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Tower of Hanoi

Tower of Hanoi with three themed locations

Page Last Updated: April 1, 2006

 

Introduction

This is an updated version of the tower of hanoi game that Spelchan Software released back in 1998. This version has three different sets of graphics sets allowing for Mary Caton to contribute to this game.

How to play

The Tower of Hanoi is a classic logical puzzle. The game starts of with a stack of plates, with the bottom plate being the biggest and each plate on top of it slightly smaller. There are two additional areas to stack plates. The goal of the game is to move all the plates from the original pile onto one of the other piles (traditionally the rightmost pile, though this program doesn’t care which of the other two piles you use). The trick is that you can only move one plate at a time and you can not put a larger plate on top of a smaller plate.

When the Applet starts you are presented with five different difficulty levels, with four plates being the easiest to solve and eight being the hardest. Select your difficulty by clicking on the appropriate pile of plates. There may be a bit of a delay as the graphics for the tower are loaded.

Once the game has begun, you click on the pile of plates you want to take a plate from. The plate will then rise in the air. You then click on the pile of plates you want to move the plate to. If there are any piles which have a smaller plate than the selected plate, an X will appear above that pile and you can not move the selected plate to that pile.

The computer will count the number of moves you make. Lifting a plate up then dropping it back on the same pile counts as a move, so make sure you select the correct plate. Once you have solved the puzzle, the game will tell you how well you did.

System Requirements

This game is requires Java 1.1 or better to run. Browsers that support 1.1 tend to be 4.x or better versions. Windows XP users may have to download a Java plug in to use Java applets.

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