Review: “Brewery” by Francois Ruyer, Piatnik – 8.5/10

Publisher: Piatnik (Austria), published 2017 (currently in print)  Title:  Brewery” by Francois Ruyer, 1000 pieces  Finished size: 26.5″ x  17.4″ OUR RATING: 8.5/10 LAST FEW DAYS FOR PIATNIK SALE! The Piatnik buy-2-get-1-free sale ends on June 6th. This week I’m featuring a Piatnik cartoon puzzle by artist Francois Ruyer. View all current Ruyer puzzles in stock at Puzzle Warehouse You can also view my previous Ruyer/Piatnik reviews: The Story of Wine or Christmas Chaos  “BREWERY” by Francois Ruyer REVIEW Box Quality:  (8/10) The Piatnik boxes are standardRead more

30% off Piatnik!

From now through June 6th, get 30% off all Piatnik puzzles at Puzzle Warehouse. No minimal purchase necessary and no codes. Straight up, man. I’ll be reviewing a new Piatnik puzzle hopefully this weekend. Check back for that! Click below to go to the sale.Read more

Brand Overview & Sale: PIATNIK

Hello and happy (almost) May! I have been offline for a few weeks at a family wedding in California. Ramping back up this week with coverage of the Austrian brand Piatnik along with a killer sale. This week at Puzzle Warehouse, all Piatnik puzzles at 30% off!  I’ll be covering my favorites in this post. Click here to see the sale at Puzzle Warehouse. See all our previous Piatnik posts and puzzle reviews here. PIATNIK HISTORY Piatnik was founded in 1824 in Vienna,Read more

Review: “Story of Wine” by Francois Ruyer, Piatnik – 8.75/10

If you’ve up for a challenge, “Story of Wine” by Francois Ruyer is a ton of fun. The image is super cute with lots of crazy characters and vibrant color. There are plenty of jokes and mini-stories to reveal as you assemble the pieces. The Piatnik quality is very good with thick, sturdy pieces, a grid cut, a fairly tight fit, and a nice matte finish. However, there are lots of similar two-knob, two-hole pieces which make a few areas, like the random red tiles on the roofs, challenging because pieces can appear to fit where they don’t go. There’re also lots of repeating elements such as the big red noses. This isn’t a fast and easy puzzle, but it is rewarding and very satisfying to complete. Recommended if you like busy cartoon puzzles or are looking for something to keep you occupied for a good while!Read more

Review: “Christmas Chaos” by Francois Ruyer, Piatnik – 9/10

“Christmas Chaos” by Francois Ruyer is a fun but moderately challenging Christmas cartoon puzzle. The artwork is beautifully executed with tons of color and detail. The repeating elements of similar-looking elves and gift boxes scattered throughout the image are tricky, but there are some anchoring elements such as the windows, fireplace, toys, and Christmas tree, which help fill in much of the design. I found myself referring to the box lid often to figure out which piece of elf went where. The Piatnik quality is very good with thick, sturdy pieces, a grid cut, a fairly tight fit, and a nice matte finish. If you like a little more challenge, Christmas puzzles, or cartoon puzzles, this is highly recommended.Read more

Review: “Salamanders”, Piatnik, 9/10

Publisher: Piatnik (Austria), 2011, 1000 pieces Title:  “Salamanders”, Artist: Ogdemli/Feldmann Design/Rosenthal Represents OUR RATING: 9/10.    Assembly time: 8.5 hours I’ve done several Piatnik puzzles in the past, but always the cartoon ones. “Salamanders” is a puzzle I’ve been wanting to work for some time. I put the brand comparison for Piatnik up here, but this is the full review for “Salamanders”.Read more

Puzzle Brand Comparison — Piatnik

This page is part of our Puzzle Brand Comparison. You can find the overview page here. SUMMARY:  58/70 Piatnik is based in Austria. They use a standard grid cut similar to Jumbo and Ravensburger with have enough variety of shapes that a piece never seems to fit where it does not. Their pieces are fairly thick and feel sturdy. The image reproduction is excellent. Groups of pieces hold together when you move them. They specialize photo collages, fine art, and cartoon puzzles. TheirRead more

New Puzzle Round-Up: April 2019

I was going to talk about a specific brand today, but instead I saw a few things I wanted to feature in a lot of different brands so…. let’s just talk new puzzles! We’re still getting in new 2019 puzzles from Europe — brands like Schmidt and Anatolian. And our perennial favorites have new releases too. So let’s see what’s in today’s array. COBBLE HILL There’s a Buy-2-Get-One-Free sale on Cobble Hill running now through April 24th, so time toRead more

Christmas Puzzles Roundup 2018

Tis the season for a roundup of the best Christmas puzzles this year. This list includes US puzzles, UK, and European puzzles. These are my top picks, but your mileage may vary. And now… presented in alphabetical order… the best of Christmas 2018! BUFFALO GAMES “Governor’s Party” by Chuck Pinson, 1000 pieces (Available at Puzzle Warehouse) “Christmas Toyshop”  – 2000 pieces (Coming soon to Puzzle Warehouse) A similar image has been around before, but not at the 2000 piece size.Read more

Selling off some of my collection

For those who were interested in buying some of my puzzles — they are all gone now. 🙂 We’re in the process of selling our place and moving, so my blog posts will be a bit sporadic for awhile.  Never fear it is a temporary condition. I have new reviews for Cobble Hill, Piatnik, and Ravensburger coming up soon…. JJ  Read more

New Puzzles: March 2018

Next week I’ll be doing a feature on a new puzzle brand, Eeboo. So much fun! Be sure to check in next weekend. For this week, we’re looking at the best of the new puzzles for March. For your Edification – A Tip on Saving Shipping Costs: I used to never order a single puzzle because the shipping cost for just one can be nearly as much as the puzzle itself!  One solution is the Puzzle Warehouse’s “Puzzle of the Month”Read more