This 15 Puzzle is one of the all time most popular puzzles – right up there with Rubik’s Cube. I have loved puzzles of all kinds ever since I was a kid, over 70 years ago. The 15 Puzzle was probably my first puzzle and it has always challenged, entertained and fascinated me. I have had many, many versions of it over the years.
This one by Binary Arts/ThinkFun is one of my favorites for several reasons. It is extremely well made of metal, the tiles slide exceptionally well and do not fall out, and it is quite small,2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 1/4″, and comes with a leatherette carrying case and even a tiny 14 page pamphlet that has a bit of information on the puzzle and 40 problems to solve. This pamphlet also fits in the carrying case.
If you are interested in more information on this puzzle, I strongly suggest you get “The 15 Puzzle Book” by Jerry Slocum and Dic Sonneveld and/or “The Famous 15 Puzzle” a beautiful boxed set including a magnificent wooden puzzle and a book about the puzzle and the world wide craze it created in 1880,also by Slocum and Sonneveld.
These two books are filled with all kinds of information, history, illustrations and details on solving various problems and arrangements. I have reviewed both of them.
You can purchase this puzzle and get the solution at Puzzle Master.