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TRIMINI


Trimini Trimini is a puzzle game. It has 14 pieces, made by all possible different ways of combining four isosceles right triangles, up to rotations and inversions. The purpose of the game is to combine the 14 pieces to form figures, like the one on the right.



There are figures that might be impossible to compose, like the octagon with two squares per side. Although the 14 pieces have just the right area to cover the octagon (whit area 28 unit squares), there might be no solution due to parity considerations.

Symmetric pieces A piece is symmetric under reflection, about either the horizontal X-axis or the vertical Y-axis, if a reflection is equivalent to a rotation, by 180o. A piece is even is the number of triangles oriented along the X-Y diagonal is even (either 0, or 2 or 4). Otherwise the piece is odd. Of the 14 pieces, six are symmetric under inversion (figure below); five of them are even, the last one (rightmost in the figure) is odd.


odd pieces even pieces Of the remaining 8, four are "odd" (figure on the left) and four are even (figure on the right). So overall there are five odd pieces and nine even pieces.


How to play

Get the code and the makefile to compile it. Then run

   ./trimini

To move a piece, press a mouse button in the bright spot and "drag" it near the cross where you want to place the piece. Then release the mouse button.
To rotate a piece click and release the left mouse button in the bright spot.
To flip a piece over click and release the center or the right mouse button in the bright spot.

The program is barely running, so feel free to improve it and let me know about it.

Marco Corvi - 2002