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Sliding Block Puzzles

Sliding Block Puzzles
These are very popular manipulative puzzles which exploit moving pieces in the form of some square, rectangular, triangular, circular, corner-like, and similar blocks (tiles or solids), and a specially shaped tray (2- or 3-dimensional) which the blocks are put in. There is some free space in the tray so that single blocks can slide within it. Mostly goal in sliding block puzzles is to transform one position into another, predetermined by some starting instructions. Specifically, the less moves you can use to reach the goal position, the better is your solution.

For most of sliding block puzzles you should move pieces within a tray with no turning, rotating, or lifting, unless another rule(s) is specified. In most cases a starting position of a sliding block puzzle is shown on the left, final one on the right, and an arrow is placed between these positions. Also, these positions can be shown in some other clear way.
The Mirage Puzzle by Serhiy Grabarchuk
 
The Mirage Puzzle  
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
Fifteen transparent tiles and one opaque tile are placed within a flat, 3 x 3 box with a transparent top and bottom. All transparent tiles have special patterns. Slide tiles to reach the goal position with all cells showing seven dots each. Note that the central opaque tile is as thick as two transparent tiles are.
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Double Play by Larry D. Nichols
 
Double Play
by Larry D. Nichols
Double Play resembles the 15 Puzzle, with square tiles numbered 1 through 12 contained in a 4 x 4 frame along with four empty cells. It has just one new rule: The tiles can only slide in pairs, with one tile pushing another. Move tiles from any given or random position (pattern) back to the Home pattern, and bear in mind that all of the Double Play challenges are quite difficult. Happy Puzzling!...
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The Fish by Serhiy Grabarchuk
 
The Fish
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
This puzzle combines a sliding block puzzle with a matchstick puzzle. Eight matches pasted onto square pieces within a 3 x 4 tray form a fish which swims to the right. Slide pieces to rearrange them so that the fish swims in the opposite direction...
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Two Dots by Serhiy Grabarchuk
 
Two Dots
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
Seven tiles of this new sliding block puzzle are made as stylized letters and are placed within a 2 x 4 tray so that they spell: TWO DOTS. Your holiday challenge is to slide the tiles within the tray so that to swap the Blue and Orange Dots and still have the tiles spelling TWO DOTS. How many moves will you need to accomplish the puzzle?...
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Four Color Rings by Peter Grabarchuk
 
Four Color Rings
by Peter Grabarchuk
Segments of four color Rings are gliding within each of eight square tiles which can slide within a 3 x 3 tray. The initial position of the tiles features the complete Yellow Ring. Choose a color and slide tiles until a complete Ring of that color is formed. There are three plus one challenge for which you will need to be fully concentrated. But don't forget to have a break after each challenge...
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Bumping Squares by Serhiy and Peter Grabarchuk
 
Bumping Squares
by Serhiy and Peter Grabarchuk
This sliding block puzzle consists of eight square tiles. Each tile can be colored into blue or orange color. When a tile bumps another tile it changes its color to the color of the tile it bumps into. I.e. if an orange tile bumps the blue one, the orange tile changes its color into blue. If an orange tile bumps another orange tile it does not change its color. Sounds simply? So give it a try solving a dozen different challenges...
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The Five Hearts Puzzle by Helen Homa and Peter Grabarchuk
 
The Five Hearts Puzzle
by Helen Homa and Peter Grabarchuk
How can you mend a broken heart... That's not only a lovely classic song, but also a core of a newest tricky slider in which your heart challenge is to mend not just one but whole five hearts, each in its own color. Happy and Colorful Valentine's Day!..
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Halloween Slides by Peter Grabarchuk
 
Halloween Slides
by Peter Grabarchuk
What strange words color tiles with nine letters can spell!... When you read what you see, can you hear scary sounds and whispers?.. Hallowe'en challenge comes!.. You accept it and get all in order... Trick or Treat?..
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One More Square by Helen Homa and Peter Grabarchuk
 
