Hajime contacted me out of nowhere and asked if I would be interested in crafting a new puzzle he designed. Given his performance at last years IPP Design Competition, it was a pretty easy sell. Pin Block Case is a unique and very interesting packing puzzle. It's not terribly high level, nor super difficult, yet there's something satisfying about the solution that makes it a wonderful puzzle. We made a Signature series run that sold out immediately and many were asking for more, so we decided to make a run of artisan quality puzzles as well.
Construction of this puzzle is very sturdy with milled, solid pieces. This puzzle is shipped disassembled.
This is a fun little puzzle with excellent construction. While not a difficult puzzle (especially for experienced puzzlers) it has a clever ah ha moment. The solvability of this makes it great for leaving out or passing around. Guests will initially think they know the solution only to find out they do not. This would be a good gateway puzzle for someone just entering the puzzle world.
Great Design, Magnificent, Magical Construction
I thought the pin block case puzzle is a really remarkable design, and hope you get more puzzles by Hajime Katsumoto , as it has a nice "hysteresis" behavior, -a physics term meaning the temporal order of things matters a great deal..
Although this is true for most puzzles (not jigsaw puzzles), namely one must do A, then B, then C, etc. in a particular order. This puzzle has this in a surprising way, because all the pieces are identical, so, it would appear that the order does not matter, since all the pieces are the same, but here the spatial orientation and order , are difficult to imagine from the outset. But although this seems true, it is a little more complicated than that, and the puzzle is GREAT, considering its geometric simplicity.
It's like having 4 identical squares and having to place them into a larger square of twice the size.. It seems simple, but here, it just doesn't work that easily! It is constructed Magnificently, and beautifully too OF COURSE. I do not know how Eric can construct this microscopically perfect!! WOW, I am sure magic is involved! I plan to get more for friends of mine!