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Friday, May 6, 2016

Art of Perception: Ravioli by Peter Kibble and Jane Braybrook

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Peter Kibble recently contacted me about his puzzle app game Art of Perception: Ravioli (mmmm.)

Their description:

Ravioli was invented in 1929 as a visual intelligence test. It was further developed in the 1980’s as a tool for teaching higher order thinking skills (HOTS). HOTS are the thinking skills that are most valuable to humans – they include abstraction, critical thinking, problem solving and logical reasoning.

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The game consists of bold coloured stencils made from simple geometric shapes that overlay

each other, creating abstract symmetrical patterns. The player must analyse each pattern and
decode its sequence, identifying the correct stencils in their correct order. It’s a very simple
concept, but just like crossword puzzles and Sudoku, it takes a lot of brainpower to work out the
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Tom's Notes: Ravioli is a very polished puzzle app game. On some levels there's a certain amount of guess and check. There are 225 levels. The easy levels use only 3 stencils.  At the moment, I'm on the ones that use 6 stencils.

Peter send me a promo code a couple of weeks ago so I could test drive it. I found an alternate solution for level 61.   Which meant that although the image I made was identical, it didn't match the solution from the program.  Peter thanked me and he said that he would replace it with another. I was convinced that my solution for 62 was valid. But I was wrong. At the moment, I'm on level 65 or so.

ThinkFun produced a series of Stencil puzzles, in case you want a physical version that is similar to this.

I believe it was developed by Ron Dubren

Factory Balls is the only other puzzle app that I can think of that uses stencils.

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