The Ravioli scoring system rewards the use of higher order thinking skills; like logical reasoning, hypothesising and planning. Trial-and-error behaviour, like clicking randomly to find the answer, loses points and bonuses.
The highest score you can possibly get is 77,625. This assumes you make no errors and complete all the puzzles within the time window. If you make lots of mistakes and take lots of time, the lowest score you can get for completing all the puzzles is 12,750. In reality, most of us are somewhere in the middle of these two scores.
What can you infer from your score?
To understand your score you need to get to the end of the game as your problem solving strategies change as you progress through the game. The comments below assume you’ve reached the end of the game.
Score below 40%
Anything below this level is what you get when you’re just playing Ravioli for fun and indicates that you’re using a lot of trial-and-error behaviour to solve the puzzles. You reach the end of the game by clicking and seeing what happens, gradually building the pattern as you go along. Playing this way means you miss both accuracy and speed targets but you’ll still get to the end of the game.
Younger children playing the game will be getting this score as their thinking skills are undeveloped.
Score 40% – 80%
Most of us fit into this category. This score indicates you’re using a range of strategies including some trial-and-error, a good use of means-end analysis and some abstract thinking. You’re familiar with the characteristics of the stencils and are observing similarities and differences between them, and learning to recognise composite shapes quickly.
So where are you going wrong? The most common failing is clicking on a stencil before you’ve thought through the whole answer. This starts the timer which measures your planning, but you’ve not planned your answer! The timer is mathematically calculated; it gives you 5 seconds per stencil, plus an allowance for difficulty; which is plenty of time if you’ve thought about your answer first. But if you haven’t, you’ll find yourself making mistakes without enough time to correct them.
Psychologists call this behaviour trait ‘impulsivity’. Learning to restrain your impulsivity is important in successful problem-solving. You may notice this is a trait that you exhibit in other situations – a tendency to jump in with the first answer that you come up with, rather than taking time to think about other possible solutions to the problem.
Score over 80%
You’re a power problem-solver! This score demonstrates excellent use of a range of problem-solving strategies and skills. You achieved a high success rate by being accurate and well organised, and successfully solved Ravioli puzzles in all 15 levels. You take the time to analyse problems fully and use the time window effectively. You have a range of abstract thinking skills at your disposal, such as hypothesising and logical reasoning. You enjoy planning and are methodical and accurate in your work.