Scrambled Net

Scrambled Net is a network-unscrambling puzzle game, based on the KDE game KNetWalk. The purpose is to connect all the terminals to the server.


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Developer: Moonblink

Category: Games

Latest version: 5.0

Total versions: 15

Submitted: 25 Feb 2008

Updated: 12 Nov 2010


Scrambled Net, also known as NetScramble, is a port of the KDE game "KNetWalk" by Andi Peredri, Thomas Nagy and Reinhold Kainhofer. It is ported to Android by Ian Cameron Smith. The app is released under GPL. Includes MTRandom by David Beaumont, released under LGPL.

You are shown a network consisting of a server, some terminals, and a load of wiring, arranged into a grid of tiles. The problem is, the tiles have been rotated at random. You have to rotate them to connect all the terminals to the server. Counters at the top of the screen show how many tiles you have clicked, and how much time you have taken.

The aim of the game is to connect all the terminals to the server in the least amount of clicks as possible.


  • Scrambled Net detects the screen size of the device it's running in, and configures the board appropriately. This makes the game a bit easier on smaller phones - the authors didn't want to make the cells too small, because it's difficult to tap on a tiny cell on a phone's touchscreen.
  • Portrait and landscape phones are handled automatically.
  • Tile rotation is smoothly animated; highlighted tiles show the user's progress.
  • The game is designed to be usable with 12-key keypad or QWERTY keypad, or by tapping the screen.
  • The game has 5 difficulty levels; the first 3 use different board sizes; then wrap-around is introduced for "Master" level; then "Insane" level adds invisible cells.

Note: Starting at version 3.4, Scrambled Net needs Android 1.6. This was needed to be able to handle large screens (like Droid) correctly. Meantime, people with 1.5 phones can continue to use version 3.3.

How to Play:

Use the menu to start a new game, or select a difficulty level (which starts a new game).

The difficulty levels are:

  • Novice - Small board, no wrap-around
  • Normal - Medium board, no wrap-around
  • Expert - Maximum-size board, no wrap-around
  • Master - Maximum-size board, wrapped-around
  • Insane - Maximum-size board, wrapped-around, 3-way and 4-way cells are blind

You can select tiles with the arrow buttons; the currently-selected tile is shown with a red border. Press Z, N or 4 to rotate it left; M, X or 6 to rotate right. You can tap the screen to rotate a cell right if your device supports it. Tiles which are connected to the server are shown highlighted.

When you think you have a tile in the right orientation, you can press space or 0 to lock it. If your device supports it, you can press and hold a tile instead.

You can pause the game at any time using the menu, or by switching to another application. When the network is all connected, the game will tell you your winning time and click count.

In games which wrap around, connections going off the right-hand edge connect to the corresponding point on the left edge, and vice versa; same for the top and bottom edges. This makes the game a lot harder.

In the "Insane" mode, it gets worse - tiles with 3 or 4 connections have invisible wires. You have to experiment to figure out which way they're connected.


Scrambled Net 5.0 seem to be the latest available version. Below you can find file(s) assigned to this version:

Description/changelog of Scrambled Net 5.0:

Released: July 20, 2010.
- Now both free and donate versions are full-featured. In other words, the full version became free now.

Old versions

Below are the earlier versions of Scrambled Net.

Scrambled Net 4.2 Lite

Description/changelog of Scrambled Net 4.2 Lite:

Released: June 26, 2010.
- In the Lite version Chinese translations added; also took out references to full version.


Scrambled Net 4.1 Lite

Description/changelog of Scrambled Net 4.1 Lite:

[no description available for this version]


Scrambled Net 4.0 Lite

Description/changelog of Scrambled Net 4.0 Lite:

Released: January 18, 2010.
- We now have a Lite version, which is the same as before (plus a couple of bug fixes); and a Full version, which has high scores, an autosolver, and some cool graphics.


Scrambled Net 3.9

Description/changelog of Scrambled Net 3.9:

Released: January 10, 2010.
- Fully working on QVGA screens, such as the HTC Tattoo. Suppressed the back key, so you can't accidentally nuke your game. Added hints to the help pages.


Scrambled Net 3.8

Description/changelog of Scrambled Net 3.8:

Released: January 2, 2010.
- Added help on the skill levels.


Scrambled Net 3.7

Description/changelog of Scrambled Net 3.7:

Released: December 23, 2009.
- Dramatically improved the help content and presentation.


Scrambled Net 3.6

Description/changelog of Scrambled Net 3.6:

Released: November 21, 2009.
- Fixed sound on Droid.


Scrambled Net 3.5

Description/changelog of Scrambled Net 3.5:

Released: November 14, 2009.
- Added an animation delay, so it's not so CPU-hogging.


Scrambled Net 3.4

Description/changelog of Scrambled Net 3.4:

Released: November 8, 2009.
- Updated for Droid, and now based on Android 1.6. Will no longer install on Android 1.5 phones. Developer needs to do this in order to be able to handle large screens (like Droid) correctly.


Scrambled Net 3.3

Description/changelog of Scrambled Net 3.3:

Released: August 14, 2009.
- Maybe fixed the stale tile bug.

Version 3.1 (released August 3, 2009): Minor bugfixes. Released to the market August 3.


Scrambled Net 3.11

Description/changelog of Scrambled Net 3.11:

Released: January 12, 2010.
- Differentiate between QVGA and HVGA aspect ratios, so we get the old tile size back on the G1 etc.


Scrambled Net 3.10

Description/changelog of Scrambled Net 3.10:

Released: January 11, 2010.
- Restored the back key, but made it go to home without discarding the app state.


Scrambled Net 3.0

Description/changelog of Scrambled Net 3.0:

Released: August 1, 2009.
- Updated for Cupcake; now works on devices which have no keyboard. Smoother animation using SurfaceView instead of custom widgets.

Version 2.8 (released December 1, 2008): Sound is back and seems to be working; the "no credit" bug is fixed; we now have nice screen transitions and menu icons; there's a better "about" box. Released to the market December 2.

Version 2.6 (released November 30, 2008): Fixes the "no credit" bug - previously, you only got credit if you connected every cell; but you could sometimes get a layout where the terminals could all be connected without using all the cable. Now, credit is awarded for connecting the terminals. Also sound is added. This version hasn't been tested much yet.

Version 2.5 (released November 23, 2008): This version now handles screen rotation (sliding the keyboard open and closed). A few remaining bugs have been fixed. Sound is gone, sorry; it crashes now and then, and I don't know why. This has been tested on the TMobile G1 phone and published on the market.

Version 1.2 (released August 30, 2007): Obsidianx stepped up and ported it to Android version 0.9.


Scrambled Net 1.1

Description/changelog of Scrambled Net 1.1:

Released: December 31, 2007.
- Again on version 0.5 of the SDK.
- Selecting cells with the arrow keys now wraps around.

Please note that this version was developed using the old version of the Android SDK, so won't work in the latest version, or the available Android phones.

Version 1.0 (released December 28, 2007): This version ran in the emulator on version 0.5 of the SDK.



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