The King's Successor

Player Rating3.93/8

"Too few ratings to be ranked"
based on 32 ratings since 03/16/2018
played 301 times (finished 17)

Story Difficulty4/8

"march in the swamp"

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.

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Puzzle

It is a nice peaceful day, your father, the king, is growing old and his mind isn't as clear as it was. Realizing his own state of mind, he has decided to hold a competition to decide his true heir before he goes insane. Instead of a normal competition where you hunt for objects or shoot at targets, he has decided to let the most intelligent child bear the weight of the crown.

Note: The RESET link does not reset everything you've done. It only resets the buttons you have chosen at the time, in case people are too lazy to press the go back button if they've made a mistake. I hope that makes it less ambiguous.

Player Comments

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The instructions weren't quite clear to me. I read them to assume that the number of lights on will reset to the initial default at the start of each round and that the lights will rotate a fixed number of turns inside. But I felt it was a bit ambiguous.

If that's the case, with only four lights, you just go through the progressions. All four lights on once. The same two adjacent buttons four times. Two opposing lights twice. The same three buttons three times.

Anyway, that's the premise I assume it's operating under because I doubt I would have hit it multiple times quickly if the inner lights didn't reset or the rotation wasn't fixed.

The brothers must have been very impatient or kind of dumb. But I get that a lot of complex puzzles take a ton of time to script an adding each new light would take increasingly more time.

Still, a decent little puzzle. These puzzles are almost always better when worked into the plot of a greater story. The little bit of writing was pretty sloppy here. The opening paragraph is in passive voice and contains multiple run on sentences. I get that it's a puzzle, but this is a bit lazy.

Still, would recommend for those who like puzzles.
-- Bucky on 3/15/2018 9:04:59 AM with a score of 0
I think its a good concept but I won the puzzle in one turn. I guess it was just luck?
-- hbroc3 on 5/29/2018 7:14:16 PM with a score of 0
I don’t think the instructions were that unclear. They were pretty straightforward to me. Unfortunately, I wasn’t smart enough to actually figure out the algorithm.
-- Victim on 4/24/2018 3:50:21 PM with a score of 0
This was really confusing.
-- Xerxes on 4/17/2018 10:39:20 AM with a score of 0
stumbled upon the algorithm, it was an alright puzzle.
-- corgi213 on 4/3/2018 12:10:02 AM with a score of 0
Instructions were not very clear. Do we have to use all four buttons? Are your choices saved with each attempt? (That is, do the light bulbs remain in the condition you moved them too)

Very, very short on plot. The work for this game went into the algorithm, I suppose, but I got it right by just going 1; 1,2; 1,2,3; 1,2,3,4; 2; 2,3; 2,3,4;

And that was it. I also restarted each time on the assumption that it wasn’t random and that my choices changed the arrangement.

Anyway, the puzzle was tough, but there wasn’t much meat.
-- Fluxion on 3/15/2018 12:20:56 PM with a score of 0
Okay, so this was a little more interesting than I thought it would be. I wish there would've been more hints, for otherwise the puzzle is pretty close to unsolvable. Aside from luck, that is.

Aside from this, I detest the fact that you released a game with this premise, because I have one that is pretty similar in the works right now.

Oh well I guess.

Anyway, go do more with this. Make it make sense, and add story to it with a solvable puzzle.
-- EbonVasilis on 3/15/2018 8:12:27 AM with a score of 0
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