|Object||Take apart and reassemble|
|Difficulty||Level 10 - Mind Boggling|
|Type||Hanayama Metal Puzzles|
|Dimensions||5.2cm x 3.1cm x 1.8cm / 2.1in x 1.2in x 0.7in|
Note: Our level rating system is different than Hanayama's. Hanayama's level 1 is equivalent to our level 5.... level 6 is equivalent to our level 10.
This puzzle is called infinity not only for its appearance, but also because its movement continues endlessly until the pieces are taken apart. Solving this puzzle will entertain you for hours even though it looks simple.
Designed by Finnish designer Vesa Timonen.
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This is a well made puzzle - the casting is great, as is the finish. But it is not a terribly difficult puzzle. In fact, at any stage, there are at most two possible moves - one that moves you toward the solution, and one that reverses your previous move. If you pay attention at all to your moves, you are guaranteed to find the solution. And if you pay attention to more than your last move, the solution becomes intuitive after solving it once. It took me about ten minutes to solve the first time, taking it slowly and tracking my moves in writing; after my first solution, I can do it without looking at it or thinking all that much. Still, it's good for fidgeting, and makes a rather pretty desk toy.
This puzzle looks and feels really nice. It's quite easy to manipulate and can fit in your pocket. Also it's really cool to fidget around with. Concerning the solution, I quite like it. It is not really the kind of "try and repeat" you have with some Hanayama because here there's only one move you can do for each step. Either you go to the next step or you go back to the previous step. Some people may dislike that but it's not my case. If you can understand how this puzzle works the solution in quite easy to find, took me like 10 minutes to figure it out. Reassembling the puzzle is also not really difficult if you understand how it works. Definitely not a level 10 but still enjoyable !
This puzzle looks so simple at first - until you realize that every move you make sets you back in another way. I can see this being a lot of fun for a long time to come. If you love challenging puzzles this one is for you.
A new Hanayama level 6 puzzle. This should keep me busy for a while I thought. Maybe five minutes later, I was done. The difficulty level of this puzzle is WAY overrated. This really should be a Hanayama level 1 or 2 at best and I'm not exaggerating. Most of the solution time was spent figuring out how to move the two pieces. From the starting position, only one move is possible. From then on there is always just two possible moves, one of which is to simply undo the previous move. Yes, at each step there is always exactly one possible way forward and following that way leads you directly to the solution. The moves fall into an obvious repetitive pattern too. As I was solving this, I was thinking there has got to be more to this than just repeating the same thing over and over. Surely there must be some traps and tricks required but nope, no tricks. Just press on repeating the same moves until you are done. I took stars off on the rating simply because the claimed difficulty level is absurd On the positive side the puzzle is very well made. There is nothing wrong with the puzzle. It's just not a tough one. For those wanting a difficult puzzle, I would recommend the Enigma puzzle as the hardest of the Hanayama puzzles. Even more difficult is the Yak puzzle. It is a wire disentanglement puzzle with only three pieces. It doesn't sound like much but it is diabolical. The solution path is extremely hard to find.
In years past I would have taken much longer to solve, but I am beginning to think like the designers after collecting just about every difficult Hanayama puzzle that exists. This one is definitely a challenge even now, and is already one of my favorites. Nice crafting and aesthetic feel, and the concept is similar to Cylinder for solving, which is also a favorite. I had to wait a couple of weeks to get it in the mail, and was excited to get it during a frozen day in North Dakota, with winds at 40 MPH and actual temps down to -15 degrees F. Can't lose with this puzzle, it is a must for any serious Hanayama fan.
Indeed solving the puzzle looks simple once you do it. I don't believe this puzzle is level 6 (10 here) difficulty. It is not harder than Cast Cylinder, for example. I like it though, because if one doesn't go "infinitely", they'll just give up one of the most satisfying solutions.