You will be at step 8 in the solution before you can even get the first piece out of the box. But there are many individual directional moves just to get there. This is a complex puzzle.
And yet the pieces have lots of movement in the box. Enough so that you can change their position in the box, even before you take any piece out. And just to add to the frustration when you tip the box upside down a couple of them almost fall out! Almost! But not quite.
There are 3 separate obstacles glued to the sides of the box on different levels so that when you’re trying to put the 4 blocks in and take them out you have to manipulate them around these hurdles. It’s almost as if there’s another piece to the puzzle but you can’t actually move it around or manipulate it, it’s fixed inside the box.
The box itself is another constraint because you must assemble the interlocked pieces inside the constrained spaced provided by the box.
When the blocks are in the box you can see that there’s a routed circle spread over the centre of the four blocks. This could be thought to be a guideline when you’re trying to put the pieces back in. Those quarter circles on each block will surely help you orientate the blocks when trying to reassemble? Won’t they? Hmmmm….
If you’ve given up then they will definitely help orientate the pieces and follow the solution.
The puzzle box and pieces are made from a blonde wood with a lacquered finish. The blocks are arrised on the edges and the box is nicely made and sanded.
Size: 64mm x 64mm x 75mm
4 Blocks in a Cube is packaged in a white solid cardboard gift box with a printed step by step solution inside. The solution shows step by step diagrams of how to get the pieces out of the box and then put them back in again.
There are three different puzzles in this series of packing puzzles. You can purchase all three as a discounted set.