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Disappearing Act 3 is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box.

Puzzle

US Version

Hmm, these are getting pretty tough. 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

Hmm, these are getting pretty tough. 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




Click a Tab to reveal the Hint.

Wow, these puzzles are really getting tough. Here's a hint to take the edge off this puzzle.

US Version

Start by clearing the ball three from the edge in the bottom row.

UK Version

Start by clearing the ball that's third from the edge, sitting in the bottom row.

US Version

Next, move the ball on the edge of the bottom row to fill the space that opened up when you removed a ball in your first move. Then repeat the process detailed in Hints One and Two on the other side of the triangle, and move the balls around until you're left with a number of balls arranged in a shape that resembles a pine tree. The rest is up to you.

UK Version

Next, move the ball on the edge of the bottom row to fill the space that opened up when you removed the ball in your first move. Then, repeat the process detailed in Hints 1 and 2 on the other side of the triangle and move the balls around until you're left with a number of balls arranged in a shape that resembles a pine tree. The rest of this puzzle is up to you.

US Version

Hey, didn't Hint Two clearly say, "The rest is up to you"? Well, just know that you won't be able to rely on too many hints in the Disappearing Act puzzles to come! You can have a hint this time, though.

Select one of the balls one in from the outer edge of the pine tree and jump it upward. Then, from this new location, jump over the tip of the tree. OK, this time, the rest really is up to you.

UK Version

Hey, didn't Hint 2 clearly say, "the rest is up to you"? Well, just know that you won't be able to rely on too many hints in the "Disappearing Act" puzzles to come! You can have a hint this time, though.

Select a ball one in from the outer edge of the pine tree and jump it upwards. Then, from this new location, jump over the tip of the tree. OK, this time, the rest really is up to you.


Solution

Correct

Good job!

This game is often played on two different types of boards: English and French. The puzzle you just played used an English-style board.

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

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