Proposed by Joan Espasa Arxer & Ian Miguel & Mateu Villaret
Plotting is a tile-matching puzzle video game published by Taito. The objective of the game is to remove at least a certain number of coloured blocks from a grid by sequentially shooting blocks into the same grid. The interest and difficulty of Plotting is due to the complex transitions after every shot: various blocks are affected directly, while others can be indirectly affected by gravity.
Plotting is played by one agent with full information of the state, and the effects of each action are deterministic. The blocks can be shot either horizontally directly into the grid, or by shooting at the wall blocks above the grid, and bouncing down vertically onto the grid.
The rules for what happens when a block hits the wall or falls onto the floor are as follows:
The rules for a shot block
S colliding with a block
B in the grid are a bit more complex:
Shits is of a different type from itself,
Srebounds into the avatar’s hand and the grid is unchanged – a null move.
Bare of the same type,
Bis consumed and
Scontinues to travel in the same direction. All blocks above
Bfall one grid cell each.
S, having already consumed a block of the same type, hits a block
Bof a different type,
Brebounds into the avatar’s hand.
A depiction of the general gameplay of the game
A vertical shot that affects a column
A vertical shot reaching the ground, and therefore keeping the same colour in the hand
A horizontal shot, depicting the effect of gravity
A horizontal shot, which arrives to the right wall and continues downwards