This list is intended to cover tile based games called Scramble Squares (in German: “Legespiel”) in which square cards must be placed into a larger square so that the images of all cards fit together at the edges. It shows the number of solutions and what they look like exactly. All solutions were calculated with the software Legespiel-Solver. The results also make it possible to estimate how difficult the respective Scramble Squares puzzle really is.
For legal reasons only very few solutions are available with original pictures. Therefore, in most cases, graphics were generated by the Legespiel-Solver that contain a textual description of the figures shown. Solutions that only result from turning the result 90°, 180° or 270° were not counted as different solutions.
Whenever the cards for a game are unfortunately not available and therefore the solutions are unknown, this symbol is used.
The difficulty of a game is measured by how many combinations you have to try on average in a systematic search (without repetitions) until you find a solution. A higher number therefore means that the game is more difficult.
Name Solutions Duplicated Cards Difficulty
Asterix Kartenlegespiel 3 2 2066
Butterflies Scramble Squares 2 0 10793
Cats Scramble Squares 2 0 9264
Crazy9 Burgerman Doodles
Crazy9 Ketner Owls
2 1 4594
Crazy9 Mordillo Cows
Crazy9 Wachtmeister Cats
Das verflixte Schildkrötenspiel 2 2 4594
Das verrückte Loriot Legespiel 3 2 2066
Diddl Knifflidiffels (Version 1)
(yellow cards with cloverleaf)
Diddl Knifflidiffels (Version 2)
24 5 162
Diddl Knifflidiffels (Version 3)
Diddl Knifflidiffels (Version 4)
24 5 162
Diddl Knifflidiffels (Version 5)
26 / with original images 5 183
Die Katzen-Knobelei Die Loriot-Knobelei 2 according to packaging
Die Schweine-Knobelei (page 10) 1 1 5082
Hot Air Balloons Scramble Squares 1 0 17435
Pippi Langstrumpf Absolut knifflig!
37 / with original images 0 1492
Serengeti Scramble Squares 1 0 16602
Uli Stein: Noch verzwickter 1 0 20034
Uli Stein: Noch verwzickter geht nicht! 1 0 20034
Witches-Puzzle (Das verflixte Hexenspiel) 2 0 7270
For more information about the Legespiel-Solver and how it can be used to determine solutions to Scramble Square puzzles, see the articles Backtracking in The Nursery – How to Solve Scramble Squares and Solving Knifflidiffels – Scramble Squares With Duplicate Cards.
Is your favourite game still missing? Do you have any cards that would be useful to make this list more complete? Or maybe you discovered a mistake? I would be very grateful for a message or comment.
- The images for the Crazy9 games were provided by Medienbüro Ahrend. The copyright is held by Heye-Verlag.
- The cards for the Knifflidiffels games were used by courtesy of the Diddl-Werkstatt. The copyright is held by Thomas Goletz.
- The images of Pippi Langstrumpf Absolut Knifflig have been used with kind permission of Verlag Friedrich Oetinger, Hamburg.