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There has been a huge number of Optical Illusion books published over the past several years. The Optical Illusions and Puzzles is one of the many books that showcase unique and entertaining puzzles. However, the quality of construction and printing particularly the details of many of the illustrations are quite poor compared to others.
There are scant details about the creators of the illusions but nothing about the history of illusions. At the same time, there is nothing new that has not already been published in other books. There is no attempt at explaining the visual science involved in creating these illusions.
The book is not credited to any author or editor. In fairness, this book is may be of interest to someone who has not seen a lot of illusions. However, it falls short because there is not even a bibliography compared to other types of Optional Illusion books.
If you are interested in Optical Illusions, whether for yourself, a classroom or as a gift to others, I suggest you check out several others listed here on Amazon and read the customer reviews. You might be able to find better enjoyment with other books.
The Use Your Head Unlimited Baseball Smarts Pyramid Puzzle is an excellent puzzle that appears to be simple at first. The challenge is to make sure that the balls are attached in pairs of different colors. At first attempt, you might think it’s easy to solve. However, as you go along, you’ll find it challenging to play.
You can try to solve it in your mind and try to find a pattern. There are 20 balls attached in 10 pairs. After multiple tries, here are some of the things I’ve discovered.
The Oblo Puzzle Spheres Multi is a delightful puzzle for all ages. At first impression, you’ll immediately think that this game is designed for little kids. However, many adults have tried to solve this game and play with it for quite some time.
This puzzle appears simple than it really is and is fun to try. After all, one of the things that makes a good puzzle is the simplicity of it. Anybody who randomly picks it up can quickly get the idea of what needs to be solved. However, the reality is, this game isn’t easy to solve.
Some kids will amaze you how they appear better at solving puzzles than adults. Once a child gets the hang of this puzzle, it will definitely provide lots of entertainment. People can compete with each other to see who can solve it faster. This puzzle is a fun exercise.
You can even challenge yourself and try to solve this blindfolded. Anyone who is able to finish this puzzle will be very pleased with it. Solving this game will provide hours of fun for anyone who likes puzzles.
Mag-Nif Inc. Four Square Puzzle is an ingenious little puzzle. The pieces will remind you of four ice cubes that appear stuck together with an olive oil frozen in one of the cubes. The puzzle looks great but it isn’t immediately clear what the purpose of the ball is.
At first look, it seems impossible to move the ball from one cube to another. However, the objective of the puzzle is to free the ball. Once you look at the edges closely, you’ll be able to notice that there are areas that have thin cracks while others have none at all.
All you need is to twist, push or slide the pieces. Eventually, you’ll be able to open the cube and set the ball free. However, the fun doesn’t stop there and the really enjoyable part begins when you put the pieces back together.
This puzzle uses a technique called lenticular printing to create the 3D effect. This is achieved by printing the picture in very thin interlaced slivers behind the plastic lens. The lens enlarges the slivers so that they appear uninterrupted across the sheet.
The 3D effect is achieved by tricking your brain into thinking that some objects are in front of others while each of your eyes shows a slightly different image. Your brain thinks that it can see past an object with one eye but not the other. As a result, some of the pictures appear to float in front of others. The 3D effect is reinforced by slight movements of the images.
Since the puzzles have magnetic backs, the pieces stay in place when assembled. It is pretty simple to set-up, especially if you use the picture but it gets a little more challenging without it. Thispuzzle is available for purchase atAmazon.
I first came across this puzzle about 15 years ago at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. There was a booth that was displaying and selling this puzzle. After watching the demonstration, I soon saw the potential of this toy.
I bought a 15-piece set and my 8 grandchildren simply loved playing with it. They liked it so much and I ended up giving it to one of them and bought another. Kids and adults both love this game.
If you think the 15-piece set is a lot of fun, wait till you get several more. It’s a fun way to occupy your hands and mind. The puzzle parts are made of very durable and colorful plastic.
According to the booklet, there are many structures you can build it with. However, kids or adults often end up making their own structures. The possibilities are endless.
Similar to playing with Tinker Toys and Lego, using more pieces simply adds more fun to the game. If you are looking for an entertaining toy, you can’t go wrong with the WEDGiTS Deluxe Set – 30 Piece Set. Thispuzzle is available for purchase atAmazon.
The Pyramid Puzzle (Set of 2) by Uday – Trick is considered as a classic puzzle. For this game, you are actually getting two puzzles. It is manufactured in wood material but there are many versions in plastic.
This puzzle is easy to carry in your pocket and is very indestructible. All 4 pieces are identical to each other. You can try giving it to 2 people and give each 2 pieces to see who can build a pyramid first. Another option is to give 3 pieces to someone and ask them to build a pyramid.
No matter how much they try, it will be impossible to do it. Once they give up, you can show them how to build a pyramid with only two pieces then tell them nobody said you had to use 3 pieces. The extra piece was actually meant to fool them.
If you’re looking for a simple magic trick, you probably won’t find any game that’s better than theWonder (Zig Zag) Rope Trick. This rope is a great choice if you want to practice on becoming a magician. It is durable, simple to use and doesn’t require any practice.
The only thing that could go wrong is that the ends of the rope might start to fray from overuse. Once this happens, all you need to do is to simply put some white glue on both ends and allow it to harden. It will become as good as new. Thispuzzle is available for purchase atAmazon.
Like other good puzzles, the POOF-Slinky 0X120 Ideal One Tough 9-Piece Puzzle has been around for some time. What makes it exceptional is that it is not intimidating. Although it looks easy, it will provide you with lots of challenge and entertainment. This game is suitable for people of all ages.
Since it has 9 pieces, it is easier to put together compared to a Jigsaw puzzle. While it may only take a couple of minutes to play, it is evident that this little gem appears tougher than it looks. Although it isn’t clear when it was invented and who created the first puzzle, this particular one is made by The Great American Puzzle Factory Inc. in 1989. The mere fact that they are still selling this design clearly shows its continuous popularity.
However, one of the reviewers was less than enthusiastic because his uncle apparently solved it in just five minutes. According to his uncle, it was easy to solve using the back side of the pieces.
It is easy to determine which side of the pieces of this double-sided jigsaw puzzle are front and back. The reviewer may want to consider asking his uncle to try the “The Ultimate Puzzle.” The mechanics are similar to this puzzle but consists of 25 pieces. The material is made of plastic and the both front and back of the pieces are the same.
There seems to be only one solution to this puzzle. Meanwhile, “The Ultimate Puzzle” offers 4-piece, 9-piece, and 25-piece challenges. It is a real test for anyone who has mastered the “One Tough Puzzle.” Thispuzzle is available for purchase atAmazon.
Rubiks Pen Puzzle is an excellent pen that you can buy for yourself or perhaps give it as a gift to someone who enjoys playing with Rubik’s Cubes or puzzles. You must be able to solve the Rubik’s Cube which acts as the cover of the pen.
Since it is a 1 x 3 cube, even your uncle, aunt or grandma can learn to play by themselves. Once they solve this puzzle they will surely feel satisfied.
The pen itself is well-made but a little bit overpriced. Plus, the pen cannot be replaced once it runs out of ink. At the same time, you cannot use the Rubik’s Cube cap on another pen.
The cap has a cord and ring which can be used as a zipper tab or you can attach it to a key chain. Although it is indeed a nice pen, the price is too much for a ballpoint pen. Thispuzzle is available for purchase atPuzzle Master.