This one goes out to all the science lovers. The EZ Atom by Bits and Pieces offers a greater than easy challenge. This puzzle offers the quality construction we have grown to love by Bits and Pieces. The solution requires freeing a marble in the center of the atom. Pulling this one apart offered a fair amount of difficulty. We were most impressed, however, by the challenge of putting it back to its original state!
Gravity Maze is a personal Think Fun favorite of ours here at Puzzle iD. This takes the concept of a maze and adds gravity and a third dimension! Choose one of 60 cards ranging from easy to very challenging. The card will display an initial setup of pieces. You are also given prompts for pieces that must be placed on the board. The goal is to drop a metal ball at the highest point of the maze and have it fall and tumble through the path you have created to the red finish piece. Gravity Maze rewards forward thinking and a fundamental understanding of how each piece can be used. The solution is typically hard earned but always satisfying!
A metal puzzle by Hanayama that fits well in our maze category! This level 5 is a real task. There isn't a whole lot of distance from the center of the maze to the outside. As you probably guessed the solution is not as direct as it looks! The mobile, horseshoe shaped ring has two teeth, one on either side. This means you have to solve not one but two mazes simultaneously! Like all Hanayama puzzles this one is built solid and sure to last. The compact nature of this one also makes it easy to tote around and show off. Take plenty of breaks and jump back to it when the inspiration hits!
The Perplexus maze is a puzzle for the motor skills. Challenge your mind and coordination with this wild and colorful 360 degree maze. Be prepared to take your time with this one as solving each stage takes a little getting used to. Considering the time invested we found this maze to be wonderfully entertaining! This will surely go well in the collection of both beginners and experts alike.
Chinese Nine Linked Rings are a quintessential classic! If you are looking for a puzzle with serious difficulty look no further. The goal is to remove the wand from its 9 ring entrapment. As we know this is always easier said than done! This puzzle requires a fair amount of moves and it sure to occupy even the top notch solvers. Be prepared to spend some time discovering the tricks. This particular puzzle has a huge following and there are many videos of first time attempts. Perhaps you can hold the next fastest time!
This Pyramid Cube by Dreampark deserves a double take. Be prepared to rethink your strategy for the cube category. We will admit the movements with this one are a bit counter intuitive at first but once you figure out the tricks it becomes quite addicting! Dreampark has created a speed cube with smooth action and great durability. If you haven't tried out this 4 sided variety be sure to add it to your queue!
On the Brink is the first of Think Fun's 3-part Programming Game Series. Have you ever been interested in learning the fundamentals of coding? This series teaches you concepts without even touching a computer! The goal is to use logic cues to guide a robot from start to finish. No coding knowledge is necessary but it certainly does help. If you are new to the realm then you'll love how well the instructions are laid out. Think Fun has taken the time to create a truly welcoming environment as well as a wonderful logic game for us die hard solvers!
We don't traditionally review 3D build puzzles but this one is also a brain teaser hybrid! UGEARS has presented a fit together puzzle that builds into a safe. As you build you will learn some very unique intricacies of safe mechanics. Set the password, lose the combination, and you have a grade A mind bending puzzle. The instructions will even teach you how to crack it! The structure consists of sturdy plywood and is sure to last.
This cryptex-style wooden lock creates a fun challenge for your wine loving friends! Set the combination to a number of significance and offer clues. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the puzzled looks while your friends try to discover one particular number in 120 possibilites! This puzzle is easy to set up and is sure to offer a special occasion once solved.
The Trapped Mouse by Monkey Pod Games is a classic disentanglement style puzzle. Rope adds a unique element of flexibility to wooden puzzles. As we solvers know, more elements equal more possibilities to distract us from the solution! This puzzle offers a medium to medium-hard difficulty with a satisfying solution. Can you free the mouse?
Made popular by the Da Vinci Code, the cryptex has found its way in the hearts solvers who love to offer challenging gifts. Solve the code and the bounty is yours! Usually this requires a bit of insight of the mind who gave it to you. In the event you have a secret to keep the cryptex also makes a great safe. Stow away cash or that love letter you've been meaning to send to that special someone. This cryptex presented by Muchenggift is made of solid materials and is sure to last a lifetime.
As if matching colored sides is not enough, TANCH steps it up by taking the colors away completely. The goal with this cube is to match the sides based on shape taking this from a jumbled mess into a perfectly tidy cube. Veterans of the 3x3 will love this spin on the classic dimension.
The INSIDE3 Awful Phantom is a serious challenge. The goal is to navigate a metal ball from beginning to end. At first this seems like any traditional 3D maze. That is until we learn that the maze is hidden within a cube. The only clues we get are the different levels of the maze etched into the side of the cube. INSIDE3 offers 12 levels of difficulty. The Awful Phantom is level 9 and offers the unique twist of a second "phantom" ball hidden within the cube.