The object of the game is to turn all the lights off. When a light is on it appears like this: , when it is off it appears like this: . Once all the lights are off you have completed the level.
When you click on a light it changes state, but it also changes the state of the four adjacent lights. It does not affect the diagonally adjacent squares. If you are playing a computer generated level then you can choose "Hint" from the Help menu to show you where to start. If you take this suggestion, then the hint option will show you where to go next. If you do not, it will be disabled. If you later return to where you would be had you taken the suggested square, the hint option will be re-enabled. This feature is unavailable if you are playing a saved level.
Each time you make a move, it will be recorded on the move counter. If you take over the limit allowed for the level, the indicator will change to a X, and you will not be able to win, even if you complete the level; you must restart. The maximum number of moves allowed is shown flashing in the move counter after level selection.
To start a new level simply click the select button, or choose "Select" from the "File" menu. If you wish to make another attempt on the same level then you should choose "Restart" from the "File" menu, or click the indicator button.
Before You Begin
Lights Out offers two different methods of creating a level. From the select window you can choose either to have the computer generate a random level at the desired difficulty level. All computer levels are soluble. If you wish to create your own level and save it you can do so using the "Create" and "Previously Saved" options. There is no guarantee that the level you create is soluble.
For all computer generated levels you can choose "Hint" from the "Help" menu to show you where to start. If you take this suggestion, then the hint option will show you where to go next. If you do not, it will be disabled. If you later return to where you would be had you taken the suggested square, the hint option will be re-enabled. This feature is unavailable if you are playing a saved level.
Creating your own levels
To create your own level choose "Create" in the Select window. You will be presented with a blank board, ready for you to draw your design on. Click on a button to make it change on or off. When you have finished choose "Save" from the file menu.
For all computer generated levels you can choose "Solve" from the "Help" menu to watch the computer solve its own level. This will work from the first move, and any subsequent moves for which the hint option is available. This is available only if you have taken the subsequent hint, or are in the same position by following a different route.
Move counter: A digital display of the number of moves you have taken so far.
Indicator: This displays a tick mark if you are within the limit of moves available for this level. It displays a cross when you exceed the limit. Press the indicator to restart the current level.
To uninstall Lights Out simply delete all the files you had to download from here that are not used by other programs. That would be the application executable (Lights Out.exe), any saved level files you may have created, and any of the system files that you did not have before and had to download. Sometimes other programs installed after this one may use the system files, so back them up before deleting, and if something else says it can't find them, then you can restore those it needs.
If you get into any problems removing this program then you can email me, but it should be straightforward.
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