The Path Puzzles App is ready to play!
The interface is great for solving puzzles and it’s getting super reviews. (and it’s free)
Here it is in the app store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/path-puzzles!/id737806587?mt=8
Meanwhile, you can still get the book and do Path Puzzles the old-fashioned way.
Here’s a review from puzzler E. Stall:
If you like logical puzzles like Sudoku but are bored of the basic filling-in-numbers-in-a-9×9-grid tedium, then check out this creative new puzzle type from Rod Kimball. Use the guide numbers outside the grid (which ranges in size and shape from a simple 2×2 box up to a full-page monstrosity consisting of multiple sub-rectangles) to find your way from entrance to exit, as you would a maze. Just when you think you’ve figured out the basics (“Hey, this is pretty easy!”), Kimball throws in a new twist: multiple entrances where you have to figure out which is the correct one, larger and more challenging grids, and even a bonus section with encrypted clues. The first puzzles are simple enough to hook anyone, but by the end of the book, even seasoned solvers will have found some challenges along the way. There is something for everyone here. The introduction and explanation of the puzzles, including sample solving strategies, is thorough and clear. I also enjoyed the section headings, which contain quotations about paths and mazes. It’s not something you see in a typical puzzle book and it added to the richness of the whole experience. This book would be a great gift for the puzzle-solvers in your life, or for yourself. Just be prepared for some late nights, because this book is, as the cover says, hard to put down.
To do a Path Puzzle, you must make a path that winds its way from one opening to another on the edge of the grid. The numbers tell you how many squares in each row or column are occupied by the path. For an example, click “instructions” above.
Give it a shot with this one.
This one has multiple doors, but only the correct two will work.
Numbers next to more than one row or column count both the row and column they are next to.
An number embedded in the grid counts rows and columns to the left, right, above and below.
Embedded numbers act as a break in the row and column they are in. For example, the 3 in the middle of the grid below cannot “see” the cell below the 4 because the 4 is blocking it. The 3 only counts the uninterrupted rows and columns in all four directions.
This one also has multiple doors. You’ll have to figure out which ones will work.
For more Path Puzzles, get the Path Puzzles book.