A mere handful of galaxies
There are roughly the same number of molecules in a litre of water as there are stars in the observable universe – 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 give or take a zero or two. For me this makes the universe seem tiny – and molecules even tinier! A whole universe of stars, in one carton of milk.
I’m not sure what this says about my new puzzle game, Puzzle Poker.
One litre of milk
There are 15,511,210,043,330,985,984,000,000 different ways to arrange the cards in a single puzzle. Of those, there are 538,583,682,060,103,680,000 arrangements with potentially different scores. These are universe-sized numbers. Even with a super-computer, checking all combinations of a single puzzle would take millions of years!
This enormous combination space makes for an excellent logic puzzle. It can’t be solved by trying all combinations – you need to explore and think – use logic and reason to prune back the search space – infer where the solution must lie.
I think it’s a great little puzzle that should appeal to all kinds of puzzle addicts, poker players and especially Sudoku fans. Puzzle Poker will soon be available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Keep your eye out for the launch!