The King's Logic Puzzle

Player Rating5.91/8

"#87 overall, #12 for 2012"
based on 322 ratings since 04/12/2012
played 4,013 times (finished 408)

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
Good, good.
All is good when there's strategy in a game. Love it!
-- PerforatedPenguin on 12/21/2020 1:28:16 PM with a score of 5000
Good idea for a storygame! Another great storygame from Berka.
-- DeadIdeas on 7/25/2020 9:15:39 PM with a score of 0
good game. is it possible to make it longer?
-- Akary on 5/14/2020 1:11:09 PM with a score of 5000
There is not much to say on it, spare for that it is quite a clever puzzle of measurements.

The system is quick to learn and easy to apply--even without the use of paper.

The puzzle gets you to think, and is even randomized for replayability (though the system itself remains the same).
-- ImpiriTonggali on 4/16/2020 8:48:42 PM with a score of 5000
This was a fantastic idea, it is not the hardest logic puzzle but it is very entertaining and enjoyable to figure out. You also didn’t waste too much space or room for unnecessary objects during the weighing process so it looked clean. All in all, I thought it was good and works very well.
-- TheDeadKin on 12/13/2019 2:21:58 PM with a score of 5000
6/8, fun puzzle. I got it on my 1st try (luck, maybe?), but definitely has replayability.
-- 325boy on 11/3/2019 4:24:20 PM with a score of 5000
An entertaining logic puzzle to while away a few minutes. It took me a couple tries to figure out the lighter/heavier aspect, so that was a fun additional challenge.

There was one type I noted, on the page where you select whether it was lighter or heavier. "whether it if heavier" should be "Whether it is heavier..."

I do wish the puzzle was part of a larger plot, but it is playable and enjoyable on its own.

The presentation/mechanics seemed a little rough to me, like I was looking at the behind the scenes script for a game rather than it being presented as a game. E.g. a ball would be labeled with 1 if on the left scale and 2 if on the right, rather than L or R. The list of rules also seemed a bit messy.

It's definitely worth a couple playthroughs to figure it out, though it won't have a lot of replayability once you understand the concept of how to discover the 'odd' ball and figure out its relative weight.
-- Camelon on 10/24/2019 6:13:47 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
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