Saturday, 29 December 2018
Designed and made by Ilya Osipov, this puzzle got an honorable mention at past IPP in San Diego (2018).
The puzzle is made out of 3D material and obviously magnets!
The goal is to have all the magnets in the center like in the picture on the right.
You have 2 kind of moves: one is to rotate the 2 inner parts, the other move is to rotate the halves of the puzzles. After scrambling the puzzle, you will get magnets pointing in many direction, and now the fun begins!!!
I like a lot the noise of the magnets, the "clicking sound" each time your rotate something.
So this puzzle is like a twisty, but more fun. I like the look, and the puzzle is bigger than what I expected. It seems solid as well. So normally you can let your friends play with it.
No algorithm exists yet, and I hope one will be created. It's like rubix's cube: without algorithm it's not possible to solve. But....for this one, Ilya said that a person should be able to solve it under 2 hours, by just rotating again and again.
And he is quite right. For me it's took probably around 30 minutes (definitively less than 2 hours) to solve the puzzle. I had no strategy at all, I tried to elaborate one but I failed. But at some point, I came up with a solved puzzle!
However, again it would be nice to be able to solve it faster with an algorithm.
And a good idea would be to make like a "pro-auzzle", a professional version for speed solving ;)
If you want your auzzle, you can contact Ilya: HERE
There is also a mathematical demonstration HERE with a youtube link as well in case you're wondering about the moves ad the clicking sound, don't expect to understand anything as it's in Russian haha
Ilya's facebook can be found HERE
Monday, 24 December 2018
Overall, most puzzles that are released are in wood and not a lot in metal, this is going to change!
Jon Keegan has submitted 2 puzzles for the design puzzle competition in San Diego (in 2018) and he did not receive a prize (but should have received!!). Among them was the Jewel Thief puzzle which is a massive take-apart puzzle.
Jon will sell 3 puzzles:
-tumbler (100 USD)
-double tumbler (140 USD)
-Jewel Thief (450 USD)
The tumbler puzzles are improved versions of the cylinder puzzle designed by Strijbos, with additional features and a nice color.
The Jewel Thief is a totally new puzzle with nice features, using a lego guy as a thief to release. And it's limited to only 100 puzzles, don't miss it!! ;)
Jon can send you the flyer he made (with some more detailed precision about the puzzles, and a surprise at the end). Just ask him by email by clicking HERE.
I do advise you to be quick if you want the puzzles (you need them for your collection anyway hahaha), because they will be sold out fast.
|Jon created some nice wooden boxes!|
Jon is the new Strijbos, I am sure he will design some more wonderful puzzles.
So far I cannot be more precise regarding the puzzles (except saying that they are very nicely made with stunning design and color anodization), but I intend to make a complete review a bit latter after playing more with the puzzles.
Merry puzzling X-mas to you & your family !!! :)
Monday, 3 December 2018
It's supposed to be an old mechanism (so not something new), but old mechanism does not mean bad!
And this is so neat that Peter decided to exchange it. Let me tell you that turning the key again and again will result in...nothing special :)
The main difficulty is that you cannot see the mechanism. To be honest, I managed to solve it several times but I am still unsure about how it looks from the inside...
With a pretty unusual keyhole you have plenty space to try and turn the key inside. No banging is necessary.
Your only hint is a slight click sound. Maybe this is useful?....
Wednesday, 21 November 2018
Let me introduce the HEXAHOG
Designed and made by Rademic puzzle company in Czech Republic, this puzzle has 2 challenges: you need to free a piece and you need to build up a cage. Double challenge for more puzzling fun :)
The original thing is the shape of the hedgehog. See it does not have any spikes. It's "just" an geometrical shape...not sure of the name though. No spike does not mean it's easier. Indeed you have many holes and many orientations of the piece...
Can anyone count the possibilities??? :)
With a bit of trial and errors you will solve this first challenge, that still took me a bit of time.
Try to make a picure of the "secret" entrance when the piece is freed, so that you can remember how to restart the puzzle. Anyway the piece is easier to manipulate when it's outside rather than when it's inside the cage :)
Now the second challenge...!!
So you have many pieces and the goal is to make a cage around the existing cage.
