This list covers variations of a certain kind of tile based games called Scramble Squares (in German: “Legespiel”) in which square cards must be placed to form 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.
About the Content
For legal reasons only very few solutions are available with original pictures. Therefore, in most cases, the only available graphics are the ones generated by the Legespiel-Solver, which contain a textual description of the cards. Duplicate cards have the same background color (green, blue or red).
Solutions that only result from turning another solution 90°, 180° or 270° were not counted as original solutions. Also, solutions that look the same because of duplicated or symmetric cards count as identical.
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.
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.