Dear Conceptis and community
I have been a constant subscriber, and user even before the paid option was introduced (which will be around 10 years now). I am very much a fan of your puzzles, they have continued to be large part of my leisure activities over all those years.
I have been mulling over what feedback might be helpful.
I play all of the puzzles online with your tools. I love some puzzle families and just don't "click" with others. That is just a matter of taste and it is great that your variety of puzzles offers this range of interest. I am sure there are some who love them all, hate the ones I love or whose favourite is one that I never got the hang of.
I have out-grown my interest in some families: generally those where I can easily solve the hardest examples and they hold no challenge, such as Hitori. Some of these I do still occasionally solve, such as Link-a-Pix, because the activity or result is enjoyable. Larger Basic Sym-a-Pix for me are fun to solve with quite a bit of logic still being used. I am still missing solving skills for the Advanced versions and often get stumped and just make wrong deductions which is frustrating.
Some I don't enjoy, such as Basic Fill-a-Pix, because to me the process is not much more than a painting-by-numbers level of difficulty and it becomes a chore. This is contrasted to Advanced Fill-a-Pix which have always been my absolute favourite, as seen in my solving statistics. And these also have incredible replay value. Enough about my puzzle habits.
I assume that the most costly type of puzzles to produce are the picture-based ones. They require exacting artwork and testing before publication. With the Fill-a-Pix example, I get a little sad when the Mega for the week is a Basic. I do see from the statistics that they do get generally more solvers than the Advanced, but to me they are wasted as they do bore me a little, compared to the joy I get from the Advanced Megas. My request would be to have the same artwork for the week be offered as both Basic and Advanced options.
One puzzle I can't get further into is Cross-a-Pix. I enjoy them a lot, they are in my top 5. I do the Easy ones each week, although even the ones listed as Very Easy totally stump me at times. But I just can't get a good handle on any of the larger ones. For some reason I find the task of counting out the length of the chains in a row or column too difficult. Some other solvers may have a better skill at this, but I find it sometimes hard to see if a chain is 5, 6 or 7. The longer ones make me stare and count while I forget what the previous chains counts were. Maybe these puzzles are easier when printed out. Is there some tweak to the tools to turn on a number count for a selected row or column, or allow us to enter some data that mimics paper solving?
I have been a consistent subscriber to the the Discounted Weekly Package option for some years now. I used to buy just the individual puzzles that interested me each week, but as the range of puzzles you published expanded and that I wanted to solve, the package became the much more sensible and enjoyable option. But this also meant that many older puzzles that I have since come to enjoy are sitting in the past taunting me. This would also be the case for many subscribers that have more recently come to your site. I would hope that you may decide on a discounting structure for your massive backlog. Something like 80% off for puzzles older than 5 years.
Edit: I forgot this one. I am a long time fan of Slitherlink puzzles since first doing them in Nikoli books. I wonder why Conceptis doesn't create larger ones than 22x16. For example, the final ones in the Nikoli books were 20x36 and great fun.
All the best
< Message edited by atomant -- 3/6/2020 3:17:47 AM >