The King's Logic Puzzle

Player Rating5.79/8

"#93 overall, #16 for 2012"
based on 239 ratings since 04/12/2012
played 2,628 times (finished 298)

Story Difficulty6/8

"wandering through the desert"

Play Length4/8

"A well spent lunch break"

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
-- Chapter101 on 1/5/2018 7:29:37 PM with a score of 5000
Good puzzle. Really enjoyed solving this, although I have had past experience with a smaller 8-ball variant
-- llImperatorll on 12/27/2017 4:11:41 PM with a score of 5000
Well that was an interesting puzzle. I enjoy when the solutions to something isn't necessarily one that can be found so easily, and for that reason alone this is something I considered to be fun. Although it did take me a few tries until I was able to achieve a very satisfying victory of sorts over the king of this story. This was fairly challenging, but the feeling of successfully getting through this puzzle was one that gave me quite a feeling of accomplishment.

Pretty good work, Berka.
-- TharaApples on 11/29/2017 1:54:47 PM with a score of 5000
So fun to play, this is awesome.
-- Griseo on 9/10/2017 5:55:40 PM with a score of 5000
Took me all the day to find a working method
-- Quiezel on 6/21/2017 1:03:44 AM with a score of 5000
Came up a strategy my 2nd time and it worked!! I feels so smart. :3
-- TreX18 on 5/30/2017 8:54:59 PM with a score of 5000
Sort of boring
-- ENDhakS on 4/20/2017 8:40:46 PM with a score of 5000
First try I managed to get the right one, but missed if it was heavier or lighter, took me a few tries to get this, loved it.
-- CowBoySkinnyLinny on 2/17/2017 10:01:13 PM with a score of 5000
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