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Towers of Hanoi


The Rules

The Towers of Hanoi is an ancient puzzle played with three stacks and any number of differently-sized disks. At the start, all the disks are in the leftmost stack, with the largest disk on the bottom and the smallest on the top. The object is to get all the disks over to the rightmost stack.

You can only move one disk per move, and you can only move the top disk on a stack. The top disk of any stack can be moved to the top disk of any other stack, with the restriction that you can't move a larger disk on top of a smaller disk -- i.e., disks can only be moved to empty stacks or on top of larger disks.

To move a disk, click on it. (If you can't click on a disk, it means you can't legally move it anywhere.) If there is only one place the disk can be moved to, it will be moved there automatically; otherwise, you'll have to click on a stack to move it to.

Modes of Play

You can choose the number of disks you start out with by selecting an option from the drop-down list before you start your game. There is actually no limit to the number of disks you can start out with and still be able to solve the puzzle. However, the number of moves required to solve the puzzle increases exponentially as the number of disks increases; therefore we have limited the maximum number of disks to six, as six disks provides a nice challenge without being overly tedious to solve.

Saving Your Game

You can save your game by bookmarking the page in the game you want to come back to later.

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