I already reviewed a chess piece by Hanayama in a previous post and this time I will review all the other ones from the same series.
All these puzzles were initially designed and made by Marcel Gillen long time ago and since then mass-produced by several companies.
The mechanism are somewhat a little bit different from the original pieces in the way that the original pieces were a bit more difficult. Resulting in these recent ones being pretty easy. But it depends on the experience you have with solving puzzles!
The knight is the easiest one in the series and should not take you that long. A nice starter for the whole series.
Let's continue with the rook: a nice one with another trick. I like the design of it with the star on the top!
What about the pawn? In my opinion, this is the best in the series. I like the implementation of the tricks, pretty clever!
The queen is a bit like the king (well they love each other, don't they?) in the solving process. Does not mean the same ;)
And to finish: the bishop. It gave me a bit of difficulties. I would rate it the most difficult in the series. The solving process is satisfying. Don't break his head :)
In my opinion, the mass-produced version are an affordable way of playing with these very famous puzzles. I do recommend them if you're a metal puzzle lover or an hanayama puzzle collector.
If you're really looking for challenging puzzles, then they may not be your cup of tea: they are rather easy.
You can find them on Puzzle Master webshop and if you buy the bundle with all the pieces, it's cheaper.
Don't get fooled by the color: black, silver, gold or any possible color it does not matter. The solving process is the same!