The King's Logic Puzzle

Player Rating5.70/8

"#93 overall, #22 for 2012"
based on 204 ratings since 04/12/2012
played 2,022 times (finished 235)

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
Wow pretty nice although sadly I have seen this puzzle type before and was able to solve it pretty quickly
-- CeruleanFlare on 12/16/2016 6:14:21 PM with a score of 5000
This took me at least 15 tries to figure out the trick. Thank you for making me think, I really enjoyed it.
-- Orange on 12/13/2016 8:00:50 PM with a score of 5000
this is very cool!!

and i got rich landowner first try :^)
-- diyvhs on 12/7/2016 1:16:39 PM with a score of 5000
I did it second try! Interesting challenge and pretty difficult since you only get 3 tries
-- GigaKnight on 11/14/2016 10:17:02 PM with a score of 5000
Congratulations! You are now a rich Landowner. All that’s left to buy is a Door Cat to keep all the riffraff away J
randomly guessed OMG
-- Aetherskyes on 9/25/2016 12:29:22 AM with a score of 5000
Fun little puzzle. Would be a nice addition to a larger story.
-- BigRonn77 on 8/31/2016 2:34:19 PM with a score of 5000
A door cat? O.o
-- Seto on 8/10/2016 1:15:26 AM with a score of 5000
Kinda short, but I liked it very much.
-- Lancelot on 7/23/2016 9:41:04 PM with a score of 5000
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