The King's Logic Puzzle

Player Rating5.78/8

"#94 overall, #14 for 2012"
based on 281 ratings since 04/12/2012
played 3,390 times (finished 365)

Story Difficulty6/8

"wandering through the desert"

Play Length2/8

"So short yo' momma thought it was a recipe"

Maturity Level1/8

"appropriate for all ages"
Stories with this maturity level will not, by design, have any potentially objectionable content. An example of a type story with this rating would be a quiz on mathematics.




The king has proposed a contest of intellect.
You have a balance scale and twelve identical looking spheres of gold - except that one is either heavier or lighter than all the rest. Using the scale and only 3 measurements, you must determine which is the 'odd ball' and whether it is lighter or heavier.
If you fail, you get to be court jester for a month. The king has a terrible sense of humor - trust me; you don't want to be court jester (even for just a month). It's part of the reason he holds this contest. It's the only way he can get anyone to 'sign-up' for the job.
If you can correctly guess the 'odd ball,' but not whether it's lighter or heavier than all the others, you get to go free.
But if you can get the right ball AND figure out whether it's lighter or heavier - you get to keep all twelve spheres of gold. They're worth a small fortune - enough to buy your own keep - which would raise you up from lowly Surf to rich Landowner in the blink of an eye.
What do you have to lose - except your dignity...


Player Comments

Great puzzle. And the best part about having this format is that it was more fun than just figuring it out in your head. I had thought of a few strategies, but it wasn't until the game walked me through the puzzle that the full solution occurred to me. I don't think that would have happened if I'd just tried to figure it out in my head; I would have given up. It's interesting how this online-game medium made a classic puzzle more accessible that way.
-- Nathan000000 on 5/21/2013 4:59:12 PM with a score of 5000
I love it! It would be much better if it were part of a larger story. If you could build an entire story with miny games like these it would be fantastic.
-- ugilick on 2/5/2012 10:20:53 PM with a score of 5000
This is the kind of thing I want to see more of in interactive fiction. I've read lots of fantasy (and love it) and lots of romance (and love it), and so on. But new genres are what I want to see.

This game is almost a proof of concept, and I could easily imagine this being dropped into a larger game where a challenge of wits is required. But even on its own, it was fun. If a game can give me five minutes of fun and thought, and also show me something I haven't seen before, that's awesome, and I want more.
-- Gower on 8/28/2019 7:56:01 PM with a score of 5000
My one gripe with this is that it is so quick to complete. It feels like it's best suited for a portion of a larger story involving logic puzzles like these. I like the addition of making the odd ball's lightness or heaviness unknown as well, as this alters the original classic logic puzzle this is based on enough to make me rethink the original solution's strategy to better fit the results.
-- JCjr on 7/13/2019 9:13:17 PM with a score of 5000
Great mind exercise. Had to really flex those brain muscles
-- humperdoo900 on 7/1/2019 11:32:15 PM with a score of 5000
This game was actually kind of easy when you think about it.
-- 23lucastev on 5/14/2019 9:43:13 AM with a score of 5000
It's a nice test of logic from a TED video I believe, it's good. Could be improved in a few ways but it's a nice time killer.
-- Hunterthemadman on 3/29/2019 5:21:20 PM with a score of 5000
good job
-- OLivers2 on 3/1/2019 4:56:00 PM with a score of 5000
I really liked how it changed my brain!
-- MongooseGirl on 12/5/2018 10:03:57 AM with a score of 5000
Great, but definitely something for people who really know how to do this.
-- Olala12345678 on 11/5/2018 4:52:44 PM with a score of 5000
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