Minecraft: Magnetic Travel Puzzle

Review

Minecraft: Magnetic Travel Puzzle (M:MTP for short) is a travel game by ThinkFun in which the goal is to arrange 3 types of objects, each coming in 3 different colors, in a 3 by 3 grid, such that certain conditions are satisfied.

As you progress through the 40 included challenges, the types of conditions you encounter become gradually more complex. While in the beginning you may be given all the colors of the objects with one clue and all the types of the objects with another, later on you need to analyze 5 or 6 clues at once, which makes the game more challenging and fun. That being said, at the hardest levels, M:MTP is still relatively easy, so experienced puzzlers will probably breeze through it within an hour or two.

At its core, M:MTP is identical to ThinkFun’s previously released Clue Master. Both games are presented in the form of magnetic notebooks, so they are easy to pick up and travel around with. The illustrations of the Minecraft edition are all based on the popular video game, so its fans may be particularly appreciative.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a casual puzzle to pass an hour or two on a road trip, then M:MTP would be a great choice. I only wish there were more challenges included, especially more difficult ones.

  • 1 player, 8 years and up
  • 40 challenges with increasing difficulties
  • easy to transport and play on the go
  • cool Minecraft based art
  • most puzzles can be solved with a few simple techniques

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Perfect Day

Dear Diary,
This morning, I woke up at 9 o’clock. My first job was to drink a glass of water and brush my teeth. After that, I ate an apple, 2 bananas, and a toast with almond butter for breakfast. Then, I went to the gym for one hour, took a shower, and came back home at eleven. I cooked a few pieces of chicken with sweet potatoes for lunch; ate everything. In the afternoon, I started working on my projects while listening to classical music. In the evening, I went for the 2nd time to the gym, did cardio for half-an-hour, and after that visited my friend’s apartment. We had together one big pizza for dinner and in the end, I fell asleep on his couch.

As you can see, my entire day was perfect, except that my laptop keyboard broke. Can you figure out what’s wrong with it?

All of the numbers in the text are written using digit symbols except for the ones containing “one” (“one”, “eleven”, “first”). This inconsistency implies that the number “1” key on the keyboard is broken.

Puzzle Tournament 2

Puzzle Prime’s second puzzle tournament was organized on June 27, 2020. Congrats to Elyot G. who solved all the puzzles! You can see the problems and the rankings below.

Elyot G.

You have 60 minutes to solve 6 puzzles, each worth 1 point. Upload your solutions as a pdf, document, or image, using the form below. Good luck!

Time for work: 1 hour

Puzzle Prime Knight

Start from a square with a P on the chessboard, and keep jumping via knight’s move, consequently landing on squares with the letters U-Z-Z-L-E-P-R-I-M-E.

Point of View

8 of these diagrams correspond to views of the object in the corner when it is looked from different perspectives. Which 2 aren’t?

Note: The projections below are parallel (not perspective).

Chess Fight

Choose a chess piece on the board. Then, move the piece to a cell with another piece, and remove the first piece. Repeat, by moving the second piece to a cell with a new piece, and removing it. Continue until there is only one piece remaining on the board.

Note: For example, we can move the Queen on d2 to the Bishop on b2, the Knight on c3, or the Bishop on d4. If we move the Queen to d4 and remove it from the board, then we must move the Bishop on d4. The only available cell is c3, where a Knight is positioned. We must remove the bishop and move the Knight on c3 either to the Rook on b1 or the Rook on a2…

Special Date

On April 5, 2013 (5.4.2013), the digits used for expressing the date were all different and consecutive. When was the last date before it with this property?

Remark: The digits 9 and 0 are not consecutive.

Splitting the Area

You have 1 square with side length 1 and 2 circles with diameter length 1. Draw a single line so that the resulting areas on the left and on the right of the line are equal.

Notes: You need to specify how you find a line satisfying the condition above.

Chess Connect

The starting and ending positions of 7 chess pieces are shown on the board. Find the trajectories of the pieces, if you know that they do not overlap and completely cover the board.

Notes: The pieces can not backtrack. Two trajectories can intersect diagonally but can not pass through the same square. Only the Knight has a discontinuous trajectory.


Solutions

The answer to Point of View is C and J.
The answer to Special Date is 23.4.1765.
The solutions of the other puzzles are shown below.

Results

PlacePuzzlerP1P2P3P4P5P6Total
2David R.1010114
1Elyot G.1111116
5Hristo H.0010102
3Rodrigo R.10.510013.5
5Rockmosis1010002
4N1010103

Prizes

#1.
$10 Gift Card (iTunes or Play Store)
Puzzle Avatar (custom made)
Puzzle Pelago (mobile game by Hallgrim Games)
Hook (mobile game by Rainbow Train)

#2.
$5 Gift Card (iTunes or Play Store)
Puzzle Avatar (custom made)
Puzzle Pelago (mobile game by Hallgrim Games)
Hook (mobile game by Rainbow Train)

#3.
Puzzle Avatar (custom made)
Puzzle Pelago (mobile game by Hallgrim Games)
Hook (mobile game by Rainbow Train)

#4-5.
Puzzle Pelago (mobile game by Hallgrim Games)
Hook (mobile game by Rainbow Train)