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Perplexus Rookie (Styles and Colors Vary)
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- Flip, twist and turn the sphere to solve the puzzle
- Easy to play but challenging to complete
- Improves hand-eye coordination and spatial relations
- Develops motor and dexterity skills
- Great for travel - no loose pieces
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Toy contains a marble. Not for children under 3 yrs.
CHOKING HAZARD -- This toy is a small ball. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Top Customer Reviews
Those experienced with the Perplexus Original will likely be turned-off by the ease of the Rookie. I played the Original a fair amount before playing the Rookie, and was personally able to complete it within my first three attempts. The Rookie is best-suited for younger children who have not spent a lot of time with the Original or Epic (and fans of Perplexus who can appreciate something different).
Here are the differences between the Rookie and the Original:
- New unique layout of obstacles with thicker, wider, and more available rails (making it easier)
- 70 Rookie obstacles vs 100 Original obstacles (though both feel about the same length)
- Bolder number markings (deeper impressions) with separate arrow markings
- Denser track layout (increasing line-of-sight difficulties)
- Only one Start point in the Rookie (Original has three Start points)
- Well-defined End point (1" diameter bubble)
- New step, tube, and slope types of obstacles
- No mechanical obstacles (like swing arm and bucket obstacles)
- No markings in the clear portion of the Rookie sphere (Original has a couple large watermarks)
- Better weight distribution in the Rookie (sphere rotates more evenly with the insides than the Original)
- Rookie Diameter: ~6-1/4" (~160mm), ~6-3/4" (~170mm) at the equator
- Original Diameter: ~7" (~175mm), ~7-5/8" (~190mm) at the equator
- Different color scheme; no painted markings (besides the "CE")
The product remains more durable than it looks like it would be. The internal structures appear to use the same material and strong mounting to the equator (though you should not be rough on it).Read more ›
So - I think the toy is fun but they need to improve the quality.
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I mainly got this for our 4 year old because the Original is too tough for her. The day we got it, I didn't even open the packaging. I kept it in the box and hid it. This was a Christmas present that we bought pretty early in the year. After opening it on Christmas, I was thoroughly disappointed. I was ticked. I was mad. I never had the sense to return it because it was purchased months earlier...
The main problem was that it was poorly engineered. The silver ball was not physically able to pass obstacle 8. The track was so close to a different obstacle, the ball would not move past it. It doesn't fit.
Literally, the supposedly easiest Perplexus is and was the hardest.
I purchased this over a year ago and it still just sits there, waiting to be played up to obstacle 8... reminding me over and over to write a review on Amazon.
I'll update with a video or a pic soon.
So, go buy the other two Perplexus... not this one.
Thanks for reaching out to us.
"We're sorry to hear of the issues you've recently had with your Perplexus Original. Unfortunately, the broken internal part you mentioned wasn't made independently of the sets as a whole and, as a result, we don't have access to them, cannot send you any replacements and cannot refer you to any relevant retailer who might. Furthermore, the Perplexus is not really designed to be modified and cannot be opened, so if you were somehow able to source a new applicable track piece, you may still encounter considerable difficulty in getting it properly attached and have it function fully.
We do support a warranty of these units, but it is one that only covers issues relating to malfunctioning or defective products straight out of the pack and runs for about 30 days from the day or purchase." - Spin Master Customer Care
Small note: The outer shell is a bit thin so with a toy designed to be handled and turned around while concentrating on the internal parts rather than on your hands turning it, seems like the outer shell would be prone to damage, but I've had another version with a similar shell for quite some time and it hasn't been a problem yet, probably because these aren't very heavy, so dropping them probably doesn't cause a huge impact to the shell.
Edit: Increased from 1 to 2 stars due to offer in comments by manufacturer to contact for resolution. Good customer service (and in this case somewhat proactive customer service) is a big part of the quality of a product in my opinion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was disappointing. The ball would get hung up on internal obstacles because the rails were misaligned and too close together in places. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Penny Wilhelm
There is a Mom who loves me lots! One of their daughters has this item!Published 15 days ago by Twila Herrin
Lots of fun these Perplexis puzzels but do start young ones with the Rookie, it's difficult enough but can be reasonably beat. Important for young ones.Published 17 days ago by David N. Hatch
Nice game to play and the kids like to try it cause it is a ball.Published 18 days ago by MichellePire
bought 2...keep them at work. People seem to like them. Very challenging.Published 18 days ago by Gerard G. Thai
I got this (along with The Original) for my kids for Christmas and I'm so happy with the purchase. I wasn't sure my kids (7 and 10) would enjoy this game, but they both love it. Read morePublished 19 days ago by YHWH4ever
My grandson loved the challenge of this toy. It took him a while to conquer it at first but each new attempt is still challenging and fun.Published 20 days ago by Satisfied
We gave this as a gift and the 4 year old child liked it.... however, the ADULTS in the room couldn't put it down! Read morePublished 21 days ago by HerdACD