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The Dice Chinese puzzle box

$23.00

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Solving this one could be about as hard as rolling a 6 every time! There are 29 moves to open it.
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Using the dots of the dice you can execute a sequence of sliding moves that will open this puzzle box.  But it does take 29 steps to open this box and they must be done in exactly the right order so it's not going to be easy.

This is quite a different take on the tradition of sliding panel puzzle boxes we would normally associate with Japanese Puzzle Boxes. These boxes were invented and made very recently in China and we've not seen others like them available in the past.  We have two that work on similar principal;  the other is the X Box which is even harder and more confusing than this one.  We give it a difficulty rating of 10 out of 10!

Once opened there's quite a lot of space inside this box (65mm cube), and it's ok to put soemthing inisde without interfering with the mechanism.

Designed by Mr Benno for Zoyo puzzles in China.  He says "I made this box in the first year of my study Industrial design engineering at the TU Delft. The very first assignment of this study was “make a wooden container”. I quite excelled at  this assignment since I’ve been making puzzle boxes since I was 10 years old. The only problem was the very limited amount of time for the assignment. Because of this I didn’t make any design drawings for this box, I just started cutting wood right away.  Surprisingly  enough The box turned out quite alright. I later made a redesign which was a lot smaller because the original version had bigger margins (which was necessary without design drawings), which made the box bigger." This puzzle box is that design.

The puzzle box is made from layers of laser cut plywood and unpainted.
Size: 100mm x 100mm x 98mm
Space inside: 65mm x 65mm x 65mm
Packaged in a kraft gift box with window face to show the product.

A printed step by step solution comes with the puzzle. But even then it's an exercise in concentration to solve the puzzle.  Brian's found that rolling the dice to the side you're working on will help when solving because it stops gravity taking over and making a false move for you.  Then of course following the solution in reverse to put the lid back on is it's own challenge!

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Manufacturer Zoyo
Difficulty Level 7
Designer Mr Benno

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