The puff-ball puzzles

Welcome to the puff-ball puzzles. Lots of hot-air on offer here ... but use it wisely. You can only move a puff-ball indirectly, by targeting it with jets-of-air from another puff-ball. So it will take cunning and forward-planning to achieve the goal.

The goal is to find the correct sequence of puffs to push all the puff-balls onto the pale-pink target squares. Click on any red puff-ball to trigger a single puff. All other puff-balls directly in line, horizontally or vertically, with the active puff-ball will get pushed away by one square (unless otherwise blocked). Note, you can't push a puff-ball off the grid, so once it reaches an edge it is stuck there, you might be able to push it along the edge, but never pull it back from the edge. So if you end up with more puff-balls than target-squares on any one edge, well ... you might want to start again.

Sample puzzle

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Aim
Find the correct sequence of puffs to push all the puff-balls onto the pale-pink target squares. The puzzle is solved if and only if all targets are occupied.

Controls
Use the Puzzles drop-list to select a puzzle.
Use Restart (Action) or hit the space-bar to reset a puzzle.
Press "u" (undo) to reverse the last puff.

Movement
Click on a red puff-ball to trigger a puff.


applet, concept & puzzle set – © Andrea Gilbert 2012-2013