Object: Disassemble and Reassemble the Puzzle
Difficulty: Level 8 - Demanding
Types: Hanayama Metal Puzzles, Oskar Van Deventer
Dimensions: 3 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 3/4 in / 8.6 cm x 7 cm x 1.9 cm
Packaging: Cardboard and Plastic Box
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Introducing another puzzle from the Dutch prodigy, Oskar. This labyrinth style puzzle, done up in the shape of an egg, gained prize-winning honors at the 2nd Annual Puzzle Design Competition in Antwerp. The French puzzle name when translated into English is quite appropriately titled. 'The Egg', which of course is the key word here. Simply put, the goal here is to separate the two pieces and then put them back together. This task will prove to be trickier than you think.
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On Saturday March 24th Andrew Parr wrote,
I think I should clarify something posted by the other reviewers. This puzzle, like all Hanayama puzzles, is meticulously designed and crafted to be challenging and solvable WITHOUT forcing or breaking any parts. Yes, there is one particular section of the path that seems very tight to navigate through. It's a red herring - if you find yourself needing to force the puzzle, you've gone down the wrong path. Back up, try to rotate the pieces a different way and try the path again.
This is my favourite of all Hanayama puzzles for many reasons. I think it's a brilliant design (how do they come up with these ideas?!?), and it's very satisfying for tactile people like me. It's fairly rated as an 8 difficulty. The first few tries took me over 20 minutes to solve, now I can get it apart and together in under 5 minutes.
A hint to solving this one: you need to backtrack a lot in order to move forward.
Don't force anything. Buy this puzzle. Enjoy it as much as I do.
On Monday November 30th Z wrote,
It was great fun unless it broke.
Ok, I admit that it was heavily used (not forced, but used many times).
So if you want a puzzle that will serve you for ages than I don't recommend it.
On Sunday February 15th Brian wrote,
Pretty good puzzle, but not too difficult. It took me about a half hour to take it apart and put it back together. It is easy to bend the narrow strip of metal that George referrs to (on the right hand side of the picture), but you just have to keep an eye on it and use the button to bend it back.
On Tuesday December 2nd George wrote,
Nice puzzle, but my copy is misaligned. There is a narrow strip of metal in this puzzle, if it bends slightly you have to force the button along the track.
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