Honestly this is very difficult because many possibilities and positions of the pieces. I did cheated and even with the solution you have 2 difficulties: to recognize the pieces and follow the solution picture and the other difficulty is that the pieces may crumble when you're building up the uper ring of pieces. So a solution is to have a friend helping you. Or putting an elastic ruber band on the base to maintain the pieces. Or even puting in the center like a paper rolled so that the pieces cannot fall inside. Try to figure out the best way :-)
So in my opinion, a very nice puzzle not for the faint of heart. I wish the locking mechanism of the pieces for the cage could have been stronger to avoid the pieces to crumble and to cary the solved puzzle without fearing that timelapse the puzzle crumble ;)
You can find it HERE along with other nice hedgehog puzzles. I like them overall because of the different variations in terms of design and solving process.
Thursday, 1 November 2018
In my mind, packing puzzles are boring and can be too difficult if the goal is just to put a lot of pieces in a tray. What's the fun?....
For me a good packing puzzle does not need a lot of pieces, but needs a good idea and clever steps. Most of the time with just 3 or 4 pieces you can have a very enjoyable puzzle with a challenging level.
So I will put below some puzzles that I like and that are worth playing with. I won't rank them, because it would be a bit difficult for me to say which is the best and which is the less good. For some of them, I may have written a review, for some other I will do so in the future. But ayway, I will put some pictures with quick explanations.
So let go with a selection of 10 nice packing puzzles!!
1. String octet
Designed by Goh Pit Khiam / Made by Brian Menold
The goal is to pack the pieces but you have to draw a continuous line and of course if you reverse the pieces you have another path.
Many challenges and the challenges are far from being easy. A very good puzzle(s)!
2. No holes barred
Designed by Laszlo Molnar / Crafted by Brian Menold
The goal is to pack the pieces inside the box. But you will have to make some rotations and see the box has something unusual. Laszlo designed several puzzles in the same spirits. Both are very enjoyable and challenging.
3. Pack 3
Designed by Osanori Yamamoto
This embodies the parfect packing puzzle with only 3 pieces (and the wood is wonderful by the way). The goal is not to pack the 3 pieces (which is easy) just in the box but to pack them so that no holes are visible like in the picture on the right. Many moves, this is definitely a nice and challenging puzzles. Be careful, something looking too easy has usually many hidden tricks :)
4. Pin block case
Designed by Hajime Kastumoto
Only 4 pieces to pack, but see there are pins (so grooves on the reverse side of the pieces). A very enjoyable puzzle, with several moves
5. 4L puzzle
Designed by Yasuhiro Hashimoto / Crafted by MINE
The puzzle with only 4 pieces gave a lof of puzzling frustration to many puzzlers. Inside you have a lot (!) of moves to fit the pieces inside the box and the plexi is not here to help you :)
This is a very very good puzzle!
6. Slide packing
Designed by Hajime Katsumoto / Crafted by MINE
It has 4 pieces to fit into this sliding box. What is very interesting is that first it's a sliding box. Then the shape of the pieces look pretty basic. Then the solution is just super nice. This puzzle has a brother called "penta in a box" designed by the same guy. And it has a very nice solution as well.
Very well made, nice solution, it's a must-have!
7. Chain store
Designed by Goh Pit Khiam / Crafted by Tom Lensch
A very unusual packing puzzle, not overly difficult but still challenging
8. Stumbling block
Designed by Goh Pit Khiam / Crafted by Tom Lensch
4 pieces to pack. Not super difficult but still challenging, I am sure that you were amazed (if you have ever played with it) by the sequence of moves. Seriously, you will have you "aha-moment"!!
It has some brothers: road blocks, number blocks. All super nice
9. Magnet mania!
Designed and crafted by Chris Morgan
The goal is to pack the 9 magnets in the holes. I managed to solve it in the not intended way (but I was very lucky). But the official solution is so clever, that you have to still try it. Challenging and interesting mathematical properties
10. One piece packing
Designed and made by Simon Nightingale
The only one packing puzzle with one piece to pack. And this is not an easy puzzle. As you will notice you have magnets. So there are many ways to pack the piece inside (24 if I am not wrong) and you will probably forget what you have done and so try the same configuration several times :)
I really wonder how it's crafted...
Monday, 17 September 2018
Many times I wonder why such or such puzzle receives a prize because in my mind it's not deserved. I mean, all puzzles are usually nice, but most of the time (if not always....) the jury committee does not choose puzzles that really deserves to be awarded!!! What's going on in their head?....
So I was thinking: "why the hell did this jigsaw puzzle received a prize"?....until I got one and started to play with it :)
Ok so first it looks very nice: the colors are well choosen.
Then the cuts are very precise and you won't need to use any force at all. I was worried with that point because it can be tricky with plexi puzzles....
Now the serious part, and why in my mind it's a good (and then why it obtained a prize) puzzle: you won't solve it in a "conventional way".
