Helps for the tutorials

Case number:699969-2005541
Opened by:mitlcl
Opened on:Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 17:52
Last modified:Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 02:46

I don't know if it's possible, but it would be great if there could be hints available for introductory puzzles when players get stuck. Perhaps a backbone was rotated in the wrong direction. Maybe a section should be flipped. Other tools may have been overlooked.

Judging from the initial surveys, many players may be associated with academic groups which can help them. However, if an unaffiliated individual gets stuck there's not much help available. In my case, I can't get past "The Right Rotation". I repeated all the prior tutorials in case I'd missed something. No dice; I'm still stuck. I can't skip it and go on. The problem in this situation is it's frustrating. I'm playing for fun (and for the greater good). There's only so long I want to keep spinning my wheels.

If Foldit is to be embraced by the general public, it needs to be made easier to learn and to become skilled at, with fewer dead-ends.

Many thanks for your work.

(Sun, 07/29/2018 - 17:52  |  3 comments)

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Global Chat is a good place to ask for help when you are stuck.
Often experienced players offer advice to new players there.

There are also videos & tips for the Intro/Tutorial Puzzles at:

More general advice for new players:

Help with Beginner Puzzles:

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Back in 2012, I think it was possible to skip
an Intro Puzzle and go on to the next one. This
may not be true any more. I think the ability
to skip individual Intro Puzzles would help
frustrated new players make progress and keep
them interested in the game. Maybe later they
would feel confident enough to return to the
Intro Puzzles they skipped and complete them.

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Thanks for the feedback! We're actively working on this :)


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