One More Square
by Helen Homa and Peter Grabarchuk
How to change four color squares into five? Not too easy challenge, but doable. Eight patterned tiles are placed within the 3x3 board so that four color squares are formed. Slide tiles around to get them into another position in which five color squares appear...
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Return to the Future by Serhiy Grabarchuk
 
Return to the Future
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
The three sport balls -- two complete and one split into two halves -- are depicted on the surface of six square tiles. The goal is to rearrange the tiles so that the third ball becomes complete. Of course, one of the two balls being on the Start complete will split into two halves; but you can easy choose which one it will be...
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The Cube-Chameleon Puzzle by Serhiy Grabarchuk
 
The Cube-Chameleon Puzzle
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
It is the first and simplest sliding block puzzle of the "chameleon" series. Consisting of just six two-colored square tiles plus one one-colored one, it proposes two related challenges to solve in which you have to invert the colors of the cube and background...
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The 1-2-3 Puzzle by Peter and Serhiy Grabarchuk
 
The 1-2-3 Puzzle
by Peter and Serhiy Grabarchuk
This sliding block puzzle is one of the simplest of its kind, and consists of only seven domino-like tiles with three big digits depicted on them as shown above. Two challenges are proposed to solve in which you have to reach two different goals...
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Simple NEO ONE by Serhiy Grabarchuk
 
Simple NEO ONE
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
Two simple color words make this puzzle. And the challenge is as simple as the words themselves: Sliding the tiles within a 3x3 tray, change the colors of NEO & ONE. There are two more simple tiles in the tray, which can help to achieve the goal...
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Sliding Maze by Peter Grabarchuk
 
Sliding Maze
by Peter Grabarchuk
In this puzzle your goal is to pave an interrupted green path between red and blue boxes. Although not all green boxes on the sliding tiles should be part of the final path, the challenge is not as easy as it can look on the first sight...
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Skew Slide by Serhiy Grabarchuk
 
Skew Slide
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
Slide red and yellow square tiles within a diagonal square from Start to Goal in less than 32 moves. You have a lot of the same tiles in the puzzle, but whether this makes the challenge easier or harder you can answer just after you achieve the Goal position...
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Slide Fir by Peter Grabarchuk
 
Slide Fir
by Peter Grabarchuk
In this puzzle its 3x4 tray is covered with a transparent cover which has an opening in the shape of a Fir-tree. In the Start position all blue stars decorate the Fir-tree, while all orange bulbs are scattered around it. Your challenge is to swap stars and bulbs...
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The Correct Order Puzzle - R by Serhiy Grabarchuk
 
The Correct Order Puzzle - R
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
This puzzle is a hard version of the Correct Order Puzzle. Every piece but one can slide to an adjacent free space. The goal is to change the correct order of the numbers on the square blocks to opposite...
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The Correct Order Puzzle by Serhiy Grabarchuk
 
The Correct Order Puzzle
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
It is a basic puzzle for this type of sliding block puzzles in a 3x4 tray with nine square blocks which make a 3x3 pattern, and a 1x2 "shuttle" block. The goal is to restore the correct order of the numbers on the square blocks...
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The Christmas Slide by Peter Grabarchuk
 
The Christmas Slide
by Peter Grabarchuk
The green Christmas-tree is depicted on the surface of nine square pieces. Also there are four fragments of another, blue Christmas-tree. Your holiday challenge is to assemble the whole, blue Christmas-tree which will look exactly like the green one...
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The Card Suits Suite by Serhiy Grabarchuk
 
The Card Suits Suite
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
The object of this puzzle is to rotate the whole position of the four card suits clockwise using a single free cell to move the pieces within the tray. How many moves will you need to reach the goal?..
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How to Outwit the Parity by Serhiy Grabarchuk
 
How to Outwit the Parity
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
Everyone who has ever tried to solve Loyd's "14-15" puzzle very soon felt some invisible force that prevents to solve the puzzle. And this force is so stubborn, so strong that one might continue attempts to eternity without success. The name of this force is the Parity...
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