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High Fives for Hitori


By Jessie

As I filled the jug with cold water (never hot!) I looked outside the kitchen window and noticed that the day was quite dreary and grey – with a slightly gusty quality that made me frown a little. And because it was still quite dark outside and the kitchen light was on I could clearly see the frown reflected on my face in the window.

And as my gaze travelled north from the frown across my mouth to the top of my head I started thinking that I could really do with a haircut (raggedy ends are never a good look at this time of year). So I thought I better ask Carlos San Pedros Diego (the friendly Mexican with whom I sometimes discuss these things over in my mind) what he thought about the haircut and also if he thought I should write about one of my old favourite YP games that I haven’t played in a while in my blog today.

And Carlos said “Buenos dias Jessie: I would dispense with the hair that is jagged and I am certain the good peoples would enjoy to read about Hitori Island. And dios mio - the toast is burning!"

Welcome to Hitori Island!

I don’t know why, but for me Hitori Island is a game that plays better online than in the traditional paper/pencil format. (Actually I do know why - on the page my puzzle would be sadly battered with the bruises left by countless eraser marks, each little smudge of incompetence enough to break your heart…) Regardless, it’s a cracker of a game and once you get started, it’s quite hard to stop playing.

The rules are very simple: delete the duplicate numbers and watch the island grow before your very eyes. Just like all good logic puzzles, it's not as easy as it looks!

When all duplicate numbers have been eliminated (turned into blue water cells) from each row and column, the remaining gold cells (sand) create an island. The blue cells cannot isolate any part of the island - it must remain a single shape. You must be able to reach every part of the island without swimming. Go on – have a go!

Play Hitori island

Leave a comment - what’s your favourite YouPlay logic puzzle and why?


Jessie xxx

19 Responses to

High Fives for Hitori

June 02, 2010 at 11:34 PM

I am very addicted to this game but for the life of me I cannot score very high.. not as high as some players. my time can be fast but am very lucky to get on the scoreboard!!!!

kathig said:
June 03, 2010 at 4:19 AM

Hitori Island is very addictive, I love the game. However, I have noticed over the last week that it has been impossible to get the red score boost bar to register anything other than '1'. I am not the best player at this, but previously I was always able to get the boost normally to at least a 3. I think most people must be experiencing the same thing as I note that apart from the odd person who ends up with a high score, all scores are below 3,000.

kragzy said:
June 03, 2010 at 10:25 AM

It's not my game of choice, but I notice that three people have scored from 900,000 to 1,500,000 points in the last 24 hours. Genius? I doubt it. There seem to people who make big scores in a number of games - do they know how to manipulate the software, or is there a problem with the way it works? I'll stick to crosswords where I don't care what I score.



Dr. Play said:
June 03, 2010 at 11:33 AM

HI folks, thought I'd take this opportunity to review the way Hitori Island awards points: it's a great game though has been spoiled by irregular scoring - sometimes players could effortlessly achieve some Very High Scores. I've capped the boost level, which I suspect was the main culprit here, and also, I've made it easier to achieve boost to make the game a little more exciting.

June 03, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Hitori Island and a lemon and ginger tea begin my days. Around 15 minutes every morning are spent in surfing the mysteries of this game. I don't score well but who cares. The joy of completion will do me.

grub84 said:
June 03, 2010 at 6:33 PM

I am one of the people who have "achieved" an extremely high score (above 500,000) on Hitori Island. It has nothing to do with my skill - the score boost bar sometimes get stuck on x9, thus producing the ridiculously high scores. However, it seems that the boost capping now in place has fixed this and scores will now be a true reflection of skill, not luck or a program malfunction. Love the games regardless of the score I get, especially Hitori Island and the variety of Crosswords.

rhve said:
June 03, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Hear hear! Whatever you've done, it seems to have worked. Although I play for the enjoyment of it there is a certain satisfaction in getting a score that tells me if I played well and if I'm improving.

Heatherb said:
June 03, 2010 at 7:36 PM

I am another one of the people who score high when playing Hitori Island. Tonight I have played my usual games in the same way that I play them every night and have still managed to score high at 2 of the 3 games. Whether this is a true reflection of skill, or just luck, I am not sure. I enjoy lots of the other games too, especially the word puzzles and regardless of my scores I will continue to play.

dancerJ said:
June 03, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Hitori Island is one of my favourites. I agree that it definitely plays better on line as you don't get the eraser marks left all over the paper! With so many of the games, I am constantly amazed by the short times taken to complete the games by some players. I've seen top times of 1-4 seconds which I find incredible. It must take me 2-3 seconds to completely survey the grid, let alone click in the answers. I think the fastest time I've managed is 10 seconds, which I thought was a very respectable time. I cannot imagine how fast a persons brain must work to click in answers that quickly.



Dr. Play said:
June 03, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Yes indeed, good to hear you're seeing the improvements. There are still some great scores though, on the more difficult levels, you'll see these will be much more consistent. grub84, do you have a multi-touch device? 6 seconds is really fast!!

kathig said:
June 04, 2010 at 3:59 AM

Big improvement in the scoring today. The boost actually got past 1 for me for the first time in over a week. I also managed my fastest ever game, only 6 seconds (this was using a normal mouse to complete this, I have no idea was a multi-touch device is)

whua said:
June 04, 2010 at 12:16 PM

I've never really cared much for the score, just as long as I can solve the puzzle!! Hitori Island is one of my favourite logic puzzles, but right now I'm really hooked on Ripple Effect!

hevsab said:
June 04, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Ilove Hitori Island.i play for the joy of it,but must admit seeing other peoples high score ,made me wonder HOW Just love it "

grub84 said:
June 04, 2010 at 5:19 PM

No multi-touch device, I'm not even sure what that is either! I can only do it that fast on the easy puzzle, the others take me a bit longer.

rock_star said:
June 05, 2010 at 5:42 PM

hi i am rock-star. I love the hitori island game. But i love the other games to.I like being a member of youplay.I have been a member for a while.

June 05, 2010 at 9:17 PM

I noticed last week that I was scoring very very low but this week the scores have been rather high. So maybe whatever you guys did,Dr Play, you must have fixed it! I love all of the games but do wonder how some people can score so high on any of the games. No matter what I will still log on every day and get my fix!!!!

coree1 said:
June 08, 2010 at 11:13 PM

All right I will show my ignorance. What is a score boost and how do I get it? Where is the bar? Although I do the puzzles for fun I do enjoy the challenge of a high score.

June 13, 2010 at 9:30 PM

I have fond in the Quick Crossword that I can get a high score by leaving one letter off each word, then completing the puzzle quickly.

mayabella said:
October 28, 2010 at 8:46 AM

I would really appreciate being able to find the information on scoring Hitori. I love this game and don't understand the boost bar ~ I've asked for instructions but haven't gotten any answer. How can I find that information??? I can't understand how one person got 23,365,000 + in 14 minutes! HELP!!!