Inspired by the "Treasure Hunter Monolith" minigame from Danganronpa V3
Dodgy Dies Guide
Block - a single die on the grid.
Cycle - a list of blocks
Value - the position of a block in the cycle.
Group - a collection of (at least two) same valued blocks which are positioned so that they form an overall structure. For a block to be included in the structure it must be adjacent to another block in the structure. The structure is considered as one entity and always includes every block that can legally exist as part of the structure.
Move - the elimination of a group from the grid, causing all adjacent blocks to increase in value.
In this puzzle you will be presented with a grid of blocks. Your goal is to eliminate all blocks so that no block remains on the grid - in the fewest moves possible. For each move you get to pick a group that is currently on the grid and eliminate it. All blocks that are currently adjacent to the eliminated group will then increase in value. The values loop so a block with the highest value will change into the lowest value block. A block with a cross is immune to changing value however all other rules still apply (i.e. can still be eliminated and can exist in a group). Clues for the solution will be given in the puzzle, your answer must satisfy those clues.
The groups available in this example grid have been highlighted Here is an example of elimination! The highlighted group in the left grid is eliminated and the grid transforms into the grid on the right
Dodgy Dies: The Puzzling Premiere
- 21 White (1) blocks are eliminated
- 15 Red (2) blocks are eliminated
- 29 Yellow (3) blocks are eliminated
- 45 Blue (4) blocks are eliminated
- 2 crossed blocks are present
- There is something 'special' about the solution. Perhaps I'm making you work towards something?
An unimaginable number of moves are possible. The clues and rules won't help you in this regard. However, there is a small amount of something else that can guide you towards the answer!
The number of moves used for the solution is between (but not excluding) 12 and 16! I wonder if anything new can be learned from this information...
All eliminated Red (2) blocks are adjacent to other eliminated Red (2) blocks. This hint is powerful but be careful; the wrong conclusion may fool you!
The eliminated blocks at every corner of the grid are Blue (4). The remaining eliminated Blue (4) blocks are all adjacent to other eliminated Blue (4) blocks! Just like in hint 4, be extra careful with your reasoning!