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

Top Picks for the Black Friday Sale!

Black Friday is here! At Puzzle Warehouse, that means one of the best sales of the year. The discount is 30% off all puzzles from selected brands that are participating in the sale with us. The brands are: SUNSOUT, PERRE, WHITE MOUNTAIN, MASTER PIECES, COBBLE HILL, SCHMIDT, PIATNIK, NEW YORK PUZZLE COMPANY, and LAFAYETTE PUZZLE FACTORY. This sale is one day only, and items WILL sell out, so–a warning to the wise–if there’s something you really want, don’t muck about.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

Fine Art – A Top Ten Jigsaw Puzzle List

Fine art puzzles have been around probably as long as puzzles have existed. It’s an obvious concept–take already created masterpieces of the art world and make them into puzzles. It’s so obvious one wonders why any other type of puzzle bothers to exist. After all, how can any new image compare to a long-established icon like “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt or “Luncheon of the Boating Party” by Renoir? Fortunately, for lovers of diversity in their puzzles (like me), thereRead 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: “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