I mean, usually with jigsaw puzzles you know how to start, right? Do the same thing (yes, please do!) won't lead to anywhere and so you will soon realize that you will have to think way more!!
And yes you need to pack all the pieces flat inside the tray :-)
This puzzle is very difficult and could only come from a crazy devilish puzzle designer's mind ;-)
With many possibilities and pieces that have the same color, this puzzle will puzzle you for long time.
With a low price, this is clearly worth the money.
Did I said that Yuu is from Japan and Japan has the best postal service in the world?...Yes it already happened that I got a package 4 days after it's been mailed. Impressive!!
You can check Puzzle Master webshop to get your copy. Maybe you will get too much frustrated and need the solution?
Friday, 7 September 2018
This nice looking sliding puzzle has been designed, crafted and presented by Patrick for the IPP design competition 38 (2018) held in San Diego.
What about the look: this is a really nice looking puzzle and guess what? It's made with 3D printers and the quality is, in my mind, stunning. It's indeed very smooth.
The goal of this puzzle is to scrambled the numbers by pushing/pulling/turning the rod and then revert to the initial position.
3 levels of difficulty: the more numbers you have, the more difficult the puzzle is, of course!
The nice features of the puzzle: when you push and release then it's goes in the "middle" position. Same if you pull and release the rod. It's like the cutting corner technique of the famous rubix's cube: it's a way to be faster to solve the puzzle.
Also if you don't turn completely the rod of a turn, there is a little somthing that prevent from screwing up the puzzle (pushing/pulling if the numbers are not horizontally aligned). See below:
When playing with the Lolly you will notice that you cannot turn 2 times on the same way (I mean 2 times clockwise or counter-clockwise).
So far I am not super fast to push/turn/pull, but I think this is just a matter of practice :)
How to solve the puzzle you may ask? Well there are algorithms (see again a common point with the rubix's cube) to rearrange the numbers and several steps to be performed.
Easy if you follow the steps. Way more difficult if you try to discover them...
A nice video of Patrick's skills to solve: HERE
I am not that used to sliding puzzles, not even with 3D printed sliding puzzles and I must admit I like it a lot. Consider asking Patrick a copy of it. I suggest to go with the easiest level ;) Don't be a fool!!
The IQ Lolly comes in 7 different colors: you can see HERE the website (it's still under construction but gives you an idea of the colors.
Did I say that there are some Easter eggs to discover? Patrick mention that on the solution he sends. So far, I have not idea about what they are....
EDIT: I found the 2 Easter eggs. Nice!
Tuesday, 4 September 2018
But did you see so many bottles???
7 coke bottles linked with a long rod and locked on each side and inside!!
A lot of care is needed to handle that. First because it's fragile. Then because if you hold the puzzle on each side you apply pressure in the middle of the rod. It would be a pitty to destroy such a beauty:)
You can unlocked the 2 locks on each side, but how to unlock the inside locks?...
You don't have acces to them with your fingers....probably no tools are allowed....
Seriously I am (b)locked... :-(
Saturday, 21 July 2018
Derived from the famous soma cube, this puzzle is this time a tube! I feel that the some cube is so famous that it still gives a lot of idea from designer who enjoy transforming this common puzzle into weird and more difficult puzzles, like this some tube!
Well it's also a restricted puzzle. I am not a big fan of restricted puzzle because it can be difficult to manipulate the pieces making your puzzling experience more a dexterity challenge and less fun.
However with this one, I did not have these kind of difficulties.
Well, there are a lot of possibilities but only one solutions and let me tell you this is quite challenging!!!
However I managed to solve it (and it did not take me month), maybe I just had the right idea at the right moment, who knows...
My method with these kind of puzzles is the following: try to make a final shape (here a tube) with the puzzles outside of its box. Then try to take pieces off the shape one by one, while looking at the box and if the shape was in the box if the piece you're taking off could really be taken off the box. The continue until the final piece. And then do that in the reverse order to put the pieces in the box.
If the shape you're making does not "suite" the box, then first turn the shape. If it's does not work, make another shape with the pieces.
Usually you have several possibilities to make the shape with the pieces. The real challenge it to put the pieces inside the box.
As usually with Laszlo's puzzle, you will have sliding and rotating moves.
This is again really clever and I really enjoyed it. Buy it if you like packing puzzles that have a little something extra and if you like Lazslo's puzzle and Brian's craftmanship :)
I just have a little worry with the puzzles that use plexi: if the plexi cracks or breaks, then how can you replace it....
