|MATERIAL:||Aluminum, Bronze, Steel|
|SIZE:||1.35" x 2.95"|
"Barrel" is Ukrainian engineer Andriy Bruns' latest mechanical puzzle. According to him, Barrel has been sent back from the future! It must be solved to retrieve the Skynet data coin hidden inside. The survival of humanity could be at stake...
Andriy gives Barrel a level 10 difficulty rating. The mechanism is intricate, but the designer does a good job putting subtle clues and references to help your analysis.
Barrel stands apart from cheaper mass-produced work. Each copy is individually crafted to excellent tolerances. Quality and attention to detail are consistent with other small-batch, high-end mechanical metal puzzles.
Handling Metal Puzzles
This puzzle is awesome! With multiple unique steps to get you to the solution, it takes a good amount of time and some creative thought to figure it out! That being said, the puzzle is challenging without feeling unsolvable, and each step that brings you closer to the final solution is all the motivation you need to keep going. Plus, this puzzle is very aesthetically pleasing. Just be careful while solving, because at a certain step some tiny pieces can fall out. I know from experience! :)
This is a beautifully made puzzle. I really liked fidgeting with it. I managed to open it in about 20 minutes, but I had no idea how I did it. Although you can see the mechanism once the puzzle is opened, I still wasn’t exactly sure how the puzzle worked. It took me another 20 or 30 minutes before I fully understood how to consistently open the puzzle.
The puzzle wasn’t as difficult as I had hoped. I personally would say level 8 instead of 10. Small warning: the puzzle contains multiple small parts so watch out where you open it!
Another great creation from Bruns! There are small parts so be careful where you work on it and keep away from small children, but a great puzzle and expertly crafted, Love it!