Break the Code is a logical deduction game played with Number Tiles and Question Cards. Put on your thinking cap!
[green][tip] This tutorial is best viewed on a computer![/green]1archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment000
NekonyancerUnfortunately, [red]most of the interactive elements don't work correctly in tutorial mode,[/red] but we can still learn this great game! :)2archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment000
NekonyancerIn Break the Code, your *objective* is to correctly guess the number and color of [blue]*these five tiles,*[/blue] which you will see if you scroll down a little!3archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment000tile_101_BACK 7 tile_102_BACK 7 tile_103_BACK 7 tile_104_BACK 7 tile_105_BACK 7
NekonyancerIf you scroll down even further, you'll see [blue]*five more tiles*[/blue] that you're hiding behind your screen. Your two opponents each have five tiles too, making a grand total of *twenty number tiles.*4archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment000tile_5_2B 7 tile_6_2W 7 tile_13_6B 7 tile_15_7B 7 tile_20_9W 7
NekonyancerThose *twenty numbers* are shown on your info sheet. Note that there are two copies of each number - one white, and one black. The exception is 5, both of which are green.
[blue]As we play through the game, we'll gain information about the five secret tiles. We can cross out tiles on our info sheet to help us keep track![/blue]5player_num_9W000player_num_0B 12 player_num_0W 12 player_num_9B 11 player_num_9W 11
NekonyancerYou already have some information about the secret tiles, don't you?
Since there's only 1 copy of each tile (except for 5s), you can *cross out* any tile that you see in your hand (except for 5s)!
Again, you'll need to scroll down to see [blue]*your hand.*[/blue]6player_num_9W000tile_5_2B 7 tile_6_2W 7 tile_13_6B 7 tile_15_7B 7 tile_20_9W 7
NekonyancerFor example, we have a black 2 in our hand, so there can't possibly be a black 2 in the secret code!
[red]I'll just cross these off for you...[/red]7player_num_2B000
NekonyancerNext, let's take a look at these cards at the top. These are [blue]*question cards.*[/blue] Each turn, you will choose one of these cards and ask the question to your opponents, both of whom must answer honestly.8card_1462bc6a7a3a80000card_1 7 card_2 7 card_6 7 card_8 7 card_14 7 card_20 7
NekonyancerWe'll use *this one,* asking about #9, specifically.9card_1462bc6a7a3a80000card_14 16
NekonyancerBoth opponents answered that they do not have 9s. BGA wrote their answers [blue]*on your info sheet*[/blue] for you.
Well, if you have the white 9, and neither of the opponents have the black 9, then the black 9 must be in the code somewhere!1player_note_262bc6aa8d39de00player_note_2 7 player_note_3 7
NekonyancerSince all sets of tiles are arranged from left to right in ascending numerical order, [red]*this tile*[/red] must be the black 9! This is the one thing you can fill in in tutorial mode!
[red]!!! While you do the next step, do not minimize this box or the game will softlock![/red]
*Click on the space. Then make all the numbers red except for 9! Click continue when you're done.*2player_tile_0_E62bc6aa8d39de00player_tile_0_E 6 tile_105_BACK 6
NekonyancerI'll skip through the opponents' turns now...3archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment62bc6aa8d39de00
NekonyancerIt's our turn again. *Let's ask this question!*1card_962bc6af19ccce00card_9 16
NekonyancerOkay! We have a lot of interesting data here. And remember, everyone's number sets are in *ascending order.*
The sum of Nekonekoneko3's leftmost 3 numbers is 8. In other words, *a+b+c = 8.*
The sum of their central 3 is 16, so *b+c+d = 16.*
*[red]What can we deduce from this?[/red]*1player_note_262bc6b23c37c000player_note_2 1
NekonyancerIt means that the difference between their a and their d is *8!* Now put that together with the fact that nekonekoneko3 does *not* have a 9!
*[red]Do you know what numbers they have for a and d?[/red]*2player_note_262bc6b23c37c000player_tile_2_A 1 player_tile_2_D 1
Nekonyancer[blue]*I hope you said 0 and 8!*[/blue] Go ahead and fill those numbers in. Again, [red]!!! do not minimize this box while doing so.[/red]
Nekonekoneko3's *a* tile is 0. His *d* tile is 8.
Next, let's think about nekonekoneko4...3player_note_262bc6b23c37c000
Nekonyancernekonekoneko4's c, d, and e tiles are *consecutive.* For example, 3, 4, and 5 would be consecutive numbers.
Their central 3 numbers (b c d) total 13.
They do not have a 9. So...
*[red]Is it possible for nekonekoneko4's e tile to be an 8?[/red]*4player_note_362bc6b23c37c000player_tile_3_E 1
NekonyancerI hope you said [red]*no!*[/red]
If their e were an 8, then d would be 7, and c would be 6. *(c, d, e are consecutive)*
If c and d are 6 and 7, then b would have to be 0. *(Sum of central 3 numbers = 13.)*
However, if their b was a 0, their a would also have to be 0. That's not possible! We already deduced that nekonekoneko3 has one of the two 0s!
Thus, they cannot have 8 as their e!5player_note_362bc6b23c37c000
NekonyancerNow take this logic one step further!
*[red]What are nekonekoneko4's numbers for b, c, d, and e?[/red]*
Click continue when you know!6player_note_362bc6b23c37c000
NekonyancerIf they had 7 as their e number, then b-d would have to be 2, 5, and 6.
But they can't have a 2! We have both 2s in our hand!
The only possible setup is 4, 4, 5, 6. *Go ahead and fill those in for b-e! Do not minimize this box while doing so. Then click continue.*7player_note_362bc6b23c37c000
Nekonyancer*Okay!* By deducing what our opponents' tiles are, we have simultaneously deduced what the 5 secret tiles *aren't!*
Gameplay will continue as you've seen: Each player will ask a question on their turn [green]until finally one person uses their turn to guess the five secret numbers![/green]8player_num_9W62bc6ceb7bcc600
NekonyancerIf the guesser is correct, they win, but the game will continue to give other players a chance to guess for 2nd/3rd place.
If the guesser is wrong, then they are *kicked out the game,* and the game will continue for the remaining players!9archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment62bc6ceb7bcc600
NekonyancerLastly, I have to explain differences between 2, 3, and 4 player games.
[blue]*4-player games*[/blue] are just like 3-player games, but each player will be given only 4 tiles. Likewise, the secret code will only be composed of 4 tiles.10archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment62bc6ceb7bcc600
Nekonyancer*[blue]2-player games[/blue]* do not have a code on the table that all players are trying to guess. Instead, players will try to guess the opponent's set of numbers.
[red]If the first person to guess has had more turns than the other player, the other player will get a chance to guess in return![/red]11archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment62bc6ceb7bcc600
Nekonyancer[blue]*Thank you for playing through this tutorial for Break the Code!*[/blue]
If you have any questions or comments about the tutorial, feel free to send *Nekonyancer* a message!
A big thank you goes out to *Stefano* for bringing this game to BGA!
Have fun! :D12archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment62bc6ceb7bcc600