Lucas's Problem

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Lucas's Problem

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Windows 3 - Screenshot.

Developer James Curran
Publisher James Curran
Published 1990-??-??
Platforms Windows 3
Genres Passive puzzle, Puzzle, Single-screen
Distribution Shareware

Lucas's Problem is a puzzle video game adaption of a puzzle created by Édouard Lucas developed and published by James Curran for Windows 3 in 1990. It is an example of early shareware games for the platform and features digital sound effects using Covox audio hardware.



While looking to expand my knowledge of the Windows 3 game catalog, I saw this game and thought I'd be able to quickly solve it. It took me a couple tries to understand the mechanic, but I beat the game after a minute or two.


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Best Version: Windows 3

— This section contains spoilers! —


  • The game competently enforces the rules of Lucas's problem.


  • Version 2.1 introduces some minor bugs.


  • The puzzle is fairly easy to figure out, and, once you've solved it, there's nothing left to do. A lot more should have been done with it to justify even the $5 donation.
  • The game is severely lacking in polish. The graphics are ugly, the sound is bad, and the controls feel uncomfortable.





Strong female character?FailThere are no characters.
Bechdel test?FailThere are no characters.
Strong person of color character?FailThere are no characters.
Queer character?FailThere are no characters.


This archive contains two versions of the game, 2.0 and 2.1. Although version 2.1 is the more recent version, it lacks audio configuration, has graphic glitches, and the help hotkey doesn't work, so I suggest playing v2.0.


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