level 16, and its driving me crazy! its the only level on the first pack that i cant beat, could someone please help me?

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Smoke, I'm also on a mac and the same thing has happened to me before for some reasons flash games sometimes don't recognize the mouse unless it's clicking try quitting and reopening

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Also on a mac, second time playing the game and haven't had any issues with the clicking myself. Good game but stuck on eleven and it's bugging me to no end, I feel pretty stupid.

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Can some help me with level 16? i'm stuck!

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Nevermind!! The power of posting, right?

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I really like this game. Everything, from the idea behind the game to its actual implementation works beautifully. The interface can be tiring at times, but that didn't stop me from having a great time playing. But the best thing about the game must be the rewarding feeling you get when you put down that last ball in a puzzle and watch everything blast away in one huge chain reaction.

That said, I'm completely stumped on Level 60...

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Anonymous December 2, 2009 4:58 PM

"I'll just give this a quick go, looks alright..."

"Wait, level 40? What time is it? Oh damn I forgot to do my homework"

Darn you JIG and Paradoxion.

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I'm stuck on level 40.

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Managed 11.. now very stuck on sixteen. Last one I need to unlock the second pack.. -_-;

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Any hints on level 55? The tip the game gives is pretty much useless.

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Aha! The power of posting. Level 55:

Four blue gems are already in place; don't move them.

To place the two lowest blue gems, go around the gems straight above them

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Hint for level 16:

The green orb should go up, then left, then down

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There's a bug that renders level 16 unwinnable. One of the blue orbs won't move.

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I'm stuck on level 40. the level is symmetric, but 2 red orbs... AAAH!, I can't get rid of them! the ones closest to the middle. I mean... i CAN get rid of them, but in an ineffective way.

help!
please

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Anonymous December 4, 2009 5:44 PM

Guest, if that's what I think it is, it's no bug, it's a game mechanic. I agree it can be a little confusing when you first encounter it though, since the game doesn't explain it anywhere. Anyway, see the fourth comment (by zxo) for an explanation.

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This is a great game. My only beef with it (besides the control issues already mentioned) is that the level hints (which you ordinarily wouldn't use unless you were stuck) sometimes contain information about play mechanics that you actually need... and there's no way to browse through the hints without loading the individual levels.

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Help!!
Stuck on level 17

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Level 19 is complicated!
Who can help me!!!

THX

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SonicLover Author Profile Page November 16, 2013 1:16 PM

I don't know if anyone's still playing this game, but I'm currently working on Level 30. Here are my notes so far:

  • According to the level tip, I need to use the Shifters on the Blue Gems and Silver Orbs-- and nothing else. This means I need to push everything else into position with detonations only.

  • The level is horizontally symmetrical, which most likely means my solution should be as well.

  • The Gold Orbs are in a tricky position. It'll take two detonations to get them into a position to match. The only way I can see to do it is to push the two innermost Orbs up and then outwards; the latter push can be accomplished by matching the Pink Gems.

  • Going off the above, I could probably push the Gold Orbs and Pink Gems up at the same time with two 3x2 blocks of Blue Gems. The tricky part, however, is getting them into position!

  • I've counted the Blue Gems. There are 22, including the ones in my inventory. Since 22 isn't divisible by 4 and there aren't any Bombs on this level, and assuming symmetry, that means I'll have to create a match of six in the center column. The uppermost arrangement of Blue Gems looks like a good candidate for that.

  • The Blue Orbs on the left and right are curiously placed. The fact that my inventory is sufficient to detonate all the Blue Orbs means I'll probably have to use them to push something else, but the Gold and Silver orbs are too plentiful on both ends to allow that. Since I know the solution doesn't involve using Shifters on Gold Orbs, I hypothesize that I need to use Shifters to toss two Silver Orbs out of the way so I can push the remainder with the Blue Orb detonations.

  • Speaking of Blue Orbs, the set in the center looks good for pushing the two adjacent Silver Orbs into alignment. They make a good detonator for the Blue Gem 3x2 block strategy listed a few points up.

  • The two Blue Gems at the bottom edge of the screen give me headaches. I'm not sure how to detonate them.

  • I have to use the up and down Shifters sparingly. I only have two of each, which means one use of each if I obey the symmetry. On the other hand, I have three uses of the horizontal Shifters under the same logic. What could require so much more horizontal Shifting than vertical?

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SonicLover Author Profile Page November 16, 2013 3:58 PM

60. I'm working on Level 60. My mistake.

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SonicLover Author Profile Page November 16, 2013 4:46 PM

I solved Level 60!

My hypotheses about the horizontal symmetry, the 2x3 blocks of Blue Gems, and the horizontal Blue Orbs serving as the detonator were all correct. My biggest error was in assuming the vertical strings of Blue Orbs would serve only to detonate something else, not to be detonated themselves in a chain reaction.

The Gold Orbs detonate the vertical Blue Orbs. The horizontal Blue Orbs will be the last thing you place. The last thing to detonate will be a 3x2 block of Blue Gems at the bottom center.

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