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June 11, 2020

puzzle astronauts [browser]

Move all the astronauts to their goal items in the puzzler Puzzle Astronauts by Llpujol94. (controls: cursor keys to move, R-key to reset)

31 comments:

Tom said...

Doesn't seem to work with Chrome. Works with Firefox.

MRK said...

Worked fine for me with Chrome. Love the look and game mechanics were smooth. Fun puzzler! Thanks, Llpujol94 and Bart.

Unknown said...
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llpujol94 said...

Hi Tom, here is Llpujol94 the dev under this game:), can you pass me your chrome version and the device you are executing it?

Thank you!

Tom said...

@llpujol94 I'm using Chrome Version 83.0.4103.97 (Official Build) (64-bit), on Ubuntu Linux. When I run it, the level select screen comes up, but the moving stars background is missing, and when I select a level, it goes to that screen, but the puzzle map doesn't come up, it's just gray.

Xexus said...

For me (Linux mint chrome 70.0.3538.77 (Official Build) (64-bit))
The stars appear, but no list of levels. The menu button work.
Works great in Firefox though

David said...

Chrome Version 83.0.4103.97 (Official Build) (64-bit) and that is what you need to play this game.

Anonymous said...

The game could use a sliding animation.

Anonymous said...

I gave up trying to get a 6 instead of 7 on # 21.
Now I can't see any way level 22 could be done.

Pete said...

Hint for level 22: move both astronauts to the right side of the bottom row.

Anonymous said...

That was my first thought, as it is the only way to tag the right platform.
But unless there is some glue I can't see, it won't end the level in any way.

Frobisher said...

Hmmm.. Annoyingly, Kongregate seems to have forgotten my progress, but I was having fun before that point!

I understand the rationale behind stepcounts and stars, but I think there are better ways to think about multiple difficulty levels in puzzle games. Ordinarily, stepcounts are a crutch, where the puzzles are unconstrained enough that the designer has to lean on whether the player found the optimal solution, rather than the only/acceptable solution. That's not the case here, where it's clear from some of the later levels that a lot of the puzzle design is based around introducing and developing concepts, then constructing levels that require a particular insight or strategy. In that context, what's important is whether the solution is reached, rather than the arbitrary number of steps it took to achieve it. And once you reach those more challenging levels, the a-ha moment of finding the solution is infinitely more pleasurable than the tedious busywork of optimising the solution to get a 3 star rating.

Anyway, nit-picking aside, there's some really well-designed puzzles in there, so congrats :-)

Unknown said...

I'm stuck on level 26. I see a hint lightbulb, but it's greyed out; is there a way of activating it?

Anonymous said...

Unknown you are the first comment on this or the main site to refer to a level higher than 22.
Are you going to post a meaningful hint, or solution for level 22 so we know it can be done?

Unknown said...

Anonymous, I think the hint above on level 22 is the most important one. The only other thing that might have been new is to notice that when both of you are sliding over the ice, the one who hits a target first stops there.

Frobisher said...

For 22 you want to get one of your aliens on to the right target, then just interpolate the movements of the other alien so that the alien on the right target is always walking back on to that target.

ie, you want the non-target alien to move down. If you just press down it's no good, but if you press up first and then down, the non-target alien will still end up where you wanted them, but the target alien will have moved off their target and back on to it.

Anonymous said...

On 26, you want them to meet while sliding on the ice so they can leave together.

Anonymous said...

I'm stuck on 49.

llpujol94 said...

Here is Llpujol94 (the dev under the game).

@Frobisher is really rare that you lose your progress... and obviously quite annoying... I don't know the cause, but Kongregate will not be, maybe some of your browsers settings or other, that finished deleting the storage for that site... but just a possible theory.

@Frobisher About the stepcounts and stars, I totally agree with you, it happens to me sometimes while I am playing. This happens heavily in some levels that the solution steps are large, and some of them are 'arbitrary', although, I tried to define every level with every step being important for the final result. But yeah, it happens, solving the level should be the main thing, and reaching the 3 stars just an option. Thanks for pointing it out in that comment, it helps a lot:) (At the beginning just was 2 puntuations for the level: solved and perfect (perfect meaning the minimum steps taken for that level, maybe that made more sense)

About the levels in general, Reaching the level 54 should be possible with some dedication and understanding of the mechanics of the game. Although, for the ones that solved level 54 and reached level 55, I totally advise that levels 55, 56, 57, 58, 59 & 60 are REALLY HARD to solve. To solve them one needs some dedication & time. Even for me that designed them, I struggle to solve them once some time has passed. So I advise if someone gets frustrated with the game or something, that those levels are non easy and one can't solve them without thinking a lot.

