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.