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Merry Go Round Puzzle

Merry Go Round Puzzle

Hello puzzle fans. This week Iím going to talk about a puzzle by a German puzzle company called Philos. This is a string puzzle and the goal is to remove the rope from the puzzle. Puzzle Master rates this a 7 out of 10 as far as difficulty. I like the look of this puzzle as well as the sound it makes while I was attempting to solve it. The tangling wood spheres will occasionally make contact with the pillars. The sound reminded me of wooden chimes. I have to admit that I find string puzzles difficult and I have [Read More...]

Category: All Puzzles, Wood Puzzles

 
 
 

Machinarium

Machinarium

What can I say about this game other then its absolutely brilliant and refreshing.† This game has versions for Pc, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS.† Machinarium is not your typical adventure game at all.† I have been playing adventure games since 1992 and out of all the great games that I have played this one is in the top 3.† I would only put the first time I played Myst and Pandora Directive as better games.† Those are older games though.† Welcome to the new, out of the box thinking of adventure games from Indie projects.

Ok [Read More...]

Category: All Puzzles, Android Puzzle Games, Computer Games, iPhone/iPad Puzzle Games

 
 
 

Nifty Fifty

Nifty Fifty

Today, I have chosen to review another great design by Jean Claude Constantin. If you read my blog regularly, then you know I’m a big fan of his puzzles and I’m yet to find one that I don’t like. As of now, I have about 30 of his creations and from what I gathered, this number doesn’t account for more than 20% of all his designs. That says a lot about the sheer variety of puzzle ideas he came up with all these years.

The puzzle I have is called Nifty Fifty, and for those who [Read More...]

Category: All Puzzles, Wood Puzzles

 
 
 

Gear Cube

gear_cube

When I was younger I never really liked or understood how the Rubik’s Cube worked. I guess I still don’t understand it at all, but anyways. I now have an appreciation for the rotational puzzles. Looking at so many of them and seeing how they are made has given me an appreciation for them. I have even been able to solve the 3x3x3 and the 5x5x5. Of course it took me a long time but I still solved it.

This is something completely different.† The gear cube rotates on gears.† There is no internal mechanism that has pieces attached to [Read More...]

Category: All Puzzles, Rotational / Twisty Puzzles

 
 
 

Puzzle App of the Week: Arrow Command

Arrow Commnad 1

Arrow Command is a set of 120 maze puzzles. The Big Red Arrow must get to the red circle, while picking up stars along the way. You must place little red arrows to guide the Big Arrow home. We’ve seen this type of puzzle before. Galaxy Express comes to mind. Arrow Command has a few nice features: 1. Multiple colored arrows. The very easy levels have just one Big Red Arrow to get to its destination. Other levels have blue and green arrows that must get to their respective circles. 2. Wormholes: we’ve seen this before. 3. Toggling Arrows. Suppose 2 Big Green Arrows both [Read More...]

Category: All Puzzles, iPhone/iPad Puzzle Games

 
 
 

The Art of the Illusion

The Art of the Illusion Book Cover

I have always been a fan of optical illusions.† In early 2011, I began working on an optical illusion art book project with puzzle writer Terry Stickels.† Our efforts eventually led to the publication of the book titled The Art of the Illusion:† Deceptions to Challenge the Eye and the Mind.† The book features a foreword from renowned puzzle creator, computer game designer, and artist Scott Kim and showcases more than 200 of the finest deceptive images from around the world.

The cover of the book features a beautiful painting from Canadian artist [Read More...]

Category: All Puzzles, Optical Illusions

 
 
 

Cast Quartet Puzzle

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Today Iím going to talk about a puzzle that in my opinion is very difficult.† It is rated a 10 out of 10 in difficulty.† This puzzle is called the Cast Quartet and is designed by Mineyuki Uyematsu.† He entered this puzzle in the 27th International Puzzle Party competition.† The objective of this puzzle is to take the four pieces apart and then put them back together.† The black metal finish looks cool and the puzzle has a solid construction.† This puzzle chewed me up and spit me out.† This puzzle is very hard.† I know this puzzle is solvable [Read More...]

Category: All Puzzles, Metal Puzzles

 
 
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