# What is the Rush Hour puzzle with the most steps in its solution?

Rush Hour is a well-known sliding-block puzzle in which you push cars around (each car moves horizontally or vertically) to let a red car escape the grid. The standard board is a 6x6 grid, with four 3x1 cars and twelve 2x1 cars available to place on the grid. Only the red car is ever placed horizontally on the third row, which is the escape row.

You cannot get the red car to escape with brute force; solving the gridlock sometimes requires some complicated and at other times counterintuitive manoeuvres. Generally, the more steps a solution has, the harder the puzzle is.

Level 40 in the original set sold by Binary Arts has a solution with 50 steps. But there must certainly be harder puzzles than that. What is the Rush Hour puzzle with the most possible steps in its solution?

• The highest number of moves for the cards in the game, or the highest possible number of moves?
– user20
Commented May 27, 2014 at 23:13
• The highest possible number of moves.
– user88
Commented May 27, 2014 at 23:59
• @JoeZ. might I suggest you edit your clarification in to the question (and then flag all these comments as obsolete)? Commented May 28, 2014 at 4:23
• On what board size? You can easily require th(m*n) moves solution on an m*n board by having a giant snake of 1x1 cars and only one free space. Commented May 28, 2014 at 14:03
• Standard 6x6 board, maximum of twelve 2x1 cars and four 3x1 cars, only the red car is horizontal on the third row.
– user88
Commented May 28, 2014 at 14:03