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**Slitherlink** (also known as Fences, Takegaki, Loop the Loop, Loopy, Ouroboros, Suriza and Dotty Dilemma) is a logic puzzle developed by publisher Nikoli.

## Rules

Slitherlink is played on a rectangular lattice of dots. Some of the squares formed by the dots have numbers inside them. The objective is to connect horizontally and vertically adjacent dots so that the lines form a simple loop with no loose ends. In addition, the number inside a square represents how many of its four sides are segments in the loop.

Other types of planar graphs can be used in lieu of the standard grid, with varying numbers of edges per vertex or vertices per polygon. These patterns include snowflake, Penrose, Laves and Altair tilings. These add complexity by varying the number of possible paths from an intersection, and/or the number of sides to each polygon; but similar rules apply to their solution.

## History

*Slitherlink* is an original puzzle of Nikoli; it first appeared in Puzzle Communication Nikoli #26 (June 1989). The editor combined two original puzzles contributed there. At first, every square contained a number and the edges did not have to form a loop.

## Videogames

Slitherlink video games have been featured for the Nintendo DS handheld game console, with Hudson Soft releasing *Puzzle Series Vol. 5: Slitherlink* in Japan on November 16, 2006, and Agetec including Slitherlink in its Nikoli puzzle compilation, *Brain Buster Puzzle Pak*, released in North America on June 17, 2007.^{[1]}

## See also

## References

## External links

- Nikoli's English page on
*Slitherlink* - On the NP-completeness of the Slitherlink Puzzle - Slitherlink is NP-complete
- Site discussing non-grid forms of Slitherlink including snowflake, penrose, laves, and altair
- KwontomLoop - A free site with daily slitherlink puzzles varying in difficulty. Also includes a ranking system with other players.
- Conceptis puzzles: Slitherlink techniques - This site shows some advanced solving techniques.
- games.softpedia.com - Slitherlink downloadable game. This generates puzzle at various levels and dimensions. Also you can upload a puzzle (external to the site) to solve it.
- krazydad.com - Download a large number of printable PDF books of slitherlink puzzles of various levels.
- [1] - A suggested notational system to document slitherlink puzzles.
- Loopy - One of the many simple desktop puzzle games for Windows/Unix by Simon Tatham.