This puzzle is a Nurikabe that is designed to be a gentle introduction to the genre, with a learning curve of progressively harder deductions. It is encouraged for first-time solvers and those who want to try learning the deductions necessary to solve these kinds of puzzles. It's also my first grid-deduction puzzle - I hope you enjoy!
Rules of a Nurikabe (paraphrased from here):
This is a Nurikabe puzzle. The goal is to paint some cells black so that the resulting grid satisfies the rules of Nurikabe:
- Numbered cells are white. (Think of them as "islands.")
- White cells are divided into regions, all of which contain exactly one number. The number indicates how many white cells there are in that region.
- Regions of white cells cannot be adjacent to one another, but they can touch at a corner.
- Black cells must all be orthogonally connected. (Think of them as "oceans.")
- There are no groups of black "ocean" cells that form a 2×2 square anywhere in the grid.
Now, here's the puzzle:
And here is the puzz.link solver, which lets you solve it online. I also made sure the image was MS Paint compatible.
(Beta-solved and tested by the incomparable crown, @bobble - thank you!)