The Cast Claw is a beautiful puzzle to hold, look at, and to play with. Highly durable and a puzzle that will give many years of enjoyment. As to difficulty, I would rate it as medium. There are several puzzles quite similar in that one piece must be moved from one of several sections through others via notches, until you are able to obtain its release. This puzzle has 3 sections with each section having 2 notches where the fish shaped ring can pass. Which of these slots ,or is there another not so obvious exit path? [Read More...]
The Sequencer is the fourth puzzle I’m reviewing from the Paradigm Puzzles collection by Family Games America. This series of six Packing Puzzles are all designed by William Waite, and feature some of the most mesmerizing patterns you’ll ever see in mechanical puzzles.
Like all the puzzles in the series, the Sequencer is laser-cut, made from plywood, so all pieces can fit perfectly in the frame. Not the best of qualities for a puzzle, but the result is still nice and makes it very affordable. The size is about the same as the others, with a [Read More...]
The Room is a puzzle game unlike any other puzzle game on the cell phone market. This brings me back to adventure games of the past where you had to solve a room or device to enter the next room or sequence of events. I absolutely love these games. I am very intrigued with the challenges that were laid out before me. This game is no exception.† It has me very intrigued. I think two hours has past and I havenít even noticed time at all.
The game is phenomenal in itís design and execution of [Read More...]
Another wonderful and challenging from one of the best metal puzzle makers around today. It’s a pretty little puzzle and even though the first impression makes one think that it consists of several pieces. Not so. It is made of only 2 pieces, but unusually shaped. You will soon see that the 2 pieces are made of 2 different colors, gold and silver. With a puzzle like this one usually shakes it to see if there are any moving parts concealed inside, could there be magnets involved, or does some part slide. Well, none of these approaches seem to work and [Read More...]
The Barrel of Diogenes is an excellent puzzle; but a bit of care is in order here. On March 20,2013,I posted a review on the Classic 3D Barrel hand crafted wooden puzzle; and even talked about this puzzle being in the shape of a sphere. Now we have it in the shape of a cub. All of the “inside” or “hidden’ shapes of the 12 pieces are the same for these three puzzles. This is not evident at first glance. The best way of describing this is to imagine this cube, once assembled, then carved in [Read More...]
The Tavor wooden puzzle is a very beautiful puzzle and one that will give you an AHA! Moment when you solve it. First of all, let me tell you that there is another very similar, but different ball in cage type of puzzle. When I first came across this puzzle, I didn’t notice it was different from one I already had. At first glance, they look the same. However, there is another puzzle called Caged Ball or Ball in Cage, or Invader. When placed side by side the difference is immediately seen. In this puzzle you will note that the [Read More...]
Since the Rubik’s Cube was introduced worldwide, back in 1980, we’ve seen countless variations, some better than others. Uwe Meffert, who’s known for his popular Twisty Puzzles, launched in 2011 a very interesting version of the 3x3x3 cube we all know and love, the Wellness Ball.
In essence, the Wellness Ball is a Rubik’s Cube with an extreme makeover. The core is the same 6-axis “spider” (see video of its internal mechanism), but pretty much everything else is different. For one, instead of a classic cubic shape, the Wellness Ball features 27 spheres and sports a [Read More...]