Science and math-based design company Nervous System presents a duo of generative art puzzles inspired by spiral-shelled creatures. Both the 117-piece Ammonite and 307-piece Nautilus puzzles are laser cut from birch plywood, and incorporate a handful of unique pieces that resemble other living organisms.
People with visual impairments could soon join in the fun and frustration of solving a Rubik’s Cube. Puzzle fanatic Bondarenkoyt peeled off the stickers of a standard cube, then created textured squares that could be felt with fingertips. To prove that it’s usable, he solved it blindfolded. Now someone should put this into production.
Alpha Beta Gamer shows off early footage of an awesome puzzle game concept. Players manipulate a 3D box that contains other 3D scenes on each of its sides. As you line up objects on its sides, you can affect the other scenes to solve its levels. A demo version is available for Windows, and takes just about 15 minutes to complete.
Craighill’s small, but substantial puzzle is made from four identical pieces of brass and four identical pieces of stainless steel, each precisely machined for an exacting fit. Once assembled, the finished piece is a beautiful, sculptural object to display on your desktop.
There are robots out there that can solve a Rubik’s Cube very quickly. But, while OpenAI’s design is decidedly slower, it works much more like a human, using its five robotic digits to maneuver and manipulate the cube with one hand, and learns to solve it using trial and error. Find out more about how it works here.
Pacific Puzzle Works‘ incredible cube is a truly special collectible for the puzzle aficionado. Artist Lee Krasnow builds each one out of aluminum, wood, metal, maple, birdseye, ebony, bronze, and stainless steel, and it slides apart and together with amazing precision. It’s also available in a cheap 3D-printed variant.
Artist Jason Freeny is best known for his see-through anatomical figures of pop culture characters. These version of his LEGO-inspired Brickman figure let you assemble his innards yourself. Choose from a 16-piece, 5″ tall model, or a 12″ tall model with over 40 pieces.
Magician and puzzle fanatic Chris Ramsay shows off an incredibly complicated “Level 10” puzzle by designer Rainer Popp. The beautifully-crafted T11 Popplock weighs in at about 5 pounds, and requires a sequence of 13 tricky steps to unlock it. The only clue provided is to use the key in the keyhole – but there is no keyhole.
Make your gift recipient work for their prize with this see-through gift container. It provides enough space for small items like cash, candy, or gadgets, and requires that its recipient guess a 5-letter combination to open it. You can program it to the word of your choice and provide them with an appropriately challenging clue.
Devolver Digital’s Observation is a puzzle thriller game set in a space station. You play as SAM, the artificial intelligence managing the structure. You are trying to help an astronaut figure out why her colleagues vanished, but something is telling you to do the opposite. Available for Windows and PS4.
Want to build your very own escape room? This Moscow, Russia prop builder and Etsy shop custom-makes all kinds of tricky puzzles to keep people perplexed, from an LED color-coded lockbox, to fake bombs to diffuse, to a mysterious talking owl, to a laser maze to crawl through, and more.
Fine furniture maker Craig Thibodeau created this incredible work of functional art. The cabinet not only features intricate marquetry and inlay work, but a series of drawers and compartments that can only be opened if you know its secrets. Puzzle designs by Robert “Stickman” Yarger.
Clemens Habicht’s 1000 Colours is a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle in which each piece is a unique color. When assembled, it forms a CMYK color chart. Also available in halftone and vibrating color patterns. Save an extra 15% with code SEMIANNUAL in The Awesomer Shop.
We’re currently assembling a 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzle here at Awesomer HQ, and it got us thinking, how do they cut all those tiny pieces so perfectly? Well, ask the internet, and ye shall receive. Here’s a cool video that goes inside Italy’s Clementoni jigsaw puzzle factory.
Artist Tim Klein loves to combine i mass-produced puzzles, which are often cut on the same dies, then mixes the identically-shaped pieces into “a surreal picture that the publisher never imagined.” Unfortunately, all of his works are sold out as of this writing.
YouTuber RedKB shows off an insanely complex Rubik’s Cube variant, a $750 cube which will challenge just about any puzzle fanatic. The YuXin HuangLong puzzle is made from 1947 individual pieces, and we can’t imagine how much work it takes to solve once scrambled.