This page explains how to complete Sym-a-Pix interactive puzzles.

Sym-a-Pix puzzles can be played interactively on the computer, offering many features and advantages compared to pencil and paper. This section explains everything about how to play Sym-a-Pix on the computer.

Drawing walls

Drawing walls

Sym-a-Pix interactive is played by drawing walls on the grid. First click on the grid draws a wall and the second click removes the wall. Multiple walls may be drawn or removed by dragging the mouse.

Marking squares

Marking squares

Marking squares is a useful feature to show which squares belong to a specific dot. First click on a square marks it with X and the second click removes the X. Multiple squares may be marked or cleared by dragging the mouse. All marks in the grid may be cleared by clicking the Clear marks button on the toolbar or using Delete or Spacebar on the keyboard.

Painting blocks

Painting blocks

When all walls surrounding a dot are completed, the block is painted according to the color of the dot (if the Paint completed blocks preference is checked) and a sound is activated. When the last block of the puzzle is completed correctly, a congratulations message together with a thumbnail of the puzzle will pop up.

Toolbar

Toolbar

All game functions are accessed through the toolbar. For some toolbar buttons, keyboard shortcut keys are also available as listed below.

Zoom in

Toolbar

Enlarge small puzzles for best viewing on your screen.

Zoom out

Zoom Out

Reduce large puzzles for best fit on your screen.

Undo (Keyboard: U)

Undo

Go back as many steps in the game as you want.

Redo (Keyboard: R)

Redo

Go forward after using Undo as many steps as you want.

Restart puzzle

Restart Puzzle

Restart puzzle to solve from the beginning.

Check puzzle (Keyboard: C)

Check Puzzle

Check all filled and blanked squares for errors.

Clear marks (Keyboard: Delete, Spacebar)

Clear marks

Clear all X marks in the grid.

Progress

Clear marks

Show preview and elapsed solving time.

Show solution

Show solution

Show solution of the puzzle. Using this button will also end the game.

Preferences

Preferences

Open Preferences dialog box. New preferences will be automatically saved on the computer.

Preferences dialog box

  • Auto solve starting points: Check this box to automatically draw walls between adjacent squares containing dots or fractions of dots.
  • Show errors: Check this box to show errors while the puzzle is solved.
  • Paint completed blocks: Check this box to paint a block when completed.
  • Auto complete symmetrical walls: Check this box to automatically draw walls adjacent to a dot according to the rule of rotational symmetry.
  • Sound on: Check this box to turn sound on.

About

About

Open About dialog box to see puzzle size, difficulty, ID, title and other information.

Help

Help

Open Sym-a-Pix Interactive page you are reading now.

Print options

Print options 

Open Print dialog box. New print options will be automatically saved on the computer.

Print dialog box

Print

  • Puzzle: Select to print puzzle.
  • Solution: Select to print solution.
  • Current state: Select to print current solution state.

Scaling

  • Preferred image scale: Reduce or enlarge printout.
  • Attempt to reduce to page: Check this box to fit large puzzles on a single page. When this box is unchecked, large puzzles will print in multiple pages according to selected scaling.
  • Attempt to enlarge to page: Check this box to fit small puzzles on a whole page. When this box is unchecked, small puzzles will print according to selected scaling.
  • Select optimal orientation: Check this box to automatically select puzzle orientation.

Save puzzle (Keyboard: S)

Save puzzle

Save current state of the puzzle.

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