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Awesome Puzzles

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.

5,000 Colors Puzzle

5,000 Colors Puzzle

Artist Clemens Habicht tops his 1,000 Colors Puzzle with a “vibrantly monstrous” follow up. The 5,000 Colors Puzzle measures 6.5 x 2.5 ft when (if?) completed. Each of the 5,000 puzzle pieces corresponds to a different color in the CMYK gamut.

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World’s Smallest Rubik’s Cube

World’s Smallest Rubik’s Cube

After showing off the world’s biggest Rubik’s Cube, puzzle maker Tony Fisher built a teensy little cube that measures just 5.6mm across. It’s fully functional, but can only be solved with a pair of tweezers. Or a hammer.

Wildlife Puzzle Stop-motion

Wildlife Puzzle Stop-motion

There are few jigsaw puzzles that are more difficult than the 33,600 piece set called Wildlife. But to make it even trickier, the folks behind this video clip put the puzzle together in the most awesome way possible – played out as a series of classic video games.

The Sexy Brutale

The Sexy Brutale

Groundhog Day meets Ace Attorney in this occult puzzle game. The staff of the eponymous casino mansion are murdering the guests. It’s up to you to find out how to save the latter. Each guest you save grants you new powers. Available for Windows, Xbox One and PS4.

Hidden Folks (Trailer)

Hidden Folks (Trailer)

A preview of the animated Where’s Waldo? Hidden Folks – half picture-hunting, half Easter Eggs. The game has 120+ targets and even more little surprises spread over 15 hand-drawn stages. Yes, those are the actual sound effects. Drops 2/15/17 on Steam and iOS.

Brass Jack Desktop Puzzle

Brass Jack Desktop Puzzle
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Each of Craighill’s metal desk puzzles does double duty as a pint-sized work of art and a brain-teaser. The six-piece puzzle measures 3″ x 3″ x 3″, weighs about a pound, and is milled from solid cartridge brass in Massachusetts.

GeoCubes

GeoCubes

YouTuber brusspup showcases a mesmerizing geometric toy. Designed by Andreas Hoenigschmid, a GeoCube can be transformed into 64 different shapes and combined with other GeoCubes. It’s made of cardboard, magnets and industrial tape.

Infinity Galaxy Puzzle

Infinity Galaxy Puzzle

Nervous System’s laser-cut birch plywood jigsaw puzzle has “no fixed shape, no starting point, and no edges.” This design allows for thousands of different shapes to be created from the same pieces. This special edition has 133pcs., including some space-themed ones.

UGEARS Wooden Safe Kit

UGEARS Wooden Safe Kit

Despite providing virtually no real security for your possessions, the UGEARS plywood safe construction kit is still super cool. You’ll spend 6 to 7 hours assembling this intricate 179-piece punch-out model, which has a working combination lock when finished.

Shenzhen I/O

Shenzhen I/O

Another hardcore factory puzzle game from Zachtronics, the maker of Spacechem, Infinifactory and TIS-100. Shenzhen I/O lets you play as a computer engineer in China. Design circuits, write code, play mahjong, and read the flippin’ manual.

“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.

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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.

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.

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