Friday, 30 October 2020

Spre ad the love with a cast puzzle !!

 Well...you can also spread love without puzzles :-)

As you may (or not) have understood from the title, this post will be about a Hanayama cast puzzle, a new one called Cast Love.


It's been designed by Scott Elliott, famous for several cast puzzles using nice sequences of moves.


This cast puzzle is a level 1, which is super easy on the Hanayama's difficulty scale. But don't get fooled by the rating: this is a more challenging puzzle than you may expect.

I now tend to be careful before judging a difficulty and I don't usually trust Hanayama's rating and I was sure that it would take me more than few seconds to solve it. Actually it took me way more than expected (not days however, and luckily for me !).


The quality is nice, the display as well: I really like that the 2 halves of the heart are disassembled. Personally, selling the puzzle assembled would ruin the puzzling fun !!


From the image of the packaging of the puzzle, you know how the puzzle should look like when it's solved. But that does not help much...

I am sure you will fiddle a bit trying again and again to solve the puzzle when suddently with a move you did not want to make intentionnaly you will finally solve the puzzle...unintentionnaly :)

The solving is very pleasant and normally you should remember quite well to solve the puzzle again and again (for the fun: with cast loop, I could not solve the puzzle immediately after solving it several times....I am bad I know lol)

I highly recommend the puzzle if you're a metal puzzle collector and if you like the cast puzzle series. It's a nice puzzle, great quality and a nice little challenge as well.

Maybe one of my favourite level 1 cast puzzles !


Friday, 23 October 2020

Hip Flask

A pretty new puzzle designer has arrived in the battlefield that is the crafting of metal puzzles.

His name: Felix Ure, a guy from Great Britain. He designs and makes himself all the puzzles, so you're sure it's top high quality and not a cheap product!




Known for having produced the Titan puzzle (and the name reveals also the difficulty of the puzzle haha), he produced this time a hip flask puzzle, the name embodies perfectly the shape of the puzzle. But sorry you cannot put your favourite drink inside :)


From an outside perspective, you can only see one hole on the bottom of the puzzle and a lid that can be turned and pulled/pushed, but still no tools can be found. Of course, did you expect to find tools immediately ?! No way !!

Don't unscrew the screw !


While you play a bit with the puzzle, then you see 2 things that appear as metal rods, but there is no space enough yet to free them (or should they have to be freed?). As long as you make progress, you hear clicking sounds and then it reminded me of a famous puzzle: the revomaze and I was like "I am not super brilliant with revomaze, how the hell will I solve the puzzle ?"...

It has some common points with the revomaze puzzles, but it's definitely way less difficult and way less frustrating. And it's not only a maze, but you will have to figure out by yourself !

 

I have hard time to make progress because I did not map the maze and I also did not see how I could map it in a proper way, so I was navigating blindly. I still remembered some way that I could go, trying to make small moves for fear of hearing the deadly clicking sound... :)

 

After I solved the maze, the puzzle was still unsolved, I could not take out completely the lid and I was not sure what to do or even if the lid had to be taken out of the flask.... and then came my "ha-ah" moment and of course I won't tell you.

 

Solved !!!!!


What I can tell you is that if you want to have a very nicely made puzzle, a challenging one and a new metal puzzle in your collection, then you should buy it.

I put the link of Felix shop if you're interested: HERE

 

Friday, 2 October 2020

A new devilish packing puzzle: finally solved !!!

 Some time ago I told you about a packing puzzle designed and made by Bozo.


See here: CLICK


And finally I solved it !!!!!!!


I won't show you the solved state as it would completely spoil you, but I can tell that the puzzle is very difficult. No doubt why the designer rates it with a 10/10, and I completely agree with that.

You will soon realize that it has some common points with the Yuu's packing puzzles, but I would even say that this one is more difficult. One of the reasons why is that some pieces can go with many pieces.

So you don't have only one piece that matches with only another one piece. This is not spoiling because you will clearly see that soon.


Ok so after some puzzling time I came to the picture below.

There were 4 ugly pices left (hence the name of the puzzle)


How the hell could they fit inside the tray ??!! 3 pieces could fit together and the remaing one...could not fit.

I really throught there were some mistakes in the crafting of the puzzle. Normally when you solve the puzzle (and see: each piece fit well in the tray, no harm was made to the pieces haha) you should not have this configuration at the end...

After some time spent on that weird situation I decide to contact the designer. Of course he laughed at my nose saying that many people spent hours and hours on that situation and he even explained that no trickery was involved. Fine, fine... then why it's not solved ??????

I suggest you to not look too carefully at my picture and get the same situation as me. I don't want to be the only one who was blocked for hours on it hahah :-)


Having confirmation from the designer that the puzzle is "solvable" (well...I am saved !) I decided to have another (well other tried is better) try at the puzzle. In fact I did not solve it in one go and it took me several attempts. The main reason why is because pieces can go with many pieces as I said before.

Guess what! I even got pressure from the designer to solve the puzzle!!! Sorry I am not a machine lol. 

But after several days I finally solved it !!!!

To be honest: until the almost end of my puzzling journey I thought I did not put the pieces correctly because it seemed that I could not put my remaining pieces....

My "ah-ha" moment came at the very end. And at that moment I really thought that the designer is a mean creature. This is not nice to design such a puzzle !!!!

 The very interesting point of the puzzle, which makes it unique, is that you can think you solved the puzzle until you got 4 pieces left which don't seem to fit inside the tray (or do they? will they?) and then you have to think again to come to the real solution, contrary to a "regular" jigsaw puzzle where normally when 2 pieces fit together you're on the right way. Here, not at all :-)

A maybe little bit too difficult (for my mind actually), but a fun puzzle that will challenge you to your limits. And I still like to get some challenges!

Definitely a nice addition to the special packing puzzle to own in your collection.


You can still buy the puzzle: HERE