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On average what do you think about the puzzle difficulty? Is it about the right level?
Lately I've felt like there've been more easy puzzles, and I think the typical times back that up. Average times close to 5 minutes is easy for sure, maybe I see 20 minutes for the hard ones, and I seem to enjoy the (rarer) puzzles with an average time around 10-15 minutes the most.
I definitely enjoy the variants a lot more than the plain sudoku, and there seem to be more of those puzzles that let you find one clever step to make the whole thing fit together.
The mix is probably right and I haven't found there were not enough middle range puzzles. I think what is easy for joshua is not necessarily so for lots of others:) so I would not like to see a reduction in easy ones replaced by moderate ones, but fewer hard ones instead. My personal problem lies with the other types of puzzles that are included e.g. Slitherlink and Nurikabe, but am happy with the sudoku and variants as they are.
Rating does not necessarily correlate with time, since there is much more 'slog' required in, say, 9x9 wraparound than a straightforward sudoku. On average, though, easy would take less than 15 mins. moderate 15-30 mins and hard 30mins plus
I hope others will give their opinion, it is usually just a few of us which is a pity. Being retired I have more time, but many use the discussion forum just to report some technical problem, or to say the puzzle is not unique!
Among the non-Sudokus (yes, I realise you didn't ask), I'd like to see easier Slitherlinks, Hitoris, and Hanjies.The Skyscrapers and Futoshikis (my two favourites) are just right.I love the Nurikabes and would like to see some tougher ones.
I, too, hope you'll get more responses.
I would like to see more jigsaws (non wraparound) and jigsaw killers. There level of difficulty when they appear is just about right. So are the XVs, Kropkis, Consecutives, Odd pairs etc., although the latter two can so easily go wrong! I enjoy the Calcudokus, but would only like more difficult ones very occasionally.....
I'm not so keen on the non-sudoku types, except Hitori and Futoshiki
I pay absolutely no attention to your difficulty classification, for me, it's meaningless. I also don't pay any attention to the time taken to do a puzzle...the point of the whole effort for me is to have fun conquering the puzzle, I couldn't care less the time frame involved in the effort...actually the quicker the NOT better because it means my fun is over, I will intentionally start and stop on a good puzzle just to make it last longer. I consider myself to be mildly addicted to Japanese number puzzles. I don't care for the spacial logic puzzles ie Hanjie etc.
It's interesting, and (to me, at least) entirely counter-intuitive. :)
Obasama, the puzzle difficulty is simply an average of user ratings - I no longer rate puzzles for difficulty, except for the Hanjie and very occasionally some extra-special puzzles. I think that rating a puzzle 'hard' actually encourages other people to rate it easy so they feel good about themselves - basic human psychology! :) In fact I suppose I should stop rating the Hanjie too.
Given both the above, perhaps the number of mistaken submissions, clicks on help tools etc would be a better way to rate the difficulty of a puzzle. However it's only ever to be a guideline anyway, so I'm not overly concerned about it.
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