My second Glass Puzzle is also one of the most striking in the collection, the Pudding. This puzzle is so well built that can make any mouth water. The design is flawless, and at a distance it could very well fool you for the real thing. Don’t go trying [Read More...]
Jean Claude Constantin‘s puzzles are very original, but their names are quite unconventional sometimes. Well, the name is not random. It actually has a pretty good reason to be simply called “1 2 3″. Read on. 1 2 3 can be described as a hidden maze with movable parts, or a dynamic maze. There’s a steel ball inside and your task is to guide it through the exit. Easier said than done, since you can’t really see what’s going on inside. The puzzle is made from several [Read More...]
Siebenstein-Spiele is fast becoming one of the best puzzle manufacturers out there. Their puzzles always have something fresh in their designs. You might have seen similar concepts before, whether they’re slide piece puzzles, packing puzzles or even interlocking puzzles, but their approach to visual appealing designs is their strong suit. To my knowledge, all of the Siebenstein-Spiele mechanical puzzles are designed by Jürgen Reiche. Note that the company also publishes interesting board games, but even those are also designed by Jürgen, with the exception of maybe a couple of them. Also, judging by the number of new puzzles I keep seeing [Read More...]
Jean Claude Constantin has the most varied puzzle ideas you ever saw from a single designer, then the Marguerite is the perfect example. It has such a simple concept it’s hard to believe why this hasn’t been designed before. The puzzle is very well made, from laser-cut wood and despite its large petal count, it’s actually pretty light. The reason is because the type of wood used for laser-cutting is much less dense than regular wood. Manipulating the puzzle feels effortless and natural, and the movement is smooth. The dimensions are actually about the same as [Read More...]
Glass Puzzle by Beverly Enterprises, the Rice Crackers. This is a unique collection of 8 puzzles with food as the main theme and were designed by the great mind of Nob Yoshigahara who, as many of you might know, designed many popular Cast Puzzles.
Oskar van Deventer‘s Writer’s Block has been on my wishlist for as long as I’ve been collecting puzzles – That’s over five years now. The reason it took me so long to get it was because of its packaging, which is very bulky for its size and would always steal precious space for other puzzles (see the package here). You all know how postal services are with box restrictions. The puzzle is manufactured by Recent Toys, and it’s probably the company with the worst packaging design out there. All of their puzzles are packaged in giant boxes, which not [Read More...]
Jean Claude Constantin‘s puzzles. However, he now has some competition for the title of prettiest puzzles, also from a manufacturer in Germany, called Siebenstein-Spiele. There’s actually a lot of great puzzles coming from there recently. The latest addition to my collection is Galileo, designed by Jürgen Reiche. It’s a small packing puzzle with only five pieces, but quite demanding. The design of the puzzle is reminiscent to some of Constantin’s best works, using different types of wood and adding [Read More...]
Cast G&G is one of the latest members in the vast Cast Puzzle family, just released in June 2013. Curiously enough, it’s not the first time Hanayama uses entangled letters for the theme of their Cast Puzzles. In fact, there are three other puzzles from Hanayama that also use letters: the Cast H&H, the Cast S&S and a slightly different Cast ABC (see PuzzleMaster’s version). Despite the fact that the Cast ABC has three letters, all of the above mentioned puzzles are comprised by only two [Read More...]