Hana Yama make an excellent collection of cast puzzles. Their puzzles are exceptionally well made, a real challenge to solve, are immediate attention grabbers, beautiful to look at and feel great in the hand.
When you pick it up, it seems so loosely connected together; that one thinks it should fall apart. As you play with it, it will remind you of a set of dentures rattleing in a blizzard. I can’t think of any other puzzle like it. It consists of 4 pieces of chrome metal, quite small, but heavy for its size. No doubt about it; it well [Read More...]
The Scrambler puzzle has a long history. It got started around 1834, traveled around Europe testing people’s skills. It was brought to North America by Pioneers. It was simple to make, even with very basic tools. Today it is made by many companies around the world. There are several different ones here at various prices. Who knows, it may even have been the puzzle that prompted many other “sliding block” puzzles such as the 15 Puzzle or the more recent Rush Hour. There are several sequences whereby the puzzle can be solved, some requiring more moves than [Read More...]
Can’t believe it’s over a year since I reviewed my last Twisty Puzzle. I guess I neglected this category a bit, and considering it all started with the one and only, the Rubik’s Cube, it definitely deserves a little more attention. Well, what better way to resume the Twisty reviews than a puzzle based on the Rubik’s Cube itself, Meffert’s 3x3x3 Bandage Cube.
The puzzle dates back from 1999, and while it’s produced by Meffert’s, I don’t have any information about its inventor. The mechanism is basically the same as the classic 3x3x3, but has a [Read More...]
Luma Link is a series of 300 puzzles where the object is to slide the tiles around until the silver ball can go into the red hole. The silver ball can travel to an adjacent tile.
Tiles can move horizontally/vertically ONLY IF the selected tile has a matching colored tab with another tile on that same row/column. You’ll notice that some tiles have tabs only at 12 o’clock & 6 o’clock: they can only move up and down, never side to side.
I have done all the medium & hard levels. The presentation is slick. This [Read More...]
Earlier this month, my newest book entitled Exceptional Eye Tricks was released. The book features nine chapters of different categories of optical illusions with additional information about the illusions located in the back. One of these chapters is devoted to “motion illusions”. These types of illusions are static but appear to be moving (as if they were animated). As such, they tend to be very popular on the Internet. While the effect is noticeably better when viewed on a computer monitor, they also work well in print.
The cover of this book features a great example of a motion illusion [Read More...]
The Wedding Vows is a classic puzzle if there ever was one. It was around when marriage was deemed to be a permanent union. Nowadays,things have changed, and separations are much more common, and the parties go back to where they were. This puzzle demonstrates this phenomen wery well.
All that aside; the Wedding Vows is a great puzzle that is very well made and will entertain puzzlers of all aqes and solving skills. Though fairly difficult; once you get it figured out, the 2 rings can be joined together and separated [Read More...]
Although a bit expensive, Architecto is a great game and will provide years of entertainment. On the side of the box,it suggests the game is for 7+. I suggest kids even younger will love playing with it and making whatever they make with different shaped blocks. Then, there is the enjoyment that older youth and all adults will have trying to build the structures suggested in the book. Even when one has made all the structures,those with a creative mind will find there are many other structures that can be constructed. Although there are 18 “blocks”, not [Read More...]