There Are a Thousand Pieces and a Thousand Colors In this Cruel Puzzle

What limited entertainment there is to be had from a puzzle is directly correlated to how challenging it is. Five hundred pieces forming a bowl of fruit still life makes for a pleasant afternoon challenge, but a thousand pieces tinted a thousand different colors that assemble to create a CMYK color spectrum is just… » 12/11/14 12:55pm 12/11/14 12:55pm

Someone Figured Out How To Turn Puzzles Into a Board Game

Puzzles can be a fun way to kill some time with friends or family, but there's no real competition until someone claims the last piece. How are you supposed to know who's superior to who? The folks at GameBrotherZ have come up with a solution with a board game called Tracktic that combines your love of puzzles with… » 11/19/14 3:05pm 11/19/14 3:05pm

That Hovering Tetris Tower Game Is Finally Available To Drive You Mad

First revealed at Toy Fair 2014 way back in February, ThinkGeek's Hoverkraft Levitating Construction Challenge game is finally available. It promises all the fun of Jenga and Tetris, but with the added twist that you have to build your tower atop an unstable platform that's actually floating. So all that fun instead… » 11/07/14 10:26am 11/07/14 10:26am

The World's Smallest 7x7x7 Rubik's Cube Is Still Massively Frustrating

Don't be fooled by its diminutive size, the world's smallest 7x7x7 Rubik's Cube puzzle, designed by Matt Bahner, is still a considerable challenge, even for a master cube solver. In fact it might actually be even more of a challenge than the larger versions because you need to be far more precise with your finger… » 11/01/14 11:04pm 11/01/14 11:04pm

If Evil Were a Puzzle, It Would Look Like This X-Shaped Rubik's Cube

Although simple and straightforward in its design, the Rubik's Cube has been providing a formidable challenge to puzzle fans for 4o years now. But if arranging all of those colored squares has become child's play for you, don't worry, some twisted individual has created a Rubik's Cube with an X-shape that looks like a… » 8/27/14 2:20pm 8/27/14 2:20pm

Tangram Sticky Notes Let You Leave a Message Without Writing a Word

If a picture's worth a thousand words, then this set of Tangram puzzle sticky notes let you leave a longer message than you could ever fit on a single Post-it note. The collection of angular shapes can be arranged into almost any shape you can think of, although a drop or two of artistic talent will certainly help. » 3/07/14 5:20pm 3/07/14 5:20pm

Watch a genius crow solve 8 complex puzzles in perfect order

Meet 007. Not Bond but the bird. But they might just be as smart as one another because the crow can use tools to figure out complex puzzles just as well as a spy. Here's a crow taking one of the most complex tests for the animal mind ever created. If he succeeds, the BBC says it'll be a world's first. Spoiler: he… » 2/10/14 10:24pm 2/10/14 10:24pm

This Fun Leica Puzzle Started Life as a Flat Plastic Poster

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of its classic camera, the Leica store in Sao Paulo, Brazil commissioned this wonderful puzzle that would be given to important clients throughout the year. The non-functional camera, designed by ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi in Brazil, would be distributed as a full-sized poster… » 12/25/13 1:00pm 12/25/13 1:00pm

If a Rubik's Cube Is Bruce Banner, This Thing's the Hulk

Solving a regular Rubik's Cube is already a daunting task for most of us, and that's just 54 colored squares you have to rearrange. Can you imagine if someone dropped this monstrosity into your lap? Completely scrambled and out of order? Resorting all of those colored rectangles would take a lifetime—and restickering… » 12/19/13 9:40am 12/19/13 9:40am

Watch Baxter Solve a Rubik's Cube: Working Bots Need Hobbies Too

Most of the videos you can find of Rubik's Cube-manipulating robots are purpose-built to solve the puzzle in record time. But Baxter, designed as an affordable and easy-to-teach replacement for assembly line workers, isn't designed for any specific task. And that's what makes watching him solve a cube even more… » 12/04/13 7:00pm 12/04/13 7:00pm

Ugh, Who Invited Math To the Rubik's Cube Party?

The simplicity of the Rubik's Cube puzzle is what makes it so devilishly difficult to solve at times. It's just a bunch of colored squares, but getting them to group together can be a life's pursuit for many people. So who in their right mind thought that taking the Rubik's Cube formula and adding mathematical… » 11/29/13 7:00pm 11/29/13 7:00pm

Gorgeous Typography Puzzles Will Teach Kids the Dangers of Comic Sans

The fact of the matter is, if you don't teach your kids about the dangers of using Comic Sans when they're young, they're just going to pick it up on the street. Whether it's a flyer for a garage sale, or a bulletin board at their preschool, the world is a minefield of terrible typography, and you need to address the… » 10/10/13 5:00pm 10/10/13 5:00pm

Brain Teaser Table Is More Complicated Than Ikea, But Also More Fun

Do you like a challenge when it comes to assembling flat-pack furniture? And we're not talking about deciphering the illustrations and hieroglyphs in an Ikea manual. We mean real Mensa-level stuff. If blank crossword puzzles and unsolved Sudoku grids get you really excited, you'll love the incredibly complicated… » 8/12/13 5:20pm 8/12/13 5:20pm

Can You Solve the 10 Hardest Logic Puzzles Ever Created?

So you think you are clever, right? Then here is your chance to pit your brain against some of the world's hardest logic puzzles ever created. After having created number puzzles like Calcudoku and Killer Sudoku for many years, I decided to try and find the most challenging ones out there. Every once in a while I… » 8/08/13 10:00am 8/08/13 10:00am

You Don't Need a Wookiee To Build This Laser-Cut Falcon Puzzle

There are endless situations where a Wookiee co-pilot can come in handy, from repairing intergalactic spacecraft, to tearing people's arms off. But when it comes to assembling this miniature laser-cut Millennium Falcon puzzle, you won't need a big walking carpet, just a pair of scissors, pliers, and plenty of patience. » 5/13/13 9:18am 5/13/13 9:18am