|Object||Disassemble and Reassemble the Puzzle|
|Difficulty||Level 7 - Challenging|
|Type||Hanayama Metal Puzzles|
|Dimensions||2 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in / 6.4 cm x 3.8 cm x 3.8 cm|
|Packaging||Cardboard and Plastic Box|
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This brass puzzle was first introduced to me by Prague's own Professor Bakalar. I borrowed it in Atlanta and returned it to him in Luxembourg half a year later. While in my possession, I managed to replicate it, with full permission, of course. This Cast Puzzle version may even be better than the original. It definitely remains one of the more amusing puzzles. The key idea with this one is it's 'cage'.
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This is a typical Cast puzzle. The idea of something trapped inside another object, freely moving around and only one trick makes it possible to take it out. I think the "cage" looks more like a lantern, and the star inside is a symbol of light.
Looks good, but the "cage" is made of a quite thin metal. It would not be a problem, though, if it didn't consist of four separate pieces lightly held together by each other and a little glue. A long story cut short, it falls apart easily if played a lot. Apart from this, it is quite fun to solve, including the fact that the cage makes it harder to manipulate the star inside and the fact that only one opening is suitable for the star to pass through.
Not too difficult, once you follow your common sense instinct. The Cast Star is clearly much more difficult than the Cast Cage, but the Cage is still quite fun.
Enjoyable and not too difficult, I found this easier than the Cast Star. The four openings in the sides are different, so part of the puzzle is figuring out which is the exit. My son tried to put the star back in the wrong side, and I couldn't get it out for 10 minutes or so.