The game of 15

by Clax, published

The game of 15 by Clax Jan 3, 2012

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I wanted to recreate an old game that reminds me of my childhood, when there were no Playstation, PSP or similar. Can even today be a nice gift for a child "modern" ...

The zip file contains 15 file.stl of the individual numbers, for those who prefer this printing solution.


Print the pieces (without support)
With a small file, clean up the pieces (especially the numbers)
With a small pliers to remove the supports of the lid (see photo)
Assemble everything as images
_ Challenge a friend, your children or your grandson in a race to time ;)

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excellent, excellent...very, very nice

I have to ask, and will ultimatly redesign for one.. can this fit on a business card somewhow? I can think of several ways, but what do yall think?

if I understand it, would you put a picture of this thing on a business card. Sure seems to me an original idea.

4 layers. back, 3 thin for the pieces and the space they occuply and the top enclosing. it could go onto a business card half pretty easily, if it scales. the lettering could be hollow to see the color through. [x].] or centered [[x]]

then to your idea would be to reduce the size of the game to those of a business card (about 50x50mm). Certainly it would be more uncomfortable to play, but it is a nice idea. However, require some test prints with higher resolution.

But I fear the hollow lettering are not a good idea. The tiles entering in each other and would cover the hollow. And then there would be problems printing.

Thanks, this was one of my favourite toys when I was 10 !

My sister and I had a Popeye themed set of these one Christmas. Popeye, Olive Oil, Brutus and Sweat Pea had to be lined up according to a picture in a dial spin. We competed to see who could finish their puzzle first. Within a few days, we were both finishing them in less than 30 seconds. Great memory's. Will print one of these for sure.

Pretty awesome =) These are a lot of fun to play with.

So... challenge a friend, son or grandson? No daughters or grand daughters? :-P

but certainly! even daughters, grand daughters mainly ;)

now quickly remedied
...do not get mad, it's just because of my bad English


So a question about printing;
I printed out one of the number sets, and found that they don't glide very well. My prints came out pretty clean though, so I was wondering if you used a file to widen the slots slightly? It could also be a calibration problem, since some of the pieces glide ok and
others from the same batch don't - I'm sure that irregularity is meaningful.

So I was wondering, what sort of printer you have and what nozzle size, and if you had any further sugestions?

The tiles, except the number, are identical to each other.

With my printer (Orca 0.2; nozzle-0, 35 mm), I first did some tests and finally I decided to print the 15 tiles individual, this because the result is more uniform (download the file 15.zip).

It is still important, with a small file, polish all sides of the tiles, including the inside of the guides and the back (of course except the side with the number). This is to make them all more sliding.

And how do you play the game?

??!? Did you seriously not know how to play the game??

Wow, I must be getting old...

... but even the Macintosh had this as a built-in "Desk Accessory" in 1984..


Yeahhhh.. Wow..

I guessed it might be as simple as arranging the numbers numerically, but I wasn't sure.

Scramble the tiles and then try and get them back in order from 1 to 15? You often find these types of puzzles as a toy in Christmas crackers here in the UK, they typically feature a picture you need to reconstruct rather than numbers.

Now there is a fun idea - make a shape (face, fish, moon, whatever) fill the square, slice it up, and stick it onto the tiles to make a 3d tile game. Time to make a derivative object!