|MATERIAL:||Maple, Goncalo Alves, Walnut|
|EDITION:||183 Copies Released|
The Pin Cubes series by William Hu are three new cubes based on a 3x3x3 structure. By including drilled holes and pins, each puzzle in the set takes advantage of this format in a different way and creates three very different experiences. Designed to be tricky in both disassembly as well as assembly, they are a new take on an old idea, and well worth a look.
Pinwheel (Maple) is the easiest of the three. The most 'standard' of them, with five moves to remove the first piece - a level that's impossible to achieve with regular cubes in this space.
Pinprick (Goncalo Alves) is the middle difficulty and takes advantage of its form to include an unusual step that will amuse any solver expecting this to be a standard disassembly.
Pinball (Walnut) is the most difficult. Pinball is quite unusual; there is clearly a single movement that wants to happen, but it is stopped before completion. Finding the solution requires analytical thinking and a bit of dexterity.
183 total copies made for sale, each signed and dated. 61 copies of Pin Wheel, 61 copies of Pin Prick, and 61 copies of Pin Ball were made for this release. This puzzle is shipped assembled.
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I only bought Pin Wheel and Pin Prick, as I'm a relative beginner to mechanical puzzles. Both of these had neat little "surprise!" moments when solving, but neither were difficult. Definitely recommendable to other relative beginners, or if you just want something easy.
This one was more difficult to disassemble than I expected and required a fair amount of dexterity (or maybe there's a better way I've not yet found). There was definitely a sigh of relief once the piece finally moved all the way. The pieces and pins fit and move very precisely, nothing comes apart until the puzzle is fully solved.
I only got pin prick of the pin cubes. I wish I had picked up the set of 3 as pin price was really fun. Not difficult, but fun. Taking it apart as a very nice little aha, along with a haha! Fantastic puzzle from William Hu and beautifully crafted by Eric as always.