Slip Sliders is the latest in my series of visual puzzles for iOS and tvOS devices. Slip Sliders joins Critter Mates, The Bird Puzzle, The Menagerie and The Hungry Rat as visual puzzles designed to help develop logical thinking skills.
I’ve always enjoyed puzzles and so having the opportunity to design them is particularly rewarding. For Slip Sliders, I needed a set of icons that could be paired up as part of solving the puzzle. Using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop I created a set of birds. It works great to draw the images large (512px x 512px) and then shrink them to the size of the icons. By the way, I liked the birds so much I made a couple of coffee cups using the images. The icons slide based on a particular set of rules. They move in the one direction (left, down, right or up) until they hit an obstacle. One of the tricky parts about solving the Slip Sliders’ puzzles is that sometimes you will need to create the obstacles in order to be able to change the direction that the slider can move.
Initially the puzzles are fairly simple and a solution can be achieved with just a few moves. Show below is how the first puzzle looks on an Apple TV. Obviously the solution is simple, just move each of the birds on the left to the right and they will find a mate. The birds on the left are sliders and therefore they can be moved. The birds on the right stay in a fixed position and are the targets.
In the second puzzle things get a little more difficult. The birds cannot just simply be moved down because the first two need to switch columns. I like this type of problem because the are multiple solutions. If you are a teacher and use problems like this with your students you will find that one benefit is that several students can share different answers and it is not just the first student who finds a solution that gets the reinforcement.
As you progress through the puzzles by tapping the right arrow, the puzzles get even more challenging. For example, in the puzzles shown below from an iPad screen, how are you going to get the slider to stop on the red bird show in approximately the middle of the screen?
If you like puzzles you might like Slip Sliders. For $0.99 you get the iPad and Apple TV versions. For more information about the Slip Sliders app, please visit our website. The app is available at iTunes.