Carpenter David Lundell enjoys making furniture that incorporates hidden storage compartments. Each one works like a puzzle box, requiring a specific sequence of actions in order to access its contents. Here’s another version he built for hiding away guns, booze, and a poker set.
This series of three jigsaw puzzles come together to form the major anatomical structures of a 5-foot-tall human being. Choose from head, thorax, or abdominal sections, each certified for accuracy by medical illustrator Mesa Schumacher. They make a great gift for biology students, or just anyone interested in science.
Love a challenge? Jean-Claude Constantin’s Hidden Corridor puzzle will definitely get your brain juices flowing. The objective of this Level-9 puzzle is to maneuver its ball through a maze by moving a series of sliding levers. Made from laser-cut wood, acrylic, and metal hardware.
Chronicle Books teamed up with LEGO to create a series of fun jigsaw puzzles. Among them are these 1000-piece puzzles based on the faces and bodies of LEGO minifigs. With its repetitive details and yellow color scheme, the faces puzzle is definitely the more challenging of the two.
In the 1800s, an engineering reference book showed off a pulley design that could expand its size. Angus of Maker’s Muse wanted to see if he could replicate the part using 3D printing, and along the way found a different use for it, and incorporated the mechanism into a nifty looking puzzle box.
This colorful, challenging, and unique 540-piece jigsaw puzzle from Uncommon Goods features a gradient field of color that wraps around a spherical surface. Its pieces are made from plastic which ensures they hold together firmly, and the finished globe measures 8.66″ in diameter.
Craving carbs? White Mountain’s 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle is covered with images of Hostess snack cakes like Twinkies, HoHos, Ding Dongs, and Suzy Qs. We can’t guarantee it won’t make you hungry, but it will give you something to do other than running to the pantry to snack while you’re stuck at home.
Desktop accessory maker Craighill’s stainless steel puzzle forms a complete sphere when assembled, but figuring out how to put its three components together is harder than it looks. It measures the same diameter as a pool ball, but weighs a hefty 1 lb, 12 oz. Pre-order price available for a limited time from Drop.
These stay-at-home months have made jigsaw puzzles a hot commodity, so it’s no surprise that eeBoo’s designs keep selling out. Their Goddess and Warriors puzzle comes to the rescue with an epic illustration of global goddesses, deities, warriors, and heroines. Made with 90% recycled board and vegetable-based inks.
Nervous System is known for their unique, mathematically-generated designs. After making a seashell puzzle out of sea creatures, they made a cat puzzle out of cats. The vibrant, 224-piece wooden puzzle features 43 tiny cats hidden within its otherwise abstract pieces. Also available as a 114-piece version with larger cats.
Developer Graceful Decay is working on this first-person 3D puzzle game that drops players into a beautiful and perplexing world where every environment and item is simultaneously enormous and tiny. Puzzles are solved by manipulating objects at different scales. Coming to Windows 10, PS4, and PS5.
Areaware presents a collection of tiny 8″ jigsaw puzzles based on images of everyday objects. Selections include breakfast cereal, a disco ball, a pretzel, a piñatas, a slice of pizza, and even an accurate Chicago hot dog (without ketchup, of course.) Get 10% when you order 4 or more using code LPTBUNDLE at checkout.
Looking for another relaxing activity to pass some time at home? This book is filled with dot-to-dot illustrations of famous locations around the globe. Like the other books in in Thomas Pavitte’s dot-to-dot series, each image is made from exactly 1,000 dots, and comes printed on a tear-out page, suitable for framing.
This crazy puzzle from Japan comes with 150 pieces which are all the same exact color, making it extremely challenging to complete. To add to the fun factor, its pieces are phosphorescent, so you can work on it in the dark, and leave temporary shadow art on it.
Among their various creative pursuits, Melbourne, Australia’s Yell Design makes see-through jigsaw puzzles. This one is particularly outstanding. The Accident is made up of 215 individual pieces, each cut to look like a piece of shattered glass. Their laser-polished edges should mean no sliced fingers either.
This jigsaw puzzle is the perfect time-killer for LEGO fans. The 1000-piece puzzle features a vibrant image of buckets filled with LEGO bricks, neatly separated by color. The color sections should mean it’s not too difficult, but the varying block shapes still provide a bit of a challenge.
These see-through jigsaw puzzles are made from clear acrylic, with each piece being indistinguishable from the next, other than its shape. Simply Laser is one of several Etsy sellers making these laser-cut puzzles in four sizes, from a simple 3×3 up to a super-challenging 20×20 version.
Looking for a way to pass the time at home? This enormous, 51,300-piece jigsaw puzzle features vibrant images from 27 amazing locations around the world, and measures a whopping 28.5 feet by 6.25 feet when finished. The biggest challenge? Where to put the thing.
This indie title from Hello Games (No Man’s Sky) follows the story of lost ember who finds itself lost in a mysterious place. It’s up to players to guide the poor little guy through a series of challenging puzzles on its quest for home. Due Summer 2020 on multiple platforms.
Microworld makes these intricate metal building kits of mech-animal hybrids. The collection includes a polar bear, crocodile, lion, flying tiger, scorpion, and a police dog. Each one is made from iron and brass, with fade-resistant color coatings. Expect a challenge for all but the most experienced builders.
Are you ready to solve that Rubik’s cube that has been sitting on your bookshelf for years? Stellavie’s giclée print not only would look great on your wall, but provides a variety of methods for working your way through the cube’s 43 quintillion possible configurations. Measures appx. 20″ x 27.5″. Signed, open edition.
Nintendo celebrates the launch of its relaxing new puzzle game for the Switch, in which you must carefully follow a series of recipes to create a perfectly presented bento box meal for a family of cats. It’s just the sort of game we need to take our minds off the craziness around us in the world these days.
“Think ‘the floor is lava,’ just with shadows that absorb organic material.” The first-person puzzle game Lightmatter certainly owes a debt to games like Portal, but it’s also unique in its gameplay. The main idea? You must always remain in the light, as the shadows will instantly destroy you. Save 20% in The Awesomer Shop.
This quirky platform puzzle game has two interesting constructs: 1) you can only jump twice in each level; and 2) you break one leg each time you jump. Azaan Lambkin’s submission to itch.io’s Finally Finish Something 2020 contest ironically has a bug that keeps some players from seeing the game’s ending.