Puzzle Brand Comparison — Eurographics

This page is part of our Puzzle Brand Comparison. You can find the overview page here.

SUMMARY: 63 points

Eurographics is a very solid puzzle brand from Canada. They have a not-quite standard grid puzzle cut with a wide variety of piece shapes, nice thick pieces, good boxes, and a large variety of available images. They were dinged a bit for some moderate puzzle dust, glossy piece finish/light glare, and including nothing but the puzzle bag in the box. If you enjoy collage or educational puzzles, Eurographics is a brand you must check out. Recommended.

1. BOX  — 9/10

How deluxe does the box looks and feel? Is it sturdy? Will it hold up over time?  How nicely does it arrange on the shelf?

The puzzle I evaluated was “Teapots”, one of Eurographics’s collage puzzles. This box is a standard rectangular size at 10″ x 14″.  This box is sturdy, both top and bottom, and has a glossy finish. This is the box I’m evaluating, though I have seen that some of their boxes are smaller and square (like for their Haruyo Morita kimono puzzles).

Front:

The front of the box is attractive with the puzzle image taking up most of the real estate, and the name of puzzle, brand, and piece count all very visible. The name of the artist is not on the front of the box. However, this is a collage puzzle for which no artist is credited. It’s likely it was designed in house. The artist name is on the front of the Haruyo Morita puzzle boxes.

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Side:

All four sides have the necessary information for shelving — a small image of the puzzle, the Eurographics logo, the piece side, and name of puzzle. See my note about the lack of artist name above.  The release date is, sadly, no where on the box.

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Back:

The back of the puzzle box is quite nice. It has specific information about this puzzle — in the form of information on tea. In addition, there are pictures of a few other collage puzzles in the Eurographics line.

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FINAL SCORE:

Eurographics scores well in this category. The only deduction was for a lack of release date. I didn’t deduct for the lack of artist name since it’s a collage puzzle, and they do have the artist’s name on their Haruyo Morita kimono puzzles. But I didn’t give them a bonus point for it either, since artist name is not on most of their boxes.

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2.  INSIDE THE BOX:  7/10

How deluxe are the internal goodies (such as posters or brochures)?  When you remove the pieces is there puzzle dust, pieces stuck together, hanging chads, and places where the image has begun to separate from the backs?

Inside the box there is nothing at all except the bag of puzzle pieces.

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The puzzle pieces were in good condition, fully separated, no image lift or hanging chads, etc. However, you can see some puzzle dust in the box, which doesn’t bode well.

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And yes, upon dumping the puzzle onto my JigBoard puzzle dust is definitely there. You can feel it on the tops of the pieces too. I’d say this amount of puzzle dust is ‘moderate’. Not a huge problem, but a nuisance.

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FINAL SCORE:

I deducted three points for the lack of ‘goodies’ in the box and puzzle dust.

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3. PIECE THICKNESS:  10/10

How thick are the pieces compared to other brands? How does a piece feel in your hand? How easily are pieces damaged or bent during assembly and separation?

I’m going to give Eurographics full marks for this. Although actually handling the pieces, they don’t feel *quite* as thick and sturdy as Ravensburger or Gibsons, they are really fairly thick, and a side-by-side comparison (below) doesn’t reveal much difference.

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FINAL SCORE:

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4. PIECE SIZE AND SHAPE:  9/10

Are the pieces standard shapes? Special shapes? How much variety do they have? Are they large or small?

Eurographics is not-quite a grid cut puzzle. That is, the corners of the pieces do not always line up so that one piece may extend past the sides of an adjacent piece. But the piece shapes are more or less the typical grid-cut shapes. There’s a wide variety in shapes and I never thought a piece went somewhere it didn’t actually go. The pieces are a good size, about equivalent to Ravensburger.

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FINAL SCORE:

A basic 10–this is a very good puzzle cut, but not exceptionally creative in terms of odd shapes and figures.

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5. PIECE FIT:  10/10

Do pieces interlock well? Can it be confusing if a piece fits or not?  Can you move groups of pieces together? Does it look snug when it’s done?

