Here are 3 overall strategies for solving that can be applied to most puzzles; to most games as well, actually.
- What can be isolated? Squares in a grid can have different value in terms of how they affect other squares. Starting with those squares least affected by other squares might prove a useful strategy. Examples here are Octa-Fills and Magic Squares/Shapes. A center squares usually affects more other squares.
- Keep your options open. Sometimes it is not possible to see/calculate the puzzle all the way to its conclusion, and some trial and error has to be made on the way to solving it. It’s a good idea to keep flexible and decide upon a move that gives you the most options. An example is magic shapes where it’s a good idea to keep the lowest numbers 1-4 in hand for fine-tuning.
- Look out for the best start. Using the 2 first strategies can help you off to a good start in the puzzle. Depending on the puzzle, it might be a good idea to start out with either high or low numbers.
I will show examples of these strategies in action when I present favorite puzzles on level 1, level 2 and level 3.
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