Thursday, 8 June 2017

Slide packing

This puzzle was awarded a prize at IPP competition in last summer (2016) and it seems many people like it.
At a first glance you can wonder why it received a prize as it looks a pretty "basic puzzle". Well, it's not!


Ok, so nice presentation (like usually with Japanese products) and easy-to-understand goal: just put the wooden pieces in the box and close it.

You're provided with 3 identical pieces and a weird one. Putting the identical pieces in the box and closing it is super easy. Putting all the pieces is far from being easy. Yes, this is a packing puzzle, but in my humble opinion, one of the most original packing puzzles out there. It's not only about putting pieces in a box, it has something more, which gives this puzzle all its originality and that may be the reason why it was also awarded!

About the crafting: this is super well crafted, the box is wonderful, no friction between pieces. A very very good job! And the wood is very nice too.

What about the solving process? This is very pleasant and force you to think. With packing puzzle, honestly you just put pieces here and there. You cannot really think. Here you can. While it will not take you hours and hours to solve it, I think the difficulty is nice: not too low, not too hard, so that you will not be reluctuant to solve it many times. Did I tell you that closing the box is also very pleasant: smooth? Now you know :-)
I swear that all the 4 pieces are inside the box. Puzzle solved!!

To conclude, definitely a nice puzzle you really should own. And the Japanese post is the best in the world! I received my package in less than one week! Just amazing!!!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Revomaze V1 aqua

Easiest one of the revo series, but one of the latest revo to be released, this one offers a nice introduction to the revomaze world.

Many people ask with which revo they should start their journey,, and honestly I can only recommand to start with the easiest. Because it will give you the basics and you will learn how to map the mazes and traps. And then your second challenge is also to be as fast as possible!

Nice color!

What about the maze itself? This is a static maze (meaning no small parts move inside) and the maze is pretty straight forward. Several walls will prevent a beginner to fall. But of course you will fall many times before drawing a proper map of the maze.

There is no tricks nor dexterity involved. "Just" a maze.

I know that many puzzle who experiences harder mazes but find this one easy, but well I am sure that a revo collector will stil buy it to play and collect it. And a beginner will have a nice one to start as well. I think it's suitable for everybody then.

It did not take me long time to solve as you can imagine. I bought a revo mapper that a guy on the revo forum made with 3D printers and I must admit this worked perfectly. Many people have difficulties to map or don't know how to construct a tool to map the revo. 2 guys (and surprisingly, not the most seasoned! why did the most experienced guy did not do anything??!!) made revo mapper. You can have a look on the revo forum and contact them. The design is different, you can buy both to see which one you prefer. I really advise these mappers.

New revo should be released soon. Stay tunned!

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