If someone struggles in some level, or needs some hint, you can direct message me on twitter: https://twitter.com/llorenspujol
or sent me an email: llorenspujol1@gmail.com

I will be happy to respond:)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your help with #22.
At first I thought you meant slipping in an extra move.
If you could move one whilst the other was still sliding how to keep track of the move count.
However I figured out the walk into the wall a lot method lol.

Unknown said...

Now I'm stuck on level 39. How can you possibly get them 2 spaces apart left-to-right?

Anonymous said...

For level 39 - I don't know if it is out of bounds just to give you the whole key, but best as I can explain it without just laying it out - you need to get both men next to each other in the right sector where the man on the left is stuck between the escalators and the man on the right is poised to go up.

After you hit the up key, the man on the right will go up and into the top wall. When you go left, they will line up underneath one another, with one man at the top of the wall and the other at the base of the descending escalator. When you hit down, the man at the top will descend down the escalator and the man at the bottom will move one space down. After that - by going up one space, it crams the top man onto the descending escalator and he is frozen there and you can go to the right twice which creates the space that is needed to then go down and into the target spaces.

Anonymous said...

Ps. when I say "stuck between the escalators", I mean that the man on the left is in the space just below the wall that separates the escalators, so that when the man on the right moves up the escalator, he maintains his position.

Unknown said...

Anonymous today: o-ho! I thought it* would slide down the arrows once the obstacle (i.e. the other astronaut) was removed. (* undifferentiated little blue humanoids = men?)
Now I'm up to level 41, for which I might just need to be a bit more awake.

Unknown said...

Glad to help on 39 - I have gotten 3 stars on all of the levels up to 40, and 3 stars on 42, 43, 45 and 50. Then 2 stars on 41, 44, and 46 thru 49. By 51 and 52, I have solved them, but just have 1 star. On level 53 now, but at this point, I have enjoyed the game immensely, but without an "undo last move" option, it begins to get tedious with ad nauseum restarts.

Unknown said...

Oh, another Unknown, that'll be confusing!

Now I'm stuck on 46, I can't see how to line up 2 of them vertically without the third ending up in a hole. (I gave up trying to get 3 stars, then 2 stars, quite a few levels ago.)

Anonymous said...

I was the "anonymous" on the two 39 explanations and the unknown on the followup. As far as 46 - I can only 2 stars - with 20 being 3 stars and this gets you 21. I apologize if this is a spoiler, but it takes too much thinking to describe it in some mysterious way and anyone is free to tell me I am out of bounds or just ignore the below, but those that have gotten this far in the game understand that we've all been looking for a "walkthrough".

d d d u r r l l d d l d r r r l d r l d u

Unknown said...

Thanks Anonymous/Unknown! (I don't want to give Google my name in the Blogger profile and that seems to be the only kind of account I can comment with here.)

Once I saw your method, I was able to think about shortcuts. Try this (anyone who doesn't like spoilers: just don't expand the abbreviations):
ddd urr ddl llr dlr drd lu

Wow, 49 looks easy but it really isn't. I need to come back to it fresh, I think.

Unknown said...

So I came back to it fresh and I still don't get level 49. I can get a T-shape with one of them on the wormhole, but I can't get them lined up both vertically and horizontally. Has anybody found a walkthrough?

Anonymous said...

I haven't really tried 53 much more - as I stated above, I just don't have the time or concentration without an "undo last move", so 49 is the last difficult one I got 2 stars on - 50 is a pretty easy 3 star and on 51 and 52, I got 1 star so that would be an extended walkthrough that would be tough to communicate. As far as 49 is concerned - the max is 12 and this one gets you 15 -

d l l u u l d r u u l r l d r

Unknown said...

Thanks, Anonymous Unknown.

I wouldn't say 50 was easy, exactly, but once I got it, I got "Minimum movements 44
Your movements 41"!

I got 2 stars on 52. I guess you've got the basic method of "get as many as you can onto the bridge, use the wormhole to line up the others" etc. I could use the replay button to make a step-by-step if you want it.

Going by the author's comments, I might be giving up hereabouts.

 

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