|OMG! A packing puzzle!!|
Back in August I was contacted by Matthew Yeoman who was the PR manager for a new company called Puzumi who were about to bring out some new puzzles. Since then it would appear that he is now working as a freelance writer but despite that, he still produced an article about the Puzumi puzzles that I think is worth a read. I was even more reassured when Gabriel produced a glowing review of one of their puzzles. Matthew, as do quite a few of you, loves packing puzzles but for me it is a love hate relationship because I am awful at them and don't really feel qualified to write about them. So please read on....
Hello you Puzzle Mad folks, my name is Matthew and I’m a packing puzzle enthusiast. Whoa, this sounds like AA for puzzle people! Kevin has been kind enough to let me write about packing puzzles for his blog. I’m going to give a rundown on puzzles in this style so that you have a jumping off point where you can learn about each type see what interests you and links will be provided (both internally and externally) so that you can learn more.
Kevin covers a wide variety of puzzles on this site that get into the worlds of wire puzzles, disentanglement puzzles, his favoured wooden burr puzzles and even new variations on the Rubik’s cube.
Packing puzzles, one of which can be seen at the top of the post, are a type of puzzle that offer users the chance to construct a puzzle that is far beyond the typical ‘cardboard with an image’ style that so many are used to seeing when they think of the word ‘puzzle,’ but with some shared characteristics that help sucker, er, introduce them into our wider world!
Four Piece Packing PuzzlesA common introduction to the packing puzzle world is through a four piece puzzle. These are made by a wide variety of manufacturers and explain themselves. One finite area, 4 puzzle pieces to assemble. Simple, right? At first glance, many new users think it’ll be a breeze to solve it - until an hour later when they’re still struggling with it!
These puzzles are commonly made of wood, such as those from Four Fit, or the Blockhead from Wood Wonders, and offer a good challenge on the first go. Solving it a second time tends to be much easier than the first and it’s value may decrease at this point as it’s about the challenge, right? Ok, for some people it’s also about the display value! Ed's note - I don't see a problem with that display! It looks quite neat to me. Plus I can find anything instantly!
Cube or Box Packing Puzzles
These puzzles are less popular as they are not immediately recognised by outsiders as puzzles. We left one around the office here once and no one ever touched it. How can we madden and enrage our co-workers if they don’t want to pick it up?!?
Multi-solution Packing PuzzlesThese puzzles cover a wide variety of different packing puzzle varieties. The type that I’ll be focusing on are the acrylic puzzles from Puzumi. This is the new company that has sparked my interest in packing puzzles. Yes, to be real with you it’s partly because I work for them, but also because they’re fun to use and beautiful to look at!
A unique feature of these puzzles is that of a strategy game which is included with each puzzle. You can have a quick game of strategy using your puzzle as you square off in a new style of game that brings together the fun of chess and puzzles! This is a chance for hard core puzzlers to get their kids in on using their puzzles with them so it isn’t just you sitting alone cursing at a puzzle by yourself!
Back to me again - thanks very much Matthew.
Since Gabriel seemed to enjoy his puzzle so much, I thought that all my readers should get to hear more about them - I have not personally tried any but am very attracted to the Roundominoes or the Super version on their site. The idea that there are multiple challenges as well as a strategy game all in one puzzle is of great interest to me. If you get to try it then let me know how it goes? At the moment I have completely blown my budget for a while and need to hold off!
Maybe I need to try packing puzzles again? Hmmmm!
New puzzle availability alert!!!
|Breadbox by Dave Litwin|
Many of you packing puzzle fans will remember when I managed to get hold of more or less the last one of Dave Litwin's Breadbox puzzles and gave it a rave review. Well, he has contacted me again to tell me that he has made a new batch ($40 each +P&P) and that they are available again in 6 different colour combinations. Pictures of the colours and the method of purchase can be found on his site here. I don't get anything for sending you there but do let him know if you go because of me.