Co-ordinate motion puzzles can be incredibly beautiful objects, and incredibly challenging to assemble. Vinco is well known for his co-ordinate motion puzzles, and the Cross Box is a great example of his work.
If you’re not familiar with Vinco, these are mostly wooden puzzles made by Vaclav Obsivac, who is generally regarded as the master of coordinate motion puzzles. As you can see from the photograph, the work is superb. These are beautifully made wooden puzzles, which for the most part are composites of many different woods glued together to [Read More...]
There are lots of materials to use when making pyramid puzzles. Crystal is an excellent choice. The 3D Crystal Pyramid puzzle consists of 15 pieces and a base to construct it on. There are 4 different shaped and sized pieces. Each piece is hollow. When completed, and you shouldn’t have too much trouble; it makes an interesting piece to display. It is very durable, and the pieces are not likely to break. The only thing that could happen is if pieces get lost. Once again, a puzzle that looks inviting rather than intimidating and [Read More...]
I’m not sure why, but I love puzzles with German words – Sounds cool and difficult. Jean Claude Constantin, a German puzzle designer, has named a lot of his inventions with German words and expressions. For example, today’s puzzle, with a wine theme, is called “Einer Geht Noch” and could be translated as “one more?” or “let’s have another”, or something along these lines.
Like most Constantin’s puzzles the design is visually stunning. With a lighter tone wooden frame and contrasting darker tones for the pieces, everything about this puzzle looks harmonious and balanced. The frame is perfectly [Read More...]
DJ Mole is a sokoban type puzzle. The object is to get the DJ Mole to traverse the grid and pick up old albums. If DJ Mole picks up a blue album, then his headphones turn blue and that allows him to push blue obstacles out of his way.
Other featueres: rainbow albums, teleporters,
One drawback is that you can’t see the entire grid all at once. But that adds another element of complexity.
There are 15 free levels, and I’ve done them all.
Without a doubt, this concept is not entirely original. But the implementation of a Mole who [Read More...]
As a lifelong lover of puzzles; I would like to suggest who would like Fabulous Fun With Puzzles book. Generally, it is a basic puzzle book giving a brief selection of popular types of puzzles. Anyone who has spent time with puzzles, will be familiar with many of the 400 puzzles in this book; as many of them have appeared in many books. I had never come across the two books by Leeming, even though I have somewhere around 600 “puzzle books”; nor have I even come across his name. Maybe they [Read More...]
If you go into an antique shop or store that sells figurines or glassware; the first thing you’ll see is a sign, IF YOU BREAK IT, CONSIDER IT SOLD. Maybe there should be a similar sign in your puzzle store, in front of this puzzle saying, WHEN YOU SEE THIS, CONSIDER IT SOLD. Is there really anyone who has not seen the Rubik’s Cube,? They may have even seen variations to the “cube”,as there is now a plethora of puzzles that go by the name of “Twisty Puzzles”. They all consist of many pieces, connected together with diabolical and ingenious mechanisms [Read More...]
Cast Box is one of the most recent Hanayama puzzles, released at the end of 2012. This is Yuta Akira’s first contribution to the Cast Series, and I might add a great addition. The puzzle made its first appearance at the 2011 IPP Design Competition, then known as “Simple Solid Ring Maze” and also with a wooden frame. Understandably, Hanayama later changed its name to a simpler version, the Cast Box.