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Game #3516
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Hua Rong Dao    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Puzzle   Brainteaser

Rating: 2.05 (103 votes)

Hua Rong Dao box cover

Hua Rong Dao screenshot
Hua Rong Dao is a great PC version of classic Chinese sliding-tile puzzle game with a simple premise: on a 2D board, rearrange rectangular and square blocks of varying sizes to get the biggest square block to the exit. One of the oldest brainteasers in history, the game has been played for thousands of years, and many papers and computer programs have been written on how to find the optimal solution (i.e. smallest number of moves) for any arrangement.

This Windows version of the game features 70 levels, a level editor, the ability to use your own “skins” (i.e. pictures/labels to put on each block), saving the game, and more. The default skin features characters from classic Chinese literature San Guo (“Romance of the Three Kingdoms” in the West): you must move Cao Cao from the top of the grid through the enemy lines to the bottom so he could escape. Overall, if you enjoy brainteasers like Rubik’s Cube or the Towers of Hanoi, you’ll find Hua Rong Dao a fun and challenging diversion that is great for those 5-minute coffee breaks :) Thumbs up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: Jim the Standing Bear
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2000
Software Copyright: Jim the Standing Bear
Theme: Oriental, Historical, Design Tool
Multiplayer:  
None that we know of
System Requirements: Windows XP
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If you like this game, try: Origamo, Alchemist, The, SEGA Swirl

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