I do think puzzle makers who use plexi should find a way to let the solver take out the plexi. Maybe by dividing the box into 2 and using magnets (of course that would increase the final price, but maybe less than shipping the puzzle back to the craftman for repairement....)
Sunday, 20 May 2018
Jesse updated often his facebook page (and no need to have facebook to follow his progress) about how this puzzle crafting was going on.
I must admit that he is the only puzzle maker who is doing that and I am sure people appreciate a lot (well, I did) to see his progress and issues when there were some. I feel completely like being part of the project.
This puzzle is called the PI box puzzle, the goal is to move the parts on the top and open the box.
Easy? Not that sure...
Quick words about the design: this is a big puzzle, be sure to have some space! And it's a really wonderful puzzle. It must take long time to craft one, imagine the time spent on crafting 50 as he did....!!!
About the difficulty, this is not an easy puzzle, but it should be manageable. Just ask yourself about the name of the puzzle as it can give you clues.... :-)
You should consider to get this puzzle if there are some left and of course if you have the money. It's not cheap at all. But the quality is worth it.
Just have a look at his website and still tunned for his next puzzles !!!
Thursday, 10 May 2018
It is made by Jeff, a puzzle ring maker who lives in Asia.
Regarding the quality, seriously Jeff has made a super great job!!
First, it does not look like a cheap puzzle at all, especially because it's made of top quality material: silver. But you can also choose other material like gold. Thenk you don't see where the rings went through each other before the finishing.
In the webshop you can order several size. I chose the biggest (the price is the same) because I don't intend to wear it but keep it with my other puzzles and I think it's much easier to play with a bigger puzzle than a "normal size" ring...but it's up to you!
About the difficulty, this is super easy to take it apart....reassembling is a difficult challenge. As of now, it's still in 5 pieces.... ;)
And I am not super good at this kind of puzzle, but well I will keep on trying.
I really like the small box where Jeff put the puzzle, it's a nice display and protect well the puzzle.
And if you want something more customized, just ask Jeff ;-)
What is your favourite puzzle ring??
Saturday, 28 April 2018
On each update: either some puzzles have been sold, either some have been added, either both.
I sell the below puzzles.
The list will be updated from time to time, so don't forget to have a look ;-)
All are in perfect condition and work perfectly.
Any issue regarding the mechanism / condition of the puzzle will be mentioned. But feel free to ask questions before as well !
Shipping is tracked wherever you're are. You will need to sign the parcel to get it.
All the care is taken to be sure that the puzzles will not get damaged during the delivery.
However I am not responsible in case your customs/delivery guys are not careful enough!!!
If you need that I write any specific information in the custom form, let me know prior to the shippment. Same thing as if you want to insure the parcel. Any additional costs (like a higher insurrance) will be paid by the buyer.
Payment is with paypal only
Solution upon request (if you buy the puzzle, of course).
€ = less than or equal to 250 euros
€€ = more than 250 euros but less than or equal to 500 euros
€€€ = more than 500 euros
If you're interested and/or have questions, please send me a message using the contact form. I usually reply fast.
I never reveal who are my buyers !!
So don't worry, deals will always remain private !!
Marcel Gillen MDF puzzles
- Collator (packing)
- Cover up (goal is to cover the white piece by the other pieces)
- LooZ fit (packing)
- Pif Paf with a turn (assembly puzzle)
- Checkbox (packing)
- Stable box (anti slide packing)
- De Doe Dak Ka => Price: €
- Great balls of fire => Price: €€€
- Ze Chinnyhedron => Price: €€
Impossible triangle of 6 cubes
Pelikan packing puzzles
- Belt Cube 3
- Crystal ring
- Diamond Hole
- Eggplant 1
- Petit pack
- Triangle Ring 3
- Triple 3
- Tulip 1
Goal: Arrange tiles to complete burl patterns on both sides.
This puzzle has a single hidden chamber, accessed by manipulating all tiles on both sides to fully complete an intricate burl pattern. A special “runt tile” removes, producing a space for tiles to be manipulated like a traditional sliding tile puzzle. Breaking from tradition, tiles can also be rotated and exchanged from one side of the box to the other through use of its twisting end. A well-hidden trick will also allow them to lift up and rotate into different orientations within the box.
Once this puzzle is solved, internal logic bars can be flipped over and re-inserted to create an entirely different puzzle solving process. This secondary solution can lock tiles in place, so they can’t move until neighboring tiles are manipulated into certain positions. Managing to free a locked tile will at times also indirectly lock yet another tile in place. This adds to the challenge of an already difficult puzzle.
