The Futoshiki player
The Futoshiki puzzle player looks like this:
Playing a puzzle is very easy:
Placing pencilmarks is useful for helping to keep track of which numbers can fit into a particular square.
- Just click on a square to select it
- Use the number keys to place digits
- Click on another square or use the arrow keys to change the selected square
- Press 'space' to toggle between pencilmarks (blue highlight) and solution digits (green highlight)
- Click on 'Check solution' when you finish the puzzle (it will flash to remind you). This submits your time and lets you rank the puzzle - it doesn't close the window so your solved puzzle won't vanish.
It's also useful to know:
- Clear squares: Press '0' or 'delete' to empty a square, or press a number key again to toggle a pencilmark or solution digit on and off.
- Undo/Redo: You can 'Undo' every move right back to the very start of the puzzle, and then 'Redo' back as far as you like using the buttons or by pressing 'Z' and 'X' respectively.
- Save game: Click this button to save your game state, including pencilmarks. Next time you open this puzzle from the menu it will re-open at exactly the same position.
- Reset puzzle: Use this button to empty the puzzle. If the game position was loaded from a saved state then you are asked whether you want an empty puzzle or to return to the previous saved state.
- Double-click a square if there is only one pencilmark in it and it will be automatically converted to a full-size solution digit.
- Resize the player window and the puzzle will rescale to whatever size you make your window, no matter how large or small!
- The selected square will wrap around the edges of the puzzle if you move off one side.
- Give up: If you click on 'Give up & show solution' then the solution is revealed complete with red digits for numbers you did not solve and black ones for numbers you did. Your incorrect solution digits are shown in small green numbers in the corner of each square, which lets you see where you went wrong - if you did! You are also given the chance to rank the puzzle, based on how difficult you were finding it.
- You can also tab or shift-tab between squares if you find this easier.
- Click on the highlighted selected square if you want to remove the highlight.
The pencilmark aids will not eliminate pencilmarks based on other pencilmarks adjacent to inequalities - they only pay attention to placed solution digits. This is necessary because otherwise you could not use the 'remove now' and 'auto-remove' options unless you had placed all valid pencilmarks in all squares - it also means that if you use the 'Valid only' button it avoids providing too much automated help!
- Show repeated digits will highlight in red any solution digits you place which are repeated within a row or column.
- Show broken inequalities will highlight in red any inequality symbols which are not obeyed - for example if you place numbers that indicate incorrectly that '4>5' then the '>' will be coloured red.
- All marks will fill every unsolved square with all pencilmarks. This is only useful if you like to solve by eliminating pencilmarks, rather than adding them as you progress.
- Valid only will add all valid pencilmarks based on adding all marks and then eliminating those which are already placed as a solution digit in the matching row or column. It will also eliminate any pencilmarks that are invalid due to solution digits adjacent to inequality signs. This is often a shortcut to solving a puzzle.
- Remove now will remove any pencilmarks that are invalid based on solution digits already placed in rows or columns, or that must be removed in order to obey any solution digits placed next to inequality signs.
- Auto-remove applies the 'Remove now' operation automatically after every solution digit added to the puzzle.
- Show wrong moves consults the solution to the puzzle and highlights solution digits that you place incorrectly into the puzzle. They are italicised and also glow in purple (Internet Explorer) or are underlined (all other browsers).
- Check solution will tell you how many unsolved and incorrect squares you have in the puzzle, unless you have solved it successfully in which case it will log your completion time and pop open the puzzle ranking and comment window.