Lucas's Problem

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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.

Personal

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 on 2022-02-15.

Status

This game is shareware and is still available from the developer's web site.

Review

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Best Version: Windows 3

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Good

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

Bad

  • Version 2.1 introduces some minor bugs.

Ugly

  • 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.

Media

Graphics

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Download

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.

Links

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