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Disappearing Act 5 is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box.

Puzzle

US Version

Hold on to your hats, 'cause this one's going to be rough. Just like before, 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 then, give it a try!

UK Version

Get ready, because this one's going to be rough. Just like before, 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.

US Version

Remember all that stuff we told you about thinking out this one on your own?

...OK, fine, you can have one more hint, but this is seriously the last one you'll get. We strongly recommend that you not start off this puzzle by moving a ball into the center space. Instead, your first goal should be to move things so you get rid of one of those four balls at the very edge of the shape. But where to start?

UK Version

Surely it's more fun to think this one through on your own...

...OK, fine, you can have a hint, but just one. Do not start off this puzzle by moving a ball into the centre space. Instead, your first goal should be to move things so you get rid of one of those four balls at the very edge of the shape. But where to start?

US Version

We were only kidding about not giving you any more hints. Start by moving a ball second from either edge in the third row from the bottom. Move this ball down to clear one ball and then across to remove the ball at the bottom of the shape. Then you can move one ball in the third row from the bottom into the space that the ball you used in your first move originally occupied. Then move the ball you used from your first move into the spot that opened up.

UK Version

OK, OK, you can have another hint.

Start by moving one of the balls three spaces in on the third row up. Move this ball down to clear one ball and then across to remove the ball at the bottom of the shape. Then move a ball in the third row up in the same direction as your last move. Next, move the ball you used from move one into the spot that just opened up.

US Version

If you follow Hint Two and continue playing a little yourself, you should be able to arrange the remaining balls into a triangular, pine-tree-like shape like the one in Disappearing Act 3. Use what you've learned to finish the rest of this puzzle.

UK Version

If you follow Hint 2 and continue playing a little yourself, you should be able to arrange the remaining balls into a shape that's almost the same as the pine tree you saw in "Disappearing Act 3". Use what you've learned to finish the rest of this puzzle.


Solution

Correct

Nicely done!

One variation of this puzzle challenges the player to complete the puzzle in the fewest number of moves possible.

US Version

For purposes of this puzzle, multiple jumps in a row using a single ball still only count as one move. If you've got some time on your hands, why not try this puzzle again and see how few moves you need to complete it?

UK Version

For the purposes of this puzzle, multiple consecutive jumps using a single ball count as only one move. If you've got some time on your hands, why not try this puzzle again and see how few moves you need to complete it?

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

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

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