Like the puzzle cut, the puzzle fit is good but not extraordinary. You can move groups of joined pieces, but only with considerable care (or they fall apart).

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A completed puzzle can be lifted by a corner for a bit, but could not be turned over or fully lifted without falling apart. So the fit is not “loose” but it’s not as tight as Sunsout and Springbok either.

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The final look is flat and smooth, without any raised or ill-fitting pieces. You are always quite sure a piece fits where it is supposed to.

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FINAL SCORE:

The final score in this category is also quite good for Eurographics. The fit is good and assembly is a pleasure. But it doesn’t have the ‘extra snap’ of a Ravensburger, the seamless look of a Jumbo, or the ‘push satisfaction’ or tightness of Springbok, so I didn’t award it extra bonus points.

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6. IMAGE REPRODUCTION:  7/10

Are the colors bright and vivid? Is the image sharp or feel like a bad Xerox? How is the finish/texture on the pieces?. 

In a collage puzzle, the image is only going to be as good as the source photographs. Overall, I found the image quality of “teapots” okay but not exceptional. For one thing, the teapots feel ‘underwhelming’ in the final puzzle compared to the dark lines of the puzzle cut itself. Part of this is because the background of the puzzle is white, but the overall effect isn’t something I’d care to hang up on a wall.

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Also, the puzzle surface is really glossy leading to glare. You can see the windows reflected in the surface of the puzzle below.

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And finally, while some teapots were sharp, others seemed like the source photo was a little fuzzy. As you can see below, the brown teapot is quite sharp but the white teapot below it is very ‘soft’ looking. (Yes, there is some blur from the camera, but you look at the areas where the puzzle piece lines are sharp but the teapot is soft, like on the white teapot.)

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FINAL SCORE:

Deducting for the glossy surface and some less-than-sharp photo elements, the final score is a 7.

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7. IMAGE VARIETY:  11/10

Does the brand have a wide variety of fun images and good artists?

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Above: “Chicago Michigan Avenue” 1000 pieces, “Cookies” 1000 pieces, “Agemaki” by Haruyo Morita 1000 pieces. (click for closer view)

Eurographics carries a wide selection of images. They have photographic, collage, Asian, Americana scenery, Christmas, wildlife, inspirational, and fine art images. All of their images are good and they clearly take great care with their selection.

They’re probably best known for their collage images, particularly their ‘Cookies’, ‘Donuts’ and other ‘sweets’ collages. But it seems as though they have been broadening their focus lately to include more scenic puzzles.  They also have some very unusual medical type infographics puzzles like the one below, “The Heart”, as well as educational puzzles on ‘gemstones’, ‘atoms’, ‘elements’, ‘the solar system’, ‘fighter planes’, etc. So if you like educational puzzles, you should definitely check out Eurographics’s line of those.

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You can see all of Eurographics’s current images here.

FINAL SCORE:

As I’ve pointed out a number of times, this category is very subjective. I have given Eurographics high marks for the breadth of their catalog. And they certainly deserve a bonus point for ‘best of industry’ for their educational puzzles (I’ve not seen their like elsewhere). Their images are definitely not oft-repeated licenses. For me personally, I’m very selective when it comes to collages, because there are so many on the market and prefer cartoon and painted scenic puzzles. So I’m not a huge purchaser of Eurographics (maybe 4 a year). I’d love to see something in their line like cartoon puzzles or a “puzzle plus” concept. (Hey, Eurographics, how about licensing the Kevin Whitlark “100 a and a b” type images like “100 Cats and a Dog”? Those are both collage and cartoon and currently only with Ceaco, which does’t have great quality. Just a thought. :-)).

My favorite Eurographics at the moment are the Haruyo Morita kimono puzzles, and their new Dona Gelsinger “Hometown Heroes”. But given Eurographics creativity and eye for images, I’m sure they will be expanding their offerings in years to come. I definitely look forward to seeing their new releases.

