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Race against time - mazydec
« on: October 24, 2006, 08:11:02 PM »

The idea I was toying with here is that you have to try to get some work done (ie. sort out barrels 1 - 4) in a certain time limit.

mazydec - note: I've used an 'antisign' to restrict the pieces available to the player.  This doesn't always take effect immediately when you load the level: if you find that you've been granted access to copiers and conveyors, then switch to sandbox and back to game mode.

The intention of this level is that you have to sort out barrels 1-4 in time to get to barrel 5.   There is a very narrow window of opportunity in which to get everything to work - if you are too late, you lose.

The fun bit of design this level was trying to make sure there is no way of subverting the timer mechanism.  I think it's foolproof, but I expect someone will find a way of 'hacking' this level - ie. find a way of extending the window of time beyond what I intended!

I'd also be impressed if anyone can find a way of completing the upper part of the puzzle so quickly that they can get the bulldozer down to the 5 barrel before the 'timer' bulldozer..

Enjoy!

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Re: Race against time - mazydec
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2006, 10:07:06 PM »

This was a bit tricky. My first attempt was to slow but I came up with a trick to save a few cycles. My solution is stored in the warehouse as bonodut.
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Re: Race against time - mazydec
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2006, 02:09:10 PM »

That works!

I've found two answers to my original challenge!

There's one very simple way of completing the challenge almost instantly.

It's also possible to slow down the timer-bulldozer by a couple of cycles - just enough that you can sneak the worker-bulldozer in ahead of it.  You have to cheat a bit though!

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Re: Race against time - mazydec
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2006, 02:34:40 PM »

There's one very simple way of completing the challenge almost instantly.

Do you mean like this (rot13 to hide spoiler):
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Re: Race against time - mazydec
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2006, 02:48:23 PM »

Well, talking of cheats and subverting the timer... meledih is a truly awful way of solving this one =P
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Re: Race against time - mazydec
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2006, 02:52:40 PM »

Yes - that's the very simple way that I had in mind!  Oops!!!
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Re: Race against time - mazydec
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2006, 12:55:05 PM »

Due to a bug fix (the fact that barrels could trigger target matchers), this level is no longer solvable. Although it's no longer hackable with extra barrels either.

I've put a copy up with crates instead of barrels at lizapav
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Re: Race against time - mazydec
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2006, 11:26:05 PM »

Here's a related puzzle: berokyc

In this case, either getting to the end really quickly or subverting the timer is acceptable.
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That is the most ingenious method of solving an impossible puzzle that I have ever seen.
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Re: Race against time - mazydec
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2006, 12:31:52 AM »

Bucky: I suppose fakufih is what you had in mind.

Another fast puzzle:
JYKUNIB (My solution:jymoveg)

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Re: Race against time - mazydec
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2006, 10:24:58 PM »

jobedob (solution: vakomid)

Then I combined the two techniques:
vukilug(solution:sycubok)
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That is the most ingenious method of solving an impossible puzzle that I have ever seen.
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Re: Race against time - mazydec
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2006, 09:05:25 PM »

The new physics still allow for a similar problem to fast is good to be solved, as long as the crates get spaced out.
 mysybov (spoiler:vudohap)
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That is the most ingenious method of solving an impossible puzzle that I have ever seen.
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Re: Race against time - mazydec
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2006, 10:16:58 PM »

My solution to Fast is still good (mysybov): xedygyb
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