I love solving these puzzles, sometimes slowly and haltingly - getting stuck and then having that aha! moment, and in between, I decorate the spaces around the circuitous course of the lines with doodles, accentuating and revealing the inside vs. outside of the loop as it forms. (And helping me solve the more tricky ones. Also, I've been doing them for so long now that I've adopted my own sort of style of marking my path instead of using simple straight lines, so that's why in the photos they're all pointy and weird. That's all me. Sorry I don't have any to show of a more straightforward nature.)
The only complaint I have about this particular set is that - unlike in the Nikoli books - as they become more difficult they seem to require some amount of trial and error in order to solve, and I do not like resorting to trial and error.
I love knowing without a doubt that no matter how stuck I am on a puzzle, there is a clue hidden in there somewhere. It's comforting, and lends to the relaxing nature of the process for me.
I can't be sure however, whether this quality is intentional in these puzzles' design or is due merely to a higher level of complexity in the medium and hard sections compared to the Nikoli versions, and so that failing lies with me, unable to find the thread of logic and ultimately needing to resort to trial and error. (So far, anyway. Perhaps if this is the case I will improve, and learn to see the more subtle hints within.) My husband says that for some puzzle-solvers, it isn't truly a challenge unless you have to make guesses at some point.
There are so many puzzles in here, and that is a treasure in itself. But there does seem to be a huge leap from ridiculously easy to frustratingly difficult between the Easy and Medium puzzles for me personally. If you don't mind doing some erasing here and there, then I'd give this book (and the other Mixed Grids book I have too) five stars and two thumbs up. :)
- ペーパーバック: 180ページ
- 出版社: Createspace Independent Pub (2014/10/20)
- 言語: 英語
- ISBN-10: 1502913704
- ISBN-13: 978-1502913708
- 発売日： 2014/10/20
- 商品の寸法: 21.6 x 1 x 27.9 cm
- カスタマーレビュー: 評価の数 5