A downloadable game for macOS and Linux

Reliquarium is a unique set of four 3D slider puzzles, all with a Crystal Skull theme. Three are my own creation, while the fourth is a well-known Grabarchuk slider puzzle.

Reckless raiders have plundered a tomb and displaced an ancient relic. The objective is to return the relic to the center of its cubical box by rearranging the numbered blocks back into their proper order.

Dragging the cursor rotates the cube for a better view angle. The mouse wheel zooms. Typing a number 1..8 selects a block to move, 0 selects the relic itself. Then use the keys {u,d,l,r,f,b} to move the selected block ( Up, Down, Left, Right, Forward, Backward ).

Alternatively, you can select a block by clicking the cursor near your pick, prior to the move.

As indicated on screen, (h) will toggle a help screen.

These puzzles are easy enough for children and will likely help with learning 3D visualization, geometry, problem solving and computer skills.

Works on Macs running OS-X and PCs running GNU/Linux.

Strategy suggestion: temporarily combine complementary pieces to maximize contiguous empty swap space.


## Mouse/touchpad/keyboard controls

Look direction is controlled by a touch pad swipe or mouse drag;
Movement is controlled by the keys: u d l r f b (Up Down Left Right Forward Backward)
...which might get confusing unless you keep the X-axis rightward, the Y-axis upward, and the Z-axis outward...the standard view for geometrical discussions in mathematics and physics.
(esc)-key => exit;

There are 4 variations numbered 2, 4, 5, and 6, according to a dimension of each puzzle. Note that the puzzles with a smaller number are somewhat more difficult.

One way to start the game is to open a [command-line] console, navigate to the installation directory, and at the command line type "reliquarium_gnu" or "reliquarium_osx".

In Linux, you may also double click the icon for reliquarium_gnu in the file manager.

For Mac users, there is now a Mac bundle (named "reliquarium.app") that acts like a real Mac app. You can put it into your personal Applications directory with the command "cp -r reliquarium.app ~/Applications". You can navigate to the installation directory in Finder and click the reliquarium.app icon named "Reliquarium".

More information

Published1 year ago
PlatformsmacOS, Linux
Tags3D, Abstract, blocks, Singleplayer

Install instructions

Unzip the archive and you will see a new directory appear with a name like "bundle_date", that you should rename to something like "install_directory".

Linux users should cd to install_directory, then type "reliquarium_gnu" to start the game.

The Mac command line version can be initiated by opening a terminal, navigating to the install_directory, and typing "reliquarium_osx" on the command line.


relic6apr17.tar.gz (31 MB)

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