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SUMMARY: 63 points

Eurographics is a very solid puzzle brand from Canada. They have a not-quite standard grid puzzle cut with a wide variety of piece shapes, nice thick pieces, good boxes, and a large variety of available images. They were dinged a bit for some moderate puzzle dust, glossy piece finish/light glare, and including nothing but the puzzle bag in the box. If you enjoy collage or educational puzzles, Eurographics is a brand you must check out. Recommended.

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD OUR EUROGRAPHICS ASSESSMENT AS A PDF HERE

JJ

25 responses to Puzzle Brand Comparison — Eurographics

  1. eagle says:

    how many puzzle companies also specialize in posters? i never gave any thought to puzzles and i see now that if you can make posters, puzzles are a good way to diversify. thanks for a good, thorough review, as usual!

    • Eurographics does have a line of other products, including posters. So does Pomegranate (fine art posters and greeting cards etc). And also Otter House (animal-themed greeting cards, etc). I can’t think of other puzzle makers that are more of a full graphic house.
      Thanks for posting a comment. I know you were looking for a Eurographics review so I’m glad you liked it.

    • Kathleen says:

      Eurographics is currently my FAVORITE brand of puzzle. The new ones (I can’t speak for the older ones) , have sturdy pieces that are easy to handle, superb images, beautiful colors, and a larger box which enables you to see the details. I especially like the ones by Dominic Davison although they are obviously photo-shopped. I also like the Haruyo Morita ones. I am not a big fan of collages so I can’t comment on them.

  2. Genelle says:

    I am deliriously happy to find this site! I often want to see the actual shape and thickness, or quality of a certain brand’s pieces. It’s great to find these reviews of different features of the puzzles. Love the images! There is a marked difference in the quality and packaging of the puzzles so this is very helpful. I’m partial to Sunsout’s odd shaped pieces, making them interesting and fun to put together. Thank you!

  3. Marika says:

    First let me just say how amazing this site is!! Well done. This is exactly what I need in my life! I’ve become so picky with my puzzles these days and I’m tired of taking a chance on a new puzzle brand only to be disappointed.

    I also had a sort of question/comment about the Eurographics puzzle pieces. So your Eurographics puzzle featured here shows pieces with only a slight deviation from the standard grid cut. However I own 3 or 4 Eurographics puzzles and all of them have a /very/ wide variety of piece shapes and sizes. There is absolutely no grid in sight. I had been under the impression that all of their puzzles were like this but it would seem not! Do you have much experience with Eurographics? Do you know if most of them have that semi-grid cut like yours? Maybe I just got luck? They’ve got me hooked on these non-standard pieces!!

    • Hi, Marika! Glad you found us. One of the things about the brand comparison is that I pick one puzzle to analyze. That doesn’t necessarily mean every puzzle by that manufacturer is the same, though usually brands are pretty consistent. Thanks for letting us know that some of their puzzles have more variety in the piece shapes. I’ll have to try a new one of theirs soon. I haven’t done many Eurographics yet, no.

  4. Kathleen says:

    All of the Eurographics puzzles I have done had weird and irregular shaped pieces. Perhaps the older ones were more of a grid. We just finished “Minerals” since I am trying some collage -type puzzles. It was OK – not my favorite. I LOVE their “seed catalogue” series which is new.

    • Yes, the “Royal Canadian” puzzle I just reviewed had more of a random cut. I like the seed catalogue ones too. 🙂

      • Kathleen says:

        Wonderful review!! Sorry I missed the contest. Hope Patti enjoys the puzzle.

  5. Is there any way of knowing or a list somewhere as to which companies include a poster inside the box. Buffalo Games provides this and I find it so helpful. It’s easier than always referring to the box lid which isn’t always that large. I just placed a large order from seriouspuzzles.com only because they had all the puzzles I wanted and puzzleswarehouse had those currently out. I’m trying new brands because of this wonderful site. Still haven’t found a Ravensburger graphic that I want to work. They seem to be the top of the line but want to love the image I’m working on. How do people work the larger puzzles?–my table top only holding the 1000 pc size. I’d go to 1500 but the puzzle just won’t fit and I’m unable to work off a floor. Love this site. LOVE LOVE

    • Hi, Catherine. Glad you found us! I don’t have a summary feature like the one you’re looking for on posters. However, for sure Heye and Buffalo Games do posters. You can also check the individual Brand Comparison pages since the contents of the box are always shown.

