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Friday Fun: Impasse


Why not take a few minutes to kick back and relax while waiting for your work week to end? In this week’s game your goal is to safely move a trio of orbs from one side of game levels to the other, but it is not as easy as it sounds. Are you up to the challenge of solving the patterns to successfully navigate through the different levels and achieve ultimate victory?


The object of the game is simple. Move your trio of orbs all the way to the right side of the level without moving over/connecting with the colored orbs you encounter along the way. What starts off as easy will quickly become more complicated, so be ready to think your way through! To move your trio of orbs all you need to do is use the four Arrow Keys for right, left, up, and down (all three orbs will move in tandem).

Note: You can see which level you are on using the indicator bar in the bottom half of the screen.


Getting closer…


When you successfully reach the right side of the level line up your trio of orbs with the green ones and use the Right Arrow Key to move over/connect with them. As soon as the connection occurs you will be automatically moved to the next level.

Note: The level will be started over if you happen to accidentally move over/connect with orbs while moving across the level.


Level Two steps things up a bit with more grey orbs to work your way around


Moving right along…




Level Three will be the last of the easy levels where all of the orbs remain stationary as you make your way across the level.


Level Four introduces a new component to the mix. The orange orbs will also shift as you move your trio of orbs up or down across the level. Levels beyond the fourth will mix the regular gray and the movable orange orbs together for even more fun (or frustration depending on your point of view!).


Play the Game


Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 07/15/11

Comments (19)

  1. Hatryst

    Ha! I’m stuck at level 4 :D

  2. Hatryst

    Okay, I’m stuck at ‘Bridge’. If someone goes past ‘Bridge’, post here please !

  3. Asian Angel

    @Hatryst – Keep working on it…you will get past it. ~_^

  4. Schmidty

    @Hatryst – bridge: u r d r u d r u u r r r d d r u d r r

  5. Schmidty

    Am I missing something? No iteration of the game I find online has a ‘trio of orbs’ as stated in the article. Is there a version that I haven’t seen yet?

  6. Schmidty

    I figured it out. If you modify the height of the tag using Firebug or Google Chrome you can see what the author saw. But whether or not that’s what @Asian Angel did is yet to be said. The original height of the game is 300px.

  7. Steve

    How about working on a clearer set of instructions?

  8. DonSure

    I’m stuck at Deception lvl .. anyone?

  9. clb92


    I am :(

  10. Asian Angel

    @Schmidty – What I did was right click to view the source code for the game’s webpage and opened the game swf file in a new tab for bigger sizing while playing it. ^_^ When I made the screenshots I resized the window to a smaller size for clearer images. ^_^

  11. Dan

    Level 3 seems not possible to me. the grey circles block all routes for the +. I don’t see the “three orbs” either.

  12. renz

    stuck at final dance… can’t seem to get pass through the third switch

  13. Larry Zeiger

    @Dan, I am stuck on level 3 as well… I am not a complete dummy, either, but I am still stuck!

  14. Larry Zeiger

    Well, maybe I am a complete dummy… On level 5 now. Use all of the arrows? How silly!

  15. junh0ng

    level 12 sidestep
    stuckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk ._.

  16. Rui Pinto

    How can ppl be stuck on level 3 and 4? Lol
    I’m on level 13 and for now all seemed easy…

  17. Bryan

    @DonSure – deception: u d u u u r r u u u u r r d d d d r u r u d u r r d d r
    @Dan – Wrap: r d r r d r r r u r r r u
    @renz – This one took me a while too: final dance: (u u u) (u r) (l d r) (r r r) (l d r) (l u r) (d r d) (l r d) (r l d) (l l) (u u l) (l l d) (d d d) (r r r r) (u r l) (u r u) r r r r

  18. Pipopz

    Stuck at Deception any tips?

  19. aurielbreasia

    so im probably wayyyyyy late for playing this game but i just found it & now im HOOKED ! i can’t stop playing & i was making pretty good progress… until …SIDESTEP LEVEL ! been stuck here for like 2 days , any help ?

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