Thursday, 26 March 2015

Heavy bolts: they may hide a secret...

If you like metal puzzles, if you like trick bolts and if you like Strijbos's puzzles, these 2 puzzles are for you!

Let's begin by their shape: well they look like big bolts, but pretty heavy bolts.
You know that you won't be able (unintentionally!) to damage them.
The goal is to remove the washer but the nut does not move, and here begins the puzzling part :-)

Hard to distinguish which bolt it is...

You can distinguish the Nipple bolt by the small ball at the bottom of the puzzle. Moreover, the Low number bolt has smaller protuberances on the nut.

These 2 puzzles have a different solution and they don't require external tools (however, for Low number bolt external tools help, but are not needed for solving the bolt!)

Both puzzles have a simple mechanism, but you know with Wil Strijbos, simple mechanism often means hard puzzles :)

For the price and the quality, I would advise you to buy them when Wil has some to offer.
You just need to wait for his new newsletter. By the way, it's been long time since we've not had any newsletter... :-) Big surprises may come sooner

Thursday, 19 March 2015

The wooden snowball

This wonderful puzzle box made with holy is the Puzzlebox n°9 crafted by the famous and experienced Robert Yarger (aka Stickman).

Rob considered it to be close to the most perfect box he has ever made because of its simplicity: only 6 panels that are blocked by one another. At the beginning there was a small rope on one side of the puzzle to hold it as X-Mas tree ornament. But honestly if it had a small loop rope, I would not try to hold it because if it falls, it may break...

This holy wood has something special as you can see: it has many knots that make the puzzle very special and unique. The knots can also help to recognize each panel to remember the correct sequence to open the puzzle.

Even if this wood is supposed to be enough strong, the joints of the puzzle are quite thin, and thus I would recommend not using force...

Once the lid of the puzzle is opened, the puzzle can come apart into 6 pieces. As you can see from the picture below, each puzzle is signed with the Stickman's signature in the inside.

A really nice puzzle to have in your collection!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Roll, roll, roll......

This time I will review a very different game from Lonpos company: rolling games!!!

The goal is to make a small plastic piece roll from the starting point to the finish point without rolling on the 2 obstacles.
There are 48 challenges (not a lot in my opinion...) but as the difficulty increases a lot, don't worry you will have enough to do with those challenges.
So you put the card challenges below the acrylic (notice that you can also put your 2 pieces in the hole under the acrylic) and you take the appropriate plastic piece and then you can start playing!

There are some challenges with the red piece and other with the blue piece. With the red you cannot roll on the obstacles, but you can with the blue piece!
For the most difficult challenges it can take up to 20 moves, which is very huge!! The number of moves required are written. Sometimes you can solve one challenge using 9 moves, but it requires 8 moves, so you have to think more...When I had some difficulties, I started from the finish point and went to the starting point. It can help if you're blocked, but not always :-)

Again no solutions are provided but there is a sheet of paper in which you can write the directions to follow for each challenge. But to remember all the 20 moves in the right order is more than tough...
I really enjoyed this game because it's easy to understand and fun to play. And also I don't see a lot of those kind of games. So here it's an opportunity to try rolling games :-)

The challenge below is the easiest: it requires 2 moves. So as you understand the directions are: one right and one up.


The second puzzle looks almost the one above except that it has more plastic pieces (4 vs 2) and so more challenges (around 230). The rules are the same. In the small booklets are written the number of moves required for each piece.
In my opinion, I prefer having the playing card as with the 1st game rather than this paper booklet that you put below the acrylic. But I assume that, as there are more challenges, it would have been too thick.

So which one to choose? Well I recommend the second one because there are more challenges. But if you have already the first one, no doubt that you will also like the second one.

You can buy your rolling puzzle(s) from Lonpos HERE

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Ready to navigate through the darkness?

I think that you already know what the revomaze is but in case you're new to the puzzling word let me explain you what it is about.

The revomaze is a hidden maze, very well made with CNC machines and made un UK!! What can you ask more as a proof of quality? Nothing more :-)
I would like to point out the care taken in protecting the puzzle. It is well wrapped in bubble paper and in a box with foam. The puzzle are in metal with an anodization. Due to the weight of the puzzle I really advise you to take care: if you drop it on your feet, that will be a real pain!... Also the firm advises you not to play too long time with their puzzles and to make some breaks. Indeed, after too long time of playing you can have soar fingers.

The color is very nice!

The goal of all the revomazes is to pull, push, rotate the shaft inside the outer sleeve to release the pin and get your certificate that shows you succeeded in solving the puzzle. Note that the certificate is only included in the V1 versions, not in the "obsessions" versions and not in the "extreme V2" versions. The maze of the extreme V2 and obsessions are the same as in the V2 versions, but the obsessions versions are in plastic and even if the extreme V2 is in metal, I really prefer the look of the extreme V1 puzzles and there are more choices in the extreme V1. But it's up to you!

This new extreme V1 is the copper revomaze, the puzzles are named according to the color of the outer sleeve. There had been the V1 blue, green, bronze, gold, etc.
Each color has a different difficulty, the blue one is the easiest (it does not mean it is easy at all!!) and about the copper it won't be easy but as it is new, then people will give their opinion about it a bit later. So as for now we don't really know how many hours you will need to solve the puzzle.

So, is it about only a common maze? No! There are many difficulties: first it is a hidden maze, so you don't really know where you are. Many people map the maze, but that is not an easy task because sometimes you can map a path and another, but this another path is almost the same as the first paths, just because you you've come back to the beginning...You see.
The other difficulty is that it is not just a maze, there are many traps inside: dead-ends, other obstacles and some holes that if you go into them, you will have to start from the beginning of the puzzle!!
So you have to remember the good way to avoid traps. You need good memory, good mapping and a lot of persistence also :-)

Since the writting of this review, I have not yet solved the puzzle but I am trying to. For the moment I can say that it is not easy, but fun anyway. The first moves are not difficult and I was not trapped. Then, avoiding a "click" sound I navigated more in the maze, with many care not to fall. But after there is like a circle trap or things like that I don't know. I cannot go further: if I keep going up, I fall in a trap. If I turn right, I fall also. And I cannot turn left...Pretty strange...If some of you have already tried to play with your copper, perhaps you understand what I mean and then give me some advice :-)

Revomaze are not cheap but the quality is very good and you know for the time spent to solve the puzzle, it's definitely worth the money. Whether you're a metal puzzle collector or you like mazes, I think you will have fun with them. The firm bosts to make the most difficult puzzle in the world, I totally agree with them. That's about puzzles you will solve not in minutes, but in hours, or months, or...never?... :-)

Is it original? Yes !
Is it difficult? Yes, frustratingly difficult !!
Is it worth the money? Of course !!! You will spend long time to solve them...
Will it fit well in your collection? I am sure it will !!!!

You can buy the puzzles HERE.
There were 100 copper revomazes for the first batch. They have been all sold! What a success :-)
The second batch of puzzles will be shipped from the end of March. Order one if you've not done it so far, perhaps there won't be a third batch... ;-)

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