Trilogic is a colorful puzzler from 1Button that relies on a rock-paper-scissors mechanic to clear a board of fire, water or leaves all in relation to one another. Each element can be consumed by another, with a goal of leaving just one remaining element at the end of a level. With a limited numbers of moves per element and increasingly more complex paths to clear, you’ll need some complicated logic to best Trilogic. Here are Gamezebo’s tips and tricks to make the most of every move.

Create Color Chunks

Trilogic Guide

The three elements work in relation to one another, so each puzzle will require laying an entire base of one element (like fire, for example), covering that entire layer with the middle element (water, which will consume fire), and finishing with the target element (leaves, which will consume water). To end with your target element, you must create large chunks of colors, squared off whenever possible to avoid leaving one-block or one-row tails that are difficult to reach. Work in concentric circles from outside in to cover ground efficiently and fill in any gaps you encounter as early in the stage as possible.

Watch Your Tail

If there is a section with a tail of a single row, use it as a guide from which to work backwards. You can’t change directions on a path (unless it is to undo your move), so you’ll know that this tail is where you’ll need to end up. Similarly, if you need to lay down a path (for example, you need to lay down water, to feed plants, to consume with fire), only use the minimum you need and try to keep it as squared off as possible. Trailing tails will only be more difficult to reach with your final target element.

Head To The Islands

Trilogic Guide

If you have islands of elements scattered around your board— a single block not adjacent to anything it can consume— bring out the element it can consume as early in the stage as possible. Advancing toward those islands will reduce the variable options you are required to work around and will get you closer to solving the puzzle quickly.

Pace Yourself

For any individual element, you don’t have to use all your moves in one shot (i.e. if your leaf has 9 moves, you don’t have to use all 9 in a row). In fact, in several cases you only move one or two spots which will allow the second element to fill in or open up areas in preparation for the last target element. If the puzzle is symmetrical, you can go one move at a time on each symmetrical side. You’ll save yourself a lot of time (and effort to remember whatever it was you did) as you solve the two halves at once. Additionally, if you are really stumped on how to proceed, there are often pieces on the board that can only make one possible move; move each of these pieces to that first position. This will start to create a series of paths while using the process of elimination to your benefit.

If you get really frustrated, you can purchase keys to unlock levels, but you can also just skip a troublesome level to give yourself a break. As with most puzzle games, leaving the game and returning with a fresh perspective can help you work through it more effectively.