      For working the larger puzzles, I love my Jigboard 2000. I use it for every puzzle I do and it would work on a smaller table as well. http://www.jigthings.com/jigboard-2000/

      Jane

      • Thanks for that quick reply Jane. I was not aware there was such a thing as a jigboard. For sure my next step. As I get better and quicker at assembly I find myself willing to go larger for some more interesting images. So glad you are here !!!!!

    • Joan says:

      Hello Catherine,
      Some advice about doing larger puzzles. I live in a small flat without a large surface area so I purchased a white board big enough to take a 2000 piece puzzle. I bought some smaller cork notice boards for sorting. These can be stacked until you need to find your pieces. The larger board can overlap your table and I often move it to my work surface over the sink and stove. This way I can stand and this is good for the back plus there are overhead lights to make it easier to work in the evenings.
      Good Luck!
      Joan.

  6. Kathleen says:

    I make my own poster if the image is small. Take a picture of the image, send it to your email address, enlarge it, and print. Hope this is helpful.

  7. Matt K says:

    I have to update the latest puzzle from Eurographics. The puzzle “Christmas ornaments” was very thin. So much so that two pieces will not stay together. If I wanted to move a section, I had to use an index card under the pieces to keep them together

  8. Joan says:

    Hello,
    I was surprised that Eurographics got so many positive comments. I love doing Art Puzzles and was thrilled to find The Tilled Field by Joan Miro. It was rather expensive but I felt worth the outlay. The puzzle didn’t come up to expectations. The pieces, although very varied, were flimsy, especially with extremely narrow pieces. The box was full of dust and I had to blow dust off the puzzle the whole time I was working on it. The pieces did not fit together well compared with other puzzles e.g. from Pomegranate. I framed it and you can see each piece distinctly. The back was not flat but each piece had a raised edge, again full of dust. It felt like the puzzles I used to buy from the local supermarket years ago when the technique was still in it’s infancy. The sad thing is that I want so many of their fabulous collection but as I frame and hang my puzzles I want quality. Would have appreciated a poster in the box.
    Joan.

    • Pomegranate has amazing quality. I admit, that after doing a puzzle from a few outstanding brands like that, going to a thinner brand you definitely notice it.

  9. PuzzleBum says:

    I’m amazed at the positive reviews. I purchased one of their 1000 pc art puzzles and the quality is terrible. Thin cardboard, incomplete cuts, a missing piece, lots of puzzle dust and very poor fit. Very disappointing. If I happen to brush my sleeve across an assembled section it will come apart since the fit between pieces is so loose. Not at all recommended.

    • Cathie Wyrobeck says:

      I’ve had great luck with Eurographics. Love their images. Maybe their newer puzzles have improved.

  10. PuzzleBum says:

    I just bought the puzzle a week ago. I’ve seen similar complaints on Amazon reviews. Don’t get me wrong…they have some great images and as a Canadian I really wanted to like their puzzles. But there seems to be quality control issues. The one I bought feels like something I’d buy at a dollar store. I guess I’ve been spoiled by Ravensberger and more recently Pomegranate .

    • Joan says:

      I am disappointed because there are many beautiful puzzles I would like to purchase from Eurographics but once bitten twice shy!

  11. PuzzleBum says:

    I agree Joan. They have an excellent selection but the experience of assembling one is frustrating due to the loose fit of the pieces. If they could get that addressed I’d be a regular customer.

  12. PuzzleBum says:

    I agree Joan. They have an excellent selection but the experience of assembling one is frustrating due to the loose fit of the pieces. If they could get that addressed I’d be a regular customer.

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