drkSlide is a smartphone’s puzzle game based on the famous game 15-Puzzle. this game features some Bordeaux’s historical monuments.
Many other themes are available for download: Toulouse, Dogs, Cats, Free Software…This game is developed and maintained by Philippe Bousquet <darken33@free.fr> since May 2013 and is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License v3.
The photos used in the game come from Wikimedia Commons and are distributed under the license Creative Commons BY-SA.



The 15-Puzzle is a solitaire game created in 1870 in the United States. Its mathematical theory was published by the American Journal of mathematics pure and applied in 1879. In 1891, its invention was claimed by Sam Loyd, when the game knew a considerable interest in both the United States and Europe. It is composed of 15 small squares numbered from 1 to 15 which slide in a frame provided for 16. The goal is to put in order the 15 tiles from any initial configuration.

source : Wikipedia (Fr)


On the home screen, you can choose your puzzle withe the arrows (“<” ou “>”), hors by sliding your finger right or left.

To strat the game, you can push the <GO> button, you can also shake your phone. It’s mix the puzzle, and you have to complete it to finish the game. To move a tile, just tap it, then it will replace the empty box next to it.

To bring up the menu simply press the <menu> button, then you can choose:

  • Play: starts a new game.
  • Settings: configure the game
  • Help: show the help page
  • Quit: quit the application

Game Configuration

Here you can modify theses parameters :

  • Number of tiles for the puzzle : Easy (12 tiles), Average (24 tiles) ou Difficult (40 tiles).
  • Your nickname.
  • The theme of game. a button helps you to manage the gamesets
  • Options :
    • Show or hide the help dialog box the the application starts
    • Play or not the sounds in the game.
    • Share or not your score on Internet

Gamesets Configuration

Here you ca see all the themes availables:

  • Name : for exemple Toulouse
  • State : click on it will download the theme
    • Blue : available for download
    • Green : downladed and up to date
    • Orange : an update is available
    • Black : non official or personal theme
  • Delete :
    • Red : click will delete the theme
    • Black : this theme can’t be deleted


Since drkSlide v1.3 you can download new themes of puzzles :

  • Bordeaux (défaut) : Historical monuments of Bordeaux
  • Toulouse : Historical monuments ofToulouse
  • Dogs : Dogs pictures
  • Cats : Cats pictures
  • Free Softwares : Icons and pictures about Free Softwares
  • Hubble : Beautiful pictures of galaxies taken by the famous telescope
  • Easter : Cartoon style’s images about the Easter period
  • Summer : Pictures on the theme of summer
  • Autumn : Pictures on the theme of autumn
  • Halloween : Images on the theme of halloween
  • Winter : Pictures on the theme of winter
  • Christmas : Images on the theme of christmas

All the pictures of these themes are from Wikimedia Commons or OpenClipart and are under Creative Commons BY-SA.


In drkSlide’s parameters you can share your score on the Internet. You can now go to the World Highscore’s page of the game.


drkSlide is an application for Android and FirefoxOS smartphone, so you can find it on each store:

You can also download source code on github : https://github.com/darken33/drkslide


drkSlide is a smartphone and tablet application developed with :

Today there is a version for FirefoxOS and Android, if you want you can package this application for other systems : iphone, windowsphone, blackberry, bada…


drkSlide is a Free Software, so it has the four following freedoms :

  • Freedom 0 : The freedom to run the program for any purpose.
  • Freedom 1 : The freedom to study how the programs works, and change it to make it do what you wish.
  • Freedom 2 : The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.
  • Freedom 3 : The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvments (and modified versions in general) to the public, so that the whole community benefits.


  • v1.9 : 
    • Add Spanish language support
  • v1.8 : 
    • Ability to play with online proposed themes
  • v1.7 :
    • Cancellation of downloading a theme Fixed
    • First release for FirefoxOS
  • v1.6.1 :
    • Downloading theme fixed
    • Dialog box and buttons design improved
  • v1.6 : 
    • Improved to cordova 4.0.0 (security alert)
  • v1.5.1 : 
    • Graphic bug between the two higscores page fixed
    • Application version in help page fixed
  • v1.5 : 
    • Detection of new themes availables
    • Random new puzzleat end of game
    • Spelling errots fixed
  • v1.4 : 
    • Internationalization (French & English)
  • v1.3 : 
    • Possibility to download new themes
    • New theme “Toulouse”
    • Minor graphics improvement
  • v1.2.1 :

    • Spelling errors fixed
  • v1.2 :

    • Add sounds effects
    • Save settings
    • Add Highscores pages
  • v1.1.6 : 
    • New icon
  • v1.1.5 : 
    • Screen sensitivity improved (events)
    • Spelling errors fixed
  • v1.1.4 : 
    • New design for “GO” button
    • Menu fixed
  • v1.1.3 : 
    • Accelerometer bug fixed
  • v1.1.2 : 
    • Add a “GO” button
    • Help page modified
    • Bug on back button fixed
  • v1.1.1 : 
    • Add a background
    • Bugs on Galaxy Tab Fixed
  • v1.1 : 
    • Three games mode: Easy, Average, Difficult
    • Help Splashscreen on start
    • Help page modified
    • Code source revue
  • v1.0.3 : 
    • Game speed improved
  • v1.0.2 : 
    • Game speed improved
    • Shows how many tiles you have moved
  • v1.0.1 : 
    • Spelling errors fixed
  • v1.0 : 
    • First release of drkSlide

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