Puzzles were hand-crafted from leopardwood and walnut, with tiles and sides finished with exotic tamo burl. They measure 7.5” x 4.5” x 4.5” and are limited in edition to only 50 completed boxes.
Most of the work on this box is on the inside. Once solved, the mechanism is completely visible, although it cannot be modified or misaligned in any way.
The box is finished with laquer and then hand waxed and buffed to give the paduak a very nice shine with depth which glimmers when you rotate the box.
There is a clue engraved in the bottom of the box to help you on your way. Each box is signed.
This design won a first prize award in the IPP28 Design Competition.
- Mushkila #3
- Mushkila #4
- Raya Box #1
- Raya Box #2
- Raya Box #3
- Raya Box #4
- Raya Box #5
- Snake Pit #1
- Snake Pit #2
Made by Eric Fuller and designed by Rick Eason. This puzzle will puzzle you for long time :)
Designed by Stewart Coffin
This is an original packing puzzle, far from being easy
Designed by Volker Latussek. Made by Pelikan
A very tricky packing puzzle. You need to pack the pieces so that the top is flat (so the solution is not as shown as the picture on the left!). Way more difficult than what you think.
Stand by cube 4
Designed by Gregory Benedetti and made by Eric Fuller
Difficult and challenging puzzle.
Shipped assembled for more safety. Perfect condition.
A nice looking puzzle that hides a devilish mechanism.
Please note that the orientation of the magnet on the top of the box is faulty. I mean you cannot close completely the lid as the magnet is positionned on the wrong side.
However this does not provide to solve the puzzle. The magnet has nothing to do with the solution.
Brass baseball bat
Assemble the 6 pieces to make this beautiful sculpture.
It holds by itself. However I recommend to not put fragile objects close to it and to assemble/disassemble carefully and not on/close to fragile surfaces.
The puzzle is shipped disassembled.
A piece of art!!!
Designed by Ken Irvine
Trifecta was Ken's entry for the 2015 IPP design competition. It's a lot of fun, with two different goals: three copies of three different types of pieces assemble to form the given configuration, both with and without the optional three-cube bonus piece. There is a fair amount of confusing movement with disassembly, and reassembly is moderately difficult but a lot of fun
Two-tone Zero by Pelikan
Made by Pelikan and designed by Osanori Yamamoto. A nice and challenging puzzle
An interlocking ball puzzle made by Vinco. More difficult than it looks. Will be shipped assembled like on the picture on the left or disassembled like on the picture on the right (upon choice of the buyer)
Orb by Sonic Game
This is the extreme version of the orb!! Perfect condition.
Shipped with its original leather box and carton box. The puzzle has already been registered. The key has been removed, so I will ship it apart as well.
Toothpick safe by Frank Chambers
Goals: open the box // solve the puzzle that is inside
A rare puzzle that you need to have!!
Tumblebug by Frank Chambers
See the goal in picture below. A nice and very challenging puzzle!
Cubbyx and Cubbox designed an crafted by Zdravko Zivkovic
Heavy wooden packing puzzles. The shapes of the pieces are unusual. Difficult puzzles. Both are different.
Price: €€ (for each)
Sandfield jewel dovetail box
Unusual dovetail puzzle. I don't have the key, but who said it was needed?....or maybe?....
A very original puzzle designed and made by Marcel Gillen long time ago. Why original? Because made of 3 materials: wood (MDF probably), plastic, metal.
The goal is to free the ball. Of course it's doable because the ball was firstly put inside!
Perry McDaniel puzzle box
Super nicely puzzle. Very nicely made!
Zipper puzzle designed by Iwahiro
2 challenges: close one of the 2 color zippers completely // close all the zippers completely
This is an impossible puzzle designed and crafted by Mike Snyder. It's an old puzzle.
The nice thing is that you can play with the nut. The goal is to guess how it has been made.
A nice conversation item!
Big sphere by Vinco
Designed and crafted by Vinco, this puzzle is also nice to display
Difficult to assemble
Will be shipped assembled
Crafted by Mike Snyder
I advise not to take out the treads from the needle. The goal is to guess how it was made.
A nice conversation item.
The lid is somewhat not perfectly cut (proof of handmade work!). So there is a difference of "levelling".
However, this does not provide at all to solve the puzzle. It's just purely aesthetic. This is a very good puzzle, don't miss it!!
Impossible folding by Allen Rolfs
I will provide you a PDF version (so you pay for a PDF, not a hard copy).
Interesting and rare booklet that will teach you the secrets to make impossible foldings!!!
Puzzle crafted by Maurice Vigouroux
It seems to be the famous soma cube