Unless you’re new to the puzzle community, you’ve seen the recent trend of producing puzzles using LEGO ® bricks. As a designer of puzzles, I perfectly understand the appeal of the LEGO media. It provides easy access to expressing puzzling genius creativity with quick turn-around times and can produce attractive products without investing in a lot of tools and manufacturing knowledge. And who doesn’t really like LEGO?
Having said that, you still can’t just throw a bunch of LEGO bricks together and expect a winning product. There is an art to it and a well-designed LEGO puzzle should be robust as well as intriguing. I have to admit I was a little intimidated by receiving this puzzle. I was more than a bit concerned about breaking it. And by breaking, I mean separating pieces that shouldn’t be separated. And by concerned, I mean putting myself in a situation where I wouldn’t be able to figure out how it goes back together.
The cryptic highlights promise future knowledge for the worthy. There are also many openings of various shapes and sizes that look like they would accommodate the insertion of a some type of tool if one could be found (hint: many puzzlers support the requirement of tools that are found and utilized in solving a puzzle if it is to be called a sequential discovery puzzle). Lastly, there are a few windows where you can peer into the puzzle for visual feedback. My favorite is the one I refer to as the teaser window. You can see what has to be done; you have an idea of what needs to happen; but you just don’t know yet how to make it happen. It was my favorite part of the puzzle.
For the solving process, I view the puzzle as consisting of 3 main sections, with each bringing something new to the experience and the final section culminating in the release of the Golden Bar. The puzzle box is very well-thought-out, architected, and constructed. Use of friction was very well implemented. There are a couple of steps where you just have to trust the designer and go for it. As for the construction, I needn’t have worried. LEGO bricks are well-designed and meant to hold together – especially when they are new and haven’t been worn in with repeated assemblies and disassemblies. LEGO even has a special tool to help separate the bricks.
I had originally thought that the QR code for the reset link would be inside the puzzle box, but was surprised that it was included on the card that came with the puzzle. In retrospect, it makes sense to add the information on the card to provide the ability to reset at any time prior to completing the solve. The card also has a QR code for the solution as well. And yes, you get the reset QR code with the Golden Bar as well in case you need it and can’t locate the card.
QUIZBRIX has done an aMAZEing job with their first LEGO puzzle box. It’s clever and fun but not difficult. I believe that the stated 7/10 level of difficulty is a fair assessment. I’m looking forward to seeing what types of features get added in future QUIZBRIX puzzle boxes.
Was I worthy?
The aMAZEing puzzle box is currently available directly on the QUIZBRIX website as well as from NothingYet Designs.
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