Awesome Puzzles

“Impossible” 1-Layer Rubik’s Cube

“Impossible” 1-Layer Rubik’s Cube

Puzzle fanatic Tony Fisher shows off a unique 1x5x5 Rubik’s Cube which should theoretically not function in a single layer. While many thought it was an April Fools’ prank, it really does work – it just turns out that the secret is painfully obvious.

Stephen’s Sausage Roll

Stephen’s Sausage Roll

Come for the sausages, stay for the Sokoban. Stephen Lavelle’s latest game consists of a series of hair-pulling logic puzzles by way of sausage grilling. You have to grill the sausages’ top and bottom, and you can’t grill either surface more than once.

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[the Sequence]

[the Sequence]

Transfer a ball from one container to another using seven different modules. If you love logic puzzle games like Spacechem, Infinifactory and Hitman GO, [the Sequence] is for you. Also available on iOS and Android for $1.

Obduction (Teaser)

Obduction (Teaser)

It’s been a long time since we banged out heads against the wall trying to solve the puzzles in Myst. Now, its creators are back with a new game, in which you are abducted to a strange place, and must figure out WTF is going on to find your way home.

LEGO Ideas Maze

LEGO Ideas Maze

LEGO’s take on the classic marble maze game Labyrinth. Conceptualized by LEGO enthusiast Jason Allemann aka JKBrickworks, the set lets you create your own mazes, which you can easily swap over its tip and tilt base. Drops 4/1/16 for $70.

Hitman GO: Definitive Edition

Hitman GO: Definitive Edition

The stylish puzzle game makes its way from iOS and Android to Windows, PS4 and PS Vita. Hitman GO: Definitive Edition is presented as a turn-based board game that builds on its basic rules with increasingly challenging twists.

Giant Rubik’s Cube

Giant Rubik’s Cube

Puzzle maker Tony Fisher believes he’s made the world’s largest fully functional Rubik’s Cube. The toy measures about 5ft. on each side and weighs 220lb. He could’ve made it larger, but he wanted it to be solvable by one person.

The Amazing Puzzle Desk

The Amazing Puzzle Desk

Kagen Schaefer makes complex wooden puzzles. One of them is a desk that has over 20 puzzles and hidden compartments, which when solved give you pieces of sheet music. Put that together, play the notes on the built-in pipe organ and you’ll open a final secret drawer.

Fractal Jigsaw

Fractal Jigsaw

Oskar van Deventer’s Fractal Jigsaw is a blank laser-cut jigsaw puzzle based on a fractal called the Dragon curve. It’s made of only 11 large pieces, but once you snap them into place they blend with each other so well that you won’t be able to tell them apart.

Museum Tech Demo

Museum Tech Demo

Created by a team of students from Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, this proof of concept from Pillow Castle uses forced perspective as a gameplay mechanic for solving puzzles – and messing with our heads.

Japanese Puzzle Box

Japanese Puzzle Box

This insanely intricate wood veneer box from Japan requires its owner to remember a sequence of exact steps in order to open it and access its contents. Unfortunately, it’s not impervious to sledgehammers.

Volume

Volume

Volume is an MGS-esque game in which its Robin Hood protagonist must stealthily rob items. The game allows players to customize, remix and share levels, a la Minecraft. From Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone). Early demo footage here.

Puzzle Facade

Puzzle Facade

A 3D-printed Rubik’s cube’s moves were made to correspond with lights on the Ars Eelectronica Center using an Arduino processor and Bluetooth modem to relay information to special software and allow passersby to try and solve the puzzle.

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Zelda: ALBW (Launch Trailer)

Zelda: ALBW (Launch Trailer)

Return to the lands from the SNES classic A Link to the Past in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Use Link’s ability to turn into a painting and save both Hyrule and its parallel kingdom Lorule from an evil wizard.

Scale

Scale

Scale is a first-person open-world puzzle game. It gives you a gun that can change the size of objects and even the level itself. Be sure to read about the game’s hilarious premise as well. It will be released for Windows, OS X and Linux.

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds gives Link the power to transform into a painting. Use it to solve puzzles and travel between Hyrule and Lorule. Drops 11/22/13 (i.e. after your first play through of Pokémon X/Y).

Gummy Bear Anatomy Toy

Gummy Bear Anatomy Toy
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Jason Freeny’s latest creation is a mass produced sculpture, puzzle and educational toy in one. The Gummi Bear Anatomy Toy has a transparent body with 41 removable internal parts.

Laser-Cut 3D Gun Puzzles

Laser-Cut 3D Gun Puzzles
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As his name suggests, Sacramento designer Laserist enjoys making cool things with lasers. His nifty 3D cut-out puzzles in the shapes of guns are available in Uzi, Beretta and Revolver designs.

Quantum Conundrum

Quantum Conundrum

One of the co-creators of Portal wants you to have some more fun with science. Specifically with physics. Quantum Conundrum’s dimension-shifting puzzles will be available on Steam on June 21.

Matter (Teaser)

Matter (Teaser)

The first game from Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, Rango) definitely has us intrigued. The Xbox Kinect exclusive looks like a puzzler, and it features an orb that looks like Wheatley’s cousin.

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Fez

Fez

4 years in the making, this open-ended puzzler just hit Xbox Live. With graphics inspired by retro 2D platformers, it follows the journey of Gomez and his discovery of a 3rd dimension. (Thanks Pedro!)

Tic Tac Tome

Tic Tac Tome
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A choose your own adventure book for puzzle geeks. The Tic Tac Tome has over 1,400 pages and even gives you the option of going first or letting the book go first. You can only play as the X though.

Utility Card

Utility Card
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An all-occasion greeting card that works exactly like the Universal Wrapping Paper. Contains over a hundred well wishes, and even comes with a cheat sheet for the extraordinarily lazy.

Magnetic Geography Puzzles

Magnetic Geography Puzzles
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Etsy seller Pipe Dreams 2010 makes beautiful puzzles of continents and countries using laser-cut wood. Each piece has a magnet on its back so you can display them separately or as one.

Universal Wrapping Paper

Universal Wrapping Paper

Fabio Milito’s cleverly designed wrapping paper is a clean-lined word jumble that makes a card unnecessary – you can simply circle the most appropriate gift-giving occasion. (Thanks Mark!)

More Portal 2

More Portal 2

IGN explores the hotly-anticipated sequel, showing off puzzles we’ve not seen before. Co-op mode looks awesome. We can’t wait to get our grubby little hands on it this April. (Thanks Jonathan!)

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