IQ TWIST - compact travel game for 1 player

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATION OF IQ-TWIST


There are a many packing puzzles, however IQ-Twist is the first one to use pegs in order to force you use the pieces in a new way. This adds a layer of complexity not seen in most other packing puzzles.


In most games like this different challenges are made possible by starting with a few puzzle pieces already on the game board (for example the puzzles of Lonpos like IQ-Puzzler) or by adjusting the size of the game board itself (like Katamino). I gave it a different twist in my concept for SmartGames. As you can read elsewhere on my website, designing games is the real puzzle for me. Although I like the final product, the development of it drove me nuts and ever since I have to live with a twisted brain ;-)


OBJECT OF THE GAME

In every challenge a few colored pegs are placed on the game board. The  object of the game is to place all puzzle pieces on the game board. But because of the pegs, this is only possible when there is a hole inside the puzzle piece you want to place on that exact position. And what’s more, you can only do that when the puzzle piece and the peg have the same color.


THE CHALLENGES

You can use the playing pieces in any orientation, which means that that most puzzle pieces can be placed in 8 different ways (except the symmetrical ones). But there are 32 places on the game board, so the number of possibilities is often quite high. The fact that there are always two pieces with the same color, makes it extra hard to determine which puzzle piece needs to fit on a specific peg. And of course most challenges only show a few pegs, so you still need to find the right place for the other ones. Challenges with fewer pegs are in most cases harder to solve, although the position of the pegs has often a bigger impact on the difficulty level than the number of pegs.




HINT: START WITH THE MOST DIFFICULT PUZZLE PIECE

All challenges have just one solution that is shown at the end of the challenge booklet. This is different from the other brainteasers in this collection like IQ-puzzler, IQ-cabin and IQ-splash (which were not invented by me but by Lonpos). They don’t include any solutions because they have multiple solutions for each challenge. IQ-Twist doesn’t have any 3D-challenges, but the MASTER and WIZARD levels are harder than the 2D-challenges in IQ-puzzler and IQ-cabin.


The puzzle pieces can be very confusing in the beginning, because they are formed by circles with connections angled 45°. But the grid is just an orthogonal one (90°). Because of this a lot of people try to place the pieces in the wrong orientation, especially the bigger yellow piece. This has a strange shape, so most people keep it until last. You better do the opposite, because often this big yellow piece only fits on a few places.


COMPACT TRAVEL GAME

Because of the pegs, you can keep on playing until you solved the solution, without the need to look at the challenge booklet every time you want to start all over. You might not need all the pegs so, to make sure you don’t lose any, you can store the ones you don’t need in the peg storage row at the top of your game board.


The booklet has 100 challenges and can also be stored inside the game. The front side of the booklet shows a way how to place all puzzle pieces back on the game board, so that you can quickly place everything inside, when you stop playing and want to take the game with you.


AWARDS

  1. Best New Puzzle 2012 (GAMES Magazine USA)

  2. Parents’Choice Award Spring 2012 Games USA: Recommended


REVIEWS AND LINKS

IQ-Twist on the official website of SmartGames

  1. www.gamesfanatic.pl : IQ-Twist – zakręcona łamigłówka

  2. trictrac.net (FR): "IQ Twist", petit coup de lorgnette

  3. www.sjovforborn.dk: IQ Twist – Perfekt til bilturen og sofaen

  4. polter.pl: IQ-Twist, Kolorowa i zakręcona

  5. http://www.boardtime.pl/2012/05/iq-twist-recenzja.html

  6. http://wpajeczejsieci.blogspot.be/2013/02/iq-twist.html#more

  7. http://pelnapara.znadplanszy.pl/2013/10/28/do-plecaka-9-seria-iq/

  8. Gabriel Fernandes’ Puzzle Collection (blog)


UPDATE

To make the number of challenges consistent with all the other IQ-games, it now includes 120 challenges instead of 100.

 


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2016

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

PENGUINS POOL PARTY

PARKING PUZZLER

IQ-XOXO

DEDUCKTION

DINOSAURS MYSTIC ISLANDS

WALLS & WARRIORS

SMARTCAR 5x5

HIDE & SEEK PIRATES JR

HIDE & SEEK JUNGLE

NORTH POLE EXPEDITION

GHOST HUNTERS

AV MUTATION


2015

THREE LITTLE PIGGIES

BUTTERFLIES

IQ-BLOX

IQ-CANDY

PENGUINS PARADE

2014

QUADRILLION

BRAIN CHEESER

CITY MAZE

IQ-STEPS


2013

BUNNY BOO

VIKINGS BRAINSTORM

BACK 2 BACK

IQ-LINK

AB UNDER CONSTRUCTION

AB ON TOP


2012

TEMPLE TRAP

BILL & BETTY BRICKS

BEND-IT

IQ-FIT

NOAHS ARK

AQUABELLE

2011

PENGUINS ON ICE

TRUCKY 3

TROY

IQ-TWIST


2010

CHICKEN SHUFFLE

ANACONDA

CANNIBAL MONSTERS

SMARTCAR

SMARTPHONE


2009

TITANIC

DAY & NIGHT


2008

ROADBLOCK

METROVILLE

ALCATRAZ

2007

CAMELOT JR

CASTLE LOGIX

GOGETTER MUMMY MYSTERY


2006

AIRPORT TRAFFIC CONTROL

HIDE & SEEK PIRATES

TOWER OF LOGIC INFERNO

DUOPUZZLE


2005

CAMOUFLAGE

HIDE & SEEK SAFARI


2001

GOGETTER CAT & MOUSE

GOGETTER LAND & WATER

GOGETTER PRINCE & DRAGON

Raf Peeters, January 2011

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