Colored Skyscrapers

What's this?

Colored Skyscrapers is a single-player puzzle game where you have to put skyscrapers and parks on a grid following a few simple rules.

Where to get

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How to play


Pick a puzzle from below. Put the clue tokens on the sides of the board according to the puzzle. Set aside everything else.


The objective of the game is to put the 12 colored skyscrapers (3 of each color) and the 4 parks on the 4x4 grid, according to the following rules.


Invalid: There are two skyscrapers with the same height.
Invalid: There are two skyscrapers with the same color.
Valid: All skyscrapers are of different color and height.

For the clues around the grid:


Invalid: First skyscraper from left should be yellow.
Invalid: All three skyscrapers are visible from the right, while the clue says two.
Valid: All three skysrapers are visible from the left and the first is blue.
Valid: Two skyscrapers are visible from the right as yellow-3 is blocking the view of blue-2.


Grey skyscrapers and colored flags are there to help you in your thought process. Use grey skyscrapers to mark a tile where you know the height, but don't know the color yet. Use the flags when you know the color, but don't know the height yet. Replace these with the colored skyscrapers when you learn the other property.

Example solution

An example puzzle and its solution. Click to open.
Step 1: Initial setup. Clues are placed around the board according to the puzzle.
Step 2: Red clue in first row means the last skyscraper in that row must be red. The fourth tile in that row can't be red as that would violate the red clue in the last column. This means it must be a park.
Step 3: Red-1-clue means the first skyscraper from that direction must be the red-3. If it was smaller, we'd see the 3 behind it.
Step 4: Having a park in the first row and fourth column means other tiles are skyscrapers. Luckily we know all the colors from the clues around the board. Let's put in the colored helper flags to mark the color of those tiles.
Step 5: The blue-2-clue means there are two skyscrapers visible from that direction. That means the 1 must be hiding behind the 2.
Step 6: The blue-clue below the second column means either the first or second tile from that direction must be blue. The second can't be blue as that row alread has a blue skyscraper, so it must be the first one.
Step 7: The blue skyscraper in the third row can't be a 2 as we have placed blue-2 already. It also can't be a 3 because of the 1-clue in that row. It means it must be a 1. The remaining blue flag we habe must be the blue-3 then.
Step 8: The 1-clue means the first or second tile from that direction must be a 3. It can't be the second as we have the blue-3 in that column. Having three 3s we can figure out the position of the fourth: it's the yellow tile in the last column. The other 3 must be orange then.
Step 9: Given the position of the two orange skyscrapers already on the board and the red-2, there's only a single tile left for orange-2.
Step 10: The tile in the second column of the second row can't be a 1, 2, or 3 because those are taken in its row/column. It must be a park then. That leaves a 2 in the last empty tile of that column. The third column only has 1 empty tile, that must also be a park.
Step 11: The yellow-clue under the third culumn means the empty tile in that column must be yellow. It can't be a 2 or 3 as those are already taken in that column (and also in that row).
Step 12: We can easily place the remaining red-1 and yellow-2 and we're done!



Starter 1
Starter 2


Junior 1
Junior 2
Junior 3
Junior 4


Expert 1
Expert 2
Expert 3
Expert 4


Master 1
Master 2
Master 3
Master 4

Tips and Tricks

Spoilers ahead, you might want to figure these out for yourself! Click to open.


First puzzle by Gyula Slenker for World Puzzle Championship (WPC) 2011, inspired by similar puzzles from WPC 2007. Resurrected in 2019 by Gyula Slenker and Daniel Voros, original set of puzzles (above) by Zoltan Horvath.