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Okay, that was incredible. Great original ruleset (nice mix of inspirations drawn from there), excellent presentation (especially the wordless rule explanation - I didn't have any of the issues other commentators had), and my WORD that was a challenge! I had to come up with some interesting realizations to crack into this at all (though once I got about ten cells deduced, the solve rate started to increase exponentially). Very well done!

Thanks!

I am for sure confounded, just spent at least an hour trying to solve, after having gotten all the rules (I think...).  Am I missing something obvious or is it a lot of trial and error?  I swear I'm not obsessed with solving this lol (I am)

It's a challenging puzzle, especially at the start! There's a path through it without using trial and error, but it's very disguised at times, and my threshold for what counts as trial and error might be higher than yours. There are several intended steps where you're expected to find that a move will result in a contradiction after one or two more forced steps, but it shouldn't require any deeper lookahead than that.

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omg finally solved it. took me too long to find the deterministic method for that (and to understand the nuances of the board)

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I'm not sure I understand the second rule.  I appreciate the rules being given without words, but it's...is it saying that gray squares must appear in rectangles?  Or something else?

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And does that rule apply across zones? Then I keep getting stuck. But if it's only within zones, then I break rule 3. Or, it seems, it means something else

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There's an undocumented feature where you can click a rule and it'll check only that one, so you might be able to experiment with that and figure out the rule. ROT-13 spoiler: gur ehyr qbrf abg gnxr mbar obhaqnevrf vagb pbafvqrengvba ng nyy

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There's an undocumented feature where you can click a rule and it'll check only that one, so you might be able to experiment with that and figure out the rule for sure if you haven't already. ROT-13 spoiler: lbh ner pbeerpg, tebhcf bs pbaarpgrq tenl fdhnerf zhfg or erpgnathyne

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OK, with that clear, I can in fact solve it. Very nice!

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This little confusing game should not be making my CPU run like crazy.  Something fishy about that.  

Very fishy I agree, sorry about your computer! I have no idea what the problem could be because it shouldn't idly be doing anything besides scroll the background, but this is my first time ever using this engine (Godot) so it's quite possible I've messed something up. Maybe the desktop version will be easier on your CPU?