Review: “Life is an Open Book: Paris” by Aimee Stewart, Buffalo Games – 9.5/10

Publisher: Buffalo Games (US), published 2017 Size: 1000 pieces  Title:  “Life is an Open Book: Paris” by Aimee Stewart  Finished size: 26.75″ x 19.75″ OUR RATING: 9.5/10 Box Quality:  (9/10) The Buffalo Games boxes are very sturdy and have nice packaging design. The box is small at 8″ x 8″, but it comes with a poster inside so you don’t need to depend on the image on the box lid. The front, which you can see above, has the “Aimee Stewart Collection” logo, and the Buffalo GamesRead more

Bon Voyage! – a Top Ten List of Travel Puzzles

My last post for our travel-themed week is a look at the top ten travel-themed puzzles currently available on Puzzle Warehouse. First a question. What constitutes a ‘travel-themed’ puzzle? It’s a large category that has vague edges. For example, is a train puzzle a travel puzzle? Hmm. You could argue the point, but a train puzzle is probably better off in a “transportation” category. Is a photographic puzzle of Paris a travel puzzle? It sort of is, unless you live inRead more

Review: “New England Road Trip” by Mary Thompson, Sunsout – 8.25/10

This is an easy, fast, and enjoyable puzzle to put together. The different areas of the puzzle–the map sections in various colors and the seasonal vignettes–make assembly a snap. The fall leaves and winter scene sections are especially pretty. There’s a bit of “edutainment” value to this puzzle, and you’ll learn something about New England as you work it, particularly in the map sections. The Sunsout quality is quite good with thick, sturdy pieces, lovely bright colors, and a random cut that makes assembly more fun. The pieces are on the normal-to-large side and easy to hold. This image is especially designed for puzzles, and the artwork by Mary Thompson is nicely done. Recommended.Read more

Review: “Safe Travels” by Aimee Stewart — MasterPieces, 8.25/10

Publisher: MasterPieces (US), published 2016 Title:  “Safe Travels” by Aimee Stewart, 1000 pieces  Finished size: 26.75″ x 19.25″ OUR RATING: 8.25/10 TRAVEL WEEK: Since I just got back from vacation, it seemed like a good time to tackle travel themed puzzles (say that three times!). I’ll be reviewing two puzzles this week and sharing some of my favorite travel themed puzzles at Puzzle Warehouse on the weekend. Box Quality:  (9/10) This puzzle is in MasterPieces “suitcase” puzzle line. The suitcase line are all travel-themedRead more

Review: “Vacation Stamps” by Finchley Arts, Ravensburger – 9.5/10

Publisher: Ravensburger US (USA), 2016 Title:  “Vacation Stamps” by Finchley Arts, 2000 pieces — 38.5 x 29.5 in Review by Jane OUR RATING: 10/10 Box Quality:  (8/10) The box is shown above and below. Like all Ravensburger boxes, the rectangular box is sturdy and nicely designed. Back: The back of the box has a generic “Ravensburger quality” image. The sides: The sides show the Ravensburger logo, the puzzle image, the piece count and the final size.  The artist name is small on one side in the copyrightRead more