Fathom It!


FATHOM IT! v2.2 (ASP) - Fathom It!, a logical puzzle, is a fascinating Windows version of the popular Solitaire Battleship puzzle. Unlike the classic pencil-and-paper game of Battleship, Fathom It! boards are solved using logical deduction only. You'll find Fathom It! board solutions have a chess-like beauty. Try solving a Fathom It! board or two and see why!

The registered version comes with 20,000 boards, divided into easy, intermediate, hard and expert categories and created in varying sizes (6x6 to 10x10). With a built-in rule-based expert system, help is always just a click away, ideal for learning how to solve puzzles. All versions of Windows from Windows 95 upwards are supported, with color/gray scale/monochrome display modes. The interface can be resized up to the entire screen for easy viewing, making it ideal for vision-impaired users.

The latest version of Fathom It! is a new major upgrade providing a powerful set of brand-new features, including:

(*) Intuitive, easy-to-use user interface
(*) Built-in rule-based expert systems to generate a clearly worded hint for any board, any time.
(*) 20,000 unique Battleship puzzles waiting to be solved!
(*) Brand new tip-of-the-day wizard
(*) Supports inputting your own custom boards (e.g., puzzles from magazines)
(*) Supports printing puzzles
(*) Enables creating your own Battleship puzzles
(*) Enables computing the number of solutions for a displayed board
(*) Brand-new puzzle data base for puzzle sizes 6x6, 7x7, 8x8, 9x9, and 10x10
(*) Rewritten help file chock-full of new information
(*) Ability to fill a row/column with either all water or all segments
(*) Ability to copy board to clipboard as ASCII art
(*) Ability to copy solver logic text to clipboard
(*) Enhanced toolbar for easy access

Matthew Daly, maintainer of the rec.puzzles (newsgroup) FAQ:

"Just downloaded the shareware version of Fathom It!. It is every bit as wonderful as everyone on Usenet has been saying. Wonderful. 10 out of 10.... The user interface is a great improvement over pencil and paper (and erasers!) and the powerful yet easy-to-understand solver has already netted me a promotion from "Captain" to "Commodore"!"