Let the Games Begin! Imagine a house full of bored people. They’ve been snowed in, rained in, or quarantined for what they say has been a gazillion years. I know, it’s hard to imagine, but stay with me here. What could you possibly do? . . . How about a puzzling contest? Finish your puzzle... Continue Reading →
Hello, Puzzle Fans! I hope today's blog post finds you happy and healthy. My family had a pretty spectacular Christmas. We had each other, good food, and of course, puzzles. My husband gifted me many, many puzzles that I carefully curated for him to buy for me. I made sure to act appropriately surprised and... Continue Reading →
No, not really, that has never happened . . . but if anything could turn me speechless, these puzzles would have a shot at it. They are something else. I had seen the Wasgij puzzles at the Puzzle Warehouse and wondered about them. They looked strange. Being a curious person I investigated. I learned that... Continue Reading →
Hello, Puzzle Friends! As promised, I'm back to talk to you about Springbok Puzzles. If you're an avid puzzler, (and since you're on this blog, I'm going to assume you are,) you've more than likely assembled a puzzle by Springbok. I'd like to think of them as underrated gems. They're not as fancy as Ravensburger... Continue Reading →
The new Heye puzzles for 2019 have arrived at Puzzle Warehouse! Click on over to see the selection and grab your favorites while they're in stock! These go fast. HEYE PUZZLES AT PUZZLE WAREHOUSE. You can see my picks with updated links to their pages on the Puzzle Warehouse site here. There are also a... Continue Reading →
HEYE's new puzzles for 2019 are up on their website. You can see them all here. EDITED 1/17/2019 with links to the puzzles now available on the Puzzle Warehouse store! This year seems to have fewer new cartoon and fantasy puzzles than past year, but there are some cool new puzzles. Below are my favorites.... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
The new Heyes are available at Puzzle Warehouse! Here're some better pictures of this year's offerings. I've pulled out my favorites, but you can see them all here. "Hearts of Gold: You and Me", 1000 pieces Awesome colors and patterns in this new release--plus gold foil! "Phosphorus Tree", 1000 vertical This is an intriguing fantasy... Continue Reading →
Publisher: Heye (Germany), published 2017 Title: “Flower's Life” by Marino Degano, 1000 pieces Finished size: 27.6" x 19.7" OUR RATING: 9.5/10 NEW HEYES: To see all the new 2017 Heye puzzles currently in stock at Puzzle Warehouse, click below. View all current Heye puzzles in stock at Puzzle Warehouse "Flower's Life" by Marion Degano REVIEW Box Quality: (10/10) This cartoon puzzle... Continue Reading →
Publisher: Heye (Germany), published 2017 Title: “Rocket Launch” by Uli Oesterle, 1000 pieces Finished size: 27.6" x 19.7" OUR RATING: 9.25/10 NEW HEYES: I've finally had a chance to review one of the new Heye puzzles for 2017. Exciting! To see all the new Heye puzzles currently in stock at Puzzle Warehouse, click below. View all current Heye puzzles in... Continue Reading →
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!
"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.