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

Puzzle Artist Interview: Francois Ruyer

RUYER WEEK: This week I’m featuring cartoon puzzle artist Francois Ruyer. He has done puzzles with a few brands, but primarily with Austrian manufacturer Piatnik. I reviewed two Ruyer puzzles this week (Christmas Chaos and Story of Wine) and here’s the promised interview. View all current Ruyer puzzles in stock at Puzzle Warehouse See my previous Ruyer reviews here. FRANCOIS RUYER INTERVIEW: Thank you so much for agreeing to an interview, M. Ruyer, and giving us an opportunity to learn more about the man behind the puzzles! JJ: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

New Puzzles: May 2016

  NEW PUZZLE ANNOUNCEMENTS: MAY 2016   Buffalo Games continues to release plentiful new puzzles throughout the year!  Here are their latest. CHARLES WYSOCKI – AMERICANA Four new Wysocki releases provide something for everyone. There are two new 1000 piece puzzles, a new 300, and a new cat puzzle at 750!    JOSEPHINE WALLS – FANTASY I was excited when Buffalo announced they were making new Josephine Walls puzzles. This fantasy artist has been published many times over the yearsRead more

Review: Bunnies Vs Wolves by Heye

  Manufacturer:  Heye      Artist:  Francois Ruyer    Year:  2014    1000 Pieces, Triangular box         Purchase in the US (Puzzlewarehouse);   in UK (Amazon) I’m a big fan of Heye cartoon puzzles.  Francois Ruyer has done a few puzzles for Heye, and I hope he does many more.  I really enjoyed his “Bunnytown” (my review here).  2014’s “Bunnies Vs Wolves” is also very good.  Filled with bunny and wolf characters that are dressed similarly, you haveRead more

Review: “Bunnytown” by Heye, 1000 pieces

Company: Heye (Germany)       Release Date: 2013          Artist:  Francois Ruyer   Verdict:  10/10 This was a very fun puzzle to put together.  Heye’s pieces are standard shaped and a bit smaller in size than some brands, so not for those with difficulty with eyesight or who like large-sized pieces.  But I love Heye and have no trouble with their piece size.  The quality of the pieces is good–sturdy and clean cut.  The colors are veryRead more