Nonograms are a type of puzzle that can be used to solve an image. They have appeared in books, newspapers, and magazines for years but they are now becoming popular online as well.
A nonogram is a grid with black squares representing shading or blanks representing empty space (a white square). Along the top row there should be numbers from one to nine; these represent which blocks should be filled in according to their number. The rows below each repeat this pattern until all cells have been numbered sequentially down and across the entire board. Puzzles typically consist of four by three grids, but there are some puzzles with three by five grids.
The object of the puzzle is to fill in the cells according to what number they represent on that row and column. Once all blocks have been filled in correctly then you will get a picture.
Tips to solve nonograms
Nonograms can seem intimidating at first glance but they’re actually pretty straightforward once you get the hang of them! There are some tips below to help guide you through solving puzzles:
- Look for rows and columns without numbers if possible as these represent areas where little shading exists.
- Some games show what number goes next so follow along with the numbers.
- Some games show what is in cells next to which you cannot see, so use these as a guide and fill them in with small blocks of color (this will only be helpful for some nonograms).
- When you encounter an area that has been marked off by either white space or all one color throughout the whole block. If this happens and you can’t seem to find any more empty areas on your own, make sure you have not accidentally missed filling something up elsewhere from looking too closely at certain parts of your puzzle, especially if they match up row-wise or column-wise with another part of the puzzle where there was an incorrect number or color.
- It takes a lot of time and practice to get good at nonograms, so don’t be discouraged if you find it difficult in the beginning! It’s worth the time investment when you are able to complete more puzzles without help.
- Beginners might want to start with making grids on paper first before playing on your own computer screen. This will allow for more freedom than trying constraints put by software programs that limit where each number may go.