A free, Open Source and simple puzzle game for your GNOME/GTK+ desktop environment

What’s new in GNOME Tetravex 3.35.2:

  • Many changes, again! First, the current game is being saved if the window is closed, and a button was added to restore it (you can also directly restore, using the “–restore” command-line option). The game can also be played with the keyboard (using arrows), and finally you can move all the tiles from one of the half-board using the mouse, by clicking on an empty border tile (even if this function is for now hidden). Also, Tetravex can for now be played in command-line, using the “–cli” option (see “–cli help” documentation; have also a look to the “Distributors” section below). And finally on a technical side, GNOME Tetravex should be D-Bus activatable, what is more future-proof.
  • Distributors: using the “meson configure -Dbuild_gui=false -Dbuild_cli=true” options, you can build a different binary, `gnome-tetravex-cli`, that can be co-installed with `gnome-tetravex` (normally). It allows to play Tetravex in command-line, but it does not require the Gtk library, only GLib. You surely want to package it for installations made without a graphical interface.

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GNOME Tetravex is an open source piece of software that provides users with a fun and entertaining board/puzzle game designed primarily for the modern GNOME desktop environment. It also supports other open source window managers, such as Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce or LXDE.

In this game, the player has to move a set of tiles from one box to another, making sure that the same numbers are touching each other. It is similar to the gameplay of the traditional Domino or Sudoku games.

The game is timed

The game is timed, and it will automatically store these times in a system-wide scoreboard that any user can access. By default, it starts with a 3×3 grid, an empty one on the left side and a full one on the right side.

You will have to move the tiles, one by one, from the right box to the left one while matching the numbers up, down, left or right. The gameplay is pretty straightforward and won’t let players do mistakes, as it will automatically return a tile to its original position if the numbers don’t match.

Designed for GNOME

The main game window is quite simple, allowing users to only pause the game or skip a certain level by pressing the “Resolve” button. The gameplay is not based on levels, but each new game features a different set of tiles, giving players some diversity.

As mentioned, the game is distributed along with the GNOME desktop environment, with which it integrates well, allowing users to start a new games, view the scoreboard, view the documentation, and change the grid size (2×2, 3×3, 4×4, 5×5 and 6×6 sizes are available).

Bottom line

Overall, GNOME Tetravex offers a really entertaining puzzle game that will put your mind to work. It is an independent/standalone program that can be easily installed from the default software channels of many Linux distributions.

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