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...]
Book Tower has all the rules of Tower of Hanoi, but color is added.
I’ve seen 3 or 4 version of this exact same puzzle. I don’t remember the names though. What I particularly like about this version is the theme of books and the library background. They did a nice job on that.
There are literally hundreds of books on Magic; but you would be hard pressed to find a better one; whether you are looking for someone who is 10 or 12 years old, or any adult who always thought it would be cool to do some Magic Tricks. Amazing Magic Tricks book is excellently constructed, with hard covers, a spiral metal binding (ideal for laying out flat) high quality paper and printing. It also profusely illustrated with colored photographs and drawings and 128 pages. And all that for the price of a cheap paperback novel. Then [Read More...]
Secret Boxes, or Puzzle Boxes, however you want to call them, have some of the greatest designs in mechanical puzzles. Just look at some of the Karakuri boxes and you’ll see what I mean. The problem with Karakuri boxes and similar ones is that they’re very expensive. However, not every Puzzle Box is that expensive, and PuzzleMaster has some good and affordable ones produced by themselves.