Tapa help

Tapa is a logic puzzle with simple rules and challenging solutions.

The rules are not so simple. :)
You have to make some of the cells black in such a way that they form a single polyomino (all blacks should be connected orthogonally in a single group).
2x2 black areas are not allowed.
The clues indicate the length of consecutive black blocks in the neighboring cells.
A single number in the clue means there is 1 black block, 2 numbers mean 2 blocks etc.
There must be at least 1 white cell between each 2 black blocks.
The blocks can appear in any order.
Solvers will typically shade in cells they have deduced to be black and dot (non-numbered) cells deduced to be white.
Are you lost? Check out the step by step tutorial

Zooming
Pinch with two fingers to zoom in/out. If you use a mouse you can use the scroll button.

Moving
Tap and drag to move the puzzle. If you use a mouse you can click and drag with the middle (scroll) button.

Marking
You can tap/click individual cells to change their state.

When this mode is selected from the game menu the state of the cell is going from "empty" to "black" to "." to "empty". If you use the right mouse button the states rotate in the opposite order
If you select one of these modes... Simply put - what you see is what you get.
You can also mark more than one cell at a time. Tap and hold a bit, then move your finger to draw a line.
Check the advanced menu for additional settings and options.

Game modes and sizes

  • You can change the game you play from the "hamburger" menu at the top-right corner.
  • You can change the mode / size of the current game from the top menu (click on the down arrow at the top/middle)
  • There are 2 modes which you can play
    • Random - this mode loads a random puzzle from the chosen size
    • Quest - this mode requires you to login. You can then solve a sequence of puzzles with increasing difficulty.

Other helpful tips

  • You can get rid of the address bar and gain extra playing space by dragging the header or the footer quickly upwards so you scroll the page a bit down. It's tricky and you need practice. iOS8+ users - this will be just temporary until you click something in the bottom bar - sad story I know.
  • If you are left handed or just playing with your left hand there is a spacial option in the settings just for you.
  • Try the different helpers in the settings - some will make the puzzle too easy for you, others may automate some trivial tasks.