Review: “Small Town Christmas” by Charles Wysocki, Buffalo Games – 9.5/10

"Small Town Christmas" is a gorgeous Americana Christmas puzzle from artist Charles Wysocki and Buffalo Games. It's a good moderate challenge that took me three sessions to complete. No one area is difficult, but there's a lot of detail throughout. The palette of bright colors against the snow and blue sky is very cheerful. I particularly liked the red ribbon around the tree, the fir tree lit with candles, and the birdhouses in the sky. There's so much fun detail to examine in this image as you assemble the puzzle. The Buffalo Games quality is very good with grid cut pieces and a nice box that comes with a poster. Recommended to all fans of Christmas puzzles.

Review: “Whistle Stop Christmas” by Charles Wysocki — Buffalo Games 9.25/10

"Whistle Stop Christmas" is a sweet holiday puzzle from artist Charles Wysocki and Buffalo Games. It's an easy puzzle to assemble with 500 pieces and strong color and detail that makes it clear where each piece goes. I love the theme of people arriving home for Christmas. As you assemble the puzzle, you'll smile at the happiness on all the individual faces. The unique costumes and expressions are delightful. I partricularly liked the orange sky on the horizon, the red train station with all the windows, bows, and detailing, and the wintery "white Christmas" snow. The Buffalo Games quality is very good with grid cut pieces and a nice box that comes with a poster. Recommended to all fans of Christmas puzzles.

Review: “Christmas Village” by Nicky Boehme, Buffalo Games – 8.5/10

"Christmas Village" is a lovely holiday puzzle from artist Nicky Boehme and Buffalo Games that's easy to assemble. The beautiful and nostagic wintery scene is from an oil painting, and it brings back wonderful memories of Christmas's past. Buffalo Games's quality is very good with sturdy pieces and a well-designed box. The puzzle has a grid cut with a nice variety of piece shapes including a few zig-zag shaped pieces. The panoramic design of this puzzle makes for a nice change from the usual rectangular size. No poster is included in this box, and the box image is a little on the small side, but I didn't have too much difficulty with that. Recommended to all fans of Christmas puzzles.

Review: “Trick or Treat Hotel” by Charles Wysocki, Buffalo Games – 9.25/10

I love this 500 piece Halloween puzzle from Charles Wysocki and Buffalo Games. The artwork has a wry, adult tone reminiscent of Edward Gorey. The scene is populated by strange creatures, pumpkins, cobwebs, and tongue-in-cheek signs like "Rooms to Ferment" and the "Pithias Bloodlust Wrinkledeath" motto on the hearse. The puzzle is mostly easy but the forest behind the mansion has a random pattern which offers a little more challenge and makes the puzzle overall more satisfying to complete. The Buffalo Games quality is quite good. The pieces feel thick and are pleasant to work with. It comes with a poster in the box so you have a larger image to work with. There is some glare off the glossy surface under strong overhead lights. This puzzle is a real treat. Highly recommended!

New Puzzles – July 2016

There are a lot of awesome new puzzles to talk about this month! Tis the season for the Christmas and Fall releases to start to appear. First, let's look at the ones that were just announced (and aren't yet in stock). NEW PUZZLE ANNOUNCEMENTS Buffalo Games Buffalo Games tends to release a few new puzzles a month... Continue Reading →

Review: “Harbor Master” by Hiro Tanikawa, Buffalo Games — 9/10

This is a gorgeous 2000-piece puzzle in a bright and fun cartoon style that should appeal to men and women alike. The colors are lovely, and there’s a lot of detail in this scene. The large size and the sketchy cartoon art style make this puzzle more challenging than most. Be prepared for a serious puzzling effort! The final puzzle is very large at 38.5″ x 26.5″ and feels like a major accomplishment. The finish is flat and smooth and the puzzle would look good framed. The Buffalo Games quality is quite good and pleasant to assemble, though there can be glare off the glossy surface under strong overhead lights. Recommended for those like cartoon puzzles, puzzles in larger sizes, or those are looking for something a little more challenging.

Review: “Proud Lil’ Angler” by Charles Wysocki, Buffalo Games – 8.5/10

This is a stunningly pretty and easy to assemble puzzle, ideal for those who prefer something less challenging than a standard 1000 piece puzzle. The Charles Wysocki image has beautiful colors and loads of fun details. The large pieces are easy to handle and have a nice, satisfying interlock. There's never any confusion about whether a piece fits or not. The colors and patterns in the image make for clear-cut smaller areas to assemble. Overall, this is a relaxing puzzle that is ideal for seniors, kids, and family time.

Feature: Buffalo Games Puzzles

Puzzle Warehouse is having a terrific sale on Buffalo Games puzzles until Jun 30th, 2016, so this week's feature is focused on the Buffalo Games history and their various product lines and with my top pics for each one. BUFFALO GAMES WEEK: From June 15-June 30, 2016, Puzzle Warehouse is holding a special promotion with... Continue Reading →

Review: “Vivid Collection: Butterflies” by Royce B. McClure, Buffalo Games – 8.5/10

This bright and bold collage puzzle from Buffalo Games is a fun challenge. The Buffalo Games quality is quite good featuring grid-cut pieces with a wide variety of shapes. The small box saves shelf space while an included poster can be used for reference while assembling the puzzles. This puzzle has easy bits--such as assembling the border and a few large and uniquely-colored butterflies. But many butterflies use similar blue-green-pink colors that make it more challenging to figure out to 'which butterfly' an individual piece belongs. True to its collage nature, all the butterflies are adjoining, so you get 'clues' to the adjacent areas on the edges of each completed butterfly. This is a good choice for a dreary day as the colors are sure to brighten your mood. The final completed puzzle is very attractive and would make a nice framed piece.

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