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Puzzles

Pix-It-Up

Pix-It-Up
~$70+  Pledge Link Comment

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.

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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
Free  Buy Comment

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.

Puzzle Ninja

Puzzle Ninja
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Alex Bellos took learnings from his travels to Japan to create a series of more than 200 Sudoku-Kakoru-Futoshiki-style puzzles, including 20 completely new and original types of puzzles. The book is packed with challenges for even the most hardened puzzle junkie.

Homo Machina

Homo Machina

This surreal puzzle game takes players on a fantastic voyage through the human body, as realized through imagery inspired by artist and science writer Fritz Kahn. The game envisions the inner workings of the body as a 1920s factory. Available on iOS and Android now.

The Rubik’s Puzzle Box

The Rubik’s Puzzle Box

This unique puzzle box looks a bit like a Rubik’s Cube, but as Mr. Puzzle shows us, it’s a totally different thing – a take on those dovetail puzzle boxes which look unsolvable, but are surprisingly easy to open if you know the trick. Created by ND Puzzles.

Viking Puzzle Box

Viking Puzzle Box
~$74  Buy Link Comment

A superbly challenging wood and acrylic puzzle box for storing away small keepsakes. It features a complicated locking mechanism which requires each of its parts to be moved in an exact sequence to access its contents. Solution at 1:46.

Rubik’s Solving Robot

Rubik’s Solving Robot

If you thought that kid solving a Rubik’s Cube in under 5 seconds was impressive, wait til you get a load of Ben Katz’s speedy robot, which can size up the plastic cube puzzle, and solve it in less than 1/12th of the time – 0.38 seconds to be precise.

Firmament (Teaser)

Firmament (Teaser)

An all new game from the makers of puzzle adventure games Myst, Riven, and Obduction. Firmament is set to bring Cyan’s trademark puzzle challenges to virtual reality headsets, enveloping players in rich steampunk environments.

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VW Camper Van 3D Puzzle

VW Camper Van 3D Puzzle
$30  Buy Link Comment

An easy-to-assemble 3-dimensional model of the iconic Volkswagen Type 1 camper van that you assemble from plastic puzzle pieces. It has 162 curved pieces, a rolling base and even a couple of surfboards you can put on its roof. The finished van measures 11.75″ x 5.5″ x 6″.

Pure Hell Jigsaw Puzzles

Pure Hell Jigsaw Puzzles
$20-$34  Buy Comment

Up for a real challenge? Every single piece in these 1000- and 2000-piece jigsaw puzzles is the exact same color. Plus, the pieces are much smaller than standard puzzle pieces to make them even more difficult to work with. The smaller version is also available in black.

Assembling a 17x17x17 Rubik’s Cube

Assembling a 17x17x17 Rubik’s Cube

After tearing down an insanely complicated 17x17x17 Rubik’s Cube, puzzlemaster Tony Fisher managed to acheive something far more daunting – painstakingly putting the thousands of individual pieces back together into a working puzzle.

17x17x17 Rubik’s Cube Disassembled

17x17x17 Rubik’s Cube Disassembled

Cube puzzle guru Tony Fisher decided to see how the insane 17x17x17 Yuxin Huang Long puzzle is put together, so he cracked it open to reveal the thousands of pieces which go into its assembly. Now it’s a whole new kind of puzzle to try and put it back together.

Scribblenauts Showdown (Trailer)

Scribblenauts Showdown (Trailer)
$40  Buy Link Comment

Scribblenauts Showdown is a multiplayer party game spinoff of the one-of-a-kind word puzzle video game. Play over 25 mini-games with the computer or up to three friends using the game’s 35,000-word dictionary. There’s also a sandbox mode. Drops 3/6/18.

The Lotus Box Puzzle

The Lotus Box Puzzle
$130  Buy Link Comment

Looking to confound your friends with a super-tricky puzzle? Look no further than designer Wil Strijbos’s Lotus Box, a puzzle in which a deceptively simple looking series of tasks are extremely difficult to accomplish. Solution spoiler at 1:40.

Ice Rubik’s Cube

Ice Rubik’s Cube

Tony Fisher knows a thing or two about making Rubik’s Cubes. After all, he’s the guy behind the world’s largest working cube, and has also built all kinds of complex variants. Here, he shows off a fully-functional puzzle that he made using ice. Hopefully, he’ll work out a color version.

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Retro Video Game Puzzle

Retro Video Game Puzzle
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A nifty puzzle based on the neatly organized photography of artist Jim Golden, this 1000 piece set features a gallery of classic video game systems, accessories, and games, from the Atari 2600 to the Mattel IntelliVision. The perfect gift for the gamer on your list.

Gorogoa

Gorogoa
$5-$15  Buy Link Comment

Jason Roberts’ Gorogoa is a refreshing take on puzzle games. Each puzzle consists of up to four hand-drawn frames. You can do only three things: slide the frames, place one frame on top of another, or separate overlapped frames. Available on iOS, Windows and Switch.

Lowe’s DIY Escape Room

Lowe’s DIY Escape Room

Lowe’s challenged four trade professionals and makers – an electrician, a home remodeler and YouTubers Grant Thompson and Bob Clagett – to get through an escape room that challenged their DIY skills. Is it one long Lowe’s ad? Yep. But it’s legitimately entertaining too.

Geode Jigsaw Puzzles

Geode Jigsaw Puzzles
$60-$95  Buy Link Comment

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.

LEGO Puzzle Cube Concept

LEGO Puzzle Cube Concept

LEGO Ideas member Sleepy17’s playset hides all of the pieces’ studs for a clean look. The set consists of puzzle pieces that form one of two cubes when they’re correctly put together. The 3×3 cube is for beginners, while the 4×4 cube is harder to solve.

Zenth 3D Labyrinth

Zenth 3D Labyrinth
$65+  Pledge Comment

A beautiful wooden plaything to help your mind relax, Zenth offers a modern, 3-dimensional take on the classic labyrinth. It’s not designed to challenge or confuse, but to help you take a break from the day’s stress. Available in bamboo plywood, or a limited edition walnut.

Coin Jigsaw Puzzles

Coin Jigsaw Puzzles
$15-$225  Buy Comment

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 250-Step Lock

The 250-Step Lock

Most locks unlock with either a few turns of a dial, or inserting a key. But the Schloss 250 is a lock puzzle that requires 250+ moves in order to open its hasp. The solution is relatively simple once you get it, but quite time consuming. The Generation Lock is even more challenging.

Single Print Yoshimoto Cube

Single Print Yoshimoto Cube

Redditor eames_era_fo_life shows of a cool 3D printed object – in the form of a Yoshimoto Cube – one of those hinged playthings that can be flipped inside-out on itself. The most impressive part – it was printed entirely as a single part. STL file available here.

Insanely Complex Puzzle Box

Insanely Complex Puzzle Box

A demonstration of a ridiculously complicated wooden puzzle box, which requires numerous maneuvers such as rotating and sliding boxes in and out, and twisting keys and knobs to unlock its deepest compartment. We’d love to see a build video of this thing.

Monument Valley 2

Monument Valley 2

The sequel to one of the most beautiful and enthralling puzzle games ever made. Monument Valley 2 introduces a new story and new characters. Help Ro teach her child about the magical ways of Monument Valley. Currently on iOS only.

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