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Kijiku – Here It Comes!

Kijiku – Here It Comes!

Where did Sudoku go? Have you noticed that is has disappeared lately? Well, 'Etrog' hereby presents the new, super fun Sudoku – Kijiku

Panther Publishing 30/11/2009 09:46
Let us introduce you to Kijiku:

Not in vain did we call Kijiku 'the new, fun Sudoku' – it replaces the Sudoku game which has lost its popularity and presents it in a more fun, interesting way. It is designated for adults and those who seek a bit of a challenge.

Kijiku can be played in several levels, from beginners to advanced.

Where does this game originate from? Well, actually, its past is rather interesting:

On the other side of the world, there is a kingdom that is made of several small islands. After many years of difficult accessibility and complicated trade routs between the islands, the king decided to build bridges between all islands, thus connecting them together. The king began his search for an extremely talented and intelligent engineer to plan the project. 
You, dear reader, are the engineer. Please bear in mind that building bridges to connect all islands together is not an easy task, especially if the bridges are to be built over seas and oceans. Your task carries a great responsibility for the safety of all citizens in the kingdom.

Are you ready?

Kijiku – Bridge Engineering

The game comes from far-away Japan and has been proved to develop the strategic thinking process of the brain – which can be adapted in every situation in life. The game furthermore prevents the reduced mental capacity that comes with age and strengthens your short-time memory. And that is the reason this game is so addictive!

In order to play the game, you need spatial awareness and a bit of intuition. This logical, mathematical game will certainly challenge your mind!

If you adhere to the rules of the game at all times and use your common sense, your victory is assured. Be ware, however, too much self confidence will do you more harm than good.

Kijiku – Game Instructions:

What is the goal of the game?

Throughout the game board, there are several small circles, each carrying a number from 1 to 8. These circles are the 'islands'. Your goal is to connect these islands with 'bridges' – lines. There are specific rules regarding how to connect the islands and how many bridges you can use. You must aim to use the maximum amount of bridges allowed.

What are the basic rules of the game?

• Each island carries a number. The number indicates the number of bridges that you must attach to this island. You may not use more or less bridges than the number in the circle.

• You may not connect more than two parallel bridges between two islands. The Interior Ministry of the kingdom has thoroughly investigated the capability of each island, and found that two parallel bridges are the maximum that each island can carry on each side.

• A bridge can only cross the sea, and not run over another bridge.

• Each bridge can be horizontal or vertical, but not diagonal. A diagonal bridge makes a shortcut, however it is also more dangerous and less strong. Short, straight bridges are the safest and the strongest.

• There are four directions of connecting the bridges: right, left, up and down. There can be no more than two parallel bridges connected to any given islands, which brings the maximum numbers of bridges to eight on each island.

• All islands must be connected to each other somehow. You may not leave any bridge isolated from the rest of the kingdom.

• Your first assignment is to build bridges on the islands with the greatest population. The higher the number in the circle, the greater the population on that island.

• You must frequently stop and evaluate your progress on every step of the way, and plan carefully ahead.

• As a professional engineer, you will have to make drafts before submitting your final plan to the king. Each game of Kijiku offers you several squares for your drafts.

• Oh, and wait…before you submit the final draft to the king, wait another week. We will then show you the solution to your Kijiku.

An illustrated guide to Kijiku, step-by-step: