The 15 Puzzle is a good form of entertainment that has been popular for over 100 years. The puzzle is simple enough that it can be solved by children, but adults can have a difficult time solving it at first if they aren't good at solving puzzles. This set of instructions will be easy, and will only take 1 - 2 minutes for someone who is familiar with how to move the pieces around on a 15 Puzzle board. For beginners, solving the puzzle with these instructions can take 10 minutes or longer. This puzzle is fun, simple, and entertaining. Once you have solved the puzzle you will gain a sense of accomplishment. The skills you gain will help you to be able to solve more difficult puzzles.
The 15 Puzzle is traditionally made up of the board shown in the picture above. However, sometimes a picture of a bird, a flower, or something else is swapped for the numbers, so instead of putting the numbers in order you try to put the image back together. In this version the numbers start out scrambled, and the goal is to slide the pieces around until you get them in order from 1 to 15 as shown in the picture above.
All of the pictures in this set of instructions are screenshots of me playing the 15 Puzzle on my computer. The version of the puzzle shown in the pictures comes with Windows 7 in the Desktop Gadgets.
Solving this puzzle is not hazardous in any way that I know of.
Step 1: Move the 1 tile and the 2 tile into their final positions
-Move the tiles so that the blank space is in the next position you want to move the tile to.
-Move the tile into the blank space.
-Repeat this process until tiles 1 and 2 are in the correct positions.
Step 2: Move tiles 3 and 4 into setup positions
-Move tile 3 to be directly under tile 4.
Step 3: Move tiles 3 and 4 into final position
-Move tiles three and four like they are a snake so that they are both in their final positions.
Step 4: Move tiles 5 and 6 into final position
-Move tiles 5 and 6 to their final positions in a similar way that you moved tiles 1 and 2 into their final positions.
Step 5: Move tiles 7 and 8 into setup positions
-Move tile 7 to be directly under tile 8.
Step 6: Move tiles 7 and 8 into final positions
-Move tiles 8 and 7 like a snake into their final positions.
Step 7: Move tiles 13 and 9 into setup positions
-Move tile 9 to be directly to the right of tile 13.
Step 8: Move tiles 13 and 9 into final positions
Step 9: Move tiles 14 and 10 into setup positions
-Move tile 10 to be directly to the right of tile 14.