Bonus – 8

Oh man, this level. This level is really, REALLY hard. The hardest level in the game, by a wide margin, and that’s in comparison to other levels which are already hard! None of my playtesters (some very intelligent people!) could solve this level without hints. Even I (the level creator) have trouble solving this level.

However, as with most levels, there are multiple solutions here. The path I’m going to show is actually not the path I originally intended on creation, but rather what I discovered playing through it after I had forgotten the original solution.

Start by going down 3, right 1, then back left, and clear the red L shape, getting to the below position:

Now we’re going to go right to 2. Notice what we’re doing: creating a path that connects from the bottom up. We’re setting up for later when we hit the #1 teleport tile, clear the bottom of the level, and can then continue to clear the top part.

From 2, clear out the cluster of 4 red tiles, leaving the loop besides the bottom #1 teleport tile intact:

Next, we’re going to carefully clear out 3 red tiles, leaving one to the diagonal top right of the higher #3 tile, then move downwards:

Notice what we’ve done here: we’re setting up for later when we hit the #3 teleport tile. We want to be able to execute the below sequence, which is critical to avoid creating ends in the top right part of the level and in the middle of the level.

Next we’re going to clear the bottom right, before going to the #3 tile:

Notice the tiles I leave attached to the lower #1 teleport tile: it is done this way so that we can take the loop, clear the bottom left, and make it out on the bridge we created earlier. You can tell how much calculation and thinking goes into beating this level – you have to be looking way ahead while you’re planning your moves in what seems to be an unrelated section of the level.

And then we’ll execute the green sequence highlighted earlier:

All that remains is to clear the top, get to the teleport tile, clear the bottom, move along the bridge created earlier back up, and finish in the middle or upper middle.

I’ve been more generous than I initially planned, as I’ve given a path that makes it through all the trickiest parts. Perhaps I’ve taken away too much of the challenge already? Some part of me thought it would be fun to provide no hints and see how long it would take for someone to come up with a solution.

And with that, (assuming this is the last level you needed to clear), you’ve completed all the levels I’ve crafted by hand! Hopefully you had some fun amidst the frustration, and leave feeling accomplished at having beaten the most difficult challenges I could throw your way 🙂

 

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