Natural Environment: Sliding Puzzle (3x3)
The graphic used in the game below is taken from the main 'Natural Environment' article
It is of an iceberg in Little Harbour, Notre Dame Bay.
If you find this puzzle a little too easy, then please try the 4x4 sliding puzzle.
The game starts with the graphic in its completed form. Take note of the piece in the upper
left-hand corner! This piece will be removed once the tiles are shuffled.
To start the game, click 'Shuffle' or type 's' on your keyboard. This will randomize the tiles
diplay the game playing area in a different order. The object of the game now is to restore the original graphic
by rearranging the tiles.
There are two ways you can move tiles in the playing area: click a tile which
is next to an empty space or use the arrow keys on your keyboard.
Once you have all the pieces in their proper places, the blank tile should be in the upper
left-hand corner. At this point, the final piece of the puzzle will fall into place and
you will have completed the sliding puzzle.
At any time, you can solve the puzzle by clicking 'Solve' or typing 'v' on your keyboard.
Also, you may wish to shuffle the tiles a few times until you get an arrangement which
Programming and Design by Raymond Lambe
Since the missing piece is located in the upper left-hand corner,
a good rule of thumb is to start completing the graphic at the bottom and work your way up.
If you complete all rows except the top one, and these remaining pieces
do not fall into place, it may be easier to begin again instead of trying to rearrange
The game loads necessary sound effects as they are needed. If you notice a momentary
pause, it merely means that the game is loading one of the small sound files. (Sound files
range from 2-3 Kb in size).
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