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A Puzzling Situation

Ricochet Robot 1.0

In Ricochet Robot, the goal is to move a robot to the target square matching its colour. A token is revealed that determines which robot you need to send "home". Players then compete to see who can move the matching robot to that square in the fewest number of moves. Robots can be moved in any of the four directions (up, down, left, or right) but once they start moving, they continue until they hit a wall, the edge of the board, or another robot!

e.g. One way to get the Green robot home would be:

  1. Red down
  2. Green right
  3. Green up
  4. Green left (Home)

A total of 4 moves.

The problem here is a little different: Instead of getting a single robot to its home, you must get all robots home in 14 moves!

Solution

- Greg Aleknevicus

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