How to go about solving these puzzles ?

So far three basic principles have come out of many hours of playing :

**Queue :**

When moving a color from one side of the board to another see to it that you always keep them lined up in a queue.

Maybe you can even bring in some strays from the side, on the right occasion.**"What If" :**

Basically the same as in chess.

Before you make a move you try to visualize the result, and maybe get to the conclusion that another move would have been better right before this one.

Repeat !

It does help if you're not trying to be fast ! but instead give yourself the time to syncronise your speed with your understanding of the game.**Symmetry patterns :**Trinagon puzzles are usually highly symmetrical.

In those cases you can try and divide the board into symmetric partitions and repeat every move of one section in the other(s).

This**may**just bring you to the most elegant solution.

There are many cases where specifically going against symmetry will be necessary hough !

Then you need to find out per puzzle how bestz to break the symetry.

Even the supersimple HexS-Puzzle Nr 8 (= the Id. Level is 1) will show you how tricky that can be.**Efficient Sorting :**

Some puzzles seem not much of a challenge, because the pathways to solve them are obvious. But they usually contain a few steps which could be left out, if the were just done in a different order.

These Puzzles are often found in the Big Hexagon. What you learn there will help to find the coolest solutions on the smaller puzzles too.**Around a corner from both ends :**

The small puzzles can really be the most challenging ones. It's so tight, that every move always includes some triangles which you wish could just stay where they are.

This is similar tothe last moves of the rubiks cube. - by the way. The octahedron is really close to a 2x2 rubiks cube in it's properties. So if you can solve the 2x2 rubiks cube you'll be having a much easier time with the octahedron.