Solitaire of Nostradamus
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Disguise the secrets of the fate and learn what the future has in store for the humanity with The Solitaire of Ages. Take to the ancient numbers patience used by Nostradamus to calculate the dates of historic events and prove him wrong.
…The Great Mover renews the ages:
Rain, blood, milk, famine, steel and plague,
Is the heavens fire seen, a long spark running.
(Nostradamus, The Prophecies, C2-Q46)
The dark prophecies of the Middle Age scholar agitated the minds ever since they were published. Yet few people know that the Great Mover of Ages he mentioned in his quatrains renews every 2160 years. The great foreteller couldn’t see ahead of 2012. Use his solitaire and try to make it more. Give a chance to the mankind.
The rules are easy to comprehend. Face eight columns of figures with digits 0 – 9 written randomly in each. Remove pairs of neighboring digits which differ in one (e.g. 2 and 3, 8 and 7). The major of them makes the tens, the minor is taken as units. These two-digit numbers are summed up to an important year in the human history. When no possible variants are left on the field, you receive the Chance of Ages. It is a possibility to remove any pair of subsequent numbers on the field. It is given only once, so choose wisely.
Your any prediction is followed with historical reference, so this numeric puzzle can be very educational. Learn about important events of the modern era and endeavor to look into the future.
Challenging brain game
It's essential to always pair with the top number being odd and the highest, 9-8, 7-6, 5-4, 3-2, 1-0. I figured that out right away. Unfortunately to reach the 'last chance' the game forces you to pair other sequences if they exist, which messes up the strategy and chance to win. You need to look ahead at what numbers will be left together when you remove a pair. Another tip is to start from the bottom and get the easy pairs out of the way. I reached 2160 twice. I would give it 5 stars if the secret to unlocking the future was more dramatic. I was disappointed.
Game is addicting if you're a fan of number puzzles.
protip: if you want to clear the board and achieve the theoretical maximum score of 2160, you must NEVER EVER choose 2 numbers where the even number is greater than the odd number.
For example, if you ever make the number 21, 43, 65, or 87 then it is theoretically impossible for you to get the highest possible score
Great Time Killer
I made it to the end, which is clearing all of the numbers to year 2160. It is important to look at the entire board and plan ahead. You only can clear it if you do it with the pairs 0-1,2-3,4-5,6-7 & 8-9. Any other combo will be a fail. You can thank me now for saving the world and making a future!