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Disappearing Act 1 is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box.

Puzzle

US Version

Here's a classic puzzle. The rules are simple--you can move any ball on the board below as long as it satisfies the following conditions:

  • To move, jump your selected ball over an adjacent space occupied by another ball into an empty space on the other side. You can't jump diagonally.
  • Once you've made the jump, the ball you jumped over disappears from the board.
  • To complete the puzzle, you must remove all balls from the board except for one.

OK, enough rules. Try for yourself!

UK Version

Here's a classic puzzle. The rules are simple. You can move any ball on the board below as long as it satisfies the following conditions:

  • To move, jump your selected ball over an adjacent space occupied by another ball into an empty space on the other side. You can't jump diagonally.
  • Once you've made the jump, the ball you jumped over disappears from the board.
  • To complete the puzzle, you must remove all balls from the board except for one.

OK, enough rules. Try it for yourself!

Hints




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US Version

Make the first of the balls disappear by jumping the ball in the center of the cross over the ball to its immediate left or right.

UK Version

To make the first of the balls disappear, jump the ball in the centre of the cross over the ball to its immediate left or right.

US Version

Move the ball at the very bottom into the space formerly occupied by the center ball.

With just a few balls to go now, you should be able to sail through the rest of this puzzle.

UK Version

Move the ball at the very bottom into the space formerly occupied by the centre ball.

With just a few balls to go now, you should be able to sail through the rest of this puzzle.

With puzzles of this type, your first move will often determine whether or not you'll be able to solve the puzzle.


Solution

Correct

Well done!

This is one configuration of a puzzle known as peg solitaire. As the name suggests, the traditional version of this game is played with pegs that you insert into holes in the game board.

  • Initial Position
  • Jump the second to top ball in the middle column left
  • Jump the bottom ball up
  • Jump the rightmost ball left
  • Jump the leftmost ball right
  • Jump the last ball

A big thanks to http://professorlayton2walkthrough.blogspot.com

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