Puzzles

Spiral Shell Puzzles

Spiral Shell Puzzles

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.

Rubik’s Cube for the Blind

Rubik’s Cube for the Blind

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.

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Moncage

Moncage

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.

The Tycho Puzzle

The Tycho Puzzle

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.

One-Handed Rubik’s Cube Robot

One-Handed Rubik’s Cube Robot

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.

DIY Truncated Icosahedron Puzzle

DIY Truncated Icosahedron Puzzle

Maker pocket83 walks us through the painstaking process of building a geodesic sphere which not only looks super cool, but offers up a good challenge for those fascinated with puzzles. See how to assemble the wood pieces and rubber bands here.

Sideways Cube Puzzle

Sideways Cube Puzzle

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.

Brickman Anatomical Puzzles

Brickman Anatomical Puzzles

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.

Self-Solving Rubik’s Cube Floats

Self-Solving Rubik’s Cube Floats

After wowing us with his self-solving Rubik’s Cube, maker Human Controller takes things to another level by making his miniature puzzle machine magnetically levitate while solving itself. We’ve been assured there are no visual tricks here.

Coin Jigsaw Puzzles

Coin Jigsaw Puzzles

Coin Cut Art makes these amazing and intricate jigsaw puzzles by painstakingly hand-sawing currency into dozens of puzzle pieces. The pieces are so tiny, you’ll need tweezers (and endless patience) to assemble them for sure.

The Hardest Puzzle Lock

The Hardest Puzzle Lock

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.

Geode Jigsaw Puzzles

Geode Jigsaw Puzzles

21st century design shop Nervous System uses computer simulations to generate laser-cut plywood puzzles inspired by the crystalline structure of sliced geodes. Each puzzle has unique variations in its image, shape, and pieces. In 180-piece and 370-piece variants.

Cryptex Puzzle Gift Bank

Cryptex Puzzle Gift Bank

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.

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Inside3 Puzzles

Inside3 Puzzles

These cube-shaped plastic puzzles from Inside3 feature a hidden 3-dimensional labyrinth inside. They come in 12 different levels of difficulty with maps on the outside, so you can work your way up from novice to insanely-challenging.

Observation

Observation

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.

EcoDecor Escape Room Shop

EcoDecor Escape Room Shop

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.

Solving a $10,000 Puzzle Box

Solving a $10,000 Puzzle Box

Magician Chris Ramsay commissioned a puzzle box from furniture maker Craig Thibodeau. One year and $10,000 later, the box arrived, and Chris tried to solve it for the first time on video. Putting it back together seems to be equally puzzling.

Wisteria Puzzle Cabinet

Wisteria Puzzle Cabinet

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.

Cathedral Flat-pack Lamp

Cathedral Flat-pack Lamp

Etsy seller 1Man1Garage’s unique, wooden tabletop lamp was inspired by the ornate and imposing style of gothic churches. It comes as a flat-packed kit with 120 pieces, making it both a puzzle you can build, and a permanent work of art for your home.

Automachef

Automachef

If you love resource management and programming games like Factorio and SpaceChem, keep an eye out for Automachef. Creating robotic kitchens for restaurants using dozens of machines, visual and Assembly code editors and more. Coming to Windows and Switch.

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Firmament

Firmament

We saw the teaser for Cyan’s new VR puzzle game a while back, and now they’ve turned to Kickstarter to finish funding its production. For those who love the complex and mysterious puzzles of games like Myst and Riven, you’ll definitely want to check this one out.

Wood Trick Mechanical Puzzles

Wood Trick Mechanical Puzzles

Part puzzle and part mechanical toy, Wood Trick designs construction sets that anyone can build. The sets include vehicles, weapons, and rides. Each kit can be assembled within 30 minutes to under 2 hours. Their mechanical nature extends the fun.

Baba is You

Baba is You

In Baba is You, each stage is a puzzle depicted as a crude drawing. But also inside the drawing are the puzzle’s rules, which exist as blocks of words that you can push, and thus change. So Baba doesn’t have to be You. Available for PCs and the Nintendo Switch.

Clemens Habicht’s Color Puzzles

Clemens Habicht’s Color Puzzles

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.

Pix-It-Up

Pix-It-Up

Pix-It-Up is a reusable magnetic puzzle that lets you create pixelated monochrome portraits out of a digital photo. Use the Pix-It-Up website to pixelate a photo and generate instructions. Then arrange the magnetic pieces over the steel frame to mimic the pixelated photo.

Coffer Puzzle Box

Coffer Puzzle Box

Seth Gould spent two years making Coffer, an incredible puzzle strongbox from high carbon steel. Seth made most of it by hand, including the bolts. Jesse Beecher documented the process and made this wonderful video. Skip to 4:13 to see how it works.

How Jigsaw Puzzles are Made

How Jigsaw Puzzles are Made

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.

Pro Office Calculator

Pro Office Calculator

Rob Jinman’s Pro Office Calculator looks like a normal calculator program when you launch it. But wait for it and you’ll see that it’s actually one giant Easter egg. You’ll need to solve puzzles if you want to find out the mystery behind it. Also on Steam.

Tim Klein’s Puzzle Montages

Tim Klein’s Puzzle Montages

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.

Color Changing Puzzle

Color Changing Puzzle

The latest dastardly color puzzle from masochist Clemens Habicht is designed to mock would-be solvers by changing colors. Each piece has a lenticular lens, which makes it shimmer between colors depending on viewing angle and lighting conditions.

The 17x17x17 Rubik’s Cube

The 17x17x17 Rubik’s Cube

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.

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