Thursday, 29 July 2021

Screw burr puzzle

I must admit I am not a fan of burr puzzle, but some puzzles that are called "burr" are not really burr, and this puzzle is the perfect example of a non-burr puzzle :)

Let me introduce you the screw burr puzzle designed by the famous Oskar van Deventer !!!!!

The puzzle is composed of 6 sticks to disassemble (easy) and reassemble (less easy) made out of 3D printers. Trust me: the quality is very good and does not look fragile at all. The colors are also bright, so they won't fade soon!

There is something special with this puzzle: the shape of the pieces. Unlike many puzzles of this kind, this one cannot fall apart because you need to unscrew the first piece to disassemble the others pieces (and some other need to be unscrewed and not just simply pushed/pulled).

So you won't disassemble it if you don't want to disassemble it :-)

I find very enjoyable the solved process with unscrewing pieces, it's something unusual and relaxing in a way. Reassembling the puzzle is not something super complicated if you remember which pieces go where. So for a bigger challenge, disassemble it and come back a bit later to reassemble the puzzle.

In my opinion, this is a very nice puzzle to display and for sure it will attract the attention of your visitors!! 

For the solution you can see the video here. Ok it does not show step-by-step, but just pause the video and try to follow :)


Thursday, 17 June 2021

Doug Factory fund raising campaign - The Donjon is coming !!!

You know that I love the puzzles from Doug Factory, the French company which designs many puzzle mazes, all 100% made in France, rare enough to be mentioned!

They designed many puzzles, like the novice cube series, the legend series, the phantom series and the new campaign's goal is to raise funds for the Donjon puzzle.


Doug Factory also designed CARAPACES, which is a DIY kit to make some geometrical shapes. A mix between puzzles and origami



So the this new project sounds really exciting because it uses the same maze principle, but with some new features like the way to free the marble in an easier way!

Do you think a dragon is hidden inside??? Only if you believe in dragons ;)

100 % IN * FOR REAL! Bioplastic

If you want to participate in this fund raising campaign, just click HERE

You support will help them a lot, and I am sure that you like their products.

In case you're new, I advise to buy the easiest cubes first to get used to how to read the maze maps and so on. And then trackle biggest challenges! Don't burn steps! :)

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Some nice wooden puzzles

I recently discovered a French webshop selling wooden puzzles called Jeux Efcé.

They are selling a lot of puzzles, like mazes or packing puzzles made out of medium. I have choosen 2 puzzles to review.

First one is called Porte-Bille which goal is to make the small ball fit inside the 2 wooden parts assembled. It's supposed to be an easy puzzle, but trust me it took me more time than expected. I tried and tried so many times but I could not figure out how to solve it (my friends either).

For me it just looked impossible to solve !!

I still did have an idea about how to solve it but I was not sure if it was the intended way. Luckily it was. It can be solved super quickly once you know the solution. But let your friends play with it, and I am sure you will laugh for a long time.

In my opinion, this is a nice conversation item!

The second puzzle is called Tout ça pour 10 centimes, which translates as "all of that for only 10 cents".

This is sequential movement puzzle and the goal is to move the 10 cents coin to its "hole" in the right corner at the bottom of the tray. 

The nice thing with this puzzle is that the tray indicates where the pieces must be at the starting position. 

As of now, I have not yet managed to solve the puzzle. Let me tell you that this puzzle is considered as their most difficult puzzles, and I can testify it's hard. No matter how I move the pieces (and I tried many different posibilities), I still end up with the same result: puzzle not solved !

I am even wondering if there are rotations to make (I am pretty sure not, but who knows). 

I don't know the number of moves required, but I think it must be a high number. Once I have the infomation, I will update this post.

update: no rotations involved. But a lot of moves !!

The guys who crafted these nice puzzles made many other and I think it's worth checking!

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Don't be jealous if you're not a smart puzzle solver :)

 Hi all, hope you're enjoying the current nice weather that seems to occur all around the world :)

I have just seen a review of the famous youtuber Chris Ramsay solving a packing puzzle by Bozo:

Don't look at it if you don't want to get the solution!!!

Some people seems smarter than other, clearly I struggled way more!

To remind you Bozo still have them to sell through his website. And I do encourage you to buy them as they are super clever (and very challenging !!) puzzles.

To buy the 8cat puzzle with a reduction in price, click HERE

Have a nice day :)

Friday, 12 March 2021

NKD fund raising campaign: Architecto puzzle box is coming !!!!!

Dear puzzle friends, I wanted to let you know about new fund raising campaign by NKD puzzle company!

And this time, it's on kickstarter to attract of broader audience !!

The previous time the goal was to make the Mecanigma Kit available for everyone and this time it's about Architecto puzzle box, their most challenging box so far, it really looks amazing!!

Some pictures below:

Look at the wondeful details ! It looks promising !! Full of mechanisms and gears, you cannot ask for more. Sounds they planned the perfect puzzle box ever ???

And what a wonderful box that protects the puzzle. I wonder the goal of the compass and the paper....humm I am sure it must be useful at some point. 

Maybe it can give clues on how to solve Architecto? Honestly I have no idea at all, just a quick guess...

You want to be part of this amazing campaign? Then don't wait and bid HERE !!