A wonderful way to relax after a stress filled day while exercising your mental prowess to its limits; Logic Traces combines the traditional puzzle experience with a blend of logic and mathematics. A great game to play for all ages, Logic Traces will especially appeal to kids who have an interest in mathematics and logical analytics. The game has been developed by Ingames, published by Kongregate, and is available to download and play for free on iOS devices from the Apple iTunes Store.
Logic Traces has a simple objective: draw horizontal or vertical lines in order to fill the empty spaces on the game board. This may sound like a very easy task but the developers of Logic Traces have made sure that you have a tough time completing each successive level as you progress through the game.
This game might become too difficult to keep playing on your own after reaching the higher levels and that is where this article comes to the rescue. Read on for some handy tips that can get you out of the frustrating twists that Logic Traces loves to trap you with.
1. Draw As Many Times As You Want
This might seem like an obvious tip but knowing the fact that you can draw an infinite number of times is actually very comforting when you are stuck on a frustrating level. Most players tend to forget this feature of Logic Traces and end up putting down the game instead of trying more. Remember that you can draw on both sides of the number and also horizontally as well as vertically. This means that you have a great number of options when it comes to filling the empty spaces. However, only some combinations of the lines that you draw will result in a completely filled board.
Try as many times as it takes you to find this correct combination because once you have tried enough, you will find that there is a certain pattern to the combinations in each level. Discovering this will immensely help you in the later levels of the game when you will require all your mental concentration to analyze the correct traces.
2. Each Number Tells A Story
The feature that separates Logic Traces from other puzzle games is its unique numbering system which adds an extra flavor and twist to the levels. In Logic Traces, the number inside a tile represents how many spaces you can cover by drawing a line from that tile. Seemingly a helpful feature, it can cause players to get stuck on a level for hours on end due to the limitation of spaces that a specific line can cover. The game provides five free hints on each level which can be used to get out of sticky situations in the early levels but at higher levels, you will need to plan your moves and retrace as soon as you feel a mistake has been made.
As there is no limit to the number of moves that you can perform, the best option to avoid getting tangled in a loop is to track your every move and immediately go back if there is an empty space remaining on the board. For Logic Traces it can be very well said that each number tells a unique story and drawing lines can lead you to success or failure. So trace but with logic and analysis.
3. Stick To The Corners Of The Board
While drawing lines to fill the empty spaces on the board it is a clever move to fill all the corner spaces first. The reason for this is that once you have completely filled the corner spaces, a combination of lines will automatically become visible to you upon careful observation. You can then complete the level much more quickly and with fewer moves than it would have taken you had you started from the center of the board.
The numbers at the corners might not allow you to completely fill the spaces sometimes for example you have 6 empty spaces but a number 3. In this case it is best to complete all other corners which can be filled and leave the corner with insufficient number of lines for the end. Approaching the level in this manner, you will have a clear record of the traces that you made and it will be very easy for you to go back and retrace your lines even if you get stuck at some point.
4. Use Help Only When You Need It
Logic Traces is meant to be a game which tests your puzzle solving capability and attention to detail. It is therefore very tempting to just press that “Hint” button at the bottom of the screen and let the artificial intelligence do the job for you. However, if you are relying on hints to solve even the first few levels then you may see progress but you are really missing out on the true experience that the game has to offer. Let the cogwheels of your mind spin a little and get that much needed mental exercise by thinking of solutions by yourself to the different levels.
Not only do you obtain the benefit of training your mind by solving the puzzle yourself, the game also rewards you with a full star rating if you complete the level without using any hints and in a defined number of moves. The sense of accomplishment that you will feel after completing a level all by yourself is also unparalleled to any pleasure that using hints can provide. Also remember that only 5 free hints are available for each level so unless you want to pay only to avoid thinking too much, it is best to keep the usage of hints to a minimum in Logic Traces.
Logic Traces is a game that appeals to players of all ages and professions and can be used for educational purposes as well. It promotes thinking, awareness and logical analysis which are very important characteristics in any individual. So then next time you are faced with a difficult math problem pick up your phone and start playing Logic Traces to dust off those cobwebs from your brain!