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Metamorphose

Metamorphose

Metamorphose is an odd looking puzzle and yet quite interesting in the way that it’s solved. Jean Claude Constantin does a fantastic job on what could simply be described as a Tetris version for puzzle enthusiasts. The looks of the puzzle are self-explanatory. It comes in a solved state in the rectangular-shaped frame and by sliding the pieces down – hence my comparison with Tetris – you should try and rearrange the pieces in the square-shaped frame. The solution itself is not overly difficult, but the execution, which requires a little bit of dexterity, is quite tricky. Between the two frames are two [Read More...]
 
 
 

Tannen Girlande

Tannen Girlande

It’s never too late to show some Christmas spirit… Or is it? Tannen Girlande is Constantin‘s idea of Christmas ornaments and looking at the design it couldn’t be more perfect for the puzzler in you. Made in the shape of a Christmas tree you’ll soon find this will the the hardest one you’ve ever decorated. Tannen Girlande is comprised of a continuous loop made of 19 hinged pieces, reminiscent of a bicycle chain. There’s no beginning or end, but the star at the top is a good way to help you in reassembling the chain back to its triangle shape. [Read More...]
 
 
 

Doppelschicht

Doppelschicht

Doppelschicht, can you pronounce it? Don’t worry, me neither. That’s how Jean Claude Constantin names his puzzles, and I reckon it’s kind of cool. The German language certainly has many interesting words, and this particular one is literally translated as “Double Layer”, which is a perfect description for the puzzle you see here. If you’re used to solving 2D pentomino-type puzzles you’ll feel right at home with the Doppelschicht… Well, almost. The puzzle consists of five distinct pieces, but in reality each piece is attached to another one by a metal peg and they can be rotated in 360º [Read More...]
 
 
 

Pentac Zigzag

Pentac Zigzag

Pentac Zigzag is Constantin‘s twist on a classic packing puzzle, using all 12 known pentominoes plus the square piece. An otherwise rather easy to solve puzzle is herein turned into a fiendish challenge by redesigning each piece with a unique saw pattern. Forget what you know about pentominoes, for the Pentac Zigzag will need a completely different approach to be solved. The presentation of the puzzle, like any other by Constantin, is superbly well made. The pieces are laser-cut in seven different wood colors giving the overall appearance this mesmerizing visual effect. With a diameter of 13.6cm (5.4″), the [Read More...]
 
 
 

Turm von Hanoi

Turm von Hanoi

Jean Claude Constantin is best known for his original designs and concepts, having made hundreds of different puzzles, but he can also take on a classic and give it his personal touch. That’s exactly what he did to one of the best known binary puzzles of all time, the Tower of Hanoi or Turm von Hanoi in German. The Tower of Hanoi originated over 130 years ago by the hand of Édouard Lucas and since then there have been so many variations it’s almost impossible to count them all. I’ve always been fascinated by the sheer brilliance of this puzzle, so whenever I [Read More...]
 
 
 

Digits

Digits

Digits is a cleverly designed slide puzzle from Siebenstein-Spiele that actually doesn’t resemble anything they usually produce. Siebenstein puzzles generally have a predominance of wood in their appearance, even though some wood boards are used in the Digits puzzle. Does this make it less appealing? No way, on the contrary, as it’s one of my favorite puzzles from them. The Digits, like 99% of Siebenstein’s puzzles, was designed by the prolific puzzle designer Jürgen Reiche. The design is made to look like an electronic panel of some sort. There are two colors that I know of used for the frame’s [Read More...]
 
 
 

Blume Orange

Blume Orange - Mixed

Usually, it’s a mystery where Jean Claude Constantin gets his inspiration from to design most of his puzzles. However, judging from the puzzle I have here today, I reckon he even gets inspiration from his breakfast. Meet the Blume Orange, a nice little puzzle in the shape of an orange cross section. The concept of the Blume Orange is a bit similar to another puzzle by Constantin that I already reviewed a while ago, the Marguerite. It also reminds me of the Transposer Puzzles. It consists of four layers, each with twelve segments – curiously enough a typical orange [Read More...]
 
 
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